MSC Sinfonia

3.3 out of 5

Overview

MSC Sinfonia is a medium ship, carrying 1544 passengers and 760 crew, and sails from Durban, South Africa and Cape Town, South Africa.

Sails from: Venice, Italy, Durban, South Africa, Barcelona, Spain

Cruises to: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean, Asia & Indian Ocean, Europe, River Cruises - Egypt/Africa

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Africa

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South Africa was fantastic. The cruise ship was not the best we have been on. On board spend was expensive, £15 four AA batteries, £3 for 8 in Isreal. First time we have had to buy water in the restaurant.

The last week of the cruise the ship was running out of butter, coffee, tea etc.

entertainment was good and the staff was very good.

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3 out of 5

Ports are wonderful- the ship management is poor

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My favorite part of the cruise was the ports in Africa - Cape Town and Dakar.

Our suite was good in that it was spacious with a tub and marble floors, however, the advertise that the ship is modern and updated - it is not!  The South African people on the cruise and the South African staff were so friendly.  The Italian staff was rude and the entertainment was juvenile.  The food was low grade.  

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2 out of 5

Services

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All services on board was offered at the convenience of the cruise line, not the passengers.  If you do not take their excursions, getting off the boat is made more difficult.  Meals were offered at limited  and rigid  times and not convenient for those of us who like to go ashore on our own.  Will not take MSC again.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Smoking on ship was a shocking surprise. Too much animation on sun deck.

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Good cruise, good food, friendly staff - but unfortenately, smoking is aloud in serveral restaurants, bars, on the main deck etc. This was very disturbing, since the entire ship smells of smoke!!!

 

The animation on the sun deck with super-intelligent games (???) is just way too loud and unnecessary. You may hardly conversate.

A cruise also is for relaxation and enjoying the beauty of the sea - and not just party alone.

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3 out of 5

Mixed review

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Buffet food was mediocre and the hot food was luke warm. Excursions for the most part were not that great. Many excursions wasted much time getting ready and traveling, limiting time at the site. Ibiza sunset excursion was terrible; we were dropped off in the town center without a clue whereto go to see the sunset. Cruise crew and staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: M

  • Total Passengers: 1544

  • Total Crew: 760

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.03

  • Built: Jan 2002

  • Refurbished: 14 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 9

  • Total Cabins: 0

  • Cabin Categories: 17

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