Entertainment on land and at sea

14 February 2019

Carnival Cruise Comedy Night

Long gone are the days where cruise ship entertainment consisted of cramming onto a packed coach by day and enjoying games and a buffet by night. Modern cruise holidays have evolved and now boast a fantastic array of choices to keep you entertained.

From exploring the unseen treasures of new destinations to living it up by night with sensational performances and venues, the choices are endless – and never dull! Open yourself up to the inspirational world of cruising and you could find yourself in the middle of a wonderful adventure, experiencing things you never dreamed of...

On-shore adventures

Scuba diving excursion on cruise holiday

Excursions on land can be anything from a four-day trekking adventure to a luxurious afternoon treat. Many of the big ocean cruise ships offer guests the option of ‘boutique tours’, where you can enjoy the intimacy of a smaller group and the chance to head off the beaten track, away from the footsteps of the traditional cruise ship itineraries. Think personal tours, behind-the-scenes access, and thrilling activities.

Want to ride a Harley through the wilds of Alaska? Explore the underwater caves, or cenotes, of Mexico’s Caribbean coast? Hunt for delicious rare truffles in Croatia? You could even swim with sharks in South Africa (from the safety of a cage, phew).

Or, why not give something back during your trip with a voluntourism adventure? This new wave of on-shore activity sees passengers working with teams around the world to assist in essential volunteering programmes. You could find yourself doing anything from teaching English to counting penguins!

Immerse yourself in history

Ephesus Excursion in Turkey

Leaving the ocean waves behind and stepping onto dry land is an unforgettable way to discover more about the story behind the place you’ve docked in. Boutique cruise excursions take you to places you wouldn’t otherwise experience, ensure you see the sights you’ll love, and introduce you to the hidden gems of a destination.

You could find yourself exploring the awe-inspiring Roman ruins of Ephesus in Turkey with Princess Cruise’s ‘Connoisseur’ tours. Or perhaps bringing history to life (away from the school desks) with a Disney ‘Signature’ family-friendly scavenger hunt around beautiful Valletta, on the tiny island of Malta.

A taste of luxury

Visiting a vineyard on a cruise holiday excursion

We all deserve a little holiday indulgence, whether that’s a relaxing massage, a round of golf or a five-star meal. We love to help you go a step further with one of the many luxury experiences on offer to cruise ship passengers.

Take a chef-led tour through Nice’s outdoor market to browse the colourful produce and learn about French food. Explore the rolling vineyards around Santorini and sample their delicious wines as the sun goes down. Or, go full throttle with a day spent speeding along the stunning St. Tropez coastline in a classic (and highly envy-inducing) Ferrari.

Spectacular shows

BB King's Blues Club, Holland America

Today’s cruise ships boast incredible evening entertainment, with options for all ages and tastes. Families will love the Disney cruise ships with their Pirates of the Caribbean-themed deck parties, musical extravaganzas of classic Disney favourites like Aladdin, and lavish afternoon teas hosted by singing Disney princesses.

If you love musicals, Royal Caribbean ships offer some of the most impressive Broadway-style shows, from Cats to We Will Rock You, as well as spectacular ice-skating shows, with dazzling spins and leaps. Or get acquainted with the edge of your seat while you dine, with Norwegian Epic’s Cirque du Soleil-inspired aerial acrobatic performances underneath a unique, ocean-faring Big Top.

Culture hit

Illuminations on Cunard Queen Mary II

Contrary to popular belief, cruising can offer a wealth of cultural experiences. Viking Ocean Cruises run a ‘culture curriculum’, introducing your destinations through intriguing lectures on local music, cuisine, history and art. Cunard Cruises apply a delightfully cultured approach to their evening entertainment with inspiring treats such as theatrical performances of Shakespeare plays from RADA’s finest young actors.

You can also expect cultural offerings such as ballrooms, jazz clubs, orchestral performances, planetariums, and contemporary immersive theatre adding to the feast of onboard entertainment.  

Contact your Travel Counsellor today to find out more about the exciting entertainment cruise ships offer!

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