Music and Activities Abound on World’s Largest Cruise Ships 6

Endless options for family fun, diverse dining and entertainment are cornerstones of the new class of mega-cruise ships. You can even find the best in musical entertainment at sea. I’ve sailed on 60+ cruises, so here are highlights of the best of the best.

I was recently on the inaugural Caribbean cruise of Harmony of the Seas, a new mega-ship from Royal Caribbean. If you are looking for all kinds of music, plus dining and an overwhelming amount of activities, the largest ships at sea are for you. Every moment can be filled with activities or simply time with loved ones.

All Kinds of Music

Join the fun and sing-along as Harmony of the Seas brings the Broadway musical “Grease” to the high seas.  Cruise ship shows aren’t like they used to be.

Other mega-ships offer more Tony Award-Winning shows, including “We Will Rock You,” “CATS,” “Saturday Night Fever” and “Mamma Mia.” These spectacular shows are included in the price of your cruise.

Teens will be retelling how cool it was to take over the turntables at Scratch DJ Academy and dance to their favorite songs at teen-only clubs.

Little fans of DreamWorks movies can watch their favorites in 3D and even meet the stars, from Shrek to Alex the Lion from “Madagascar.” The Adventure Ocean® program is always complimentary for kids.

Other lounges offer celebrity entertainers, piano bars, dueling pianos, karaoke, dance bands, discos and more.  Dance after dark in high-tech lounges with live DJs, themed parties or a low-key jazz joint where brassy tunes linger late into the evening.

Jaw-Dropping Options

More innovative activities now occur without ever leaving your ship. Enjoy acrobatic entertainment and a symphony of high-flying stunts at the Aqua Theatre, or watch in awe as ice skaters glide with futuristic visuals in the Ice Rink Theatres.

See the Caribbean shores from 300 feet in the air when you step inside a jewel-shaped capsule on the new Anthem of the Seas, featuring game-changing technology, groundbreaking venues and the best dining ever.

Make Your Own Excitement

If you are action oriented, the mega-ships include top deck zip lining, FlowRider surfing, water slides, rock climbing, ice skating, mini-golf, Carousel at Sea and even bumper cars. Let your imagination take flight on a sky-diving simulator that lets you experience the exhilaration of flying.  Or maybe you would prefer flying on a trapeze at the Circus School.

Never Eat the Same Twice

Dine at 20 different venues on some ships, from pub fare to gourmet steaks. Watch as robot bartenders create cocktails at the Bionic Bar, or retreat into the adults-only solarium, ideal for sipping cocktails by the pool or soaking in the whirlpool with sublime sea views.


Now’s the time to discover all the ways every member of your family can reap the benefits of the newest mega-ships.

Sue Shimkus is president of Lake Zurich Travel and a Cruise Ship Specialist. Learn more at; 847.438.5551.