Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy acrobats on NCL

Frozen show on Disney Wonder

Grease is the word on two Royal Caribbean ships

first exclusively-created Cirque du Soleil show at sea, with a 450-seat lounge specially designed to accommodate its aerial acrobatics. It will be on MSC Meraviglia when it launches in June. Tickets cost either €35, which includes a pre-show dinner (available for up to 100 people per night), or €15 for a cocktail- and-show package. NCL’s Cirque Dreams and Dinner show, based on the Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, is new on Norwegian Getaway this summer. The show, priced from $25, is already on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic. It replaces a magic dinner show on Getaway. Entertainment is unlikely

to be the sole reason why people choose a particular cruise but it is something for

agents to bear in mind when matching clients to a ship. For instance, a couple in their 60s are unlikely to be turned on by DreamWorks character parades but they might well be keen on seeing bands from the 1960s and 1970s. Here are some ideas of

what would suit agents’ different customers.

Families Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International are the experts when it comes to family entertainment. The theatres on Disney

ships resound with songs from films such as Frozen and Tangled, respectively playing on Disney Wonder and Disney Magic. Starting November 6, passengers on Disney Dream can take their seats for a new musical production of

Beauty and the Beast. Disney ships have deck

parties, pirate nights and character meet-and-greet sessions, while Star Wars fans can meet its heroes and villains on one-week Disney Fantasy cruises from Port Canaveral between January and April 2018. Kids can meet Shrek,

Kung-Fu Panda and other DreamWorks characters on 10 Royal Caribbean ships (Allure, Anthem, Freedom, Harmony, Liberty, Mariner, Oasis, Ovation, Quantum and Voyager of the Seas) during parades (free) and character breakfasts (extra charge applies). Families cruising with Royal Caribbean can also watch high divers and ice-skating shows, and catch the musicals Cats on Oasis of the Seas, Saturday Night

Fever on Liberty of the Seas and Grease on Harmony and Independence of the Seas.

Princess Cruises offers

family entertainment with a difference – an ‘at sea’ version of TV’s The Voice. It is offered on 11 ships (Regal, Royal, Caribbean, Emerald, Ruby, Golden, Island, Coral, Crown, Grand and Star) and, just as on TV, there are three coaches, ‘I want you’ chairs, auditions and mentor rehearsal sessions. Passengers choose the winner in a live finale.

Traditionalists Cruise lines including Fred Olsen, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Thomson Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises continue to favour traditional stage shows with singers and dancers May 2017 | Travel Weekly Cruise | 39


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