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MSC Sinfonia Review

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



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Passengers : 1,952
Crew : 710
Passenger to Crew : 2.75:1
Launched : 2002
Shore Excursions : 265

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.

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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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More about MSC Sinfonia

Where does MSC Sinfonia sail from?

MSC Sinfonia departs from Venice, Bari, Buenos Aires, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Santos (Sao Paulo) and Barcelona

How much does it cost to go on MSC Sinfonia?

Cruises on MSC Sinfonia start from £173 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 and Best for Dining in 2019.
MSC Sinfonia Cruiser Reviews

Six months is a lifetime

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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10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Just okay

We may cruise with MSC again if the price is right, but definitely not on the Sinfonia.... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Third MSC cruise. Hope there will be more!

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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Heather Jill

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Not bad and not good either: it's mediocre.

One thing I can estimate: MSC NO MORE.... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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