Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows to launch on MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises have revealed details of two new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will launch on board MSC Bellissima.

The shows will be called SYMA – Sail beyond Imagination and VARÉLIA – Love in Full Colour. They will only be performed on board the MSC Bellissima and can’t be viewed anywhere else.

The shows will be performed when MSC Cruises’ newest flagship comes into service in March 2019.

MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil first announced their partnership in 2013. MSC Meraviglia was the first ship to debut the new Cirque du Soleil at Sea concept with the launch of the two shows VIAGGIO and SONOR last June.

A total of eight original shows will be available exclusively on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia generation ships coming into service between 2017 and autumn 2020.

Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “The partnership with Cirque du Soleil is truly special. With the creation of Cirque du Soleil at Sea we wanted to bring our guests the very best in onboard live entertainment and more importantly something that they would not be able to see anywhere else in the world. As a family company, all our strategic partnerships are built on shared values and a shared vision – a true collaboration from beginning to end. With Cirque du Soleil at Sea we wanted to bring yet more innovation to our entertainment offering and this began with the bespoke design and construction of the state-of-the-art entertainment lounge – the only such venue at sea – through to the creative development of the shows, where we are involved every step of the way from early conception right through to final delivery of the shows.”

“Intimate theatre experience” in purpose-built cruise ship venue

Yasmine Khalil, Chief Executive Producer, Cirque du Soleil, said: “We are thrilled to embark on our second MSC Cruises ship as we pursue Cirque du Soleil’s journey at sea. We could not have wished for a better partnership where thanks to the purposely built theatre, the Carousel Lounge, our teams can unleash their creativity and continue to push the boundaries of entertainment at sea. Joining VIAGGIO and SONOR, our first two shows on MSC Meraviglia, Cirque du Soleil continues to reinvent itself through an intimate theatre experience where two new shows are created exclusively for MSC Bellissima, which promise to take MSC Cruises’ guests on an entirely new journey. We look forward to reveal some of the details of these 2 new shows.”

SYMA – Sail beyond Imagination features immersive video images, an original set design, bioluminescent lighting and acrobatic feats make SYMA an unforgettable show.

VARÉLIA – Love in Full Colour will include acrobatic feats, as well as a laser show.

Both shows will be performed in a purpose built venue called the Carousel Lounge. The lounge features state-of-the-art technology and high specification technical features, including a 360° rotating stage with seating all around.

Last month, Cirque du Soleil announced a partnership with Argentinean football player Leo Messi to create a show inspired by the football legend.

The company is also partnering with WhiteWater for a new waterpark concept.

Royal Caribbean to cease DreamWorks programming

Royal Caribbean are to cease DreamWorks programming on its ships in 2019. The move reported in a blog, affects nine ships in the fleet that currently offer a DreamWorks Experience.

The decision was made as part of Royal Caribbean’s regular process of reviewing and refreshing onboard entertainment.

Cruise line Royal Caribbean recently unveiled the first of a series of private island destinations featuring a new water park.