Checking in and first day on board MSC Sinfonia for their East Mediterranean cruise


After Florence and Venice, Steve and I embarked on our East Mediterranean cruise on board MSC Sinfonia. The cruise took us from Venice in Italy to Split in Croatia, Santorini and Mykonos in Greece, Dubrovnik, Ancona and back to Venice.

The first day didn’t go smoothly.

Check-in was scheduled to start at 11.30AM and we where slightly early. No worries, we could start checking in anyway. But actual boarding only started at 12.30 PM. So we had to wait.

We had a ‘priority’ boarding pass so we were on the ship early. We were rushed towards Il Galeone restaurant for buffet. Our cabin would be ready at 2PM but that became quickly 3PM.


So we had to wait. Fortunately we could walk around the ship. Luckily we printed out dossier so we could already make use of our drinks package. Our cruising cards waited for us in our cabin.

Wait, wait, wait

The crew had a severe delay on luggage delivery. I had to inquire at the guest relations desk and at that moment the ship left Venice so I missed nice views of the city.

We wanted to shower and change for dinner at our designated restaurant Il Covo but couldn’t without our luggage. So we decided to eat at La Terrazza. Which, honestly hasn’t a great variety in its offering.

We only saw our luggage at 8.30PM. A real killjoy.

Luckily coffee, cocktails and a highly camp ‘Back to the Musicals‘ show sweetened the day.

In school terms, MSC failed on day one. Seven days to go.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. I always pack a change of clothes in my hand luggage in case our suitcase gets delayed.

    I hope the rest of your cruise goes smoothly.

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    1. Timothy says:

      It’s a good idea. But we didn’t expect it to happen on the short journey between the harbour and the ship 😅


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