As the saying goes, it’s not just about the destination, it’s also about the journey – and this is truer than ever when it comes to modern-day cruising. Ship amenities and attractions often go above and beyond when it comes to wowing their passengers with onboard entertainment. The available options can be so expansive as to include Broadway-caliber shows, waterparks, casinos, spas, theme parties, and lectures – on top of shore excursions to breathtaking destinations. For an even more exciting twist on entertainment, however, some cruise lines are introducing innovative programs that blend shipboard fun to the modern-day phenomenon of reality TV – turning some of their guests into “celebrities” in the process.
Princess Cruises, for example, recently announced a singing contest in the pattern of NBC hit show “The Voice,” to be held on a number of sailings. “The Voice of the Ocean” will be making onboard stars out of talented passengers in a competition open to guests 16 years of age or older, for auditions, mentoring and live performances (see related article, “Princess Cruises Seeks “The Voice of the Ocean””).
Norwegian Cruise Line will have an entirely different spin to turning some of their guests into “celebrities.” In collaboration with travel broadcast impresario Peter Greenberg and Emmy Award-winning Tri-Crown Production Group, they are producing Dream Quest with Evette Rios, a weekly TV series set to air on the CW Network as part of its Saturday morning block. For the maiden season, there will be 26 episodes of 30 minutes each, set in fun locations and featuring travelers in dream-fulfilling and educational adventures on select vessels, including the Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, and the Norwegian Jewel.
Imagine a cruise where you not only have dreamy experiences and opportunities for learning, you also have the chance to be on television featuring documentation of your once-in-a-lifetime trip! More specific information on requirements and casting applications are available here: “Calling All Cruising Dreamers!!! (Summer/Fall 2015).”
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