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I see there are two different Cirque shows on MERAVIGLIA.  I only plan on seeing one.  Has anyone seen both?  Is one significantly better or different than the other?  Trying to decide.  

 

 

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We experienced Viaggio (cocktail & show) and enjoyed it. But having been on several MSC cruises and particularly on Divina and Seaside we felt we saw a lot of the “moves” during the evening shows on those ships that we saw at Viaggio. I do realize that there is a story involved and perhaps we missed something there. All this to say it was fine for us to experience once. 

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We booked both shows on Meraviglia in September 2019 (Baltic Sea). Although we enjoyed both shows we booked SONOR again while on board because the show appealed more to us.

So my vote is for SONOR.

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I saw both and Viaggio was very slow and when it built up to something... it ended. My opinion, the best show is SONOR. It's high energy and intense at the outset and continues the energy throughout the whole production.

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7 hours ago, cellfree said:

I do realize that there is a story involved and perhaps we missed something there.

 

I endured a Cirque type show on Celebrity Eclipse a few years ago and missed what the "story" was, if there was one.  I am booked for Viaggio on Meraviglia only because it was a part of my booking that I could not remove.  I'll go, probably, but I am not expecting much.  

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We saw both shows last week. Personally, I enjoyed them both tremendously. We did the Cocktail option for both. (You get a choice between three cocktails and one non-alcoholic cocktail)

 

For Viaggio, we were seated in the "Cocktail Seats" (first-come, first-seated), which are located off to the side, and behind the dinner guests. They were OK. Not bad seats by any stretch... just not great. Also, the cocktails with Viaggio were nasty. I don't think I saw anyone drinking them. There were tons of still-full glasses all around the theater when the show was done.

 

For SONOR, we had assigned seats in the center that were very good. I suspect they were originally for Yacht Club guests, and then when they had extra, they released them to regular bookings. The drinks with SONOR were significantly better.

 

If I were to pick only one to see... I guess it would have to be SONOR. It was the more unique show, and I think I enjoyed it slightly more. 

 

Highly recommend booking the Cirque show prior to sailing, as we ran into many people who were unable to see either show due to them being sold out. 

 

Also, as a note... in order to get to the theater, you have to go through the casino. If you see the show on a sea day, the casino will be extra smokey since it was open all day. This can be an issue for those who are sensitive to breathing cigarette smoke. If you have an assigned seat number, you can get there at the last minute and be seated just fine. But if you're in a Cocktail Seat, they seat you with the first arrivals getting the best seats.

 

Enjoy the show. I honestly don't think you could go wrong with either.

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Thanks to everyone for your responses and insight.  Much appreciated!   Looks like SONOR it is.   

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On 11/24/2019 at 10:41 PM, Invero said:

We saw both shows last week. Personally, I enjoyed them both tremendously. We did the Cocktail option for both. (You get a choice between three cocktails and one non-alcoholic cocktail)

 

For Viaggio, we were seated in the "Cocktail Seats" (first-come, first-seated), which are located off to the side, and behind the dinner guests. They were OK. Not bad seats by any stretch... just not great. Also, the cocktails with Viaggio were nasty. I don't think I saw anyone drinking them. There were tons of still-full glasses all around the theater when the show was done.

 

For SONOR, we had assigned seats in the center that were very good. I suspect they were originally for Yacht Club guests, and then when they had extra, they released them to regular bookings. The drinks with SONOR were significantly better.

 

If I were to pick only one to see... I guess it would have to be SONOR. It was the more unique show, and I think I enjoyed it slightly more. 

 

Enjoy the show. I honestly don't think you could go wrong with either.

 

Did anyone bring in a drink from another bar? Do you know if this was allowed?

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8 hours ago, Cruisennerable said:

 

Did anyone bring in a drink from another bar? Do you know if this was allowed?

There were signs that said you could not bring in beverages from other bars. I did not see anyone try, so I do not know if that rule is enforced.

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When the Cirque show is going on is there a show in the main theater on the Meraviglia. Not a fan of circus acts. 

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There is always a show in the “Broadway Theatre.” There are three each evening. You need to book/reserve your spot ahead of time. 

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10 minutes ago, cellfree said:

There is always a show in the “Broadway Theatre.” There are three each evening. You need to book/reserve your spot ahead of time. 

They said that for us too, but then they just opened the doors and didn't check anything.

 

Perhaps they use it to gauge interest, and if it hits a certain number, then they check?

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2 hours ago, runner15km said:

Not a fan of circus acts. 

Cirque Du Soleil is no ‘circus’.

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57 minutes ago, Invero said:

They said that for us too, but then they just opened the doors and didn't check anything.

 

Perhaps they use it to gauge interest, and if it hits a certain number, then they check?

You need to book/reserve a seat and they check by scanning your cruise card. 5 to 10 minutes prior to the show they let guests in without reservation if seats are still available or guests with reservation did not show up.

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1 hour ago, SirWolf said:

You need to book/reserve a seat and they check by scanning your cruise card. 5 to 10 minutes prior to the show they let guests in without reservation if seats are still available or guests with reservation did not show up.

 

How does such a reservation system apply to Yacht Club guests?

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YC guests have to use the same reservation system. Reservations can be made via TV in cabin, touch screens in public areas (using cruise card) and via APP on mobile device. Very easy and only takes a few seconds. Reservations in advance for upcoming shows during the cruise are possible. The reservation shows up in your daily planner.

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Question, I am not able to prebook either Cirque show, either dinner or just drinks. I assume they are sold out or are you supposed to book when you get onboard?

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1 hour ago, jdvmd said:

Question, I am not able to prebook either Cirque show, either dinner or just drinks. I assume they are sold out or are you supposed to book when you get onboard?

When you going?

 

I booked couple days ago for March trip no problem.

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1 hour ago, dexddd said:

When you going?

 

I booked couple days ago for March trip no problem.

Dec. 8.

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22 hours ago, SirWolf said:

YC guests have to use the same reservation system. Reservations can be made via TV in cabin, touch screens in public areas (using cruise card) and via APP on mobile device. Very easy and only takes a few seconds. Reservations in advance for upcoming shows during the cruise are possible. The reservation shows up in your daily planner.

 

Why can't the YC Concierge do this?  I want to change my dinner/show reservation that is part of my booking to a cocktail/show reservation.  If the Concierge is unable to do this, I won't be attending the Cirque show.  The fixed dinner menu for the Cirque show does not appeal to what I expect to have available at the YC Restaurant.

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22 minutes ago, rkacruiser said:

 

Why can't the YC Concierge do this?  I want to change my dinner/show reservation that is part of my booking to a cocktail/show reservation. 

I am pretty sure that the YC Concierge can do this or you visit/call the Cirque Du Soleil ticket counter to change your Cirque Du Soleil booking.

My answers (#16 & #18) are for the shows in the main theatre, not Cirque Du Soleil shows. The Cirque Du Soleil reservation system is different from the show reservation in main theatre.

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8 hours ago, jdvmd said:

Dec. 8.

 

 

I'm also on Dec 8.  I just looked at all the "Enhance Your Cruise" options.  It's listed under "Add Restaurants".  No problem booking multiple dates and times.  

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8 hours ago, rkacruiser said:

 

Why can't the YC Concierge do this?  I want to change my dinner/show reservation that is part of my booking to a cocktail/show reservation.  If the Concierge is unable to do this, I won't be attending the Cirque show.  The fixed dinner menu for the Cirque show does not appeal to what I expect to have available at the YC Restaurant.

Hi

 

We pre booked Cirque for our recent Meraviglia cruise when we boarded the Concierge in YC sorted out the date/time for us as our requested show was cancelled due to high seas

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