With all of the high-quality theater and live entertainment on cruises these days, it's no surprise that a cruise ship makes for an ideal destination for a Broadway-centric vacation. What could be more fun than being surrounded by other Broadway fans on a cruise to an exotic destination with some of the stars themselves?
From famous hosts, such as Alan Cumming, to intimate private theater shows and onboard acting lessons, a Broadway theme cruise lets musical fans geek out on their favorite style of entertainment. Here are the Broadway cruises you can book in 2021 and beyond.
Seth's Big Fat Broadway Cruises
organizes a number of Broadway-themed cruises sailing to destinations all over the world each year. Every cruise is hosted by Seth Rudetsky, a Broadway performer himself, and features onboard performances by Broadway stars, such as Christine Ebersole and LaChanze, group shore excursions, autograph sessions, group dinners, master classes, quiz and radio shows, and even opportunities to perform yourself.Sailings may include shore excursions, prepaid gratuities, beverage packages, unlimited internet, specialty dining and/or onboard credit, depending on ship and sail date.
The Broadway Cruise
Organized by theme cruise expert Sixthman, The
was set to debut in 2020, but has been moved to November 2021 becuase of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. It is set to feature Tony Award-winning hosts Alan Cumming and Laura Benanti, as well as exclusive performances by various Broadway performers, including Lena Hall, Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess. Passengers can attend both intimate shows and main stage events throughout the cruise and join activities, such as acting workshops and classes, meet and greets, sing-alongs, karaoke and panel discussions. Plus, the cruise sails from New York so you can make plans to see an actual Broadway show before or after your cruise.
The Playbill Broadway Cruise Collection
organizes a collection of intimate weeklong Broadway theme cruises featuring appearances by Broadway stars themselves. The sailings focus on providing fans with opportunities to get up close and personal with stars, such as Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Lupon, Chita Rivera and Cheyenne Jackson. In addition to exclusive meet and greets, Q&As and nightly performances, passengers will also get to attend private parties and shore excursions with the Broadway performers.
Crystal Cruises Broadway at Sea
In partnership with Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Kevin McCollum, Crystal Cruises offers special
sailings throughout each year. Passengers booked on these sailings will get to experience exclusive performances and enriching lectures delivered by Broadway actors and creative talents who are experts in their field, whether it be set design, makeup or wardrobe.
Broadway Shows on Regular Sailings
A few mainstream cruise lines have brought abridged versions of major Broadway musicals onboard their ships for real theater at sea.
Norwegian Cruise Line currently features "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" on Norwegian Epic, "Kinky Boots" on Norwegian Encore, "Million Dollar Quartet" on Norwegian Getaway and "Footloose" on Norwegian Joy.
Royal Caribbean is also an excellent option when it comes to Broadway shows on the high seas. The line features Tony award-winning shows, such as "Mamma Mia," "Cats," "Grease," "Hairspray," as well as "Saturday Night Fever," depending on ship, sail date and itinerary.
Cunard is running "Top Hat" on two ships.