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MSC Orchestra, which joined MSC's fleet in 2007, is the line's eighth ship. Like MSC Musica, its sister vessel, MSC Orchestra represents an evolutionary new design strategy for the line. It would be safe to ...
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Paul Sharp
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
My wife and I were among the many who paid 5 star fare for a 2 star trip. I will not rehash what has been said by many others although I feel Porky 55 was a bit unkind to "Frankie Forever". Last Thursday I had a hip replacement ... Read more
bruski
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation at Fremantle was slower than any we have previously experienced with the last of the luggage being delivered around midnight. The first week at sea was very unpleasant for us and for many other passengers, standing around in ... Read more
Stumpy1278
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
We left the ship in Rome after 36 days on a ship riddled with respiratory illness. The ship itself was well maintained and comfortable. That's where the good news ends. Health - A high percentage of the passengers, like ourselves, ... Read more
Stumpy1278
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I will cover the good point first. The ship MSC Orchestra was a clean, well maintained ship. That's where the plusses end. The food was appalling, mostly overcooked in the dining rooms. The buffet on the thirteenth deck even ... Read more
wohciren
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Returned home from 36 days on MSC Gallipoli absolute nightmare. 2500 hundred on the ship 80%-90% were ill within a week. We believe the ship carried down a virus from the Northern Hemisphere and passed it along to all on board. The Italian ... Read more

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waterman1
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
79 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I did not have great expectations of MSC, I researched thoroughly via this website. The entertainment was outstanding, with the exception of "Frankie", Australians are too polite to walk out. The enrichment lectures were ... Read more
Brissie girl
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
What a waste of 36 days except for the few days in Gallipoli the trip was a total waste of time and a lot of money. Just finished my third course of anti-biotics and happy to be home. Ship arrived in Oz full of illness and we were none ... Read more
Chopsie1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife and I embarked in Fremantle with our young Son in Perth, it was super slow embarkation. We left our bags with MSC staff as requested at 3pm, we did not get our bags again until 10:30pm when they were delivered to our room. We had ... Read more
Cruickshankn
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
My friend and I joined the MSC Orchestra in Fremantle for a 35 day cruise retracing the voyage of the ANZACS to Gallipoli and then ending in Rome. The ship was very clean and the decor very nice. The cabin attendant was excellent and ... Read more
Porky55
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
47 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As this was a charter cruise we paid above market price for this cruise and knew it. But even so we were expecting a 5 star ship and cruise because of the way MSC Orchestra had been sold to us. Also because of Orchestras own advertising - ... Read more

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Diannekaye
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
Most of the staff were fantastic. Food was below average. Buffet was disgusting. Nearly all passengers got the flu/virus and were very ill. Doctor was poor. No medication. Service was slow. Internet was so expensive and disgusting. Could ... Read more
Ivan Perth
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We joined the MSC Orchestra cruise, a 35 day voyage from Fremantle to Rome via Gallipoli for the 100th Gallipoli anniversary. A number of things with the ship and service were good but all up leaves plenty of room for improvement. Three ... Read more
Come home sick
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
Firstly the positives - the restaurant, bar and entertainment staff were fantastic, always smiling and wanting to help. We were a family of 4 with 2 teenage chlldren. We booked 2 years before cruising when the children were smaller (due ... Read more
Lyn M
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Italian staff on this ship were rude, arrogant and often told us lies. They need the sack! The Balinese staff, on the other hand were excellent - friendly, helpful, caring, considerate and could not do enough for you. The food was ... Read more
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Orgaca
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Good: - The ship itself was lovely. - the staff were very helpful. - cleanliness was great. Poor: - ship has flu on it and they don't do much to contain this or get rid of before next cruise starts. 98% of passengers ... Read more

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Penny96728
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just completed o trip on MSC Orchestra from Dubai U.A.E to Fremantle. Trip was planned for 18 months with great anticipation. For the record we (my wife and I, both Australians) have traveled on a number of cruises with a variety ... Read more
samer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
OK, 35 nights cruising for one's first cruise could be problematic! NOT loved the cruising, despised the European cruise staff. Best bits: Our dinner table companions (overwhelmingly the best thing about the cruise) Visiting ... Read more
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Caught the cough
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
Background We were certainly looking forward to a wonderful adventure. We have previously cruised in Pacific and Inside passage with other cruise lines. Our first time with MSC. Cabin We went for top level 15. Cabin was OK but ... Read more
Dutch Kiwi
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
Everything was as expected.We had a fabulous time,made new friends,enjoyed the shows etc etc. Met some negative people complaining mainly about the food. They shut up when I asked them if they had smoked salmon for breakfast which is on ... Read more
Francesco43
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
Dubai to Fremantle, VIA Asia and Australia east and southern coast. Total mess up from day 1 every day came new challenge, dining rooms like local food hall, noisy crowded, no organisation or class at all, eventually settled for buffet ... Read more

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Judieb
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was to be our holiday cruise of a life time. We had previously cruised with MSC 5 times including several long ocean crossings although not as long as this one. Took the staff more than 3 days to clean the boat - we left Dubai in ... Read more
Genie13
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The cruise went from Dubai to Perth Australia. It left on February 21, 2015, and was 33 days long. My husband and I will not be using this cruise line again. The Pros • The ship was well decorated. • The room steward ... Read more
bodees
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
My wife and I were extremely disappointed with this cruise. Whilst the staff were excellent in most departments the same can't be said about the Chef's in the main dining area. The food was a disgrace,raw chicken,fish full of bones,raw ... Read more
tonymag1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
We boarded this ship with great optimism after i had been given the all clear after going down with cancer on my previous cruise on Davina maiden voyage to Miami with cancer. MSC knew of my cancer and when we arrived at the ship we ... Read more
Rose-Marie
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
What a disappointment. My partner and I had been looking forward to this trip with great anticipation for over a year, leaving from Dubai to Fremantle. Food was mediocre and never hot, especially in the cafeteria. The layout of the ... Read more

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