From the local Tarantella show whilst in Sorrento, to the production shows “Curtain Call” and “Standing Room Only”, the Galaxy Lounge hosted what I would deem the epitome of world-class entertainment in intimate surroundings.
Passengers felt a part of the magic being produced on stage when in the Lounge that showcased some of the best entertainment I have ever experienced at sea.
Lead vocalists Tara Lynn Khaler and John Ellis led the way for the ultra talented Crystal ensemble of singers and dancers through performances that included musical numbers from Broadway shows including “Wicked” and “The Producers”.
For a musical nut like me, it was very important that their renditions of such iconic songs truly “hit the note”, and I wasn’t disappointed.
When one of my favourite number’s, “Defying Gravity”, was performed and I tingled with goosebumps, it was clear to me that I was witnessing some of the greatest performers to sail the seven seas.
The staging was immaculate in each production I experienced and, whilst the sets may not have been as elaborate as I have witnessed on other ships, the talent spoke for itself.
Guest entertainers onboard our voyage included West End sensation Jacqui Scott who, with her grand piano and accompaniment by The Galaxy Orchestra, transported passengers on a journey through some of the best songs ever produced.
Having starred in “Evita” on the West End, her showstopping performance of “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” brought the house down and her unique medley of Beatles songs had my cruising buddy and I bopping away in our seats.
Competing with such a port heavy itinerary is always a challenge for entertainers onboard short voyages such as ours, but battling through the tiredness to witness such greatness was something that was well worth it and created some of the best memories of my time aboard Crystal Serenity.
Originally written by Natalie Aroyan for e-Travel Blackboard.