MSC Cruises announced a long-term partnership with Cirque du Soleil. A new show will be created onboard its new Meraviglia class cruise ships.

The show will be performed inside the ships' purpose-built 450-seat Aft Lounges, each of which includes a 200-seat restaurant.

The Cirque du Soleil productions will take place six nights a week during sailings, with two performances each night.

MSC Cruises has four Meraviglia project ships in the pipeline with the first – MSC Meraviglia – currently under construction at the STX shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France.

The 4,500-guest, 167,600 GRT ship will set sail on its inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean from June 2017, and will be the first to have three homeports: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona.

Further Meraviglia project ships are scheduled for delivery in 2019, 2020 and 2022.


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

“Together with Cirque du Soleil we are now designing a totally new, live entertainment experience for our guests. 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”.