A satisfied customer, well done MSC: MSC Armonia Cruise Review by J Moss

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J Moss

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A satisfied customer, well done MSC

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
Our holiday started with a local coach travel firm, we journeyed across the channel, spent the night in Belgium, then on to Austria for the night.Finally arriving in Venice to join MSC Armonia for a 7 night cruise, visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia,Corfu,Piraeus(Athens),Kefalonia,Kotor, Montenegro and Ancona,Italy before sailing back in to Venice.

This was our second cruise, the first one with MSC and the first one where my husband and I were alone without teenager coming along! From the start the coach company were fantastic and got us to the port in plenty of time to enable us to book in. A representative from MSC was awaiting our arrival and ensured we deposited our suitcases in the correct place and escorted us to the check-in area. The staff there were also polite,friendly and very helpful.

On boarding each passenger was personally taken to their stateroom by a uniformed member of the house keeping staff. The ship was spotless and every day we saw staff cleaning, More cleaning, cleaning.Every member of staff were very friendly, very helpful and we had no complaints about the service.

The food was fantastic. We were on second sitting which was 9.30pm, which suited us as we saw the spectacular shows in the theatre before the meal. Just so we didn't get too hungry, after lunch there was also 'high tea' served at 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

The passengers were mostly Italians and Germans with the British being in the minority, but everyone was friendly and got on very well.

The ports of call were excellent and made for a holiday packed with interesting days out. We found the excursions a bit expensive so only went on the excursion to Athens as it was a fair way from the port. It was well planned with an excellent guide. There was really no need for us to book any other excursions as shuttle buses were laid on for us, or we could just walk in to town.

This cruise was just as good as our first cruise on an American liner, and the drinks were just as expensive, my only criticism.

Would we sail with MSC again? yes, yes, yes Less

Published 08/14/10

Cabin review: 1

The usual inside stateroom, clean,functional. The lighting was a bit dim, but the bed was very comfortable, no complaints. No noise at night time so got a good nights sleep

Port and Shore Excursions

Athens -We booked the excursion for this port as we wanted to ensure we saw the Parthanon. The cost was 50 Euros each, the guide was excellent. We enjoyed the ancient sites of the city, but travelling through modern Athens and the port of Piraeus, I was happy we were on a coach. It was filthy with vagrants and graffiti everywhere. I am glad I saw the acropolis but if we drop anchor again in Athens I will stay on the ship

Corfu -Another shuttle bus, costing approx 7Euros, again well worth it, but some passengers used the local bus service with no problems. From the drop off point it is a 5 minute walk into the centre of Corfu town, or there is a mini train that takes you on a tour of the town. Lots of shops selling the usual tourist souvenirs.

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Dubrovnik - We were able to disembark and a shuttle bus was waiting to take us into the town, it cost approx 10 euros and was well worth it. Just to ensure we got back to the ship safely members of the staff were in the town at the meeting point for the return shuttle service. Fanatastic. Dubrovnik itself was very pretty but watch out for broken glass and empty beer cans on the way up to the fort!

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