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MSC Armonia Cruise Review to Cuba

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
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Overall rating:

3.8 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: Suite

Cabin number: 1009

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The cruise ship staff did an excellent job for the curve ball they were handed. We had fun but just don't think the decision to only get a $400 credit per room was fair for not going to the main trip destination. It especially wasn't fair for people that booked suites and spent $4000+.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We are able to board the ship quickly basically without the line. We did get there earily and had premium boarding becuase we paid more than most of the other people on the cruise.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The ship had decent food throughout the whole cruise. The buffets had some pretty good stuff and a lot of different options. The dinner options were average most nights and a few dinner were very good. Small portions but ordering multiple items allowed for someone to have a average sized meal. We booked the all you and drink package and then found out on the ship that there were 3 different all you can drink packages and ours was kind of limited. The other 2 all you can drink packages were very expensive.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The entertainers on the ship did a great job. Their different games, pool parties, etc were great.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The dancers, singers, and entertainers were great on this ship. They were the best part of the MSC cruise experience.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
No children but the website wont let me got the next stop without giving a rating.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The suite we had was nice. It was quite a bit more expensive than the other rooms. We enjoyed it but not sure if it was quite worth the difference in cost.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
Miami is great. South Beach in Miami Beach is a great beach and there's a lot of great places to eat and shop.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

3 out of 5
Where we ported was basically a tourist trap. Just beyond the tourist trap area was a pretty sketchy area. It would have been nice if they ported next to a inviting beach. The snorkeling trip definitely felt like it was thrown together last minute. I thought we were paying for an actual trip to go snorkel at 2nd largest reef in the world. We were on the very edge of it about 200 yards off of the shore.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5
Pretty cool stop. We swam with dolphins and that was a great experience.

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
Mayan ruins were pretty awesome.

HAVANA, CUBA

1 out of 5
We only booked this cruise because it was set to visit Cuba. We were disappointed when we heard the news of porting their was no longer an option. MSC could have handled this a little better. The first day they gave people a $200 per room credit and the letter made it seem like it was $400. Then the next day they decided to go ahead and have a $400 in room credit that could only be used on board. This dollar amount seemed like a fair deal for people that only had $1200 room but not for someone that paid $4000. It should have been a reimbursement for a percentage of what you spent on the cruise. It sounds like they made an announcement of more of a reimbursement in the next 2 weeks during the protest as people got off the boat.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

3 out of 5
Didn't visit this port. It would have been nice seeing how we didn't go to Cuba.

George Town, Grand Cayman

3 out of 5
Didn't visit this port. It would have been nice seeing how we didn't go to Cuba.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
It was really easy to disembark the ship. I beleive this was becuase they were expecting a protest. I heard on way off from a cruise employee that the coast guard was coming on to make sure people got off the ship. They must have known or expected the protest on how they handled the reimbursement was going to happen.
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