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MSC Orchestra Review

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Review for MSC Orchestra to the Western Caribbean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2009

My wife, Mom and Sis-in-Law and I were on the 4/4/09 sailing of the MSC Orchestra. Connecting cabins 12105/12107. This was wife and my 10th cruise to include RCCL, HAL, CCL, NCL and Regent Rainbow [early 90s]. We have not had a bad cruise yet and that includes this one on the Orchestra. A beautiful ship with the best show theater we've seen on 10 ships, and with awesome shows. In my opinion everything on this ship to include the food was right on par with our other cruises! One thing we really liked on this ship was the European flair which included practically no 'hawking' of drinks, bingo, gold chains and such. They had all that, you just didn't hear about it all the time. The raise of a hand would quickly bring a bartender or a quick glance at the daily paper would let you know when and where stuff was. We enjoyed not being constantly asked if we needed a drink. Also enjoyed the occasional tad bit more risque shows and pool deck games that you don't normally see on an American catered line. I even found the announcements in 4-5 languages interesting. I'm a foodie and enjoy eating and was a bit concerned before the cruise re the food. Not a problem, plenty to eat and just as good as other cruise lines. In fact we often laughed and said do we have to eat again already. Of course we did. Room service was always on time and fast. Dry cleaning came back as it said. I also liked how the large lounges were laid out, running one right after another in an open fashion, yet still separated and separate and no noise or music bleeding. Much different than the little boxed in room lounges you can find on some other lines. Mom actually preferred the buffet for breakfast over the dining room. I liked both. We had dinner always in the dining room with a great waiter [Edy] and assistant. Lunch and snacks we had at the buffet also. Good hamburgers and fries were at the first buffet on the right, pizza on the first buffet on the left, back two buffets had the same as others but without the burgers and pizza AND crowds sometimes. Always carving stations and pasta stations. Our connecting cabins were very nice with more than usual storage, comfortable beds and a tad bit larger bathroom than usual. Actual cabinets under the sink. Very nice room steward also. Everyone we encountered were very friendly and polite. We would do MSC Orchestra again if the price and itinerary were to our liking. I cannot think of a reason not to try this ship nor cruise line! Oh, easy embarking and debarking. And the Gelato was great and worth the $1.50 to $2.50. My Mom and I had 2 a day, maybe 3, it's addicting. No problems with accounting either. Fruit bowl in the cabin that we didn't use, tho sis-in-law did, and she used the gym too with no complaints. We did use the hot tubs in the spa area one day along with the sauna and steam rooms, very nice. It was an enjoyable cruise... Oh, we enjoyed the Excellent ENTERTAINMENT TEAM.

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Cabin 12

More than usual storage, great location to the pool and buffet, more than usual storage in bathroom. We did not notice a noise problem from the pool deck.

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