SOUTH CHINA SEA, November 4, 2017 — When it comes to on-board entertainment, you have to go a long way to top the quality and production values offered by Celebrity Cruises.
Shipboard musicians are first-rate, providing varied and superb accompaniment for a highly talented array of outside performers as well as the line’s own singers and dancers.
All cruise lines offer shipboard productions, but frequently they are a blend of colorful costumes and second tier talent: lots of sizzle without the steak. Not with Celebrity. From the moment Celebrity’s exuberant youthful artists step on the stage you know you are in for something unique. This is major league stuff that goes beyond traditional onboard entertainment.
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The key is the joyous enthusiasm each performer brings to the twice-nightly shows. They are dedicated to their craft and they demonstrate it with precision movements, graceful leaps and outstanding showmanship.
For the dance team on Celebrity Millennium, the work began in March, when they gathered in Florida for two months of intensive rehearsals before heading to sea.
Now sailing through Asia, the performers have been entertaining passengers and leaving cruisers electrified with the rhythms of fast-paced music and intricate choreography. They bring audiences to their feet after each performance.
Celebrity features 18 productions. Each has been exclusively created for their on-board shows. Not all of the presentations are performed on any one cruise, but depending on the length of the itinerary, passengers can experience at least three of them.
Riffing on the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars”, one production sends dancers into a rousing extravaganza of classic ballroom dances. These range from passionate tangos to the rhythms of the rhumba in a blitz of razzle-dazzle and dazzling energy.
Shows last less than an hour, but each is filled with enough pure entertainment to make each show a new adventure.
One show designed especially for Celebrity Millennium features Boogie Woogie music adapted from the hit West End musical of the 70s. The story follows disco hits through the decade that somehow lost its way in a world of psychedelic fashion.
Watching the “iBroadway” show leaves breathless audiences wondering how the performers can keep up the pace twice in a night. The show incorporates music from the most popular Broadway shows and presents them in a fast-paced, contemporary production. It pays tribute to the best theatrical stages in London and New York.
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Beyond their shows, the cast instructs passengers in ballroom dance classes, teaching them Meringue, Swing and other favorites.
Night owls typically head for one of the lounges after dinner, where singers and dancers are on hand again to rev up the excitement. It makes for unforgettable evenings when the next day is at sea and “sleeping in” is on the agenda.
Though it seems glamorous, shipboard life can be a grind for entertainers. The hours are long and frequently erratic. The crew—wait staff, housekeeping, lounge musicians and dancers—always appreciate an acknowledgement of their efforts to offer their passengers the best possible cruise experience.
Millennium’s show team is in rehearsal for a new production. With their other regular duties, free time is scarce, but in the end, the passengers will benefit with yet another first-rate world class show.
After each performance, cast members mingle with passengers and pose for pictures. They love praise and applause, but for them this isn’t just a job. They do it for the love of music and dance and the joy of theater.
Cruising is great value for the travel dollar, but with the Celebrity singers, dancers and bands you get unsurpassed bang for your buck.
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