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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 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.

MSC Sinfonia Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

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

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

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MSC Sinfonia Member Reviews

MSC Sinfonia
Sail Date: Dec 2018
I cruised on the MSC Sinfonia with a friend from 16-25th December. MSC get a lot of bad press, but you have to remember what you're paying and not compare them to other cruise lines which cost a lot more...Read More
MSC Sinfonia
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. Well I can honestly say, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves...Read More
MSC Sinfonia
Sail Date: Sep 2018
I generally enjoyed our time on the MSC sinfonia for our honeymoon. The food and service were very good, and I liked the list of locations that we were going to. However, there was so little time to spend...Read More
MSC Sinfonia
Sail Date: Dec 2018
A total of 11 family members west on an MSC Sinfonia cruise from Rome and back. Upon boarding the cruise our group all met for lunch in the Buffet, tried to order wine and was told we don't have a drink...Read More

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