Whichever cruiser you ask and whatever their answer they will probably mention entertainment, food and price in the first sentence. Maybe this is why it continues to be in our top three blog, and we do update it. There are more stages on the sea than in the west end. If you train in the arts or at stage school it could be where you work while seeing the world. Maybe a a bit of research on Doris Visits. As well as the theatre shows, this is where you will see great acts, from Darren Day to complete musicals put on at sea. It offers entertainment for everyone because family ships see families cruise together and you can all be doing different things yet holiday together.
I want to focus on entertainment, and I seriously do not know where to start which is why we enlarged the cruise ship entertainer’s section in the last week. It is a massive part of cruising. Not least the huge events like the Strictly Come Dancing Cruises or the Rock The Boats, the American one of which has Sammy Hagar this year or the daring erotica theme cruises or the Australian one that had our good friends Status Quo on board.
We are talking big entertainment. We are talking Mamma Mia on stage. On almost all ships there is a theatre, like a West End Theatre. Huge, fully equipped with an in-house production company, a dance and singing team and a small orchestra. Then add leading men and women from the top west end shows like The Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Phantom. TV stars and TV comedians. Some of the best comedians around like Tucker. There are not many places in the world where you can finish dinner, walk a short stroll to be entertained then just get the lift to bed. Doris Visits has not yet put anything like all the stars up, but last cruise we saw a move for move Neil Diamond, and great Tina Turner … and I have seen the best Cliff Richard Tribute. But, maybe best of all is Kai McKenzie who is the Michael Buble tribute, and as you will see from his page has met him and sung with him.
Ships have theatres. Big ships have 1,000 seater theatres. Comedy from great comedians like Manuel Martinez and our old friend Taffy! Then classic stars like Roy Walker. Then just when you thought that was enough they come at you in groups like the Opera Boys or 4Tunes. They sing pop, they sing classical. Ben Makisi will bring tears to your eyes. You could stay in your room and watch TV, you could go to the bar and do Karaoke, you could go and play Bridge or sit in one of the bars listening to a pianist or a duo, but whatever you do you have a choice each and every night.
The bigger the ship, like the Britannia, the more the choice with their extra night club, the Limelight club where you can see Madeline Bell one night and Eric and Ernie another and that is where we saw Darren Day who was amazing, on a strictly cruise. Days before Peter Andre had been on the main stage upstairs.
There are trends now on the ships as they compete. Some of the acts, especially the comedians, are now asked to do two 30 minute shows not 45 minutes, and then a third ‘late night show’ as the audiences are getting younger on the ships and wanting to party later. This year 54 million people will cruise and only 28% are now over 60. New ship designs with attractions show the depth of families cruising, and the event cruises like Strictly Come Dancing is for all. The Rock the Boat Cruises are somewhat louder, but named acts are starting to be attracted to the place where there are theatres and night clubs in their numbers… the seas. And if you like it a little more rocky, then look at the themed cruises like Rock The Boat.
Why do people cruise? We have tried to show you. It is up to you now. If you have cruised and have seen these acts, can I ask a favour that you write a great comment about them under their page here so others can see what we mean. It is like giving them a round of applause. Thanks.
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