MSC Meraviglia, the next generation ship, will become in 2017 the first cruise ship ever to feature an experience of fun, entertainment and much more, designed in collaboration with the amazing Cirque du Soleil to create a unique show at sea,
How the adventure began
“People might think that we set out to reinvent the circus, and then just did it. But things did not happen that way. We were a bunch of crazy people who wanted to do things, and little by little we came to a vision of what the modern circus could be”.
René Dupéré, music composer for 10 Cirque du Soleil shows
In the early 1980s, a troupe of performers founded by Gilles Ste-Croix took to the streets of Baie-Saint-Paul, a charming village on the shores of the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City. Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (The Stiltwalkers of Baie-Saint-Paul) juggled, danced, breathed fire and played music, to the delight of locals and visitors. 
Now in its fourth decade, Cirque du Soleil has expanded in a wide range of creative endeavours ranging from movies to apparel and from boutiques to nightclubs. But the essence of what they do has stayed constant: they invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world.
Dreaming the unimaginable, creating the unexpected

  • In 1984, 73 people worked for Cirque du Soleil. Today, the company hires close to 4,000 employees worldwide, including 1,300 artists.
  • The company’s employees and artists represent more than 50 nationalities and speak 25 different languages.
  • More than 155 million spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show since 1984. 
  • 39 shows have been created since 1984. 
  • Close to 15 million people have seen a Cirque du Soleil show in 2014.

MSC Cruises: the perfect spectacular stage
Starting in July 2017, the next-generation ship, MSC Meraviglia, will be the first cruise ship ever to feature a custom entertainment lounge designed in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil to create a unique entertainment experience at sea.
Six nights per week, Cirque du Soleil’s outstanding artists will deliver two unique shows, created exclusively for MSC Cruises, for an audience of 500 people while they’ll be able to enjoy dinner or cocktails as well as watching the spectacular performances.
Every day on board MSC Meraviglia will be unforgettable, but the nights will simply take your breath away.

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