On Board Entertainment

I was wondering, do you prefer the main theater entertainment in the evening, the lounge acts for dancing, sing along or requests or just retiring to your cabin to unwind or read?

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I usually prefer going to the main theater for evening entertainment. If this is a repeat, I go to one of the lounges - a piano bar or one that has dancing.

For me it depends on the cruise line and my mood. Carnival has done great with the "Punchliner Comedy Club" They also keep a piano bar on each ship that is fun to go to. I'm not much for the big singing and dancing shows but the Ice show on RCI was worth watching.

I would like more lines to have the cultural enrichment lectures like Celebrity has throughout the cruise. I typically do not hit the disco unless traveling with a large group and had a lot to drink. On the NCL Pearl I dd watch a movie on the large screen in the lobby area.

I too like the ice shows on RCCL and the Carnival Punchliner Comedy Shows. I like the enrichment lectures on HAL. I also have watched a couple of movies if they were something that I really wanted to see. Hubby is not a fan of movies so he needs some convincing. He would prefer a piano bar. That's why cruising is so great. There are so many choices. You can do something different every night.

I much prefer the live act theaters. Afterward, I like the Piano Bar or any lounge with live (not too loud) music.

I enjoy the main theater. Then depending on the lounge acts we go and listen to the Music.

I li hear you about the loud music.

I li hear you about the loud music.

We enjoy the very talented solo artists who haunt the lounges and main centrum areas.

We (mostly I) have grown weary of the Vegas-review type production shows that feature second-tier songs from the well-known shows in order to spend less money on the song rights fees. The show boasts numbers from shows like Cats, Phantom or Sunset Blvd but you don't hear the well-known hit(s) only a lesser-known song those shows. As for the guest performer shows, sometimes the acts have been good, more often not-so-much. It is rather a crapshoot. Both of these trends lead us to see the lounge performer more than going to big show.

The main reason I have grown to detest the theatre show experience is that of the seating. The seats are horribly uncomfortable, too narrow and shallow to get comfortable in unless you happen to be a small child or a short-statured size 2 adult. The rows are positioned too close together so getting past other passengers is near impossible for my husband, let alone me. At least the lounges provide options for seating configuration that are pleasing to more passengers.

As a side note - Perhaps we are just jaded from years of cruising, but I would like to think that the cruise lines might up the ante on show quality. If not, this may be a relic of the past at some point in the next 5-10 years.

What bothers me about theater production numbers is that the shows last 5 years on many cruise ships. If you take the same ship within that period of time, the production numbers are the same. If you take Back ti Back cruises you will see the same production shows. On my Grand Voyage, the ship repeated the production shows three times for the three segments. Then we took a back to back cruise and the productions shows were again repeats.

It would be nice if they had 3-4 different show schedules (repeat the shows every four cruises). I don't think that would take much in the way of storage room (sets and costumes). Since the players would be the same, there would not be a problem there (not considering the full Broadway shows, but more of the "mini-shows" -- 1/2 to 1 hour productions).


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