What Cruise Ship Entertainment Can You Find on a Family Cruise?


Cruise Ship Entertainment is changing for the better.  Take a look at what you can experience on a cruise, unlike no other family holiday!

Where can you find the best cruise ship entertainment? The cruise industry is changing and cruise companies are working hard to include exactly what holiday makers want from their holiday. Cruise ship entertainment is top of the list for encouraging families to cruise. Evening cruise entertainment is just as important as relaxing during the day by the pool.

What do you want to do on holiday? Sunbathe? Sight see? Relax? Eat? Watch stage shows?  You can do it all, and it is all included in the price of the cruise.

Cruise ship entertainment is often overlooked when booking a cruise. People normally just choose a destination, a date or a port. But what about booking your cruise based on the cruise shows and entertainment they offer?

What has changed in recent years for cruise shows and onboard entertainment? 

Cruise Ship Entertainment now is completely advanced in their backstage technologies. As cruise ships are built from scratch  and constantly updated it means they have the latest state of the art equipment. They are constantly innovating and incorporating the likes of technologies such as digital screens and even drones. They are not constrained by the likes of listed London buildings or space. In fact Broadway directors have been known to go onto cruise ships and look at the spaces on offer and be amazed.

The technology matches that of what you would see on an up to date tv show. Royal Britannia for instance staged Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway recently. So there really is no limits.

With cruise ship entertainment you can expect West End and Broadway shows of exactly the same quality. The only difference being that some shows are slightly shorter to fit in with dining times and your cruise ship experience. You really could go to the theatre every night of your holiday and experience amazing stage shows.

Now cruise timetables cater for two shows a night with two sittings and lots of choice! Some cruise theatre’s seat over a thousand people and also have more than one theatre, so you will never miss out. The show times and dining times have been cleverly thought out to enable passengers a lot of choice and flexibility.

best Cruise ship entertainment The Aqua Theatre on Royal Caribbean, a spectacular open air water theatre.
The Aqua Theatre on Royal Caribbean a spectacular open air water theatre.

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So just what is on offer from cruise ship shows for families? 

Where can I find the best Cruise Ship Entertainment? read on for a lowdown on what all the big cruise lines have to offer. You can now experience world-class Broadway and West End stage shows on many ships.

Royal Caribbean Stage Shows

For instance you can see West End stage shows such as Hairspray on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, Grease on the Independence of the Seas and Andrew Lloyd Webber Cats stage show on the Oasis of the Seas.

Cruise Show entertainment , Hairspray on the Symphony of the Seas

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Kinky Boots the Broadway hit is coming to the Norwegian Cruise Lines newest ship the Encore this year. They have also recently revealed that the Norwegian Joy will be debuting Footloose for the first time at sea.

Kinky Boots - on NCL Bliss Kinky Boots the Broadway hit is coming to the Norwegian cruise lines newest ship the Encore this year.
Kinky Boots the Musical

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has the hit TV show The Voice and also Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises.

Best cruise ship entertainment, The Princess Cruises has the hit TV show The Voice and also Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises too.

Celebrity Cruises

The Celebrity Edge has Eden which is a huge Outdoor Garden in a glass atrium for a different style of entertainment.

Celebrity edge has Eden which is a in a huge roof top garden in a glass atrium for a different style of entertainment.
Celebrity Edge, Eden

P&O Shows

The P&O Skydome on the Iona looks unbelievable with an open air theatre theme and circus acts with music.


MSC even has Cirque du Soleil onboard their ships for the ultimate in cruise ship entertainment.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise lines have a whole new world of cruise ship shows for families with all your favourite Disney characters. These include Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and Tangled. Your little one’s can even meet their favourite Marvel characters who perform live shows and entertainment onboard.

Disney Cruise Lines Amazing Beauty and the Beast live theatre show

What other cruise ship entertainment for families is there onboard?

The entertainment does not stop there. As well as stage shows there are many other onboard activities to entertain you throughout the day and well in to the evening. Cruise ships need to amaze their guests time and time again so they are constantly wowing their guests with new onboard innovations such as zip lines, ice skating, rock climbing walls and water parks.

Zip line onboard Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas is over 10 stories high! Cruise entertainment for familes

What entertainment is there on cruise ships for children?

Entertainment for kids on cruise ships is always about keeping the kids happy. The cruise lines are well aware that, happy entertained kids make happy parents who will return to cruise time and time again.

Kids Clubs

The amount of cruise ship entertainment for children is almost endless! Firstly there are the Kids Clubs. Catering for all ages from around three old’s with bucket loads of activities. (Some ships also offer clubs for infants where parents are expected to stay with them, many also offer night nursery services).

Escape rooms

Lots of ships are now adding state of the art puzzle room or escape rooms. Escape rooms have taken the world by storm and cruise lines were quick to notice and follow suit. You can expect to find escape rooms on lots of the newer or updated ships.

Escape roomsLots of ships are now adding state of the art Puzzle room or escape rooms.

Water slides

Water slides and water parks are exactly what you need on a hot day onboard a cruise ship. These are no longer just found on dry land you can find some amazing water slides and activities on cruise ships also.

Go Karting

Some of the NNCL ships have go kart tracks onboard. Boasting to be the biggest racetracks at sea you can take part in tournaments with your children. And the race tracks are all-electric, meaning no fumes or noise.


Most ships have cinemas so you can even go to the movies whilst onboard. Sometimes they also do this is the main theatre. Also around the pool many ships have outdoor movie screens (movies under the stars style).  Is there any better way than to spend an evening snuggled under blankets, with a tub of popcorn and enjoying a family movie?

Laser tag

Laser tag is a great activity and many cruise companies are pulling out the stops to make their laser tag gaming areas as authentic as possible. Check out this alien futuristic pod themed one on the Norwegian Bliss.

Ice skating

Ice skating is a family great activity and fantastic way to interact with your kids. You may be amazed at your skills! And by night you can enjoy an ice show.


Not everyone is a fan of karaoke but there are lots of variety onboard. From karaoke stages or even booths.

Karaoke live on air on the Symphony of the Seas

What entertainment is there on cruise ships for adults? 

The adults are not forgotten onboard with parties to take you back to the 70s, 80s or the 90s. Discos and even silent discos where you can choose your own music from a choice of several channels.

Many ships now host comedy clubs and have piano bars. Some also have piano bars with duelling pianos contests. Royal Caribbean even have a man on the piano in the lift!

Piano Man in the lift on royal Caribbean. Have a good old jolly up and sing song all whilst riding in the lift!

You can find live bands, magic shows and dance classes. Live bands are always a popular choice as are the pub singers and even the magicians.

If all else fails you could always have a flutter in the casino.

I hope you find your favourite and best Cruise Ship Entertainment when you cruise. What is your favourite onboard cruise show?


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What entertainment can you find on cruise ships?


  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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