Cruising with MSC Sinforia: MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review by Tutoraway

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Cruising with MSC Sinforia

Sail Date: October 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Marseille
The ship itself was nice the evening entertainment was excellent. Cabin was a little small but fine - had fridge wardrobe space adequate shower was small compared to other cruise lines. Lighting was dim and found it difficult to read even with all the lights turned on because of where they were placed. Main restaurants were on decks five and six but the tables were too close together making access for serving difficult for the waiters. The Irish bar and the casino were both smoking areas although there was a small section by the bar that was non smoking but you could smell the smoke. The theater was a good size but you had to be there early in order to get a seat. Seating was tiered with 2 rows of seats to each tier the front row of the tier had excellent views but the back row of each tier you were obstructed by the people sitting in front.

Our complaints:-
If you wanted water with your dinner of an evening or lunch during the day in the restaurant you had to More purchase the water by the bottle €2.6 plus a service charge of 15%. The buffet if you choose to eat there of an evening closed at 8.45 pm so after then you could only get tea coffee or water from the machines. We found that there was no English tea of an evening only Calamine and Earl Grey (need to pocket some during the day if you like a cup of tea late at night):-)

The food was Italian style lots of small dishes but we did not enjoy the cuisine we found it bland and the meat usually tough. This is our own personal opinion.

We have cruised with other companies and would not cruise with these again by choice. This ship is mainly for Italians French and Spanish so there was a language problem when trying to communicate with other passengers. The staff all spoke English.

Passengers were taken on at each port except for Tunis which meant the lifeboat drill was repeated each day (you only have to do it once on the port you embarked). The announcements in different languages became tiresome and sometimes they forgot to announce them in English. In the theater all the shows were in English which was to our advantage. Less

Published 10/10/12

Cabin review: 19081

9081 - small but adequate good location near lifts and stairs.

Port and Shore Excursions

The port is near the town center so you can walk from the ship along the front there is a small road train that you can take for a tour around the city this stops just by the wooden replica Galleon along the front.
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You could get a bus or taxi into Marseille town from the port terminal if you did not want to take a tour. Harbour was pretty but lots of roadworks going on there when we visited.

Before arriving here we spend an afternoon and evening in Ibiza which was a pretty town with a nice sea front and harbour. Palma you could walk to the shopping centre or if you felt energetic you could walk to the Cathedral which you can see from the port. Or take a tourist bus outside the port to see the sights.

The port is Civitavecchia - very pretty beach you can walk to the station about 15 minutes walk along the front here you can get a train into Rome (Roma) for €12 which includes the metro and buses. The journey takes about 1.5 hours and it is easy to get to places of interest by walking or using the hop on hop off buses. The train goes around Rome and the last stop is a terminus so you cannot go any further this is near the Trevi fountain and also the place you can pick up the tourist buses.

The port was quite nice had a selection of shops and cafes - we did not go outside the port area. Inside you could get a taxi for €40 for 4 people to take you to Carthage which is a suburb of Tunis

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