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Cirque de Soleil promises feast of sound and passion for its first shows on MSC Meraviglia

Cirque de Soleil’s first residency on a cruise ship is launching with two brand-new productions. The Carousel Lounge on MSC Meraviglia is being purpose-built at a cost of €20 million (£17 million) to stage the shows, complete with the latest in sound and lighting technology and special rigging. VIAGGIO is the story of a passionate and eccentric artist who hears the call of his faceless muse. Mysterious and seductive, she beckons him into the vivid world of imagination to complete his masterpiece – brought o life by electrifying colours and exciting acts. With sound at its heart, SONOR – the second show [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:01:22+00:00 18 May 2017|Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

FAB-U-LOUS, daaahlings … Craig and the Strictly dancers are back on board P&O Cruises

The stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will be sparkling bright again this summer as they cruise the Mediterranean and northern Europe with P&O. Ringmaster Craig Revel Horwood will be in charge of the dancing circus once more for all four Strictly cruises. Professional dancers and competing passengers will be on tiptoes waiting for him to pronounce the verdict: “FAB-U-LOUS, daaaahlings!” Last year’s winner Ore Oduba is reunited with partner Joanne Clifton on board P&O Cruises’ Ventura for a 14-night cruise to the Western Mediterranean, departing April 30. They will be joined by Giovanni Pernice, Neil and Katya Jones, AJ [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 17 March 2017|Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

Boyzlife booked to perform five shows in Limelight supper club on P&O Cruises’ Britannia

Cruise ship Britannia is to host a five-night residency for Boyzlife, the Irish supergroup formed by Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy. The Westlife and Boyzone stars will appear in the P&O ship’s Limelight Club, an intimate supper lounge where guests have a three-course meal before the entertainment – which usually consists of conversation and song. For Duffy, the visit will be a return to the ship on which he competed in TV’s Battlechefs last year. He said: “We are very excited to be taking our sell-out tour to sea and entertaining Britannia’s guests with music and stories from life on [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 25 February 2017|Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

Seabourn debuts An Evening With Tim Rice

Sir Tim Rice presents the narration of a musical journey through some of his best-known work for a new production that will debut on Seabourn Encore in January and follow on every ship in the fleet. An Evening With Time Rice brings together his work as a lyricist with composers Andrew Lloyd Webber on Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita; Elton John’s The Lion King; Alan Menken, on Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast; and ABBA’s Bjorn and Benny on Chess. The new show has been created exclusively for Seabourn by Belinda King Creative Productions. It [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:23+00:00 28 September 2016|Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

How you can cruise with the stars

TV favourites Ant and Dec are gearing up for their Saturday Night Takeaway finale appearance broadcast live from P&O Cruises’ Britannia next month. There are plenty of other opportunities to cruise with the stars, and leading agents Iglu have come up with a list that includes celebrity chefs, dancers from Strictly, and a Bake Off winner. As managing director Simone Clark points out: “A cruise with a celebrity offers a memorable and exciting holiday with a real difference. “Fans can combine meeting some of their favourite celebrities in an intimate setting, with an exotic holiday location; what’s not to love?” [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:24+00:00 9 March 2016|Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

Passengers can compete to be stars as Princess Cruises launch The Voice of the Ocean

  TV talent show The Voice is to make its debut at sea, with cruise ship passengers groomed for stardom and judged by their fellow guests. The Voice of the Ocean is to become a feature on 11 Princess ships, starting with Regal Princess in October. Contestants will be picked during karaoke session auditions and assigned a mentor from the entertainment teams. Up to nine finalists will compete on stage during the last night of the cruise.   A SURVEY of UK passengers shows they are paying no more for their cruise holidays now than they were four years ago. [...]

By | 2015-08-08T10:42:01+00:00 8 August 2015|Cruise Entertainment, Cruise News|0 Comments

Top acts lined up for Carnival LIVE 2015 concerts

  They’ll be Dancing on the Ceiling - All Night Long – on cruise ships Carnival Freedom and Carnival Pride this year, when Lionel Richie joins the roster of singers performing as part of the Carnival LIVE concert series. Following the success of the debut season in 2014, when Chicago, Jennifer Hudson, Styx and Kansas were among the bill-toppers, a new line-up has been announced for 2015. Richie’s two performances will take place while the ships are berthed in Nassau, Bahamas, on October 14 and 15. Boston appear on four different ships in Nassau – Carnival Sunshine, Fantasy, Sensation and [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:27+00:00 15 April 2015|Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

Spectacular start for Regal Princess

Regal Princess, which left the shipyard this week for her first sea trials, will be christened at the end of next month. It's going to be a relatively low-key affair compared with the stunning success of last year's ceremony in Southampton, where a heavily pregnant Kate Middleton was godmother and grabbed headlines and topped television news bulletins around the world. The ship is still going to be a spectacular vessel, with entertainment to match - as you can see from this video.

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:27+00:00 19 April 2014|Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

Rock the boat! Legends at sea

The seas have been alive with the sound of music in the past few days. The Moody Blues headlined a five-day cruise from Miami, and rockers Styx (above) opened Carnival's season of LIVE! concerts. The Moody Blues were joined on board MSC Divina by The Who's Roger Daltrey, the Zombies, Little River Band, and ELP drummer Carl Palmer Styx had passengers rocking in the aisles on consecutive nights aboard Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Fascination in Nassau. Guitarist Tommy Shaw said "We had a great time and it looked like our fans loved it too. Can't wait to do it again [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:27+00:00 17 April 2014|Cruise Entertainment|0 Comments

A Crystal first: Female dance partners

There's a certain group of cruise ship passengers who travel frequently and often alone. We'll call them the Golden Girls although some are Platinum and others are Silver or just Blue. As well as the hair, they have the time and they have the money, because - let's be frank - they may have an inheritance or an insurance pay-out to support them. What they don't have in abundance is male company. Which is why many cruise lines employ gentlemen hosts to partner these ladies on the dance floor and to provide conversation over dinner or a drink. Because that's [...]

By | 2014-03-14T10:25:56+00:00 14 March 2014|Cruise Entertainment|1 Comment