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Old 07-26-2010, 12:36 AM
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Hello Everyone:

I am a long time member of this forum, but I haven't been here for awhile. I am glad to be back.

Anyway, in early May I went on my 6th cruise. Onboard the Carnival Legend. It was my 4th with Carnival. I am by no means a well experienced Carnival cruiser. Especially compared to some of you in this forum. However I believe I have been on enough Carnival cruises to say this: Regarding the Onboard Entertainment: Don't you think it is about time that Carnival makes changes to it??

First of all, I really appreciate the effort the Cruise Director and his/her staff go through to make sure the passengers enjoy themselves and have a good time on the cruise. However, I have been on 4 Carnival cruises within the past five years and I have seen the same old routine each time. I am sure some of you who are repeat Carnival cruisers…um..."Customers"…have seen and can predict these same re-occurring performances:

  • The Welcome Aboard show featuring FunShip Freddy and the Carnival Dancers performing with the same songs. One of which included a provocative/sultry/suggestive version of the US Navy anthem performed with the female dancers dancing accordingly. An Alto-Saxphone would take the lead, playing the melody of the anthem. I always wondered what those who served in the US Navy thought of that? (I am sure a few really liked it, but not all).
  • Then there is a talent show starring the passengers...um, "Customers". It is always the same group of famous singers: Sinatra, Garth Brooks, Sonny&Cher, to name a few. And they would always get a couple to do Sonny and Cher; and the one who impersonates Sonny would be on their knees to exaggerate the short stature of Sonny. And it is always the same song, by those artists.
    But at least on my last cruise, some of the “Customers” took the liberty improvising during their performance, and it turned out to be hilarious. For example, the "Customer" who was performing his role as Sinatra, decided to change one line in the song. So he sang: "And regrets...I have a few...the casino...on this cruiseship" And at the end of the show, the male "Customer" performers are escorted off the stage by the female dancers...HOWEVER, the "Customer" impersonating Ricky Martin made sure to be escorted off-stage by a male dancer (I am not sure if the whole audience saw that happen, but I did and thought that was hilarious).
  • Anyway, I was also tired of seeing the routine where "a particularly high ranking crew member" impersonates Dolly Parton and is reluctantly thrust on stage, then chased around the stage and auditorium by the male dancers, accompanied by the band performing the theme song from Dolly Parton's first starring motion picture...(that movie about angst in the office workplace).
  • Also, I was tired of seeing the wait staff, on the last night of the cruise, singing that song with the altered lyrics. That song was originally composed by John Denver and made popular by him (and Peter, Paul and Mary). Except, as I said, they changed the lyrics so the song could be titled "Leaving Our Funship".[/list]These are just some (not all) of the performances/entertainment onboard a Carnival cruise that have become more than too familiar to the repeat "Customer".

    But like I said, I do appreciate that Carnival does make the effort to entertain its "Customers" during the cruise. And I am aware that such entertainment is not cheap nor easy to produce. I especially appreciate that despite that, the onboard entertainment is free...um...."included with the cruise fare".

    However, I do think it is time that Carnival revamps its entertainment to include new matierial" So, what do you all think?
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for most cruise passengers, it is a new show. the majority of cruisers on any ship at any given time are first time cruisers. It would be the same on any cruise line.
I also think that is partly why the cruise line gives discounts for past guest.
even tho they are the same, I still enjoy them. I have done 10 on carnival, so I have seen them several times. and enjoy them every time.
I also think you may be a little harsh on carnival.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:31 AM
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Hi Frase, glad to see you back. I definitely hear what you're saying. I think most every cruise line has the same problem. They have to schedule the "headliners" years in advance. The Legends show seems to be a hit all over the industry as well as in land-based entertainment venues. I remember the "old days" on board entertainment was normally Vegas style shows. Each line seemed to compete for stars (at least at one time). Usually one or two nights a week were actual movies in the theater. And one or two nights were commedy acts.

I know Carnival rotates their entertainment staff and I believe they change out their revues every 6 months.

It's hard to say how to improve it without spending a ton of money. I don't know how NCL is going to do it on the Epic. It has to cost them big bucks for Blue Man. They are charging for Cirque, but not a lot.

I'm sure there are loads of fans for the Carnival entertainment or they wouldn't keep coming back. I guess in a way, it's like home away from home, you know the tv schedule for the week
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A note on the Legends shows. With Carnival the Legends show is performed by paying passengers. The Legends show on the NCL Epic is performed by paid professionals just like Las Vegas. NCL has three year contracts with the major entertainment such as Blue Man Group, Legends, and Second City Comedy.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:56 AM
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A note on the Legends shows. With Carnival the Legends show is performed by paying passengers. The Legends show on the NCL Epic is performed by paid professionals just like Las Vegas. NCL has three year contracts with the major entertainment such as Blue Man Group, Legends, and Second City Comedy.

The Legends Show is one of my favorite reasons for cruising Carnival.

I have been in 7 of them ( having done Sonny and Cher~ parts not usually done by cruisers) and they are a blast.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:59 AM
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To the OP:

They are looking at changing the "characters" in the Legends Show.

They have to wait until the contracts expire for the rights to use these character's likeness and music.

Plus, the expense of the costumes themselves ... since they have costumes to fit ANY size for 10 singers.

Plus we do get paid.... a free DVD of the show and a free group picture.....plus the fun which is priceless.....LOL
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:10 AM
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I have been in 7 of them ( having done Sonny and Cher~ parts not usually done by cruisers) and they are a blast.
Yes, It's a great opportunity for passengers to show their talent.
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I have to agree with Frase on this one, I love Carnival and probably won't sail with any other cruise ship, but I don't like the sultry/provocative/suggestive content. I feel sorry for those parents that take their young children even to the first nights not knowing what to expect, if I had young children I won't take mine.

This last cruise we didn't bother with the shows at all, because they are so much the same and even the late night comedy we got up and walked out because of the vulger language used, and the whole content, of course I realize I am probably in the minority here but that's o'k with me!
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Well, they do warn that the late night comedian show is "R-Rated, adults only (18 years of age and above)". Those are the words from the Fun Times on our recent cruise aboard Elation.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:51 PM
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I agree also.. We have been on some ships more than once.. The same show even after 4 or 5 yrs.. We would love to see new shows on the cruises but they keep it the same ole songs and thems.. Mix it up a little plzzzz
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