Carnival discontinuing concert series

Carnival Cruise Line won’t continue its Carnival Live
concert series. The line had been hosting concerts by well-known rock, country
and R&B acts since 2014.

Acts such as Jewel, Journey, LeAnn Rimes and Smokey Robinson
were presented in Carnival ship theaters, typically while the ships were docked
in ports such as Nassau and Cozumel. The artists would then debark before the
ship sailed.

Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said that while the
concerts will no longer be offered as a scheduled program, concerts will happen
“on an ad hoc basis as a surprise-and-delight moment for our guests.”

The most recent Carnival Live concert with pop singer Carly
Rae Jepsen on the Carnival Splendor in February had a different format, with
Jepsen performing on the lido deck at no charge.

When Carnival Live debuted in 2014, tickets cost $20 to 40
and a limited number of VIP tickets were available for $100 to $150.

Carnival staged 49 shows in the first year, including
concerts by Chicago, Olivia Newton-John, Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride.

No other cruise line has regularly presented top-name
entertainment in a series such as Carnival Live.

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