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MSC Armonia Cruise Review by Paul: Never going with M S C again!

20 Reviews
Member Since 2000
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Cabin 2.0
Dining 1.0
Embarkation 2.0
Enrichment Activities 2.0
Entertainment 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates 2.0
Service 1.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 2.0

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Never going with M S C again!

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice

Embarkation OK no disabled check in though, cabin supposed to be biggest inside on ship so the others must have been very very small.
Food in buffet deck 11 is a joke, breakfast, lunch and dinner, everyday the same hardly any rotation. All geared to Italians i had a bowl of cereals in morning, we had to get every lunch off ship in port, and dinner was a cheese roll and fries. Pizzas and fruit at side of pool bar, same everyday and a nice chap did cook different fresh pasta at lunchtimes at side of pizza place, and this wasn't to bad. We do not do main restaurants so cannot comment on those.
Drinks are a bit on the expensive side but if you drink water or fizzy drinks, i recommend the restaurant soda package. For 7 euros all cans and bottled water free during mealtime hours on deck 11 and main restaurants, this saved an absolute fortune, and if you have to go with MSC get this! Be warned though you do have to pay for tea and coffee with meals(except breakfast) and the only More place you could get them free was a machine on deck 11 near pizza`s, and then you had to carry them to the buffet restaurant.

Staff, i would say 10% of them are friendly and helpful, the other 90% rude and not helpful. i was holding the door open 1 evening, stood with a drink and my walking stick keeping the door open for my wife and a manager walked straight through without even a thanks, i could not believe it!
Ports of call were very good and we did enjoy those, but watch Santorini, if you want to get off early you need to be on an excursion or get a number. I was pushed into a corner by an Italian member of staff who did not explain this, and when i was told 20 mins later to go to reception i found all numbers had gone and we could only go ashore after 4pm!
Entertainment a big let down nothing at all to do if you were sailing, only sit around reading or sunbathing or spend more money on drinks and sit in the empty lounges.
And finally the Italian guests, they are the most rude people i have ever met, you press for a lift and stand back to let people off, not the Italians, they barge past you and wont let people get off the lift before they get in!!
I did complain about all our problems we had in the week and Marcello the Guest relations manager was very nice about it and did cancel our 7 Euro daily service charge, and i gave 2 tips to the only 2 i thought deserved any. Less

Published 10/31/11

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Cabin review: MSC Armonia

7106 was supposed to be a disabled cabin, yet had no hand rails anywhere and the bathroom had a big step, a tiny shower with curtain, and no handrails again.

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