"We're excited," said Michael Day, vice president of entertainment for Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company that oversees both Regent and Oceania. "We've got a whole new theater [with new seating, lighting and even an LED video wall], and in addition to that, we're bringing four new shows."
A combination of acrobatics and music, "Cirque Rock 'n' Roll" will debut on the ship during its current sailing from Monte Carlo to Venice -- and it's the line's biggest show ever. Put together by producer Jean Ann Ryan, it's described by Day as "a mix of rock 'n' roll -- older rock and new rock -- with strength stunts on stage and beautiful aerial work on silks and hoops." Performances will feature 12 singers and dancers and eight musicians, who will play tunes from the likes of Michael Jackson, Pink, Queen, Elvis and others.
"Film Flashbacks" will appeal to anyone who's a sucker for a great movie soundtrack. Featuring songs from "Fame," "Footloose," "The Blues Brothers" and "Dirty Dancing," it's a Hollywood experience.
"Dancing in the Streets" is billed by Day as "a block party of different styles of dance music." Enlisting the help of choreographers from New York, Las Vegas, Paris and Los Angeles (some of whom have worked with the popular television show "So You Think You Can Dance"), Regent has prepared its dancers to get their groove on.
Finally, a staple on all three of Regent's vessels, "Broadway" offers bits from Broadway shows that are currently running. Day tells Cruise Critic that the newest additions to the show are snippets from "Cinderella" and "Kinky Boots."
All shows onboard run between 45 and 50 minutes. "It's important to remember that these guests have been out touring all day, so we can't do a 90-minute show," Day explains. Due to the line's open-seating dining policy, only one performance is offered on each show night.
In addition to a revamped theater, Seven Seas Mariner's multimillion-dollar upgrades also include new carpeting, upholstery and decor, as well as two brand-new bars: a stone-fronted bar in the Horizon Lounge and a backlit bar in the Observation Lounge, which offers 270-degree views. The spa, operated by Canyon Ranch, also received a facelift with new steam rooms, and the fitness center gained updated exercise equipment.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Copy and Ports Editor