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Just back from Harmony - a wonderful cruise in many ways. Some of the entertainment, however, was disappointing.

 

One such show, held in the Aqua Theatre was "The Fine Line." When I go to see a show in the Aqua Theatre, I expect to see springboard diving, high diving and synchronized swimming. What a disappointment! There was no springboard diving, and the limited high diving and synchronized swimming was replaced by a third rate stage performance featuring a scary character, yelling, a circus act, much splashing of water, and more splashing of water.

 

Seriously, was does a freaky guy twirling a cape over his head for ten minutes have to do with swimming and water? Answer - Nothing. This was a start to a show that ended with more splashing of water. What a disappointment! I will say, the performers had a second show later in the week that was what I expected and brought out their real talents, but this was hardly promoted compared to "The Not-So-Fine Line"

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Back in early spring of ‘16 we saw it on the allure while they were rehearsing. I thought it was weird then but I thought it would be better if I saw the whole show with lighting and full costumes. I later saw it on the Harmony last year and it was still Weird.

 

Almost like they couldn’t come up with anything to fill the time so they threw some twirling dude in.

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It’s more acrobatics than diving. I liked it, espically the accompanying music. It’s not to say that I don’t like Ocean Aria or Oasis of Dreams, it’s just different than the first two on the Oasis Class.

 

I’ll take it over Cats any day, but others will love Cats. Just how it goes.

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Was there a name for the second show you thought was better? Want to make sure I recognize it in the Cruise Compass and go see it. :) I saw the online video of twirling guy followed by all the costumed splashing and was becoming really disappointed after all the hype I've heard about the Aqua Theater.

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Was there a name for the second show you thought was better? Want to make sure I recognize it in the Cruise Compass and go see it. :) I saw the online video of twirling guy followed by all the costumed splashing and was becoming really disappointed after all the hype I've heard about the Aqua Theater.

 

I believe the name of the show was "Hideaway Heist," but they may give it a different name in the Cruise Compass. It showed off the diving skills of the performers as well as those of the synchronized swimmers.

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Hated the “Fine Line”! Thought a total waste of time. What’s with the twirly guy ? He showed up at other venues during the cruise. Very weird and not at all entertaining. Loved the ship, loved the other shows.

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My only complaint was how much time was spent with the twirly at the beginning, but overall I actually enjoyed Fine Line, it's actually the only Royal original show I've ever enjoyed

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Just back from Harmony - a wonderful cruise in many ways. Some of the entertainment, however, was disappointing.

 

One such show, held in the Aqua Theatre was "The Fine Line." When I go to see a show in the Aqua Theatre, I expect to see springboard diving, high diving and synchronized swimming. What a disappointment! There was no springboard diving, and the limited high diving and synchronized swimming was replaced by a third rate stage performance featuring a scary character, yelling, a circus act, much splashing of water, and more splashing of water.

 

Seriously, was does a freaky guy twirling a cape over his head for ten minutes have to do with swimming and water? Answer - Nothing. This was a start to a show that ended with more splashing of water. What a disappointment! I will say, the performers had a second show later in the week that was what I expected and brought out their real talents, but this was hardly promoted compared to "The Not-So-Fine Line"

 

Thank you! I totally agree.

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There's another thread gushing on how much they love twirly guy.

 

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IMHO..... Not a fan of twirly guy. Also was very disappointed in all the shows on board. I did like Grease. Just off the Harmony today.

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It’s more acrobatics than diving. I liked it, espically the accompanying music. It’s not to say that I don’t like Ocean Aria or Oasis of Dreams, it’s just different than the first two on the Oasis Class.

 

I’ll take it over Cats any day, but others will love Cats. Just how it goes.

 

I liked it also. In fact, I enjoyed all the shows on the first three Oasis Class ships (Hairspray when I sailed Oasis vs Cats now).

 

I also really enjoyed the original production show Columbus The Musical on Harmony. You don’t hear as much about it as Grease but great music and stage sets.

 

OP, what did you think about the other entertainment?

 

~ Judy

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Have seen the Ocean Aria and Fine !ine and although I liked them both I though Aria was superior by a long shot.

 

I thought Grease was just ok and I really miss Chicago. By far the best show on the Oasis classes.

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As always, everyone has an opinion.. but lets think about this twirling guy and ask if YOU could spin like that for more than 10 minutes and not throw up your dinner on yourself - NO... So I will say the guy is talented whether you like him or not!!

Also - something else to consider... RCI has some of the best entertainment on their ships - Please tell me where else on a cruise can you find such great talent diving into a pool, all while at sea?

I've been on Oasis, Allure and Harmony - thought all Aqua Theater shows were superb and have to hand it to the talent onboard for keeping us entertained!

I guess if you don't want to see talent on a high wire above your head while you're at sea, you could always go make a donation to the casino!!

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Once again it's a matter of taste. We loved the fine line. Very artsy to us. Loved the music that went with it. It was like one big long dance routine.

I also laughed my butt off at columbus. It was a great schtik kinda play. A mel brooks kinda thing.

Thats why on a cruise alot of different types of things are offered. Including food.

We all have different tastes.

 

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Have seen the Ocean Aria and Fine !ine and although I liked them both I though Aria was superior by a long shot.

 

I thought Grease was just ok and I really miss Chicago. By far the best show on the Oasis classes.

And I hated Chicago but love CATS

 

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I didn't enjoy The Fine Line very much either and found it frenetic, though I suspect the environs were more the culprit than the actual show.

 

I *loved* the entire experience of Oasis of Dreams and Ocean Aria, enjoying the feeling of sitting outside during twilight with a drink in hand, watching divers and acrobats effortlessly and beautifully performing on the largest ships in the world.

 

Fast forward 6 years to the Harmony. For The Fine Line, we had chosen a late show, and it was already dark when it started. The only seats we could find together were in the last row, and it was considerably noisier. A couple of older gentleman chatted loudly a few seats down from us during the entire show despite being shushed by nearby audience members (why go to a show to talk?) and an entire family camped out right behind us also yelling. I couldn't wait for the show to be over.

 

If I have a chance, I'd love to see The Fine Line again in better environs to see if the magic is still there.

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Is the Aqua Theatre show on the Symphony closer to the Harmony or to the Oasis and the Allure?

 

 

Thanks!

Brad

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OP, what did you think about the other entertainment?

 

~ Judy

 

Hi Judy, sure, but please remember that this is just my opinion. So here goes...

 

A+ - 1887... This ice show showcases the amazing talents of these skaters. Don't miss this!

 

A+ - iskate... The second ice show which is billed as the skaters doing their "own thing." Keep an eye out for it in the Cruise Compass.

 

A - Headliner Show... Earl Turner was great... full of energy and captivated the audience.

 

B+ - Hideaway Heist... the second aqua show which actually features springboard diving and synchronized swimming. Heads and shoulders above The Fine Line. Once again, keep an eye out for it in the Cruise Compass.

 

C - Columbus the Musical... I enjoyed the show, but my wife found it underwhelming. Not much more to say except it was a big boat.

 

C- - The Comedy Club... Two comedians each doing a 30 minute performance. The first was dull, boring and not funny. The second had some good jokes. I have high expectations for comedians and just wish they would offer an option for a family show. They only had an "adult" show and I have problems with comedians who think they can be funny by being obscene. The real test is to make people laugh without descending to gutter language and themes.

 

D+ - Grease... I give them an A+ for an amazing dance performance. The music will appeal to a broad base of those of us over 50. So why the low rating? - The theme of the show which is clearly offensive to women. We raised two daughters to be independent and self reliant. The theme of Grease is that women exist to please men. Sandy surrenders her values for the simple reason of pleasing Danny, a self absorbed idiot who attacks Sandy at a drive in movie. Sorry, but smoking and wearing sexy clothes to please a male are not what young women should be seeking.

 

F - The Fine Line... See my original post. This show was totally disappointing and a failure, IMHO.

 

So there it is. I know many will disagree. See all the shows yourself. I would then love to get your feedback!

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D+ - Grease... I give them an A+ for an amazing dance performance. The music will appeal to a broad base of those of us over 50. So why the low rating? - The theme of the show which is clearly offensive to women. We raised two daughters to be independent and self reliant. The theme of Grease is that women exist to please men. Sandy surrenders her values for the simple reason of pleasing Danny, a self absorbed idiot who attacks Sandy at a drive in movie. Sorry, but smoking and wearing sexy clothes to please a male are not what young women should be seeking.

 

I know where you're coming from with that. It's disturbing to watch something like "Mad Men" or the old "UFO" TV series and see just how crazily the depiction of women's roles is that was normal in our recent past.

 

But then I also remember listening for years to several songs I liked from artists I really enjoy overall and then suddenly paying attention to the words and being shocked a bit. :) There's things on many levels, good or bad, even classic Bugs Bunny cartoons...

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And I hated Chicago but love CATS

 

 

We also loved Cats, but it was very helpful to print out a synopsis of the show before boarding. Without it, it would have been difficult to understand what as going on.

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We also loved Cats, but it was very helpful to print out a synopsis of the show before boarding. Without it, it would have been difficult to understand what as going on.
Laura saw CATS on Broadway, and I saw an off BW production. We always enjoyed the music. I really enjoy it down on the aisles

 

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We absolutely loved the fine line, but when we got to see it on the Harmony TA the twirly man section did not feature. He was in the hideaway heist later in the cruise though and I can see how that would be a bit weird in the fine line. Maybe his absence was the reason we enjoyed it!

 

For me it was one of the best productions I’ve seen anywhere on land and sea. The music score is pretty much a collection of my favourite tracks which is probably significant.

 

Looking forward to Hiro on Symphony soon.

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