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MSC Cruises reveals concepts for two new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows

Sonor, one of two new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, exclusive to MSC Cruises Sonor, one of two new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, exclusive to MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises revealed the names and concepts for the two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will be performed on board MSC Meraviglia, coming into service on June 4.

The two very different, contrasting shows – Viaggio and Sonor -  each lasting 40 minutes will be performed twice a night for six nights in the ship’s £20m Carousel Lounge high-tech theatre.

The long-term partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil will create a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia generation ships, coming into service between June and autumn 2020.

Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises ceo, commented: ‘We are committed to creating unique experiences that elevate the guest experience to new heights and, it was only natural that, when it comes to entertainment, we would look to partner with Cirque du Soleil.’

Onorato continued: ‘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.’

Yasmine Khalil, president 45 DEGREES, Cirque du Soleil’s events and special projects company, stated: ‘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”.’

Viaggio is the story of a passionate and eccentric artist who hears the call of his Faceless Muse. Mysterious and seductive, she beckons him into the vivid world of his unbridled imagination to complete his masterpiece. With each stroke of his paintbrush, the painter reveals the details of his grandiose tableau.

The second show, Sonor, takes guests on an auditory adventure with dancers, acrobats and characters, all moving to the rhythm and culminates in a grand finale for the senses.

The Carousel Lounge was designed by MSC Cruises together with the architect Marco De Jorio to meet the specific needs of Cirque du Soleil including special rigging.

Each show will offer its own unique cocktail or dinner experience, with space for 120 guests to dine with the remainder enjoying the Cocktail & Show.

Onorato concluded, ‘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.’

All detail from the table settings, the costumes, the music and visual effects through to the menus have been specially designed to complement each pre-show experience.

The dining experience will start one hour before the show performance begins with surprise animation from performers, live music, stylish table settings topped off with a table d'hôte three-course menu.

Other guests will be able enjoy a Cocktail & Show experience that will begin 30 minutes before the performance starts and will include a specially designed signature cocktail and treats.

Cirque du Soleil at Sea can be pre-booked by guests either before the cruise or once on board.

Places in the theatre are limited to 413 seats. The Dinner & Show will be charged at €35 and the Cocktail & Show for €15.

Posted 18 May 2017

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