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MSC Armonia Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Overall Positive Experience

Review for MSC Armonia to Cuba
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2019
Cabin: Oceanview Stateroom

A friend and I chose this cruise mainly for its price, timing and stop in Havana. We had each taken one cruise before on big U.S. ships but were not particularly impressed. Some of the reviews of the Armonia had us questioning our decision but the lure of Havana was strong. All in all it was a fine trip and one we would sign up for again.

We arrived in Miami the night before and had a comfortable stay and great dinner at the InterContinental near the pier. We showed up at embarkation about 90 minutes early but were boarded. (The terminal was crowded and there were lines, much like in a busy airport, but everything moved.)

Our cabin and bath were very small but clean and well planned with more than sufficient storage and comfortable beds. (I am glad we opted for an outside cabin though.) Because a previous reviewer had warned about the shower curtain wrapping around legs, I brought three metal binder clips to weigh the curtain down which worked very well, even the night of ship was rocking. Our cabin was fine and the cabin attendant, Augus, a sweetheart. Every afternoon when we returned from port we found surprises: towels turned into softer sculptured animals wearing her reading glasses on her bed and my nightgown showing off dance moves I can no longer do on mine.

Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom

Cabin O2

Cabin was very small but extremely well designed. We were comfortable. Because it was far to the back of the ship, we could feel movement but it was not unpleasant. One benefit of the cabin's location was that it was near a small deck facing the back of the ship that was rarely used but provided easy access to fresh air and a broader view.

Port Reviews

Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

Six of us took a private tour of the island with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Cayman resident. She was delightful.


Visited the tourist-oriented shopping malls attached to the pier. Standard stuff but fine for t-shirts, vanilla and hot sauce to bring back as gifts.


Four of us booked a private guide and drivers for both days in Havana. We had a custom-designed visit complete with a visit to a synagogue that operates a medical clinic and a stop at a second-hand market where I could get a poster from the mid-'70s and assistance in getting prized ballet tickets. This stop was everything we hoped for and more!

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