Cruise Ship Entertainment

Long gone are the days when standard entertainment on a cruise ship simply meant after-dinner dancing to a live orchestra and passenger talent shows. Today cruises  feature fantastic choices that get more thrilling every year, with offerings varying by cruise line and ship. Shipboard entertainment has been elevated with creative shows, unique performance areas and state-of-the-art productions.

High-tech light, music and water shows on the top deck are just some of the unforgettable entertainment enhancements designed to captivate you on your cruise vacation. Innovative technology also includes raising the bar on theater productions, such as a two-story stage with a 270-degree LED projection screen that adds energy and light to shows for one-of-a-kind experience.  State-of-the-art kitchens host cooking demonstrations and classes to tickle the palate of foodies.

Chic lounges provide the perfect setting for all kinds of entertainers – vocalists, comedians, musicians and  karaoke contestants. Some ships have rinks with ice-skating shows! You won’t believe you are at sea as you enjoy incredible spectaculars featuring professional skaters that will astound you with jaw-dropping jumps, lifts and spins.  Laugh until  it hurts at comedy clubs and shows.  Family-friendly performances are early and later in the evening are for adults-only.

Theaters showcase Broadway shows and  Cirque du Soleil-style performances. Water-based acrobatic shows take place at an outdoor pool-based stage area with 30-foot-high diving platforms and will delight everyone in the family.

Dance the night away at discos, many with DJ’s spinning the hottest tunes. Jam out with a variety of musicians and house bands who will perform your favorite songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, as well as current selections. Sway to the music until sunrise and participate in unforgettable themed parties. Fun evenings can be spent joining in sing-alongs at the always popular piano bars, where you can request your favorites.

Live music abounds on most, if not all, ships, adding an uplifting ambiance to your cruise vacation. You will be tapping your toes or dancing to a variety of styles including standards, top-40 favorites, reggae, salsa, fun poolside DJs and bands. Chill-out with live jazz and blues performances at a variety of popular venues. You will feel like you are watching the real thing when you watch talented impersonators.

Grab a mic and coax out your inner rock star or country crooner at exhilarating karaoke competitions. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, you can relax to the soothing sounds of a string quartet or a harpist.

Movie aficionados, music lovers and sports fans will relish the over-the-top offerings. Some ships provide blockbusters, concerts and live sporting events on a gigantic screen under the stars on the top deck. Extra perks include the comfort of a toasty blanket and popcorn.

Immerse yourself in the IMAX experience taking movie-going to another level. First-run Hollywood features, recent hits and fascinating IMAX documentaries are all more exciting in IMAX.

Special 3D and 4D theaters have amazing  video affects that will make you feel part of the experience — with wind in your hair, a splash of water and seats that make you feel like you are part of the action. Not for the faint-hearted, as your spine tingles with thrills and chills.

Innovative multimedia theaters combine virtual concerts, robotics, aerial shows and video projection to provide technology-enhanced spectacles that will leave you awe-struck as dazzling acrobatic displays take place in the air above your head.

Enjoy dinner and a mystery or magic show whereby passengers are intertwined with the story as a joke-cracking cast mixes in with diners at select restaurants. Strolling musicians and a “stowaway pianist” delight guests as they sporadically appear around the ship with impromptu sing-alongs.

For many, casino games provide an exhilarating level of entertainment. Challenge Lady Luck at blackjack, poker and slots among others. Take a few spins at the roulette wheel and register for exciting tournaments.

These are among the entertainment options available that will make your family’s cruise vacation even more memorable and fun.

For more information on exciting cruise line entertainment choices and cruise deals, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

Discover Southern Caribbean Cruises

Considered one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, the Caribbean is famous for its colorful islands, friendly people, beautiful beaches, endless water sports, romantic sunsets and delicious food. A Southern Caribbean cruise will transport you to some of the region’s most idyllic islands stretching from Antigua to Trinidad and along the northeastern coast of South America, to the French West Indies and the Grenadines. A variety of embarkation ports makes it fairly easy to reach this tropical paradise.

Beauty abounds in the Southern Caribbean, which stretches from the lush paradise of Dominica to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, known as the “ABC” islands  These itineraries include such enticing destinations as Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada (the Spice Island), Bequia (in the Grenadines), upscale French St. Bart’s (St. Barths), St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts/Nevis and Puerto Rico.

Discover unique islands, miles of unspoiled beaches dotted with hidden coves, secluded bays and amazing ports. Known for their magnificent scenery and endless natural beauty, each of these unique destinations offers memorable experiences. From the lush rainforests of Dominica to the delightful French ambiance of St. Barts and the white sand beaches of Antigua, something special awaits. Choose your favorites from a variety of shore excursions in each destination to create the perfect Southern Caribbean cruise.

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Some Highlights

Antigua
Boasting 365 beaches – one for everyday of the year – Antigua is a water lover’s dream as it is crystal-clear, making it ideal for swimming, snorkeling, diving, water-skiing and relaxing. History buffs will appreciate a visit to the famous Fort James and Nelson’s Dockyard National Park.

Aruba
Charming Aruba is a Dutch island famous for its white-sand beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun. Entertainment may include water sports such as diving and snorkeling, while a fun jeep tour along the rugged coastline is ideal for adventure-seekers. If you are looking for that special souvenir, the many duty-free shops will certainly have what you desire. Foodies will be in heaven with the many fabulous culinary offerings at a seemingly endless variety of restaurants.

Barbados
Experience the many delights of Barbados and its English culture. People flock here from all over the world for its breathtaking beaches, exceptional cuisine and more. One of the best places for wildlife tours is the world-famous Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Explore Harrison’s Cave, where you will discover limestone stalactites and stalagmites and glorious scents wafting through the air will surround you at the acclaimed botanical gardens.

Curaçao
Considered one of the Caribbean’s most recognizable landmarks is the iconic image of the Dutch-influenced waterfront of Curaçao’s capital, Willemstad, with buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Designed with Dutch gables and red-tiled roofs, they are painted in delightful hues of pink, blue, pistachio and citrus yellow. Connecting neighborhoods is the famous floating Queen Emma Bridge. Nearly 300 years old, the Mikve Israel Synagogue Curaçao is one of the most historic synagogues in the world, with its original fixtures and mahogany wood. One of multiple unique features is a floor  entirely covered in sand from the Sinai desert. This is symbolic of 40 years spent wandering in the desert before the Jews reached Israel.

Grenada
The “spice island” of Grenada boasts what is considered the Caribbean’s most beautiful harbor, in addition to holding the title as the world’s leading producer of cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg and clove. Aquamarine waters boast the Caribbean’s largest shipwreck just off the coast along with kaleidoscopic coral reefs and fish ensuring spectacular sights while you are snorkeling and diving. Traverse cobblestone streets for a panoramic view of the magnificent waterfront, take a stroll in the powdery sand of famous Grand Anse Beach and swim in Annandale Falls’ tropical pool at the 50-foot waterfall. Nature-lovers will be captivated by the birds, animals and native flora and fauna of the Grand Etang National Park, where you may catch a glimpse of the elusive Mona monkey.

St. Bart’s (St. Barths)
Luxurious and elegant, St. Bart’s offers a distinct French ambiance and upon arrival it becomes clear why this delightful island is a favorite retreat for the rich and famous. Its well-known harbor of Gustavia will beckon to you with its bevy of chic boutiques and diverse restaurants. Shell Beach, aptly named, is covered in millions of shells and just a short walk from here.

Experience these vibrant islands on your thrilling and amenity-filled Southern Caribbean cruise. Bring the family along, you’ll find something for all age groups in this wonderful sun-draped region.

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Symphony of the Seas Update – “Neighborhoods”

Weighing in at a whopping 230,000 tons, Royal Caribbean International’s 5,535-guest Symphony of the Seas debuts in April 2018.

A host of varied experiences will be offered in the innovative “seven-neighborhoods” each with distinctive features to suit your mood any time. If you can’t seem to get enough of these exciting areas, the ship also boasts neighborhood balcony accommodations overlooking either Boardwalk or Central Park. Comfortable, well-appointed and with fantastic views they make an ideal spot for resting or people-watching.

Delightful surprises await cruisers of all ages in these unique onboard venues.

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Neighborhood Highlights:

Boardwalk
The highly popular Boardwalk has been transformed with additional innovations on Symphony of the Seas. Cheer your favorite team as you watch popular worldwide sports matches on 30 big-screen TVs at the new Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade. Spanning the length of the Boardwalk, this sports bar and arcade provides a very social atmosphere. Have a draft craft beer and enjoy family-friendly competitions such as Ms. Pacman, Star Wars Battle Pod, Ice Skee-ball and other popular games. Nearby you’ll find the beautiful hand-carved carousel. Sugar Beach candy and ice-cream shop features walls lined with sweet treats. Awe-inspiring shows at the AquaTheater, including incredible high-diving aerial performances, will have audiences of all ages captivated.

Central Park
Stroll through beautiful Central Park, a delightful and verdant open-air neighborhood with more than 12,000 tropical plants. Along the walkways you will discover boutiques and eateries nestled in this serene environment. Bring your appetite, because fabulous specialty restaurants are located here, including Chops Grille, Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, 150 Central Park and the popular Vintages bar for wine enthusiasts. Have a casual meal at the expanded Park Café, with its communal table and outdoor bistro seating overlooking a central piazza.

Entertainment Place
The air hums with a scintillating energy in a neighborhood aptly named Entertainment Place where you can enjoy a myriad of fun venues. This “night club district” features the bustling Casino Royale, the largest at sea; Studio B, home to a full-scale ice rink and a glow-in-the-dark laser tag game. Enjoy lots of laughs at The Attic comedy club, which becomes a late-night hang-out for dancing and drinks. Chill-out at Jazz on 4 featuring live blues and jazz performances as you enjoy table service.

Pool & Sports Zone
Adventurous cruisers will be spending a lot of time at the Pool & Sports Zone, home to thrilling highlights such as Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea, The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, two FlowRider surf simulators, a mini-golf course, a nine-deck-high zip line, beach pool, plus El Loco Fresh, a delicioso new Mexican dining venue.

Royal Promenade

Dining, bar-hopping and shopping abound on this bustling main thoroughfare at sea. The Promenade features a café, the Bionic Bar, an industry-changer with its robot bartenders, and Rising Tide Bar, transporting guests along with their favorite cocktails between decks to Central Park.

Youth Zone

Young cruisers, from tots to teens, will flock to this fun area filled with exclusive facilities and home to the Youth Program. Becoming quite popular on land and now at sea, special thrills are found at Puzzle Break which is for teams racing against the clock to escape a submarine-themed room.

Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center
Head to the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center – the largest on the high seas and pamper yourself with a myriad of amazing services, treatments and products. While you’re in the area keep up with your fitness goals on state-of-the-art equipment and in heart-pumping classes.

These amazing “neighborhoods” will be ready to welcome you when Symphony of the Seas arrives in spring of next year. Reserve your favorite accommodations now.

For more information on Royal Caribbean, Symphony of the Seas and our exceptional cruise deals, visit us at Cruise.com or call our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.

New Cruise Ships on the Horizon for 2018

Great news for cruise lovers, in 2018 you will have the opportunity to be among the first passengers to sail on a variety of amazing brand-new ships. And what incredible ones they will be! Stunning interiors, state-of-the-art designs, innovative amenities, dazzling entertainment, fabulous dining, spectacular accommodations and more will have your family “oohing and aahing.” This is also the ideal time for first-timers to establish their sea-legs.  Some of the most popular names in cruising, including Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC CruisesNorwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International will all be introducing unique and special ships,

Here is a preview of some of the fabulous cruise ships that you can reserve now for next year:

Carnival Horizon

Thrills galore will be featured on Carnival Cruise Line’s 133,500-ton, 3,936-guest Carnival Horizon. Scheduled to arrive in April 2018, she will boast many popular features found on her sister, Carnival Vista, including RedFrog Pub & Brewery, a unique bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, ropes course and a huge WaterWorks park featuring a thrilling 455-foot slide. This floating resort has extra-spacious Family Harbor accommodations and incredible Havana Cabanas & Suites, where its guests have exclusive use of an aft pool, bar and more. Nearly 30 food and drink venues, three pools, Camp Ocean youth programs and many other amenities offer something fun for everyone in the family.

 

Celebrity Edge

Taking innovation to new levels, the Celebrity Edge will be the first of Celebrity Cruises’ revolutionary Edge Class when she debuts in fall 2018.  The 117,000-ton, 2,900-guest marvel will introduce several first-to-cruising features, such as: The Magic Carpet, the world’s first cantilevered deck that moves between decks 2 and 16, serving as a unique bar, restaurant and embarkation area. A show-stopper is the lovely Rooftop Garden where guests can relax and reflect in a gorgeous urban playscape surrounded by sculptures and music. The Retreat is a serene area exclusive to suite guests who may enjoy a private pool, sundeck, lounge and restaurant. New suite classes include a 5,000-square-foot Iconic Suite positioned high on top of the ship with sweeping panoramic views and the stunning two-level Edge Villa. The Resort Deck will have a large pool and “martini glass” Jacuzzis overlooking the deck below. Eden offers guests an ambiance that changes in the morning, afternoon and evening to enhance your experience and The Meeting Place will be perfect to conduct business at sea.

MSC Seaview

The 154,000-ton, 4,140-guest MSC Seaview will become the second in MSC Cruises’ Seaside Class when she sets sail in May 2018. She’ll offer more balcony staterooms, public areas and sea views. Her 360°promenade with glass railings will circle the entire ship and will serve as a lovely area where guests may stroll along in the sea air and they enjoy dining venues, chic bars and boutiques. A whopping 468,000-square-feet of public space will include a theater, panoramic ocean-facing elevators, a theater and unique terraced balcony staterooms. Nine eateries include two restaurants in partnership with acclaimed chef Roy Yamaguchi. Three outdoor catwalks will extend out over the water, interactive 5D cinemas and the longest zip lines at sea are some of her additional extraordinary features.

ms Nieuw Statendam

Sister ship to the popular ms Koningsdam, the 99,500-ton, 2,650-guest ms Nieuw Statendam should arrive in December 2018. Her features will include favorites from her sister including several dining options such as the French-style seafood brasserie, Sel de Mer. Guests will also enjoy a new immersive farm-to-table dinner experience where master chefs prepare fabulous meals in front of guests, sure to be a foodie favorite. This stunning bright and airy Pinnacle Class ship will have a variety of modern and elegant accommodations, including those designed for families, a companion or solo. Many happy memories will be made at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, a wine-blending venue, a large movie screen and two-tiered Lido Pool area.  World Stage will be a 360-degree entertainment hotspot blending music and dance with a wraparound 270-degree screen that integrates live action. Passengers will adore Music Walk, featuring B.B. King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and Lincoln Center Stage.

Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line’s 167,800-ton, 4,000-guest Norwegian Bliss will debut in spring 2018, boasting such exciting features as a two-level electric-car race track, an open-air laser tag course, heart-racing waterslides that round the side of the ship and much more.  Exceptional dining options, entertainment venues, bars, lounges and youth programs will ensure that there’s something for everyone in the family. Stop by Norwegian’s signature Observation Lounge as well as The Waterfront, with al fresco restaurants and bars. Relax at two pools and six infinity hot tubs. The Aqua Park boasts two multi-story waterslides and the high-speed, cantilevered, Ocean Loops. A multitude of restaurants will serve everything from Mexican cuisine to a new Texas Smokehouse, Italian, seafood, a Japanese hibachi, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea and more. The acclaimed Mandara Spa provides a bevy of treatments and you can work out at the state-of-art Fitness Center. Captivating entertainment includes high-end production shows, a disco, casino and more. Stunning accommodations include Studio staterooms with “virtual” ocean views for solo cruisers and luxurious suites at The Haven by Norwegian.

Symphony of the Seas

When the 230,000-ton, 5535-guest Symphony of the Seas enters service in April 2018 she will become the world’s largest cruise ship and the fourth of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships., Special features will be available in her seven diverse neighborhoods: Boardwalk, Central Park, Royal Promenade, Entertainment Place, Youth Zone, Vitality Spa and Fitness, plus the Pool and Sports Zone. Your family will love the 20 restaurants, four pools, a 10-story waterslide alongside a trio of slides, an ice-skating rink, the Aquatheater with its water shows and aerial acrobatics, Splashaway Bay for kids and much more. Thrilling entertainment, a casino,  chic bars, swanky lounges and fabulous accommodations will also be featured.

 

Gather your favorite cruise companions as now is the best time to reserve the accommodations of your choice on one of these beautiful ships.

For more information on New Cruise Ships in 2018 and our cruise deals, visit us at Cruise.com or call our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.  

A Luxury Vacation with Viking River Cruises

Journey along some of the world’s most storied rivers in understated elegance on the intimate ships of Viking River Cruises, the world’s largest river cruise line. Experience The Viking Difference and you will understand why so many well-traveled passengers choose this luxury line for their travel plans. Its stunning ships glide along on such European rivers as the Danube, Rhine, Elbe, Douro, Volga, Seine and Moselle, as well as the exotic Mekong, Yangtze, Irrawaddy and Nile. Whichever itinerary you select, including the always popular “Tulip & Windmills” and magical “Christmas Market” cruises, Viking will transport you in style to explore the world’s most fascinating cultures.

All-Inclusive Value

Keep your wallet tucked away as Viking River Cruises offers an almost completely all-inclusive vacation. What a value! High-end amenities, accommodations, personalized attention, dining venues, most shore excursions and even WiFi are included in your cruise fare, plus wine and beer are

Unparalleled Personal Attention

If you want to go where everyone knows your name, simply step aboard a Viking River Cruises ship and miraculously, the staff will know it. All of the staff will not only will address you by name, but your needs will seemingly be intuitively known. Expect unobtrusive pampering throughout your voyage as nothing will be overlooked and no detail too small.

Destination-Focused Dining

Entice your palate and senses with regional cuisine. Locally sourced ingredients, such as Hungarian paprika and the famous lemons of Provence, are just some of the ways chefs prepare authentic dishes to coincide with the ports you are visiting. World-class cuisine is served onboard, include the line’s signature “taste of” to introduce you to the food and drink of a region. Onboard restaurants serve the finest world-class cuisine, with free-flowing wine and beer to accompany your gourmet meal.

Immersive Experience

Specially designed itineraries provide the maximum time in port for you to delve into the culture of each region through tours and more. Special insightful experiences may include accompanying the chef to a local market, getting exclusive access to private collections at world-class museums, ballet performances, culinary events and more.

Cultural Curriculum®

Onboard, the exclusive Culture Curriculum will also enrich your vacation experience. Offered on every itinerary, complimentary workshops provide insight into your destination with a bevy of features, such as creating a local dish and attending in-depth lectures about the region. “Destination Performances” are also included on each sailing and includes a performance that represents a place, such as a Russian ballet.

Viking Longships

Innovative Viking Longships accommodate just 190 privileged guests in 95 staterooms and were designed to bring the “outside in” with an open airy feel. Boasting the most al fresco dining options on Europe’s rivers, as well as huge windows throughout, lots of natural light adds to the airy open ambiance. The innovative all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the ship’s bow continues this theme with panoramic views as you enjoy dining outside. Two incredible Explorer Suites are the largest plying the waterways of Europe and a French balcony is the perfect spot for morning coffee and pre-dinner cocktails.

Casual Dress Code

Leave the ballgowns and tuxedos at home, along with the cocktail dresses and even the jackets and ties. Expect a very relaxed cruise with a dress code encouraging guests to be comfortable,

Coffee Stations

Coffee-lovers will be able to get a caffeine fix at conveniently located coffee stations, including near the lounge. Push-button machines will instantly produce such hot drinks as cappuccino, latte and more, while quality tea bags are also offered.  Syrups such as vanilla and hazelnut are available as well, along with scrumptious cookies and other treats, available 24/7.

Experience all of this and more when you travel with Viking River Cruises and enjoy your luxury vacation on this world-class line.

For more information and cruise deals on Viking River Cruises, visit us at Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 1-888-776-0659.