MSC Cruises Reveals New Carousel Productions at Sea Shows

MSC Cruises just 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 entertainment line-up. MSC Cruises said it 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. (Photo above: MSC Meraviglia sailing into New York City.)



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.


MSC Cruises’ new production brand, Carousel Productions at Sea, offers seven new shows combining acrobatics, dance and music to create a multi-sensory entertainment experience with light, sound and dazzling acrobatic performances in an intimate state-of-the-art Carousel Lounge. Each 40-minute show has been created to showcase a curated cast of artists, 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.


All seven shows are performed exclusively in the Carousel Lounge, a 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. The 1,000-square-meter custom-built, multi-million euro lounge can accommodate up to 400 guests, creating an intimate entertainment experience.


“Our experienced entertainment team works tirelessly to bring the most immersive, high-tech, spectacular entertainment to our guests, creating experiences they will never forget,” said Steve Leatham, head of entertainment for MSC Cruises. “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 onboard our ships and we wanted to offer seven truly original shows that take audiences through unique story routes and imaginary universes.” The shows include:


Ajedrez: Available on MSC Virtuosa, this show, inspired by the game of chess, is an operatic rock spectacular that 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, the audience will meet the various characters of the chessboard, 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, this show stars a scientist who 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.


Strings: Available on MSC Grandiosa, this high-flying circus adventure tells the tale of a lonely toymaker and his beautiful muse. The show features a live soundtrack, spectacular flying acrobatics, mesmerizing circus performers and more.


Sweet: Available on MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa, this show is truly a treat for the imagination by taking guests of all ages to a real-life candy land. This musical 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, this show is 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 colors 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 starting May 2022, this show is a celebration of some of the most imaginative and wonderous illusions and magic of the world’s greatest Harry Houdini. It 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 Carousel Lounge.


Rock Circus: Available on MSC Meraviglia starting May 2022, this show features talented team of acrobats, circus acts, singers, dancers and musicians together with one of the greatest rock soundtracks made. The only difference is the guitar solos and knee slides will take place in mid-air as the team of performers fly, spin and leap through the greatest hits of AC/DC, Guns & Roses, and many more of the anthems of Rock Royalty.


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

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