MSC Sinfonia Review

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Maria Smith

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.


Passengers: 1952
Crew: 710
Passenger to Crew: 2.75:1
Launched: 2002
Shore Excursions: 147

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.

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Where does MSC Sinfonia sail from?

MSC Sinfonia departs from Venice, Piraeus, Piraeus, Laviron, Genoa, Alicante, Barcelona, Marseille, Rome, Civitavecchia, Istanbul, Bari, and Bodrum

How much does it cost to go on MSC Sinfonia?

Cruises on MSC Sinfonia start from $49 per person.

Is MSC Sinfonia a good ship to cruise on?

MSC Sinfonia won 7 awards over the years.
MSC Sinfonia Cruiser Reviews

Cruise Virgins

This was our introduction to the world of cruising we decided to choose MSC due to the competitive price and the ports of call.Read More
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oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Eastern Mediterranean cruise: excellent staff, service, and great value from a US cruiser.

Overall, an excellent cruise experience and will be looking forward to another MSC cruise in the Western Mediterranean or Middle east cruise....Read More
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oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Best time ever

A big thank you to everyone on MSC Sinfonia for unforgettable experience. Service provided in every part of the ship is excellent, cleanliness immaculate and entertainment superb.Read More
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oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 30s

Definitely overpaid for a simple smaller cruise than Im used to.

The ship had one main dance / event area near the pools and there was only one show 2x per night (same show) each evening.After a while it felt like either we can hang out in a rooms, stand in the main event area or hope we can find a seat if we didnt get the 2 hours early, or go down to the bars where they have live music and some of the live music just wasnt good.Read More
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few6-10 Cruises

Age 30s

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