That’s Entertainment: The latest on stage and in shipboard theaters.

That’s Entertainment: The latest on stage and in shipboard theaters.

Back in the day, onboard entertainment included puppet shows, poolside games of charades and small-stage productions featuring ballad-belting singers and rhinestone-clad dancers.

How things have changed. Now cruise lines fiercely compete to deliver the biggest and best entertainment at sea. And guests benefit from this rivalry, with high-caliber shows in huge venues and other exciting, and entertaining, options.

Broadway Sets Sail

More cruise lines are bringing the Great White Way to the deep blue sea. Norwegian Cruise Line features Broadway smash hits like “Legally Blonde” and “Rock of Ages,” while Royal Caribbean offers “Chicago, “Mamma Mia” and more. And these are longer, more elaborate productions with all the bells and whistles.

Famous Acts Get Onboard

Carnival Cruise Line is bringing in big-name talent, including Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Hudson, Foreigner and more. And Norwegian Cruise Line offers the Grammy Experience, a space where Grammy winners and nominees delight guests with their hit music. Norwegian also features Blue Man Group, performance artists extraordinaire. And comedy gets a high-seas makeover, too: Carnival has partnered with George Lopez, calling him the Curator of Comedy, and Norwegian brings the famous Second City comedy troupe onboard.

More Innovative Options

Entertainment goes high-tech with acrobats descending from the ceiling or rising up out of the stage—that’s what you’d see on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. The cruise line also features breathtaking diving performances in the AquaTheater onboard both Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess offers the Princess WaterColor Fantasy, a top-deck interactive sound-and-light extravaganza with dancing fountains, special music, live performers and beautiful visuals on their huge outdoor screen. In addition, Norwegian and Disney Cruise Line offer guests dazzling fireworks displays.

Read more about the spectacular entertainment options offered onboard in our “Ships in the Spotlight.” Coming soon in “Cruise News,” read about the debut of the new Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises rehearsal studio, newly constructed on the North Miami campus of Florida International University.