MSC Armonia Cruise Review by Wheeling Free: MSC Armonia 'Wheelchair'
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MSC Armonia 'Wheelchair'
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
This is the third MSC cruise we have done. Great value and this Cruise company is very friendly and helpful for wheelchair users. Some cruise companies do not allow wheelchair users to disembark at 'tender' ports, MSC will try their best to allow you to get off at every port. The ship itself is an older refurbished cruise ship. Although not as extravagant or big as some of the other in the fleet, it is quite quaint and very nice. The wheelchair cabins are very spacious. The bathroom has a wet floor wheel in shower with a fold down seat. The only negative is that the seat means your back is against the shower controls.
All areas on the ship are accessible with a reserved area in the theatre. The restaurant food was very good as was the lunch buffet and snacks.
Being small passenger numbers was a bonus when trying to use lifts or find tables or deck loungers and this was never a problem. The staff were great and I was called to reception twice just so they could see if there More was anymore they could do for me.
This cruise embarked at Venice. Although bridges are an obstacle, Venice is reasonable accessible for wheelchairs if you are prepared to move from section to section via the excellent and helpful ferry system and well worth the effort. The first port was Ancona, very hilly and not that wheelchair friendly but if you are up for a bit of exercise the markets were good and the produce market was worth a visit. Corfu was next, use the local bus (accessible) at the port to get to town. A bit of hill work will get you into the main town, great market area and lovely setting. Santorini was the next port, beautiful views from the ship and if you are in a wheelchair that's where I'd stay. Been here twice and gone ashore both times (for family). The gondola is accessible if your chair is under 650mm wide but once up top you can't go anywhere without continuous assistance. Athens was next. Trains are accessible and cheap but second time here and strikes both times. Paid 120 euro for taxi for 4-5 hours. missed acropolis last time with strikes so was determined this time. Got there only to find the stair climber to access the lift was broken. Paid the staff to lift me up steps to the lift. Once up top it was pretty hard going but great to see. Plaka suburb for shops and cafes was inclined but pretty accessible. Argostali was the next stop. This town was rebuilt after earthquakes so doesn't have the old age feel to it.Nice stroll along water front and head to main square for markets. Right of the port about a km to find a place for a swim. Kotor was next, an old medieval walled town. Quite small to easily move around. My daughter walked to the top of the hill which was a highlight for her. Back to Venice.
I recommend MSC for wheelchair users in general and this was a nice cruise both onboard and ashore. Less
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