Upping the Entertainment Ante

It used to be that cruise entertainment was so-so and maybe a little silly. Sure, people would go see whatever comedian or variety show was performing, but not with any real expectations. But that is starting to change, and not only is the entertainment getting better, it's getting brand-name recognizable. We're seeing full-scale Broadway shows onboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, the Blue Man Group on Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the smartest partnership of 2013: Stars at Sea officially licensed through the BBC, on Holland America.

Lena Katz is the senior travel correspondent for JustLuxe, covering trends, tastemakers, news and more.