A cruise experience is all about onboard entertainment and the new ships are all vying for top billing.

RCCL_We Will Rock YouCourtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Anthem of the Seas entertainment options will range from dazzling Broadway shows, to Las Vegas-style theatrical productions, to live musicians, tribute bands, a piano bar and more. You’ll be entertained in the Royal Theatre and the Music Hall, but most spectacularly, in the Two70SM lounge, which provides the backdrop for one of the most unusual performances you’ll see anywhere. By day, it’s a lounge for enjoying great views through floor to ceiling windows that reach almost three decks high, but by night, this multi-level, multi-purpose room will become a theatrical backdrop for spectacular signature shows. A massive Vistarama screen stretching more than 100 feet wide will combine with six agile Roboscreens rising, spinning and soaring on a special gantry, to form a fusion of technology, stunning visuals, special effects and talented performers, dancers and singers. 

Anthem of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas will both offer the fastest Wi-Fi at sea as well as the Bionic Bar where one of two robots, powered by Makr Shakr, will serve your drink in style as you order from a tablet. Anthem will feature Royal IQ stations in strategic spots to enable guests to make show and dining reservations - technology at its best!

NCL- Million Dollar QuartetCourtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Escape will feature two Broadway hits:After Midnight, a jazz revue, and celebration of The Cotton Club and Million Dollar Quartet, a "jukebox" musical inspired by an impromptu jam session recorded in 1956 by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. A new supper club will also tempt guests: "For The Record presents Dear John Hughes"an homage to the late, great director of 80's film classics such as "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink."

Cutting-edge technology will also be at work on the Norwegian Escape with innovative touch screen digital signage enabling guests to order specialty items, get directions and reserve dining and shore excursions simply by scanning stateroom keys.

Entertainment will also hit new heights on Holland America's ms Koningsdam with the energetic Music Walk area. All genres of music will be showcased in venues including the Lincoln Center Stage featuring chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard where live musicians will rock the crowd with top forty faves and B.B. King’s Blues Club, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. The main showroom at the World Stage will implement 270-degree LED projection, immersing the audience in a panorama of sight and sound.

Written by Liz Fleming and originally published in World Traveler Summer/Fall 2015 issue.

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