Our holiday started with a local coach travel firm, we journeyed across the channel, spent the night in Belgium, then on to Austria for the night.Finally arriving in Venice to join MSC Armonia for a 7 night cruise, visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia,Corfu,Piraeus(Athens),Kefalonia,Kotor, Montenegro and Ancona,Italy before sailing back in to Venice.
This was our second cruise, the first one with MSC and the first one where my husband and I were alone without teenager coming along! From the start the coach company were fantastic and got us to the port in plenty of time to enable us to book in. A representative from MSC was awaiting our arrival and ensured we deposited our suitcases in the correct place and escorted us to the check-in area. The staff there were also polite,friendly and very helpful.
On boarding each passenger was personally taken to their stateroom by a uniformed member of the house keeping staff. The ship was spotless and every day we saw staff cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.Every member of staff were very friendly, very helpful and we had no complaints about the service.
The food was fantastic. We were on second sitting which was 9.30pm, which suited us as we saw the spectacular shows in the theatre before the meal. Just so we didn't get too hungry, after lunch there was also 'high tea' served at 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
The passengers were mostly Italians and Germans with the British being in the minority, but everyone was friendly and got on very well.
The ports of call were excellent and made for a holiday packed with interesting days out. We found the excursions a bit expensive so only went on the excursion to Athens as it was a fair way from the port. It was well planned with an excellent guide. There was really no need for us to book any other excursions as shuttle buses were laid on for us, or we could just walk in to town.
This cruise was just as good as our first cruise on an American liner, and the drinks were just as expensive, my only criticism.
Would we sail with MSC again? yes, yes, yes