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Published by: Kirstie Niland on 20th Jul 2017 | View all blogs by Kirstie Niland

15th October 2018 

The UK's first specialist fully fledged Musical Theatre Festival at Sea - Stages - featuring Michael Ball, Collabro, Beverley Knight, Lee Mead, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical launches next year.

Some of the world’s most celebrated West End and Broadway stars will entertain passengers on-board the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas on a four-night round-trip voyage from Southampton.

Stages will feature an array of West End and Broadway stars including Olivier Award-winning star Michael Ball, musical theatre group Collabro, and Beverley Knight - award-winning soul singer & star of The Bodyguard, Memphis the Musical and Cats


They will join Lee Mead (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour DreamcoatWicked), Sophie Evans (The Wizard of Oz, Wicked), John Owen-Jones (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) and Drama Desk Award Nominated actress and ‘diva’ impressionist Christina Bianco – direct from Broadway. 

Last but definitely not least, this spectacular festival will feature the Olivier Award-winning West-End production Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, an Edinburgh Fringe favourite.

And there will be lots of opportunities for audience particpation via the Masquerade Ball, dance classes and the Musical Theatre choir.

The luxurious Stages cruise is produced by Floating Festivals, with assistance from Royal Caribbean, with live music promoters Cuffe and Taylor sourcing the major star artists and attractions.

Unlike other chartered cruises, Floating Festivals will not just replace the usual cruise ship entertainment programme, it will transform the ship into a full Musical Theatre floating resort.

Guests will be transported to the stages of the West End and Broadway for a real extravaganza at sea including full live shows and performances, workshops with stars from the world of musical theatre and live Q&A events and activities.

Floating Festivals is the brainchild of Jonathan Blackburn, who said: “Not only will there be show-stopping performances and shows, but passengers will also get the opportunity to meet and hear from the people behind some of the most celebrated musical theatre shows in the world.

“The Navigator of the Seas is a beautiful ship and while we will look forward to seeing passengers having an absolute ball with all the entertainment and shows, they will also be able to sit back, relax and enjoy all the fantastic attractions included on this wonderful ship.

As well as being part of the UK’s first ever Floating Festivals passengers will be able to enjoy all the amazing features of the Navigator of the Seas including a 9-hole miniature golf course and separate Golf Simulator, the unique FlowRider surf simulator, the signature Royal Caribbean Rock Wall, ground-breaking virtual balcony cabins, the Vegas style Casino Royale, luxurious Vitality Spa & Fitness Centre, three pools, six whirlpools, Video Arcade and a selection of luxury Boutique Shopping experiences.

All Floating Festivals packages also include complimentary à la carte restaurant and buffet dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Speciality Restaurants are also available for an additional charge.

The Floating Festivals Stages cruise will depart Southampton for four nights from 15 October 2018 and includes a full day in Amsterdam.

Prices from £699.00 (inclusive of mandatory charges of £110.00pp for gratuities, taxes and fees). For more details go to

A second cruise - Throwback - departs Southampton for three nights from 12 October 2018 and includes a full day in Bruges (from Zeebrugge).
Throwback is a party-fuelled three-night roundtrip cruise Southampton/Southampton including a full day stop in Bruges, celebrating all things 80s and will feature a line-up of chart-topping legends from the decade including headliners The Human League, OMD and Erasure’s Andy Bell, along with Jason Donovan, Sonia and Imagination featuring Errol Kennedy, while Captain Sensible will be helping steer the ship back to the 80s.



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