By Travel + Leisure
February 02, 2017

You no longer have to sit through amateur versions of tired Broadway revues at sea now that smart cruise lines are snazzing up their shipboard shows. Celebrity Cruises ( has hooked up with Cirque du Soleil on the Constellation. Instead of Hello, Dolly!, passengers can watch the troupe's contortionists twist and turn on ropes high overhead. Silversea ( developed its own aerial ballet called Cirque Nouveau, produced by the award-winning Jean Ann Ryan production company. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 ( is collaborating with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to introduce Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. RADA also holds acting workshops for passengers. And Crystal Cruises ( is channeling the Bard, with The Complete Works of Shakespeare, an abridged version of Shakespeare's entire canon of plays.
—Sherri Eisenberg