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MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review by NYC2DC

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

We flew from Washington DC into Marco Polo airport at 1100 am and went straight to the ship the day of the cruise. Tip, take the bus for 8 euro a person from Marco Polo to Venice and 1.50 euro a person for the ppl mover from the Venice bus stop to the cruise port ....save your money as the cabs and water taxi prices are high (unless you have 4 ppl for a taxi or if you packed many bags) and the bus and ppl mover are convenient and easy! Embarkation was easy....have your cruise docs printed and your passports ready. Once checked in you have to go to a machine to activate your room key.

This ship is a smaller ship, we had 4 people to an ocean view room. This was our 16th cruise and we met with family, for a total of 9 ppl in the group. We typically get two connected balcony rooms to separate us and the kids but there were no balcony rooms available and we received an incredible deal on the one room with a military discount. The ports were the most important to us so we went with it.

Dining is geared toward the European palate but they did have burgers, hot dogs, fries, and pizza for the kids. Note that cruisers that book from the US and Canada receive the Fantastica package which gives you 12 drinks for each person in the cabin....we found this to be plenty as we ported for many days and enjoyed drinks in town.

Entertainment was mostly in Italian but the crew did try to include all and the service personnel also did a decent job (I have had more attentive service on other cruise lines).

Ports, we choose this cruise for the ports. We did not book anything through the ship and decided to explore on our own. Split was the first stop and we had ample time to walk the city and take pics. Croatia is clean and cheap! Santorini was a disappointment....if you book through the ship you get off the ship first....everyone else has to obtain a disembarkation number from the excursion desk for free the day before the stop. Upon arrival in Santorini everyone queues up and waits to get off the ship based on the number you obtained, we were number 11 and our time was 9:15-9:30 am. The number calling did not start until about 9:30 with number 1! Needless to say we did not get off the ship until about 10:30 and that is because we just left and walked down to disembark. We took the water ferry to Oia (15 euro per person and half for kids) and had 1 hour to RUN through Santorini before we had to get back to the last bus back to Oia at 1200 (last bus through the ferry company). Mykonos was a late night stop and we did ferry over (the cruise ship charges to ferry over, 9 euro per person), had dinner, took pics, ate street food, and shopped. Dubrovnik was a bus ride into town (the ship charged 14 euro per person into town and back) and we took a leisurely walk through the old town, again cheap and clean. Warning.....most places in Croatia do but there are places that do not accept euro! Last stop was Ancona and we walked 30 mins through town to the local beach. Very quiet area and the rocky beach area was packed with local families. Overall we found Europe to be very clean and we were able to get a taste of each city....we definitely want to go back to Mykonos and Dubrovnik for a longer period of time!


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Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom
Cabin I2 8067

We had 4 ppl to a room, queen bed on the bottom and the kids were in the drop down bunks above us. Kids are 11 and 12 so the room was a bit tight for trying to get dressed. The shower curtain in the bathroom was maddening.....it stuck to you every time you moved so our floor was wet after every shower. The accommodations were enough and met our needs.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Split

Excellent, cheap, clean city to walk about and take pics.

Santorini

Excellent, cheap, clean city to walk about and take pics.

Mykonos

Excellent, cheap, clean city to walk about and take pics.

Dubrovnik

Excellent, cheap, clean city to walk about and take pics.

Venice

Great transportation, cheap shopping, nice to wander and get lost to take pics.

Ancona

Excellent, cheap, clean city to walk about and take pics.


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