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MSC Orchestra Cruise Review to Europe

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall rating:

3.2 out of 5
MSC Orchestra

Roundtrip Genoa

Sail date: March 16, 2018

Ship: MSC Orchestra

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10146

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

MSC is not even close to other cruises I have taken with Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Holland America in terms of service, value and entertainment


5 out of 5
no issue

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
they were ok

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
not much of any entertaining and fun activities during the day. Without the excursions, its actually, pretty boring.


1 out of 5
except for the evening shows, other activities are flat boring

Children's Programs

my children are grown ups and did not come with us in this cruise

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
cabin, restaurant, buffet and Spa service were all great

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
One of the days for several hours no toilets worked. Big mess!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
clean and comfortable - service man Andy was very nice and provided excellent service throughout the 11 days cruise

Ship tip

Be aware of the hidden costs like daily room service charge per person, paying for water, no water in Gym forcing you to buy water from the bar, no coffee with desert at dinner forcing you to buy coffee or tea

Ports of call

Genoa, Italy

3 out of 5
Took the excursion to Milan which was good but had very little personal time to have lunch or shop. basically, Milan visit on steroid!

Marseille (Provence), France

2 out of 5
took the excursion to Aix en Provence - Excursion started very late. It was very chaotic and disorganized signing and getting into the right bus. another visit on steroid leaving no personal time to dine or shop. The odd thing about this was that the excursion was half day but we had to be back to the ship 4 hours early prior to departure and the bus would not take us to the city of Marseille for the remaining personal time before the departure.

La valletta

3 out of 5
it was ok. not much to cover - same comments as Marseille

Corfu, Greece

4 out of 5
Nice - enjoyed it because we took no excursions and on our own walked and covered a lot


4 out of 5
Nice - enjoyed it because we took no excursions and on our own walked and covered a lot

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

4 out of 5
not enough time given to see this great city. Athens visit on steroid!

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

4 out of 5
Rome on Steroid - not enough time to see more of this great city and enjoy the food and the wine


4 out of 5
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