MSC Orchestra Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

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1 out of 5

Cruise not to be repeated

Sail Date: August 21, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

Large ship, good layout. Pool water was directly pumped in from the Baltic sea which was very nice as I do not like chlorine.

Pros: Nice ship

Cons: Negative attitude of most staff

Recommends MSC Orchestra? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Dining areas are very limited in selection and time of operation. For example breakfast is two hours in the morning, you miss it, you are out of luck. Drinking water is not available at all times, if you want water anytime, you have to pay for it.
Service and Staff
The attitude of the first line staff is no we cannot accommodate any special requests and always have to ask a superior. Language barrier exists as it is an Italian ship. Even though the staff indicate understanding of requests, the results are often mixed and show lack of communication.
Entertainment
Entertainers brought on board were generally good. The lead singer's choice of outfits was sleazy and cheap.
Children's Programs
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Large city with beautiful canals. Not enough time to explore the highlights and Catherine the Great Palace. Excursions always take you to their souvenir shops.
Stockholm, Sweden
Not enough time in port. However, nice city and would have liked to do a boat tour in the canals
Don't Miss: Royal Palace, change of the guard
Tallinn, Estonia
Gained new independence. Pretty old city and church
Kiel, Germany
Nothing to do. Arrived on Sunday and everything was closed. The stop was really for the ship to pick up passengers who came on the ship in droves.


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