On my last two cruises ( Oasis and Allure ), I enjoyed it all. The production shows, the comedians, the acqua show and the ice show and the singesr and musicians as well. I just wish those cruises had been longer.
I can't pick a favorite. Each evening and some afternoons we had plenty of top notch entertainment.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Independence of the Seas 12/29/2013 Top-notch!
Definitely musical acts, especially if they are "Oldies".
Not a big fan of song and dance numbers, except of course if the music is good. Really like the bands who can play and sing, solo artists who play guitar and sing or piano with sing alongs.
We've been lucky to see some very good acts on cruises, and unfortunately, some very bad pool bands too. I don't know how some of them get hired...
Its usually hit or miss. Comedians are usually my favorites, but also seen some musical groups, hipnotists, jugglers, and the like that were pretty entertaining. The Ice Skating shows on the bigger RCL ships were pretty watchable.
On the other end of the scale to me are the line production shows. I call them "Jazz Hands Shows". The Ship bands are usually good and there are sometimes some talented singers, but put it all together in a show with a medley of songs and random dancing and jumping around and I'm looking longingly for the exit. Unfortunately the wife is usually sitting in the seat next to me enjoying herself, so there I sit. At least seeing her enjoy it is a win...
Only show I ever actually walked out on was a well known ventriloquist act booked on Princess. Lordy that was awful. It was easy for the wife and I to sneak out discreetly by blending in with the rest of the crowd heading for the exit 10 minutes into the show.