17 February 2019
Every day brings a new opportunity on a cruise, and there's so much to discover on board. Take in spectacular performances, explore the treasures of new destinations, enjoy cultural displays and more – your entertainment options are endless!
There's always spectacular shows for all ages and tastes with talented performers on a cruise. You can enjoy dinner with a show while travelling on Norwegian Epic, whose Cirque du Soleil-inspired aerial acrobatic performances will have you on the edge of your seat! Experience everything from ice-skating shows to Broadway-style productions of musicals like We Will Rock You and Cats on a Royal Caribbean ship, while Disney cruises host various entertainment for families from afternoon tea parties with Disney princesses, to Pirates of the Caribbean deck parties.
Discover a range of vibrant cultural experiences while sailing the seven seas. Sign up to Viking Cruises ‘culture curriculum’ to enjoy a menu of lectures, from the local music, cuisine, history and art of your chosen destinations. You can enjoy cultured evening entertainment while sailing with Cunard Cruises, such as theatrical performances of Shakespeare plays from RADA’s finest young actors. Cunard are known for providing incredible entertainment, on board you can visit jazz clubs, ballrooms and planetariums, or watch orchestral performances!
As cruise ship technology advances, the entertainment offerings grow more sophisticated. Take the Celebrity Edge; an innovative new cruise ship which debuted in winter 2018. This ship is the future of cruising, with the world’s first cantilevered platform which allows passengers to travel up to heights of 13 storeys above sea level. The vessel also comes with an extensive entertainment area on the top deck, as well as a rooftop garden where you can catch movie screenings. There's also the multi-floored ‘Eden’ garden of delights, where riveting performance art is showcased.
Prepare to enjoy exciting entertainment with U by Uniworld, a unique new river cruising concept designed for travellers aged between 21 and 45. You can travel on board one of two ships while experiencing a range of fun interactive activities, including mixology and yoga sessions, silent discos, cooking classes and ‘paint and wine’ activities. You'll also get to try fun activities and excursions on shore, with 27 ports of call, six countries and four different rivers to choose from. Browse traditional stalls at Budapest’s Christmas market, cycle along the winding paths of Amsterdam, go rock climbing in Hamburg or kayak on the Seine; the rivers of Europe are your oyster!
Uncover unmissable onshore adventures while cruising. There are often ‘boutique tours’ when sailing on the bigger ocean cruise ships, allowing you to head off the beaten track with a small group to discover your location’s hidden treasures. Try your hand at some truly unique things, from underwater cave diving off the Mexican coast to riding a Harley through Alaska and swimming with sharks (in the safety of a cage) in South Africa. As a conscientious traveller, you can also embark on a ‘voluntourism’ adventure, with onshore activities where you work as a team to help in tasks ranging from counting penguins to teaching English! If you cruise with Hurtigruten you can even sign up for adventures including dog sledging in an ice cave or king crab rafting safaris!
The simple act of stepping off your cruise ship and onto dry land can provide fascinating insight as you have the chance to explore your destination’s past. Many top attractions are within walking distance of your ship; stop in Barcelona and you can tour all of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in just one day! You can also sign up for guided tours, where experts will shed light on your chosen location’s fascinating history and intriguing sites.