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Love to be entertained? Here are the best performances at sea

Love to be entertained? Here are the best performances at sea

Every ship offers some type of performance. Choose from comedy, musicals, concerts, aerial shows, meet and greets, lectures and more. Larger ships from lines such as Norwegian and Royal Caribbean even host multiple performances at a time.

While the entertainment is always generally good, some guests crave the excitement of a high-end, well-executed, dazzling show that stays with them long after the cruise is over. And some cruise lines deliver.

If you'd like to expand your horizons and experience the cruise world's top entertainment, check out the fantastic options below.

Witness one of the greatest shows on Earth with MSC Cruises.


The largest theatrical producer in the world has created a production for MSC exclusively. Cirque du Soleil are performing two unique shows aboard the MSC Meraviglia. Don't miss out on these astonishing acts and look out for more Cirque du Soleil performances coming to the rest of the fleet in the next few years. Also worth your while is a cruise on the MSC Divina. This ship's two-level Pantheon Theater hosts a mix of theatrics including high-end production shows and acrobatic performances (last year's was pirate-themed)!


Cunard Line

Thespian fans rejoice for remarkable Shakespearean plays at Royal Court Theatre on Queen Mary 2. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts brings professional actors aboard to act out plays such as Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The show changes each season and consistently gives top performances.

Royal Caribbean's varied line up of shows will ensure that you're never bored while onboard.

Royal Caribbean

Dance and sing along to ABBA's greatest hits from the box-office hit Mamma Mia! This decade-spanning production has been on stage across the world and is now taking the sea by storm on Allure of the Seas. As the only cruise line with Tony Award-Winning shows, Royal Caribbean offers Broadway at Sea performances on many of their ships. Enjoy CATS, The Musical on Oasis of the Seas or boogie on to Liberty of the Seas for some Saturday Night Fever.

If you'd like a taste of top notch entertainment without travelling to the other side of the world, Ovation of the Seas offers incredible performances in its state-of-the-art Royal Theatre featuring Broadway-style productions like Dream and stunning aerial performances. Book it in for next summer!



The most enchanting show at the sea full of illusion and fantasy, is Magic to Do performing on Crown Princess, Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess. The composer, Stephen Schwartz, is famous for his Oscar-winning shows Wicked, Godspell and Pippin. Magic to Do combines mesmerising magic with song and dance. If you're lucky enough to be sailing aboard the Majestic Princess, you'll have the chance to be wowed by the largest Princess Theatre yet.

On a Disney cruise, dreams really can come true.

Image: Jay Malone, Flickr Creative Commons

Disney Cruise Line

It's no surprise that Disney puts on some of the best all-ages shows on their cruise ships. Disney original musicals like Toy Story or the latest favourite, Frozen are very popular with guests, but the top-rated show creating buzz on the ocean is Disney Dreams. It's a heartfelt story about a girl learning to believe in fairytales. Mix in some of Disney's classic characters and songs, and enjoy the masterpiece. Disney Dreams performs on Disney Wonder and Disney Magic at the Walt Disney Theatre.


Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is bringing a unique spin on entertainment to the water. Dance lovers from across the globe are raving about Burn the Floor showcasing ballroom and Latin dance. Full of passion, fast tempos and sizzling fun, this show is a must-see on the water. Catch the shortened version while sitting down to dinner or visit the ship's theatre for the full show. Burn the Floor is now performing on Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway or Norwegian Getaway.

From dancing queens to Shakespearean dramas, get out to enjoy the best performances at sea.

Tell us, what has been your favourite onboard performance ever? Comment below or leave us a note on our Facebook page.

Feature image: Chad Sparkes, Flickr Creative Commons

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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