The variety shows on board ship used to be directed at the older passengers. After all, they are the ones who attend the shows. The younger passengers do not do so.
Lately the reviews have been featuring a kind of music that is anethema to older folks and they are losing the older audience as well.
If the reviews would stick to the classics like show tunes their audience would return. By that I mean Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rogers, Vincent Youmans, Rudolph Friml, Irving Berlin, etc.
Us older folks would also appreciate more classical concerts. I remember when we sailed aboard the Vistafjord (it was Cunard at the time) we had wonderful concerts in the Garden Room before dinner. We had chamber music and operatic arias. What a wonderful thing to do on a ship. All of them should do it.
Many of the shows with individual entertainers feature screamers rather than singers and fiddlers rather than violinists. Why?
The younger folks still go to the casino and the disco. The shows do not entice them at all.
Some worthwhile entertainers on board ships that we have seen:
You get the idea.