MSC Sinfonia Review
About This Ship
Cruise Ship Overview
Built in 2002 for Festival Cruises and christened European Stars, the ship was purchased and rechristened by MSC Cruises when the original owner ceased operations in 2004. A sister ship to MSC Armonia, her refurbished public rooms are decidedly modern, with the exception of a traditional English-style pub.
Though these four sleek, medium-sized ships are almost exactly the same dimensions and differ only slightly in basic layout, Opera holds almost 200 more passengers typically and has almost 100 extra cabins. Light and bright by day, intimate and sophisticated by night, the contemporary design may not measure up to the sizzle expected by those North American passengers who don't appreciate more understated European tastes.
Public rooms are spacious and uniformly elegant, with grand touches of marble, brass accents, and lots of wood. The refreshing lack of glitz is more than compensated for by the sparkle of glass and a mixture of primary and neutral colors. With most public areas on the lower two passenger decks, getting acclimated is a breeze. Near the elevator and stairway, lobbies make even vertical movement less challenging.
Space around the Lido pools feels particularly lavish, with two swimming pools and hot tubs.