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MSC Sinfonia Review

MSC Sinfonia
MSC Sinfonia
2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining

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MSC Sinfonia
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Passengers 1,952
Crew 710
Passenger to Crew 2.75:1
Launched 2002
Shore Excursions 156
Maria Smith
Cruise Critic Contributor

MSC Sinfonia Overview

The 1,952-passenger MSC Sinfonia is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships, dating from 2002.

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MSC Cruises spent more than $200 million on Sinfonia and the rest of the Mistral class during a two-year refurbishment program in 2014–2015 that saw a nearly 80-foot-long section sandwiched into the middle of each ship. The "stretching" procedure added nearly 200 more cabins -- 94 of which have balconies. During the refurbishment, the line also took the chance to update the spa and childcare facilities, as well as to add an interactive water feature called the Spray Park to the top deck.

MSC Sinfonia divides its time between Venice, offering cruises to Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and Greece, and in the winter it repositions to the east coast of South Africa, offering short cruises from Mozambique to South Africa.

Fellow Passengers

This is a very cosmopolitan ship; the majority of passengers are Italian but you'll also find French, Spanish, German and British passengers. Italians tend to barge about a bit, so people used to holding back and saying please and thank you may find them a bit much at first, but they don't mean to be rude -- it's just their way.

Sophisticated travelers who enjoy practicing their foreign language skills will be very much at home on this ship, while those who dread endless multilingual tannoy announcements will be pleasantly surprised to find they are kept very much to a minimum, except at the mandatory boat drill, which seems interminable.


MSC Sinfonia Dress Code

Europeans tend to be casual dressers by day and even in the evenings some of them don't go to much trouble outside of the captain's formal welcome and farewell gala evenings. It's worth taking some smart outfits along for these but otherwise you can dress pretty much as elegantly or casually (within reason) as you wish without exciting comment.


MSC Sinfonia Gratuity

Six euros ($8.10) per person, per day covers waiters and cabin stewards; other gratuities are at your discretion.


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Deck:
Beethoven Deck
Mozart Deck
Brahms Deck
Bach Deck
Tchaikovski Deck
Sibelius Deck
Debussy Deck
Bizet Deck
Schubert

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More about MSC Sinfonia

Where does MSC Sinfonia sail from?
MSC Sinfonia departs from Ancona, Bari, Buenos Aires, Santos (Sao Paulo) and Venice.
How much does it cost to go on MSC Sinfonia?
Cruises on MSC Sinfonia start from $304 per person.
Is MSC Sinfonia a good ship to cruise on?
MSC Sinfonia won 7 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins, Best for Dining in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value

MSC Sinfonia Member Reviews

MSC Sinfonia
harcoosto
Sail Date: Feb 2019
Just returned from 10 nights on the MSC Sinfonia. I've been reading reviews for the last several months and had been very concerned for our sailing....Read More
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hlperez
Sail Date: Dec 2018
I cruised on the MSC Sinfonia with a friend from 16-25th December....Read More
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mafinol
Sail Date: May 2019
Normally I don’t write reviews but I feel the need to write this one due to all the bad comments I have read about the MSC Sinfonia....Read More
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LSWANE
Sail Date: Dec 2018
A total of 11 family members west on an MSC Sinfonia cruise from Rome and back....Read More

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