MSC Orchestra

MS 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]

MSC Orchestra
MSC Orchestra at the Geirangerfjord
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Panama[1]
Builder: Aker Yards, Chantiers de l'Atlantique[2]
Cost: US$480 million
Completed: 2007
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Musica-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 92,409 GT
Length: 964 ft (293.83 m)[3]
Beam: 106 ft (32.31 m)
Decks: 13 Passenger, 4 crew
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h)
  • 2,550 passengers (as built)
  • 3,200 passengers (after retrofit)
Crew: 987

Eight passengers, 4 Bulgarians and 4 Lithuanians were arrested during 2010 after a huge haul of cocaine was found on board whilst berthed at Dover, United Kingdom. They were sentenced in 2011 to around 15 years each.[4]


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 gross tons. The ship has capacity for 2,550 passengers and a crew complement of 987.

Accidents & Incidents

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

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