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MSC Sinfonia Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
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MSC Sinfonia
4.0 / 5.0
705 reviews

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About

Passengers
1,952

Crew
710

Passenger to Crew
2.75:1

Launched
2002

Shore Excursions
193
Sails To
Eastern Mediterranean, Mediterranean, South America
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Maria Smith
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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.


Top MSC Sinfonia Itineraries

MSC Sinfonia
7 night mediterranean - eastern cruise

Venice, Kotor, Mykonos, Mykonos, Santorini, Sarande, Bari, Venice

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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.


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MSC Sinfonia Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.04.1
Dining4.03.8
Entertainment3.03.9
Public Rooms4.03.9
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family4.04
Enrichment1.03.7
Service4.03.9
Value For Money4.03.8

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MSC Sinfonia won 7 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins and Best for Dining in 2019.

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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
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MSC Sinfonia Member Reviews

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Kballer
Sail Date: Aug 2019
We may cruise with MSC again if the price is right, but definitely not on the Sinfonia.... Read More
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Dagenhamboy
Sail Date: Nov 2019
We chose the Sinfonia for our November cruise as we'd had a brilliant experience on the same ship in May. Unfortunately, six months is a lifetime for this ship.... Read More
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Heather Jill
Sail Date: Jul 2019
I had read one or two negative comments before booking the Sinfonia trip but I honestly think it is wonderful. On all accounts our trip could not have been better.... Read More
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happyfeelin
Sail Date: Apr 2019
We even met a couple from Perth Australia who told us that they've been cruising for years and they love Sinfonia even though MSC has newer ships.... Read More

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