Can't Wait To Go Again!!!: MSC Orchestra Cruise Review by yachtlady
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Can't Wait To Go Again!!!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was our first cruise with MSC and we read many of the negative reviews prior to our cruise. We went with open minds and we had a wonderful time during our cruise.
Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at Port Everglades at about 12:30 and walked aboard the Orchestra at 1:00 pm where we were directed to our room. After dropping off our carry-on bags, we headed for the buffet on deck 13 and enjoyed a delicious lunch.
The ship is lovely and modern. From the dining areas to the lounges and shops, the layout is beautiful and easy to navigate. Our stateroom was not large, but plenty big enough for 2 people for a week. The shower is a bit small, but the water temperature and pressure were always excellent. Perhaps most noticeable is now CLEAN this More boat is. Throughout the ship, the brass is gleaming, the floors and windows are clean, dining tables are cleared and cleaned as soon as they are vacated. Our cabin attendant was great as our room was always cleaned and restocked with fresh towels, etc when we returned at the end of the day.
The service by the international crew was fantastic. Everyone was friendly and helpful (we especially enjoyed the Cigar Bar each evening where Jimmy always greeted us with a warm smile and wonderful service).
The food was quite good, especially, as you would expect, the pastas . The buffets are plentiful and offer a nice variety of foods. The breakfast buffet each morning was outstanding. Don't miss the evening Pizza buffet from 5pm - 9 pm on deck 13, the pizza is wonderful and the singing waiter is delightful. The gelato bar by the pool is a MUST! We enjoyed the best gelato we have ever had and it is a great value for the price.
The shows were very good and quite diverse featuring great and beautiful dancers, a talented magician, a gifted tenor and the wonderful MSC Orchestra (which also performed daily by the central staircase).
Overall, this cruise was a fantastic value and we cannot wait until our next cruise. We highly recommend MSC. Less
Cabin review: 10215
Our room was located on deck 10 between midship and aft on the port side. The room was very clean and thoughtfully appointed. We loved the view from our balcony. It was a bit noisy when the thrusters were used during docking and departing, otherwise great.