MSC Armonia Cruise Review by sands8kc: Few frills, few faults
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Few frills, few faults
Destination: Canary Islands
After reading some of the reviews, our expectations were not that high but thought that, for what we were paying, it would be a cheap break. As we were already in Tenerife, we were not part of a large group so Check In was extremely efficient and quick, but unfortunately, no one told us that there was a shuttle to get to the ship, so we had quite a walk along the dockside. We were on board at about 12.30 and were pleasantly surprised that our cabin was ready for us. It had been made up with a double bed, not with 2 singles as asked for, but this was quickly rectified and made the cabin much more spacious. There was so much storage space and although the shower was quite small, the water was always very hot. It was all extremely clean, so no complaints there. The staff didn't seem quite so well trained as with other cruise companies, stood around talking to each other quite a lot, but plates were always cleared quickly in the buffet.
The ship was very attractive in an art deco More sort of way, I never saw a finger mark on a mirror or a dirty mark on a floor, there were always cleaners and painters around.
I have never seen so many sun beds, even on the day at sea, there was no shortage. There were quite a few small sunbathing areas where it was nice and quiet.There always seemed to be crew around to move beds for you if necessary. It was a bit of a nuisance having to get a ticket for the towels and then to return them to have it cancelled but you got used to it.
There wasn't a lot going on on the ship during the day, but that didn't bother us as we were off visiting the ports most of the time. The trip to Taroudant was very well organized and worth the visit.
We enjoyed the shows, different theme every night, beautiful costumes. It seemed that the compere was just showing off all his language skills as his introduction went on for quite a bit but the pre show entertainment in the theatre by the entertainment team was hilarious.
Unfortunately, the down side was the food. It was very ordinary but at least, unlike other comments, it was always hot, in the dining room anyway. After being used to Celebrity & Holland America, the food didn't compare. We were never hungry but only once or twice could say that the meal was excellent. I found the starters, soup & pasta/risotto better than the main course, so often skipped that. The buffet didn't offer a huge selection but there was a fresh pizza and pasta station at lunch time which was good. The highlight of the food was certainly the cakes which were freshly baked and the scones served at 4 p.m.
We did find that there was a lack of information about the ports we were visiting. We have been used to being given a map with points of interest in with the daily bulletin, but it was difficult to even find out whether there was going to be a shuttle bus provided.
Disembarkation was very quick & easy, we were told that we had to vacate the cabin by 7 a.m. but no one seemed to take any notice of that and we certainly weren't hassled to do so.
Overall, it was an enjoyable cruise, the good points outweighed the bad. I would certainly cruise with MSC again, depending on itinerary and price. Less
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