They just keep getting bigger and bigger – the cruise ships (and the passengers – but that’s another story) and as they get bigger they have to put more stuff on them to keep the passengers entertained. Competition is fierce between the cruise lines and there are oh so many berths to fill. More giant ships are coming on stream and with the capacity to carry over 4000 passengers they need a LOT of people. So how to attract them?
One way is to keep adding unique features and entertainment options. So now we have extravagant shows, movies under the stars – even real grass. What the heck happened to cruising? Does anybody care about miles and miles of open sea, flying fish skipping over the waves, whales spouting and amazing sunsets?
Try these for size –
A batting cage
A laser shooting range
Weekly firework displays Live TV game shows
An over-water seawalk
A magic show inspired by Houdini….. (Did you hear the one about the magician on board a cruise ship who did his act with a parrot? The parrot kept messing up the magicians’s act with “It’s in his pocket. It’s up his sleeve.” When the ship sank in a storm the magician managed to save himself by clinging to a floating piece of wreckage. The parrot found him and perched there next to him – for days. Not a word. Eventually he squawked – “OK, I give up. What have you done with the ship?”)
Ideas that didn’t work –
An on board shark tank!