MSC Orchestra is a sister ship to MSC’s Musica, Opera and Poesia. These vessels are spacious, with large, airy public rooms. The only area cruisers might find crowded is around the pool on hot, sunny days at sea.
Decor is a mix of bold Italian design with a great use of color. Musical instruments are the basis for the ship's theme. L’Incontro is MSC Orchestra''s beautiful three-story atrium, where reception and guest relations are located.
Ship announcements are made in a variety of languages. English is always included, but expect to hear Italian, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese, among others.
MSC Orchestra boasts more than 800 balconied staterooms, which was a revolutionary idea for European cruise ships when the ship debuted in 2007. Staterooms are not spacious, but closets and drawer space are well designed and adequate. The shower-only bathrooms are compact. The ship has 18 suites with balconies, about 1,000 outside staterooms and 275 inside rooms.
All rooms feature flat-screen TVs, telephones, hair dryers, mini-bars and safes. Multi-language television shows and BBC and CNN are augmented by pay-for-view movies in the language of your choice. Voltage is 110/220.
Room furnishings are contemporary and attractive, featuring either red/black or blue/green color combinations with a chair, sofa (in some rooms, the sofa bed converts to a double bed) and twin beds which convert to a queen. Some staterooms have connecting doors, making them attractive for family cruises. Stateroom service is offered twice daily. Room stewards may have to be contacted for ice and face cloths, which North American guests often like.