Best Cruise Lines for On Board Entertainment


For reasons that need no justification, we tend to focus a lot on gastronomy and food here on the Cruise1st blog — covering everything from the best burgers at sea to news about mouth watering new eats across the major cruise lines. And while we’re more than happy to continue filling you in on the latest foodie goings on out on the high seas, today we’ll be focussing on another exciting aspect of cruise travel — and that’s the on board entertainment.

Since we began cruising for pleasure, cruise lines have continuously ramped up their on board entertainment offering, with much of today’s on board entertainment proving to be a true visual spectacle. But which cruise lines do entertainment best? We’re here to find out.

Carnival Cruise Line


World-renowned for their action-packed ‘fun ships’, Carnival Cruise Line pull out all the bells and whistles when it comes to on board entertainment — creating a vast and colourful programme of nightly events that are celebrated for their glitz and glamour. Carnival ships are kitted out with the very latest technology to bring each and every stage show to life, with a roster of special effects providing a visual accompaniment to the professional acting and dancing teams.

Current Shows: Getaway Island, 80s to the Max, Motor City

Norwegian Cruise Line

In recent years, Norwegian Cruise Line have aimed to shrug off their image as a formal line, integrating a lot more fun activities across their global fleet. This overhaul led to the creation of an entirely new entertainment programme, with a special emphasis on big production shows that are intended to get the whole audience involved in the action. The line’s biggest and newest ships, including Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Epic, are particularly renowned for their innovative entertainment programmes.

Current Shows: Legally Blonde, Cirque Dreams, Priscilla Queen of the Desert


Royal Caribbean International

Arguably the forefathers of innovative on board entertainment, Royal Caribbean have been successfully hosting incredible performances and shows for decades — giving them a creative and imaginative edge over their competition. From acrobatic poolside shows to ice rink extravaganzas, Royal Caribbean covers all the bases in order to provide captivating entertainment for each and every passenger on board. Book a spot aboard one of the line’s pioneering Quantum Class ships, and you can enjoy a show in the incredible Two70 entertainment venue — a multimedia theatre combining virtual concerts with aerial shows and video projections.


Current Shows: Saturday Night Fever, CATS, We Will Rock You

P&O Cruises Australia

Since establishing themselves as Australia’s favourite cruise line, P&O Australia have gone to great lengths to tailor their on board offerings for the local cruise market — introducing a wealth of new production shows that offer endless visual and comedic appeal. Just this year, P&O Australia introduced a brand new production show that’s thought to push the envelope in terms of contemporary choreography — Twice Upon a Time. The show is features aboard Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria, but is expected to be rolled out to other ships in the coming months.

Current Shows: Off the Charts, Disconnected, Life As We Know It


Whether you’re cruising for the food, the entertainment or the shore excursions, Cruise1st Australia have a huge range of affordable cruise deals that can help you make your dream seafaring getaway a reality. To find out more, visit the homepage or call us on 1300 306 318.

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