Complete Guide to MSC Sinfonia Cruise Ship with prices, cabin and more
MSC Sinfonia is an MSC Cruises cruise ship that first entered into service in 2002. In March of 2015, the ship underwent a refit that extended its length by 25 meters and added 194 new cabins. With a passenger capacity of 1,950, the MSC Sinfonia is perfect for those looking for a classic cruise experience.
The MSC Sinfonia pays homage to the symphonies of great composers with its modern design and comfortable amenities. The ship's interior is designed with clean lines and natural wood, brass, and marble accents that give each venue its own unique feel. MSC Sinfonia is the second MSC Cruises ship that will be in South Africa during the 2022/2023 season and will be based out of Cape Town.
40 "girls" (well actually ladies in their fifties) travelled on a 7 nights Northern Europe Cruise. We had a wonderful time on our MSC Sinfonia cruise! The food was excellent, the crew was friendly and helpful, and the ship was beautiful and spacious. We had plenty to do and never felt bored. We would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone!
My group of ladies and I had planned to cruise to Mozambique on MSC Sinfonia but unfortunately, due to bad weather, our trip was cancelled. However, we were able to visit Port Elizabeth in South Africa and I have to say that being on the MSC Sinfonia was an incredible experience. The staff and crew were excellent, the entertainment was top-notch, and the food was wonderful. Our balcony suites were also amazing. I would definitely go on MSC Sinfonia again and tell all my friends about it.
We just returned from a week away on the MSC Sinfonia and it was fantastic. The waiters and waitresses were wonderful with our son Themba, spoiling him rotten. The cabins were lovely, quite small but they had everything you needed. They were cleaned twice daily and even had a mini bar. The staff were all so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them.
Cabins on MSC Sinfonia
The MSC Sinfonia cruise ship offers a variety of cabins to its passengers. There are a total of 351 inside cabins, 405 ocean view cabins, 94 balcony cabins and 130 suites on the ship.
The different cabin types offer different views and amenities to passengers. 5 Inside cabins are specially designed to accommodate passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility.
All cabins come with a variety of amenities including air conditioning, ensuite bathroom- hairdryer, minibar, safe and telephone. Some cabins also have additional amenities such as balconies (in select cabins) and connecting cabins.
Inside Cabin (no window)
351 Interior Cabins (≈13 m2)
- A double bed can convert into two singles
- Available in Bella and Fantastica Experiences
Note: 5 Inside cabins for guests with reduced mobility or disabilities (≈13 m2 to ≈21 m2)
Cabins are available on Deck 7 (Brahms), Deck 8 (Bach), Deck 9 (Tchaikovski) and Deck 10 (Sibelius).
Outside Cabin (window)
405 Ocean View Cabins (from ≈13 m2 to ≈22 m2)
- Double bed can convert into two singles
- Available on Bella and Fantastica Experiences
Available on Deck 7 (Brahms), deck 8 (Bach), deck 9 (Tchaikovski) and deck 10 (Sibelius).
Two cabins on deck 9 (Tchaikovski) are 4 passengers sharing with 2 sleeping beds on the ground. Those premium Ocean View Cabins are 9006 & 9003
Note: 64 cabins are obstructed ocean view cabins
94 Balcony Cabins (from ≈13 m2 with a balcony of ≈3.5m2)
- Sitting area with Sofa
- Bathroom with shower
- Double bed can convert into two singles
- Available in Bella, Fantastica and Aurea Experiences
Furnished with two chairs. We have sometimes had two deck chairs instead of the standard upright chairs. The balcony is accessible through a floor-to-ceiling- glass door.
The Balcony Cabins are available on Midship on Deck 9 (Tchaikovski) and Deck 10 (Sibelius)
130 Suites (≈22 m2)
- Double bed can convert into two singles
- Available in Aurea Experience
The sofa can be transformed into a bed to accommodate 1 extra guest or two kids under 12.
Available on Decks 10 (Sibelius) and Deck 12 (Bizet)
What is included in all MSC Lirica Cabins
Private Air Conditioning
Bathroom with Showers or Bathtub
Wi-Fi Connection (€)
- Comfortable Double or Single Beds
The mini-bar is stocked with non-alcoholic drinks, alcoholic drinks and snacks, which are at an extra charge. The air-conditioning is individually thermostat-controlled and the air is 100% new.
All the power outlets (220v/110v) and USB ports are located on top of the desk - make sure you take a multi-plug if you have a lot of items to charge. The mattress is very firm, so if you like a softer mattress, you may find it too firm for you. Some cabins come with bunk beds or sofa beds for a 3rd/4th person.
The bathroom is functional but fairly small in all non-suite cabins. All showers and basins have shampoo/conditioner and body wash mounted to the wall, as well as a wire rack to hold toiletries.
The cabin size ranges from 13m2 to 22m2. Considering that the itineraries are designed around ports, you spend little time in your cabins, so this should be enough space.
The 5 accessible cabins (21m2) are conveniently located next to the elevator - they are all Interior cabins.
Restaurants onboard MSC Sinfonia
Il Galeone is the main dining room. Deck 5 | Seats 1,039 | Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Il Covo is the second main dining room. Deck 6 | Seats 353 | only Dinner
La Terrazza Buffet
La Terrazza Buffet is the Self-Service Buffet on Deck 11 | Seats 285| 20 Hours a day
From pizza to breakfast in bed, the room service is a great alternative to the restaurants | 24/7 ($)
Public Areas on MSC Sinfonia
The MSC Sinfonia offers passengers a wide range of public areas in which to relax and enjoy their voyage. These areas include the Teatro San Carlo, Ambassador Lounge, Cafe le Baroque, Manhattan Bar, Sinfonia Lounge & Library. The Sinfonia@Caffe is also available for those who need to stay connected while on board.
Located on Deck 5 of the MSC Sinfonia, this show lounge is home to all secondary acts that aren't shown in the main theatre. You can take dance classes during daytime hours while there are live musicians and bands playing throughout the evening hours as well! Seats 224 people.
MSC Sinfonia Lounge
The MSC Sinfonia lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon cup o' joe or tea, all while reading one of our many interesting books. This cosy atmosphere will make you forget about your day and just spend time relaxing with your family!
Shelagh's House Pub
Shelagh's House is the English-style pub on board MSC Sinfonia. It has a lengthy wooden bar and circular tables so that guests can enjoy drinks with friends or family before performances at the Teatro San Carlo. Seats 114
Buddha Bar | Piano Bar
The Buddha Bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some drinks before or after dinner. With 91 seats, it's not too busy even on an evening cruise ship! This bar has small cocktail tables surrounded by comfortable chairs that you can sit in for just about anything - the perfect place for pre-dinner cocktails
Cafe Le Baroque
The Cafe Le Baroque on deck 6 of the MSC Cruises ship is a place where you can enjoy an "Italian coffee experience." All drinks come with complimentary pastries or cookies, and there are chilled coffees for those who prefer them to hot ones. You'll also find various other beverages if cocoa makes you happy!
Ambassador Cigar Lounge
The ambassador's lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a cigar while sipping your favourite drink. This elegant, yet sophisticated atmosphere will have you feeling like royalty as soon as you walk through those doors!
Caffee del Mar
The ship's pool bar is open from 08:00 to late into the night and offers a range of cocktails, beers and soft drinks. This is where most passengers spend their time during sea days.
Teatro San Carlo
As you walk through the main entrance of Teatro San Carlo, it feels like a movie has been set up for your enjoyment. The lights are dimmed and there is just enough light from an opened curtain to show off some actors waiting in anticipation; all that rest assuredly will be revealed soon enough!
Pasha Club Disco
The MSC Sinfonia's night club is located aft on deck 12. The Pasha Club Disco starts getting busy around 23:30 and offers music and dancing late into the night, so you can enjoy a few hours of relaxation while watching our beautiful ship sway back-forth through those panoramic windows!
The Sanremo Casino is the perfect spot for anyone who loves playing slot machines. You'll often get surprise promotions and tournaments aboard, but if you want to bet on poker or blackjack there's no better place! It can accommodate 127 people at one time with its own bar serving drinks as well (and smoking allowed).
Top 13 Exclusive Solarium
Deck 13 (Sun Deck)
Deck 7 (Scarletti)
Decks 14 & 15
Shops & Photo Gallery
Deck 5 & 6
Baby Club Chicco
Dedicated Area for Babies by Chicco (under 3 years)
Space Trip Mini Club
Play Area for children from 3 to 6 years old
Junior Club Lego
Lego Play Area for children from 7 ot 11 years old
Young & Teen Club
Dedicated Area for Tweens and Teens (12-17 years)
Dedicated pool and slides for children
Virtual Games Arcade
FAQ for MSC Sinfonia
MSC Sinfonia underwent a refit, in 2015, that extended the vessel by 25 meters and added 194 new cabins. This was done in dry dock at the Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo, Sicily.
MSC Orchestra, an attractive holiday cruiser in South Africa, is launching its homeport in Durban in the 2022/23 season, with the MSC Sinfonia based in Cape Town. Offering 2, 3 and 4 nights cruise from November 2022 to May 2023.
The MSC Lirica offers 13 decks with 9 accessible by passengers. The ship has a maximum occupancy of 2,679 guests - 1,984 on double occupancy. She has 990 cabins with 357 inside, 409 ocean view, 94 balcony cabins and 130 suites.
MSC Sinfonia was a relatively small boat with a large capacity that was increased to 1,950 passengers in 975 cabins.
MSC Sinfonia does not feature the MSC Yacht Club. MSC Yacht Club guests can enjoy the MSC Yacht club on the newer ships, starting from the MSC Fantasia launched in 2008.
MSC Cruises will start in South Africa again on 19 November 2022 with the MSC Orchestra in Durban.
The MSC Sinfonia will start on the 16 December in Cape Town with a range of 3 nights cruises.
Includes and Excludes in your Cruise Fare
- All meals in the two main dining rooms, the buffet and selected other eateries.
- All shows in the theatre and other venues
- Duty-Free shopping gallery ($/€)
- Library & game room
- Kids club for all ages
Daily service charges/gratuities are included
Accommodation in well-appointed cabins
Water, coffee and some juices are included in certain areas of the ship
Most on-board activities such as group games, competitions, quizzes, and crafts classes are included
No entrance fee for the disco / nightclub
All evening shows are free to enjoy
- All drinks beyond water, tea, coffee and selected juices in the buffet
- Shore Excursions
- SPA treatments & access to SPA area (Subject to experience)
- Wifi (unless specified otherwise)
- Casino, photos, shops
- Service fees (please check - it is INCLUDED in some markets)
- Aditional Kids activities
MSC Sinfonia South African Cruises
Get ready for the 2022/2023 season with some MSC Special Offers on MSC Sinfonia out of Cape Town, South Africa.
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