The Mistral-class MSC Sinfonia is one of the smaller ships in the MSC Cruises fleet, with a capacity of 2,679 passengers. It was built in 2002, but majorly refurbished in 2015, bringing it up to date and providing more activities for kids. This 889 ft. ship attracts an international, mostly European crowd, and is popular with families.
MSC Sinfonia cruises take in some eclectic routes, such as short three- or four-night cruises in southeast Africa. These voyages run from Durban, South Africa to the beautiful, uninhabited Portuguese Island, off the coast of Mozambique, before returning. The four-night cruises include an additional stop at Mozambique's Pomene National Reserve, where passengers can enjoy the truly breathtaking scenery. Shore excursions here include horseback riding on the beach or guided nature walks.
Aboard Sinfonia, there are 351 inside cabins, 405 outside cabins and 130 suites. Standard cabins have air conditioning, a TV, hairdryer, safe, and a bathroom with shower. Suites with balconies have a walk-in closet, mini-bar and a full-sized bathtub.
The ship has two pools, a mini-golf course, an indoor golf simulator and a rock-climbing wall. Inside the spa, there is a well-equipped gym area which offers classes, including Latin dancing. The spa also includes a sauna and steam room, with spa treatments on offer.
There are a number of activities on offer for kids and teens, and MSC's partnership with Lego means that the facilities for youngsters are well-stocked. Even toddlers and babies are well-looked after onboard, with the Baby Club giving parents of under-threes a chance to have some privacy.