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MSC Reveals More Details on Cirque Du Soleil at Sea



MSC Cruises has revealed additional details on their two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will be performed aboard the fleet’s new flagship, MSC Meraviglia.  The world leader in artistic entertainment will create a total of eight original shows for the line’s Meraviglia-generation ships, coming into service between June 2017 and fall 2020.

Two Shows

Cirque du Soleil set out to create two very different shows with unique concepts, ambiance, storyline, and costuming.  With two performances each night, six days a week, guests will easily have the chance to see both.

Viaggio, the first show, is the story of a passionate and eccentric artist who hears the call of his Faceless Muse.  Mysterious and seductive, she beckons him into the vivid world of his imagination to finish his masterpiece.  With each stroke of his paintbrush, electrifying colors fill the space with unique motifs and rich textures.  Before the audience’s eyes, majestic acts transform the theater into a living canvas.

With sound at its heart, Sonor takes guests on an auditory adventure with dancers, acrobats, and characters all moving to the rhythm.  Conjuring different sensations, sounds, bold music, and immersive projections, Sonor culminates in a grand finale for the senses.

Rendering of the purpose-built Carousel Lounge, where Cirque shows will be performed. – courtesy of MSC Cruises

Cocktails & Dinner

No detail will be left unattended with the dinner experience, where every aspect of the space and meal have been specially designed to complement each pre-show experience.  Starting one hour before showtime, the experience will be a treat for the senses with surprise animation from performers, live music, and stylish table settings with a menu of eclectic dishes.

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For the dining experience for Sonor, guests will be invited into a parallel world where culinary creations will trick both the eye and the senses.  Viaggio will immerse guests in a universe of color, testing guests’ imaginations from beginning to end.

Other guests can enjoy a Cocktail & Show experience that begins 30 minutes before showtime and includes a specially designed drink and other tempting treats.

Cirque du Soleil at Sea needs to be pre-booked either before the cruise or once onboard.  The theater is limited to 413 seats, so be sure to book early to secure a spot.

For more on MSC Cruises’ Cirque shows, click here.

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Québec, Canada Wants Wintertime Cruise Guests



With the increased demand for cruises to Canada and New England, and the growing trend of cold weather cruises, Québec tourism and port officials recently invited representatives from Adventure Canada, Huerten-Groten and Ponant cruise lines to partake in the first-ever winter familiarization trip to the region.

A ship docked in Québec City – photo: Flickr/Visavis

The group visited Québec from February 8-14, and explored Montréal, Trois-Rivères, Québec, and Saguenay. Activities in Québec included a tour of the port, a taste of the winter Carnaval, a visit to the city’s famed ice hotel “Hotel de Glace,” and urban discovery tours. There was also a trip to Montmorency Falls and the Valcartier Vacation Village, the largest winter playground in America. It has over 35 snow slides, skating paths, snow rafting, 5,000 inner tubes and 17 mechanical lifts, plus ice skating, tobogganing, dog sledding, ski-dooing, and ice fishing.

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Other wintery activities were shown to the group in presentations and discussions. Hôtel 71 in Old Québec City hosted the group during their stay and Chlorophylle, a local manufacturer of upmarket outdoor gear outfitted them in warm year.

For information on activities in Québec City, click here.

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Jeff Foxworthy to Headline 2019 Country Music Cruise



The Country Music Cruise has announced their lineup for the 2019 sailing, and it’s full of talented superstars. The 2019 Country Music Cruise will set sail from January 29 to February 3, 2019 aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. 

Television star, author, and one of the world’s best comedians Jeff Foxworthy is set to headline the voyage. The Country Music Cruise has sold out each of its first five years, and the 2019 sailing is already nearly 70 percent filled.

Jeff Foxworthy

Emceeing the sixth annual cruise will be television and radio host Lorianne Crook, and back by popular demand will be a special Grand Ole Opry at Sea performance event. The following artists will be performing on this special cruise:

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  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Patty Loveless
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Joe Diffie
  • The Bellamy Brothers
  • Shenandoah
  • Jimmy Fortune
  • Johnny Lee
  • David Ball
  • TG Sheppard
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Wade Hayes
  • Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys
  • Elvis Tribute Artists

Guests aboard the Country Music Cruise will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the stars. In addition to over 50 live performances, cruises can mingle with their favorite artists at theme nights, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, jam sessions, meet and greets, autograph sessions, and more. The cruise will depart from Fort Lauderdale and stop in Key West, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. To book a cabin, visit

Read More: 5 First Impressions of Nieuw Amsterdam

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Carnival $49 Early Saver Deposits Return



Carnival Cruise Line is having a 48 hour Early Saver sale on sailings through April 2020. The sale will last until midnight Thursday, February 22, 2018. Deposits start at $49 and go up to $199 if you’re planning an Alaska or Europe cruise.

Carnival’s Price Protection Guarantee is also in place during this sale, which covers you if the cruise price drops.

Deposits Start at $49 

  • $49 per person deposit is applicable to 2 – 9 day sailings
  • $149 per person deposit is applicable to Vista and Horizon sailings
  • $199 per person is applicable to 10+ days, Alaska and Europe sailings
  • Search Reduced Deposits

Carnival will honor your request for price protection if the reduction on the total amount paid for your booking results only from a lower cruise fare and not from the booked ancillary services, such as air, transfers, pre-paid gratuities, or Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.

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  • Book by Thursday, January 22
  • Early Saver rates include free room upgrades, $50 onboard credit, plus Free Price Protection
  • Deposits are non-refundable

Sailings available on most ships through April 2020, including Carnival Horizon, Carnival Vista, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Victory, Carnival Elation and more.

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