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A comedy club on every ship? That’s the plan at Carnival…

Posted on 23 July 2010

The 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend docked in Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 2002.


Industry giant Carnival is the latest line to up the ante in on-board entertainment this year with an announcement it soon will offer a dedicated comedy club on every ship.


The “fun ship” line, as it likes to call itself, says it will transform lounges found at the back of its 22 vessels into comedy clubs called Punchliner that will feature multiple comedy shows per night.


The announcement comes less than a year after the line unveiled its first dedicated comedy club on the new Carnival Dream.


Carnival says each Punchliner Comedy Club will host five 35-minute comedy shows on multiple nights during voyages, with at least two comedians performing each night. Two early-evening shows will be family-friendly in material while later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy.


The line says it plans around 10 comedy shows per voyage on short cruise itineraries and 20 shows per cruise on longer departures.


Comedy shows always have been part of Carnival’s entertainment lineup, but the idea of dedicated spaces for comedy on multiple nights is new for the line. In the wake of the debut of a dedicated comedy club on Carnival Dream last fall, the line says it already has rolled them out on Carnival Glory, Carnival Pride and Carnival Sensation. The concept will be incorporated into the remainder of the fleet over the next several months, the line says.

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