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5 Ways Cruise Ship Musicals Are Better Than Broadway/West End Productions

I love to go to the West End of London to see a Musical. Luckily for me, I don’t live far away and it makes a great day trip out.

Seeing these theatre productions on land, along with the additional costs of train fare, drinks, food and meals out beforehand can make it quite an expensive trip.

I love it when I go on a cruise ship that puts on Broadway-Style theatre shows. There are many of advantages to seeing a stage show onboard.

Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have Broadway-style shows on their newer ships. On older ships, there will still be plenty of shows and other entertainment for you to watch, but they don’t have the famous shows you will find in a theatre district on land.

Hairspray onboard Symphony of the Seas

In this article, we look at the great reasons to make sure you see a Broadway-style show whilst onboard.

#1 You Don’t Have To Book Seats – All Included!

If you make sure you arrive for the show early, you can have your choice of seats. I normally arrive around 30 minutes early.

There is no paying more for a better view, the only factor is how early you show up.

You can change your mind and try different locations in the theatre before the show starts to get the best view. You can avoid those annoying pillars and columns that get in the way!

I usually pick seats toward the end of a row or close to an aisle, I don’t know who the people are who can peacefully sit in the middle of a row, I’m jealous but that isn’t me!

#2 They Don’t Have An Interval

I prefer shows not to have intervals. I am just sitting about, killing time, excited for the show to restart.

I don’t often go out and get a drink mid-performance, and I can easily sneak out of the theatre to use the bathroom if I am desperate!

I saw the Queen Musical “We Will Rock You” onboard Anthem of the Seas

The interval in the West End or Broadway is a great time to buy merchandise but they don’t normally have any of that on cruise ships.

royal caribbean grease theatre show independence of the seas
I saw “Grease” onboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas

#3 It’s Included In The Fare

No matter how many times you go to the show, it doesn’t cost you a penny. Theatre tickets in London to see popular performances can cost hundreds of pounds.

I really feel I am getting the most from my cruise fare if I go to all the shows onboard.

I arrived early for Choir of Man on Norwegian Encore.

They invited the audience to the stage to share a beer before the performance! I have never seen anything like it before…

#4 Bar Service in The Theatre Itself

On many ships, waiters will be on hand actually in the theatre before the performance to bring you any drinks you would like before you watch the show.

They certainly don’t do that in theatres on land, you have to fight your way to the bar – which is often very busy.

Golden princess theatre cocktail drink mocktail show

#5 See The Show More Than Once

If you really enjoy a particular show, you can go back and see it again.

If I have already seen the show, I will arrive later to make sure there are some free seats. I don’t want to stop someone else from missing out on the performance altogether.

I took a Christmas Cruise to the Canary Islands one year onboard the Norwegian Epic. Priscilla Queen of the Desert was the musical, and I went back twice! I loved it…

I saw it on land afterwards and preferred the ship version.

When I sailed to Alaska recently onboard Norwegian Encore, I saw the show Choir of Man. This is a British show, set in a British Pub. I really enjoyed it.

Find more about that ship and the entertainment I enjoyed onboard here:

#6 No Journey Home Afterwards

This is one great advantage for me.

After the show finishes, you can go for a drink in a bar or just back to your cabin. There is no late-night, stressful train journey to endure or finding a hotel.

Celebrity Infinity Balcony cabin
Just wander back to your cabin afterwards and prepare for another exciting day ahead!

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