The 2,679-passenger MSC Sinfonia got an ambitious overhaul in 2015, with the midsection expanded by 80 feet. The renovation added more cabins (now with beech-veneered walls, warm terra-cotta accents, and soft-toned furnishings) and larger, reconfigured public spaces, including new children's facilities.
What We Love
It’s a Family Affair: Sinfonia’s expansion has revved up the kid-friendly diversions: a colorful, outdoor water park and an elaborate children's program divided into five different age groups, from babies to teenagers. MSC has also partnered with Lego, Chicco, and Namco to provide the latest toys and gear. Items such as strollers and baby carriers are loaned to parents who can leave those cumbersome contraptions at home.
Aurea Spa: The Balinese spa is a sublime hideaway complete with a thermal suite with heated stone-tile beds facing the sea.
Best Known For
Music Theme: Sinfonia’s focus on the symphony plays out all over the ship in the artwork and design. The decks are even named after composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and Brahms.
Evening Entertainment: Teatro San Carlo is a multi-tiered entertainment space that showcases Cirque du Soleil-style acrobats, as well as dancers, singers, and magicians. In the evenings, live lounge music serves as the backdrop for dancing and merrymaking. Drinking hotspots are numerous, too, including the sophisticated Manhattan Bar, the hip Pasha Club, and the zen-zone Buddha Bar, with an impressive chandelier as a centerpiece.
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Who It's Best For
Value Seekers: With ports of call in Italy, Croatia, Greece, and as far afield as South Africa, Sinfonia delivers a good bang for the buck with price points that are particularly accessible for these far away destinations.
Multi-Generational Families: The plentiful mix of entertainment and attractions serves up something for every age group.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Europeans Are the Majority: Vacationers who are more comfortable on an American-centric vessel will feel out of their element. (All bridge announcements are made in five or six languages.) The ship would be more suitable for worldly travelers who relish opportunities to hob nob with European shipmates.
It's Not a Foodie Ship: To appreciate Sinfonia’s cuisine, select the Italian specialties: pastas, pizzas, risottos, pastries, and gelatos. If you’re searching for trendy tasting menus, look elsewhere.
Laura Manske is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Redbook, InStyle, and Cosmopolitan.