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 MIAMI, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is introducing two new stage shows on its 2,276-passenger Sovereign of the Seas on the ship's Oct. 2 Eastern Caribbean cruise from Miami. Developed at a cost of $500,000 by Royal Caribbean's in-house Production Department, the new shows consist of the elaborately costumed revue "Make Mine Broadway" and a unique mystery musical called "Who Dunnit: The Club Diamond Caper" where the audience solves the crime.
 In a first for the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean's new "Who Dunnit: The Club Diamond Caper" is actually a full mystery musical with dialogue tied together by contemporary pop music numbers from the 80s and 90s, not simply a dinner theater murder mystery. The plot follows the search for the culprit who stole a valuable necklace from Carlotta Curves, the female stage star of Club Diamond. For the production, Sovereign of the Seas' 1,050-seat Follies Lounge is transformed into Club Diamond, complete with stage characters planted in the audience and a personal greeting at the door from Club Diamond's owner, Moe Bucks. Among the cast of 14 performers, eight play dramatic roles of characters involved in solving the crime. After the suspects have been narrowed to three candidates, the audience selects the guilty person.
 "This production is an innovative way of bridging the entertainment gap between visually stimulating revue shows and the high drama and audience participation of mystery theater," said Rod McLeod, Royal Caribbean's executive vice president of sales, marketing and passenger services. "It's particularly fitting that this unique original show should be presented aboard the world's original megaship, Sovereign of the Seas."
 "Who Dunnit: The Club Diamond Caper" also features the most extensive shipboard use of special bodypack wireless microphones. The tiny microphones and cords provide high quality sound without encumbering theatrical movement.
 Sovereign of the Seas' second new show, "Make Mine Broadway," combines seven top production numbers from Broadway shows from the 50s to the 90s with lavish, custom-designed costumes. The show is enhanced with five additional segments which carry the show's thematic scenario of the anticipation and excitement that surrounds Broadway audiences and cast members. The hour-long show features a total of more than 1,000 lighting cues and nearly 200 different costume changes by the 14-member cast.
 Like Royal Caribbean's other highly popular in-house shows, the new entertainment on Sovereign of the Seas is expected to have a three-year run with the cast changing every six months. Each year, Royal Caribbean's Production Department conducts auditions in New York, Chicago, London, Toronto, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and several other cities in its continuing search for talented performers for its production casts. Royal Caribbean operates its own rehearsal studio on Miami Beach.
 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is the world's largest cruise brand by passenger capacity and operates nine modern ships. Additionally, Royal Caribbean has signed contracts for the construction of two 1,800- passenger ships for delivery in 1995 and 1996 with an option for a third for delivery in 1997. The award-winning vessels of the Royal Caribbean fleet offer more than 50 different itineraries and call at nearly 130 destinations worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Lloyd Axelrod or Rich Steck of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, 305-539-6573/

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