That’s En­ter­tain­ment

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - All Eyes On Deck -

The ru­n­away star on this ship is cer­tainly the fan­tas­ti­cal Cirque du Soleil ex­pe­ri­ence in the pur­pose-built Carousel Lounge, which was de­signed as a din­ing venue that hosts ex­clu­sive shows by the world­fa­mous Cirque du Soleil ev­ery evening. At night, the space be­comes a lively disco.

Cirque du Soleil set out to cre­ate two very dif­fer­ent, con­trast­ing shows, each with a dif­fer­ent con­cept, am­biance, sto­ry­line, cos­tumes, and make- up. With two 40- minute per­for­mances each night, six nights a week, guests will have the op­por­tu­nity to see both pro­duc­tions: Vi­ag­gio is the story of a pas­sion­ate and ec­cen­tric artist who hears the call of his Face­less Muse, and Sonor takes guests on an au­di­tory ad­ven­ture with dancers, ac­ro­bats, and char­ac­ters, all mov­ing to the rhythm. (Cirque du Soleil shows must be pre-booked and fea­ture an ex­tra charge.)

In ad­di­tion, Broad­way-style shows — some fea­tur­ing a live band — take place three times nightly, mak­ing it a breeze to catch din­ner and a show. And 24 hours a day you’ll find il­lu­sions on the prom­e­nade’s sky screen. Sun wor­shipers will gather at the el­e­gant South Beach– in­spired main pool or Hori­zon Pool, and as an all-sea­sons ship, MSC

Mer­av­iglia also boasts a slid­ing dome over the in­door pool. The younger set ( and any­one with an ap­petite for adren­a­line) should make for the amuse­ment park where they can go head- to­head in F1 race­car sim­u­la­tors and take on zom­bies in a 4D theater, or up to the Po­lar Aqua­park and the Hi­malayan Bridge zi­pline. Lit­tler ones have their own zone on the ship with seven fun ar­eas seg­mented by age group — and par­ents can eas­ily geo-lo­cate their kids us­ing the MSC for Me app, which also lets you browse din­ner menus, make a reser­va­tion and fol­low wayfind­ing di­rec­tions to get to the res­tau­rant; un­lock your cabin door and make pur­chases with the wrist­band; check out and book shore ex­cur­sions on dig­i­tal screens through­out the ship; and even find the near­est re­stroom. It’s a whole new way of cruis­ing and it’s the wave of the fu­ture for MSC. Ev­ery one of its new ships will fea­ture this cut­ting- edge tech­nol­ogy all de­signed to make things eas­ier for you.

Be­cause after all, isn’t that what va­ca­tion is about?

The name of the ship — Mer­av­iglia — means “won­der” in Ital­ian, and won­der she sparks.

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