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Cruise entertainment in line for shake-up?

Date Posted: 17 Nov 2009
The entertainment offerings on board cruise ships are set to become more glamorous, if one industry forecast is to be believed.

Peter Pate, chairman of MSC Cruises UK and Ireland, told the World Travel Market that cruise ship entertainment needs to move away from the "image of theatrical dance troupes", TravelMole reported.

"Every line is upping its game with more named entertainment," he told the publication.

"We will see more of that and it will become commonplace. The day is not far off when we will see Elton John on a cruise ship."

Mr Pate cited the examples of TV illusionist Derren Brown appearing on a recent P&O Cruise short voyage and singer-songwriter James Taylor performing on Cunard's Queen Mary 2.

This trend appears to be ongoing, with Norwegian Cruise Line recently confirming that its new vessel, Norwegian Epic, will host Legends in Concert, a performance celebrating the musical styles of Rod Stewart and Elton John.

MSC Cruises is the third-largest cruise operator in the world behind Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Written by Chris Smith


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