The glamour, the splendor, the onboard entertainment that’s designed to dazzle—Royal Caribbean continually defies expectations about what is possible at sea. And when it comes to the entertainment program, it’s the only cruise line to feature it across four platforms: stage, ice, water, and air.
Champion athletes perform heart-pounding aerial spectaculars. Ice-skaters amaze with jumps, lifts, and spins. Divers flip into a pool against a backdrop of backlit fountains and the endless ocean horizon. Dancers, singers, and acrobats perform for packed theaters. And it’s all happening in the middle of oceans around the world.
Lavish shows and applauded performances are highlights of a Royal Caribbean cruise, and the cruise line spares no expense to offer guests the best onboard entertainment in the industry, if not the world. The current lineup includes dozens of signature productions, Broadway musicals, AquaTheater extreme sports and diving spectaculars, million-dollar ice-skating shows, hundred-person parades, and awe-inspiring aerial performances—the largest premium entertainment operation at sea.
The ice-skating arenas at sea provide the setting for original shows such as 1977 on Symphony of the Seas and Frozen in Time on Oasis of the Seas, featuring choreographed theatrics, intricate costumes, and a cast of top-rated figure skaters from around the globe.
Oasis of the Seas brings the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Cats to the high seas. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece was one of the longest-running productions on Broadway and is a winner of numerous awards, including seven Tonys, two Oliviers, and a Grammy. It’s part of Royal Caribbean’s commitment to offer, not just Broadway at sea, but the very best of Broadway—including Mamma Mia!, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Hairspray and We Will Rock You.
Coordinating this massive effort is Royal Caribbean Productions, a dedicated entertainment division in North Miami Beach, Florida. The state-of-the-art production facility spans about 130,000 square feet and houses 14 rehearsal studios, 14 vocal rooms, and a massive space for costume production and storage. It’s utilized year-round to support shoreside rehearsals and production operations for Royal Caribbean Entertainment. This state-of-the-art facility also serves as the home base for more than 3,000 singers, dancers, actors, athletes, and musicians who perform on the incredible fleet around the world.
Many team members were once shipboard performers themselves, so they are aware of the unique challenges of a production at sea. Finding talent isn’t as simple as holding an open casting call. It takes a continuous 65-city worldwide tour looking at more than 26,000 live auditions a year. Top performers can also send videos back to the North Miami Beach headquarters, where the casting team also reviews online submissions.
Once a cast is selected, performers travel to the studio to begin rehearsals. The space can host as many as 14 casts at once and more than 200 performers move through the facility during any given month. Each cast rehearses for about six to eight weeks before boarding its assigned ship. Then, it’s showtime!
AquaTheater extreme sports and Dive Shows
Boasting the largest and deepest pool at sea (137,000 gallons of water, 18 feet deep), the Oasis Class AquaTheater hosts heart-pumping high-dive and aerial extravaganzas synchronized with fountain and light shows. Featured water shows include Oceanaria, Oasis of Dreams, The Fine Line, and HiRO.
Multimedia, Multi-Talent Productions
On Quantum class ships, Two70 features shows with acrobatics taking place all around the great room. Add in the Roboscreens that descend from the ceiling, and you’ve got a whole lot of marvels in the air. It’s a multimedia event with a combination of live and digital entertainment that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before, on land or at sea.