I just got a press release saying that James Taylor (Sweet Baby James) just performed an SRO concert on Queen Mary 2.
I am just wondering what the best music performance any of you have seen on a cruise ship? Mostly, I would have to say music-theme cruises do the best. Our jazz cruise was outstanding.
But I have the say the best show for me personally I ever saw on a ship was the Tubes, because they are from my home town and I know their tunes really well. Not for everyone, obviously.
But that was the cool part, the music was so NOT regular cruise ship, but the show just blew the audience away. I have never seen more people literally standing on chairs and cheering. Even though it was about 3:45 am when the show ended.
What is the best musical event YOU have ever seen on a ship?
While on the Vision of the Seas in October, 2006 during a Mexican Riviera cruise, there was a group of Elvis fans that paid for 3 Elvis impersonators to accompany them on the cruise and perform a private show. However, the group decided to open up the show to the entire ship, and it was a great show! The 3 Elvis impersonators each did a mini show and it was one of the BEST times I ever had on a cruise ship! For entertainment that wasn't supplied by the cruiseline, they got the biggest and longest standing ovations I have seen onboard. The ship did ask each of them to do some songs during the final show on the last night, another great show!
A close 2nd would be just this past year on the Adventure of the Seas, when the actual Beetlemania did a really nice show onboard that had the passengers dancing in the aisles.
So my favorite musical events onboard a cruise were both impersonators, not the actual musical acts.
Of course if you believe that Elvis still lives, and many do, maybe I didn't see all impersonators, maybe........well, you know!
(Psst! Elvis Lives, and he cruises on the Vision of the Seas!!!)
Majesty of the Seas - 10/03 & 02/07 & 11/08
Enchantment of the Seas - 10/04 & 10/11
Mariner of the Seas - 10/05
Vision of the Seas - 10/06 & 09/07
Carnival Liberty - 10/07
Adventure of the Seas - 9/08
Ruby Princess - 12/09
Voyager of the Seas - 9/10
Carnival Spirit - 11/10
Oasis of the Seas - 9/13
We sailed Constellation in March/April of this year, and the performance of Perry Grant in Michael's Club was fabulous. He also did a show in the theater, but it was not as good as his nightly shows in Michael's.
Also, the a capella groups performances were great on this voyage.
Finally, we really enjoyed the ice show on AOS last October.
Now if only they could somehow resurrect the Kingston Trio and put them on board some ship, I would be in, as they say "hog heaven."
I personally REALLY enjoyed "The Cats Pajamas" the Do-Wop group that sailed with us on the "Cruise of the Century". Very, very entertaining, and talented. Also, Celebrity hosted "Mark Preston" for a couple of years, and he puts on a tremendous show. Mark was with the "Lettermen" years ago. Also, I have to agree with RollerDonna that "Bert Stratton" is very hard to beat as far as putting on an entertaining evening. When Bert's performing, you're hard pressed to find a place to stand to see him, let alone a seat. GREAT entertainer.
The feeling I get is that the cruise industry is where the entertainment industry was as far as Las Vegas was in the mid-70-80's. It used to be that if unless you were Frank Sinatra, or an act that played the big show rooms, Vegas was for lesser known, or where "has-been" entertainers went to "die".
Now groups like Earth, Wind, & Fire, Chicago who haven't had a radio hit in years are playing the smaller casinos all over North America to sold out houses. Steve Nicks visits Casino Rama in Ontario once a year, for two nights every summer, and sells out months in advance. So does Tom Jones. Or Don Henley.
There are room for these acts still, in 1500-2000 seat show rooms at the land based casinos, so it would stand to reason they could do very well on a cruise ship.
"life is uncertain....eat dessert first...."
Buckybruce...I think you are on to something, and to take it one step further, babyboomers (my generation) will pay big bucks to go on full charter music cruises to hear the groups of our generation..on my October Capital Jazz Cruise they have great Jazz artist, plus they included "War"..don't think I have not downloaded War's Greatest Hits on my MP3 player and will be ready when they break out singing "Spill The Wine" and they have not had a hit since the late 70's
I was just contacted by Capital Jazz Fest - great lineup:
Joe Sample, David Sanborn. Article coming on Monday.
Here is what they wrote:
Thank you so much for your kind offer of support! The website is www.capitaljazz.com/supercruise.
The cabins that are left are priced as follows:
Interior cabins - $1,825 - $2,550
Ocean view cabins - $2,095 - $2,995
Suites - $2,875
This is cruise is in its third year - the main festival - Capital Jazz Fest just celebrated its 17th outing earlier this month.
J'ai St. Laurent-Smyth
Inque Public Relations