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Carnival Cruise Line Adding Dancing Drones to Shows on New Ship

When Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Panorama, debuts in December, the vessel will feature two new Playlist Productions show.

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For the first time, Carnival Cruise Line will employ “dancing drones” that interact with the shows’ music and 12 talented performers to create entertaining high-flying moments that add an exciting, never-before-seen visual element to the cruise ship’s overall show experience.

Combining this new technology with special effects and iconic songs from the Woodstock era and musical theater, respectively, the new high-energy shows – Rock Revolution and Broadway Beats™ – complement other audience favorites for an array of entertainment options. Rock Revolution was previewed at Carnival Studios earlier this week.

The two new only-on-Carnival Panorama shows are:

Rock Revolution, a modernized concert-style show inspired by the legendary Woodstock music festival that pays tribute to the music from the ‘Summer of ‘69’’ and fashion styles reminiscent of icons like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Brought to life by top Los Angeles production talent, including acclaimed artistic director Jonathan Tessero, and accomplished choreographer Rudy Abreu whose credits include So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance, the show features a horn trio and a three-person rock band playing illuminated LED-interactive drum sets while “dancing drones” fly throughout the theater to deliver a unique multi-sensory experience. Creative costume designs, classic rock songs, contemporary choreography and high octane vocals transform the stage into a reimagined tribute concert with a modern twist.

Broadway Beats, which follows a band of entertainers as they immerse themselves in the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods that come to life with hyper-realistic LED screens of signature NYC elements – the towering skyline, subway cars, bold street art and more.

Directed by award winning Broadway Director Peter Flynn and choreographed by Broadway veteran Marcos Santana, who together have staged some of the most successful musicals around the country, the show playfully mixes city rhythms and electronic dance music and takes an imaginative, exhilarating trip through the city with brand new interpretations of some of Broadway’s greatest hits.

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Additional Onboard Entertainment Options

The two new shows will join other guest favorites including Soulbound, a gothic-inspired show with dazzling special effects and R&B classics, and Celestial Strings, a journey that transitions through the seasons with imagery set to a rock and pop soundtrack merged with classical musicians playing live electric strings.

In addition to the four shows, Carnival Panorama will host a number of entertaining activities day and night including the South Beach-inspired Serenity Nights party at the ship’s outdoor adults-only retreat, a shipboard production of the hit Paramount TV series ‘Lip Sync Battle’ and so much more.

Carnival Panorama will be Carnival Cruise Line’s first new cruise ship to debut on the West Coast in 20 years.  After a three night sailing on December 11, 2019, the cruise ship will begin week long sailings to the Mexican Riviera out of Long Beach, California.

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  1. Of course, Royal Caribbean has been using choreographed drones in their shows in Studio B for quite a while… take a look here!! You can also look on Youtube to see videos (also on Symphony) of Hairspray, Dare to Dream, and Hiro… or (on Quantum/Anthem of the Seas) … or this example of a 270 Lounge show… … which helps explain why the Playlist Productions stuff on Carnival doesn’t impress me so much!

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