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MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Lovely Staff, Average buffet dining, manic port schedule if you have kids.....

MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review by Bleugh

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom

MSC were well priced and fitted in with the area we wanted to visit at the times we wanted to visit.

The destinations were all fantastic and, without young children, this cruise would have been good...

Problem is.....the kids club timetables aren't really co-operative with the already limited time on the destinations...

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, AND WANT TO USE THE KIDS CLUB, ENSURE YOU BOOK MSC'S OWN EXCURSIONS TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF KIDS CLUB

they refused to let us pay extra to drop our children in early :-(

we've two young children and were quite stressed when we discovered that

kids club, most days won't take kids to lunch,

most days start an hour or two AFTER the boat hits a destination

most days finish a good time BEFORE the boat leaves a destination

this hit us particularly hard at Dubrovnik and santorini where we only had 4-5 hours on-site, santorini in particular where we had to cut a private tour short

Overall, the staff really were amazing, our cabin guy was superb, friendly, attentive and the children loved him.

the downstairs 'my choice' restaurant was great.

the buffet, not really that good

we felt a little dissapointed overall,

unloading of over 2000 passengers was quite a slow process

there aren't any laundries on-board - though they do offer a 30 euro for 20 garments about halfway into the cruise...

Lifts were 'naff' - extremely slow, or buttons missing / not working

Boat is old, but well maintained

top deck is very good, lots of pool space, great kids splash park but get up early to reserve a sun-lounger, and be prepared to fight to get your 'stolen' space back,

they really should have a 'kids only' side to the pools as both shallow parts were jam packed with adults grumbling at kids having splashy fun!

boat felt very crowded....it's a small-mid sized boat of 2,100 guests, but queue times for a table at brekky were 30min+ at peak.....the staff were fairly attentive though, just a shame to see so many people pushing in

Part of the dissapointment was culture I guess, we certainly won't be using Italy as a starting point again, as there's minimal respect for personal space or queues, often resulting in a squashed child

Would I use MSC Again - after hearing a few stories about their other larger boats, sure, they do sound great,

would I go on a small boat like this again?, nope, too many people, too short a time at the destinations and too long to get on/off the boat


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Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom

Nice sized cabin, good layout and kids loved using the window ledge as a 'step' to climb upon the beds...Overall, happy with the size. exterior window was filthy, encrusted with salt (it is a boat afterall!) so taking good pics wasn't easy...BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Ancona

Didn't see any of it.....we got on and off here, rented a car to drive back

Venice

not long enough here, though went on a gondola with the kids, I loved getting lost

Split

gorgeous city!, both cheap and expensive at the same time. Game of thrones museum was 'amusing' - be sure to take lots of pictures of the genuine window shutter used :-)

Santorini

Hadziki winery was amazing. we booked a private tour of 4 hours, which we had to cut short due to kids club starting times

Mykonos

Lovely city, ensure to use the ships recommended boat to get too / from the destination

Dubrovnik

AMAZING CITY, I COULD SPEND A MONTH HERE WALKING AROUND this is KINGS LANDING


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