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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 smaller than premium cabins on other lines that provide a suite. This cabin was one room with couch and separate toilet. Overall ok. Dining on Board A bit disappointing all round with bland food. Service in restaurants was very good. Casino A highlight. Great staff, great ambience, good selection of games. Gym and Spa A highlight. Great instructors and daily pilates prior to catching the flu was excellent. Staff very friendly. Excursions Logistics were amazing and smooth. Lot of waiting but that's what happens when there are 2500 others to join you. Egypt was particularly well handled given the state the country tourism is in. Sri Lanka golf excursion was overpriced and poorly handled. Entertainment The aussie entertainment were great and a real treat. The European entertainment was ho hum. Illness I caught a flu like respiratory virus causing a rasping cough in the first few days of this cruise. The medical treatment on board medical centre was ineffectual and expensive. After I returned I spent nearly three weeks in bed, and after two more lots of double antibiotics I had tests indicating I had an antibiotic resistant infection known as pseudo mons aeruginosa. Many others had a similar rasping cough and were ill. In reading reviews of passengers on the prior leg from Dubai many of the passengers were ill, so it seems the infection was on the boat prior to our embarkation. I reported my concern to MSC who simply maintain there was no outbreak and they maintain the highest standards. Very frustrating as many other critiques also estimate 80% to 90% of passengers caught the cough. Disembarkation Bit of a long wait but understand there was a medical emergency. Overall was handled OK.

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MSC Orchestra Cruise Review by Caught the cough

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2015
  • Destination: Italy
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom – Bella
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 smaller than premium cabins on other lines that provide a suite. This cabin was one room with couch and separate toilet. Overall ok.

Dining on Board

A bit disappointing all round with bland food. Service in restaurants was very good.

Casino

A highlight. Great staff, great ambience, good selection of games.

Gym and Spa

A highlight. Great instructors and daily pilates prior to catching the flu was excellent. Staff very friendly.

Excursions

Logistics were amazing and smooth. Lot of waiting but that's what happens when there are 2500 others to join you. Egypt was particularly well handled given the state the country tourism is in. Sri Lanka golf excursion was overpriced and poorly handled.

Entertainment

The aussie entertainment were great and a real treat. The European entertainment was ho hum.

Illness

I caught a flu like respiratory virus causing a rasping cough in the first few days of this cruise. The medical treatment on board medical centre was ineffectual and expensive. After I returned I spent nearly three weeks in bed, and after two more lots of double antibiotics I had tests indicating I had an antibiotic resistant infection known as pseudo mons aeruginosa.

Many others had a similar rasping cough and were ill. In reading reviews of passengers on the prior leg from Dubai many of the passengers were ill, so it seems the infection was on the boat prior to our embarkation.

I reported my concern to MSC who simply maintain there was no outbreak and they maintain the highest standards.

Very frustrating as many other critiques also estimate 80% to 90% of passengers caught the cough.

Disembarkation

Bit of a long wait but understand there was a medical emergency. Overall was handled OK.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom – Bella
Cabin B1 15016
Ok but not luxury. Bit smaller than other lines for premium price was not good value
Flauto Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins