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Guests aboard today's cruise ships don't have to visit New York's Broadway or London's West End to see top theatrical performances. Seagoing vacationers enjoy live, nightly shows inspired by today's popular theater hits as well as highly original productions.

In addition to theater, travelers can also enjoy dazzling shows that pay tribute to showbiz greats and musical eras or become a part of the act in productions that invite audience participation and competition, and in some cases, the chance to become a shipboard performer.

Also, some cruise lines feature celebrity performers and leading popular music performers on selected sailings while other cruise companies invite local and regional folkloric troupes on board for performances that enhance the destination experience.

Many of today's onboard theaters boast state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment, and can in some cases accommodate as many as 1,400 guests in one sitting.

Performances run the gamut, and guests can enjoy numbers from their favorite shows, from classics to contemporary favorites.

Some cruise lines also offer theme cruises that focus on a library of musical styles from jazz to big bands and to the “Doo-Wop” music of the 1950s and 1960s.

Many ships also feature smaller lounges and showrooms where cruisers can enjoy cabaret singers, classical quartets and piano recitals. And those guests looking to express their own star qualities will find dedicated karaoke clubs and facilities on some ships.

But for something completely different in entertainment, Princess' "Movies Under the Stars" outdoor theaters have become one of the line's now-signature features, adding an innovative way for passengers to enjoy the latest films, family fare, sporting events, and other special programming while relaxing at the pool. Each state-of-the-art Times Square-style screen is more than 300 square feet in size and has sufficient lighting power to be seen clearly at mid-day. The giant screen shows a variety of entertainment throughout the day, including up to seven feature length films.

Disney Cruise Line has created one of the largest stage productions at sea with the debut of Toy Story – The Musical on the Disney Wonder. Preserving the humor and heart of the original “Toy Story” film from
Pixar Animation Studios, “Toy Story-The Musical” explores the true meaning of friendship. The show’s elaborate costumes capture the vibrant colors and playfulness of the animated characters.

Guests on Celebrity can experience new theater productions on Celebrity Solstice through an exclusive partnership with Poet Theatricals which has created three original shows.

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