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MSC Orchestra - MSC Cruises - cruise ship review and photos.

The success story of MSC Cruises reads like a novel. In a world where cruise lines are multinational companies run by invisible boards of directors that have no apparent links to shipping, it is quite refreshing to see that MSC Cruises is very much a family affair. As Italian as Ferrari and cappuccino, the whole Aponte family turned up for the naming ceremony of their latest musical masterpiece MSC Orchestra at St. Nazaire on May 3, 2007.

MSC Orchestra at Lisbon. This photo © Luís Miguel Correira
MSC Orchestra at Lisbon, Portugal. This photo © Luís Miguel Correira
These photos © Luís Miguel Correira

Built by Aker Yards, MSC Orchestra is the second in a series of three Panamax cruise ships, specifically designed for the pan-European cruise market. Last year ShipParade ventured to St. Nazaire to witness the naming ceremony of MSC Musica and now, one year later, Alexa Aponte christens sister vessel MSC Orchestra. Being twins, the two ships are interchangeable

on the outside. But thanks to clever use of colors, MSC Orchestra feels different from her musical sister. With bold interior design, Italian flair and a multi-cultural hospitality team, both ships are floating European resorts with an easygoing feel to them. Perfect for families with children, MSC Orchestra spends her days in the blue Mediterranean offering a taste of 'la dolce vita' to anyone willing to leave the everyday life behind and join the MSC family. So: Strike up the band!

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
Built: 2007
Building Yard: Aker Yards, St. Nazaire
Gross Tonnage: 89,600
Length: 293.8 m (963.9 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (105.6 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 2,550
Passengers (max): 3,013
Crew: 987
Service speed: 23.0 knots
Sister ships: MSC Musica, MSC Poesia, MSC Magnifica
MSC Orchestra at St. Nazaire, France
MSC Orchestra at St. Nazaire, France
MSC Orchestra
MSC Orchestra naming ceremony, St. Nazaire
Officially named!


Photos and text: © 2007 Bart de Boer - Some exterior photos courtesy of Luís Miguel Correira.

First published on June 16, 2007

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