Carnival cruises announces star line-up featuring Jennifer Hudson and LeAnn Rimes
Cruises are normally the stomping ground of unknown singers waiting for their big break, but it seems all that is changing, with pop stars signing up to perform for their fans on the high seas.
American cruise line Carnival has announced a ‘concert series’ to take place this year, featuring big name singers including diva Jennifer Hudson, veteran Olivia Newton-John and country stars LeAnn Rimes and Lady Antebellum.
With the first concert set for this April – featuring rock band STYX – the Carnival Live series will take place on board eight different ships that sail to Cozumel, in Mexico, Nassau, in the Bahamas, and Catalina Island, in California.
But anyone hoping to run into their favourite pop star at the buffet or by the pool, will be disappointed. The singers will join the ships while they are in port and will disembark directly after their show.
Country cruise: LeAnn Rimes will also take part in the concert series
Tickets will cost between $20 and $40 (£12 and £24) and can be bought online ahead of the cruise at carnival.com/CarnivalLive
There are also a limited amount of VIP tickets available for $100-150 (£60-90) which will include a meet and great with the star, photo opportunity, seating in the first three rows and a commemorative laminated concert pass.
Grammy-award winning Hudson declared the ships an ‘intimate and memorable’ setting for musical performances and said she was excited about the two concerts she is due to give on Carnival Breeze and Carnival Ecstasy in June.
American country singer Gavin DeGraw, rock band Foreigner and singer-songwriter Jewel are among the 14 acts who will be taking part in the concert series
Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival, said: ‘Onboard entertainment is an important part of the overall guest experience when cruising.
‘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 isn’t the first cruise line to sign up stars for exclusive concerts. Last year saw the themed Kiss Kruise III aboard Norwegian Pearl, with the rock band performing on a three-night voyage over Hallowe’en.
Princess Cruises is hosting a Rock ‘n Roll cruise aboard Crown Princess this month, while Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas has chosen January to host 70,000 Tons of Metal, featuring 40 heavy metal bands.