As her name suggests, the MSC Orchestra brings together safety, luxurious comfort and design in seamless harmony. She was the second ship in the MSC fleet in the Musica design (the others are the MSC Musica and MSC Poesia). In fantastic news for South Africans, the Orchestra will be arriving in Durban on the 17th November 2019; offering cruises from Durban and Cape Town until the 18th of April 2020. The ship is 294 metres in length and has a beam of 32 metres. Her gross tonnage is 92,409 and she can carry 2 550 passengers at full capacity.
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There is practically non-stop entertainment on the MSC Orchestra, "orchestrated" by the Cruise Director. You will see what's on in the daily program which is placed into your cabin - be sure to take a pen along on the cruise with you, to mark off where you want to be when. Here's a photo from a snow party on the Orchestra:
Be sure to get family photographs taking to remind you forever of this special occasion. Professional photographers on board the ship will be only too happy to do this for you. Otherwise, of coure, it's a lot cheaper to ask fellow passengers to take the photographs for you.
Sunset is the perfect time to take pictures from the deck of the Orchestra:
Live webcam of the MSC Orchestra's pool deck, right now.
2017-11-05 A 21 night repositioning cruises on the Orchestra from Genoa to Buenos Aires stopping at Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Cadiz, Lisbon, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, Recife, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro.
2014-03-13 : The MSC Orchestra becomes the first MSC Cruises ship to arrive in Australia, as it visits Cairns on its way to Fremantle. The vessel sets sail from Dubai on the 21st February 2015 and on the way will stop at inter alia Mumbai and Kochi.
The MSC Orchestra has 18 decks that host all its exciting facilities. This includes 5 restaurants, serving cuisine of Italian and even Chinese descent. Below are some pictures of the Shanghai Restaurant and the 4-Seasons Restaurant onboard the Orchestra:
This cruise ship has bars and lounges for all tastes, with each having its own theme. You can enjoy the feeling of being anywhere in the world, with the African-themed Savannah Bar, Hollywood-style Zaffiro Bar, the stylish La Cantinella Wine Bar, the Barracuda Bar, Amber Bar, Purple Bar, L'Incontro Bar and The Shaker Lounge.
Alternatively, the lower dining room is the Villa Borghese. Note that water, tea and coffee are not free at dinner time, but drinks are reasonably priced.
Guests can enjoy some rest and relaxation time at the MSC Aurea Spa, which along with a spa also hosts a meditation room and a fitness centre, which has beautiful views from the front of the ship. Entertainment comes in the form of live shows at the Covent Garden Theatre, gambling at the Palm Beach Casino, dancing all night at the disco, watching movies at the open air movie theatre or playing basketball or tennis at the Orchestra's very own courts. There are also two pools on the upper deck of the ship to choose from on those perfect sunny days.
The ship has several swimming pools and jacuzzis.
There are a variety of cabins to choose from on the MSC Orchestra:
Interior Staterooms - These cabins are 14 square metres, have single beds that can be converted into a double bed (on request), as well as a spacious wardrobe,a bathroom with a shower, interactive TV, telephone, availability of internet connection by your own laptop (on payment), mini-bar and safe.
Ocean View Staterooms - These cabins are 17 square metres in size and have all the same features as the interior staterooms plus a window with a view to the outside.
Balcony Staterooms - These cabins have the same amenities as mentioned above, plus they have a balcony. There are two kinds of balcony staterooms, the standard one, which is 18.5 square metres, and the superior balcony stateroom, which is 22 square metres.
Balcony suites - 29.5 Square metres big, these suites are lovely and spacious, have a balcony to the outside, as well as all the amenities of the other cabins.
May 2011 - The Irish Naval Association cruised from Copenhagen and wrote this about the MSC Orchestra: "The ship was stunning and top of the range in luxury" and "Our over-all impressions: the ship was terrific, scenery was amazing, food was great, shows were great".
August 2011 - A passenger on a cruise in the Mediterranean describes his experience of the MSC Orchestra: "The ship itself was magnificent and when we (my wife and I) first saw it in Copenhagen we were impressed".
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