We chose this, our first cruise for two reasons: 1. The rest and relaxation it would afford us and 2. the places we would get to see. We were not disappointed; every place had its own unique history and was a worthwhile visit. The pre-stop talks by Alison were appreciated but not always accurate and lacked practical information for those not doing the organised Excursions. However, that said, the cruise was hugely beneficial from start to finish, with a variety of meal options and food available almost throughout the day. The coffee was disappointing in two ways - ready made was not the best tasting and although Nescafe instant sachets were alternatives, they were not always available. There was never a dull moment for those seeking activities through the day. The gym was well equipped but not monitored that well, and some fitness enthusiasts were just too enthusiastic, hogging more than the permitted 20 mins per item. Disappointingly, I had called MSC before the cruise to check whether or not the ship had a Squash Court because not of all of their ships do have. I was assured that the Sinfonia did have, only to find that this was not so. The Golf Simulator was also in disrepair. Our cabin was adequate although being one of the budget ones and well serviced. Being on the 7th deck we were situated above the Theatre so sometimes the noise of practises or late night entertainment filtered through to our cabin. We found the staff pretty helpful in general especially when we requested the opportunity of offering church services onboard. They went out of their way to provide us with a venue, sound support and media projection (although the dat projector does need upgrading).Thank-you! All-in-all it was a great cruise and our compliments to all crew who made it so enjoyable.
Shower was particularly small but then we did have a budget cabin. It would've been helpful to know the exact times that movies were screening on the TV when the ship was out of satellite range to pick up the normal channels. It was well serviced overall.
The scooter hiring is a must here. One just needs your home country license and the ship card for security.
The hiring of a scooter here provided access to many places around the city otherwise not accessible by foot in the time allocated for this port.
A fitting end to a wonderful cruise. Venice was more crowded than anticipated.