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This was our fourth cruise and it was very disappointing. We went on the Sinfonia in 2011 and it was awesome, not crowded, no queue's, there was always place to relax on the top deck. This time it was over crowded and loud and the ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise and it was very disappointing. We went on the Sinfonia in 2011 and it was awesome, not crowded, no queue's, there was always place to relax on the top deck. This time it was over crowded and loud and the buffet restaurant was a disaster. There were never place to sit and the dirty dishes was all over the place, not to talk about the food quantity. I think MSC is now focusing on quantities and not quality. the bar's and lounges was good, the music was okay, was hoping to have at least an Italian band like the time on the Sinfonia. The theatre shows was medium and also very short. I would really not recommend this to my family and friends as it felt that we were in an South African Hotel where its over crowded and people are dishing as if there is no tomorrow. The fine dining in the evenings was okay, not like it used to be. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My mother and sister went on the Sinfonia cruise in 2015 and upon their return they could not stop talking about their experience and I decided right then and there that I also want to experience some of that magic. My sister then ... Read More
My mother and sister went on the Sinfonia cruise in 2015 and upon their return they could not stop talking about their experience and I decided right then and there that I also want to experience some of that magic. My sister then recruited more people to join us on the cruise. On 11 December 2019, 23 of us went on the Sinfonia cruise and nothing could have prepared me for that experience. It was a beautiful time away for me and my child. We had a time of our life. From the moment we embarked to the final day when we disembarked, it was like a fairytale. The cabin, the food, the MSC Staff, the entertainment, everything there is just beautiful. We are already planning our next cruise and have started recruiting more people to join us because this is the kind of experience that you just cannot keep to yourself, it has to be shared with others. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Review of cruise Cape Town to Singapore - Insignia Feb 9, 2016 Three years ago we were on an Oceania cruise from Istanbul to Cape Town. That was, by far, the longest cruise we'd taken, thirty days. I worried at the time that I ... Read More
Review of cruise Cape Town to Singapore - Insignia Feb 9, 2016 Three years ago we were on an Oceania cruise from Istanbul to Cape Town. That was, by far, the longest cruise we'd taken, thirty days. I worried at the time that I would get cabin fever, stuck on a boat that long. The itinerary was across the Mediterranean and down the west coast of Africa, with stops in Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Namibia.  We loved it, and were sad t o leave the ship in Cape Town since it was next headed for Singapore. When last year's round-the-world cruise was advertised, we signed up fore the Cape Town to Singapore leg right away. When that leg was cancelled due to mechanical difficulties, we signed up for this year.  The itinerary was very attractive, around the Cape of Good Hope and up the East coast of Africa to Mombasa, then across to India, then Burma (a new addition), then Maylaysia and Singapore.  Cochin, India was the only place I'd been before between Cape Town and Kuala Lumpur, and Burma was transitioning to an elected government. Burma was the highlight, but Zanzibar, Madagascar, the Seychelles and the Maldives were also new and interesting.  There were a few ports I didn't understand.  Richards Bay, South Africa, our fourth stop in South Africa, was a wasted day, with a free shuttle bus to a mall that could have been in New Jersey.  Mangalore, India was not a major attraction - compared to Mumbai, Goa, or Cochin. We went around Sri Lanka without stopping. Burma was a country just opening up to major tourism growth, with fascinating culture and stupendous sites. The people were excited about the transition and filled with hope.   We used mostly Oceania arranged excursions, booking enough to qualify for the 25% discount, which made them comparable to the privately booked tours, without the option of customizing.  Some were excellent, others were duds.  Comparing our introduction to Zulu culture in Durban with the introduction we got to Masai culture in the Serengeti,  was a major disappointment. Bored dancers, confined crocodiles, and an extensive gift shop, with the major message that brides cost nineteen cattle.   Onboard activity included a variety of guest lectures, some very specific to the next port, some totally off base.  There were several one or two night entertainers, backed up by the onboard band, with mixed results.  Only a couple worth the second show. We had two sets of three days at sea between stops, which are very relaxing. Major reading opportunities, and the Oceania library did not disappoint. My wife took the art classes offered on sea days and loved it.  Our friends played bridge. There was an active Ma Jong group. This was a leg of the 181 day round-the-world cruise, and 200 of the passengers were RTW. They had already been on board for sixty days when we arrived, but we're very friendly and welcoming. We had long conversations with several, but I'm still not enamored with the itinerary as a unit.  Food, as expected, was a highlight. The Grand Dining Room has an ever changing menu with everything from a hamburger and fries to a six course dinner, and the two specialty restaurants have fixed menus with reliable old favorites.  We are experienced cruisers and fans of Oceania, especially their food and service. Our last cruise was on the Riviera.  We especially enjoyed the two new speciality restaurants, and were promised there would be items from the menus in the main dining room.   They kept the promise, but I didn't read the fine print.  They had three of the specialties,from Jaques, rotated every three days. Similarly with Red Ginger. It was a disappointment.  Service was extraordinary, with several waiters learning our names and preference for Diet Coke.   Cabins were as expected, having sailed on sister ships.  Storage was adequate, bathroom was cramped, and the bed was no longer the most comfortable ever. The balcony was ideal for sea days as a place to read.   Arrival and departure were seamless.  Read Less
Sail Date February 2016

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