Back to Back cruise (same ship, different route), is it same entertainment?
We are looking to do Western and Easter Caribbean back to back on Carnival Conquest.
It does one route for 3 weeksn then switches to the other every 4th week.
Does anyone know if the entertainment will be the same? After speaking to 4 departments at Carnival no one had a straight answer. But researching online it seems like a lot of the crew works 3 weeks then get 4th off? That would allign with ship switching to different route... but then again maybe their schedule is different??
Can anyone provide info on this? We dont care about food being similar or same, but it would be nice if shows and comedy were different?
I don't know where you found something that said the crew works 3 weeks and gets the 4th week off. That is not even close to being true.
The entertainment will mostly be the same every week. The production shows put on by the Carnival entertainers will be the same. The bands and comedians under contract with Carnival will be doing the same sets in the same bars. The only variation would be if the ship had a comedian or act come in for one or two shows on a particular week.
Otherwise, beyond the shows running on a different schedule depending on the itinerary, they will be the same. Remember - just because you would be doing a back-to-back cruise doesn't mean everyone else is. There are new guests aboard on week 2, and those shows will be new to them.
Some entertainers will have a day off, though even without a performance they may be rehearsing or have other duties. For. Example the show band will accompany live karaoke one or two nights when there is no big production show.
Most of the crew work 7 days a week through the duration of their contract.
If you want a little xtra variety the karaoke and piano bars are usually much more audience driven, for good or bad.
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If you want variety do 1 week on one ship and switch to another ship that leaves the same day from the same port. Even doing 2 different Carnival ships will leave you with many new venues and entertainers or you could do one week Carnival and then another cruiseline.
You do need to repack but I've done this on many occasions and it is great fun, and a good story to tell on the ship. Walking from one terminal to the next might take 5mins and then check in an hour or so. Just make sure you are one of the last off the ship so the wait times to check in is shortest. Sleep in, enjoy a relaxing breakfast, and get off when the ship thins out so you can have fast times through customs.
Even when a crew member gets a day off, it isn't 24 hours off. It is usually a few hours during the morning and afternoon in a port. Entertainment staff is often assigned lifeboat duty if you look closely at name tags during the drill.