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Best Cruise Ship for Entertainment (2016)

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Days at sea are a good thing when you're sailing aboard one of these 10 ships, nominated by a panel of cruising experts and voted by 10Best readers as the best cruise ships for entertainment. From Broadway-style shows to bowling alleys at sea, passengers on board have to try hard to be bored.

  • Regal Princess

    Regal Princess
    Princess Cruises

    The Princess Theater aboard Regal Princess is one of the largest theaters in the fleet. Within, passengers are treated to two big productions, Fiera and Bravo, as well as a variety of other live acts. A poolside screen on the Lido deck screens movies, sporting events and concerts under the stars (with free fresh-popped popcorn), while the Princess Live! TV studio presents comedy shows, cooking demos, concerts and destination lectures.
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Crown Princess

    Crown Princess
    Princess Cruises

    Passengers on the Crown Princess can watch full-length feature films under the stars or Princess Signature Shows – featuring some of the largest casts at sea – in the Princess Theater. Daily activities abound, including lectures by naturalists and historians, talent shows, auctions and tailgate parties.
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Carnival Vista

    Carnival Vista
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Fun takes many forms aboard Carnival's newest cruise ship, Carnival Vista. SportsSquare features a new attraction unique to Vista, SkyRide – a combination between a bicycle and a zip line. The Carnival Multiplex screens IMAX films, while a three-deck-tall main theater hosts multiple Playlist Productions on each sailing.
    Photo courtesy of Carlo Mirante / Flickr

  • Carnival Breeze

    Carnival Breeze
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival's "Fun Ship" mentality makes it no surprise that Breeze is a winner in the entertainment arena, especially for kids and teens, who have things like Seuss at Sea and Hasbro, The Game Show, SportsSquare and the 3D Thrill Theater to enjoy. There's plenty on offer for adults too: live concerts, Punchliner Comedy Club, cooking demos and live musicals by Playlist Productions.
    Photo courtesy of Peter Knego

  • MSC Divina

    MSC Divina
    MSC Cruises

    Inspired by Sophia Loren, MSC Divina brings elegance to just about everything it offers, including its entertainment. The two-level Pantheon Theater hosts a variety of big productions, including an unusual pirate-themed acrobatics show. Younger passengers (and the young at heart) enjoy an arcade at Virtual World and an F1 Simulator at sea.
    Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

  • Carnival Sunshine

    Carnival Sunshine
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Entertainment on the "Fun Ship" Sunshine takes many forms. Active passengers have a spread of outdoor games and activities at SportSquare. Hasbro, The Game Show and Suess at Sea keep kids and teens entertained, while the Punchliner Comedy Club offers up laughs. What really sets Sunshine apart are its rotation of themed shows, each performed in front of a digital backdrop courtesy of the ship's ultra-HD graphics system.
    Photo courtesy of Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines

  • Allure of the Seas

    Allure of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    Guests aboard Allure of the Seas look forward to sea days – the ship is loaded with so much to do. Adventurers can zip line, rock climb, sky dive and surf. Nighttime entertainment includes thrilling high dive feats at the outdoor AquaTheater, ice skating shows, a 3D movie theater and performances of the Broadway hit Mama Mia!
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

  • Koningsdam

    Koningsdam
    Holland America Line

    Unlike many ships with traditional theaters, Koningsdam's World Stage can transform with multiple configurations to best suit five new productions. Live musicians entertain at Billboard Onboard, while Lincoln Center Stage presents live chamber music each evening. The sounds of Memphis set sail at B.B. King's Blues Club.
    Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

  • Norwegian Epic

    Norwegian Epic
    Norwegian Cruise Line

    Ever wanted to go bowling in the middle of the ocean? Play Wii golf on a two-story screen? Sip a martini in an ice bar? You can do it all on the Norwegian Epic. Besides these quirky diversions, Epic also hosts the Tony award-winning musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, dance routines from Burn the Floor and the amazing acrobatics of Cirque Dreams and Dinner. Live musicians, including a Beatles cover band, perform in the Cavern Club.
    Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Crystal Serenity

    Crystal Serenity
    Crystal Cruises

    Entertainment doesn't always look the same on the Crystal Serenity, and that's part of its charm. Entertainment options cater to themed sailings, where enrichment programs might include lectures on maritime history on a Pacific crossing or yoga classes on a Mind, Body and Spirit sailing. The Hollywood Theater screens classic and second run films (with popcorn of course) and the Galaxy Lounge hosts Broadway-style productions. Live music on board is always top notch.
    Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cruise Ship for Entertainment are as follows:

  1. Regal Princess
  2. Crown Princess
  3. Carnival Vista
  4. Carnival Breeze
  5. MSC Divina
  6. Carnival Sunshine
  7. Allure of the Seas
  8. Koningsdam
  9. Norwegian Epic
  10. Crystal Serenity

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Carrie Finley Bajak (CruiseBuzz.net), Fran Golden (USA TODAY), Sherry Laskin Kennedy (CruiseMaven), Jason Leppert (PopularCruising.com), Chris Owen (ChrisCruises.com), Doug Parker (Cruise Radio) and Aaron Saunders (Fromthedeckchair.com) were chosen based on their expertise in the world of cruising.

Congratulations to all our winning ships!

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