Onboard entertainment is well produced. Shows in the horseshoe-shaped, rather plain Galaxy Lounge include everything from classical concertos by accomplished pianists to comedy to tired Broadway-style medleys, ventriloquists, and magic acts. The bright spot on a recent cruise was definitely the a cappella group that roamed the ship. A young, talented, and handsome foursome performed both impromptu and scheduled concerts in the atrium and other entertainment lounges, and also ran a few of the karaoke nights. A cappella singers are typically featured on longer cruises of 10-plus nights. From time to time, there's a celebrity entertainer aboard, such as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Maureen McGovern, Tommy Tune, or Marvin Hamlisch.
After dinner each night, a second large, attractive lounge is the venue for ballroom-style dancing to a live band, with a clutch of gentleman hosts aboard each sailing to provide dance (and dinner) partners for single ladies. Both ships have spacious casinos and rooms for dancing, in either Serenity's dedicated nightclub or Symphony's Starlight lounge. A pianist in the dark, paneled, and romantic Avenue Saloon -- our favorite room on board -- plays standards, show tunes, and pop hits before and after dinner. On both ships, you can also enjoy cigars (from Monte Cristo to Davidoff) in the Connoisseur Club, recent-release movies several times a day in the theater (where lectures and religious services are also held), and a varied and full menu of movies on the in-cabin TVs.
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