MSC Orchestra Eastern Mediterranean Live Trip Report

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#1
South Florida
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Joined Jan 2015
Hello folks...the time is finally here. I booked this cruise nearly a year ago and tomorrow, I will be starting this vacation that checks off a bunch of items on my Bucket list!

I was unsure of whether I was going to hold off and do a detailed Trip Report upon my return but once I learned I can upload photos from my iPhone/iPad on the Tapatalk app, I thought it would be more fun if I posted Live...of course this is dependent on when/if wifi works! The hotels we are staying at advertise free wifi and I did buy a social plan for the cruise.

This vacation will hit a couple of spots in Europe and will culminate with a voyage on the MSC Orchestra on an Eastern Mediterranean itinerary. This will be my first time on MSC but my mother's second time. Which brings me to my travel partners, my mother and my 6 year old daughter...aka "The Girl's Club"

The trip will start off with a flight from home, Miami, Florida to Lisbon Portugal on Tap Portugal airlines. We will be staying in Lisbon for two nights before flying out to Venice where we will stay one night before boarding the Orchestra.

Here is the cruise itinerary: (Disregard the dates, this is just an image I found online that I copied...our cruise leaves on June 12th)




This is my second trip report and I am more into "letting the pics tell the story" type of writer. Though you'll get some commentary from time to time.
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MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
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#2
South Florida
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Packing is done!




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MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
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CCL Vista 12/2016 Eastern Caribbean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2432474
#3
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Joined Aug 2012
Can't wait to hear more. Please describe in more detail about Venice and where you staying? Transport to and from? Thank You!!!! Have fun Girls.....


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#4
South Florida
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Joined Jan 2015
And just so you all don't think Maureen is the only cat lover here, here are my three felines which will be watched over by "Nonno" while we are away, Luigi, Mama and Serenity.










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MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
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#5
South Florida
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Joined Jan 2015
Originally posted by Ctrinh225
Can't wait to hear more. Please describe in more detail about Venice and where you staying? Transport to and from? Thank You!!!! Have fun Girls.....


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I plan on taking Alilaguna waterbus from airport to hotel, which is just a 5 minute walk from the Alilaguna San Zaccaria stop... This is also our first time in Venice...so have no idea what to expect.
I'll post more about the hotels as we get there..including pics of rooms/food, etc.
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MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
DCL Dream 10/2016 Bahamas & Castaway Cay http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2417977
CCL Vista 12/2016 Eastern Caribbean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2432474
#6
529 Posts
Joined Aug 2012
Thank You. I'm been reading up about Venice and all the hotels/transport bc that's our port for the new MSC Seaside. Be careful and have fun!


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#8
Chittagong, Bangladesh
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Joined Jun 2016
will be looking forward to your updates and pictures
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#9
North West NJ
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Joined Jan 2010
Ohhhh, this is going to be good. Three generations of ladies!!! Be safe and looking forward to your journey with you. PS. You live in Miami and have never been on the Divina??
#11
Michigan
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Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by Love2Cruz2015
I plan on taking Alilaguna waterbus from airport to hotel, which is just a 5 minute walk from the Alilaguna San Zaccaria stop... This is also our first time in Venice...so have no idea what to expect.
I'll post more about the hotels as we get there..including pics of rooms/food, etc.
Hey, San Zaccaria is our stop too. Are you staying at the Musica Hotel? You'll love it!! I'm super excited for your review because I'm struggling with what to do in Corfu and Kotor! Do you need any last minute suggestions for Venice? Cute kitties, be safe, have fun!
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#12
South Florida
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Joined Jan 2015
It's a beautiful day in South Florida. Doing last minute preparations. Heading down to Miami Intl. around 1pm. I slept well last night, for a change as I normally don't the night before a trip.

Thanks all for the well wishes...stay tuned!





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Reviews
MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
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CCL Vista 12/2016 Eastern Caribbean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2432474
#13
South Florida
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Originally posted by BermudaBound2014
Hey, San Zaccaria is our stop too. Are you staying at the Musica Hotel? You'll love it!! I'm super excited for your review because I'm struggling with what to do in Corfu and Kotor! Do you need any last minute suggestions for Venice? Cute kitties, be safe, have fun!
Thanks...For Corfu I booked a special excursion for my daughter, it's a surprise for her so she doesn't know. For Kotor, I plan on waking up early to enjoy that entrance into what looks like fjords from my aft balcony and then walking around the old city..no excursions planned for that.

As for Venice, we plan on hitting San Marco cathedral, tasting some of their delicacies like pasta con le seppie (squid ink pasta), gelato, granita di limone and a ride on a gondola. I'm looking forward to just walking around and seeing the bridges, Rialto and just enjoy a laid back day. We are staying at a 16th century palazzo turned hotel right off the main waterway...Stay tuned for more details...
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MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
DCL Dream 10/2016 Bahamas & Castaway Cay http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2417977
CCL Vista 12/2016 Eastern Caribbean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2432474
#14
Michigan
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Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by Love2Cruz2015

As for Venice, we plan on hitting San Marco cathedral, tasting some of their delicacies like pasta con le seppie (squid ink pasta), gelato, granita di limone and a ride on a gondola. I'm looking forward to just walking around and seeing the bridges, Rialto and just enjoy a laid back day. We are staying at a 16th century palazzo turned hotel right off the main waterway...Stay tuned for more details...
I just looked up your hotel. Looks beautiful and it is right in the middle of everything. My advice is to make sure you have super detailed directions to get there from San Zaccari. Venice always looks easy on the map, but in person it's a whole new experience. If you do get lost, just remember it's part of the Venice charm .

Walking around Venice is great, but don't forget about the Valparetto. You can easily grab a 24 hour pass (and use it to get to the port on departure day). It is super cheap and just like a hop on/hop off bus, only it's a water taxi.

So thrilled for you!!! This is going to be an amazing trip!!!
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#15
South Florida
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Originally posted by BermudaBound2014
I just looked up your hotel. Looks beautiful and it is right in the middle of everything. My advice is to make sure you have super detailed directions to get there from San Zaccari. Venice always looks easy on the map, but in person it's a whole new experience. If you do get lost, just remember it's part of the Venice charm .

Walking around Venice is great, but don't forget about the Valparetto. You can easily grab a 24 hour pass (and use it to get to the port on departure day). It is super cheap and just like a hop on/hop off bus, only it's a water taxi.

So thrilled for you!!! This is going to be an amazing trip!!!
Thanks for the tip on Valporetto...I was just going to take the Alilaguna. The one that stops at San Zaccaria is the Linea Blu...which also takes us to the port. Supposedly it's available at the pier at the airport.

As for getting lost...no biggie, we are native Italian speakers...and as you said, there are worst things in the world than getting lost in Venice...lol

Waiting for my ride now..(my dad)...all dressed up and READY to start on this journey!!
Recommendation on a place close to the hotel that has good gelato?
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MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
DCL Dream 10/2016 Bahamas & Castaway Cay http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2417977
CCL Vista 12/2016 Eastern Caribbean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2432474
#16
South Florida
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Joined Jan 2015
Originally posted by champagne123
Ohhhh, this is going to be good. Three generations of ladies!!! Be safe and looking forward to your journey with you. PS. You live in Miami and have never been on the Divina??
No, lol...hasn't been on my radar until recently...but I am looking at the Seaside for a 2018 trip.
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Reviews
MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
DCL Dream 10/2016 Bahamas & Castaway Cay http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2417977
CCL Vista 12/2016 Eastern Caribbean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2432474
#17
Ireland
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Joined Feb 2010
Enjoy!!! I would be interested to know what time early sitting is. normally they go later from June in the med.
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#18
Netherlands
22 Posts
Joined May 2014
Wow, looking forward to your review! My DW and I will take the same cruise in September and we are also booked in an aft balcony cabin (10247).
Have a fantastic time, safe travels and keep us updated :-)

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#19
South Florida
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Joined Jan 2015
We are at the airport, boarding should begin in about 40 minutes.

It really helps to speak Spanish here. We got some snacks, hot pressed Cuban sandwich and Cuban coffee. Plane is on time. See you on the other side !


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MSC Orchestra- 6/2016 Eastern Mediterranean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2365320
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CCL Vista 12/2016 Eastern Caribbean http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2432474