I was just wondering, with all there apparently is to do onboard in the evenings, do you just show up to the show or event and hope there is still seating available or do you make a reservation beforehand? How does this work? I'd like to know that my son and I can attend a broadway-style musical or magician's show and still go to the comedy show later on. Thanks!
You would just go to the lounge that you want. There are two shows on most nights, at least for the longer cruises, I assume shorter cruises are similar, and your assigned show time corresponds to your dinner time. If you have early dinner, you have the early show. If you have the late dinner, you have the late show. However, very rarely were these filled up, so if you really liked a show (assuming you had the first show), I don't see why you couldn't just go again for the second show. There was no one checking your key card to see when you were supposed to be there.
Out of 100 or so cruises, the only evening "large" entertainment that I've ever seen reservations required for, is the ice show aboard the "Freedom" class RCI ships. That's because the venue only holds a few hundred guests, and the ship holds over 3,000! All broadway style shows, comics, jugglers etc, are first come, first seated. If you arrive 15 or 20 minutes early, you'll do just fine!
Actually the ships we have been on if you have early dining, then you have the late show, late dining then you go to the early show. Some nights there is only one show and they put it on alittle later so that late diners can attend as well. And yes the other poster was correct that on the RCCL ships the ice show is the only one you need to get reservations for, and its well worth it. Now this is not assigned seating, its still open seating, so you will want to get there early enough to get good seats.