A shining light in design and comfort, MSC Sinfonia joined the MSC Cruises fleet back in 2004. After some careful redesign and close attention to detail, the cruise line has turned MSC Sinfonia into a fabulous floating hotel complete with grand staircase and warm and welcoming public areas.
She is able to accommodate just over 1,550 guests and has a crew numbering more than 750. This almost 1:2 guest to staff ratio means that cruisers each receive attentive and personal service, which of course only serves to enhance the cruise experience. Onboard accommodation is pleasant and varied, with choices including interior and exterior cabins, suites, and cabins designed to suit those with mobility issues. Talk to a cruise advisor about what each accommodation type entails, and the perks they might come with.
MSC Sinfonia boasts two main dining rooms - Il Galeone and Il Covo. These both offer a fabulous array of both classic Mediterranean and international dishes, so there is certainly something to please all palettes. Expect delicious pasta dishes, soups, meat and fish, as well as some incredible decadent desserts. There is also an impressive wine list in both restaurants - either choose your favourite or ask your server to recommend a bottle.
If you prefer a more casual dining affair, head to La Terrazza Buffet restaurant. This al fresco option provides guests with a fantastic spread, from which you can pick and choose exactly what you want, as well as the portion sizes. The buffet is open 24 hours a day, so whether you want a full meal here in the evenings, or just a light snack to see you through the day, La Terrazza will not disappoint. Close to Le Terrazza, you'll find Cafe del Mare, which serves international favourites such as pizza, burgers, and pasta. Great for unfussy food served in an informal manner.
Please be advised there are no gluten-free menus onboard MSC Sinfonia.
In spite of the ship's smaller size when compared to the rest of the fleet, guests will find that there is plenty onboard to keep them entertained. In the theatre - Teatro San Carlo - be awed by a range of special acts including live music, impressively choreographed dance routines, and stunning acrobatic shows.
Alternatively, if you prefer a quieter evening, you can opt to spend a few hours chatting with fellow cruisers with a few drinks in one of the onboard bars. La Baroque Cafe cafe has a Parisian cafe ambience, with ornate decor and mood lighting, or there's Shelagh's House - a friendly and informal Irish pub. Otherwise, you could simply while away the hours at the Pool Bar, getting acquainted with the friendly barkeep. Other options include the Sinfonia Lounge, Ambassador, the Manhattan Bar and Buddha Bar.
For something more lively, why not try your luck at some games in the casino; or head to Pasha's Club for an evening of drinks and dancing.
Cruisers who enjoy staying fit and healthy will be pleased with the array of physical activities that can be done onboard. As well as swimming pools in which to churn out some lengths, there is a jogging track on deck, a climbing wall to test your strength, and a well-equipped gym.
After a workout why not rest up in one of the whirlpools for a while, or spend some time in the relaxing spa. Here you could indulge in a treatment like a facial or massage too. As well as spa treatments, it's possible to book other services such as hair and beauty, or barbering treatments in the salon.
During the day cruisers can browse for souvenirs in the shopping gallery, play games with friends and family in the video games room, spend time using computers in the internet cafe, or simply have some quiet time reading a book in the library.
Younger cruisers will also love the Children's and Teen club, in which they can meet new friends and play in a safe environment.