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My review of Cirque "White Moonlit Ball" experience

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We loved the Cirque experience!!

 

I read so many negative posts that I had to post our experience on the Constellation 4/16 sailing. In fact the other cruise critic people I went with enjoyed themselves so much they said they couldn't believe what other people wrote either.

 

I read people saying the lounge is ruined and they hung sheets up. The experience is stupid, etc... That couldn't be the furthest from the truth. It is decorated really nice with a funky edge to it. They have these tented harem type beds in the back. A bunch of us that met on cruise critics grabbed one and sat in the back with drinks and enjoyed the experience. There were performers through out the bar and a few small 15 minute shows on stage. There were these acrobats that were just amazing. They came and did a 10 minute performance right in front of our bed a few times.

 

They have other characters doing their thing through out the bar. A woman came over with rain sticks and had my cousin bang them together while they made his wife get up and dance with them. These other two characters came from behind us on the bed and scared the heck out if us while they got it on video. There is a busy dance floor and different drinks in weird glasses you can't get in other bars on the ship. The music is very club like but fun. They had free massages in one tent where two people massaged you at the same time--very nice!!

 

There is no charge to get in and no tickets required. You don't need a mask for them to let you in either. I picked ours up at the party store for $3.99 and just added some rhinestones around the eyes to mine for fun. I got lots of complements about my mask too :-) They will paint your face for free if you want instead.

 

It's free and if you don't like the experience what did you waste a few minutes of your time? I recommend giving it a shot. We had a great time and were there for few hours.

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travel913,

 

Thanks for the review. It certainly is a different opinion than what we've been reading.

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Travelgirl,

 

Thanks for the review. We will be on Summit in July with our 15 year old son. Were there any other teenagers at the ball or is it ADULTS only?

 

Thanks.

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Really glad to hear of your positve experience. It sounds like a intriguing way to interact with the characters. Just goes to show how much more enjoyable something can be when you approach it with an open mind/

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Just got back from the Constellation too and I couldn't agree more.

 

We thought the Cirque experience was great fun.

I agree that the beds at the back are the best vantage point. They also serve really good speciality cocktails.

 

The character Pez was mad and decided to steal our shoes one night!

 

Julie Jean

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Travelgirl,

 

Thanks for the review. We will be on Summit in July with our 15 year old son. Were there any other teenagers at the ball or is it ADULTS only?

 

Thanks.

 

They announced the first night it is adults only. They do have other evenings in there that teenagers or children can go to. There just won't be masks or everyone in white.

 

I guess is depends how old your son looks. On our trip one family had a 16 year old daughter that got in because she looked like she was at least 21.

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Travelgirl, nice review.

 

We were on the Constellation 4/9 sailing and I also enjoyed the Experience.

 

I think everyone should go, I do recommend people wear white if possible because it does add to the Experience. I bought my masks online for 4.99 from mardigrasday.com The masks are for your own enjoyment, they add to the fun and excitement. Travelgirl is right, you don't have to have them, but for a few bucks, why not?????

 

Enjoy the experience!

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I, too, have heard good things about this experience. I think maybe some people who didn't like it were expecting a show with prescribed times and acts, etc. This seems to be more of a high end, urban club scene than a show. I certainly plan to go!

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I am so glad to hear that it's as good as I hoped. As a die-hard Cirque fan, and having seen six of their live shows, I couldn't imagine that it wasn't fabulous, even on a ship and with such a different format. Cirque is truly one of the wonders of the modern world. Way to go Cirque du Soleil and X! Joining forces was truly a brainwave!

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They announced the first night it is adults only. They do have other evenings in there that teenagers or children can go to. There just won't be masks or everyone in white.

 

I guess is depends how old your son looks. On our trip one family had a 16 year old daughter that got in because she looked like she was at least 21.

 

My son looks older than 15, maybe 18...but if he has a mask on can they really tell????? Although he probably won't want to come anyway.

 

Thanks.

 

Anne Maria

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Well said! We had a great experience, as well. (I forgot about the two woman massage. I had it too and it is highly recommended!)

 

The Ball is only on one night and is adults only. There is an early "event" one evening and we took our 9 and 5 year olds in, no problem. The characters actually went out of their way to interact with the children and younger teens as if it was their intended focus).

 

As the OP mentioned, go for the harem beds in the back!!!

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ok, im sailing on Constellation in dec. and i do want to go to the cirque experience BUT... i wear glasses. how do i wear a mask with them? :confused:

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ok, im sailing on Constellation in dec. and i do want to go to the cirque experience BUT... i wear glasses. how do i wear a mask with them? :confused:

Cut a small hole in each side.

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ok, im sailing on Constellation in dec. and i do want to go to the cirque experience BUT... i wear glasses. how do i wear a mask with them? :confused:

 

Just have them paint the white swirls on your face then.

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My wife and I were on the Constellation in march and loved the White Ball. It was a fun and unique experience and we stayed and danced into the night.

 

As for glasses with a mask, my wife actually decorated a pair of sunglsses and wore that as her mask. I wear glasses and wrapped a piece of white plastic(one of the trash bags from the room) around my head and poked the glasses through the sides. The reason our masks were so impromtu was that in March they were requiring a mask in order to get in. Seems that has changed. I agree with th OP that the mask adds to th fun and atmosphere.

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Travelgirl, we were on the Constellation for the May 7 Baltic sailing out of Dover. I am sorry to say that our experience was totally different from what you described. Prior to our cruise we were really exited and looking forward to the Cirque du Soleil venue. In our opinion, The Bar at the Edge of the Earth is a wild and fun disco, but a far cry from Cirque du Soleil. There was nothing that you could call a “floor show” on our sailing and the character interaction was very silly. This is not Cirque du Soleil!

 

As a Celebrity fans, we were disappointed. It is interesting to note that on the entertainment questionnaire, we were asked “Is this what you expected of the Cirque venue?” The space used for the Cirque venue on Millennium class ships was multi purpose. It was a great observation lounge during the day, great meeting place for cocktails, great disco, and much more. Now it is a disco were Celebrity feels they can charge exorbitant prices for a drink.

 

As far as the Harem beds are concerned, nice idea but there are only about a dozen of them. People camp out, so if you don’t get there early forget it. A funny story…On our sail away from Copenhagen, I was on the top deck taking some pictures. I got the bright idea that it would be nice to stretch out on one of the harem beds, grab a drink, and enjoy the view. Well all the harem beds were taken. The first one I reached had an older gentleman snoring away and drooling, the next one someone sleeping, the next one someone reading, the next one another older gentleman snoring away and drooling, I could go on but I will stop! These people don’t seem to have cabins, they must be stowaways. What a waste of space!

 

Life is too short, just enjoy your selves and have a great cruise. We certainly did! Maybe you will like the Cirque venue, as they say that’s why they make chocolate and vanilla! One couple had a good idea for the White Night, they wore white scrubs (inexpensive and serves the purpose). Buy a mask at home because the cheapest one on the ship is $20. If you don’t wear a mask, don’t worry you will not be the only one without a mask. About the expensive drinks, not much you can do there, but smile.

 

Happy Cruising!

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Travelgirl..... sounds like FUN! Thanks for the review. I realize it is not a "show' so to speak ......more of an EXPERIENCE!

Too bad they don't have it on the Millennium. :-(

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The "Cirque Experience" seems to be evolving on the Summit and Constellation. We sailed the Summit on 5/6/05 and "The Moonlit Night" at "The Bar at the Edge of the Earth" was on 5/9/05. It was "suggested" that you wear white apparel and a mask, but not "required". They did have some special stage entertainment on this night and it had mystical elements and dancing.

 

On 5/12 and 5/16 they had the "characters" roaming the area but no stage entertainment as I recall.

 

As for the expensive drinks. I believe the drink menu is the same as in the Rendez Vous lounge after they switch menus around 9:00 pm. This menu has somewhat higher priced drinks than the early menu which also has the "Drink of the Day Specials". Even though the "Drink of the Day Specials" are not on this menu, you can still order them and they cost $4.25 (+ 15% tip as all drinks do). There are three special drinks you may order any day of the week and also two additional different ones for each day of the week. You can ask your waiter for the menu with the Drink Specials on it if you don't remember what to order.

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On the Summit, is there still a lounge where you can sit down and have a drink? Also, can you still look out and see the beautiful land and the ocean? Another question, if you do not wear white and do not wear a mask, will you stick out??

 

Thanks

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On the Summit, is there still a lounge where you can sit down and have a drink? Also, can you still look out and see the beautiful land and the ocean? Another question, if you do not wear white and do not wear a mask, will you stick out??

 

Thanks

 

Yes, Revelations Lounge has a bar that has hours 5:00 pm - late and most all the same seats are still there. The exception being where the four, I believe, cabanas are in the front.

 

You can still look out, as before, except where the cabanas are, and even there there is some room in front of them by the window I believe. You probably could sit, or lie, on the mattresses and look out from there also.

 

If you do not wear white and/or mask you will be in the minority. They do have a face painter that will paint white swirls on your face for free if you desire. Just wear something white that you have if you want to.

 

Hey, it's a cruise, so why not join the party and have fun.

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Does it matter what you wear (dress, pants, shorts, etc.) as long as it is white? I hear on Costa you can wear a bedsheet as a toga!

 

Pants, dress OK. Shorts, I don't recall seeing anyone wearing them. I doubt anyone would object though. I think some did wear bedsheets and some wore their white ship's bathrobes.

 

I would suggest packing something white which is comfortable to wear and take a white or light colored mask. It is subdued lighting so you can relax and enjoy it without too much concern about your outfit.

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Like any other entertainment venue, I see the CDS experience as simply a difference in likes and dislikes.

 

There are those who enjoy a kind-of brash, hip, modern, audience-participation style show, while others shun away. I do not particularly like the audience-participation situation and almost always sit in the back of the theater so as not to be picked. I get easily embarassed and would not know how to act if approached by a performer. On the other hand, I have seen the extraverted among us have an absolute blast participating with the performers and greatly enhancing their cruise experience.

 

As for the loss of the forward lounge, I personally seldon used that space and probable will not miss the former decor. I will check it out on my next Summit sail. If I don't like it I will not participate, much the same as I do now with the art autions, Bingo, Casino, etc.

 

I can't imaging it spoiling my cruise.

 

David

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