MSC Orchestra Eastern Mediterranean Live Trip Report

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#21
Edinburgh UK
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Enjoy!
I'm looking forward to following yiu on your travels and particularly your last day onboard, since that the day I get on!
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#24
South Florida
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Our plane arrived an hour early. dinner and breakfast was served on board.



We arrived to our hotel early so stayed in the lobby for a bit and then went for breakfast, which is included. Our hotel is about 20 min drive from airport. We paid 15 E for the cab, Holiday Inm Express.







My breakfast



The pastries were fresh, flaky and delicious. We bought a plate of snacks to the room.







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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
#25
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Hotel is pretty, more pics soon as we crashed for a nap as soon as we got in. It has a very modern interior but Euro exterior.







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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
#27
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The spread was decent for an included continental breakfast, here are a few more pics.



Those pastries were really the highlight! Assorted breads too, cheese spread, hams. It was impressive.


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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
#28
South Florida
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Originally posted by BermudaBound2014
Glad you arrived safely! How are you posting pics? Directly from tapatalk? Looking good!!


Yup-free wifi too here.


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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
#29
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This is the courtyard area of hotel-mostly used for smokers. It was a nice evening do we sat out there for a bit, no one was smoking there at the time. One thing I noticed here is smoking is popular and people dress better.



We went for an early evening walk and there was a nice outdoor age on Ave de Liberdade, we got espressos and DD got a banana yogurt shake




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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
#32
South Florida
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We had dinner at a local restaurant that served authentic Portuguese cuisine. The food was delicious and the place was very quaint.


Melon and prosciutto



Veggie in puff pastry



Baccalao (codfish)



Stuffed squid







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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
#33
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Some more pics from today, all the streets in this area are cobblestone, very pretty









Hotel rep gave my DD another one of these, so delicious.




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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
#34
South Florida
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First day has come to end.
Tomorrow is another busy day. Booked a full day tour on Viator. . stay tuned....


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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
#35
South Florida
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Day 2 was full of surprises. Good thing I'm a go with the flow type gal.

Today we did a tour of Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, and Obidos.
We chose a full day tour with Viator. We met at the Hard Rock and it was a total of 7 in our group. Tour guide was good.



Here are some photos from today: Batalha









Then we headed to Nazare for lunch








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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
#36
South Florida
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Caprinha



Fish soup which was like a bisque, tasty



Octopus salad



Strachiatella for dessert






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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
#37
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Then we headed out to Obidos








Tree man



Example of items for sale around this town, which is a pedestrian friendly walled town






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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
#38
South Florida
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So the surprise came when we got in for the evening. I called reception desk to schedule the taxi pick up for the morning to the airport. He then told me we have to pack and move hotels as they had a water problem. I laughed as the night before we were joking around and I thought he was now pulling my leg. Turns out, he wasn't. There was a water main break and all guest were being moved.

So now I find myself spending our last night in the 5 star Intercontinental Hotel instead of the 3 star Holiday inn.
Sometimes you have to roll with the punches, it was an inconvenience, but they took care of everything and these beds sure are comfy!








Here was our old room



I bought these at Obidos, only 6 euros. Also had espresso coffee twice for only 75 cents. Portugal is very affordable.



Tomorrow we fly out to Venice.....




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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
#40
South Florida
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Slept so well last night and Han an awesome shower and breakfast. I've heard of the Intercontinental Hotel from John herald who stays in the one in Miami and it is quite deserving of its 5 stars. Some pics of lobby and breakfast spread:












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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