Pleasant, but not perfect

MSC Armonia Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
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MSC Armonia

7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 03, 2020

Ship: MSC Armonia

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9238

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review summary

All in all it was an OK cruise. I was on the Meraviglia two weeks before, so there is NO comparison. I doubt that we will use MSC again - it's geared towards the European guests.

Embarkation

4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The dining room food was very good, could have used a bit more seasoning The fish was cooked just right, but the prime rib and steak were way over done.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

No kids with

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
They were all very good, but it seemed that the dining room was under staffed.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship was clean, but everything was getting a bit tired. The layout was fine, except for the theater seating. You couldn't get in or out of the row around those awful little table.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The shower was very small and the curtain did not keep the water from going all over the rest of the bathroom floor.

Ship tip

Be prepared to hear every announcement in 8-10 different languages - it gets old really fast.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

2 out of 5
The Everglades tour was not worth the money. You spent almost an hour each way on the bus and then only 30 minutes on the boat ride, and another 45 minutes and a 15 minute show and gift shop. Then back to the airport by 12:00 It was booked as a 4 hour tour, but was barely 3.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3 out of 5
The merchants are very pushy in Jamaica. And you will be followed around by people trying to sell you drugs. Dunn River Falls used to be great, but with 6 ships in port, it was crazy busy. It took an hour to reach the top - where you could easily to it twice in the same amount of time a couple of years ago. The beach was nice.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Caught the ciy bus to the Turtle Farm and Dolphins for $2.50 each way. Don't bother with the ship transportation in this port, the bus is the way to go.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

2 out of 5
The beaches in Costa Maya are very poor. They are full of rocks and seagrass and are very shallow. It's one of the dumpier ports.

OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE, BAHAMAS

3 out of 5
It's a very nice island - tons of beaches, but not much else. We had to leave 6 hours early due to the winds. The MSC ships often can't make it in or out of the narrow channel if it is at all windy, so the port is often skipped or shortened. Hopefully they will fix this problem by tendering in or fixing the channel.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
It should be mentioned on the ships that you can take a bus provided by MSC to the airport for $8 a person, we found it by mistake. There is no advertisement for it or signs. Cruisers should know before they get off the ship that this option is available.
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