The first cruise production of Cats opened on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas on 2nd November 2014.
This production of Cats is performed "in rep", alternating with a circus-style show, with many of the cast playing in both shows. While this version is produced by Royal Caribbean, the whole show is now based on the UK/European version of Cats with the exception that, like in every American production, the "Ballad of Billy McCaw" is replaced by the Italian aria "In Una Tepida Notte".
The costume designs are UK style, originally the US Troika Tour costumes were to be used, but with the Palladium production combining the properties of the UK Tour and the German Tent Tour, a full set of costumes became available and are used in this production. Troika are still involved with the costume maintenance. The set (NAP 18) is notably similar to the one of the German Tent Tour (NAP 19).
The production still uses the "Rockstar" original version of Tugger's character (instead of the "Street Cat" version that had its premiere in London in 2014). However, the choreography of the Jellicle Ball has been reworked.
The cast consists of 22 cats. The production uses the American names for the kittens: Tumblebrutus, Plato, Sillabub and Pouncival. There's no Electra in the cast. As the show is "In Rep" on a cruise ship, there are no swings, and wig and costume maintenance is carried out by the cast themselves.
Associate Director & Choreographer (2014): Chrissie Cartwright
Associate Director & Choreographer (2015-2020): Michael Clowers
Music Supervisor: Graham Hurman
Royal Carribbean Music Supervisor: Ben Bryant
The Casts are known by numbers (eg. "Cast 6"). Official information about the casts for this production is very hard to find.
November 2014 (Cast 1)
Erica Hansen, who plays Jennyanydots, is the only actress who has been in a production of Cats (US National/Troika tour) before; all the others are making their debuts in Cats.
May 2015 (Cast 2)
November 2015 (Cast 3)
May 2016 (Cast 4)
November 2016 (Cast 5)
June 2017 (Cast 6)
Final Performance of Cast 6 was 14th April 2018