As for me, I do love the a good comedian. My experience was one of the two that I had an opportunity was outstanding. I believe if you have to cuss and swear to get a laugh, you truly aren't funny. Al Ernst did not fall into that category, even in his adult only performance.
The musical productions were entertaining as well. I appreciate the work that these folks do in putting together the music and choreography for four shows. Also, the music heard in the piano bar was good.
Indeed! We love the comedy shows and karaoke. The live shows are of high caliber - we tend to go to the smaller, quaint events like "duets-at-sea", dueling pianos..., you get the picture. Game shows where audience participation is dependent like QUEST is also a head-liner for us.
Some of the ships have great entertainment. Carnival has the Comedy Club that is typically pretty good, kind of hit or miss depending who preforms. On the last Carnival Cruise they did a Rock of Ages show that was very good, prior cruise they did Latin Heat that was just COLD as could be (I was embarrassed for the performers having to put on such a lack luster show with bad dance moves and worse sets) The game shows can be a lot of fun to watch.
I really did enjoy the lectures on Celebrity, On the transatlantic they did a series of the rise and fall of the German U-boats during WWII by a retired British Commander. On the Greek Islands Cruise they had a series on Famous Ships in History that was also good.
Piano bars are also hit and miss on ships, we were lucky enough to have Ed Rocks playing piano on a Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Glory 10-04-14. He was great. best piano player I have heard on a cruise ship.
I have also enjoyed the Glass blowing shows on Celebrity and the Wine tasting classes.
On RCCL Adventure of The Sea's 04-21-13 they had shows and dancing in the Royal Promenade that were a lot of fun. The British Invasion show was a blast, standing room only and every one dancing.
A word of recognition to Calvyn and Dustin on the Carnival Imagination 01-07-15 sailing for being great Cruise Directors, Fun with lots of information, both very nice guys when you talk to them.
One of the reasons I go on cruises is for the nightly entertainment. I especially enjoy the comedy shows. I do like the Singers & Dancers shows, I must admit. Although not every show is one that I love, I hardly ever regret going to the theater. The lounge acts are wonderful alternatives. Many of the performers play requests. The more intimate venues makes it easy to make friends. I am not a gambler so I don't go to the casino. Although I enjoy movies, I hate to watch them on ships. I can do that at home.