MSC Sinfonia

Inexpensive Mega SET SAIL 2002
Il Covo’s picturesque dining room
Indulge in a relaxing Balinese massage in MSC Aurea Spa
Meeting friends for a drink in the charming Buddha Piano Bar
The Cigar Room, a comfy getaway for the after-dinner stogie

MSC Sinfonia’s guests hail primarily from Europe and Great Britain, and have sailed previously with MSC, favoring the cruise line’s distinctively Mediterranean look and feel to other companies. Consequently, travelers new to MSC but who wish to immerse themselves in a wholly Italian environment at sea (cuisine, culture, design) will also find plenty to love on board Sinfonia. South African itineraries — Cape Town and Durban among them — result in a more varied mix of cultures, as these introduce more English speakers to an already eclectic blend of passengers. Though no matter the language spoken, MSC Sinfonia’s staff is attuned to providing service that caters to all groups.


MSC Sinfonia is part of MSC Cruises initial offerings of Lirica Class cruise ships, smaller vessels that boast the cruise line’s distinct Italian décor and subdued elegance. Among her counterparts of smaller-sized ships is the namesake MSC Lirica, MSC Opera and MSC Armonia. True to her musical moniker, MSC Sinfonia’s main areas and decks follow a melodic motif, bearing the names of such famous composers as Beethoven, Debussy, Schubert, Mozart, Bizet and Brahms. MSC Sinfonia’s understated glamour eschews glitz and over-the-top trimmings in favor of fine wood, glass, brass and marble accents that blend seamlessly into the ship’s contemporary Italian design. The cruise ship's color scheme is equally tasteful, incorporating rich crimson, yellow and gold.

MSC Sinfonia has adopted many of the bells and whistles of MSC's newer cruise ships. Consider an Internet café with Wi-Fi, the lavish MSC Aurea Spa and Fitness Center with outstanding Balinese treatments, two swimming pools and whirlpools, mini-golf and golf simulator, sports facilities (tennis, basketball and volleyball) and a cigar bar. Among its nine bars and lounges is the two-deck Teatro San Carlo that puts on spectacles running the gamut from musicals to comedy shows to old-time vaudeville reviews. Standing ovations are a nightly occurrence.

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MSC Sinfonia cruises from South Africa in the winter, Genoa and Salerno, Italy in the summer and Eastern and Western Mediterranean ports during the fall.