Monday, March 18, 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line Presents The Illusionarium

Norwegian Cruise Line announced an all-new dining and entertainment experience, The Illusionarium, to debut on the Norwegian Getaway. A first of its kind at sea, The Illusionarium welcomes guests into the fascinating world of magic, inviting them to experience the astounding illusions of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects.

The show’s design is inspired by the science fiction of Jules Verne, the artistry of legendary magicians such as Houdini and the popularity of recent blockbusters featuring supernatural characters.  If that doesn’t sound intriguing, I don’t know what does!

As guests wait to enter the portal of The Illusionarium, they will be surrounded by antique spell books, magical interactive artifacts and relics in a steam-punk inspired environment. OK, I have to admit, I had to look that up myself…it’s a science fiction genre having to do with technological aspects of the 19th century such as steam; as in the works of Jules Verne.  It almost sounds like a ride you’d find at Universal Studios or Disney! The centerpiece of the Illusionarium is a 30′ diameter video dome that will transport audiences to mystical places.

""The Illusionarium will be an experience unlike anything at sea today and take adults and children alike on a journey into the mystical world of magic,"" said Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.

The Illusionarium will offer 12 magic and illusion performances per cruise, two shows per night. The venue will seat about 230-240 people for dinner; the cover charge has not been determined, but it will most likely be the same price as the Cirque Dreams service fee, which is $35.

The 146,600-ton Norwegian Getaway will enter service from Miami, its year-round homeport, in February 2014."

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