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MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review by julia wilson: Happy at sea


julia wilson
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.5
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.5

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Happy at sea

Sail Date: April 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Cape Town

We recently joined the MSC Sinfonia at Cape Town for a 19 day cruise back to Genoa, we flew out to join the ship and flew back to the UK from Genoa. The cruise was fantastic, the staff could not do enough to make life pleasant.

We had an interior cabin which was snug but all all the amenities necessary. We did not spend a great deal of time in the cabin, we tended to sunbathe and swim in the mornings and then use the air lovely lounges for reading in the afternoon.  Standard interior cabin, a very good location on the ship, on deck 8 close to the lifts which was convenient for Shelags bar and the theatre. It was very quite, the shower and toilet was a bit on the small side but sufficient for our needs. From what we saw glancing in when passing other outside cabins being cleaned in the morning, the space looked exactly the same as ours, the only advantage was the view through the porthole. Given the difference in price, I am not sure that it is worth the extra. After all, More we only used the cabin to get changed and sleep in. We had the fridge,TV and the same amenities as the outside cabins. The cabin staff were lovely and very helpful, bringing extra pillows as soon as requested. The decor of the cabin was a little dated, the cabins could benefit from new carpeting and perhaps light colouring in wardrobes and build in furniture as it would give the optical illusion of a larger space.

I took part in the bridge lessons and then played some tournaments, we also went to the art appreciation lectures. We also played miniature golf or went to the gym in the afternoons. The menus were varied and the food was very nicely presented, the price of wine and beer was very reasonable and the choice was good. We bought quite a few cocktail packages and really enjoyed trying different ones in the evening. We were very impressed with the classical concerts and the opera singers, we really enjoyed these events. We thought all the entertainment was good, especially the dancers. We sometimes had breakfast in the restaurant and sometimes in the buffet on the top deck, we always had lunch in the restaurant and we were on the early sitting in Il Covo for the dinner. We never made it to afternoon tea or partook of the late night snacks and buffet as we always felt we had eaten sufficient wit lunch and dinner.

We did not take any of the advertised shore excursions, we preferred to plan our time ashore ourselves, for instance we had the horse drawn carriage ride in Malaga which we really enjoyed. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable cruise , we will definitely cruise with MSC again. Less


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Cabin review: MSC Sinfonia

Standard interior cabin, a very good location on the ship, on deck 8 close to the lifts which was convenient for Shelags bar and the theatre. It was very quite, the shower and toilet was a bit on the small side but sufficient for our needs. From what we saw glancing in when passing other outside cabins being cleaned in the morning, the space looked exactly the same as ours, the only advantage was the view through the porthole. Given the difference in price, I am not sure that it is worth the extra. After all, we only used the cabin to get changed and sleep in. We had the fridge,TV and the same amenities as the outside cabins. The cabin staff were lovely and very helpful, bringing extra pillows as soon as requested. The decor of the cabin was a little dated, the cabins could benefit from new carpeting and perhaps light colouring in wardrobes and build in furniture as it would give the optical illusion of a larger space.

Port and Shore Excursions


We joined the cruise in Cape Town, having flown in 5 days prior to the cruise. Cape Town is fantastic, there is so much to see and do. We managed the trip up Table Mountain but a lot of people were disappointed as when the wind blows the cable car tends to get grounded. The whole waterfront area of Cape Town is excellent for shopping, eating, drinking and open air entertainment.

Our next port of call was Walvis Bay, we enjoyed the walk in to the town, but there is not a lot to see or do, the ship had excursions in to the desert and to a lake area but we felt it would be too rushed.

The next port of call was Dakar in West Africa, again we enjoyed the walk in and around the town, but the market area was dirty, smelly and a bit intimidating, we could not shake off a self appointed `guide'. Despite telling him repeatedly that we preferred to explore alone, he kept tagging along. after we had been all around the town, we gave him $10, he was most affronted and told us it was not enough, so we said, `take it or leave it, as we did not request or want you tagging around after us' he then took the money with a bad grace. I would not eat or drink in Dakar, we saw people urinating in the streets and the most awful unhygienic looking places.

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Next port was Maderia, we had never been there, it is lovely, beautiful gardens, we took the tour on the open top bus, we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the botanic gardens, with just a sandwich, fruit and soft drink. We had a pleasant afternoon strolling around the shops and sea front, we would go back again.


We docked at the Port of Rome which is about 70 miles from Rome. because we were late leaving Cape Town due to high winds the time ashore at the different ports was curtailed. At Port of Rome, we docked at 10am and needed to be back on board by 5.30 pm. We had intended to go to Rome on the ship excursion but decided that it would be too rushed, we also had to pack that night as we were disembarking at Genoa at 8am the following morning. We had a lovely leisurely day, we went ashore and found a little local market, we also found one of the Italian chain stores Oviesse, which has very reasonable priced clothes and other things. So we were able to buy a few gifts. We got back for a late lunch and packed in the afternoon, so we were able to enjoy our last night on board without feeling stressed. Talking to those who did the trip to Rome, they just saw it from the window of the coach, there was a 1 hour stop in St Peters Square, but time was so tight that people were frightened to explore too far in case they missed the coach back. We would like to visit Rome but think we may do it as a short 3 day break later in the year.


Next port of call was Tenerife, Santa del a Cruz, we were familiar with it as we had been there in the past, a lovely city. We visited some churches and had a good walk around.

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