DH and I are just back from 7 nights on MSC Armonia around the Canary Isles.
We had a very enjoyable cruise and would sail MSC again although not such a small ship as we prefer larger vessels, but this is a personal choice and not a criticism of the Armonia.
Embarkation was different from the norm, but it worked and we were on the ship about 2 hours after landing at Tenerife airport , including the 45 minute journey to the port. Our cases were not far behind us.
Our state room was lovely. Balcony "suite" with small seating area flat screen tv showing English speaking films on a loop(Not a great deal of choice), sky news and 2 other English speaking news channels. So much storage space and the wardrobe was very well appointed.Comfortable beds, hot strong shower, and all kept spotlessly clean by the attentive steward, who even managed a couple of towel animals !
DH was able to watch his beloved Chelsea play their match in the British pub or he could have seen it in the Cafe San Marco, which is a lovely place to have a cappuccino, cocktail, beer or glass of wine, as we did each night before dinner.
We had continental breakfast each morning in our stateroom which was always delivered on time, with a cheery smile and usually preceded by a polite telephone message to say it was on its way, We could not fault the service,politeness and helpfulness of the staff delivering breakfast, but all staff on the Armonia, (with the exception of the extremely bullying and arrogant head waiters ) were a delight and so helpful and kind to us. We had breakfast on the last day in the Girasole outdoor restaurant and this was adequate and plates etc were cleared quickly from the table when finished.
The drinks package is a must and enabled us to have cappuccinos, cocktails, water etc without worrying about a large bill, although we did incur the dreaded service charge on our bill at the end which came to about 100 euros. I believe I could have had this removed if I wanted to. I chose to pay it because of the good service we had from all on board.
We do not visit the theater so I cannot comment on the shows, but we spent most nights in the Duomo bar on deck 5 where we watched people dancing and listened the the music played by the 2 groups over the course of the evening. We also spent time in the red bar, where there was a man and wife duo playing, or the Cafe san Marco with the pianist entertaining till late in the evening, the Armonia lounge on Deck 7 played host to more dancing and silly games. I could not visit the British pub due to the smoke but DH was happy with his one visit to watch the football. We enjoyed the evenings and spent many a happy hour chatting to new acquaintances, marvelling at the dance talents of the older generation (and we are in our 60s!) and generally people watching, whilst quaffing a cocktail or two .
Due to problems with getting a table for two in the main restaurant we ate in the brasserie on deck 11 each night. Whilst not luxurious we always found enough to eat and could have dinner at our convenience, not having to attend at set times. I should also recommend the cheeseburgers at lunchtime. DH and I eat healthily at home but enjoy our "sins" on our cruises.One of our little peccadilloes is to eat cheese burgers and chips as often as we want when on holiday. We enjoyed one every lunchtime bar one, when we were in Maderia and visited the Violin restaurant for a three course lunch, so felt that a cheeseburger as well might have been mildly excessive.
Embarkation was highly disorganized and showed the bad side not only of the Italian organizational skills but also the rudeness and arrogance of some English people and their sense of entitlement to the best treatment because we are BRITISH!
All in all a very good holiday and am looking to book MSC again, although as before on a larger ship.
Lovely cabin kept spotlessly clean. Double bed with safe behind large mirror, walk in wardrobe, compact balcony but plenty of room for 2 people. Nice settee and small coffee table. Incredible amount of storage space.Hot plentiful shower with nice vanity basin and good sized bathroom. Reminded me of Concierge class stateroom on Celebrity, just a bit smaller and for a quarter of the price.