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5 Night Africa Cruise from Durban

5 Night Africa Cruise from Durban

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Durban
  • Day 2
    Portuguese Island
  • Day 3
    Portuguese Island
  • Day 4
    Pomene
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Durban

MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra - MSC Cruises

Captivating port-intensive itineraries

Wine Bar has a terrific antipasto

Supersized pool-side movie screen


Cruise Reviews

7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We have Been on about 6 cruises, worldwide and Mediterranean using RCL, NCL, Princess, and Celebrity. We opted for this 3 night MSC cruise really to test the water and if we liked it go further on a longer voyage another time. ... Read More
We have Been on about 6 cruises, worldwide and Mediterranean using RCL, NCL, Princess, and Celebrity. We opted for this 3 night MSC cruise really to test the water and if we liked it go further on a longer voyage another time. Embarkation was a breeze just walked on , we think this was because not all passengers embark the same day as this cruise has passengers get on at most ports it stops at . Cabin was best we have had very fresh and a good size for an inside . We were offered an all inclusive drink package when we boarded and at 26E each per day we decided to partake ! We were given early dinner sitting which was 7 pm , the meals were nicely presented but not large portions but adequate for our needs. To wrap up best points on ship Clean fresh Ship Fab Entertainment / Deck dancing Easy to find your way around Service fine although not outstanding Value for money Enjoyed Cruising with all Europeans nice crowd Minus points Only that dinner was probably not quite as good as other ships but for the price we paid very good All in all we will definitely try the MSC Cruise line again and are pleased we gave them a try as some reviews are awful on here Give them a go Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise for its Baltic itinerary and decided to indulge in the Aurea experience. MSC ships (as seen on AWE Dream Cruises) are beautifully decorated and quite well maintained. Cabins were clean and well attended to. Most of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its Baltic itinerary and decided to indulge in the Aurea experience. MSC ships (as seen on AWE Dream Cruises) are beautifully decorated and quite well maintained. Cabins were clean and well attended to. Most of the nightly shows were entertaining but there are few other interesting activities offered and the handful of movies available in your cabin cost 7e each. If you don't buy a drinking package, your only option is tap water after breakfast. We have been on MANY cruises with Holland America, Princess and NCL and we enjoyed the food offered at the buffets or restaurants until this MSC cruise. The chef should be shot or, better yet, forced to eat the low quality concoctions he prepared 3 meals a day for 11 days. How many folks eat pork necks, ox tails or venison stew? Pasta and pizza on this Italian line were disgraceful. Also, the ship had a very annoying mechanical vibration that traveled all the up to our cabin on deck 15 that we've never before experienced. Read Less
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8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We have just returned from an 11 night port intensive Baltic cruise on Orchestra and I have to admit we went with limited expectations after reading previous reviews. A little background and context first which I think is important when ... Read More
We have just returned from an 11 night port intensive Baltic cruise on Orchestra and I have to admit we went with limited expectations after reading previous reviews. A little background and context first which I think is important when reading these reviews: We are in our early 50’s and have mainly sailed with Royal Caribbean, Princess and Oceania. Our Diamond status on R.C. allowed us to get matching Black status prior to booking. We flew from Edinburgh to Berlin and caught the train to Warnemunde in Northern Germany where we spent an overnight before boarding. Warnemunde is a pleasant seaside resort with upmarket shops and restaurants and a fine sandy beach next to a wide promenade area. The weather was so good we got to paddle in the sea! The hotel we booked was a convenient 10 minute walk to the ship, although they need to do something about the underpass at the train station which has no lift facility for heavy cases. We went to the terminal around 1pm where the embarkation process consisted of leaving your cases with MSC staff at one end of the terminal and proceeding inside for registration and security. The whole process took 15 minutes until we were on the ship. Probably the quickest anywhere so far. We got into our cabin about 1.30pm and our luggage arrived about 3pm. Your cruise card is within your unlocked cabin on arrival which was unusual for us and you then register a credit card at a terminal for all onboard spend. We booked one of the Aurea Suites onboard and were happy with the space provided. They are similar in size to a Junior suite on R.C. or mini suite on Princess with a bath/shower combination and a decent sized balcony on deck 15. There is a large walk in cupboard and a separate unit with shelves. A large safe is provided behind the mirror and a decent sized fridge is located in further cupboard space below the T.V. The décor was bright and colourful and well maintained. The main benefit was that it came with a decent drinks package included and access to the thermal area on deck 13 for the full duration of the cruise which included 2 x steam rooms, 2 x sauna’s and 3 jacuzzi hot tubs. We also each got a 50 minute massage of our choice during the cruise although finding available booking space proved difficult as many had got on the day before in Copenhagen and got there first! Everything was clean and in working order and when we had a problem with a sewage smell in the toilet one day it was fixed by the time we came back onboard and a bottle of wine and chocolate strawberries were waiting with an apology. They also did a follow up visit to ensure all was well. The ship, now 11 years old, looked in great condition. No signs of rust anywhere including the front of the ship near the anchor. The lounges, bars and restaurants were also well maintained. We had anytime dining which allowed us to move the time around depending on the port days and was of benefit. The food, in my opinion, was of a similar standard to R.C. but my wife thought it better as it had a more European flair with lots of fish dishes, and a couple of theme nights. The Lasagne and the Moussaka get special mention! The buffet restaurant was always crowded and again the food was on a par with other mainstream cruise lines. We had a free dinner at the only speciality restaurant onboard, which had a Chinese/Japanese style of food. It was interesting trying new foods but we both agreed we would rather have had a Steakhouse on board! With having so many nationalities onboard the entertainment was mainly variety style shows {songs from the musicals, some cabaret and a Brit night} with a mixture of Opera singing and acrobatics also. The cruise director made announcements in 5 languages each time but kept things brief. On that subject whilst there were a few issues with queue jumping from certain nationalities everyone seemed to get along and have a good time and this was the most varied cruise we have been on for age as there were a good number of children, young families, couples, family groups and seniors all mixed in. The itinerary meant lots of early rises and a few late returns as well as the overnight in St. Petersburg. Our first stop was the town of Visby on the Island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, owned by Sweden. We walked about 20 minutes into town and explored the medieval streets for a few hours. We also found a great coffee shop with excellent cake! The weather threatened rain most of the time and then delivered as we were walking back but nice to have seen the place for a few hours. On to Gdynia in Poland for a full day. We booked in advance with a local guide who picked us up at the port {which was actually a coal terminal!} and drove us to the main sights in Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk. We enjoyed this trip very much and were surprised by how much effort had gone into rebuilding Gdansk and transforming it into the medieval town once again. Lithuania was next and proved to be a disappointment. The town of Klaipeda held little interest and we wish we had booked an excursion and done something else. Thankfully it was only a half day and the weather was good so we made use of the top 16 sun deck in the afternoon and sampled some of the drinks and cocktails on the drinks package! Next day was one of the highlights- Tallinn in Estonia. Great weather and walked the 15 minutes to the city walls and spent a day exploring the streets within. Amazing architecture and colours along with nice street café’s and quaint little shops in people’s houses. Would go back anytime and recommend doing this on your own if no walking issues as no need for an excursion or guide. Save your money for the next two days! Two days in St. Petersburg. The cherry on the cake for most Baltic cruises. We booked with a private tour, as did many of our fellow cruisers, for 2 full days of covering the main sights. Picked up 830am first day and didn’t get back onto the ship until 8pm. Dinner and bed before 745am start next day and tour finished about 6pm. Highlights for me were Peterhof Palace and Church on spilled blood. My wife loves art so this had been a dream for her to see all the insides of the churches, palaces etc. The city was not as picturesque as I thought it would be but we certainly saw plenty. A half day in Helsinki was a good way of unwinding after some busy days. It was a beautiful day so we walked along the coast through the parks into the main city and spent a few hours exploring before retracing our steps to the ship. Stockholm was next, and we took the shuttle bus into the city and again explored on our own for most of the day. Had been here before many years ago and loved the old part and the parks to enjoy the good weather. Finally a day at sea to rest. Weather not great so no sunbathing but caught up on some spa time! Last stop Copenhagen. Lots of people disembarking but we took the shuttle bus into the city and went to Tivoli Gardens as we had been to Copenhagen a few years ago on a city break in early spring and it had been closed. Nice place but not really impressed at the high cost of entry just to see some gardens. Walked around the main sights after that and returned on the shuttle bus. One of our few complaints about M.S.C. is that they seem to dock the ship in out of the way ports, some distance from the centre of places when there are other alternatives available. They then try and charge you for a shuttle into the centre that should not have been required or should be free. We tried to avoid this but at Stockholm and Copenhagen the walk in was too far with no other alternative. Returned to a wet Warnemunde and disembarked around 9am. We were allowed to stay in the cabin until 2 hours after docking as per black card benefit so could have been there until 10am if required. Taxi to Rostock station and train to Berlin for a couple of days before flying home. M.S.C. proved to be a well run main stream cruise line. The ship was beautiful to look at both inside and outside with the Savannah lounge being a particular highlight. Food was decent to good and when we felt the portions were a bit on the small side we just asked and got more. Aurea package well worth the money and all crew we dealt with were polite and helpful. With so many new ships on order and M.S.C. looking to expand their destinations I will be adding them to the list to look out for in the future. Read Less
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