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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My wife and I returned yesterday from a 7 night cruise on the MSC Armonia to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Havana, Cuba. We booked the cruise solely because of the visit to Cuba. Our experience with MSC began at embarkation. I ... Read More
My wife and I returned yesterday from a 7 night cruise on the MSC Armonia to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Havana, Cuba. We booked the cruise solely because of the visit to Cuba. Our experience with MSC began at embarkation. I had received information in the pre-cruise packet sent to me electronically by MSC that our assigned embarkation time was 4:15. Having taken more than 20 cruises in the past, I knew that it would likely be possible for us to embark earlier than our assigned time, but I decided to follow the instructions I had been given and arrive at the assigned time. When we arrived at 4:00, there was nobody to be seen in the passenger loading zone. Nobody! I dropped my wife off with the luggage and drove to the parking garage. When I returned, I managed to get our two suitcases up the ramp to the check-in desk. As I did so, I passed numerous MSC employees, and not one of them offered to assist us. Some of them even appeared to walk away as they saw us approaching. When I got to the desk, I showed the agent my printed information showing that our assigned embarkation time was 4:15, however, the only response I received was "Sorry sir. Everyone has gone on board. I explained that I am a cardiac patient having had two triple bypass surgeries in the past 13 years and requested assistance with the luggage. I was told that there was nobody to assist me and that I could "go slowly onto the ship." Twenty minutes after we boarded the ship, the Captain announced that the safety drill would commence and that sailing would occur immediately after that. Once the ship was underway, I went to Guest Services to discuss the issue I had with the embarkation process. All I received for a response was that I must have misunderstood the information sent to me. When I showed the agent there the printed copy of what I had received, his response was to shrug and tell me that he did not know what to say. The Armonia is MSC's smallest ship. It is relatively well appointed and generally clean. Getting around on the ship is simple enough. I will attempt to outline some of the most notable aspects of the ship which affected our cruise experience. The room stewards did not approach us upon embarkation and introduce themselves as we have become accustomed to having happen on cruises we have taken. In, fact, we did not even learn who our steward was until the second day of the cruise when we happened upon him in the hallway. His English skills were very limited, and communication with him was virtually impossible. He did do a satisfactory job of keeping the room clean throughout the cruise. The room was about average size for a cruiseline. The bed was very comfortable, and there were several movie channels playing for down times (and there was a lot of that). The shower, however, was another matter. It was incredibly small. My wife and I are not large people, but there was no room to even turn around in the shower without going out of the shower area. I cannot imagine how anyone of any height or size could manipulate that tiny area. The food on the Armonia was unremarkable in any aspect. The dining room food was of good quality generally speaking, but there was nothing about it that would cause one to say, "Wow!" Our server, however, was, without question, the most efficient and capable server we have experienced on a cruise to date. His name was Islambahd, and he came from India. I would recommend him without reservation. The buffet on Deck 11 was like a feeding trough. Food selections were poor, and the quality was not up to standard. We went there for one breakfast and did not return. The general demeanor of ship employees was sullen. When asked a question, it was not unusual for them to stare blankly at the person asking that question, and a response might or might not be received. I did appear that many of the ship staff were lacking in English skills. Theater shows were, again, not up to standards which we have viewed on other ships on which we have cruised. Several of the singers had such heavy accents that their words were unintelligible when they sang songs which were somewhat recognizable as English songs. Virtually everyone with whom my wife and I had conversation took this cruise due to the two day stop in Havana, Cuba. The excursions offered by the cruise line were enjoyable, however, they could have been booked much less expensively through an independent contractor. However, MSC had, in its cruise information stated that excursions must be booked through the ship due to agreements between the Cuban and US governments. We can say, however, that we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Havana. Finally, I should mention the casino. I enjoy gambling and often do so on cruise ships as our state prohibits any kind of casino activities. The Armonia's casino is tiny, a bit larger than the room showers, but only barely. There were four card tables, one roulette table, about 100 slot machines, and no craps tables. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We mostly pick our cruises based on itinerary and value. Armonia offered an overnight stay in Havanna Cuba which was attractive to us. We found the price to be a good value for budget conscious cruisers like us. both embarkation and ... Read More
We mostly pick our cruises based on itinerary and value. Armonia offered an overnight stay in Havanna Cuba which was attractive to us. We found the price to be a good value for budget conscious cruisers like us. both embarkation and disembarkation were among the fastest of any ship we have ever sailed. No cue at all and the shore staff were pleasant, helpful and friendly. Rating A+ The Armonia is a well maintained and clean vessel, Rating A The loyalty ambassador and staff captains were great A+ We could not get the shore excursion(s) we wanted but the staff was friendly B+ The dining experience did not meet our expectations (neither the food or service) The wait team we had did not seem to be on the same page, wrong dishes were delivered to our table, and many times the food was cold, or dry and needed sauces or condiments to compliment the dish, for example the baked potato was served without sour cream, the prime rib without jus or horseradish, the pasta sometimes had little or no sauce at all. I hope this is just an adjustment period to the "Western Market" but I can't imagine many cultures that eat spaghetti with no sauce? The buffet was mediocre. If some of these details are addressed I would definitely want to sail this ship regularly. Rating C- Entertainers (ships singers, dancers, acrobats) were very talented but the variety of shows seemed limited not by talent but by imagination. Rating A Where the Armonia shined was with the activities staff, amazing energy and enthusiasm, they really brought the fun to the cruise. Rating A+ Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This is a long review, but I hope it will help you to understand the MSC experience. Like most folks, we (my DH and I) selected this cruise for its destination of Cuba. We’ve cruised about 20 times, but this was our first on MSC. ... Read More
This is a long review, but I hope it will help you to understand the MSC experience. Like most folks, we (my DH and I) selected this cruise for its destination of Cuba. We’ve cruised about 20 times, but this was our first on MSC. Expectations were low due to the reviews; however, we were pleasantly surprised with our experience and in some cases liked MSC better than RCCL or other “American” cruise lines. Embarkation was quick and easy. Just like other cruise lines, complete the registration on line and have your tickets printed, filled out and signed when you arrive. Also, have the “Guest Certification for Authorized US Travel to Cuba” printed, completed and signed. To note – our etickets said we were to arrive at 4:15, but we like to be on board early, so we arrived about noon with no issues. I assume they do this to stagger the amount of people arriving at one time. The only unusual issue is you will not be asked for a credit card for onboard expenses until you get on the ship. Once on board, you need to go to an ATM-type machine and enter your credit card. There is a big queue when everyone is getting on board, but you can come back anytime within the first 48 hours to add your credit card which will save you time in the queue. Be sure to let your credit card company know you are traveling, as the ATM-type machine looks to them as an Italian purchase. Once on board, you are bombarded with the selling of drink packages and spa packages. We’ve never been on a ship that didn’t do this. We love the spa and they had a great deal if you bought 4 or 6 services. We bought 6 services (split between us) which got us 30% off and free use of the thermal spa area for the entire cruise. In the end, this was MUCH less than we usually spend at the spa! They also had a package for 20% off if you bought 4 services. Like any of the packages, you need to figure out if it will be saving you money or not. We did not buy the drink package. You will immediately notice most of the passengers are not Americans. I’d estimate about 30% Americans, mostly Europeans and 10% Asian. This means all the announcements are in at least 4 languages every time. We had an inside cabin - Bella experience. The cabin was typical inside cabin, but seemed to have more storage than some. There were about 8 decent-sized drawers next to the closet. I had forgotten to bring extra hangers, but our room steward brought some in the evening. The worst thing is the shower curtain. I had seen a tip of bringing clothespins to put on the bottom to “weigh it down” so it doesn’t blow around so much. This did help. I also brought bar soap. They do have liquid soap at the sink and shower gel and shampoo in the shower, but I prefer my own. The cabin was clean and functional. As many have commented, the ship is smaller than the mega ships which are so popular these days. If you’ve been on any of the other lines smaller ships, this is comparable, if not better. It was clean and the service was excellent. All the staff we came in contact with were friendly and happy. We did a status match with our Diamond RCCL and became “black,” which is their top tier. We got invited to a few of the private parties with the crew which were nice. We also attended the Meet and Mingle which was also nice. Every time we ran into one of the staff we met at the parties, they would stop and chat a bit to make sure we were enjoying our cruise. The food was mostly fine. We did like the pizza, although you can’t compare to “real” NY pizza, it was better than any other cruise. Of course, the gelato was excellent (what’s not to like!). The buffet for breakfast and lunch were adequate, but less selection than other cruises. We had dinner in the main dining room and with a few exceptions, it was fine. One night they had prime rib, which was by far the best thing we had all week! The service was excellent! One night we did eat in their specialty restaurant, Surf & Turf. This came free with our “Black” status. The lobster was much better than in the main dining room, but the filet mignon was lacking. This didn’t compare with Chops Grill or other special restaurants from other cruise lines. We didn’t attend any of the shows, so can’t comment. The casino is very small and never very crowded. They had 2 blackjack tables and one each 3-card poker, Dream 21, Texas Hold ‘Em, and roulette. The slots were all penny slots, which we did not play. The pool was typically crowded, but plenty of chairs. I never had any trouble finding a chair in the sun or shade. We loved the spa and went to the thermal spa to sit on their heated loungers every day. All the massages and treatments we had were heavenly! Havana is the main reason we took this cruise. Miguel, the cruise director, gives a great talk about what to expect the day before we arrived. It was very informative, and I would highly suggest you attend. MSC will give you the visa which needs to be filled out. You’ll be charged $75 per person. Miguel goes over how to fill this out, too; however there is a sample in the letter which comes with the visas. We had an excursion, so were first off the ship. As Americans, it seems intimidating to go through Cuban immigration, but honestly, it is a non-event. Show your passport, give your visa, they take your picture, stamp your passport and you’re on your way. Once you go through once, every time after, you just show your passport stamp and walk right in. Havana is a very interesting place. There is beautiful architecture and some restoration being done, but most of the areas were extremely neglected, dirty and crumbling. The people are very friendly and willing to answer any questions. Embarkation was quick and easy. Overall, we both had a good time and were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked the MSC experience. Go and enjoy and don’t worry Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I picked this cruise because is was affordable and went to Cuba. The ship was very clean; and although small, was fine! The staff and crew were great! The food was average! The wait staff at breakfast were clueless; but lunch ... Read More
I picked this cruise because is was affordable and went to Cuba. The ship was very clean; and although small, was fine! The staff and crew were great! The food was average! The wait staff at breakfast were clueless; but lunch and dinner better! My cabin was an ocean view and size was fine. Did have recurrent toilet issues; but thankfully my cabin was close to a women’s rest room; still I shouldn’t have to run to a common bathroom to...well you know! They did send plumbers and tried to fix the problem. And appeared to; on last day! The casino is small but adequate! Shows were okay. Have a small buffet; pizza was very good! I didn’t try burger grill near buffet. I think for price it was very good! If they had an itinerary I liked and price good; I would sail again with MSC That’s my opinion! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 10th cruise, our 4th cruise line, and our first time with MSC! By the end of the week I felt a part of the MSC family. The captain gave a great welcoming speech and another talk the final night of the cruise. MSC cares that ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise, our 4th cruise line, and our first time with MSC! By the end of the week I felt a part of the MSC family. The captain gave a great welcoming speech and another talk the final night of the cruise. MSC cares that we have a great experience. It was interesting to experience the European way of doing things, especially their food. We ate in the formal dining room, the buffet, and the pizza/burger station. There were American favorites on the menu and new items for us to try. Their hamburgers are the best I have had ANYWHERE! The only thing we missed was peanut butter and guacamole. We met passengers from all over the world: Canada, Wales, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Argentina. We attended the shows in the theatre every night except two. We particularly like the Adams Family and the Abyss. Our favorite entertainment was the piano music in the Cafe San Marco. We listened to Fernando, the pianist, every night. Our main reason for choosing this cruise was to go to Havana. We did two excursions thru the ship and some walking around on our own. The ship provides the Visa---you just have to fill it out. Getting through Customs and Security in the terminal was a breeze. The two tours we did were well organized and very educational. Two of the most impressive things about the whole cruise were embarkation and disembarkation. . . . very smooth, no waiting in lines. My husband used the wheelchair service........the crew member who was our escort, Christian, was excellent. I don't have any gripes. My philosophy is this: every cruise line is different, every ship is different, every vacation is different, every location in the world is different. Enjoy your travels! Look for the good! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Hidden fees, old, small and low grade ship quality. Longgggg tender waits. Short port stops, high money conversion rates. Longggg multiple language announcements. Poor itinerary communication. Extremely small stateroom with window. To ... Read More
Hidden fees, old, small and low grade ship quality. Longgggg tender waits. Short port stops, high money conversion rates. Longggg multiple language announcements. Poor itinerary communication. Extremely small stateroom with window. To little closet space for two. No shelving for clothes. Bathroom two small for one person without soaking floors, walls and towels. I am 160 lb...Armonia has no bells, whistles, or technology. Poor TV satellite, poor internet, no towel animals, no on deck waste paper bins, poor floor plans with blocked hallway access. Super narrow hallways. Armonia is one step from the old Queen Mary ship retired in Long Beach CA. No clocks onboard. No updates on TV. No ongoing map of how far you've sailed or how far to next port. Long Multiple language of announcements. I loved CUBA and that was why I chose Armonia. I wish I had went with one of the other Cruiselines after finding out on day 3 we were Bella Status and receiving Bella hidden fee charges and overall treatment. No photo pricing till last night of photo sessions. The service desk told a different story everytime we ask. I will not recommend Armonia to friends or family. I am thankful the ship never sank while we were onboard, because we would have been Bella Status as in "Titanic" going down as the band played on Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The overnight stay in Havana was why I chose this trip. The itinerary was good for a seven day cruise. MSC is a low cost cruise line that I have never sailed on before. This was my 24th cruise. You should not expect great food or ... Read More
The overnight stay in Havana was why I chose this trip. The itinerary was good for a seven day cruise. MSC is a low cost cruise line that I have never sailed on before. This was my 24th cruise. You should not expect great food or entertainment. The ship although older, is in great repair, it is very clean throughout. There was no rust found anywhere on this ship. It is very well kept. The balcony stateroom 9097 was the smallest room in our cruising experience. Yes the bathroom is tighter than most. Electrical outlets (two) are inadequate for todays cruiser. The phone system does not allow messages be sent to other guest rooms. WIFI is very slow and not always easy to connect to. In port in Cozumel on my balcony I had one bar showing with a poor signal while I saw four bars and a strong signal from the NCL ship docked next to us. Announcements are made in five languages and one tour in Jamaica an English speaking island did the tour mainly in French. The ship and its food and music seems to favor non Americans. Most music was with Latin beat. The food was adequate but tasteless. Nothing seemed to be seasoned except with salt. The LaBrassiere dining layout is not well layed out. If you get toast, there is no butter or jellies in the vicinity. Staff was lacking to clear and clean tables and there was no one providing refills on juice or coffee.The Pizza that some rave about must never had really good pizza as the sauce was tasteless and always slightly undercooked. Dining room staff were slow and unengaging. They never introduced themselves and did offer any dining suggestions. On board customer service was the worst we have experienced. Our embarkation information told us not to board until 4:15PM. Thought this was odd but followed the instruction. Arriving at the terminal found it mostly empty and no one to take our luggage. We had to bring it onboard ourselves and found that the ship had been available for boarding since 11:30AM. Effectively we lost lour first day. After waiting 45 minutes in line at customer service I was told it was not MSC's issue but Expedia that provided incorrect information. They said the look into igt as we were the fourth guest to mention the incorrect boarding info. After two days of waitng we received no compensation for our lost day Our excursion to Negril which I booked with MSC on 12/21 was to include Rick's Cafe to see cliff diving as well as the beach at Margaritaville. It was to be a five hour excursion. When our tickets were received we were advised there was an itinerary change but no explanation as to what it was. Taking the letter to the excursion desk and waiting 35 minutes resulted in the first agent after showing him the letter unable to tell us what the change was. This prompted him to ask a supervisor that said we must have booked this a long time ago (three weeks) and the had dropped Ricks as there was not wnough time. When I asked for a reduction in price was told there were no refunds given and we could only rebook a different tour which we had no interest in. They changed the intinerary without notice but were not willing to offer a refund. Very poor customer service. To top it off we went on the tour leaving the port at 1:15PM but after getting into downtown Montego Bay we returned to the ship to pick up five additional passengers that missed the bus. By the tiome they boarded it 1:55PM and then an 80 minute ride to Negril. Since there were more French speking people on the bus despite being on an English speaking island the bulk of the tour was offered in French. We arrived at Negril at 3:15PM and were told to be on the bus by 4:20PM. Stragglers did not finally board until 4:35PM. We then drove a quarter mile and stopped for thirty minutes at a liquor store for people to sample and buy Jamaican rum. We did not return to the ship until 6:20PM. Without a rum stop and returning to the port to pick up tardy passengers ther was clearly more than enough time to go to Rick's Cafe. I never signed up for a stop at a liquor store and have had tour go back to pickup late passengers. The next day the Excursion desk did not even offer an apology. Not a recommended tour! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose this cruise because of Cuba port. Took two hours to disembark ship on first day in port, after that just walked off. All staff very friendly and accomodating. Had 12 drink coupons per person included with fare and was excellent ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of Cuba port. Took two hours to disembark ship on first day in port, after that just walked off. All staff very friendly and accomodating. Had 12 drink coupons per person included with fare and was excellent amenity. Could be used for frozen drinks, speciality coffees, mixed drinks. Ship had free gelato bar near pool with delicious gelato free! Food available 24hrs/day with delicioys pizza anytime. Only problem, both ice machines at pizza place and hamburger place did not work the whole cruise. Had first dinner seating, could order as many items off of menu that you wanted. Daily gratuity added to your cruise account was $12.50, which is less than other cruise lines. I really liked the ship plan, had plenty of outdoor dining space. Tables were bussed quickly. Excursions were well organized, went to Tropicana show in Cuba, I think entertainment onboard was just as good as that show. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for the visit to Cuba and the price. The following are our comments on MSC Armonia Cruise to Cuba 1/ 14/19 to 1/21/19. Entertainment on the ship was in general very good. The dancers and singers were among the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the visit to Cuba and the price. The following are our comments on MSC Armonia Cruise to Cuba 1/ 14/19 to 1/21/19. Entertainment on the ship was in general very good. The dancers and singers were among the best we have seen on previous cruise Evening Shows. The evening shows should have had more variety and in one of the show the dancers overwhelmed the singers and they didn't add anything. But, overall they did a great job. The Entertainment staff was excellent. They had more energy then any other ship we have been on and really tried very hard to get everyone involved in their nightly events. Most of the evening shows were very well done but perhaps a bit redundant. Somehow, whatever the theme it tended to have a Latin flair. The professional cruise dance instructors did a good job teaching their dances and we really enjoyed their demos. However, teaching more latin dances then most people have ever heard of was clearly excessive and it would have been nice to used those sessions on more popular dances. Some of their lessons were also at times that didn't fit well into the night's events (Example Country and Rock and roll (Swing ) lessons were at times that either to close to Supper or the main show of the evening. ). But the first day at sea they did 5 or 6 classes and also did classes when at at port and it was hard to fit more lessons in. The latin band in the 5th-floor lounge was very good but clearly played VERY latin music and no other variety of dance. When I refer to VERY latin music I mean they didn't play much music you could dance ballroom type Cha Cha, or Rumba. The combo on the 6th lounge did play some different music and we started to that lounge, perhaps a bit too late, once we couldn't take any more Latin music that we couldn't dance to. It would have been nice to have a comedy show to provide a better mixture for those who didn't like all the dancing or wanted something different. As a combo they were OK. All our Tours were taken on the ship from MSC. We found out on the ship that MSC was only repeating US guidelines for departing Cuba on tours and MSC really didn't enforce them and you had the option to book a tour with MSC or a 3rd party company. We booked only the Cuba Tours since this is all we were interested in and had been to the other Caribbean ports often. The tours we booked were Architecture of Havana and it was very good. Tour was about 2 hrs of walking around old Havana (no cars allowed) and that was enough for us followed by about 2 hrs of bus touring. Since the ship got in a little late and it took us almost 2 hrs to get through customs with the tour returned about 7:15, it was cut a little short so we could have time to make the Trop tour at 8:15 departure. The guide was excellent. The Tropicana show was really very good and all tables received a glass of champagne and 2 bottles of rum for 10 people. The rum was good and so was the show, we didn't get back until after midnight. The vintage car tour wasn't that good since it rained for the first hour and we were in a caravan of about 10 cars with only a driver that didn't really speak much English. I think you would be a lot better off doing this off the ship since from friends who did it off the ship they had a good english speaking guide with them. Tours did sell out so if you wanted a Cuba tour its good to do it as early as possible off or on the Ship. The ship did provide VISAs for $75 and that was easy and convenient. If you didn't get off the ship in Cuba the ship would refund your Visa fee as long as you didn't fill it out. This was all very well explained in the Cruise directors talk on Cuba.It would have been nice if he took questions after his talk. As far as I could tell MSC really didnt check / (care) if you booked one of their tours or a 3rd party. You clearly needed the Visa to get through customs and it took almost 2 hrs. I', not sure if it would have been faster if you weren't with a ship tour but I got a feeling it wasn't. We took candy and some things for kids on the street but not one ever approached us for anything. We did give away some penciles but that was it. I hear they like toothpaste but again not one ever came up to us for anything. Food was a different story. I'll break it down in some detail. Breakfast,(Dining Room) in general, was very good and we enjoyed it. The procedure to get seated at a table was a mystery since most of the time no one greeted you as you walked into the dining room and showed you to a table. Each time we went in we had to look for one of the staff we taught would seat us. The fact that people are always walking thru the dining room probably has something to do with the seating service. Lunch (Dining Room) wasn't bad, but due to other events, we didn't use it often so I can't offer many comments on it. Dinner was another story and it didn't have a happy ending. This is probably how many people judge cruises and the dinners left a lot to be desired. The salad and french onion soup were very good but most of the other food needed help. Coffee cups were always only 1/2 filled and waiters never came back for a refill (Or fill ). As my wife mentioned there was not one dinner meal we could really say was good or one we enjoyed a lot. Most to our table agreed with that. BTW I wouldnt say it was bad but it clearly was a gourmay experience. I would hope MSC management realize that the Bulletin boards (Cruise Critic for example) have been very hard on this aspect of MSC and leave many past passengers saying they would never do another MSC cruise again. Upstairs on 11th Foor, the pizza was really very good and the ice cream Gelato was great. The buffet lunch was ok, I didn't have any issues with it. Ladies would be happy if they were served first. I didn't notice any lesson on how to play 3 card poker or ultimate texas holdem, other ships do this and have slot machine tournaments but none on this cruise as far as I could tell. I didn't notice any water events (water volleyball for example) planned. The talk on Cuba was done very well and informative but he should have allowed time at the end for at least a few questions. Leaving the ship was awful and completely unorganized. It sure didn't help that the ship arrived a couple of hrs late. We were hopping we wouldn't miss a bus we booked back to Orlando but it worked out OK with a bit or stress. The room was fine and the staff was good. It would have been nice if they introduced themselves to us. There was plenty of storage in the room for suitcases and clothes. All passengers we came across were very nice and there were no issues. Out table at dinner was for 8 all from US and it was very enjoyable. The staff went a little too far out of their way, I think, to seat at breakfast or lunch with their opinion of compatable passengers. We were able to find lounge chairs when we went to the pool area and it wasn't any more crowded then most other ships we have been on. Pool towels were vailable at the pools. One sentence summary is: If the supper meal improved and entertainment shows had more variety it would go a long way to improving MSCs cruise image. I do think you get good value for your money. Many of our cruise friends tell us we can't compare a MSC US cruise with one in Europe or Asia since the non-US cruises are going to have much worst meals and staff. I sure hope that prevalent negative comments we hear on those cruises aren't t true since we are looking forward to our planned 28-day cruise from Dubai to Toyko the end of March 2019. We sure hope the above-detailed comments on this cruise are improved on for that cruise or it's going to be a long cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted an overnight in Cuba, and the price was very reasonable.. The Armonia is well maintained,and very clean.The decor / color palette on the ship is quieter and more soothing than other ships we've ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted an overnight in Cuba, and the price was very reasonable.. The Armonia is well maintained,and very clean.The decor / color palette on the ship is quieter and more soothing than other ships we've been on. We had an inside cabin on the Ninth floor, The room was more square than rectangular, which made it feel roomier. There was ample closet and drawer space. The bathroom was small, but adequate. The food in the Marco Polo dining room was great , Half of the Menu (5-6) main dishes were the same each day, a beef choice, a fish choice, a chicken choice, a vegetarian choice and one or two more. The other half of the menu varied by day, I liked the Italian Day best, I had chicken parmigiana, and my husband had lasagna. both were outstanding. The food in the buffet was very nice, but of course not the variety available at the main dining room. Our cabin steward was efficient and discreet. When we put the "do not disturb" sign out, he let us sleep. Other times, he kept the room tidy. Things I wish I knew beforehand. They had a "white-out" evening where everyone tried to wear a white shirt or blouse. They had a 2-3 minute show where the children sang a super hero song, before the professional show. Many kids wore a super hero T-shirt or cape that evening. Read Less
MSC Armonia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.8
Dining 2.0 3.2
Entertainment 3.0 3.1
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.3
Family 5.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.0
Enrichment 3.0 2.9
Service 4.0 3.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.4

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