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MSC Armonia Cruise Review

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Reviews: 2
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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
MSC Armonia

7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 27, 2020

Ship: MSC Armonia

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 1072

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Review summary

It was a great experience I will cherish forever. I hope MSC continues to improve their ships and service. Would take the Armonia again!

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Lines not too long at 2pm which was our scheduled arrival so be sure to check your ticket and arrive at your designated time. Luggage arrived within 2 hours of getting on the boat.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Armonia was better than the Divina; better pizza, burgers and specialty burgers, Buffett smaller but well maintained. Suggestion: add kabobs and chicken breast to the burger/dog grill station.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Plenty of things to do! We participated in photoshoots and Il Lido Deck was very popular and well staffed. Table tennis and table fútbol available but mini golf and shuffleboard were not installed as advertised.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
We only went to one theater show and decided it wasn't our bag. DJs were pretty good. Musicians in the deck 5 and 6 bars were good too. Personality people were very hype and seemed to enjoy their jobs.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I had a pleasant experience with every staff member except security (for good reason I suppose). Special shoutouts to: Gede Gunawan aka the GunMan our amazing waiter in La Pergola restaurant, Veekush who we saw at many bars and was so pleasant, our room attendant Reyma was very nice. Great experience with Miclea Mihaela at the photography desk who encouraged us to act early on a photo package and IT WAS WORTH IT. One MAJOR DOWNFALL to the package was a computer virus on the MSC flash drive. We sent an email to MSC right away so I hope they address the issue within their computer systems.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
She is an older boat so yes there was creaks and design flaws but still has a classy feel and held to a clean standard by all crew. The suite we got was located on Tourmalina Deck right below Il Lido deck so it was very convenient to access the buffet, pool, and the disco club.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Best word: Spacious. Everyone who stopped by our cabin agreed. Would book again.

Ship tip

Book Fantastica experience or better, buy photography package ($250 for all prints and digitals on day 3, probably better if bought in advance), easy drink package is a must for any drinker. Buy on Black Friday thru Cyber Monday to get a great deal. Take a smaller boat like MSC Armonia and dont feel overcrowded.

Ports of call

OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE, BAHAMAS

5 out of 5
The weather dropped to much cooler temps. Jellyfish and sharks took over the lagoon forcing people out of the water. MSC & Ocean Cay souvenirs available and at fair prices. Convenient food trucks. Bars aren't fully stocked but your easy drink package works. The light show was very cool but could be longer in duration. Took great photos and videos at sunset.

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
Embarked here. We parked in Jetport Parking Garage and took $8 Ubers to and from the Cruise terminal. Still cheaper than parking at the port.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Had an amazing time here. We visited The Lookout, a local Jerk restaurant/home kitchen, and a great 420 experience. All thanks to Troy's tours. Next big vacation - will return to Jamaica but for a week or more.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Ate lunch at a restaurant near the port. Went to seven mile beach at Calico Jack's. $6 bus fare to and from with a 15 minute ride but can be longer because the buses wait to fill up before they go. I enjoyed swimming in the Sea very clear waters. Fellow shipmates went scuba diving and loved it, others fed the stingrays and got nibbled ^_^.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
We took the MSC exclusive Chacchoben Ruins Tour. Fantastic guide George and driver Eddard. The drive was 45 minutes each way but the 12 passenger sprinter van was air conditioned and provided drinks on the way home. Loved the glimpse at history and nature (we saw a primate by the Temple of the Moon). My shipmate friends went to the beach and had custom Corona bottles and keychains printed. You can haggle in Mexico -- the prices of goods and souvenirs are flexible which I capitalized on.

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Port authority gave us an hour and half delay, which is no fault of MSC. They got us off pretty quickly and Customs agents were efficient.

Traveler Photos

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