Over the past 5 years we have sailed Carnival, NCL and Celebrity. We generally go to the shows. The absolute best was Christopher Alan Graves on Carnival. the best in our opinion for revue type shows is a toss up between Carnival and NCL. Celebrity had a good comedian. We were very disapponted in the Celebrity review shows. I have also been extremly disappointed in the cruise activities staff in recent years (we have been cruising since 1969). The ONLY time any one appears is at a scheduled event,. No one is just walking aroung the loungess, casino or deck.
We took our first cruise last week on the Carnival Celebration. This is all I can relate my expierence to. I completely enjoyed the shows. Never missed one. I thought the dancers and singers were superb. I did see alot of the staff including the dancers all over the ship. Saw alot of the officers hanging around the Lido pool and the regular buffet restuarant. I really enjoyed the shows.
The shipboard entertainment staff is usually pretty good especially when you consider that most are very young and far away from home. Christopher is good and a nice guy and pretty approachable. We were introduced and spent some time with him and his family on one cruise and have a very nice chat. The dancers are something else. Mostly young ladies far from home who work very hard during the shows and are still required to work around the ship in other venues. We have met a number of them and become friends with a few. They really appreciate someone taking interest in them as a person so they don't feel so alone. Remember that they have lives and familys and worries outside of just entertaining you and still have to put on that smiley face for the customers and are always "on". We have been priviledged to take some backstage tours and learn about all that goes on back there during a show and it is really amazing how well this people do with the change of customes and sets etc all while on a moving ship, my hat is off to them. I think that they should actually have a ships tour of the backstage so others can see what all goes into one of these productions.
I thnk all the cruise crew and staff are in the same boat as the entertainers, they are all far from home. But the entertainers at least have short contracts and are allowed full run of the ship.
But you bring up a good point, we all agree that talent seems to be a bit short on ships. What would the cruise lines have to do to get more talented performers? Pay more? shorter contracts? Perhaps they could do what some entertainers do -- they live in a port city and entertain on different ships every night as they call in that port.