Before the Mirage opened in Las Vegas in 1989, by developer Steve Wynn, the city was in decline. Las Vegas was known mostly for gambling and not family friendly. Wynn had set a new standard for Vegas resorts, and is widely considered to be the father of today’s Las Vegas. How did he do it? Well, I think, a lot had to do with new family oriented entertainment. The Mirage was the venue for the Siegfried & Roy show. The two headliners combined magic and the use of wild animals. The show started in 1990 and its success and popularity continued through 2003. Until that little mauling incident, but we wont talk about that now. Top quality entertainment brought people from all over the world to the resort and, of course, those same people would stay and end up gambling in his casino. The Mirage is the standard-barrier of what the strip has become today.
For people who have never been on a cruise before on board ship entertainment can be an unexpected surprise. The misperception of course, is all the entertainment consist of middle age “d” list celebrities still looking for their road to stardom lounge singers but, in the past few years, the cruise lines have worked hard to bring entertainment equal to Las Vegas & Broadway and that’s saying something.
The Norwegian Epic was recently named in an online poll as the best for entertainment. USA Today recently polled nearly 10,000 readers of its Cruise Log to determine the winner of the Cruise Ship Entertainment Smackdown. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic ship emerged victorious with about half of the votes favoring the massive watercraft. Not so surprising considering their line up. Some of the best highlights include the Blue Man Group, who are icons on the Las Vegas Strip, and the Cirque Dreams & Dinner spectacular. The latter show is a circus-themed event where guests can see aerialists, acrobats, contortionists and more move around to impressive choreography while they enjoy a delicious dinner.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas teamed up with Dreamworks and what a spectacular combination that is. When I was on the Allure of the Seas, I could not believe the level of entertainment which included:
How to Train Your DragonTM Ice Show.
Yes there is an ice rink on the ship and you are up close to all the action. It’s sure to capture your whole family’s imagination and be the highlight of your vacation.
The MadagascarTM Aqua Show – “Let you entertain me”
Alex, Gloria and your other favorite characters from the DreamWorks hit film Madagascar will mix and mingle with high divers, swimmers, acrobats and more. This show is certain to be a blast for the whole family. This is just a glimpse of what Royal Caribbean has to offer.
And for us who love the Broadway Musicals genre you can see exciting shows like Chicago, Saturday Night Fever the musical and one of my all time favorites Hairspray.
Now, let’s talk about the Disney cruise line. There is the reason why one of their first ships was and is called, Magic.
All Aboard: Let the Magic Begin
Let the Magic Begin is an approximate 50-minute live show featuring variety acts, musical performances and a cavalcade of Disney Characters.
This Broadway-style production stars more than 20 celebrated Disney Characters in a heartfelt musical extravaganza.
Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular
A Musical Spectacular is an approximate 45-minute, Broadway-style production with many of the songs from the classic Disney film.