Cruise ship with Broadway stars to steam off in spring 2023

Category: Lifestyle/Entertainment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. maiden voyage / ˈmeɪd n ˈvɔɪ ɪdʒ / (idiom) – a ship’s first journey

    The maiden voyage of the company’s newest ship is scheduled for December.

  2. a boatload of (something) / ə ˈboʊtˌloʊd əv / (idiom) – a large amount of something

    They made a boatload of money from the last sale.

  3. intimate / ˈɪn tə mɪt / (adj.) – private and allowing people to feel relaxed and comfortable

    We had an intimate wedding with only thirty guests.

  4. cabaret / ˌkæb əˈreɪ / (n.) – a restaurant with musical entertainment

    The singer is famous for her performances in movies and cabarets.

  5. standstill / ˈstændˌstɪl / (n.) – a situation where nothing is moving or happening

    Many roads were closed because of the parade, which brought traffic into a standstill.


Read the text below.

The maiden voyage of a cruise ship starring a boatload of musical theater stars — like Tony Award-winners Laura Benanti, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming and Lena Hall — will set sail next spring.

The Broadway Cruise — heading roundtrip from New York City to Bermuda, from March 31-April 5, 2023 — will also feature Tony nominees Joshua Henry, Taylor Louderman and Jeremy Jordan, as well as Broadway favorites Randy Rainbow and Sierra Boggess.

Producers promise “intimate and grand scale shows and cabarets from Broadway’s coolest talent” as well as “tips and techniques from some of the best and brightest creative talent working today.”

Tony-nominated scenic designer David Korins will discuss his creative process when designing settings for the stage and Tony-nominated choreographer Kelly Devine will discuss the art of the dance. Chris Jahnke will serve as music director.

The cruise will borrow the Norwegian Gem, which accommodates 2,000 people. Cabin prices begin at $1,165 per person. The trip was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Cruise ships were an early source of outbreaks at the start of the pandemic. The CDC issued a no-sail order in March 2020, prompting a standstill that ended in June 2021 as cruise ships began to leave U.S. ports with new health and safety requirements.

All guests 12 and over — and all artists and crew — aboard The Broadway Cruise are required to be fully vaccinated and present proof of vaccination to board.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • The cruise features theater and Broadway entertainment. If you get the chance to join your dream cruise, what kind of features and entertainment would you like to be included (ex. movie-themed, sports-themed)? Why? Discuss.
  • If you could join a cruise for free, where would you want to go and who would you like to be on the cruise with (ex. close friends, your favorite celebrities)? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • The cruise industry was greatly affected by the pandemic because of travel bans. Cruises also gained a bad image because of how they helped spread the COVID-19 virus. Do you think the industry can still recover? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • In your opinion, what other forms of tourism would find it hard to recover from the pandemic (ex. indoor destinations like museums)? Discuss.