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After reading a bunch of bad reviews about this ship I was expecting a horrible experience: rats in the hallways, flooding, pirates, etc. We were very pleasantly surprised and had a great experience overall. There are some areas that need improved. The food was average at best. The formal dining food was terrible. The fact that they sell the drink packages like a used car salesman is very annoying. The communication was not good. Nothing was really made clear and you kind of have to figure things out for yourself, which is relatively easy, but it would be nice if things were made more clear. Example: No one really explains the excursions so you just have to get in line and hope all goes well, which it did - mostly. None of the crew are from the US and many of them don't speak good English. It wasn't that big of an issue but it was sometimes a challenge to ask questions particularly if they were fairly detailed questions. I read on some reviews that the crew was rude. It think that just might be a language issue rather them being rude. Americans can be pretty rude too. Again on the US thing, there were not a lot of Americans on the cruise, which was kind of cool. Very many different languages being spoken. Our trip was to Jamaica, Cayman, Cozumel and Cuba. Jamaica: DO NOT got to the shopping plaza on the excursion - it is the very definition of a tourist trap. Go to Doctors beach and Margaritaville instead. Cayman: Definitely do the Sting Ray thing Cozumel: We just walked around and had a good time once we got away from the touristy area. Cuba: This is the reason most people go on this trip and it was amazing. eyeopening. Definitely do the American 50s car tour. The people to people program is not really a thing, I think it is designed to sell you on booking their tours. Once we signed the papers it never came up again. after the car tour we just walked around Havana. The areas near the cruise ship are nice and very European looking. get a couple blocks away and the scene is total poverty. It was interesting and we felt totally safe everywhere even though the areas looked rough. Day two in Cuba we just walked off the boat and walked around Havana for hours taking pictures. We were perfectly safe, even though they don't like Americans very much. All in all the Armonia was a great cruise and well worth the price. They do try to nickle and dime you a lot. the Wi Fi on the boat ended up costing us a bunch 2000 megabites flies by if you use it at all. There is a $12.50 per person per cabit "service charge" which is just kind of way to stick it to you again and keep the price of the cruise look lower than it is. But the cabin was kept clean each day - $25 worth of clean? Maybe not, but it was fine. The drink package is a pain. So we got 12 tickets per person for drinks with our booking. and buying drinks individually was $6.50 for beer and $9.00 for cocktails. everyone in your cabin has to buy the same drink package so do the math whether the drink package is worth it. Only water and juice is free, everything else costs. Hope that helps. I would recommend this cruise.

Had a much better than expected time

MSC Armonia Cruise Review by GaryD31

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Cuba
After reading a bunch of bad reviews about this ship I was expecting a horrible experience: rats in the hallways, flooding, pirates, etc. We were very pleasantly surprised and had a great experience overall.

There are some areas that need improved.

The food was average at best. The formal dining food was terrible.

The fact that they sell the drink packages like a used car salesman is very annoying.

The communication was not good. Nothing was really made clear and you kind of have to figure things out for yourself, which is relatively easy, but it would be nice if things were made more clear. Example: No one really explains the excursions so you just have to get in line and hope all goes well, which it did - mostly.

None of the crew are from the US and many of them don't speak good English. It wasn't that big of an issue but it was sometimes a challenge to ask questions particularly if they were fairly detailed questions. I read on some reviews that the crew was rude. It think that just might be a language issue rather them being rude. Americans can be pretty rude too.

Again on the US thing, there were not a lot of Americans on the cruise, which was kind of cool. Very many different languages being spoken.

Our trip was to Jamaica, Cayman, Cozumel and Cuba.

Jamaica: DO NOT got to the shopping plaza on the excursion - it is the very definition of a tourist trap. Go to Doctors beach and Margaritaville instead.

Cayman: Definitely do the Sting Ray thing

Cozumel: We just walked around and had a good time once we got away from the touristy area.

Cuba: This is the reason most people go on this trip and it was amazing. eyeopening. Definitely do the American 50s car tour.

The people to people program is not really a thing, I think it is designed to sell you on booking their tours. Once we signed the papers it never came up again. after the car tour we just walked around Havana. The areas near the cruise ship are nice and very European looking. get a couple blocks away and the scene is total poverty. It was interesting and we felt totally safe everywhere even though the areas looked rough. Day two in Cuba we just walked off the boat and walked around Havana for hours taking pictures. We were perfectly safe, even though they don't like Americans very much.

All in all the Armonia was a great cruise and well worth the price. They do try to nickle and dime you a lot. the Wi Fi on the boat ended up costing us a bunch 2000 megabites flies by if you use it at all. There is a $12.50 per person per cabit "service charge" which is just kind of way to stick it to you again and keep the price of the cruise look lower than it is. But the cabin was kept clean each day - $25 worth of clean? Maybe not, but it was fine.

The drink package is a pain. So we got 12 tickets per person for drinks with our booking. and buying drinks individually was $6.50 for beer and $9.00 for cocktails. everyone in your cabin has to buy the same drink package so do the math whether the drink package is worth it. Only water and juice is free, everything else costs.

Hope that helps. I would recommend this cruise.
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