MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil have held a close partnership since 2013, when Pierfrancesco Vago – the line’s Executive Chairman – had the vision to take the entertainment offered on-board to the next level. It was only natural that the choice came to introduce the world-class leaders in live performances, Cirque du Soleil.

The shows are offered exclusively aboard three of MSC Cruises’ ships: MSC Meraviglia, MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa, and each ship has its own performances for their guests. Taking place six nights a week, the shows take place in the multi-million euro, custom-made entertainment and dining venue, the Carousel Lounge. Guests can even enjoy dinner and a cocktail pre-show before experiencing Cirque du Soleil at Sea.

Cirque du Soleil shows on-board MSC Meraviglia

There are two original shows to enjoy on-board MSC Meraviglia: SONOR and VIAGGIO


This is an auditory adventure with dancers, acrobats and charcters all moving to the rhythm. Conjuring a world of sensations, sounds, bold music and immersive projections, it culminates in a grand finale for the senses.


Presenting a story of a passionate and eccentric artist who hears the call of his faceless muse, we see him beckoned into the vivid world of unbridled imagination. With electrifying colours, rich textures and majestic acts, watch a masterpiece come to life.

MSC Cruises - Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil shows on-board MSC Bellissima

There are two original shows to watch on-board MSC Bellissima: SYMA – Sail Beyond Imagination and VARÉLIA – Love In Full Colour

SYMA – Sail Beyond Imagination

Brimming with imagination, this show takes you on the journey of a young sailor. Throughout his bold expedition, he braves the elements and discovers mysterious islands which are populated by colourful creatures. With immersive video images, an original set design, bioluminescent lighting and acrobatic feats, it’s an unforgettable show.

VARÉLIA – Love In Full Colour

Offering a futuristic twist on a traditional medieval tale, this tells the story of an unconventional courtship between a princess with distinctive violet skin and a charming hero who is blind. Thwarted by a villain who kidnaps the royal, the tale follows the brave hero as he rescues his beloved.

MSC Meraviglia - Carousel Lounge

Cirque du Soleil shows on-board MSC Grandiosa

There are two original shows on-board MSC Grandiosa, including: EXENTRICKS – Expect the Unexpected and COSMOS – Journey to the Unbelievable

EXENTRICKS – Expect the Unexpected

Offering a high-spirited spectacle of fun, mischeif and quirky characters, ths story wows you with a colourful cast and a chance to fully embrace your eccentric side.

COSMOS – Journey to the Unbelieveable

Prepare to fire up the senses and experience a breathtaking voyage as you travel across the galaxy with a brave cosmonaut on a quest for self-discovery. Feel your emotions go into hyper speed as you blast of into the great unknown and discover what makes you shine!

Have you seen one of these fantastic shows on-board? Would you love to experience this world-class entertainment on your next MSC Cruises sailing? Let us know in the comments below!

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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