Cosmos: Journey to the Unbelievable is the fifth Cirque du Soleil at Sea production created by Cirque du Soleil: Events + Experiencesfor MSC Cruises. It is one of two Cirque du Soleil at Sea show for MSC Cruise's MSC Grandiosa cruise ship alongside the show Exentricks. Cosmos premiered on November 1, 2019 in the Carousel Lounge on the MSC Grandiosa.
In 2013, MSC CruisesandCirque du Soleil created a partnership to develop 8 unique shows for 4 MSC cruise liners. The first two shows, Viaggio and Sonor, premiered on June 4, 2017, on-board the MSC Meraviglia. On March 2, 2019, the second pair of shows Syma and Varéliapremiered on-board the MSC Bellisima.
On October 17, 2019, MSC Cruises revealed the details for the third pair of shows for the MSC Grandiosa: Cosmos and Exentricks. Both shows contained never before seen acrobatic acts and for the first time have audience participation as the main focus for the show Exentricks.
Set and Technical Information
Like the previous Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, Cosmos and Exentricks' stage on the MSC Grandiosa contain an intimate 360-degree stage called "The Carousel Lounge". The stage was designed by Marco De Jorio. The lounge seats 413 guests and contains a long interactive LED screen that crossing the entire lounge.
The LED stage contains a rotating disk and the LED Screen has a section that can convert to a staircase. Also above the center ring is a carousel aerial tramway used for rigging props and performers above the stage. The development cost for The Carousel Lounge is €20 million ( $22,045,840 USD ).
Unlike the previous Carousel Lounges on the MSC Meraviglia and theMSC Bellisima, 'the Carousel Lounge on MSC Grandiosa the will have an additional 80 kinetic LED spheres changing depending on the atmosphere of the show. In addition to the LED lights, the stage also has an addition of 6.5 lift in the middle of the existing turntable. The lift is used during the juggling act.
Due to Cosmos being on a cruise ship, the acts in the performance are rotated out or scaled back due to either the weather, the season, or the current sea state.