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We did this cruise because of the itinerary and timing, having done the return trip via the W. Coast 4 times before - but never on the Sinfonia. We had been told that she was a nicer ship than the Opera, but did not find that to be the case. The good stuff first: Cabin. We had booked an Aurea Suite and were not disappointed - best position and cabin (and bed) we have ever had - spacious and comfortable and, as always, the cabin attendant, this time Putra, was superb. He could not have done more for us. On moving in I needed WAY more hangers, within minutes he was there with a huge stack of wire hangers. I could have kissed him! As far as the cabin was concerned I only had one gripe: when we had high winds for 2 days there was a lot of eerie whistling down the passage and no way to stop it. Entertainment. The entertainment was wonderful - very high quality and varied. Loved it all - BUT the high volume at times was painful to the ears and the visibility from some seats was nil. But they know that. The Operatic concerts were briliant. The Spa. We so enjoyed the massage that was included that we went for 2 more each, superbly executed. Bad Stuff: Food..... we didn't starve BUT I could count on one hand meals we enjoyed. The buffet was very disappointing, the Il Covo ditto - BUT as usual, the dining room service in the evening was outstanding. At lunch time, not so... The loud, screechy "music" in the buffet sent me running out - thankfully the pizza and burger bar on the deck was there to fill in. Pre-dinner entertainment. We were on anytime dining and would have liked a longer cocktail hour with music - but that stopped in the bars at around 6pm so we had to have a drink without until going to the Il Covo at 6.30. Sunbeds - with 'reserved' towels on them unattended for hours - unpoliced as usual. Sad that the lovely pool is now a spray park (unused) but I suppose it would be busy and noisy on other itineraries. So - this is not really a complaint. We enjoyed the cruise very much despite the above and made many lovely friends. The service was excellent as always. We did not take part in many of the activities but appreciated having a formal Duplicate Bridge arrangement set up and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. It would have been better if there had been more music in the bars.

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MSC Sinfonia Cruise Review by JUKSINKENT

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Aurea Suite
We did this cruise because of the itinerary and timing, having done the return trip via the W. Coast 4 times before - but never on the Sinfonia. We had been told that she was a nicer ship than the Opera, but did not find that to be the case.

The good stuff first:

Cabin. We had booked an Aurea Suite and were not disappointed - best position and cabin (and bed) we have ever had - spacious and comfortable and, as always, the cabin attendant, this time Putra, was superb. He could not have done more for us. On moving in I needed WAY more hangers, within minutes he was there with a huge stack of wire hangers. I could have kissed him! As far as the cabin was concerned I only had one gripe: when we had high winds for 2 days there was a lot of eerie whistling down the passage and no way to stop it.

Entertainment. The entertainment was wonderful - very high quality and varied. Loved it all - BUT the high volume at times was painful to the ears and the visibility from some seats was nil. But they know that. The Operatic concerts were briliant.

The Spa. We so enjoyed the massage that was included that we went for 2 more each, superbly executed.

Bad Stuff:

Food..... we didn't starve BUT I could count on one hand meals we enjoyed. The buffet was very disappointing, the Il Covo ditto - BUT as usual, the dining room service in the evening was outstanding. At lunch time, not so... The loud, screechy "music" in the buffet sent me running out - thankfully the pizza and burger bar on the deck was there to fill in.

Pre-dinner entertainment. We were on anytime dining and would have liked a longer cocktail hour with music - but that stopped in the bars at around 6pm so we had to have a drink without until going to the Il Covo at 6.30.

Sunbeds - with 'reserved' towels on them unattended for hours - unpoliced as usual. Sad that the lovely pool is now a spray park (unused) but I suppose it would be busy and noisy on other itineraries. So - this is not really a complaint.

We enjoyed the cruise very much despite the above and made many lovely friends. The service was excellent as always. We did not take part in many of the activities but appreciated having a formal Duplicate Bridge arrangement set up and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. It would have been better if there had been more music in the bars.
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