Having sailed on the MSC Poesia out of Venice in October 2008, we were so impressed by the ship and her crew that only a week after we got home, we booked her sister ship, MSC Orchestra, out of Fort Lauderdale for April 4th, 2009.
Arriving to Port Everglades at 11:45 am, we embarked almost immediately and were enjoying the buffet at 12:30 pm. Talk about efficient! Our cabin was ready at 1:30 pm, our luggage arrived at 3:30 pm and we unpacked into our well appointed home for the next week. Lots of storage in these rooms and our mid-ship location on deck 10 was super - you gotta love that balcony view.
Every day we had fresh towels, a bucket of ice, a bowl of fruit and a nicely cleaned cabin (twice a day). Our cabin steward Andre and his assistant took great care of us.
Mid-ship location offers less motion. Balcony has unobstructed view - no lifboats below.
Near but not too close to elevators and stairs.
Free trolley ride into town, friendly and informative drivers. Lots of shopping, museum, restaurants. You can also walk to the beach from the trolley stop.
Taxi to Chankanaab only $15 for up to 4 people. Park entrance fee $16 general, more if you want the dolphin exposure which looked like a lot of fun. Good snorkelling right off the beach. $3 for a beer. Lots of shops, including duty free, back at the cruise pier.