MSC Cruises Forms Partnership With Cirque Du Soleil

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MSC Cruises has announced a long-term partnership with  Cirque du Soleil - the Quebec-based artistic entertainment leader. New Cirque du Soleil shows will be created exclusively for MSC guests aboard the cruise line’s next-generation Meraviglia ships.

MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil are building a custom-made, latest-technology dining and entertainment venue where guests will be able to enjoy brand new, exclusive Cirque du Soleil shows, six nights a week, two performances per night. The venue represents a $21 million investment, in which the 10,760 sq ft, 450-seat Aft lounge will feature a 200-seat dining area so that guests can enjoy dinner or drinks before the performance.


Shows and related dining options will be available only to MSC Cruises guests aboard the four next-generation Meraviglia project ships, the first of which – MSC Meraviglia – is set to sail its inaugural season in the Mediterranean from June 2017.


“MSC Cruises is a company built on innovation, from the unique, prototype ships we design and build to the on-board experiences we conceive and create,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises.


“Together with our newest world-class partner, Cirque du Soleil, we imagined and are now designing a totally new, live entertainment experience exclusively for our guests; an original show in a multimillion-dollar custom-built venue aboard a ship we designed ourselves, down to the last detail. It’s this commitment to innovation, and the vision and creativity that only a family-owned company can apply, that make MSC Cruises so distinct.”


Yasmine Khalil, President 45 DEGREES, Cirque du Soleil’s Special Projects Company, says the project will provide a great creative challenge. “We have found in MSC a long-term partner with a clear vision about trends in the cruising industry and a strong desire to be the leader by bringing entertainment on board to a whole new level, Khalil said.


Bookings for MSC Meraviglia’s inaugural season are currently on sale.

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