On the new Norwegian Epic, the Blue Man Group is the show not to be missed!


Many of you have already heard about the fabulous entertainment on NCL’s new Norwegian Epic. But you may not realize that perhaps the very best show on board, for all ages, is free!

That is the dynamic show of The Blue Man Group. They perform eight 75-minute shows during each seven-day cruise and they are not to be missed.

Their shows are dynamic

It is hard to describe these unique performances. Suffice to say, three blue men (yes, their makeup is totally blue (see photo), put on a lively show that features a lot of drumming, a lot of special light effects, some skits, some comedy and lots of paint (which is why children are mesmerized by their antics).

You can reserve tickets in advance by going online or at the box office when you board. Again, there is no charge for these shows which are in the main Epic Theater. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. and be there early to get a good seat. However, if you sit in the first few rows you will be given a “rain poncho” which gives you an idea of how rowdy this show can be. Oh yes, and you might be pulled on stage to become part of the action.

The blue men never speak… on stage, that is. When I was on the inaugural in July, we writers had the opportunity to interview the three blue men. They explained that this show is the first that Blue Men have ever done on a cruise ship and had to be designed specifically for ship conditions. For example, they had to learn how to adapt to ship movement.

They also explained that while the show has a basic framework they improvise a lot and so no two shows are ever quite the same. They said they enjoy the fact that many passengers notice them around the ship and often come up for a chat. They love to talk about what they do when they are away for the stage…and that usually they don’t have that opportunity to interact with their audience away from the theater. Oh yes, and they told us that some of the blue men are actually women!

All three of the current Blue Men are veterans of the troupe. Currently, Blue Man Group theatrical shows can be seen in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin, Tokyo, and the European Tour. In fall 2010, a touring production of the theatrical show will begin its journey around the U.S. If you want to know more about this theatrical group go to www.blueman.com. There is a nifty video there that shows a bit of what their shows are like.

Dee and I with one of the Blue Men

Norwegian has created advanced, online reservations for Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Legends in Concert, The Second City Comedy Troupe, Nickelodeon Slime Time Live!, Breakfast with Nickelodeon and the Murder Mystery “Presumed Murdered.” There are extra charges for those shows that include meals.

Booked guests can go to the Norwegian website, www.ncl.com, log in to the “My NCL” section and visit a special entertainment page where they can select and reserve their desired performance. Guests may make a reservation for each show once per sailing. Online reservations for entertainment open 45 days prior to a sailing date.

To book a cruise on Norwegian Epic, visit www.ncl.com; call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or contact a travel professional.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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