MSC Armonia Cruise Review by jolynnschmidt
- Sail Date: October 2019
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
For the price of our balcony cabin on deck 9, the room was more than adequate. Our cabin steward, Marion, was so kind and friendly! We found that on both of our cruises with MSC, the cabin stewards are the hardest workers and the friendliest staff onboard. Practically every cabin steward would greet us, morning or evening, with a smile and greeting. The only issue we had with our cabin was a nauseating smell that we sometimes encountered. MSC should replace the cleaning agents and soaps with a citrus scent to help. We encountered a few rough sea days and the sewer smell certainly did not help with motion sickness.
The pool area was large and clean but crowded. Many guests would leave their towels on the sun loungers for the entire day, without ever having used the loungers. The ship only had two hot tubs and they were also always crowded.The dance lessons by the pool were entertaining. We also went to the theater five of the seven nights. We found most shows entertaining, but compared to our cruise last May on the MSC Musica, the entertainment was not as enjoyable. On every night but one, we dined at La Pergola restaurant and Amil was our waiter. He was fantastic! However, most of the food was very bland. We would recommend choosing the salads, Indian dishes and ice cream.
We traveled to four ports of call: Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and Costa Maya, Mexico. We enjoyed the ports, especially Ocho Rios and Cozumel. We booked a snorkeling excursion through MSC in Georgetown and that was enjoyable. We also booked the Chacchoben Mayan ruins excursion and that was also fun.
All in all, our cruise was a good value for the money but we will probably cruise with a different cruise line with better food offerings and friendlier guests onboard.
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