Hi... My husband and I will be going on our 2nd cruise Sept. 15, 2003 on the Dawn Princess. Actually 3 cruises in one. We will be traveling from Seward to Acapulco for 16 days. Our first cruise was Oct. 3, 2002 also on the Dawn. My question is.....Will we have the same entertainment, game shows / menu / movies, etc. or do they change from cruise to cruise? We loved our first cruise on the Dawn but are just hoping for different things. Just curious.... Thanks.....Pam
We sailed on the Golden Princess back in Nov.2001 and we will be on her again on March 29th. They are stilling showing Lights, Camera, Action, and Shake, Rattle, and Roll. These are the same show we saw on our first cruise. So it seems that is isn't limitted to back to back cruises. I hope you still have a great time.
One of the drawbacks with Princess is the entertainment. We have been cruising with them for years and the same shows continue to be repeated. Some good some not so good. For instance, every ship has London Pub Night. Every year we hear the same bits and some of the same jokes. So if entertainment is a priority other lines do much better.
It doesn't bother us because the service and friendlyness of everyone out weight the level of entertainment. Just tell your self if you get bored seeing the same show that it is the best entertainment for miles around! Wonder what the working stiffs back home are doing? Watching re-runs on TV?
The menu repeats as well but good stuff twice, works for me! Princess has tried hard to offer alternative dinnig in the bistro so that is an improvement in the last five years. No cruise is complete without ordering ay least one dinner from room sevice.
They have been showing these on the Golden since Nov 2001 and some on the Grand. They were brand new shows back in Nov. so a guess that is why they are still running. They are great shows, I wasn't complaining just sharing info.
Princess does change their shows from time to time, so shows cycle throughout the fleet. The production shows generally change when the cast rotates -- which often happens around the time of repositionint. Because your "back to back" itineriaries do coincide with repositioning, there's a pretty good chance that you might get to see two different sets of shows.
By way of amplification, the cast usually work on six-month contracts. They go to the company headquarters in Los Angeles for the first month of each contract to rehearse the shows that they will perform, then they go to their assigned ship as a unit. When their contract ends, they go home for vacation and another cast comes aboard -- often with a different set of production shows.
Note that other entertainers (comedians, magicians, singers, etc.) may rotate at any time, as their rotation is not dependent upon other personnel.
On the whole, I would not worry about seeing the same shows twice -- for two reasons. First, most of Princess's production shows are very good -- definitely worth seeing over. Second, there are plenty of other entertainment options if you do encounter a show that you don't want to see again. There's always live music in the Wheelhouse Bar, which also has a dance floor, and in the Atrium (usually a pianist and a vocalist), in addition to Karioke in the nightclub and, of course, the casino.