When it comes to cruising, the entertainment is one thing I don’t really pay much attention too, unless the act is a comedian as I have said before I tend to stay away. I am more than happy making my own entertainment and to be honest I don’t want to be sitting in a theatre boiling or freezing to death (there is never a nice medium) whilst I watch a show that will steal 45 minutes of my life.
I like to spend my evenings, especially in the warmer months, outside. I cruise to photograph a stunningly beautiful and un interrupted sunset, the chance to catch a glimpse at some marine life and just generally enjoy being out in the fresh air. The last thing I want to do is go from one indoor venue to another.
My friend and I can spend our evenings chatting for hours, and I mean that literally! We rarely get to see one another at home as we live so far apart so onboard we tend to make up for all the lunch and dinner meetings we have missed and talk ourselves silly. I enjoy it though, it’s nice to be able to do this and be quite content, even on a lengthy voyage. There are copious amounts of entertainment options in our world today but, why can’t we just go back to the basics now and then and enjoy the company of our fellow human beings.
When I first started cruising I used to go to all the shows, usually 2 a night and I really did enjoy them. Most of them anyway! I remember the occasional night when I was dragged kicking and screaming by friends I had met onboard. One particular show was all about Elvis, no disrespect to all you Elvis fans out there but I sat praying the bottom would drop out of the ship and I would be put out of my misery, I was right in the middle of the row and in-between two of my friends, I could not escape even if I was Houdini himself. I sat there for the full 45 minutes asking the lord what on earth I had done to deserve such punishment; he later rewarded me with a Remy XO for my good behaviour so it made it all worth it! 😉
Some of the shows onboard are brilliant, others, not so great but that’s my own opinion. One thing I do know is that I have the upmost respect for the dancers onboard…..I certainly couldn’t do it so hats off to them!!!
It is interesting though how I went from everything to nothing with regards to entertainment. Maybe as my cruising experience grew I settled more into what I like to get out of it, who knows! All I do know is that now it either has to be something entirely unique or a comedian to get me inside and miss out on the great outdoors!