LET THE SHOW BEGIN
Cruise ships take entertainment to the next level
We all know that ocean cruises are a big deal for Australians. But how to choose which cruise to take when there are so many options? October is Choose Cruise month (#ChooseCruise), this week with an emphasis on ocean cruising. Choose Cruise is where the entire cruise industry comes together to encourage cruising for newbies as well as those experienced in the joys of taking holidays at sea.
Travel agents and cruising experts will tell you that you should not just choose a cruise for the ports it visits, the look of the ship, the activities available and cuisine on offer; it’s important to look into what entertainment might be on show. Gone are the days of mildly amusing comedy acts and magicians pulling hankies from their sleeves. Cruise lines are wise to our love of a wellproduced show, equivalent or better to some of the most hallowed stages on land, whether it be a stage production, a band or unique performance.
Here, we put the spotlight on the latest on the high seas.
Like that old time rock and roll? You’re in luck. Holland America Line has announced it will introduce the Rolling Stone Rock Room, a classic rock club developed in partnership with Rolling Stone magazine. Expect a five-piece rock band kicking out the jams on Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam when it joins the fleet in December 2018 and Koningsdam that same month.
The Rock Room will be alongside the already popular Music Walk Live Stages. Norwegian Cruise Lines recently introduced rock ’n’ roll bar and lounge Syd Norman’s Pour House on its Breakaway ship. Every night you can sing along and dance while the band plays hits from the likes of the Stones and Springsteen. HOLLANDAMERICA.COM; NCL.COM
THE EDGE IN ENTERTAINMENT
Celebrity’s new ship, Celebrity Edge, recently announced its entertainment schedule for when it makes its debut in November. What’s perhaps most exciting is the largest cast of world-class performers on any premium cruise ship. There are five new full production shows on board including the Shakespeare-inspired A Hot Summer Night’s Dream, where lighthearted theatre meets amazing acrobatics, and Kaleidoscope, a highenergy music and dance extravaganza harnessing the stage’s state-of-the-art technology.
Luckily the cruise line, part of Royal Caribbean Cruises, has its own dedicated production studios in Miami where it conceives, produces and rehearses each show. CELEBRITYCRUISES.COM/EDGE
DRONES AND DEBAUCHERY
Want a next-level experience? Consider booking a cruise on Majestic Princess where drones are used for the first time in a show at sea. Fantastic Journey is a hi-tech, theatrical show produced exclusively for the ship featuring elaborate costumes and state-of-the-art multimedia stage technology. The micro drones dance and interact with a singer on stage.
Meanwhile, P&O’s Pacific Explorer has celebrated one year of its risqué show, Love Riot, in the Black Circus theatre. The adults-only production is directed by Scott Maidment, one of the masterminds behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour. Expect comedy, acrobatics, dance and a touch of raunch. Beware, the 90-minute performance is not as tame as one might expect for a cruise ship. POCRUISES.COM.AU; PRINCESS.COM