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MSC Orchestra - Introduction

Launched in 2007, the MSC Orchestra was the second Musica class vessel built for MSC Cruises. Along with its sister ships, the Musica, Poesia and Magnifica, the Orchestra was designed to provide an affordable and luxurious big-cruise option for the European market.  MSC - which stands for Mediterranean Shipping Company - is an Italian enterprise that was founded in 1987. Today, it has 11 ships, with another being built, and is one of the largest cruise operators in the world, after Carnival, Royal Caribbean and the Norwegian Cruise Line.

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The Orchestra generally splits its time between Europe and South America. During the European summer, it departs on cruises lasting anywhere from seven days to a fortnight. Ports of call include destinations in both the Baltic and Mediterranean, with some favourites including Copenhagen,Oslo, St Petersburg, London, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga and Barcelona.

As the weather begins to get chilly in the north, the ship sails across the Atlantic and spends the southern-hemisphere summer travelling along the coast of Brazil.

Ship stats and features

Passenger capacity: 2,200
Year entered service: 2004
Beam (ship width): 94.4 feet
Draught (ship depth): 22.4 feet
Length: 830.7 feet
Tonnage: 89,600
Crew: 701
Maximum speed: 23 knots
Number of passenger decks: 10
Number of lifts: 9
Number of swimming pools: 2
Number of cabins: 878

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