MSC Sinfonia Review

Editor Rating: 4.0
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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

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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By Maria Smith, Cruise Critic Contributor

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Ship Facts

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Crew:  710
Launched:  2002
Decks:  12
Tonnage:  65,542
Passengers:  1,952
Registry:  Panama
CDC Score:  Not Yet Inspected
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Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
This is really the first comprehensive review I have ever written about anything so forgive me if it’s not in the right format or long winded, instead of just saying something was good or bad I’ll also try to add specific ... Read more
Member Since 2012
1 review
44 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We chose this cruise due to the fact that the departure port was Cape Town, our home. The route was not port intensive as it was up the West Coast of Africa and involved a lot of sea days. Not a bad thing as it was very relaxing. ... Read more
David philip
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
If you read some of the reviews you would never go on this ship however my trip was great the embarcadero was a bit slow with many passengers arriving at the same time.but they got there in the end. My cabin was inside but very comfortable ... Read more

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