9 Can't-Miss Stage Shows at Sea

by John Roberts

9 Can't-Miss Stage Shows at Sea

by John Roberts

Just as cruise ship water parks continue to get bigger and bolder, so too do the stage shows. Full-scale productions, from family-friendly Disney fare to rock-fuled jukebox musicals to nostalgia-inducing revues, are staged in main theaters from a wide variety of lines. These Broadway-style shows feature costumes and special effects that you'd expect to see on land in New York or London, and also incorporate high-tech elements and impressive acrobatics to keep you on the edge of your seat. Check out these 9 extravaganzas at sea.

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Disney Magic's "Tangled: The Musical" / Disney Cruise Line / Ryan Wendler
Disney Fantasy's "Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular"
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1. "Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular"

Found on: Disney Fantasy

This eye-popping show, based on the animated film, delivers a sweet boy-meets-girl love story with the aid of dazzling special-effects wizardry that has the audience gasping at giant snakes, magic lamps, and flying carpets.

Found on: Disney Fantasy

This eye-popping show, based on the animated film, delivers a sweet boy-meets-girl love story with the aid of dazzling special-effects wizardry that has the audience gasping at giant snakes, magic lamps, and flying carpets.

Anthem of the Seas' "We Will Rock You"
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2. "We Will Rock You"

Found on: Anthem of the Seas

Conceived as a vehicle to deliver Queen's greatest hits, this turns out to be a real pulse pounder and audience favorite. Set in a dystopian future where music is forbidden and rock music is unknown, the plot revolves around uncovering the heritage of music as a means of free expression — and fighting a Killer Queen, of course.

Found on: Anthem of the Seas

Conceived as a vehicle to deliver Queen's greatest hits, this turns out to be a real pulse pounder and audience favorite. Set in a dystopian future where music is forbidden and rock music is unknown, the plot revolves around uncovering the heritage of music as a means of free expression — and fighting a Killer Queen, of course.

Norwegian Escape's "For the Record"
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3. "For the Record: The Brat Pack"

Found on: Norwegian Escape

Gen Xers get to relive their favorite John Hughes movies in a brilliantly crafted and often hilarious spin on the characters you remember from films like "Sixteen Candles," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club," and "Weird Science."

Found on: Norwegian Escape

Gen Xers get to relive their favorite John Hughes movies in a brilliantly crafted and often hilarious spin on the characters you remember from films like "Sixteen Candles," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club," and "Weird Science."

Disney Magic's "Tangled: The Musical"
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4. "Tangled: The Musical"

Found on: Disney Magic

Hall of Fame composer Alan Menken wrote three new original songs for this show, and the set design is stunning — even the prop hairdo is incredible in its own right. So let your own hair down and enjoy this captivating song-and-dance adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

Found on: Disney Magic

Hall of Fame composer Alan Menken wrote three new original songs for this show, and the set design is stunning — even the prop hairdo is incredible in its own right. So let your own hair down and enjoy this captivating song-and-dance adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

Allure of the Seas' "Mamma Mia"
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5. "Mamma Mia"

Found on: Allure of the Seas

This Broadway smash, set during wedding preparations at a small hotel on an island in Greece, gets a colorful full-length treatment here. Always a fun show, the best part is hearing (and singing along to) the awesome catalog of pure gold pop songs by ABBA.

Found on: Allure of the Seas

This Broadway smash, set during wedding preparations at a small hotel on an island in Greece, gets a colorful full-length treatment here. Always a fun show, the best part is hearing (and singing along to) the awesome catalog of pure gold pop songs by ABBA.

Norwegian Breakaway's "Rock of Ages"
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6. "Rock of Ages"

Found on: Norwegian Breakaway

The classic-rock love story ran for six years on Broadway and launched countless international and touring productions. You'll be headbanging in your seat to the familiar guitar riffs of such rock legends as Bon Jovi, Journey, and Poison.

Found on: Norwegian Breakaway

The classic-rock love story ran for six years on Broadway and launched countless international and touring productions. You'll be headbanging in your seat to the familiar guitar riffs of such rock legends as Bon Jovi, Journey, and Poison.

Anthem of the Seas' "Spectra's Cabaret"
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7. "Spectra's Cabaret"

Found on: Anthem of the Seas

The ship's high-tech venue Two70 is the home for this multimedia extravaganza. Digital screens play experimental films while live performers entertain with Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics, singing, and dancing in a compelling kaleidoscope of action.

Found on: Anthem of the Seas

The ship's high-tech venue Two70 is the home for this multimedia extravaganza. Digital screens play experimental films while live performers entertain with Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics, singing, and dancing in a compelling kaleidoscope of action.

Norwegian Getaway's "Illusionarium"
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8. "Illusionarium"

Found on: Norwegian Getaway

This dinner-theater magic extravaganza trots out a series of illusionists, magicians, and sleight-of-hand experts who will have you gasping in wonder. It's a real "how did they do that?" event. P.S.: Keep an eye on your wristwatch.

Found on: Norwegian Getaway

This dinner-theater magic extravaganza trots out a series of illusionists, magicians, and sleight-of-hand experts who will have you gasping in wonder. It's a real "how did they do that?" event. P.S.: Keep an eye on your wristwatch.

Harmony of the Seas' "Grease"
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9. "Grease"

Found on: Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's newest Oasis-class ship became the world's largest cruise ship at sea when it launched in May 2016. Fittingly, the ship's main stage show is one of the most popular and iconic musicals ever. So whether you're a Pink Lady or a greaser, be sure to pack your poodle skirt or leather jacket.

Found on: Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's newest Oasis-class ship became the world's largest cruise ship at sea when it launched in May 2016. Fittingly, the ship's main stage show is one of the most popular and iconic musicals ever. So whether you're a Pink Lady or a greaser, be sure to pack your poodle skirt or leather jacket.

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