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Why Choose MSC Sinfonia?

  • Intimate, mid-sized ship
  • Primarily geared to Europeans
  • Night owls can howl at the hip Pasha Club

MSC Sinfonia Overview

By Maria Smith, Cruise Critic Contributor
Editor Rating
4.0

The 1,952-passenger MSC Sinfonia is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships, dating from 2002.

MSC Cruises spent more than $200 million on Sinfonia and the rest of the Mistral class during a two-year refurbishment program in 2014–2015 that saw a nearly 80-foot-long section sandwiched into the middle of each ship. The "stretching" procedure added nearly 200 more cabins -- 94 of which have balconies. During the refurbishment, the line also took the chance to update the spa and childcare facilities, as well as to add an interactive water feature called the Spray Park to the top deck.

MSC Sinfonia divides its time between Venice, offering cruises to Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and Greece, and in the winter it repositions to the east coast of South Africa, offering short cruises from Mozambique to South Africa.

MSC Sinfonia Fellow Passengers

This is a very cosmopolitan ship; the majority of passengers are Italian but you'll also find French, Spanish, German and British passengers. Italians tend to barge about a bit, so people used to holding back and saying please and thank you may find them a bit much at first, but they don't mean to be rude -- it's just their way.

Sophisticated travelers who enjoy practicing their foreign language skills will be very much at home on this ship, while those who dread endless multilingual tannoy announcements will be pleasantly surprised to find they are kept very much to a minimum, except at the mandatory boat drill, which seems interminable.

MSC Sinfonia Dress Code

Europeans tend to be casual dressers by day and even in the evenings some of them don't go to much trouble outside of the captain's formal welcome and farewell gala evenings. It's worth taking some smart outfits along for these but otherwise you can dress pretty much as elegantly or casually (within reason) as you wish without exciting comment.

MSC Sinfonia Gratuity

Six euros ($8.10) per person, per day covers waiters and cabin stewards; other gratuities are at your discretion.

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MSC Sinfonia Member Reviews

04/16
My bf and I decided to go on a 5 day cruise to Maputo and Portuguese islands for my birthday and it was the best decision we ever made. From the the time we arrived on the cruise we were made to feel royalty. The food was standard a curry or 2 would ... Read more
I booked this cruise through Groupon about a week or so before departure date at a price I thought was quite reasonable. I won't go into the frustration from MSC Johannesburg offices of not answering their phones and giving incorrect information - ... Read more
03/16
Travelled with family in March 2016 and what a superb holiday was had by all. From embarkation to disembarkation friendly helpful staff. Staff ensured cabin was clean timeously and were eager and willing to assist with our requests. All ... Read more
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MSC Sinfonia Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
3.4
Public Rooms
4.0
3.9
Cabins
3.0
4.0
Entertainment
3.0
3.6
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.4
Family & Children
4.0
2.8
Shore Excursions
3.0
3.2
Enrichment
1.0
3.2
Service
4.0
3.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.5

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Ship Stats
Crew:
710
Launched:
2002
Decks:
12
Tonnage:
65,542
Passengers:
1,952
Registry:
Panama
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
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