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Carnival Steps Up Entertainment with Playlist Productions

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Heart of Soul performed in the main show lounge.

I’ve never been a fan of cruise line production shows; I’ve always thought they’re hokey, boring and blah. Until tonight…

I’m currently sailing on Carnival Freedom, a Conquest-class ship in Carnival’s fleet that just underwent a 15-day, $70-million dollar refurbishment, along with new entertainment, the refurb brought cool things like Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Pub, Alchemy Bar and other trendy venues – to sea.

One of the really cool additions is Playlist Productions. Carnival just rolled out four new Playlist Production shows – 80s Pop to the Max, Heart of Soul, Getaway Island and 88 Keys: The Rock n’ Roll Piano Show.

I just came from 88 Keys and I’m completely blown away by the awesomeness. You must see this new show.

Here are five reasons why I love the new Playlist Production shows on Carnival Cruise Lines: 

1. Audience Involvement. Ever wanted to get up and dance in the aisles during a show? Or sing along with the performers? Well, Playlist Productions gives you that chance. Each show has a 15 minute pre-show, where you and your fellow passengers can be the star of the show. You get to interact with the cast and try your chance at stardom. And most shows ends with a big, giant dance party, so you can join in the fun even if you’re not a cast member. Don’t think this is like your grandfather’s show where you’re just going to sit there and watch. With Playlist Productions, you’re very much part of the show now!

2. Shorter Shows. Let’s be honest, the seats in the main theater aren’t always comfortable for long periods of time. And if the show’s a dud, they’re even more uncomfortable. But, that’s not the case with Playlist Productions at all. The shows are generally about 30-40 minutes in length – just long enough to keep you completely captivated and longing for more. This also allows more performances throughout your voyage – giving you more flexibility to make sure you don’t miss a show.

3. Special Effects.  Say ‘Adios’ to the clunky, large sets of the past. And say ‘hello’ to stunning high-tech LED screens and sensational special effects. With the movable LED screens, the mood of the show can change within seconds to mirror the action on stage. From creating background scenes to setting location to showcasing dazzling imagery, the screens give the shows something extra and are different in every single show. While the performers are sensational, the real star of the show may be the LED screens.

4. Fast-paced. Forget the ‘commercial’ or ‘bathroom’ breaks – these shows don’t stop. Each song flows into the next one seamlessly with almost no break in the action the entire time. The music choices are upbeat and fun choices, both familiar and easy to sing along with. Don’t be surprised to find yourself swaying along with the songs in utter delight. And don’t be surprised as just how soon the show’s over and you’re looking forward to the next one.

5. High Energy. Prepare to be awed for the entire length of the Playlist Production. The show’s energy starts the minute you walk into the theater. Each one of the 7 performers dance and sing the entire show with a contagious energy. The costumes are colorful and bright; flashy fashion at its best. The high-tech LED screens complement and enhance the performers’ energy. The choreography rivals that of a pop star tour.

Carnival is slowly rolling out Fun Ship 2.0 to a majority of their ships. So far the following ships have underwent to refurbishments:

  • Liberty (no Playlist)
  • Conquest
  • Glory
  • Freedom
  • Triumph
  • Magic
  • Dream  (pool bars only)
  • Sunshine
  • Breeze
  • Legend
  • Pride (October 2014)
  • Miracle (March 2015)

See our Carnival Freedom Fun Ship 2.0 Facebook album here.

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