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2019 Cruisers' Choice Awards

Get to know the best cruise ships in a variety of categories, based on member review ratings for cruises taken in the last year.

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Symphony of the Seas

1 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member roscoe123

"The entertainment, I can say, was the best on any cruise I have been on…The hardest part was booking them and deciding what night to do what, to make sure you see it all."

Member Review: kingfrancere


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Allure of the Seas

2 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member sdpete

"Entertainment was AMAZING!! Every evening was a top rate show. Additionally, there were many extra shows and activities to choose from that kept passengers busy."

Member Review: BobnNancy

Zhao Shang Yi Dun (Viking Sun)

3 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member worldia

"The entertainment was 'Broadway good.'"

Member Review: Butlers in Ohio

Crystal Symphony

4 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member samuelsships

"I saved my real raves for the entertainment which was the BEST of any I've ever had on a cruise. From the singers and dancers to the special guest stars, it was first rate and memorable. Too many to name but needless to say, every night was a joy!"

Member Review: Edensmom

Harmony of the Seas

5 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member haultj

"The shows and entertainment are top notch. Grease is truly a Broadway-like experience."

Member Review: rspec7

Viking Sea

6 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member macmancape

"The ship entertainment was top notch and very enjoyable."

Member Review: 1stState

Viking Sky

7 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member tracydio

"We loved the cruise director, Adam, and the entertaining shows. There was always seating available, caught a movie or two under the stars, went to some lectures and enjoyed the most excellent classical guitar player, pianist and string quartet."

Member Review: gradydude

MSC Musica

8 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Elsabe Rademeyer

"The show talent was amazing! The singers and dancers and speciality acts they had were incredibly talented and had so much energy."

Member Review: loughreagal

Viking Star

9 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member DMcK

"The entertainment was so enthusiastic and fun to watch. We looked forward to every opportunity to attend a performance."

Member Review: Arizona Sun

Oasis of the Seas

10 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Crusinwithfamily

"The entertainment was as usual amazing. The Aqua show at the AquaTheater is a MUST WATCH as it is breathtaking."

Member Review: cruisingisjustbetter

Viking Orion

11 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Rferin

"When not performing, they greeted us at the theater doors, and impressed us as ordinary people, all from the UK. When on stage, however, they transformed into professional performers who sang ABBA, Beatles, and Broadway songs. Their choreography was excellent. I was transported back to the 60’s and 70’s. Parts of the Broadway songs even brought tears to my eyes--just wonderful performances."

Member Review: nanling

MSC Sinfonia

12 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Karlakan

"Excellent shows with very good talent. Lovely bars and dancing opportunities, even the dance classes were good fun with professional teaching. We particularly enjoyed the piano playing of Roelof in the Le Baroque coffee shop."

Member Review: johandolphin

Regal Princess

13 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Andrew J. Cat

"The entertainment productions are very professional and well done. That’s the sound and lighting of first class."

Member Review: Cat timbit22

Liberty of the Seas

14 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Familygoboston

"The Ice Show, as well as the comedy and Las Vegas style shows in the Platinum Theater were excellent!"

Member Review: NewWaveDave

Enchantment of the Seas

15 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member MissSusanClayton

"The Royal Caribbean entertainers made me feel like I was watching a broadway show. The activities staff were great at planning activities and making sure everyone was happy."

Member Review: tawcqt

Celebrity Equinox

16 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member kingboy1

"A variety of themed and unique entertainment that was always fun. The Silent Disco and Moonlight Party were two my faves. A lot of hard work goes into creating such a great vibe."

Member Review: poca123

Island Princess

17 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member DanM

"The entertainment was top notch, they had a naturalist on board throughout the whole cruise providing seminars on wildlife, whales, etc."

Member Review: mzwiz001

Marella Celebration

18 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member cruisergn

"The entertainment team did just that. They entertained us. Very professionally. We only missed one night in the showcase lounge. It got better and better as the week went on and saving the best till last. The Cameron’s Classics was worth waiting for."

Member Review: angiedawson63

Paul Gauguin

19 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Softsand-13

"The entertainment was 1st class and the staff were all so friendly."

Member Review: Niland

Coral Princess

20 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member CruiseCritic

"The nightly entertainment was enjoyable and varied, from a magic show to musicals. We looked forward each night to our date night."

Member Review: Cruiser from Alabama

Marella Discovery

21 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Hottie631

"The entertainment team were fantastic and we had 14 different styles of shows every night so there was something for everyone's taste."

Member Review: balloo_ka27

Seabourn Encore

22 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member ab21au

"Entertainment was excellent particularly the host dancers, crew performers and entertainment staff."

Member Review: PRINTERATSEA

Braemar

23 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Fred. Olsen

"Entertainment brilliant and very professional."

Member Review: Tidderae

Seven Seas Voyager

24 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Tarwood3

"The dancers were amazing and the singers had terrific voices AND could dance as well."

Member Review: Jlhalldc

Marella Dream

25 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member SailAwaySunset

"The shows in the Broadway lounge were fantastic. There was always quizzes on and games in the Medusa lounge with a really good house band, which played all varieties of music."

Member Review: KAT1476

Seabourn Odyssey

26 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Bapple

"On entertainment. Again, spotless! Shows exuded talent, were on time, varied, and enjoyable."

Member Review: CanaMan

Grandeur of the Seas

27 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member LewisFamAdventurers

"The comics were hilarious, the tango dancers and magician mesmerizing, but the band Rookie was just unbelievable. I honestly could have watched their show all 9 nights and not been tired of it. The energy they put into their show is beyond belief. Just incredible."

Member Review: kamartin1965

Pacific Explorer

28 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Kiwismiths

"Entertainment was the highlight of the ship."

Member Review: kirsty.ebb

Wind Spirit

29 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member effbee2

"Other special touches included the cultural activities that were available onboard and in special activities. The staff takes great care to research and recruit authentic and interesting people to interact with guests."

Member Review: Slarrabee

Empress of the Seas

30 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Lienmachine

"The entertainment team was great. They gave us a great different show every night. I loved the dancers very much. The Director, Hugo, had it all well organized and made the evenings special."

Member Review: marileen59

Marella Explorer

31 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Nicsteve

"Entertainment in the Broadway Lounge was of a high standard and the cast of the shows were superb, giving a different show of good quality every night."

Member Review: Wullie C

L'Austral

32 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Cindy's mum

"The standard of the entertainment is consistently good and the shows are always a highlight. Kamel, the Cruise Director is a huge asset for Ponant."

Member Review: smum Jo Cameron

Grand Classica

33 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Angiekitty

"The theater show was phenomenal, tremendous dancers. Live music for all tastes willing to please you. I really want to go back next year."

Member Review: PEDRO ESPINOSA

Silver Galapagos

34 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member Silversea

"Also, the pianist on board was terrific - great entertainment!"

Member Review: Rose Marie Garcia Fontana

Silver Shadow

35 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Photo by Cruise Critic member TravelJane

"Very good and varied entertainment with some outstandingly good singers."

Member Review: melvyndc1948


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