MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSC Orchestra

Year built2007  /  Age : 11
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMusica
Building costUSD 480 million
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage92409 gt
Passengers2550 - 3060
Crew1054
Passengers-to-space ratio30
Decks16
Cabins1275
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened bySophia Loren

Current itinerary of MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra current cruise is 21 days, one-way from Genoa to Buenos Aires. The itinerary starts on 05 Nov, 2018 and ends on 26 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
05 Nov 18:00      Departing from Genoa, Milan, Italy   
06 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Marseille, France Riviera   
07 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
08 Nov 08:00 - 19:00     Valencia, Spain   
10 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Cadiz, Spain   
11 Nov 09:00 - 17:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
13 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
14 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
20 Nov 07:00 - 13:00     Recife, Brazil   
21 Nov 11:00 - 17:00     Salvador de Bahia, Brazil   
23 Nov 09:00 - 18:00     Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   
26 Nov 08:00      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina   

Review of MSC Orchestra

Launched in 2007, MSC Orchestra is the second of MSC Cruises Musica-class ships, together with Musica, Poesia and Magnifica.

History - construction and ownership

MSC Cruises (MSC Crociere) is a passenger shipping company headquartered in Genoa and Naples. It was established in 1960. Today, MSC Crociere is a subsidiary of MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) - world's 2nd largest containership company. MSC Crociere is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company. By annual passenger shipping volumes, MSC is ranked world's 4th largest cruise company (after Carnival Corporation, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NCL-Norwegian) with over 5% global market share.

MSC Orchestra cruise ship

The 92,409-ton, 3,013-passenger cruise ship MSC Orchestra was designed by Italians with regard to Europeans. The ship has a stylish décor and a variety of public areas. Orchestra’s features, most of which specifically designed for families, include an array of sports, leisure and dinner possibilities. Orchestra guests are usually from any age and nationality.

Cruise itinerary program

MSC Orchestra itinerary program is based on Eastern Caribbean cruises from Pointe-a-Pitre and Fort-de-France. During summer, Orchestra operates on Western Mediterranean cruises from Genoa, Barcelona and Marseille, as well as on Baltic Sea cruises out of Kiel, including to Norway Fjords. Orchestra also offers Transatlantic repositioning crossings between the Caribbean and Europe.

Cabins

MSC Orchestra has a total of 1275 cabins (of which 18 Suites, 809 Balcony, 275 Inside rooms) in 8 grades. Most MSC Orchestra staterooms are 160-190-sq.foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard MSC Orchestra are the Suites (270 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MSC Orchestra features an improved range of dining venues in comparison to her older fleet-mates. However, a majority of passengers prefer to dine in the MDRs, in which evening meals are set-tablemates, set-seating affairs. All other evening options feature an extra charge. L'Ibiscus and Villa Borghese are nearly identical in size, and both serve as main dining rooms. Breakfast and lunch are open seating.

MSC Orchestra cruise ship

Follows the complete list of MSC Orchestra restaurants and food bars.

  • Villa Borghese Restaurant (720-seat Dining Room, offers different Italian traditional meals and wines; open for Breakfast 7:00-9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00-2:00 p.m., and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7:00 and 9:30p.m.; with 7-course dinner menu; also features vegan and vegetarian meals)
  • L’Ibiscus Restaurant (714-seat Main Dining Room, with 2 fixed dinner seatings; dinner-only)
  • Shanghai Restaurant (68-seat Asian specialty restaurant; open for Lunch and Dinner)
  • La Piazzetta Restaurant (349-seat, self service buffet and pizzeria; offers Afternoon and occasional midnight buffet)
  • Onboard Pizzeria (inside La Piazzetta, surcharge)
  • 4 Seasons Restaurant (250-seat, inside La Piazzetta, steaks and seafood specialty restaurant).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

As on all other MSC vessels, Orchestra has a casino, library, Spa and Fitness center, three pools and eight jacuzzis, plus sauna and steam room. The entertainment is tailored to multinational guests, so there are fewer acts relying on the spoken word and more emphasizing music. The Covent Garden Theatre is the spot for daily shows, with two sittings, at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The evening shows are varied, featuring from classical concerts to magic shows.

Additional amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Children Program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

Follows the complete list of MSC Orchestra lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Orchestra Atrium (3-deck high central ship area with live entertainment)
  • L’incontro Bar (142-seat Atrium Lobby; specialty coffee offered)
  • Cybercafe (Internet computers room)
  • Covent Garden Theatre (1240-seat, 2-level; features grand-style show productions and classical concerts, with 2 shows per night - at 8:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.)
  • The Savannah Bar (477-seat lounge with full bar and dance floor; hosts shows, bingo, trivia quizzes, aerobic classes)
  • The Amber Bar (220-seat specialty coffees bar)
  • The Purple Bar (45-seat); Zaffiro Bar (45-seat cocktail bar)
  • Palm Beach Casino (222-seat, smoking allowed area, own full bar)
  • Card Room; Library (card and board games)
  • La Cantinella Bar (120-seat wine bar)
  • La Cubana Bar (32-seat smoking room with full bar)
  • The Shaker Lounge and Bar (330-seat show lounge with full bar, karaoke, dance competitions, game shows, cooking demonstrations, occasional midnight buffets)
  • Duty Free Shop; MSC Logo Shop; Accessories Shop; Cipria; Lo Zaffiro; Madison Avenue; Lo Smeraldo; L’Angolo dell’Oggetto; Photo Gallery and Shop
  • Art Arcade (Art gallery)
  • MSC Orchestra Aurea Spa and Fitness (1160 m2 complex, with Sauna, Relaxation Room, Treatment Rooms, Thalassotherapy hot tubs, 2 Whirlpools, Aerobics Studio/Yoga classes, Beauty Salon, Spa Bar)
  • Fitness (complimentary Gym, fitness classes at surcharge)
  • Cala Blanca Pool Area (salt water pool with two Whirlpools and a mini pool, served by Barracuda Bar)
  • Acapulco Pool (outdoor pool with two Whirlpools, served by El Sombrero Bar)
  • R32 Disco and Nightclub (172-seat club with dance floor, bowling lanes; dance classes; during the day serves as teen club)
  • Teen Club (13–17 aged lounge)
  • The Jungle Adventure (kids area); Children’s Indoor/Outdoor Playrooms
  • Video Games Arcade; Shuffleboard; Deck Quoits; 5-hole Mini Golf Course
  • Solarium (adults-only area with 2 Whirlpools)
  • LED Wall (outdoor screen for virtual games)
  • Sport Center (combined sports court for volleyball, basketball, tennis)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track.

MSC Orchestra wiki

  • The Orchestra cruise ship is of the line's 2nd of the Musica-class vessels (Inaugural cruise May 14, 2007). Her sisters in the fleet are the MSC ships MagnificaMusicaPoesia.
  • (May, 2010, drug smuggling accident) while docked in Dover England (returning from South America/Brazil), UKBA officers arrested 8 eastern European passengers (4 from Bulgaria and 4 from Lithuania) and convicted them of trying to bring 35 kilos of cocaine (worth $2,1 mill) sewn into body suits in their staterooms.
  • Don't forget that on MSC Orchestra cruises kids sail for free!

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MSC Orchestra Itineraries

The below listed MSC Orchestra cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest MSC Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 05 21 days, one-way from Genoa to Buenos Aires Genoa
2018 Nov 07 19 days, one-way from Barcelona to Buenos Aires Barcelona
2018 Nov 07 16 days, one-way from Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro Barcelona
2018 Nov 10 3 days, one-way from Cadiz to Las Palmas Cadiz
2018 Nov 11 15 days, one-way from Lisbon to Buenos Aires Lisbon
2018 Nov 11 2 days, one-way from Lisbon to Las Palmas Lisbon
2018 Nov 20 3 days, one-way from Recife to Rio de Janeiro Recife
2018 Nov 26 8 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2018 Dec 04 8 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2018 Dec 12 8 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2018 Dec 20 8 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2018 Dec 28 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Jan 06 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Jan 15 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Jan 24 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Feb 02 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Feb 11 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Feb 20 8 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Feb 28 10 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Mar 10 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Mar 19 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Mar 28 9 days, round-trip South America Buenos Aires
2019 Apr 06 22 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Venice Buenos Aires
2019 Apr 06 16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Barcelona Buenos Aires
2019 Apr 09 2 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador de Bahia Rio de Janeiro
2019 Apr 22 6 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona
2019 Apr 28 5 days, one-way from Venice to Genoa Venice
2019 May 03 11 days, one-way from Genoa to Hamburg Genoa
2019 May 05 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Hamburg Barcelona
2019 May 05 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton Barcelona
2019 May 14 11 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 May 25 11 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Jun 05 10 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Jun 15 12 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Jun 27 10 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Jul 07 12 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Jul 19 11 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Jul 30 11 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Aug 10 21 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Aug 31 11 days, round-trip Northern Europe Hamburg
2019 Sep 11 11 days, one-way from Hamburg to Genoa Hamburg
2019 Sep 21 2 days, round-trip Northern Europe Marseille
2019 Sep 22 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Sep 22 3 days, one-way from Genoa to Barcelona Genoa
2019 Sep 22 1 day, one-way from Genoa to Marseille Genoa
2019 Sep 23 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Sep 25 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Sep 26 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Sep 27 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Sep 28 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Sep 29 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Sep 30 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Oct 02 5 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Oct 03 5 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Oct 04 5 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Oct 07 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Oct 08 4 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Oct 09 3 days, one-way from Marseille to Genoa Marseille
2019 Oct 11 1 day, one-way from Barcelona to Genoa Barcelona
2019 Oct 12 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Oct 15 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Oct 18 29 days, one-way from Genoa to Durban Genoa
2019 Nov 17 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Nov 21 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Nov 24 5 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Nov 29 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Dec 02 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Dec 06 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Dec 09 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Dec 13 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Dec 16 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Dec 20 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Dec 23 5 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2019 Dec 28 11 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Jan 08 4 days, one-way from Durban to Cape Town Durban
2020 Jan 12 5 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Cape Town
2020 Jan 17 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Cape Town
2020 Jan 21 3 days, one-way from Cape Town to Durban Cape Town
2020 Jan 24 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Jan 27 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Jan 31 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Feb 03 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Feb 07 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Feb 10 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Feb 14 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Feb 17 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Feb 21 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Feb 24 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Feb 28 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Mar 02 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Mar 06 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Mar 09 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Mar 13 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Mar 16 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Mar 20 3 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Mar 23 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Mar 27 5 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Durban
2020 Apr 01 4 days, one-way from Durban to Cape Town Durban
2020 Apr 05 5 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Cape Town
2020 Apr 10 4 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise Cape Town
2020 Apr 14 29 days, one-way from Cape Town to Venice Cape Town
2020 Apr 14 4 days, one-way from Cape Town to Durban Cape Town
2020 Apr 18 25 days, one-way from Durban to Venice Durban