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MSC Armonia Review

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2016 Best for Service
2016 Best for Value
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MSC Armonia
4.0 / 5.0
386 reviews

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Bottom Line
Great for families and anyone looking for wallet-friendly fares

About

Passengers
2,679

Crew
721

Passenger to Crew
3.72:1

Launched
2001

Shore Excursions
110
Sails To
Western Caribbean, Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean
Sails From
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Kim Foley MacKinnon
Cruise Critic Contributor

MSC Armonia Overview

MSC Armonia has been sailing in the Caribbean for several years, but until recently, it primarily targeted Europeans; now it's drawing a North American crowd as well.

A decently sized ship at about 2,500 passengers, MSC Armonia is smaller than most modern mega-ships and feels cozier than you'd think. Similarly, despite it being an older ship, the decor feels comfortable, rather than passe; imagine a high-end chain hotel that's become pleasantly worn-in over the years.

One of the best things about MSC Armonia, especially for social cruisers, is its passenger makeup -- a real melting pot of the world, with dozens of nationalities represented and a plethora of languages heard onboard. No matter where anyone is from, though, everyone is onboard to have fun.

Cruisers have a real appreciation for the relatively small-scale size of the ship, which allows you, the crew and other passengers to get on a first-name basis quickly. Participation in group activities (from poolside aerobics to dance competitions) is overwhelming and the theater is packed at night.

MSC Armonia is also a particularly kid-friendly ship, packed with kids' clubs that benefit from brand partnerships including Chicco, the Italian baby care brand, and Lego, the well-known toy block manufacturer, both of which resulted in the creation of five separate onboard child care centers, kids' and teen clubs.

For those who want to cruise on a ship surrounded by English-speakers, it's worth noting that all the announcements onboard are made in several languages (English, Italian, French, Spanish and German), which can get tedious at times. That said, English is the first language on MSC Cruises ships and we never had difficulty communicating. Crew quickly learned our names and even our favorite coffee and drink preferences. Special requests were handled with aplomb, and we found service to be quite friendly, if sometimes slow.

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Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Two main dining rooms, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater shows
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Water, tea, coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14 per person ages 12 and above; $7 for children ages 2 to 11)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (15 percent for both)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea, coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Photos, retail purchases and casino play

Top MSC Armonia Itineraries

MSC Armonia
7 night caribbean - eastern cruise

Miami, Key West, Nassau, Nassau, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Miami

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Fellow Passengers

MSC Armonia features a truly cosmopolitan makeup of passengers from all over the globe. The rich mix of nationalities makes for an interesting and eclectic crowd, especially fun for extroverts looking to make new friends.

The ship also attracts a fair amount of families -- even when school is in session -- for its great children's amenities and clubs.


MSC Armonia Dress Code

Daytime: Casual dress is appropriate on MSC Armonia for the majority of the cruise, including jeans and shorts in the main dining room.

Evening: On formal (or "gala") evenings, men should wear a suit or collared shirt and slacks, and women, a cocktail dress or other dressy clothing. Passengers who want a less formal dining experience on these nights can opt for the Lido buffet.

Not permitted: No swimwear or bare feet are permitted in indoor restaurants or buffets at any time.

Read more about MSC Cruises dress code.


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MSC Armonia Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.53.6
Dining3.03.2
Entertainment4.53.2
Public Rooms4.03.7
Fitness Recreation5.03.3
Family5.03.5
Enrichment2.52.9
Service4.53.6
Value For Money4.53.4

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Where does MSC Armonia sail from?

MSC Armonia departs from Miami and Tampa

How much does it cost to go on MSC Armonia?

Cruises on MSC Armonia start from £179 per person.

Is MSC Armonia a good ship to cruise on?

MSC Armonia won 7 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Value
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MSC Armonia Member Reviews

montylee
Sail Date: Feb 2020
MSC Armonia review Each person that cruises will have their own set of criteria for evaluating a cruise. Complaints by some are rejected by others. I accept that.... Read More
lorenzod
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Well done MSC Armonia.... Read More
IsanTom
Sail Date: Feb 2020
I am also booked o the MSC Meraviglia for 4/12/20 for a 21 day TA. I'm looking forward to this cruise after the great experience on the Armonia!... Read More
jdickeysc
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We will definitely consider the Armonia and MSC in the future.... Read More

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