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Whistle-Stop Insight Tour Of MSC Orchestra Becoming An Aussie Maiden

March 21, 2015 Headline News No Comments Email Email

image012image015Although MSC Orchestra’s first maiden port to Australia at Cairns was frustrated by cyclonic activity to the north, with the first port call as a result becoming Brisbane where I visited Orchestra, Sydney was undoubtedly the high point of the 33-night maiden voyage from Dubai to Fremantle, with passengers, guests and Sydney-siders enjoying a grand fireworks display in the Harbour, bidding farewell to MSC Orchestra in style, with a musical score including Australian favourites such as Waltzing Matilda and Kyle Minogue’s “On a night like this” as fireworks lit up the night sky.

With the voyage to Australia driven by a Gallipoli anniversary charter that will run from Fremantle, MSC MD Lynne Clarke said this voyage was the fruition of a six-year ambition for the cruise company and described as “the perfect match”, adding, “When the opportunity came up for Gallipoli everything fitted into place.”

image017Orchestra is operating around Australia at full capacity image020with most passengers embarking in Dubai and visiting Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne,Adelaide and Fremantle, with Clarke crediting Orchestra’s multiple portembarkation points around the Mediterranean with its success in the Australian market, adding, ““We are essentially bringing the ship to client’s European cruise port”

Clarke said that the duration of cruises was increasing, saying “We are going up to 28 nights as people realise the type of holiday they can have”, adding MSC’s has expansion plans for two Vista ships on order for delivery in 2017 and 2019 that will take 5,700 guests and two Seaside ships with the first to be delivered in 2017 and the second in 2018, adding, “The great thing with Seaside is that there will be so much happening around the promenade deck.”

For a very quick whistle-stop insight tour of MSC Orchestra, click on the video box below: –

Written by : John Alwyn-Jones

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