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MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra is the ninth ship to join the rapidly expanding MSC Cruises fleet. Weighing in at 92,400 tonnes and boasting over 242,000 square feet of public area. MSC Orchestra offers 1,275 cabins, of which, 80% of outside staterooms have balconies.

After a restful night in your comfortable cabin, fill your time onboard with delicious food, fun activities and tranquil moments of relaxation by taking advantage of the fantastic range of facilities available to guest. Whether you want to laze by the pool, dance into the early hours or spoil yourself at the spa, MSC Orchestra has everything you need for a cruise that you’ll remember for years to come.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/05/2007
Tonnage 92400
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 17
Number Of Decks 13
Number Of Elevators 13
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 3
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 3013
Crew 1054
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities

A variety of dining experiences await you onboard MSC Orchestra and with 5 restaurants to choose from, let the experienced chefs indulge your every taste.

  • Shanghai Restaurant
  • L’Ibiscus Restaurant
  • Villa Borghese
  • La Piazzetta buffet restaurant
  • 4 Seasons buffet restaurant

Across her 16 stylishly designed decks, MSC Orchestra is home to an overwhelming selection of entertainment facilities, including the 3-tier Covent Garden Theatre, 7,000 square-foot Palm Beach casino, internet cafe and the Shaker Lounge nightclub.

There are also lots of bars and lounges which serve refreshing drinks throughout the day. Head there alone or meet up with other guests for an aperitif before dinner, it won’t be long before you find your favourite spot.

  • The Savannah Bar
  • Barracuda Bar
  • L’Incontro Bar
  • La Cubana Cigar Room
  • The Amber Bar
  • La Cantinella Wine Bar
  • The Purple Bar

Fitness enthusiasts enjoying an MSC Orchestra cruise holiday will find it easy to keep active onboard. With a cutting-edge fitness centre, golf simulator, pool, jogging track and tennis court, there is everything you’d expect from MSC Cruises’ largest jewel. Meanwhile, For those who want to truly relax and unwind during their time away. Feel pampered and rejuvenated in the Body & Mind Spa, recuperate in the purifying Turkish bath and let your troubles bubble away in the Jacuzzi.

Families and children have also been thought about when it comes to the cruise experience and with a Jungle Adventure playroom for the youngest guests and a teen-only club, there’s a space on the ship specially designed for cruisers of every age.

Customer reviews for MSC Orchestra

Initially we chose this cruise to fit in with holiday availability of family members - and certainly had some trepidation given some of the reviews. We need not have worried. Simply put this was a great cruise - if you are looking for a Mediterranean style cruise in the Med. If you are looking for a British cruise experience in the Med, then you will no doubt be critical, but this is not P&O nor is MSC, and it suited us perfectly. We wanted Mediterranean food on board - and that is what we got - pasta, risotto, pizza and plenty of other choice. We had a Suite Cabin, on Deck 15, top accommodation level, with Aurea experience, providing reserved sun deck area over two decks outside and above the cabin. The Aurea experience meant we ate in the Ibiscus restaurant on anytime dining, where the staff were excellent - Maria and Pante ensuring we were warmly welcomed and looked after. The evening meals might appear to some as being somewhat small in quantity, but it was good and tasty, though not always as hot as we might normally expect (but I always reflect that in Masterchef the food is always served and tasted cold:)) Breakfast was fun.... a bit of a bun fight in terms of finding somewhere to sit in the buffet, but the food was good, varied plentiful. The main sundeck was a family oriented affair, with plenty of loungers, small pools, and Jacuzzis, with entertainment almost non-stop - with music always on... very Mediterranean, it was bustling and noisy - may not be to everyone's taste - but we had the refuge of the Aurea reserved areas so did not avail ourselves of this, seemingly madhouse. Service was always attentive, and polite, more so than I perhaps expected. Good drinks, with our package giving us free non-premium drinks, which were quite plentiful, and varied. Prices for premium was ok. If you are expecting P&O style entertainment then you will be disappointed - but what we say was good - an abridged song & dance version based on Grease. Good fun. All announcements are made in a multitude of languages - and the obligatory safety drill was well done, as was the disembarkation briefing. There were no Captain's updates that we heard, but there were almost daily crew exercises that could be quite noisy in terms of tannoy volume. TV - didn't use it other than checking the bill - but understand it has limited choice if you are expecting British entertainment - but hey we were on holiday and not wanting to watch TV. Food was available in the buffet 20 hours a day - and good it was too - particularly a late night Pizza slice... great pizza with good choice. Evening meals don't start until 7pm in the formal restaurants - reflecting the Mediterranean style of not eating until later than we are used to in the UK. For cabin review see below. Itinerary was great - we board at Rome, and enjoyed all our ports of call - where we had plenty of time. Tender was done well at Cannes. We enjoyed a complimentary Balinese massage as part of the Aurea experience, which was fine, and we also enjoyed the Sauna/Steam Rooms - though the inside Jacuzzi was a bit cool for indoors.... 37C. Note that smoking is permitted in more places than you might normally expect on P&O cruise - part of the Casino, a Cigar Room, and also part of the sun deck - one half of one side. There were plenty of bars, some quite gaudy, which we enjoyed rather than dull greys. If anything I would say that the restaurant choice was somewhat limited compared to other cruise experiences, particularly given the number of passengers - there was one speciality Asian restaurant - which we did not try. Other than that you are in your main restaurant, and the buffet. Formal nights - there were two - were remarkably informal - I think I saw one dinner suit. Certainly most people dressed smarter, but not DJs and tuxes... that suited us.. (excuse the pun...) There was very little hard selling - sure they took your photo, but no hassle. Overall the ship was a very happy ship - with a much broader mix of people - plenty of childen, younger couples, and actually fewer older people than say compared to a P&O cruise. In summary - we would definitely cruise with MSC again - we saw their new ship Megaviglia moored next to us at Genoa - wow it looked fantastic. A happy cruise line, unpretentious, and easy to like, particularly if you are want to relax and not worry about formality. We would look to the Aurea experience as a minimum, just so we could have some quiet/privacy outside of the cabin on the sun decks. We were a family of four - including our two adult children who had an identical cabin three doors away.

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We travelled from 12 June for a Med cruise for 1 week. Having read the reviews previously written, we were dubious about our choice. However, we had a great time. We had a balcony room on deck 11 and found this to be ideally located. The cabin was extremely comfortable and had everything we needed. Our cleanerDenzil was very thorough and was always asking if there was anything we needed. The food was very good and there was an extensive choice. The entertainment was of West End standard. We went every evening and really enjoyed the shows. The staff are very attentive and the daily excursions were extremely well organised. If we have one criticism it would be related to the disembarkation. We had to vacate the ship by 11.00am and our coach was not due to pick us up for the airport until 3.00pm. If we had not got the earlier transfer, we would have been left at the port with nothing to do for 4 hours. Overall though a great cruise that we would thoroughly recommend. We always give an honest review of our holidays and can only provide our opinion. Whilst some of the previous reviews may be negative. We feel, based on our experience, these are unjustified. We are already looking for our next cruise and would certainly consider MSC again. Gary and Clare - Lincolnshire UK

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First of all the service by Iglu Cruise was superb. As for the MSC ship Orchestra I have the following to say: The berth was the best I have had (a balcony) it was well decorated and well designed for maximum room. The whole ship was in good decorative order. Not too keen on the entertainment,but then it was geared towards the Italians. The ports of call were outstanding - yet again one of the best trips I have been on. The only detrimental aspect was the food and times of serving - it was very limited, especially if you went ashore - everything shut by the time you got back to the ship - except for pizza - and the so called evening snacks only consisted of thick bread rolls and sandwiches, which were not very inspiring. I couldn't believe that an Italian Ship couldn't cook decent pasta. The restaurants were very strict on eating times and actually shut the doors so if you were late you could not enter. It was a bit like being at boarding school. The standard of food in the Restaurants was not very good.

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