>> Most of the production shows are of very high quality, but the style of some of the shows may not be to everybody's tastes. By way of example, I could take or leave the production show called "Rhythms of the City" because it's not quite my preferred style of show. Nonetheless, the special effects in that show are phenomenal.
>> Headliners are a mixed lot, ranging from exceptional to inferior (yes, I'm being charitable...). Some of the comedians tend to be off color, though this seems to be changing with more and more families bringing children on cruises. Again, there is a substantial variety of acts but some people simply don't like some types of acts -- whether it's comedy or magic (illusion) or whatever.
>> If there's a concert-style show in the Princess Theater during your cruise on one of the newer ships (where the Princess Theater is a Broadway-style theater), don't miss it. The musicians invited to perform in the Princess Theater tend to be exceptional.
Personally, I would like Princess to bring back the musical shows like "Odyssea" and "Pirates" that drew raves in the early years of the new classes of vessels. Alas, I understand that the sets and costumes for those shows have gone to British sister line P&O Cruises along with our beloved MV Ocean Princess and MV Sea Princess.
i have found that the major production shows are really good. Its the "filler" shows as i will call them that i can take or leave, i have seen a couple of good magicians, wasn't impressed with the comedians and some of the singers belong in Vegas lounge shows. I will go to the major shows but i would rather spend some time in the Wheelhouse Bar , the disco, the hot tub and the casino.
I think most cruise ship shows are pretty mediocre. I haven't noticed that Princess has a lock on mediocrity when it comes to juggling comedians. I have a feeling they (cruise ship entertainers) are all born in the same hospital, on board some cruise ship in Bora Bora. (Pardon the Pun)
After birth and minimal training,they most likely go from cruiseline to cruiseline, waiting for the next crew to tire of their overly-used jokes about ship toilets and showers where you put soap on the walls and jump up and down, in order to complete your shower.
Only been on two cruises: Voyager and Grand. The shows on the Voyager were superb. We didn't miss a one, and thoroughly enjoyed them all.
The shows on the Grand were horrible. The musical shows were "tired". Didn't see one show that was "interactive". All week long we were told "not to miss" the Cruise Director's Staff show. Like the cruise director himself, his jokes were condescending, predictable, long winded and stupid. And to top it off, the assistant cruise director used the same punchlines at something he Emceed.
HOWEVER - We chose Princess again this spring; Much more friendly staff, better food, nicer cabins (bigger) a better value. Go Figure...... everyne has an opinion.
> waiting for the next crew to tire of
> their overly-used jokes
I had an interesting observation on our last cruise this past summer. The comedian got his material right off the internet - lots of jokes I've read there before. However, the older folks in the audience (I'm no spring chicken) obviously don't use the internet as they were the only ones laughing. Actually, the comedian is pretty smart - he got a free cruise for telling old jokes. We could all do that. (G)
I really don't expect first class entertainment on board a ship, especially when you think of what you are paying. Compare your daily rate for a cruise with what two tickets to a Broadway show would cost including your transportation and/or parking costs. I think we're fortunate to get what we do get.
> I've seen a lot of complaints about Princess' shows. Are
> they inferior in quality? or quantity? How do they differ from
> what other cruise lines have?
Here's what the latest Captain's Circle magazine had to say about the new shows on the Coral Princess:
From the Spring 2003 Captain's Circle Magazine:
BEHIND THE SCENES
CORAL PRINCESS5M FEATURES TWO NEW PRODUCTIONS, "TRIBUTE" AND "CURTAIN UP"
Passengers onboard Coral Princess will be the first to enjoy two new
original productions developed for the ship's inaugural season. Carrying on
Princess' long-running reputation for providing some of the most
unforgettable performances at sea, the new shows-"Curtain Up" and "Tribute"-
take advantage of the many unique and innovative features of Coral Princess'
two main show lounges.
"Curtain Up" celebrates Broadway music, from Gershwin to Andrew Lloyd Webber
and features shows from such stage classics as "Cabaret," "Phantom of the
Opera," "Sunset Boulevard," "Evita," "Grease" and "Oklahoma." Presented in
the ship's Princess Theater, the show offers the audience an unusual
twist-the show's cast never leaves the stage! Instead, all costume changes
are performed onstage as they continue to sing and dance.
"Tribute" was inspired by television's Saturday night variety shows of
yesteryear and celebrates some of popular music's top stars, including the
Rat Pack, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and an assortment of "divas"
including Aretha Franklin, Cher, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Madonna.
As the first show created specifically for the Coral Princess'
state-of-the-art Universe Lounge, "Tribute" was designed to use all of the
theater's capabilities, including an expanded stage area that features three
revolving platforms with 16 elevated sections, high-tech projection video
screens, live broadcast capability and advanced sound and lighting systems.
I went on the Grand Princess last year and really enjoyed a couple of the shows. But, many of the shows were not what you would expect. For example, I went to a show which I thought was going to be a sort of stand-up comedy show, but it turned out to be more like a Broadway musical. I went to another show, which I thought would be wonderful and turned out to be rather average. It all really depends on your expectations towards the cruises performances. Don't expect too much, because you might be dissapointed. Above all, have fun and enjoy your cruise!!! : )
You will have plenty of time for dancing in the Wheelhouse Bar even on nights when you do go to the show. The dancing there runs from 5:00 to 1:00, with only brief (10-minute) breaks every hour.
Unfortunately, the Wheelhouse Bar on MV Grand Princess is way too small for the number of passengers aboard that ship -- and Princess did nothing to solve that problem aboard MV Golden Princess , and MV Star Princess. The size of the Wheelhouse Bar on the other ships that have it does seem to be adequate.
I am always amazed at how subjective entertainment is. I was on the Sun Princess 2 times this year and really enjoyed every show I saw. (I did see all of them). So I guess its hard to say what someone else would like. I have seen alot of Broadway shows and things, so I have been around a bit. Go figure. hehe.