Azamara offers a mixed bag of entertainment, with evenings in the show lounges rotating between musical production shows and guest comedians, magicians, and musical acts. The smaller host quality musical acts.
During our last sailing, production shows featured five singers/dancers backed up by a live band, with the musical selections tilted toward American standards. While production shows aren't necessarily our cup of tea, these got extra points for their intimacy (the ships' show lounges have no stage, so the performers are down at floor level, just steps from the audience), for the energy of their performers, and for being 100% live, with no prerecorded backing tracks or lip-synching involved. Other shows on our trip included an improv comedian, a Bermudian steel-pan player, a cabaret entertainer, and the very talented magician Carl Andrews, a regular on such lines as Celebrity, Crystal, HAL, NCL, Princess, and Regent.
Musicians perform daily in various parts of the ship. In the cafe, each cruise features a harpist/vocalist who performs three hour-long sets per day, mixing classical, traditional, and popular melodies. A pianist performs after hours, and a jazz ensemble occasionally shows up to do a set of standards and classic jazz tunes. On the Pool Deck, Azamara replaces the usual thumping dance band with a quiet, subtle jazz trio of guitar, bass, and drums. Around the ship, even the piped-in background music is of a higher quality than you hear aboard most ships, mixing jazz, standards, New Agey selections, a few pop songs, and the occasional novelty number to get your attention.
For those who like to entertain themselves, there's also karaoke some evenings, as well as dancing in the disco "till late."
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