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Entertainment

If lazing on the deck isn’t your cup of tea, cruise ships offer a wealth of entertainment during the day and in the evening. However, we can’t profess to know much about the entertainment onboard the Coral. We prefer to spend our time on deck, rather than taking in the shows and participating in the optional activities.

Choice of entertainment

A wide range of entertainment is available on board the MV Coral and includes:

  • Quizzes
  • Arts and crafts demonstrations
  • Dance lessons
  • Darts and table tennis competitions
  • Evening variety shows
Entertainment crew

MV Coral has its own entertainment staff, interestingly and quaintly called the ‘Animation Team’. (We suspect this might be a slight misinterpretation, as ‘Activity Team’ might be more appropriate.)

The entertainment crew is headed by Cruise Director Danny Buru. Danny, a Romanian, is the Coral’s linguist. He is fluent in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and of course, his native Romanian. Danny is a real character and his language skills are exceptional. Not only does he speak the languages, he is sufficiently fluent to be able to joke with the passengers in their own tongue. His language skills left me feeling woefully inadequate!

Ad hoc entertainment
Hector, the Cuban Maître'D, leads the dancing

Hector, the Cuban Maître'D, leads the dancing

As well as the organised entertainment and activities, members of the Coral’s crew took part in some (ostensibly) ad hoc entertainment, which was very popular with the passengers and great fun.

An evening BBQ was held on the Lido deck while moored at Mykonos, and later in the evening some of the crew put on their own cabaret. There’s no doubt the Coral has some very talented staff! With singing, dancing and much fun, they treated the passengers to a ‘Dancing with the restaurant staff’ extravaganza. Gyrating waiters, a singing chef and a hearty rendition of YMCA entertained the appreciative passengers as they played to a full house!

Birthdays and special occasions are always celebrated on cruises. Simply notify the cruise company in advance for a celebration serenade over dinner. As we were celebrating David’s birthday and our wedding anniversary on the same day, we were treated to a double helping by our singing and musical waiters.

Towel Art Demonstration

The one entertainment we did sample was the Towel Art Demonstration. This was too good an opportunity to miss. One of the cabin crew and his assistant demonstrated the art of towel folding, creating fun animals with nothing more than a pile of towels and a few additional props such as stick on eyes and sunglasses.

This was great fun and ably compered by Cruise Director Danny. While Danny is a real showman personally, I would have liked some explanation about how the towels were folded and the different effects created. This was more about entertainment than a ‘how to’ demonstration, but well worth seeing anyway.

MV Coral has produced a towel art book which cost €3.95. This was a ‘must have’ purchase and we bought the book as a gift for a family member. The towel art book was available in different languages and is well-written and clearly laid out. It was excellent value for money and very professionally produced.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFUGBKAV42I