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MSC Armonia Cruise Review to Cuba

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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MSC Armonia

7 Night Western Caribbean & Cuba (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 03, 2019

Ship: MSC Armonia

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9056

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, our experience was very positive on the MSC Armonia. One of the reasons I chose it was that it was very competitively priced, however the trade off was their response to not being able to go to Cuba. Larger, more established cruise lines were able to compensate their passengers much more fairly than the MSC could (or chose to). That said the service, food, and cabins are excellent.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very well organized and easy. The Armonia's a relatively small ship and so embarkation wasn't as stressful as it can be on larger ones.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We have two small active children so we didn't take advantage of the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants so I can't speak to those. We ate at the buffet for every meal and it was very good with lots of options so we didn't get tired of the food. I appreciated that they had very fresh and healthy choices available at every meal.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The amenities are modest on this ship which I was aware of when I chose it. However, if you want rock walls, water slides, ect. this wouldn't be a good choice for you. The gym is small but very clean and well appointed. They had lots of poolside activities happening throughout the day including yoga, salsa lessons, aerobics, and various competitions (my favourite was the belly flop competition).

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The performers and shows were the best I've seen on a cruise ship.

Children's Programs

4 out of 5
The staff were excellent. The kids enjoyed going there. The only downside was that there wasn't more for them to do on the ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every staff member I encountered was friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be there.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was cleaned daily and the beds turned down at night. We had the most economical cabin, but it was significantly bigger than it's counter part we had on Royal Carribbean.

Ports of call

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
We loved little French Cay.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
We went to Xcarat eco park which was phenominal. My criticism is that the ship only allowed us 4 hours there even though our departure time got pushed back 2 hours! We easily could have stayed those extra hours, but they didn't make any change for us. Many people were very frustrated by this. It's a lot of money to only be able to stay that long.

HAVANA, CUBA

1 out of 5
We were informed that the administration put a ban on any ships from a U.S. port going there the day before we were to arrive. I've been told that passengers on other ships were given a 50% refund. We were given a $400 on ship credit. The itinerary they offered us instead was one day at sea and one day in Key West. That was extremely disappointing to say the least.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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