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Sinfonia is an older ship and it shows. Décor is dated and some areas are not large enough for the capacity (theatre, buffet). As Australian cruisers, we found the atmosphere to be lacking compared with our experiences cruising closer to home which probably reflects more on the high proportion of European passengers than the ship itself. Room was pretty standard. Well designed, plenty of storage. Shower was very small, with a curtain which sticks to you. Our cabin (8147) seemed to have water under the bathroom floor (maybe a water proofing issue?), which meant that you could hear water when you walked on it. Entertainment we found to be lacking. Really nothing in the way of program through the day other than pool deck games. No destination briefings. At night there was music in a most of the bars. We enjoyed the piano/guitar duo in the Buddha Bar which was a bit more upbeat. Food was 6.5/10. Buffet was incredibly busy for every meal. We ate most breakfasts and lunches there, but gave up on eating inside and took a plate out to the pool deck. Food was OK. We ate dinners in the dining room with our table of English-speakers. Service was good, and food was too. Shows – we attended only 2 out of 7 nights and found them to be quite average compared to other (less expensive) cruise lines. Theatre was very poorly designed with rows doubled up which obscured half of the seats. First show was 8:15pm which was almost impossible to get to from a 7:00pm dinner sitting, so we preferred to enjoy our dinner and skip the show. Embarkation was super easy, no problems, we were on quickly (before our allocated time). Bags also made it to the room ahead of schedule. Disembarkation was also very smooth. We requested to disembark earlier than our designated timeslot to make a train and this was arranged without hesitation. We used the gym a couple of times. It was pretty basic, and cardio equipment was busy the mornings we were there. Pool was pretty much always busy! There were lots of lunges, but as usual, people place towels at dawn and were never seen again. Smoke wafted across half of the pool. Only 1 pool and multiple spas. We had a couple of swims. Deck was very slippery in flip-flops. Service was over-worked as seems to be the case on most cruises these days. We bought the drink package which seemed to work out as good value when you considered alcoholic drinks, water, coffee, and ice cream were included. If we could find waiter service, this was fairly straight forward, but the process to get service at the bar was not clear and was not explained. Sometimes you could order from a barman, but more often you had to order from a waiter to the side of the bar who would then put a docket on the bar (or give you a copy), and you would wait until the barman saw your docket (while he/she might be also taking orders from the bar). Occasionally you would end up with 2 drinks as more than 1 bar man had picked up our docket and made our drinks. Shout out to Jekson and Juli from Indonesia who were excellent in the Manhattan Bar. As Aussies, we found the MSC-way of cruising to be quite different to what we had experienced previously. It's very European (all announcements in 5 languages), and overall, from entertainment to shopping, Europeans cruise differently to Australians. We were lucky to find some English-speakers on board, but we were definitely the minority. We were aware of this before we booked, but I think we underestimated the reality.

Old ship but a good time

MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review by Sue_B

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Bella Inside Stateroom
Sinfonia is an older ship and it shows. Décor is dated and some areas are not large enough for the capacity (theatre, buffet). As Australian cruisers, we found the atmosphere to be lacking compared with our experiences cruising closer to home which probably reflects more on the high proportion of European passengers than the ship itself.

Room was pretty standard. Well designed, plenty of storage. Shower was very small, with a curtain which sticks to you. Our cabin (8147) seemed to have water under the bathroom floor (maybe a water proofing issue?), which meant that you could hear water when you walked on it.

Entertainment we found to be lacking. Really nothing in the way of program through the day other than pool deck games. No destination briefings. At night there was music in a most of the bars. We enjoyed the piano/guitar duo in the Buddha Bar which was a bit more upbeat.

Food was 6.5/10. Buffet was incredibly busy for every meal. We ate most breakfasts and lunches there, but gave up on eating inside and took a plate out to the pool deck. Food was OK. We ate dinners in the dining room with our table of English-speakers. Service was good, and food was too.

Shows – we attended only 2 out of 7 nights and found them to be quite average compared to other (less expensive) cruise lines. Theatre was very poorly designed with rows doubled up which obscured half of the seats. First show was 8:15pm which was almost impossible to get to from a 7:00pm dinner sitting, so we preferred to enjoy our dinner and skip the show.

Embarkation was super easy, no problems, we were on quickly (before our allocated time). Bags also made it to the room ahead of schedule.

Disembarkation was also very smooth. We requested to disembark earlier than our designated timeslot to make a train and this was arranged without hesitation.

We used the gym a couple of times. It was pretty basic, and cardio equipment was busy the mornings we were there.

Pool was pretty much always busy! There were lots of lunges, but as usual, people place towels at dawn and were never seen again. Smoke wafted across half of the pool. Only 1 pool and multiple spas. We had a couple of swims. Deck was very slippery in flip-flops.

Service was over-worked as seems to be the case on most cruises these days. We bought the drink package which seemed to work out as good value when you considered alcoholic drinks, water, coffee, and ice cream were included. If we could find waiter service, this was fairly straight forward, but the process to get service at the bar was not clear and was not explained. Sometimes you could order from a barman, but more often you had to order from a waiter to the side of the bar who would then put a docket on the bar (or give you a copy), and you would wait until the barman saw your docket (while he/she might be also taking orders from the bar). Occasionally you would end up with 2 drinks as more than 1 bar man had picked up our docket and made our drinks.

Shout out to Jekson and Juli from Indonesia who were excellent in the Manhattan Bar.

As Aussies, we found the MSC-way of cruising to be quite different to what we had experienced previously. It's very European (all announcements in 5 languages), and overall, from entertainment to shopping, Europeans cruise differently to Australians. We were lucky to find some English-speakers on board, but we were definitely the minority. We were aware of this before we booked, but I think we underestimated the reality.
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Room was pretty standard. Well designed, plenty of storage. Shower was very small, with a curtain which sticks to you. Our cabin (8147) seemed to have water under the bathroom floor (maybe a water proofing issue?), which meant that you could hear water when you walked on it.
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