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MSC Sinfonia

Capacity
1960
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... Read more

MSC Sinfonia

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
1960
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.

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 was 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.

Renaissance program

A 24 metres (79 ft) section was 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 took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Sicily. The midsection was prebuilt, before being floated to the shipyard.

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, two thalassotherapy jacuzzis and the Doremi spray park for children.

Decks and facilities

The ship has eleven decks with passenger-accessible facilities most of which are named after musical composers.

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Attractions on MSC Sinfonia


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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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Shopping Area

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A vacation with MSC Cruises treats you to a leisurely exploration of world-famous brands, browsing fantastic designer boutiques entirely at your ease, ably guided by expert assistants only when you...
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Mini Club/Baby Club

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Our new Baby Club, for under threes, has been developed with market-leading childcare company Chicco. Not only will it be the first MSC area under 3, but it will also be the first baby area at sea ...
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Shuffleboard

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You have an opportunity to play this interesting game on the board of our ship.
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Voyagers Club

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The MSC Voyagers Club was designed by MSC Cruises for those who share our love of travelling by sea and our passion for discovery. It’s our way of sharing the very best of the cruise experience wit...

Gelateria Italiana

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An authentic Gelateria Italiana offering a range of quality ice creams
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Sport Center

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State-of-the art Sport Center with fabulous sea views can propose you different facilities: leading-edge gym equipment, aerobics, pilates, step training, qualified personal trainers.
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Manhattan Bar

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Ship's show lounge with its own bar and dance floor. Also here you can see different master classes, game shows with the participation of the passengers, karaoke and music concerts.

Capri Bar

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Refreshing drinks and snacks near your pool! We are looking forward to you.
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Minigolf

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Miniature golf course and golf simulator.