• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • Cruise Tips
  • News
  • Deals
You may also like
Dismiss
8 Best Cruise Lines for Onboard Entertainment
8 Best Cruise Lines for Onboard Entertainment
Playlist Productions on Carnival Cruise Line
Epic Rock on Carnival Conquest (Photo: Cruise Critic)

Playlist Productions on Carnival Cruise Line

Playlist Productions on Carnival Cruise Line
Epic Rock on Carnival Conquest (Photo: Cruise Critic)
David Swanson
Contributor
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter

All the major cruise lines cater to a fairly broad market segment, and each of them works hard to design theater productions that will appeal to the widest possible group of cruisers, along with today's shorter attention spans. In 2012, as part of the Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, Carnival Cruise Line began revamping its revues with Playlist Productions.

What It Is

Playlist Productions on Carnival are faster-paced shows offered in the main theater incorporating high-tech elements along with familiar songs, usually focusing on a specific musical genre.  The shows are also significantly shorter -- 30 to 35 minutes -- and they get away from the flesh and feathers that typified the usual Vegas-style Carnival cruise productions. Almost all of Carnival's fleet have adopted the new format, and currently there are 14 shows in total, with the same show appearing on anywhere from two to as many as nine different ships.

Ships that are used on three- and four-night cruises will likely have only two of the current production shows aboard, while ships running seven- and eight-night cruises generally offer four different shows throughout the voyage. (These are in addition to stock offerings such as the Welcome Aboard show, Towel Animal Theater, and Lip Synch Battle that are found fleetwide.)

The most popular Carnival Playlist Productions include "America Rocks," "Flick," "Amor Cubano," "Heart and Soul" and "Epic Rock." Three new shows are being readied for Carnival Horizon (debuting April 2018), and these will roll out onto older ships in the months after the ship debuts.

Since stage dimensions and sizes vary, dictating the types of props and scenery that can be utilized, shows aren't identical from one ship to the next. Playlist Productions on Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon have a cast of 12, whereas on older ships, the same shows are staged for a cast of eight. Also, seven Carnival ships are equipped with high-tech LED screens, which use projections that replace some of the props and scenery.

This means that although the plot, songs and costumes are the same for each show, the "America Rocks" you see on Carnival Ecstasy will be different than the one on Carnival Vista, where LED screens pump up the visuals and a larger stage allows for a larger cast.

Featured Videos

See all videos
Cruise Critic 2021: Cheers to 25 Years!

Cruise Critic 2021: Cheers to 25 Years!

Carnival Mardi Gras: Free Dining on the Lido Deck

Carnival Mardi Gras: Free Dining on the Lido Deck

Carnival Mardi Gras: RedFrog Tiki Bar & Summer Landing

Carnival Mardi Gras: RedFrog Tiki Bar & Summer Landing

Carnival Mardi Gras' Excel Suite and Loft 19

Carnival Mardi Gras' Excel Suite and Loft 19

Live From Carnival's Mardi Gras: The French Quarter

Live From Carnival's Mardi Gras: The French Quarter

BOLT: We Try Carnival Mardi Gras' Roller Coaster at Sea

BOLT: We Try Carnival Mardi Gras' Roller Coaster at Sea

The Most Exciting New Ships In 2021

The Most Exciting New Ships In 2021

5 Crazy Cruise Deck Attractions For the Adrenaline Junkie

5 Crazy Cruise Deck Attractions For the Adrenaline Junkie

Video Scenes From The Golden Girls Theme Cruise 2019

Video Scenes From The Golden Girls Theme Cruise 2019

Martini Bar Bartender Pours 15 Martinis at Once on Celebrity Cruises

Martini Bar Bartender Pours 15 Martinis at Once on Celebrity Cruises

How to Make a Towel Animals Swans, Dogs and Elephants

How to Make a Towel Animals Swans, Dogs and Elephants

Towel Animals with Carnival Cruise Line and Cruise Critic: How to Make Towel Swans

Towel Animals with Carnival Cruise Line and Cruise Critic: How to Make Towel Swans

Towel Animals with Carnival Cruise Line and Cruise Critic: How to Make a Towel Dog

Towel Animals with Carnival Cruise Line and Cruise Critic: How to Make a Towel Dog

Towel Animals with Carnival Cruise Line and Cruise Critic: How to Make a Towel Elephant

Towel Animals with Carnival Cruise Line and Cruise Critic: How to Make a Towel Elephant

Bolt - Top Deck Roller-Coaster at Sea on Carnival Mardi Gras

Bolt - Top Deck Roller-Coaster at Sea on Carnival Mardi Gras

Virgin Voyages Unveils Beach Club And Entertainment

Virgin Voyages Unveils Beach Club And Entertainment

Marella Cruises Cast Members Rehearse New Show Debut

Marella Cruises Cast Members Rehearse New Show Debut

Star Wars Day At Sea On Disney Cruise Line

Star Wars Day At Sea On Disney Cruise Line

How To Make Carnival Cruise Line's Famous Warm Chocolate Melting Cake - Video

How To Make Carnival Cruise Line's Famous Warm Chocolate Melting Cake - Video

Inside Look 2018 Ship-Hop: A Cruise Vacation For '90s Lovers

Inside Look 2018 Ship-Hop: A Cruise Vacation For '90s Lovers

Shaquille "Shaq" O'neal Named Chief Fun Officer Of Carnival Cruise Line

Shaquille "Shaq" O'neal Named Chief Fun Officer Of Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line's "Choose Fun" Commercial

Carnival Cruise Line's "Choose Fun" Commercial

Carnival Splendor Photo Tour

Carnival Splendor Photo Tour

Carnival Conquest Photo Tour

Carnival Conquest Photo Tour

Carnival Pride Photo Tour

Carnival Pride Photo Tour

Carnival Dream Photo Tour

Carnival Dream Photo Tour

5 Craziest Top-Deck Activities On Cruise Ships

5 Craziest Top-Deck Activities On Cruise Ships

Carnival Sunshine Photo Tour

Carnival Sunshine Photo Tour

Cruise Embarkation Tips: What NOT To Do On Your First Day

Cruise Embarkation Tips: What NOT To Do On Your First Day

Carnival Breeze Photo Tour

Carnival Breeze Photo Tour

Best Spots For Adults On A Disney Cruise Ship

Best Spots For Adults On A Disney Cruise Ship

Photo Tour of Carnival Liberty

Photo Tour of Carnival Liberty

5 Best Restaurants for Free Eats on Carnival Sunshine

5 Best Restaurants for Free Eats on Carnival Sunshine

Inside Cabins On Cruise Ships: Whose Is Best?

Inside Cabins On Cruise Ships: Whose Is Best?

Norwegian Escape's Ropes Course - Are You Brave Enough?

Norwegian Escape's Ropes Course - Are You Brave Enough?

Sneak Peek: "Beauty And The Beast" On Disney Dream -- Behind The Scenes Video

Sneak Peek: "Beauty And The Beast" On Disney Dream -- Behind The Scenes Video

The Himalayan Bridge On MSC Meraviglia - Ropes Course POV Video

The Himalayan Bridge On MSC Meraviglia - Ropes Course POV Video

SkyRide On Carnival Vista: Cruise Critic Tries It

SkyRide On Carnival Vista: Cruise Critic Tries It

Carnival Vista Top Deck Attractions

Carnival Vista Top Deck Attractions

Behind the Scenes at CSMART - Carnival's Arison Maritime Training Center

Behind the Scenes at CSMART - Carnival's Arison Maritime Training Center

Cruise Pier Runners In Cozumel -- Carnival Liberty

Cruise Pier Runners In Cozumel -- Carnival Liberty

Harmony Of The Seas Pool And Sports Zone

Harmony Of The Seas Pool And Sports Zone

Harmony Of The Seas Boardwalk

Harmony Of The Seas Boardwalk

Harmony Of The Seas Royal Promenade

Harmony Of The Seas Royal Promenade

Harmony Of The Seas Entertainment Place

Harmony Of The Seas Entertainment Place

Perfect Storm Water Slides On Harmony Of The Seas

Perfect Storm Water Slides On Harmony Of The Seas

Cruise Critic Tries The Ultimate Abyss Slide On Harmony Of The Seas (POV Video)

Cruise Critic Tries The Ultimate Abyss Slide On Harmony Of The Seas (POV Video)

Greased Lightnin': Royal Caribbean Brings Another Broadway Hit

Greased Lightnin': Royal Caribbean Brings Another Broadway Hit

Plunging Into Adventure On The Tallest Slide At Sea: Royal Caribbean Reveals 10-Story Ultimate Abyss

Plunging Into Adventure On The Tallest Slide At Sea: Royal Caribbean Reveals 10-Story Ultimate Abyss

Crystal Cruises' Submarine -- Cruise Critic Tries It Out On Esprit

Crystal Cruises' Submarine -- Cruise Critic Tries It Out On Esprit

Cruise Critic Flowrider On Royal Caribbean's Freedom Of The Seas

Cruise Critic Flowrider On Royal Caribbean's Freedom Of The Seas

Cruise Critic Quick Chat With Carnival CEO Arnold Donald

Cruise Critic Quick Chat With Carnival CEO Arnold Donald

Oasis Of The Seas Flowrider - Cruise Critic Goes Surfing

Oasis Of The Seas Flowrider - Cruise Critic Goes Surfing

Oasis Of The Seas Royal Promenade (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Royal Promenade (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Jazz On 4 Performance

Oasis Of The Seas Jazz On 4 Performance

Oasis Of The Seas Royal Promenade Parade (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Royal Promenade Parade (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Carousel In Action (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Carousel In Action (2009)

Price

All Playlist Productions are offered free of charge.

Ships

Playlist Productions are found on Carnival ships fleetwide.

See photos of Playlist Productions on Carnival Miracle.

Updated October 10, 2019

How was this article?

Featured News

1
Holland America Line's New Cruise Ship Rotterdam Starts First Voyage
5
Silversea Cruises Debuts Full-Ship Spa Program Otium: Exclusive First Look
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.