To entertain the mix of nationalities on board a typical Costa cruise, even in the Caribbean, expect concerts, operatic soloists, Broadway-style productions, talent shows, mimes, acrobats, and cabaret -- no language skills required. On a recent cruise, one of the shows had a unicycle-riding, ball-balancing, flame-juggling, plate-spinning entertainer -- the kind you used to see on The Ed Sullivan Show. Other featured performers included an operatic tenor singing a program of high-note crowd pleasers and a classical pianist performing Beethoven and Gershwin. The line's production shows mostly follow the typical song-and-dance revue formula; on recent sailings, creative costumes and choreography got big points, and so did the enthusiasm and versatility of the dance troupe. Participatory shows are much more fun overall, and more in tune with what Costa passengers seem to want. The Election of the Ideal Couple and a Newlywed Game takeoff, for instance, both clip along at a frantic pace, with the cruise staff helping and hindering as appropriate to get the most laughs. Who knew the criterion for being an ideal couple was the ability to burst a balloon with your butt? On a recent cruise, a hilarious "sexy games night" had four couples pitted against each other in silly pseudo-erotic dance moves and skits, and it was hilarious.
Both ships have glitzy casinos as well as hopping discos, which often get going only after 1am.
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