MSC Orchestra

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MSC Orchestra
MSC Orchestra Full 2010.JPG
MSC Orchestra at the Geirangerfjord
Operator MSC Cruises
Port of registryFlag of Panama.svg  Panama [1]
Builder Aker Yards, Chantiers de l'Atlantique [2]
CostUS$480 million
Launched9 September 2006
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and type Musica-class cruise ship
Tonnage92,409  GT
Length964 ft (293.83 m) [3]
Beam106 ft (32.31 m)
Decks13 passenger, 4 crew
Speed23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
  • 2,550 passengers (as built)
  • 3,200 passengers (after retrofit)

MSC Orchestra is a cruise ship that was built in 2007 for MSC Cruises. She is the second ship of the Musica class. She could at the time accommodate 2,550 passengers in 1,275 cabins. Most inside cabins were later refitted with two bunk beds and therefore she can now accommodate 3,200 passengers. Her crew complement is approximately 990. [1] [2]



The cruise ship has length of 293.8 metres (964 ft) and beam of 32.20 metres (105.6 ft). MSC Orchestra has draft of 7.88 metres (25.9 ft) and gross tonnage of 92,409. The ship has capacity for 2,550 passengers and a crew complement of 987.


Eight passengers, four Bulgarians and four Lithuanians, were arrested during 2010 after cocaine, worth an estimated £1.4m, was found on board whilst berthed at Dover, United Kingdom. [4] Seven of the passengers pleaded guilty and the eighth was convicted at trial. [4]

On 22 February 2019, due to an unknown navigational error, MSC Orchestra collided with MSC Poesia as it was departing Buenos Aires, Argentina, and MSC Orchestra also hit a pier. Both ships only sustained minor damage and were cleared to depart. [5]

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  2. 1 2 "Ship Parade Review and Photos". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
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