This week we are celebrating all the reasons we love cruise holidays and the onboard entertainment at sea has to be one of our top reasons.

Picture Broadway-style shows that can rival New York, epic water slides for aquatic adventurers, and lip-sync battles that redefine hilarious. From spa days to disco nights, every moment is a chance to dive into a sea of fun and adventure!

Here are some of our expert’s top cruise line recommendations for the best entertainment at sea…

Norwegian Cruise Line

When it comes to the award-winning entertainment on board NCL ships, you won’t believe your eyes or even your ears. Journey from the gritty streets of New Jersey to glamour and international fame with Jersey Boys. Put on your dancing shoes for Footloose. From hit Broadway musicals to buzzworthy original shows, discover the best entertainment at sea with Norwegian.

Here are some of our favourite Broadway shows you can check out whilst on board:

SIX Introducing the cultural phenomenon musical sweeping the stages and now gracing the seas aboard Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Breakaway — Six. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six is the sell-out award-winning musical that has not only taken the theatre world by storm but also the charts. These Queens may have green sleeves, but their lipstick is rebellious red.

*Available on Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Breakaway.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical The Tony Award®-nominated, Broadway sensation is headed out to sea. Dance to the Disco Queen’s greatest hits as you journey through the amazing life of Donna Summer. From breaking barriers to the ultimate stardom, this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation, a true Prima Donna.

*Available on Norwegian Prima.

MSC Cruises

Enjoy fun new experiences around the clock on an MSC Cruises’ ship, from enriching indoor and outdoor activities during the day to magical night-time entertainment. With cinemas, tournaments and competitions, outdoor activities that are fun for the whole family and magical night-time entertainment, you’ll have a hard time choosing between all the things you can see and experience.

Don’t miss an all-new entertainment experience and enjoy an extraordinary embrace of sounds, lights, performers and special effects that will make you feel part of the show. Discover Carousel Productions At Sea: all-new entertainment concept blending breath-taking acrobatics, dance and live music to create exclusive original production specially designed for MSC Cruises ships.

On board an MSC Cruise you can enjoy the glamour of a night in the casino or experience thrills of the MSC Formula Racer, immerse in the 4D Cinema and play at the bowling alley with your family and friends. MSC Cruises provide the magic, all you have to do is choose the activity!

Fred. Olsen

Enjoy a host of activities to enjoy whilst on board a Fred. Olsen Cruise. From relaxing in the spa to enjoying live entertainment. Whether you would like to comfortably sit and watch the world go by, or would prefer to fill your time meeting your fellow guests and enjoying the onboard entertainment programme, there are plenty of options for you to try.

Lots of Fred. guests like to use their sea days or longer voyages to try their hand at something they haven’t done before, Fred. Olsen host a range of sociable activities like learning to play the ukulele, learning to dance or singing in a choir.

On Borealis and Bolette they have a purpose-built beautiful studio space dedicated to art, and to craft – fully equipped with easels and art materials and the light is absolutely beautiful. Here you can take part in painting and drawing classes as well as learn new crafts like block-printing.

Food and drink lovers can learn more about the tastes of the region they are visiting in one of our tasting sessions. There is plenty to keep you entertained…

P&O Cruises

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On a P&O Cruises holiday you can find your perfect night, every night. Be as spontaneous as you like whether it’s an intimate drink or a celebration with friends, a night to get glammed up or keep it casual; the choice is yours…

Showstopping entertainment on Iona and Arvia now includes Greatest Days: The Official Take That Musical, written by Olivier Award-winning writer Tim Firth. The talented cast from Headliners Theatre Company have done an incredible job of breathing life into this adaptation and communicating the universal themes of friendship and love for music.

Virgin Voyages

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Virgin Voyages shakes up cruise entertainment with well-known DJs, epic original shows, and unexpected events to ensure your voyage is unforgettable.

Swapping classic Broadway productions for first-to-sea, modern, and immersive entertainment, choose from a festival-like lineup developed by the world’s most-talked-about directors, choreographers, and artists.

Be sure to pack something red to wear to the famous Scarlet Night – an immersive celebration of the fabled love between the mysterious Goddess of the Sea and the Sailor who won her heart. Throughout the evening, the entire ship is transformed into a menagerie of delights and epic experiences. Through pop-up circus performances, interactive games, karaoke, myth-telling, and live music, come pay tribute to a love that washed the world scarlet — culminating in a drenched-in-red pool and dance party unlike anything you’ve ever seen.