Carnival Cruise Lines is to launch the Carnival Live Concert Series, enabling passengers to enjoy exclusive onboard performances by a range of popular music artists while ships are docked at select ports of call.
The line has booked 49 performance dates for the 2014 concert series, enabling guests to enjoy performances by artists such as Daughtry, Foreigner, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes and Martina McBride.
“Performing live is one of my favorite things,” said Grammy Award-winner, Jennifer Hudson at a launch event in New York City on 22 January. “I’m excited to be part of this unique concert series that will allow me to interact with my fans in such an intimate and memorable setting.”
Beginning in April 2014, Carnival Live concerts will take place onboard eight Carnival ships when they call at cruise ports in Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island, California. Artists will board the ships while they are berthed in port, give an evening performance in the main show lounge and disembark following their show.
Passengers purchasing tickets for the VIP experience will be able to meet and take a photograph with the artist and sit in the first three rows, as well as receiving a commemorative laminated concert pass.
“Onboard entertainment is an important part of the overall guest experience when cruising,” said Mark Tamis, Carnival’s senior vice president of guest operations. “With the Carnival Live Concert Series, our guests will enjoy an exclusive performance with one of their favorite artists for an extraordinary value. Combined with our enhanced house bands fleetwide, this is just another example of the many ways we are constantly looking to create even more fun and memorable moments for our guests.”
Carnival is also revamping its popular shipboard house bands. The bands will feature both male and female lead singers, a more choreographed, themed and diverse set list, and increased interaction with guests.
Nine Carnival ships currently feature the new bands, while the new band structure will be implemented across the remainder of the fleet by the end of 2014.