By Charlene Adhiambo
This week we are highlighting The MS Phoenix Rising, a serial podcast created by director Katie Brook and writer Trish Harnetiaux about a cruise ship conglomerate using avant-garde theatre to rebrand on their latest voyage. We have gathered a round-up of articles, film, television, and songs on cruise ships that, like the MS Phoenix Rising, journey from the absurd to the iconic to the catastrophic.
In this essay, David Foster Wallace writes about his eerily pleasant experience on a cruise ship.
Don’t you just want to be laid out on a cruise deck with a cocktail listening to this song?
In this essay, writer Shannon Keating is on assignment on a lesbian cruise, an experience she expects to be droll but is unforgettable.
This teen sitcom is set entirely on a cruise ship. It sounds as ridiculous as it was.
Comedian Jimmy Dunn tells of his best and worst experiences as a cruise ship performer.
Fun fact: I have a phobia of cruise ships because of this film. It remains, however, one of my favorites. Fingers crossed the MS Phoenix Rising does not suffer a similar fate.
Charlene Adhiambo is The Play Company’s current Literary Intern. She hails from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Nairobi, Kenya. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.