A theater big enough for all sorts of shows fits Freedom of the Seas

The Arcadia Theater is a busy room on Freedom of the Seas.

Our happy group went there after dinner every night.

Royal Caribbean International made sure to put a fitting exclamation point of a showroom on this big ship of theirs.

Front view.

Front view.

Side view.

Side view.

Back View.

Back View.

To me, it looked like the nicely decorated joint holds around 1,000 people in its several levels of seating. It kinda-sorta reminded me of our Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater here in Syracuse.

Most all of our two dozen made the shows. Broadway dancing and singing backed by the ship’s terrific orchestra some nights, a tribute band that sounded a lot like the Eagles, a couple of very funny comedians, a magician/illusionist, the cruise line’s trademark game show that will make everybody think of that old favorite The Newlyweds. Concerts and headliners were slotted for two shows on their nights, one for each dinner seating. Yeah, busy place.

We were usually there for the 9 or 10:45 starts. Because of the shows’ popularity, we’d get there, say a half-hour early to get good seats in the middle, about 10 rows back, all of us together.

Passengers have pre-show fun.

Passengers have pre-show fun.

Plenty of people did the same. Many would order beverages from the servers. And sometimes dance parties would break out in the rows, when they house was playing pumped-up music on the PA. Good viewing for us.

Stage show.

Stage show.

One night we free-lanced, and sat by ourselves on the side for one of the Broadway shows because those were the seats we could find about five minutes before showtime. I enjoyed the singers and dancers.

Eagles tribute band The Long Run.

Eagles tribute band The Long Run.

A rock show by Eagles tribute band The Long Run pleased everybody in our traveling group who made the concert. I thought that had one of my favorite groups nailed musically. Vocally, that’s a tougher task, but they got stronger as the hour show went on.

This trip was taken in the middle of September. We did not encounter any hurricanes. Our hearts go out to this battling the fierce effects of Hurricane Matthew.

Would you attend shows every night on the cruise? What sort of entertainment would you prefer? Which is your favorite photo, and why?

Tomorrow: Dance parties

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5 thoughts on “A theater big enough for all sorts of shows fits Freedom of the Seas

  1. I’m really happy to hear you are home from your cruise, bro Mark. Hurricanes are not something to joke about. In my case, neither are ships. Motion sickness, ya know.
    How was your weather, other than a hop, skip and jump ahead of the Hurricane? The theater is magnificent!, BTW. Still love your job? Take care of you, okay? I’m not online enough to keep up sith anyone, therefore not here to nag you when you need that!

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    • We had fortunate scheduling, sis Angie, two weeks prior to this big, awful Hurricane Matthew.

      I get seasick as well. This made me reluctant to take my first cruise when I met my dear wife Karen. She take me about the patch. I got them from my doctor, and they really work well.

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  2. i’m glad that you made it home safely, and this looks like such a fun place – glen frye the cat would have loved the eagles tribute band, i’m quite sure –

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