MSC Orchestra to visit Australia

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Great news for cruise fans in Australia. MSC Cruises is bringing in one of their luxury cruise ships to Australia for the first time.

The very stylish and very contemporary MSC Orchestra from the 12-strong fleet of MSC Cruises will be making a historic visit to Australian waters in what will be a 33-night Grand Voyage starting at Dubai and ending in Australia. The cruise will call at a number of ports in Asia before calling at Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

The voyage will begin on February 21 and end on March 26, 2015 and will visit a total of 13 ports in 8 different countries. Passengers will have plenty of time opportunity to explore the fantastic restaurants on the ship, its bars and the many other facilities on-board plus the many activities on offer during the voyage.

“We are thrilled to be bringing MSC Orchestra to Australian waters,” said Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand. “And I will be equally excited for our loyal passengers to have the chance to see the cruise ship in their home waters.”

During the initial days of the cruise MSC Orchestra will be calling at the ports of Mumbai and Cochin; two contrasting destinations in the sub-continent. Next stop will be the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. The cruise will move next to the very popular vacation isle of Phuket in Thailand. Next in line are romantic Malaysian destination of Langkawi and the vibrant multi-cultural city of Singapore. Passengers will have a one-night stand in Singapore.

The last scheduled stop in the Asian continent will be Lush Benoa, a port on the Indonesian island of Bali. The ship will then head for Cairns to begin a circumnavigation of the Australian coast.

“MSC Orchestra will have an extended stay in Sydney allowing the passengers ample time to tour, shop and even see the Blue Mountains on an excursion,” said Lynne.”

Australian prices (per person, twin share, including port charges) begin at $3299 (inside cabin), $3899 (ocean view cabin), $4599 (balcony cabin) and $5499 (suites).

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