By Jamey Bergman
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Armonia has 11 cabin categories throughout the ship. The categories refer to the placement of the cabin within the ship, and are broken down into five different types: inside, outside, balcony, suite and cabins for passengers with disabilities. Single passengers can use any cabin type, but a supplement does apply. Only about a quarter of the cabins on Armonia have balconies; the other 75 percent are split roughly evenly between outside cabins with an oceanview and inside cabins with no view.

Families and groups traveling together can take advantage of 12 interconnecting balcony cabins, 12 interconnecting suites and two designated family cabins that offer a separate sitting area with a pulldown bunk bed and a pullout sofa bed. A large number of oceanview and interior cabins onboard offer pulldown bunks as third and fourth berths.

All cabins include air-conditioning, satellite television, radio, Internet service (for an additional fee), full-service minibar (priced a la carte), room safe, hairdryer and telephone. In general, cabins offer plenty of space and aren't overly furnished. They come with two single beds (convertible to a king), bedside tables, a flat-screen television, desk and chair and a closet for storing belongings.

Bathrooms are fairly small in all non-suite cabins, and the small shower cubicle is divided from the rest of the room by a shower curtain on rails at both the top and bottom to prevent it from being clingy. (Showers in the balcony cabins have glass doors.) The bathroom setup is perfectly functional, but the funny, triangular shape of the shower cubicle makes it quite cramped. All showers and tubs have body wash/shampoo and conditioner dispensers mounted to the wall as well as wire racks to hold toiletries. There is a handwash dispenser at the sink and complimentary shower caps, but MSC does not provide any other toiletries. All bathrooms have wall-mounted hair dryers, mirrored vanities behind the sink, wall-mounted glass shelves and drinking glass holders as well as towel racks. All but the disabled cabins have an under-sink cabinet as storage.

The three large, interior cabins for passengers with disabilities or limited mobility have larger bathrooms with showers (without the rail along the bottom in order to allow wheelchair access). These bathrooms also have a foldaway seat directly under the shower and open shelves below the sink and vanity in place of cabinets to allow for easier access.

At booking, MSC offers three tiers of "experience" packages on Armonia: Bella Experience, Fantastica Experience and Aurea Experience.

The Bella Experience is basic and offers no additional features. It is the base price option for inside, oceanview and balcony cabin fares. Fantastica passengers have access to booking the larger family cabins and also have increased flexibility with booking and a lower cancellation fee than Bella passengers. Fantastica passengers also receive room service without a delivery charge and a priority (over Bella passengers) when booking dining times in the main dining rooms.

The Aurea Experience is available to suite passengers and balcony cabin passengers, though passengers in balcony cabins can also choose either of the two lower tiers. Inside cabin and oceanview cabin passengers are not eligible for the Aurea Experience package. Aurea passengers get priority boarding, complimentary spa products (shampoo, conditioner and face and body lotions), bathrobe and slippers, access to the adults-only sun deck and a spa package including a spa welcome cocktail, one massage of your choice, a tanning shower, a private wellness consultation and unrestricted use of the thermal area -- heated, tiled loungers, steam rooms, sauna and showers -- for the duration of the cruise for adults.

The other big perk associated with the Aurea Experience is "My Choice Dining," which allows Aurea passengers to choose when they want to eat in the main dining rooms, rather than having to dine at set times.

Interior: Interior cabins measure 140 square feet and come with the standard amenities listed above.

Outside: Outside cabins offer the same square footage and amenities as inside cabins (140 square feet), but boast a picture window.

Balcony: Balcony cabins measure 235 square feet, and have a 40-square-foot balcony furnished with a round table and two upright chairs as opposed to loungers. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead out to the verandah.

Suite: At 290 square feet, the suites are not true suites in that they don't offer a separate lounge. They do feature extra storage space and a pullout sofa bed. Balconies are larger than those in the standard balcony cabins, at 55 square feet, but similarly furnished. The most noticeable perk may be in the larger bathrooms that offer a tub.

Accessible: The three accessible cabins onboard (225 square feet) are located close to elevators, have wider doorways and a roll-in shower for wheelchair accessibility as well as grab bars in the shower. They also feature lowered sinks and closet rods, raised toilets, amplified phones and close-captioned televisions.

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Topazio Deck
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Ametista Deck
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