The Best Musicals at Sea

Broadway and London’s West End may be the epicenter of award-winning musicals and plays, but the cruise industry has been making waves when it comes to onboard entertainment. Cruise companies have been teaming up with directors, composers, choreographers and renowned talent to deliver show-stopping musicals. While there are so many exciting performances to choose from, we’re highlighting the best musicals at sea this year.

CATS: Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean is known for its Tony-Award Winning Broadway performances, and each ship has a fantastic line up of shows. Currently, Oasis of the Seas has us singing praises with the second longest running show on Broadway, CATS, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed story about a group of cats named the Jellicles.

We Will Rock You: Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas

Rock fans will revel in the musical sensation, We Will Rock You, the Olivier Award-winning musical from London’s Dominion Theatre. Comedian and author Ben Elton will have you singing along to scores of Queen tunes such as I want to Break Free, Bohemian Rhapsody and of course We Will Rock You.

Jersey Boys: Norwegian Bliss

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Norwegian Bliss debuts the first ever Jersey Boys production at sea. Get swept away in the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show featuring much-loved hits like Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

Beauty and the Beast: Disney Cruise Line Disney Dream

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The entertainment magnate produces some of the most spectacular shows, so it shouldn’t be “Ever a Surprise,” that Disney’s creative team would collaborate with top Broadway artists to reinvent Beauty and the Beast for its stage. The original musical production features brilliant puppetry, lavish costumes and much-loved tunes from the Disney classic.

Magic to Do: Princess

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Partnering with the Oscar® Grammy® and Tony® award-winning composer of Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, Stephen Schwartz, Princess delivers a spectacular musical revue coupled with magical on-stage illusions, for an exclusive show. Schwartz’s skill and direction bring together a team of Broadway talent to support the production. Magic to Do takes us on a whimsical journey as Schwartz weaves a spellbinding story of magic and song with familiar tunes like Defying Gravity and a brand-new number A Little Magic composed exclusively for Princes.

Silver, Platinum, Gold: Silversea Cruises

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Silversea Cruises recently unveiled six new theatrical performances to add to their already show-stopping entertainment programs. The cruise line, in conjunction with Luna Rossa Productions, will feature shows exclusive to each ship in addition to three productions common to all ships. Guests will be mesmerized by high energy performances, elaborate special effects, dazzling costumes and the talent of the international ensemble of accomplished vocalists, The Voices of Silversea. While each show is spectacular, our favorite is the recently debuted Silver, Platinum, Gold; a lively journey back to Motown. Sing along to hits from Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Supremes.

Luxurious Ship Accommodations to Check Out Now

From in suite spas to private outdoor dining areas, cruise ships are taking luxe accommodations to the next level. If you’re looking to book one of the best suites at sea, you’re going to want to check out these extravagant apartments and lofts.

The Regent Suite: Seven Seas Splendor

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It’s only the “largest suite ever built on a luxury cruise ship,” and nothing short of 4,443 square feet of fabulousness. But just how fabulous is the Regent Suite? Well, let’s start with the in-suite spa retreat featuring a personal sauna, steam room and treatment area with unlimited, yes unlimited, spa treatments. Most impressive is the custom made $200,000 Vividus bed from renowned Swedish brand, Hasten. Your heavenly king-sized bed will, of course, be dressed with your preferred linens and pillows as well as your aromatic selection. Sitting on the 14th deck, the suite boasts unobstructed 270-degree views over the ships bow and a glass-enclosed solarium sitting area on top of the bridge. And then there is your butler, who makes sure there’s designer bath and skincare products ready in the bath, and coordinates a private car and driver for every port. With an all-inclusive price of $11,000 per night based on double occupancy, the Regent Suite is already sold out for nearly all of Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 inaugural sailings, so if you’ll have to plan far in advanced for this deluxe suite.

The Owner’s Suite: Silversea

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Whether you choose to pamper yourself in the marble bathroom brimming with BVLGARI® bath amenities or watch the sunset from your veranda, one thing is for sure, the exclusive Owner’s Suite is a relaxing time for even the most pampered traveler. Choose between one- or two-bedroom options boasting 1292 and 1668 square feet respectively, including the veranda. The prestigious suite comes with a personal butler, walk-in wardrobe, a bathroom featuring a full-sized tub and separate shower plus a powder room and of course, extreme sunset views.

Royal Loft Suite: Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas

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Baby grand piano? Check. Library? Check. Indoor and outdoor dining rooms? Check. No stone has been left unturned in the extravagant Royal Loft Suite. While the suites vary among ships, we love the two-deck-high stateroom on Anthem of the Seas. The main level boasts an open living/dining room with a dry bar, a convertible sofa, and a media room. The expansive balcony and outdoor dining area is the perfect place to share a meal under the stars, and the open floor plan translates to spacious living. You’ll find the master bedroom on the second floor. The exclusive retreat features a soaking tub, shower and two sinks along with a private balcony boasting a dual whirlpool tub.

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