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MSC Armonia Review

4.0 / 5.0
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378 reviews
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Amazing Cruise!

Review for MSC Armonia to Cuba
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rashton
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2019
Cabin: Balcony Stateroom
Traveled with children

We had an amazing cruise. I give a 5 star for everything. If I had listened to some of the reviews, I would have missed out on this amazing experience. We were the last cruise that was able to go to Cuba and I can express how fortunate we were. We were given a really great room that had a window at the front, and a window at the side. There was a king and a pull down bed in the front room and a sofa bed in the other. The entertainment was top notch. Our teenagers insisted that we go to the shows each night (we didn't miss one). There were all good but our favorite was the Adam's family show. The food was amazing. Seriously, I think the pizza was the best I ever had. The gelato was amazing. We ate in the Marco polo dining room every night and the dining staff took great care of us. Our housekeeper kept our room spotless. If someone has a complaint about this ship, the food, the entertainment, the staff, or anything else, they really don't deserve to go on a cruise. What I liked most was that this was full of people from all over the world-who all went to see Cuba. Arriving in Havana was one of the most exciting experiences of my life (and I travel a lot) They had to translate into 5 different languages, and I like that. We made new friends from Australia and the Philippines. We enjoyed the pub quiz. Karaoke was fun too- the multi talented staff speak so many languages! I wish i had done the dance lessons that the entertainment staff hosted. We missed not having comedy, but you can't make it funny if you have to translate it so I didn't mind that there was no comedy. We did the Hemingway Tour in Havana, and it was so interesting. Our guide was terrific. We got to see outside of Havana, Hemingway's house, and the village where he fished and you do start to understand how poor the people are in Cuba so I am sad that cruises from the USA won't be going there any more. (if you ever get to go- bring money to be generous with! The average Cuban lives on $20 a month! And bring cat food for the street cats you will see, toiletries because people need it, toys for the kids, crayons, whatever- the people appreciate it!. We gave a young man a soccer ball that we brought with us. He was so happy to get one!). The ship may be a bit older but it is fine. I went on Norwegian epic on spring break and did not enjoy it any more than I enjoyed this cruise. It was different but also amazing (I have cruised on Carnival Paradise, Carnival out of Jacksonville, Norwegian Epic and Bahamas celebration, and I loved every cruise I have been on, but this was a particularly special experience. If you are spoiled and a difficult person, don't go on this cruise. The staff are too nice and you don't deserve it. But if you are an adventurous person who likes to meet people from different cultures, and you are a nice and easy going personality, then go! I nearly cancelled our trip because of some of the reviews, and I would have been so sorry if I had. One of our top 10 trips ever!

Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

Cabin B2

Wonderful room! It is basically a suite without the price tag. Could sleep 2 adults and three kids. Has a king, a single pullman, and a sofa bed in the other room.

Port Reviews

Miami

We got a tour with a lady named Pamela. It was much cheaper to do it this way and was more of an authentic experience. She just took us to a view point near Mick Jagger's vacation home, Fern Valley, we stopped at a place selling tourist items, when to a restaurant that served jerk chicken and a little water fall in the city that used to be a chinese restaurant.

Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

It was raining so we did not do much. I have been there before and wished we could have visited the beach. We found a coffee shop with wifi.

Cozumel

We took a taxi ($16) to Paradise Beach Club. Three dollars entry and you just have to spend $10 pp but they are very laid back. There are inflatables for the kids (extra charge). You can do some snorkling, rent a jet ski, get a massage. Then we went to port and to a tequila shop that gave free shots. We had a great time sampling Tequila. We bought a boltte of peanut butter tequila. A bit pricey but it was so much fun sampling and it left us in a good mood.

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