Cruise Nightmare: MSC Armonia Cruise Review by love of cruising

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Cruise Nightmare

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Rio de Janeiro
We boarded the ship in Rio de Janiero after we were told our cabin was occupied by a travel agent for a 1 night cruise from Santos to Rio. We paid the same price as all the other passengers who boarded in Santos.
Our balcony cabin was very nice with plenty of storage space and in a good location on the ship. The ship itself was quite modern and clean but the 'food nightmare' started the 1st night of the cruise. The food in the main dining room was always room temperature or cold - never hot. It was either undercooked or dried up to a crisp.The food served was a lot of casserole & black bean type meals = slopped up rubbish. There were quite a few Australians, New Zealanders and Americans on board who were not happy with the food.There was never a happy medium. The cruise was a 'dance' cruise with a multitude of Brazillians and Argentinians on board.
The dancing in the lounges at night went on forever with loud music, singing and dancing and masses of cigarette smoke which More drifted through all the corridors.
There was not an alternative restaurant where you could buy a better meal. We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary on this cruise and although I told the travel agent and made note of it on the booking form - this wasn't recognised. We were told if we wanted a cake or balloons etc. we had to buy them.
A very disappointing experience after having cruised for 28 days (2 cruises back to back in 2010 on MSC Poesia - which was excellent)
Whether it was because it was a repositioning cruise or whether it was catering to South American passengers, this was a real let down particularly when MSC is slowly tapping into the Australian cruise market.
If they ever bring ships to Australia they won't last more than one or possibly 2 seasons unless they improve their food. Less

Published 06/30/12
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Cabin review: 111068

Balcony Suite - the best cabin available on the MSC Armonia. Large cabin, great balcony, shower over bath, plenty of closet space, plenty of sitting space and very roomy in general. Couldn't have wished for a better cabin.

Port and Shore Excursions

A pretty seaside city with lots of history and nice beaches for those wishing to relax.

Toboggan Rides

A Fabulous port with beautiful beaches, botanical gardens, cable car ride is fantastic with magnificent views. The toboggan rides are exhilarating. The markets are well worth a visit for great souenir shopping and fresh fruit.It is a very pretty place. From where the ships dock it is an easy walk into the city, past many restaurants and cafes and a oceanside park.

City Tour

We also visited several other ports that are not listed on the port options. Salvador de Bahia - Brazil - Very boring and not much to see Recife - Brazil - Dirty and a bit boring unless you visit the markets in the olde gaol cells (very interesting - good prices) Malaga - Spain - very nice, great seafood paella right near where the ships dock. The cathedral is beautiful. Hop on hop off bus is a good way to see lots. Alicante - Spain - also very nice. Hop on hop off bus is also the best way to go. Disembarkation port of Venice was fabulous. Must do a gondola ride, walk on the bridge of sighs, visit the street vendors at come out at night. Venice is expensive but savour the moment.

Plenty to see and do and Rio is relatively cheap. Food is plentiful and of good quality particularly the seafood buffet at Marius Restaurant at Copacobana Beach.

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