MSC Cruises shares concepts for first two Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows

MSC Cruises shares concepts for first two Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows
Sonor and Viaggio will both make use of lighting, sound and acrobatic performances (Image: MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises has revealed the names and concepts for the two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will be performed onboard MSC Cruises’ new flagship, MSC Meraviglia, when she debuts in June 2017.

Viaggio explores the story of an eccentric artist who explores the world of his imagination with the help of his faceless muse while painting a tableau. The painting will be brought to life by acrobats, bright colours and motifs. Meanwhile, Sonor will be focused on sound and feature dancers, acrobats and characters moving to a rhythm of unique sounds and music. This will be enhanced by immersive visual projections.

“After years of hard work, our team is very excited to unveil the names and visuals of the two first productions of our partnership with MSC; two concepts very different from one another, both showcasing Cirque du Soleil’s savoir-faire,” said Yasmine Khalil, president of 45 DEGREES, Cirque du Soleil’s events and special projects company. “Guests of MSC Meraviglia are definitely in for a treat.”

Both 40-minute shows will be performed twice a night for six nights in MSC Meraviglia’s 413-guest, €20 million Carousel Lounge theatre, which is the first at-sea entertainment lounge that was purpose-built to meet the unique needs of Cirque du Soleil. Designed by architect Marco De Jorio, the venue will be equipped with advanced audio, lighting and visual technology, as well as special rigging.

Guests will also be able to enjoy pre-show cocktail or dinner experiences, all of which are tailored to reflect either Viaggio or Sonor. Dining experiences will start one hour before the show begins and will allow 120 guests to enjoy a table d'hôte three-course menu, live music, visual effects and appearances from performers. Meanwhile, the ‘Cocktail & Show’ experience will begin 30 minutes before the performance and will enable the remaining theatre guests to enjoy a specially designed signature cocktail and sweet treats.

“We wanted to elevate the experience even further for our guests and for this we have worked hand in hand with the creative team from Cirque du Soleil to create the first ‘Dinner & Show’ experience on our fleet,” said Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO.

MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil will also create another six shows that will be exclusively available on the four Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships, which will come into service between 2017 and autumn 2020.

“We are committed to creating unique experiences that elevate the guest experience to new heights and, for this, we work with innovative, world-class leaders in their sector,” said Onorato. “We are delighted to reveal the concepts and inspiration behind the Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will soon premiere on our new flagship MSC Meraviglia. By creating two different shows for each of the four Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships, we will make available exclusively to our guests something new and exciting with each ship’s launch. Moreover, these shows will be a true first at sea.”

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