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Cuba price reductions were very tempting as was “status match”. “Bella Class” reminded me of near-steerage at times, but cabin was close to elevator and main decks were very close. Staff was friendly, but every announcement was made in six additional languages, each longer than the last. Food at buffet was pretty much same as dining room except for appetizers and desserts, in neither case was the delay in eating really worth getting a miniature Baked Alaska or miniature Boston Cream Pie. Cocktails with the Captain (who was absent and ill) consisted of carbonated white wine or non -alcoholic fruit punch, with zero food products. Prizes for trivia etc. were basically less than nominal. “Maveric” was very pleasant. We were told to embark after 4 p.m., but embarked at 2, long after pretty much everyone else. Warning: cabin air conditioning appears erratic at best, off most of the time. Refrigerator in room had seeming the same concept. Whirlpools numbered two, for five persons each. When you wait for an hour for your turn, that does not help much. The Chef was very personable, but staff in the dining room was variable. If a good deal arose (apparently above “Bella” though I do not drink enough for a drink passage to make any sense) I might consider it again, but it is lowest of the four lines we have used at this point, alas.

Not formal at all. Just not our cup of tea

MSC Armonia Cruise Review by collect47

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom – Bella
Cuba price reductions were very tempting as was “status match”. “Bella Class” reminded me of near-steerage at times, but cabin was close to elevator and main decks were very close.

Staff was friendly, but every announcement was made in six additional languages, each longer than the last.

Food at buffet was pretty much same as dining room except for appetizers and desserts, in neither case was the delay in eating really worth getting a miniature Baked Alaska or miniature Boston Cream Pie. Cocktails with the Captain (who was absent and ill) consisted of carbonated white wine or non -alcoholic fruit punch, with zero food products.

Prizes for trivia etc. were basically less than nominal. “Maveric” was very pleasant.

We were told to embark after 4 p.m., but embarked at 2, long after pretty much everyone else.

Warning: cabin air conditioning appears erratic at best, off most of the time. Refrigerator in room had seeming the same concept.

Whirlpools numbered two, for five persons each. When you wait for an hour for your turn, that does not help much.

The Chef was very personable, but staff in the dining room was variable.

If a good deal arose (apparently above “Bella” though I do not drink enough for a drink passage to make any sense) I might consider it again, but it is lowest of the four lines we have used at this point, alas.
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Oceanview Stateroom – Bella
Cabin O1 7117
Obstructed view? If you look in exactly the right direction, one can see water. Bright lights on outside window all night make one uncertain when sun has risen. Anyone over 200 pounds or so will need a can opener to take a shower. And in Queen bed mode, one has an eight-inch space to walk through to get to bed.
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