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MSC Orchestra Cruise Review
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MSC Orchestra Cruise Review by dr.anuraaggarg

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2016
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

this was the first cruise we took , that too after so many apprehensions that we may end up managing the motion sickness issue of mine and my daughter , but to our surprise both had no issue of nausea etc . at all .

we stayed for one day prior to embarkation in venice just to explore this beautiful city

we heard that embarkation takes hours but it was not crowded at all

i have concluded the following do's and don'ts

1. reach the embarkation city one day prior as it ease out your boarding plans like reaching in time ( in my case four hours from the departure of the ship ) hence you don't have to face crowd

2. choose aurea package ( cabin with balcony ) as it gives you - priority boarding ,unlimited drinks on board , free access to thermal area which is worth going every day , complimentary massage which is average in quality and preferred dining

3. don't take excursions from the ship as they are double the cost of the one sold at the dock and it's the same excursion ( we had the following ports - bari,santorini,katakolom,corfu, piraous and kotor

4. always keep one black and one white formal dress for two formal dinners given at the ship .if possible keep one floral dress as well

5. don't miss the entertainment shows - it is done twice 7;15 pm and 9:15 pm

6. no need to keep snacks etc in you luggage for emergency as they run one restaurant 20 hrs / day with free access to all unlimited times with lot of things on buffet

7. prefer higher decks . ours was 12th deck which i found the best

8. shopping on board - watches , wine and jewellery is worth a buy ,plan it

9. for indians there is nothing much as far as food is concerned but can have it in preferred dining , we personally were not satisfied with the food served to us in the name of veg indian dinner

10. rooms have one big double bed , one bunk bed and one sofa cum bed thus four beds in total , good enough for a family of four

11. the problem comes in disembarkation though its not so for the european guests as they dont have to submit their passports as passports collection takes hell lot of time .

12. plan one small suitcase for last day clothes as your main luggage will be taken on the previous night by the ship authority for scanning and it will be lying at the port when you disembark

13. carry umbrella /raincoat as orchestra doesn't supply the same ( other cruise lines might be doing )

14. don't take wi fi package ( though its not expensive - 19 euro for basic surfing for the whole duration of cruising )

i will definitely cruise again on some other destination for sure

thank you msc orchestra

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B3 12092

our cabin was on deck 12 in the middle of the ship

it has an easy access to deck 13 and thus we always used staircase instead of waiting for the lifts

it has one double bed , one sofa cum bed and one bunk bed

one locker but

there is no iron , kettle and these are not allowed as well but who cares when any time tea/coffee,snacks is available on deck 13 in lapizzallea restaurant

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