Norwegian Cruise Line has just announced that Beetlejuice The Musical will be the headline production aboard its newest and innovative ship, Norwegian Viva, along with other onboard entertainment offerings debuting in August 2023. This will be the first time the Tony Award-nominated musical will be performed at sea, and the 90-minute Broadway adaptation of Tim Burton’s iconic 1988 film will take center stage at the three-story multi-purpose Viva Theatre & Club.
The story of the Deetz family, who attempts to remodel an uproariously haunted house, will come to life in the elaborate Beetlejuice production aboard the Norwegian Viva. The ship’s immersive special effects, cutting-edge lighting, and audio will enhance the paranormal antics of the musical, offering guests a thrilling and captivating experience. Michelle D’Amico, who was a cast member of the Broadway production of Beetlejuice, will join the Norwegian Viva, playing the role of “Lydia” for the first-at-sea rendition.
The Viva Theater & Club will transform seamlessly from a best-in-class theater experience to an expansive nightclub, offering guests a range of entertainment options during their voyage. The theater will also host the cruise industry’s first “Press Your Luck LIVE” at-sea, where the audience can be part of the classic show and win incredible grand prizes.
Norwegian Cruise Line is known for bringing world-class productions to the high seas, having previously debuted shows including Six, Jersey Boys, Footloose, and more across its current 18-ship fleet. This announcement follows the wildly popular debut of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” aboard Norwegian Prima, which featured a show-stopping performance from “American Idol” season two finalist, Kimberley Locke, during its 2022 inaugural season.
The Viva Theater & Club features sophisticated special effects, a multi-story video wall, a show-stopping chandelier, and VIP lounge seating, making it the ideal venue for Vegas-style night club events, such as “Ocean Music Fest,” the ultimate jam session where multiple musicians merge their talents on one stage for a world-class immersive concert. Norwegian Viva will also feature returning guest favorites, including “Improv @ Sea” Comedy Club and “Syd Norman’s Pour House,” which features rock-and-roll tributes to Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, and other legendary artists of the Classic Rock genre.
Norwegian Viva is the second of six vessels in the Cruise Line’s highly anticipated Prima Class, the Brand’s first new class of ships in nearly 10 years. The elevated offerings of the Prima Class prioritize guest experience and raise the bar on cruising through world-class cuisine, the Brand’s most spacious design yet, and stellar onboard activities, including the Viva Speedway, the three-level racetrack. Boasting nine new dining and beverage options, guests can sample cuisines from around the world by visiting Indulge Food Hall, the upscale food market exhibiting 11 unique eateries. Guests can also enjoy the elevated menus at Hudson’s, the complimentary restaurant overlooking 270-degrees of ocean views. Norwegian Viva also features the fastest slides at sea, The Drop and Rush, and NCL’s industry-exclusive sustainable cocktail bar with Metropolitan Bar.
Debuting in August 2023, Norwegian Viva will sail a selection of bucket-list-worthy Greek Isles and Mediterranean voyages through November before homeporting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in December for a season of Caribbean itineraries.