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MSC Orchestra Review

4.0 / 5.0
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371 reviews

Pleasant Cruise

Review for MSC Orchestra to the Western Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Dec 2008

Me & my partner made this cruise in December 08, weatherwise not the ideal time for the Western Mediterranean (ports: Genova, Barcelona, Casablanca, Madeira, Tenerife, Malaga, Civitavecchia-Rome). We enjoyed little sunshine these 11 days, but temperatures were higher than expected, typically around 17 degrees Celsius. As we had a balcony cabin, we thoroughly enjoyed sitting outdoors into the night.

The ship is very new, there is staff cleaning all the time, everything was in excellent condition.

The pleasant surprise was the food, which was better than expected. The choice at the "Villa Borghese" restaurant was good, food quality very good, and hot dishes were served hot. A bottle of wine would cost 19 Euro and up, but they also served house wine at 9 Euro per half litre. A bottle of mineral water was EUR 2.80. Cocktails at the bar were typically EUR 6.90, a small beer EUR 2.90 and a large one 4.90.

Cabin Review

Cabin bal

The balcony is larger than standard. Limited view to the front (right side). Connecting door to cabin 9063, but we did not feel disturbed at all.

Port Reviews


The Cruise Line sold transfers to the entry of the port for EUR 7.90. However, there is an official bus operated by the port (called Blue Bus) which offers the same service for EUR 3 round trip, or EUR 2 one-way (should you wish to return by taxi). The port bus takes you to the Columbus Statue which is at the beginning of the Ramblas avenue. There you can switch to the local subway system. A day pass on the subway costs little over EUR 5.


The port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is next to the city center. The port offered a complimentary shuttle bus to the entrance of the port, but even for walking it is not far, easy to do.

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