No-one likes music as much as me.
Well, apart from my better half and most of my friends.
Ok so, loads of people like music. How couldn’t they? It’s part of our lives, whether we want it to be or not; our drive to work, the soundtrack to the films we watch, not to mention the TV and radio adverts we’re subjected to daily (yes, they did prove recently that the volume goes up on your telly during the ad break!)
‘Hang on, what’s all this got to do with cruising’? I hear you ask.’ You’re just shoe-horning one of your own leisure pursuits into your blog (a tad harsh, come on!) in an attempt to make it more interesting!’ Honestly, people are so cynical these days. Just bear with me.
Truth be told, music’s got everything to do with cruising. Think about all your on-board entertainment – bands, singers, cabaret, West End Shows, even the films shown in the theatres and which populate the rentable DVD collections – they all feature music.
Take a moment to think of all the cruise lines you can (or you could cheat – there’s a big list of loads of them on our site somewhere). Loads of cruise lines, loads of cruise ships. That’s a lot of potential musicians, acts and performances – and with the on-going growth of the cruise industry – potentially a much wider audience.
In this blog, I’m going to start by taking a look at the role of music and entertainment on cruise ships from different perspectives – from passengers, who’ve got good and bad stories to tell – to musicians and performers themselves, who’ve probably also got good and bad stories to tell. I’ll also be looking at some of the music and entertainment which can be currently found on any number of cruise ships sailing the ocean waves.
Hopefully, we’ll learn loads more about cruise life along the way and get some fascinating insights. Or we may just get a list of musicians’ gripes and people complaining about the lack of their favourite tribute act. Either way, I promise you an entertaining diversion to your day.
By Simon Brotherton