Cruise ships with the best entertainment programs

German vacationers love cruises. As far as this form of travel is concerned, they are European champions.

That depends not least on two companies that dominate the home market: AIDA Cruises and TUI Cruises. There are many competitors: We shed light on established tour operators such as Norwegian Cruise Line or Disney Cruise Line.

With almost 400 cruise ships worldwide, the question arises, which cruise ships offer us the best entertainment mix? Entertainment is a factor that determines the success or failure of a cruise. It ranges from family entertainment to comedy to an on-board casino. We asked how the four cruise companies mentioned differ in terms of in-flight entertainment.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Getaway Headliners Comedy Club

Norwegian Getaway - Headliners Comedy Club

The judgment of the value of the entertainment depends on the preferences of the guest. They range from sports, live shows and musical entertainment to a night out at the casino. Cruise lines usually use a wide variety of ways to please their guests.

In a test conducted by ARD, Norwegian Cruise Line came first in the entertainment program category. This was not least due to the high-quality stage programs offered. Guests experience Broadway shows as well as spectacular live acts or dinner shows.


AIDA Cruises

AIDA Cruises, Germany's market leader in cruises, scores not only when it comes to organizing excursions. The on-board program doesn't shy away from comparison either. The time for entertainers strikes when passengers return from their excursions. AIDA Cruises brings a wide variety of shows to the amidships theater stages of the ships. These areas, called “theatriums”, extend over up to three decks and are reminiscent of a circus arena in their construction. The audience really feels involved in the action.

Dance, entertainment, magicians and musicals are on offer as well as rock and pop shows. Depending on the ship class, guests experience up to seven shows per week. Those who prefer it quieter can borrow a book from the on-board library, meet friends and acquaintances for a board game or enjoy the evening in one of the lounges.

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AIDAprima Entertainment

TUI Cruises

Hamburg's TUI Cruises, number two on the German cruise market, rely on their ships My ship fleet increasingly on guest artists. These come from a wide variety of areas and offer passengers a wide range of entertainment. Concerts, readings, lectures or the show program, on board the TUI Cruises ships, passengers will find everything that makes good entertainment. Guest artists on board the ships were the stars Mary Roos and Udo Lindenberg, as well as The Lords or the two well-known from the show The Voice of Germany, Mitchy and André Katawazi.

Fans followed the actress Marie-Luise Marjan, mother Beimer from the television series Lindenstrasse, at numerous readings. The German writer Hera Lind quoted from her bestsellers, as did the writer and journalist Sebastian Fitzek. The football professionals from 1. FC St. Pauli were on board and invited to the Football Champs workshop for children. The casino & lounge, the escape room and the sound house also contribute to the entertainment on board. The Klanghaus is the world's first chamber music philharmonic orchestra on the high seas.

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My ship show

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Mein Schiff 2 Theater

Disney Cruise Line

In contrast to the aforementioned shipping companies, the Disney Cruise Line primarily focuses on family entertainment. The ships of the American shipping company offer a spectacular design based on the look of the 1930s and the latest technology. The 245-meter-long white water slide ensures a lot of excitement on board. The inside cabins have virtual portholes that provide a digital view of the outside world. The furnishings of the currently four ships combine the world of Disney with the design of Art Deco. There are many attractions on board for the whole family. As if there were the AquaDuck flume: It runs over four decks, accelerates its users to 25 kilometers per hour and at the same time gives the feeling of sitting in a roller coaster.

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Disney magic Sint Maarten

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Disney Magic chimneys


Kids 'and teenagers' clubs, designed according to age, are the ultimate in ships. The little ones on board play with their favorite Disney characters on their own deck. In the Oceaneer Laboratory, children embark on a marine expedition in which they make their own animated films. Teenagers use their own club with a sun lounge, pools and water fountains. They entertain themselves with a large selection of games, make karaoke videos and compose their own music. Meanwhile, the parents enjoy the adult entertainment. This offers dance and live music as well as musicals, films and parties. The wellness area with its beauty and hairdressing salon is also suitable for deep relaxation. Staying on the cruise ships of the Disney Cruise Line is an experience for the senses and the whole family.


The conclusion is obvious: people who spend their vacation on a cruise ship experience great pool landscapes or excursions to special places. You enjoy first-class gastronomy and the best entertainment. It is advisable to consider which interests are important to us before booking a cruise. Then we are sure to find the perfect cruise ship for us.

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