The Armonia is a classy ol' girl full of charm & character... and currently has some of the best crew we have ever experienced in all our cruises- which is saying a lot as we really haven't had a bad cruise... a disappointing cruise or two, but never a bad cruise.
Embarkation was easy peasy, almost as smooth as debarkation.
We noticed the ship was warm in certain spots the first day and a half, but after that, temperature was never an issue for us.
We were a bit worried after the show on embarkation night as it resembled a high school musical, but every show after was very interesting- a welcomed change to the mainstream cruise line shows. The "cruise staff" were all wonderful & entertaining, we got to know each personality & enjoyed seeing them every night... our CD, Kevin, was also entertaining & visible throughout the cruise.
We aren't buffet people, but my husband enjoyed the breakfast & pizza very much. Surf & Turf, the ships only specialty restaurant, was very good- side dishes were underwhelming, but the steaks were perfectly cooked. The MDR was good, we found the food tasty, but normally overcooked (we figured it was from sitting under a heat lamp?).
Our Aurea suite was spacious & offered excellent closet/storage space.
We aren't pool deck people, but for a small ship it seemed to accommodate all the passengers. Top 13 was just our speed- private and peaceful w/ loungers, small cabanas, & tables/chairs.
The Easy Package was included in our experience, & was sufficient as we aren't frozen/froufrou drink people. The Coffee drinks in Cafe San Marco were amazing!
The internet worked remarkably well, probably the best wifi I've had on any ship.
I was a bit disappointed w/ the picture quality, most seemed fuzzy, possibly because they were touched-up? The clearest pictures were black & white photos.
The Captain & Officers were visible throughout the cruise, they always went out of their way to say hello & ask how we were enjoying everything- you can tell they take pride in their positions & enjoy working for MSC.
We prefer small to medium size ships, so we are extremely excited the Armonia is repositioning to our homeport in Tampa- and can't wait to sail her again!
I photographed most of the ship, if you are looking for a picture of a particular spot, I may have one- just ask!
Several crew members impacted our cruise on a daily basis-
Stateroom Attendant: Saldrin
La Pergola: Gerald & Michael
Cafe San Marco: Shrey
Top 13 Attendant: Melvin
Palm Beach Casino Bar: Syubier
Spacious stateroom with closets galore!