MSC Cruises has revealed today details of the two new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that are being created for MSC Bellissima. The breath-taking shows will be called SYMA – Sail beyond Imagination and VARÉLIA – Love in Full Colour and will be available on MSC Bellissima, exclusively for the benefit of her guests, following MSC Cruises’ newest flagship coming into service in March 2019.
The long-term partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil first began in 2013 and has since set new standards in live entertainment at sea. A total of eight original shows, that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world will be available exclusively on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia generation ships coming into service between 2017 and autumn 2020.
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. Work is already underway for MSC Grandiosa, that will also launch next year in November and MSC Virtuosa, that will launch in October 2020.
SYMA – Sail beyond Imagination takes you on the epic journey of a young sailor, brimming with imagination. On this bold expedition, he braves the elements, plunges into troubled waters and discovers the mysterious island of his dreams, populated by surreal, and colourful creatures. We all carry our own imaginary island inside of us, so what are you waiting for? SYMA awaits. Immersive video images, an original set design, bioluminescent lighting and acrobatic feats make SYMA an unforgettable show.
VARÉLIA – Love in Full Colour puts a futuristic twist on a traditional medieval tale. It traces the arduous course of an unconventional courtship between a princess with distinctive violet skin and a charming hero who is blind. Their budding romance is thwarted by a villain who, in a fit of madness, kidnaps the royal. With the help of his friends, the brave young hero formulates a plan to rescue his beloved. Delight in the acrobatic feats, the laser show and the unique set design of this futuristic medieval tale.
State of the Art Entertainment Venue
The Carousel Lounge is a purpose-built entertainment venue hosting just over 400 guests each night and was specially designed for the needs of the Cirque du Soleil at Sea artists as well as creating an immersive and intimate spectacle for MSC Cruises guests, allowing them to fully connect with the artists. With an investment of €20 million each, the lounge features state-of-the-art technology and high specification technical features to deliver an exceptional and memorable entertainment experience for guests. The 360° rotating stage is set in the middle of the lounge with seating all around to maximise the viewing experience.
The central stage also rotates, meaning guests can see the action from different angles during every performance. Another important element to the impressive stage layout is a 40-metre-long LED screen, which is integral to each show to create an immersive performance. Cirque du Soleil are renowned for their aerial acts and special rigging has been developed to enable the artists to perform their impressive aerial acrobatics. The shows on board MSC Bellissima will feature additional new and exciting special effects and features.
Positioned at the aft of the ship on deck 7, the Carousel Lounge offers stunning views of the ocean whilst at sea. Guests can enjoy the beautiful views and pre-show entertainment whilst having dinner or sipping a cocktail before the performance starts.
Cirque du Soleil at Sea is a pre-booked experience for guests with competitive rates and can be booked in advance, or whilst on board during the cruise for any still available seats. Guests can either book to enjoy a three-course menu of palate-pleasing dishes served before the show (€35). Or sip on a specialty cocktail (€15) and enjoy the pre-show that begins 30 minutes before the start of the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performance.