MSC Sinfonia Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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MSC Sinfonia Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.3
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    3.8
    4.0
  • Cabins
    3.9
    3.0
  • Entertainment
    3.6
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.5
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    2.6
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.1
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    3.2
    1.0
  • Service
    3.4
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.4
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
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

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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sebopetsa
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The embarkation was fast although we were many. A shuttle bus collected us at the airport and the luggage was safe and well managed by the friendly staff. The immigration did its work perfectly well. No wasting of time on checking the ... Read more
johannwcs
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have had done two previous trips on board the Opera which was great. The MSC Sinfonia is great, we had a wonderful time. The entertainment crew on a ship makes a huge difference to your overall experience and was far better than the ... Read more
Floater1976
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We have been on MSC cruises about 5 times already.Most recently on January 2017.We've noticed a clear drop in standards and cutting of corners. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth. The housekeeping and restaurant staff were ... Read more
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