MSC has some fantastic facilities for kids on Sinfonia, starting with the line's family brand partnerships with Lego and Chicco. The ship has three children's areas -- the Pinocchio playroom, which lies next to the spa on Deck 11, and the Planet Teen's Club and separate Galaxy video games arcade, near Club Pasha at the stern end of Deck 12. It also offers wonderful care for the under-3s as well as babies under its new BabyCare program.
The baby-sitting program onboard is called MSC BabyCare, and allows parents to leave children in the Chicco-designed Baby Club under the supervision of trained MSC staff during lunch and dinner times on sea days, between 1 and 2 p.m. and 6 and 7 p.m. Children must be between 1 and 3 years old. The bambinos doze in name-brand cots or are kept busy with activities by the staff.
The MSC BabyTime program is set up so that parents have a dedicated space onboard to play with their children in the Baby Club between 8 and 10 a.m., 4 and 6 p.m. and 8 and 9 p.m. on port days. On sea days, it is available from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 8 to 9 p.m. Again, children must be under 3 years old to participate.
Diapers and baby food are not available to buy onboard, but MSC does sell wipes, bottles, bibs and other products in the Chicco shop onboard. Chicco-branded high-chairs, travel cots, bottle-warmers, strollers and baby backpacks are available to borrow free of charge.
Pinocchio's is a large and cheerful room, with an elephant patterned carpet, a soft climbing frame, a TV, plenty of soft toys and an area with tables and chairs for arts and craft activities.
A Mini Club caters to 3- to 6-year-olds with baby discos, painting, dance, and arts and crafts sessions; the Junior Club keeps 7- to 11-year-olds happy with treasure hunts, parties and other activities. Both are both sponsored by Lego and offer varying levels of Lego-themed play, from the biggest Duplo blocks to the kid-sized "Vertical Play Wall." Both clubs are monitored by trained staff and are open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on sea days and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2:30 to 6 p.m. and 7:30 to 11 p.m. on port days
Other activities include team challenges to see who can build the most impressive Lego structure, copycat competitions to build the Lego figure displayed on the play wall and Lego games on the PlayStation, X-Box and Wii. Each child taking part in the competitive activities receives a Master Lego Builder Diploma.
A private "Kids Around the Clock" baby sitter costs €6 per hour for children ages 3 to 11 years old. The service is available every night from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. and must be reserved in advance.
The Young Club for tweens ages 12 to 14 years old is full of arcade games, table games (foosball and air hockey) and televisions for movies and gaming systems. The club is open between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on sea days and 10 to 11:30 a.m., 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. on port days.
The Teens Club (for 15- to 17-year-olds) is situated near the Starlight Disco and has a dance floor, a game system and circular, recessed wall seats (watch out for canoodling). Open hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on sea days and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight on port days.
Staff are on hand at all times when the Young and Teens Clubs are open. Organized activities for both age groups include sports tournaments, discos, dance contests, video game challenges, DJ lessons, talent shows and karaoke.