MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil reveal two new shows on board MSC Grandiosa

MSC Cruises has revealed details of the two brand-new and original Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows coming exclusively to MSC Grandiosa. In COSMOS, Journey to the unbelievable, guests will experience a breathtaking voyage across the galaxy with a brave astronaut. Audiences of EXENTRICKS, Expect the unexpected, will be caught off guard at every turn in a high-spirited spectacle.

As the delivery of MSC Grandiosa approaches, MSC Cruises has revealed details about the unique and original Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will offer guests a breathtaking and memorable entertainment experience on board.

About the two new shows

COSMOS – Journey to the unbelievable

COSMOS explores the feeling of traveling at night on the high seas on a majestic cruise ship. Imagine you’re on the open sea and you look up to gaze at the stars. The view is both mind-boggling and mesmerizing. The vastness of the sky is as fathomless as the deep blue ocean underneath.

Reach for the stars alongside the young explorer as he connects with his spirit of adventure, travelling through the stars and his childhood memories before landing on the realisation that sometimes you need to travel far to come home. The co-pilots on this fantastic voyage are a galaxy of illuminating characters who are every bit spaced-out and other-worldly as they are kind and friendly.

The new acrobatic performance ‘Ginger Rope’ in COSMOS sees three artists use a unique acrobatic apparatus developed specifically for the show. Aerialists will fly gracefully in orbit on the rotating stage on moving ropes embodying rings around the planets, combining an exhilarating blend of flips and spins all around the Ginger Ropes.

EXENTRICKS – Expect the Unexpected

For the first time for any Cirque du Soleil at Sea show, EXENTRICKS will put guests in the centre of the show with audience participation playing a vital role in the story. Guests get closer to the artists than ever before as they get to interact with these extravagant and fun characters and enjoy the on the edge-of-your-seat acrobatics.

The excitement begins as a stylish and orderly extravaganza before suddenly careering off course into a hilarious pageant when the star performer is suddenly unable to continue. Scrambling to find a replacement, the Master of Ceremonies holds auditions inviting guests to join him on stage.

EXENTRICKS is inspired by the essence of the circus arts with big colorful characters brimming with style, personality and amazing abilities. The strength of the characters and the energy of the show are inspired in part by high-voltage, pop-culture fashion.

Cutting-edge entertainment venue

The Carousel Lounge is a purpose-built entertainment venue holding just over 400 guests each show, one of the most intimate venues for any Cirque du Soleil produced shows. This venue was specially designed to meet the needs of the artists as well as bringing guests closer to a spectacular display of acrobatic flair and artistic finesse.

State-of-the-art technology is added to each new ship, designed specifically to accommodate each show. On MSC Grandiosa, the addition of 80 kinetic LED spheres offer a change to the atmosphere of the Carousel Lounge at specific moments during the shows and to create a large array of visual effects. The moving LED lights are spread across the space to provide depth and a visual background for the audience sitting across the room.

The 360° stage is where the lounge derives its name as it rotates like a carousel with special rigging for impressive aerial acrobatics. For MSC Grandiosa, the design team was looking for a way to bring more focus on solo ground acts, the Jecame as a new 2 metre lift in the center of the existing turn table to raise the performance above the stage floor. This new lift will be used during the juggling act for COSMOS and the contortion act on EXENTRICKS.


The new shows form part of MSC Cruises’ long-term partnership with Cirque du Soleil, to offer a truly unique onboard entertainment experience not rivaled anywhere else at sea. The partnership will see the creation of eight original shows exclusively for MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia generation ships. MSC Meraviglia hosts VIAGGIO and SONOR and MSC Bellissima SYMA and VARÉLIA.

Cirque du Soleil at Sea can be booked before the cruise with a special online discount or booked once on board. Guests can either book to enjoy a three-course menu of palate-pleasing dishes served before the show (€35). Or savour a specialty cocktail (€15) and enjoy the pre-show that begins 30 minutes before the start of the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performance.

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