These days, the show’s the thing at sea as well as on land. Cruise lines are increasingly mirroring the best Broadway, the Las Vegas strip and the theaters of London offer, with stellar shows featuring the latest in technological enhancements. Cruise ship versions may be a bit abridged, with smaller casts and stages, but show tickets are cheaper (usually free), and parking is not a problem.
Big ships are making the biggest splash. The high-water mark in onboard entertainment is well-represented on Royal Caribbean International’s newest vessel, Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise liner, accommodating up to 5,497 guests per sailing. Harmony of the Seas offers plenty of scintillating options. Passengers can catch a Broadway production of Grease with original choreography and costumes in the 1,380-seat Royal Theater; attend the only ice show offered in the cruise industry, where state-of-the-art video techniques and special effects recreate the roundthe- world adventures of Jules Verne; or visit the AquaTheater, the largest and deepest freshwater pool at sea, where flying acrobats and daredevil divers put on yet another spectacle.
Other big cruise lines present equally ambitious performances. Carnival Cruise Line employs massive LED screens and 3D projections to enhance its musical productions which include elaborate tributes to Motown, Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Joel. Norwegian Cruise Line offers “cirque” entertainers and complete dining services under “the only Big Top at Sea,” as well as routines performed in smaller venues by The Second City comedy troupe. And Disney Cruise Line regales families with programs and interactive deck parties featuring Disney characters as well as big shows based on its cinematic successes, including Toy Story and Aladdin.
For those seeking a touch of class, passengers on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 can enjoy musical performances from the National Symphony Orchestra in the largest ballroom at sea, attend Shakespearian plays offered by the cast of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, enjoy stellar shows in the Planetarium or partake of live “Blue Note Jazz at Sea” performances.
The smaller luxury lines are not being completely upstaged, either. Silversea Cruises has introduced seven new shows. A salute to operatic arias fills some evenings; a tribute to the British Invasion of rock bands another. For a more intimate evening of entertainment, Crystal Cruises hosts “Magic Castle at Sea” performances for audiences of just 25 that focus on world-class, close-up magic acts.
From supper-club artistry to blockbuster productions, the latest in entertainment is no longer a pleasure one must forgo when heading out to sea.
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Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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