We Tried It! Carnival Liveby Danielle Contray | November 08, 2016
Live entertainment on cruise ships has come a long way in recent years, with Broadway-caliber shows and partnerships with well-known on-land venues such as B.B. King Blues Club and Lincoln Center. Carnival made their own strides when the line launched Carnival Live in 2014. The concert series brings well-known acts ranging from country superstars to classic rock bands and big-name comedians (think Martina McBride, Journey, Kathy Griffin) on board for exclusive, one-night only performances on select sailings.
And if you are a mega fan, VIP tickets — which include a special seating section plus a meet-and-greet with the star after the show for photos — are also available.
Curious as to what it's like to see a big-name star in a ship's theater? We checked out the Carrie Underwood concert on Carnival Vista to see what these shows are are all about.
What It’s Like
The most exciting aspect of a Carnival Live show is the venue size. You’ll see performers who typically sell out 20,000-seat arenas in a space that seats less than a thousand. We saw Carrie Underwood at Carnival Vista’s Liquid Lounge, an intimate venue with a dance floor and private booths as well as theater seating. Even for casual fans (or those who only know the country star’s radio hits), seeing a famous performer in such a small space was thrilling. It was easy to get caught up in the excitement and find yourself grooving along with all the cowboy boot-wearing passengers around you. After all, Underwood's last bow was at the Country Music Awards earlier in the week, where she won Female Vocalist of the Year.
Danielle Contray is the Brooklyn-based managing editor of ShermansCruise.