Live Concerts on Cruise Ships

Cruise lines such as Carnival now offer live concerts by major artists on board certain sailings.  Attendees pay an extra fee to attend the performance.  For example, at Carnival Live performances, General Admission price is $40-$75.  VIP seats in the first four rows are $150-$250.  What do you think of having these concerts on board ships?  Are you for them or against them?  Would you pay to attend such a concert if you liked who was appearing?  Have you attended such a concert? 

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We looked into one on Carnival for Celtic Thunder. I was quite costly based on what the cruise would be without the group. We may look into it again if we really wanted to see the performers and they were not coming to Canada at all.

I'm looking into the 2016 cruise to see Journey.  I think it would be fun.   The cruse is out of Cape Canaveral FL so we may spend a couple days pre or post cruise to go see the Kennedy Space Center and maybe an air boat ride in the wetlands.  


Gloria,   what time should we be over for dinner since we'll be in your neck of the woods ????     Just kidding Happy

Funny that you should mention Celtic Thunder.  This is one of my favorite groups.  We did see them locally a couple of times.  I would definitely consider seeing them on board a ship.  Ok it might depend on how much ship board credit I had.


Just a few days ago, my church invited young Emmet Cahall from the group to perform for us in our church.  He flew from CA with his pianist and they sang and played for us for over 1 1/2 hours without a break.  The concert was free, but a donation was requested.  He was marvelous.  I have seen the group on PBS TV.  Do you have that in Canada?  It is Public Broadcasting where they raise money during broadcasting to pay for the free shows.  .  



I thought the concerts were free. If they are that much extra, how does Carnival justify inflating the cost of that cruise as much as they do (other than the economic law of supply and demand)?

The cost of the cruise is about the regular price as it is just one performance in the 4 or 7 night cruise.   The performers play in the ship theater while the ship is in port until midnight.  It is an on-board concert not a themed cruise.   

We first saw Celtic Thunder on PBS and joined the fan club there. We have seen them live twice and have all their music. As far as the cruise thing. We heard about the group going on a certain ship a a certain time due to the groups blog. we booked an inside room on the ship for that cruise. When Carnival announced the show,We were contacted about the huge price increase and/or the full refund on the spot of our deposit. We took the refund as we could not come up with the extra fees.

Not worth the extra cost to me. 

Since we retired, husband does all the cooking now.  He enjoys cooking but rarely had time while he was working.  Not only does he do all the cooking, but he insists on doing all the food shopping.  So, I have more time to spend on this site.  We will be away on on our world cruise and timeshare stay in Fort Lauderdale through mid-May.  Have you booked a cruise yet



I have not booked yet,  getting information and trying to get a bunch of people coordinated for time off of work and to stay pre or post cruise.  


Retirement is great,  I went semi-retired before I hit 40.  The only disadvantage is all of my friends my age are still working so not a lot of people to go out traveling with.  I have also done more home cooking since I retired, being single I do all the shopping also.


World cruise sounds great.....I have to do one of those when I can find a travel buddy.

My wife and I usually book a year or more in advance and the last cruise was changed to a concert cruise with Heart. We were locked in at the early saver rate but friends of ours that booked well after us paid about $75 each more for the same room class as us.

We bought the tickets to see the concert ($50 each) but I really don't think I would book a cruise specifically for a concert but we did enjoy it. 


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