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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

Lovely Staff, Average buffet dining, manic port schedule if you have kids.....

MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review by Bleugh

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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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