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  • Cruise line adds seven exclusive, original shows to its world-class entertainment program
  • Shows created exclusively for MSC Cruises’ multi-million-dollar Carousel Lounge venues
  • Shows “push creative boundaries” with multi-sensory entertainment experiences that take guests to imaginary universes
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Geneva, Switzerland – March 28, 2022 – MSC Cruises today revealed details of the seven new Carousel Productions at Sea shows created exclusively for its Meraviglia Class ships, the latest enhancement to the cruise line’s spectacular entertainment line-up.

MSC Cruises is dedicated to bringing one-of-a-kind experiences to guests with its fleet of modern and innovative ships that act as a destination in their own right. After a day of exploring some of the world’s most amazing destinations ashore, guests return on board to find a rich onboard experience that offers round-the-clock entertainment for the whole family.

On top of hundreds of hours of daily activities, themed evenings, live music, sports tournaments, high-tech interactive arcades and full-scale theatrical productions in the ship’s main theatre, guests sailing on the Company’s Meraviglia Class ships can now experience a new immersive entertainment concept—Carousel Productions at Sea.

Carousel Productions at Sea

MSC Cruises’ new production brand, Carousel Productions at Sea, offers seven new and exclusive shows combining awe-inspiring acrobatics, dance and music all to create a multi-sensory entertainment experience with light, sound and dazzling acrobatic performances in an intimate state-of-the art venue: The Carousel Lounge.

Each 40-minute show is designed to expand the boundaries of imagination. An expertly curated cast of artists is hand-selected from all over the world for their unique performance skills and trained to the high standards required of MSC Cruises and Carousel Productions at Sea.

The Carousel Lounge

All seven shows are performed exclusively in the Carousel Lounge, a glamorous and state-of-the art venue that brings guests closer to a spectacular display of acrobatic flair and artistic finesse. Cutting-edge sound and lighting equipment blend human skills with a host of special effects. Each 10,000 square-foot custom-built, multi-million-dollar lounge can accommodate up to 400 guests, creating an unforgettable and intimate entertainment experience.

Steve Leatham, Head of Entertainment, MSC Cruises said:Our experienced entertainment team works tirelessly to bring the most immersive, high-tech, spectacular entertainment to our guests, creating experiences they will never forget. Each show pushes creative boundaries and challenges the status quo to explore new territories to create inspiring experiences that are sure to delight our guests of all ages. The Carousel Lounge is one of our most intimate and technologically advanced venues on board our ships and we wanted to offer seven truly original shows that take audiences through unique story routes and imaginary universes”.

AJEDREZ - available on MSC Virtuosa

Inspired by the game of chess, this operatic rock spectacular will introduce two opposing queens, as they fall in love with the same king and challenge each other to win his heart. Throughout the story, we will meet the various characters of the chess board, from bishops to knights, characterized by life-size statues, as the teams battle it out to the sound of a ticking chess clock.

ARKYMEA - available on MSC Virtuosa

A scientist finds a hidden world where the wildest ideas and the most ambitious dreams become reality. With the help of a mysterious device, the scientist breaks through dimensions to reach Arkymea, a mysterious place populated by extravagant characters performing acrobatic feats and where magic comes to life all around you.

STRINGS - available on MSC Grandiosa

This high-flying circus adventure tells the tale of a lonely toy maker and his beautiful muse. The show features an exquisite live soundtrack, spectacular flying acrobatics, mesmerising circus performers, and more.

SWEET - available on MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa

Truly a treat for the imagination, this show takes guests from all ages to a real-life candy land. This musical show is filled with classic tunes with a twist and promises to entertain the whole family through a sugar-rush of some of the most iconic songs.

MYüT - available on MSC Bellissima

Follow an emotional journey through magical worlds filled with characters, acrobats and dancers. As the main character MYüT ventures out in search of help to regain his voice, he is brought to a vibrant world full of colours and flowers, sending him to a dreamlike state. He evolves through changing landscapes, each one awakening different emotions and touching his senses. Along the way he makes new friends with special gifts and abilities. He is then guided to the light and discovery of his own talent and voice, which was deep inside him all along.

HOUSE OF HOUDINI - available on MSC Meraviglia from May 2022

Imagine a celebration of some of the most imaginative and wonderous illusions and magic of the world’s greatest Harry Houdini. The show features contemporary music choices, elaborate costumes, amazing props and an international cast of performers who sing, dance and spring into life across one of the most technically advanced theatres in the world—the MSC Carousel Lounge.

ROCK CIRCUS - available on MSC Meraviglia from May 2022

Take one hugely talented team of Acrobats, Circus Acts, Singers, Dancers and Musicians, throw in the greatest rock soundtrack made and you have this amazing show ROCK CIRCUS. The only difference is our guitar solos and knee slides will take place in mid-air as our talented team of performers fly, spin and leap through the greatest hits of AC/DC, Guns & Roses and many more of the anthems from Rocks Royalty!

These spectacular shows can be booked for €10 in advance or €15 on board, which includes a signature alcoholic or alcohol-free cocktail to compliment the show’s theme. Cocktails include Bombay Tonic, Vodka Red Rooster, Virgin Mojito, Rosemary Gimlet, Tiki Mule and Paloma Fizz.

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About MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand as well as the leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa, with more market share in addition to deployed capacity than any other player. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is one of the two brands that sit within the Cruises Division of MSC Group, the leading privately held Swiss-based shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises – the contemporary brand - has a modern fleet of 19 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025, with options for six more vessel orders in place through 2030.

MSC Cruises offers its guests an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the Company’s European heritage, where they can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programs, and the very latest user-friendly technology on board. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ itineraries and experience on board its ships, click here.

The Company’s number one priority has always been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships serve.  In August 2020, MSC Cruises implemented a new comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first major line to return to sea. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ health & safety protocol, click here.

MSC Cruises has long been committed to environmental stewardship, with a long-term goal to achieve net zero emissions for its operations by 2050. The Company is also a significant investor in next-generation environmental marine technologies, with the objective to support their accelerated development and availability industry-wide. To learn more about the Company’s environmental commitment, click here

Finally, to learn more about the MSC Foundation, MSC Group’s own vehicle to lead, focus and advance its conservation, humanitarian and cultural commitments, click here.