Durban to Cape Town

MSC Orchestra Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
MSC Orchestra

4 Night South Africa (Durban To Cape Town)

Sail date: January 08, 2020

Ship: MSC Orchestra

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 11244

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This cruise was really wonderful! We had no complaints & would do it again. We really enjoyed the sea days. I just feel that perhaps instead of rushing to CapeTown after the PE docking was cancelled we could have spent another day at sea instead of being docked stationary at the Cape Town harbor for a day & a night before disembarking


5 out of 5
Embarkation was a breeze, possibly because it was a local cruise & therefor no customs. Also we arrived at the port on the time stipulated on the cruise ticket. No queues at all 😀

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food in the dining rooms was very good. Always nicely presented & tasty.They also catered for my food allergies & the supervisor always checked that my food was safe for me- I really appreciated it. The service was good too. I only ate in the buffet once but it looked good too. The Savanah Lounge was my favorite for a pre dinner drink. We bought the drinks packages beforehand & that was definitely a bit cheaper than the prices on board. If you are a coffee lover you must buy the coffee package as the free coffee on board & at breakfast is horrible. It is worth forking out a bit extra for a decent coffee.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


4 out of 5
The evening shows in the theater were of a high quality & very enjoyable. The other performers at the various venues were just average but pleasant

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
I definitely think that the service of the staff is much better this year on local South African season. It was not so good last year on the Musica -

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
No complaints at all

Ship tip

Just have fun! be respectful & polite to the staff, they are doing their best & will go the extra mile for you if you do.

Ports of call

Cape Town, South Africa

4 out of 5

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

1 out of 5
The ship did not dock in Port Elizabeth due to weather conditions..... the weather seemed fine so I’m not sure what the issue was?

Durban, South Africa

4 out of 5


3 out of 5
It was a bit chaotic but we were off by 9:30
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