ENTERTAINMENT Holland America Line


Princess Cruises hosts The Voice of the Ocean

Magic To Do show, Princess Cruises

performing favourite songs from musicals and music charts while togged up in glittery costumes adorned with feathers.

Princess Cruises offers song and dance with a twist in Magic To Do, a stage show created in partnership with Stephen Schwarz, who composed the music for the musical Godspell, that weaves a few illusions into the production. It is showing on Crown, Ruby and Emerald Princess. P&O Cruises’ entertainment

includes everything from British comedians and magicians to Strictly-themed voyages but the mix always includes some song and dance acts. Money Makes the World Go Round is a

musical on Arcadia that was produced by West End star Ruthie Henshall and features songs from shows including Cabaret and Chicago. Holland America Line has

lately added a few gems to its conventional entertain- ment line-up. Passengers can listen to the blues in BB King’s Blues Club (on all ships bar Amsterdam and Prinsendam), sing along to chart-topping hits in Billboard Onboard (Eurodam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Koningsdam) and watch excerpts from BBC Earth’s Frozen Planet TV series to the sound of a live orchestra in the theatre, with Frozen Planet Live (all ships except Prinsendam).

MSC Cruises has guest

singers now and then but essentially its theatre productions are of the song-and-dance genre as comedians and shows with speaking parts do not work well for its multinational clients. The shows are colourful affairs with striking costumes that are spiced up with acrobatics.

Party animals Carnival Cruise Line’s vessels have earned the moniker Fun Ships because they attract a young audience – especially the short cruises to the Bahamas and Mexican Riviera – and the ‘fun’ never ends, with game shows and quizzes by day and shows, nightclubs and gambling until the wee small hours.

NCL is another one for

clients who favour a lively holiday. Grown-ups can cool off in the ice bar (Norwegian Epic, Breakaway and Getaway), dance the nights away in the Bliss Ultra Lounge and party in the adult-only Spice H2O and Vibe Beach Club (selected ships; extra charge applies). Norwegian Escape has the District Brew House, where over-21s can treat their taste buds to almost 75 types of bottled and draft beers.

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