Carnival Cruise Lines will put comedy clubs on all 22 ships in its fleet by the end of this year, building on the success of the line’s first Punchliner Comedy Club, introduced on the Carnival Dream last year.
Carnival said it experimented with the comedy club concept unofficially on the Carnival Glory and determined it was a viable concept before officially rolling out its first dedicated comedy club space on the Dream.
The line has since introduced the concept on eight of its ships, and the balance of the fleet will be fitted with them going forward.
Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said the concept "has really taken off and has proven exceptionally popular, and therefore we have made the decision to roll it out fleetwide on a very aggressive schedule."
All of the line’s aft show lounges will be converted to Punchilner Comedy Clubs with a special stage as well as branded glassware, menus, employee uniforms and other items featuring the Punchliner Comedy Club logo.
Each club will offer five to 10, 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each cruise, with at least two comedians performing each night. The two early-evening shows offer fun for the whole family, while later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy, Carnival said.
The Carnival Punchliner Comedy Clubs will feature established comedians as well as "rising stars," Carnival said.
"Laughter is the most public, most infectious expression of fun, so we’re excited to provide our guests with an expanded offering in comedy with our new Punchliner Comedy Clubs," said Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill in a statement.