MSC Orchestra Worst Cruise Ever

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#81
SOUTH WALES
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Originally posted by CZEE


I've been trying to decide if I want to try MSC's offer of status matching. Comments on this and other threads lead me to believe that maybe I shouldn't. Lest you think I'm an insular American. . .nope, have lived and traveled overseas for several years.
If you are going to go on an MSC ship then you should definitely Status Match even if it is only to get the 5%
discount.
And I'm telling you as one of the badly affected Black Card holders (who got my card the hard way)
,
It would be sad to miss out on some nice perks just because a few disgruntled posters ( which includes me) have crossed swords with people who status match.

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1999 Airtours Sundream W. Med 7 nights
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2005 MSC Opera E. Med 7 nights
2007 MSC Lirica W. Med 7 nights
2008 MSC Orchestra W. Med 7 nights
2009 MSC Orchestra Caribbean 7 nights
2009 RCI Serenade OTS (JS) Alaska 7 nights
2009 MSC Musica E. Med 7 nights
2010:RCI Explorer OTS (GS) Caribbean 9 nights
2010 MSC Splendida W. Med 7 nights
2011 NCL Norwegian Dawn (Penthouse Suite) W. Caribbean 5 nights Back to Back
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2014 MSC Opera UK to Souh Africa Grand voyage 21 nights
2014 MSC Sinfonia E. Med. 11 nights
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2016 MSC Splendida Repo UK to Italy 7 nights

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#82
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Joined Jan 2008
Thanks for your review. May I ask what the Explorer package is for excursions?

We are sailing on Orchestra in April. This is actually our 4th MSC cruise. The price is hard to beat!

On past cruises, we really enjoyed the pizza and pasta stations at the buffet for lunch, but did find food in the MDR at dinner pretty mediocre. They also seem to have few "everyday items" - some nights not offering any "everyday items".
#83
Tampa
23 Posts
Joined May 2017
Originally posted by tampagirl2
Thanks for your review. May I ask what the Explorer package is for excursions?

We are sailing on Orchestra in April. This is actually our 4th MSC cruise. The price is hard to beat!

On past cruises, we really enjoyed the pizza and pasta stations at the buffet for lunch, but did find food in the MDR at dinner pretty mediocre. They also seem to have few "everyday items" - some nights not offering any "everyday items".


Tampagirl
The explorer package is a combo of three different ports and specific tours. It should be in the pamphlet for your particular cruise. Not sure if it is offered for each cruise. I cannot argue the Price of the MSC cruises as they are very good. However for us, other things such as better quality of food are worth paying a little more for. Check with MSC to see if they have an explore package for your particular cruise. It generally is a combo of two or three excursions. Hope this helps.



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#84
140 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Originally posted by Kaetlyncrna
Tampagirl
The explorer package is a combo of three different ports and specific tours. It should be in the pamphlet for your particular cruise. Not sure if it is offered for each cruise. I cannot argue the Price of the MSC cruises as they are very good. However for us, other things such as better quality of food are worth paying a little more for. Check with MSC to see if they have an explore package for your particular cruise. It generally is a combo of two or three excursions. Hope this helps.



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Thanks so much!