MSC Orchestra

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MSC Orchestra
MSC Orchestra at the Geirangerfjord
Career
Name: MSC Orchestra
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Panama[1]
Builder: Aker Yards, Chantiers de l'Atlantique[2]
Cost: $480 million
Completed: 2007
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 92,409 GT
Length: 964 ft (293.83 m)[3]
Beam: 106 ft (32.31 m)
Decks: 13 Passenger 4 crew
Speed: 23-knot (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Capacity: 3200 passengers
Crew: 987

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 was later refitted with two bunk beds and therefore she can now accommodate 3,200 passengers. This is however not advertised well on their websites, but on-board information material is updated. This allows for better prices for families with one or two small children, as they can share one cabin. In busy months the ship can however fell crowded as public areas was naturally not build to handle the extra passengers. Her crew complement is approximately 990.[1][2]

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]

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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.

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