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MSC Orchestra Review

The second ship in Cruises’ Musica-class, MSC Orchestra debuted in 2007. Like other ships in the MSC Cruises fleet, MSC Orchestra is designed to offer an affordable cruise vacation and attracts a varied demographic as illustrated by announcements made in six

languages—including Japanese.

MSC Cruises took a giant leap into mainstream cruising with the introduction of this large and entirely new ship class. Highlights of the Musica-class design are a three-deck central foyer, where a piano is suspended on a transparent floor, à la carte restaurants, large-screen outdoor cinemas, and, on MSC Magnifica, a covered outdoor pool with retractable roof.

Italian culture prevails throughout, and serves as an important part of the entire cruise experience. Interiors are a blend of art deco and art nouveau themes as well as the authentic Italian designs for which other MSC Cruises ships are known. The extensive use of various colored marbles adds a luxurious quality to public spaces. In addition to its soothing Zen garden and Oriental music, the sushi bar is a bonus to the dining experience.

More widely known as one of the world's largest cargo shipping companies, MSC has operated cruises with an eclectic fleet since the late 1980s. When the line introduced two graceful, medium-size ships in 2003 and 2004, it ushered in an era of new shipbuilding that has seen the fleet grow faster than any other European cruise line. This line is growing into a major player in both Europe and the Caribbean.

MSC blankets the Mediterranean nearly year-round with a dizzying selection of cruise itineraries that allow a lot of time in ports of call and include few if any sea days. In summer months, several ships sail off to northern Europe to ply the Baltic. Itineraries planned for repositioning sailings visit some intriguing, off-the-beaten-track ports of call that other cruise lines bypass.

No glitz, no clutter—just elegant simplicity—is the standard of MSC's seaworthy interior decor. Extensive use of marble, brass, and wood reflects the best of Italian styling and design; clean lines and bold colors set their modern sophisticated tone.

MSC adopts some activities that appeal to American passengers without abandoning those preferred by Europeans; however, regardless of the itinerary, be prepared for an Italian-influenced experience. Also expect to hear announcements in several languages.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • There's a walking track high atop the ship as well as a covered promenade
  • Private gaming rooms for serious gamblers add a Las Vegas vibe to the casinos
  • Smoking is limited to one lounge and outside deck spaces

Cons

  • Announcements are made in several languages
  • Boat drill instructions, also given in several languages, can seem endless
  • Some in-cabin TV programming might be considered too "adult" for family viewing
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 987
  • Entered Service 2007
  • Gross Tons 92,400
  • Length 964 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,275
  • Passenger Capacity 2,550
  • Width 106 feet
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Apr 24, 2017

MSC Orchestra Review

Vanessa Age: 27 Occupation:admin Number of Cruises: 1 Cruise Line: MSC Cruises Ship: MSC Orchestra Sailing Date: 2011-08-22 Itinerary: Norwegian Fjords We absolutely loved staying on the MSC Orchestra and would recommend it to anyone. The food, service and overall impression was excellent. We would do it any time again. Norway and the fjords are beautiful and probably the closest thing to heaven you will ever see. The towns we stopped in looked like

something from a fairy tale. My family and i mostly ate at the Buffet, which we found excellent. There was plenty to choose from. Anything you could think of at breakfast(all types of eggs, bread/rolls, bacon, cereals, fruits, different sausages, pancakes, waffels, muffins etc). At lunch time there were different kinds of pasta, sausages, hamburgers, salads, soups, beef stroganov, fish, veggies and lovely desserts like tiramisu, fresh cream slices, chocolate mouse etc. Dinner was similar to lunch. There was always fruit juice, coffee, tea and ice water at breakfast. Lunch and supper just water tea and coffee. Overall, we ate a lot, enjoyed everything and never had any upset tummies. There were four of us staying in the stateroom. 1xDouble bed and 2xBunk beds. Our suitcases fit under the bed, so that saved a lot of space. The bathroom was very nice and our room was cleaned nicely every day. We slept like babies and never had any complaints. We didn't take part in many of the activities on board. We spent most of our time on deck watching the beautiful views of the fjords. There were lots of musicians like Los Paraguidos(a 3 man band) and Massimo(very good elvis impersonator). We went to one of the shows in the theatre called: Giza, which was very entertaining. We did not go on any excursions, but preferred to go on our own and explore the different ports of call. This way, we could take our time sight seeing and shopping for gifts. Our cruise lasted a total of 7 days. We embarked in Kiel, Germany. We were at sea the first day then stopped at our first port of Geiranger, which looked like a very small town, but had many tourist shops and coffee shops. The weather throughout our cruise was lovely and warm. On the second day, we arrived in Flaam. This was my favourite place of all. The views were amazing, like from a story book and it just felt so tranquil and peaceful. Just like heaven. On the third day, we came to Stavanger which was a fairly bigger, more modern town thus far. There was a burger king and mac donalds. Lots to do and many shops. The fourth day took us to oslo. (we were there just 2 weeks prior to the bombings) This city is beautiful. Lots of shopping, parks and water fountains. Our final day on board the MSC took us to Copenhagen. We took a rather long walk to Tivolli Gardens (theme park). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but were pressed for time and had to take a taxi back to the ship. We disembarked the following day in Kiel, where we started from. What a lovely experience, being our first, but certainly not our last, cruise.

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Jan 7, 2017

Review of MSC Orchestra

Vanessa Age: 27 Occupation:admin Number of Cruises: 1 Cruise Line: MSC Cruises Ship: MSC Orchestra Sailing Date: 2011-08-22 Itinerary: Norwegian Fjords We absolutely loved staying on the MSC Orchestra and would recommend it to anyone. The food, service and overall impression was excellent. We would do it any time again. Norway and the fjords are beautiful and probably the closest thing to heaven you will ever see. The towns we stopped in looked like

something from a fairy tale. My family and i mostly ate at the Buffet, which we found excellent. There was plenty to choose from. Anything you could think of at breakfast(all types of eggs, bread/rolls, bacon, cereals, fruits, different sausages, pancakes, waffels, muffins etc). At lunch time there were different kinds of pasta, sausages, hamburgers, salads, soups, beef stroganov, fish, veggies and lovely desserts like tiramisu, fresh cream slices, chocolate mouse etc. Dinner was similar to lunch. There was always fruit juice, coffee, tea and ice water at breakfast. Lunch and supper just water tea and coffee. Overall, we ate a lot, enjoyed everything and never had any upset tummies. There were four of us staying in the stateroom. 1xDouble bed and 2xBunk beds. Our suitcases fit under the bed, so that saved a lot of space. The bathroom was very nice and our room was cleaned nicely every day. We slept like babies and never had any complaints. We didn't take part in many of the activities on board. We spent most of our time on deck watching the beautiful views of the fjords. There were lots of musicians like Los Paraguidos(a 3 man band) and Massimo(very good elvis impersonator). We went to one of the shows in the theatre called: Giza, which was very entertaining. We did not go on any excursions, but preferred to go on our own and explore the different ports of call. This way, we could take our time sight seeing and shopping for gifts. Our cruise lasted a total of 7 days. We embarked in Kiel, Germany. We were at sea the first day then stopped at our first port of Geiranger, which looked like a very small town, but had many tourist shops and coffee shops. The weather throughout our cruise was lovely and warm. On the second day, we arrived in Flaam. This was my favourite place of all. The views were amazing, like from a story book and it just felt so tranquil and peaceful. Just like heaven. On the third day, we came to Stavanger which was a fairly bigger, more modern town thus far. There was a burger king and mac donalds. Lots to do and many shops. The fourth day took us to oslo. (we were there just 2 weeks prior to the bombings) This city is beautiful. Lots of shopping, parks and water fountains. Our final day on board the MSC took us to Copenhagen. We took a rather long walk to Tivolli Gardens (theme park). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but were pressed for time and had to take a taxi back to the ship. We disembarked the following day in Kiel, where we started from. What a lovely experience, being our first, but certainly not our last, cruise.

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Aug 21, 2011

Norwegian Fjords

We absolutely loved staying on the MSC Orchestra and would recommend it to anyone. The food, service and overall impression was excellent. We would do it any time again. Norway and the fjords are beautiful and probably the closest thing to heaven you will ever see. The towns we stopped in looked like something from a fairy tale. My family and i mostly ate at the Buffet, which we found excellent. There was plenty to choose from. Anything you

could think of at breakfast(all types of eggs, bread/rolls, bacon, cereals, fruits, different sausages, pancakes, waffels, muffins etc). At lunch time there were different kinds of pasta, sausages, hamburgers, salads, soups, beef stroganov, fish, veggies and lovely desserts like tiramisu, fresh cream slices, chocolate mouse etc. Dinner was similar to lunch. There was always fruit juice, coffee, tea and ice water at breakfast. Lunch and supper just water tea and coffee. Overall, we ate a lot, enjoyed everything and never had any upset tummies. There were four of us staying in the stateroom. 1xDouble bed and 2xBunk beds. Our suitcases fit under the bed, so that saved a lot of space. The bathroom was very nice and our room was cleaned nicely every day. We slept like babies and never had any complaints. We didn't take part in many of the activities on board. We spent most of our time on deck watching the beautiful views of the fjords. There were lots of musicians like Los Paraguidos(a 3 man band) and Massimo(very good elvis impersonator). We went to one of the shows in the theatre called: Giza, which was very entertaining. We did not go on any excursions, but preferred to go on our own and explore the different ports of call. This way, we could take our time sight seeing and shopping for gifts. Our cruise lasted a total of 7 days. We embarked in Kiel, Germany. We were at sea the first day then stopped at our first port of Geiranger, which looked like a very small town, but had many tourist shops and coffee shops. The weather throughout our cruise was lovely and warm. On the second day, we arrived in Flaam. This was my favourite place of all. The views were amazing, like from a story book and it just felt so tranquil and peaceful. Just like heaven. On the third day, we came to Stavanger which was a fairly bigger, more modern town thus far. There was a burger king and mac donalds. Lots to do and many shops. The fourth day took us to oslo. (we were there just 2 weeks prior to the bombings) This city is beautiful. Lots of shopping, parks and water fountains. Our final day on board the MSC took us to Copenhagen. We took a rather long walk to Tivolli Gardens (theme park). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but were pressed for time and had to take a taxi back to the ship. We disembarked the following day in Kiel, where we started from. What a lovely experience, being our first, but certainly not our last, cruise.

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Jul 6, 2011

Mediterranean

I know that this company is an Italian company, but a "mafia" company nobody knows. The Italian passengers are so rude and depending where they are form more rude. The company procedure are different from each ship. If you go in another ship could be better....or worst (most probally). The crew DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH. And the Italian officers - a lot of them - do not speak italian. They speak "napolitan dialet" and think that the passenger need to understand.

Ok, this is not a crew member fault, this is a company mystake, but I think that MSC is not worry with the passenger. They do announcements in English....and you do not understand. The food are terrible. The buffet is the worst place on the ship. Always full and the italians think that they are at home....and run, shout, and so arrogant....Think twice to go there. Even if the ship is nice, quite new and clean, the atmosphere around is not so good. The room was OK, standard size with balcony, there are a lot of this on board. And is better to see arround if your cabin is not circundate with "italians".....I think that is not possible. Tours....You do around the ship and know the italian culture being on board. So, GO OUT and enjoy the places. Far from them.

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Jun 5, 2011

Baltic and Norwegian Fjords

We did two MSC cruises "back to back" ex Copenhagen. Cruise 1 14 May 2011 and cruise 2 21 May 2011. These were our third and fourth cruises with MSC. The Orchestra is a large ship and offers plenty of things to do. It is comfortable and clean. Staff are great and take ownership of any thing one asks for. The food was, as always with MSC, terrific. Italain menus with a range of food from various regions of Italy. There are options for

those who want a plainer meal. The restaurants are great, the buffet is alright. It was quite comfortable with a balcony. The stateroom was equivalent to a 3 Star Hotel, however it was clean and spacious. The bathroom was very small, but was OK. Bedding was good as was bathroom towels, etc. Well supplied with tissues, soap and lavatory paper. The only sour point was a filthy dirty lavatory brush!!! Whislt there were plenty of onboard activities, the ones for adults seemed mindless and banal . Having said that, they seemed to be well patronised - but VEGETABLE carving and NAPKIN FOLDING!!!! Over our four cruises we have taken a few shore excursions - in such places as St Petersburgh, Istanbul, rural north Germany, Egypt and Taormina. These are places which are difficult to manage on public transport re time constraints. The tours have been of good quality. Usually we do our research on line and walk around towns ourselves. Our second call to Piraeus we took a cab into Athens and explored on foot. Easy. Our trip commenced in Copenhagen and called at Kiel, Stockholm, Tallinn (a gem), St Petersburgh and back to Copenhagen. That same day we departed (same ship, same cabin, same dinner table for 2) and called at Kiel, Geiranger, Flaam, Stavanger, Oslo and returned to Copenagen. A wonderful trip with plenty of time to explore on shore. Rating out of 10 - 9. Food 10, cabins 8, amenities on board 9, excursions 9, staff 10, shopping on board 7.5, cost of drinks (coffee, water, alcohol, etc) 8.5. A cruise offering good value for money - especially with their Prima Price and return guest discounts.

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