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MSC Sinfonia

Capacity
2.679
Crew
721
Tonnage
65 542
Length
274.9 m (902 ft)
First voyage
2002
Decks
13

MS MSC Sinfonia is a cruise ship owned and operated by the Italy-based MSC Cruises. She was built in 2002 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France for the now-defunct Festival Cruises as MS European Stars. She was the last new ship built for Festival Cruises.

Concept and construction

European Stars was the second in a pair of two sister ships ordered by Festival Cruises from Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France (the first sister being MS European Vision).... Read more

MSC Sinfonia

Cruiseline: 
Capacity: 
2.679
Crew: 
721
Tonnage: 
65 542
Length: 
274.9 m (902 ft)
Beam: 
32 m (105 ft)
First voyage: 
2002
Decks: 
13

MS MSC Sinfonia is a cruise ship owned and operated by the Italy-based MSC Cruises. She was built in 2002 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France for the now-defunct Festival Cruises as MS European Stars. She was the last new ship built for Festival Cruises.

Concept and construction

European Stars was the second in a pair of two sister ships ordered by Festival Cruises from Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France (the first sister being MS European Vision). The contract price for the ship was $245 million, and her yard number was X31. Both new ships were built on the same platform as MS Mistral, built by the same shipyard for Festival Cruises in 1999, but with an added 35 metres (115 ft) midsection providing more passenger spaces, and one additional deck of cabins with private balconies.

Newbuilding X31 was launched in Saint-Nazaire on 4 March 2001. Following fitting out, she was delivered to Festival Cruises on 18 April 2002 and officially christened European Stars the following day in Saint-Nazaire.

Renaissance Program

A 24 metres (79 ft) section is being added to the ship during a 10-week refit beginning on 20 January 2015. The new section consists of 193 extra cabins and weighs 2400 tonnes. The work will take place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Sicily. The midsection was prebuilt, before being floated to the shipyard.

Service history

European Stars entered service for Festival Cruises on 25 April 2002 on a cruise from Barcelona. Her career with Festival proved short however, as the company went bankrupt in January 2004 and the European Stars was subsequently impounded and laid up in Barcelona on 19 January 2004. The ship remained laid up for several months, until she was sold to MSC Cruises in July 2004 for €220 million and renamed MSC Sinfonia (her sister European Vision also joined the MSC fleet, as MSC Armonia). The MSC Sinfonia entered service with her new owners in March 2005.

Design

Exterior design

The European Stars and her sister European Vision shared a similar box-like exterior appearance as the Mistral, but with a longer and higher hull, which has been said to have improved the ship's external appearance compared to the Mistral. As European Vision the ship had an all-white hull and superstructure, with blue and yellow decorative stripes painted on the hull, and a blue funnel with the yellow F logo of Festival Cruises. As MSC Sinfonia she retained the blue funnel colour but now with the white compass logo of MSC Cruises. Initially her hull was all-white without decorations, but on 2008-04-15 MSC made known their intention to paint their compass logo on the sides of all their ships during 2008.

Interior design

The interior decorations of the MSC Sinfonia are described as European Moderne by cruise review author Douglas Ward, with minimalist furniture that is in places impractical. The public spaces include two main dining rooms, a self-serve buffet, cafeteria, two-deck high showlounge, a discothèque, several bars, a casino and a library. The lido deck includes two outdoors swimming pool and two thalassotherapy jacuzzis.

Decks and facilities

Only including decks with passenger-accessible facilities.

  1. Beethoven Deck - Showlounge (lower level), pub, cigar room, reception, cafeteria, shops, bar, dining room
  2. Mozart Deck - Showlounge (upper level), cafeteria, business center, casino, bar, shops, dining room
  3. Brahms Deck - Lounge, bar, library, medical center, crew accommodations, outside and inside cabins
  4. Bach Deck - Outside and inside cabins
  5. Tchaikovski Deck - Outside and inside cabins
  6. Sibelius Deck - Bridge, outside (Suite with personal balcony) and inside cabins
  7. Debussy Deck - Spa, gymnasium, sauna, bars, swimming pools, cafeteria, grill restaurant, buffet restaurant
  8. Bizet Deck - Games Arcade, teen's club, discothèque and Outside rooms (Suite with personal balcony)

Attractions on MSC Sinfonia


Shelagh’s House Irish Pub

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Our Irish pib is made for your enjoyment. Socialize with newly-made friends drinking quality beverages. With live music.
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Il Covo Restaurant

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Our restaurant can boast a top gastronomic selection thanks to the variety of dishes and the high quality of the foods, from choice Italian meats, scrupulously controlled, to fresh fruit. Every pro...
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Young Club

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MSC doesn't treat youngsters and teens like kids. And we don't lump you together either. We give you a place of your own with fantastic supervised facilities where you can meet up and do your own t...
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Guest Servise

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Questions and doubts? Our skilled staff will help you to deal with all the nuances!

Medical Center

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Don't be afraid if during vacation you will need some medical help. Our skilled staff will provide acute care for illness and accidents.
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Juniors Club

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Our Juniors club (for 7-11 years old) is staffed by professional entertainers who leave your children free to explore and socialize under their expert supervision, while also offering a wide range ...
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Shore Excursions

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The MSC Yacht Club’s dedication to service extends from our flagships to every port of call, enabling you to explore the world in the same style, privacy, luxury and comfort.
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MSC Aurea Spa

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Step into a sensual world of wellbeing and relaxation just moments from your suite. The MSC Aurea Spa is a serene sanctuary where you can pamper yourself with a superb choice of revitalising health...
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Pasha Club Disco

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Every night of your vacation will be the special one in company with our best DJs and of course the best people at our Pasha Club Disco.
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Sinfonia@Cafe

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Internet center with computers.