Many agree that evenings onboard a cruise ship are the highlight of the trip – dressing up for dinner, sipping a cocktail in an exclusive venue, and of course sitting back to enjoy some entertainment. What’s more, cruise lines are constantly coming up with new and exciting options that ensure you can easily choose activities on a cruise to suit your tastes.

All things ‘Strictly’

Strictly Come Dancing fans will no doubt be excited about P&O Cruises’ collaboration with the Saturday night favourite. For those who want to experience the magic and relive the memories within a cruise environment, P&O Cruises are running several themed itineraries that bring all the glamour of Strictly to your sailing adventure. Whether you are travelling to Portugal and the Canaries or the shores of Italy and Madeira, join a judge and two of the dancers from the show, practise your own moves and appreciate the exquisitely designed costumes up close.

Currently P&O’s AzuraBritannia and Ventura are all hosting Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises during the 2018 season. With so many fans of the show they book up quickly, so make sure to get your Strictly friends together and choose your sailing dates soon.

Theatrical productions

If dancing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other entertainment opportunities for you to enjoy – such as mesmerising theatre performances. You no longer have to travel to London’s West End to experience the magic of a musical theatre production. If you are dreaming of the big stage, costumes, beautiful songs and love stories, don’t hesitate to book a cruise with a live theatrical performance included.

Cunard is just one of the many cruise lines that offer shows onboard a cruise, including on Queen Mary 2. Sail with her and you can take in professional Shakespearean performances, including A Merchant of Venice, Richard III and Romeo and Juliet. Don your best outfit and be transported back in time a setting of romance, rivalling courts and sometimes tragic endings.

Pop and rock concerts

It’s not just musical theatre productions and Shakespearean soliloquies that are drawing the crowds, you can also spend an evening listening to professional musicians in the show lounges and theatres. Marella Cruises is especially well-known for having a full roster of entertainment onboard, including live bands, acoustic musicians and cabaret acts. For an even livelier musical extravaganza, listen to a 5 piece-ensemble in the ball room, enticing you to get on that dance floor and bust a move with your fellow cruisers.

Classical music

Classical music never goes out of fashion, and it certainly provides a relaxing atmosphere for an evening onboard a cruise liner. P&O Cruises is the king of classical and luxury cruise entertainment, and with their Music Festival at Sea program you can spend your cruise unwinding to a beautiful melody of music. This musical themed cruise has some of the world’s most talented musicians, featuring opera singers, instrumentalists, classical tenors and sopranos, string quartets and ensembles.

You can even stop off at cities such as Budapest and Vienna to enjoy performances in world-famous venues, a beautiful end to a day of exploration. If you don’t want to do a full classical music cruise, you can also just stop in for an evening of music on any of the numerous cruise lines with orchestras onboard.

Outdoor movies

There’s nothing better than curling up next to the one you love or relaxing with the whole family as you watch a film on the big screen. Princess Cruises offers a Movie Under the Stars experience with their 300-square-foot poolside cinema, offering cruisers a chance to watch some of their favourite films alongside a backdrop of sea and sky.

As always, Princess have gone all out to make this unique experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Highlights include free popcorn, cookies and milk, soft chaise lounges and cosy blankets. You can also choose to unwind in one of the outdoor hot tubs in front of the screen, and purchase a movie-themed cocktail as you watch the film.

See the stars

If you’re looking for some entertainment that’s outside the box, check out Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and her fascinating planetarium. Boasting the only planetarium at sea, you’ll be transported beyond our atmosphere with up-close viewings of the stars and our solar system. This larger-than-life space show is in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium and is narrated by famous voices including Tom Hanks and Robert Redford.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy world-class musicians, an exciting evening of theatrical performances or unwind with Movies Under the Stars, cruising truly offers a unique range of entertainment, suitable for all ages and personalities. Come ready to enjoy a large entertainment extravaganza, as there’s sure to be plenty of fun events and performances to discover. Have a look through our top deals and start planning your holiday entertainment schedule today.

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