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 drifted through all the corridors.
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.
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.
A pretty seaside city with lots of history and nice beaches for those wishing to relax.