MSC Sinfonia Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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MSC Sinfonia Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.3
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    3.7
    4.0
  • Cabins
    3.9
    3.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.5
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.0
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.2
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    3.2
    1.0
  • Service
    3.5
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.5
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose MSC Sinfonia?
  • Intimate, mid-sized ship
  • Primarily geared to Europeans
  • Night owls can howl at the hip Pasha Club

MSC Sinfonia Overview

By Maria Smith, Cruise Critic Contributor

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

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.

MSC Sinfonia 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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By Maria Smith, Cruise Critic Contributor

146 MSC Sinfonia Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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lizzy84
Member Since 2010
1 review
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise from Venice for the itinerary. We were not disappointed with the ports of call, the weather was lovely and we had an all inclusive bar. That though, unfortunately, were the only good points. The food is ... Read more
JillyT-Preston
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I had read some bad reviews and was quite anxious about this cruise but I shouldn't of worried as everything was brilliant! We have cruised once before on the Thompson Majesty, Sinfonia was by far superior. We landed at Venice airport ... Read more
MartineV
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The ship itself and our cabin (suite) were OK. Food: breakfast was terrible, lunch and dinner usually just OK. Service was far below all standards. At the pool bar or at the buffet, staff would just let you standing there, waiting, ... Read more
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