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