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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I decided to book MSC Armonia because of the itinerary and great price.After reading the reviews I hesitated about this cruise but for my surprise it exceeded my expectations. I had a great time with the Entertainment crew, they were ... Read More
I decided to book MSC Armonia because of the itinerary and great price.After reading the reviews I hesitated about this cruise but for my surprise it exceeded my expectations. I had a great time with the Entertainment crew, they were awesome! Every night was a party, very happy, good vibes cruise. My 9 years old boy was in love with all the Youth activities, this girls were amazing and my kid loved all of them. He cried the hole morning just because he had to say goodbye. He enjoyed every dinner, show and activities with all the kids. My waiter Dewa and his team, the best ever! Good menu and tasted delicious. Beverages had a good price if you do not by the package and you will find different kind of beverages, coffee, tea, milk, juices...all included on the package. Itinerary was excellent and all ports too. Dolphin swimming at Cozumel and all silver shopping at the Costa Maya beach was the most I enjoyed. Cuba is an experience you need to have and make your own opinion. What I liked about this ship is that is was not boring at all, it was a happy environment, like a big family. If you don't like tropical music, dancing and having a good time please, do not waste your money booking this cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We selected this ship because it went to Cuba and our favorite (royal Caribbean) was booked out. I read the reviews of MSC and they were not very good. But we enjoyed the Armonia. Our cabin attendant was excellent - the dining room servers ... Read More
We selected this ship because it went to Cuba and our favorite (royal Caribbean) was booked out. I read the reviews of MSC and they were not very good. But we enjoyed the Armonia. Our cabin attendant was excellent - the dining room servers were also excellent. It is a small ship - therefore the entertainment options are smaller than on the bigger ships. Although the shows used ‘canned’ music the young performers were excellent. They put everything they had into the performance. We had a ‘Fantastical’ cabin ( I think that was what it was called) that was quite large - a full bathtub shower and a balcony. I would recommend this ship to anyone who is looking for good value for the money. The dining room food was average but tasty. The gym was excellent. It lacked a good walking deck but this was due to the ship being small. We liked the excursion options - they suited us. Cuba was our reason for choosing this ship - we did the Hemingway tour and the architectural tour. Both were great value. Although my favorite ship is still the Royal Caribbean I would not hesitate to cruise on the Armonia again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We have cruise 50 plus times on various lines (Carnival, RC, Princess, Cunard, Celebrity, Costa) and this will be our first on MSC. We were a little apprehensive about MSC after reading reviews and this being one of the oldest ships in ... Read More
We have cruise 50 plus times on various lines (Carnival, RC, Princess, Cunard, Celebrity, Costa) and this will be our first on MSC. We were a little apprehensive about MSC after reading reviews and this being one of the oldest ships in the fleet. However all that went away as we checked in for our cruise. We arrived early at the port around 10:30am(we had an early flight). Check in was fast and efficient. We went to the waiting area and after about 30 minutes we were allowed to board the ship. The ship is in great shape and we never saw areas that were run down like others have stated. The decor is what I would call as country club elegant. We headed to deck 11 and the Il Griesole bar (are hangout during daytime). We ordered our drinks and at that point were told we have the wrong drink code on our cards(we had upgraded from easy to premium before the cruise). So I took my paperwork and went to guest services and had new cards printed with the new code ( no problem getting it fixed ). The service all around the ship was fantastic , the bar service was some of the best we have ever experienced . We never waited more than a couple of minutes for our drinks at any bar. The servers walking around the deck were great our glasses were not even empty and they were bringing us another drink (we did tip the first day and I am sure this helped). Christine, Benson, Albert and Rom made us feel special. We had 2nd seating for dinner and on the first night it was 8:45pm and all other nights it was at 8:30. The night in Havana was open seating. There was only one Elegant night (the guests were pretty casual on this trip). I went to see the Matre'd to get a table for 2 and after a tip he said he would do what he could and that our new table assignment will be sent to our room. When we we arrived at our cabin after 2pm our new table as requested was there. We had table 450 and John was a great server very fast fast and efficient.The food we though was some of the best we had on a cruise. ( The pasta was the weak link so be warned). We had an outside cabin and is was small but plenty of room for the 2 of us. The shower is small and the curtain likes to get close and personal but after a minute or 2 you figure out how to menuver around. We have been to all the ports befor so the only port we had arranged anything was Havana. We arrived early around 11am and our tour was to meet at 12:45 and at 12:45 we were leaving the ship waited about 10 minutes to get through passport control, security. We exchanged money (euros) this took all of about 10 minutes. Our ship tour the (Hemmingway tour) was good and took about 6 hours. The next day we went on our own and hired a driver in an old car at the port. He took us to the Hotel Nacionale and showed us other areas we paid $60.cucs for 1:30 minute tour. MSC knows what they are doing and do it well and we can't wait to sail with them again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I've sailed several times on the Divina and Seaside and was a little hesitant to sail on the Armonia due to her age. Boy, was I wrong! What a great ship! It was absolutely in tip top shape and the staff were all so friendly and ... Read More
I've sailed several times on the Divina and Seaside and was a little hesitant to sail on the Armonia due to her age. Boy, was I wrong! What a great ship! It was absolutely in tip top shape and the staff were all so friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward Jasna seem to work none stop in keeping our cabins clean and stocked. The food was fantastic and the NY Strips were thick cooked perfect. The only thing I was disappointed in was the shrimp Cocktail's. Our waiter Rony gave us great service and made recommendations that were always right on the money. The main entertainment was mostly musical's, not really my cup of tea, but the skill of the performers was top notch!! I'm more a set in the Bar and listen to a singer or small group. That's where I spent most of my time. I went to Guest Service's several times with a question or request an they handled them all very quickly. I have sailed about 16 times and for me this size ship is what I like best. I have always enjoyed RCCL's Grandeur but this may be my new favorite. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our first cruise with MSC, had been on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess before. We chose this cruise for the Itinerary, Havana. We also found this cruise less expensive than other cruises to Havana. We came with our ... Read More
This was our first cruise with MSC, had been on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess before. We chose this cruise for the Itinerary, Havana. We also found this cruise less expensive than other cruises to Havana. We came with our children and small grandchildren, age 1 and 3. First, the Ship: It is a smaller ship to be able to get in the Cuba port. We chose the Fantastica Package which put us on the 8th floor with a Window. I liked that the window had a bay and right over the bed so nice to look out in the morning with our coffee. Room was spacious, similar to most of the cruises we were on, bed exceptionally comfortable. Had frig with mini bar. We bought the Easy Package for alcohol which is worth it, included well drinks, Heineken and Miller beer, house wines, bottled water, fruit juice and cappuccino. The pool area was very nice with plenty of chairs. They had a splash pad for the kids which was same area as pool so it worked to enjoy the pool and stay with the kids. The Food: We found the food to be very good. We ate in both the dining room and the buffet. Nice variety of options for dinner. The grill was very popular. Enjoyed the pizza, hotdogs and hamburgers. I had lobster the last night which was additional $20.00, was not that great. Would probably just stick with the regular menu next time. The Service: I found the service on the ship exceptional, everyone smiling and helpful. Our cabin steward Carlos was excellent. We did not find any wait getting drinks as I saw in previous posts. The waiters in the restaurant exceptional. The SHOWS: We saw two shows that were probably the best we have seen on any ship. In Havana, a local band and dancers came on the ship and the music and dancers were exceptional. The Itinerary: We came primarily to see Cuba. The ship arrived around 2:00 pm. We had pre-booked a tour with MSC, the Cultural Sightseeing & San Jose Market. We book in advance which saved 20% which is worth it. We chose this because we had read so much about taking the MSC tour versus on your own. You do not have to do an MSC excursion but I feel this gave us a very good view of the city. We were on a bus all through the city with several stops for picture taking. Very nice large air conditioned and well organized. After the tour we stopped at the market which is walking distance to the ship. We could have stayed out till late but chose to come back after the tour. The next day, we were pretty oriented to the area and our group of 6 got in a 1955 convertible taxi for $25.00 to the city center. We walked down Obisbo street which was loaded with shops, tourists, restaurants and found this the highlight of Havana. The people in Havana are very friendly. It is a very poor country but residents can now own businesses so we enjoyed supporting the people. Overall, this was a top rated cruise Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this Cruise due to it being 8 days and having 2 days in Cuba. I had cruised on MSC before but my friend Ann had not. We chose a Balcony room with the Fantastica package which was great. The room was spacious though the bathroom ... Read More
We chose this Cruise due to it being 8 days and having 2 days in Cuba. I had cruised on MSC before but my friend Ann had not. We chose a Balcony room with the Fantastica package which was great. The room was spacious though the bathroom was small and the Fantastica package was perfect. It gave us the flexibility to have a great coffee from the specialty coffee area in the AM and an adult beverage at night. Embarkation was a real breeze (as long as you have your paperwork completed). We arrived at the port around 11:30 and were on the ship by 11:45. This is the fastest I have ever gotten on a ship. Upon arriving we walked around the ship a little and found an empty Kiosk to set up our account. You have 48 Hours to process your account and the Kiosks are in numerous areas so you do not need to stand in line at the 1st one you see. After getting some lunch and exploring a bit our room was ready at 2:00pm. We spent a good bit of time in the Spa as we had purchased the Thermal Package. Also we sprang for acupuncture which was amazing. Dr. Randy is the best. My friend has constant back pain due to a medical issue. After 1 treatment the pain went away and did not return the entire trip. I was in a state of complete relaxation after having it done. We wanted to bring Dr. Randy home with us. The food was good and plentiful. A couple of days we had lunch in the main dining room which was a great treat. It was quiet and the food was excellent. The rest of the trip we ate at the Bistro upstairs as we wanted to just relax and not be on a set eating schedule. As it was we ate around every 3 hours. Our only complaint is there were not enough Cream Puffs. We wanted them every day. The Bread Pudding at the Afternoon Tea was one of our favorites. The ports were all interesting. In Roaten, Cozumel and Costa Maya we walked around town and shopped as we had planned 2 excursions in Cuba. The shopping in Costa Maya was the best. I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed Cuba. It was very clean, safe, colorful, and chocked full of interesting architecture. The excursions we took were “The Hemmingway Tour” and the “Havana Cultural Sightseeing and Handicraft Market”. They were both well run with excellent busses and guides. Of the 2 we enjoyed the Cultural tour the best” as it took you to an Art School for special needs children that was fascinating. We did not attend any of the shows but we did enjoy the Music in the Bar areas, especially Sun and Salt. They were great. Overall it was one of the best cruises I have ever taken and I have taken over 20. As the ship is older it is smaller but lovely with staff that were friendly and extremely helpful. You never feel that you are being pushed to purchase something or herded like cattle. The Armonia has a much more sophisticated feeling than all the other Mega Ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We are a couple from Puerto Rico 63/58 y/o, 38 cruises and counting. After reading negative reviews we were worried, but the itinerary with two days in Cuba was perfect. It was one of the best cruise experiences we’ve ever had. If ... Read More
We are a couple from Puerto Rico 63/58 y/o, 38 cruises and counting. After reading negative reviews we were worried, but the itinerary with two days in Cuba was perfect. It was one of the best cruise experiences we’ve ever had. If the ship and gourmet dining is your thing, find something else. If overall value and cruise experience is for you, MSC Armonia won’t disappoint you. The ship: clean and beautiful. The cabin: standard - the shower area is one of the smallest we’ve ever seen. Food is good to excellent. Dining service and ambience is good but noticeably second-rate. Entertainment and Activities: close to the best we’ve ever experienced. Excellent bands, musicians and shows. The entertainment team was full of life. Pool parties: the best and loudest, with a heavy Latin Caribbean touch. Beer $7, drink $9 Roatan: taxi 20 min to West Bay beach $4, ask for a hotel/bar with clean bathroom. Costa Maya: taxi 20 min to the beach $4, Tipsy Turtle Restaurant, clean bathroom, $10 includes chair, umbrella, snorkel/mask, beer $3, drink $5 Cozumel: shopping and Senior Frogs crazy party La Havana: a fascinating world in itself. Did not book any excursions on the ship (as warned), just walked out. Took new taxi for a long ride around the city $40 2hrs+, Old 1958 taxi to the Spanish fort areas $30 1/hr, Show El Guajirito with live 10-piece Latin band, $60 with food and 3 drinks, wonderful. Small bars with music at 2am, back to the ship on a taxi bike and it felt very safe. Embarkation/Debarkation: a breeze, got lucky because we left on Monday and returned on Tuesday, low cruise traffic days. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Cuba and accepted that the MSC Armonia was not going to offer all the facilities of some of the other cruise lines mega ships, but the price we paid reflected this and we also had 2 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Cuba and accepted that the MSC Armonia was not going to offer all the facilities of some of the other cruise lines mega ships, but the price we paid reflected this and we also had 2 complimentary Cuba excursions included in the price. Embarkation at Miami was swift though do ignore the stated check in time, ours was 4.15pm but from reading previous reviews you could board far earlier than this and we were on board by 1.30pm. Our cruise had 650+ Weight Watchers on it, so the same cruise as a previous reviewer but our experience was totally different. We have travelled with MSC in Europe so had some idea what to expect on board in terms of staff, facilities, food and drinks etc, though the large number of Americans on board made for a friendly cruise, as they were polite, knew how to stand in line and are the opposite of our European cousins who push and shove and never say thank you when holding a door open for them. We never went hungry and you could always find something good to eat in the buffet, our Marco Polo dining room was good but we do know that MSC food portion sizes might not sit well with some US guests. Our servers were great and after telling them our drinks preferences on the 1st night every time we sat down for dinner they delivered 2 glasses of wine, a beer and a bottle of water to get us started and these were topped up as required. We had purchased the Easy Drinks Package which worked well for us, we had no extra charges added and apart from the lack of a brandy as a spirit option, we never went short and it saved us a considerable sum since you don't pay the 15% service charge. Our cabin was an Ocean Obstructed view (7098) and a look at the deck plan when booking seemed to indicate that we would have just the very back of the lifeboat in view, this was the case and a small metal walkway but we could clearly see the sea and it let in plenty of light. This was compact and there is a lack of cupboard space, but for 2 people it was fine and the bed was large and comfortable, for 7 days it was fine, since it was clean and everything worked and our cabin lady was always smiling and ready to talk. The cruise director, Miquel was excellent with frequent updates on what was happening around the ship and when docking, I think he was ex-Disney Cruise Line and it showed and unlike Europe there were plenty of sun beds around the pool, as guests took their towels away when they left as opposed to leaving them all day on the beds. We visited Belize City, which involved a 5 mile tender ride which was very well organised, Costa Maya which is a man made tourist trap with prices far higher than in Cozumel where we docked right by the town and this gave you the opportunity to explore the area if you were not on an excursion. Cuba was great. We enjoyed a lovely sail in under blue skies and then we had 2 free excursions that involved visiting government sponsored locations with the inevitable stop off at souvenir shops. The 2nd one where we visited the fortress across the bay and then enjoyed a trip around Havana with a stop off for a rum drink was the best and it gave us a taste of Havana, we then had 3+ hours to wander around on our own. As ever, it's a taster and you can then decide if you want to return at a later date for a longer stay. Bearing in mind the large number of people on these excursions, with different language tours it can become a little busy as the meeting point is often the theatre, but if you follow the instructions and chill a bit then you are soon on your way and our guides were both good and their English was fine for us, far better than my Spanish. So, if you have done all your cruising with RCL, DCL, NCL or Carnival then you may find this ship too small and not American enough in terms of service and food, but remember how much you actually paid and also this was the chance to step back in time and visit a country pretty much unchanged since the 1960's, If this means the odd 1st world problem along the way then just get over it, before you know it you are back in Miami where nobody moves for less than an 18% tip. Happy sailing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We sailed the Divina and found everything fantastic so we sailed the Armonia and found it the same. The food is superior, the entertainment is very good and the overall experience of MSC is wonderful. We have booked the Meraviglia from ... Read More
We sailed the Divina and found everything fantastic so we sailed the Armonia and found it the same. The food is superior, the entertainment is very good and the overall experience of MSC is wonderful. We have booked the Meraviglia from NYC on October 28th and expect to have a great cruise, even though we have seen all ports before, we did it for the wonderful MSC experience. We like the European atmosphere and a truly international crew. We like the pizza bar, we like the prosciutto, and the great steaks. The decoration of the interior is beautiful and luxurious. We have been cruising for over 40 years on many lines and ships and find MSC to be our favorite. The experience is awesome. This last cruise was wonderful. The ports were great but the hightlight was Havana, Cuba. We were in Havana in the early eightys and were ancxious to see the changes. What a difference. We toured both days and went to the Topicana Night Club in the eavening and had fantastic time. We highly reccomend it. Being Black Members, we like the perks, gifts, and attention given us. Thank you MSC See you in October. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 10th cruise, our 4th cruise line, and our first time with MSC! By the end of the week I felt a part of the MSC family. The captain gave a great welcoming speech and another talk the final night of the cruise. MSC cares that ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise, our 4th cruise line, and our first time with MSC! By the end of the week I felt a part of the MSC family. The captain gave a great welcoming speech and another talk the final night of the cruise. MSC cares that we have a great experience. It was interesting to experience the European way of doing things, especially their food. We ate in the formal dining room, the buffet, and the pizza/burger station. There were American favorites on the menu and new items for us to try. Their hamburgers are the best I have had ANYWHERE! The only thing we missed was peanut butter and guacamole. We met passengers from all over the world: Canada, Wales, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Argentina. We attended the shows in the theatre every night except two. We particularly like the Adams Family and the Abyss. Our favorite entertainment was the piano music in the Cafe San Marco. We listened to Fernando, the pianist, every night. Our main reason for choosing this cruise was to go to Havana. We did two excursions thru the ship and some walking around on our own. The ship provides the Visa---you just have to fill it out. Getting through Customs and Security in the terminal was a breeze. The two tours we did were well organized and very educational. Two of the most impressive things about the whole cruise were embarkation and disembarkation. . . . very smooth, no waiting in lines. My husband used the wheelchair service........the crew member who was our escort, Christian, was excellent. I don't have any gripes. My philosophy is this: every cruise line is different, every ship is different, every vacation is different, every location in the world is different. Enjoy your travels! Look for the good! Read Less
MSC Armonia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 2.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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