I have been on all the major mid-priced cruise lines for a total of nearly 40 cruises. I’ve never written a review here just because I always got the experience I was expecting and they never seemed overly special enough to write about. I booked a bargain 7 nights on the MSC Armonia because of the Canary Island itinerary and after reading reviews of the line and the ship itself, I had prepared myself for a less-than-average experience with the ports as the only highlights.
But both MSC and the Armonia impressed me at every turn. Check-in was very orderly and efficient, and from the moment I stepped onto the ship, every single staff and crew member I encountered was extremely friendly and wanting to please.
My balcony suite was large but basic. Nothing luxurious about it but very functional and well planned. I actually loved that the bed just had a top sheet and a thin blanket to use as covers as opposed to the luxurious duvet other lines provide that end up soaking you with sweat because you can never get the cabin cold enough to warrant their use. Temperature control worked flawlessly, I always had an abundance of hot water and pressure, and the walk-in closet and adjacent cabinetry had tons of storage space. I quickly got in the habit of lying on my little sofa in the late afternoon so I could look out the glass door to relax and eventually doze.