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4.7

Amazing week... by mrsTAM

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Armonia

What an amazing week!  The Armonia is a classy ol' girl full of charm & character... and currently has some of the best crew we have ever experienced in 29 cruises- which is saying a lot as we really haven't had a bad cruise... a disappointing cruise or two, but never a bad cruise.  Sailing 6 different cruise lines, we feel the lines are more similar than they are different- but there are a few front runners. Embarkation was easy peasy, almost as smooth as debarkation today. We noticed the ship was warm in certain spots the first day and a half, but after that, temperature was never an issue for us. We were a bit worried after the show on embarkation night as it resembled a high school musical, but every show after was very interesting- a welcomed change to the mainstream cruise line shows.  The "cruise staff" were all wonderful & entertaining, we got to know each personality & enjoyed seeing them every night... our CD, Kevin, was also entertaining & visible throughout the cruise. We aren't buffet people, but my husband enjoyed the breakfast & pizza very much.  Surf & Turf, the ships only specialty restaurant, was very good- side dishes were underwhelming, but the steaks were perfectly cooked.  The MDR was good, we found the food tasty, but normally overcooked (we figured it was from sitting under a heat lamp?).     Our Aurea suite was spacious & offered excellent closet/storage space. We aren't pool deck people, but for a small ship it seemed to accommodate all the passengers.  Top 13 was just our speed- private and peaceful w/ loungers, small cabanas, & tables/chairs. The Easy Package was included in our experience, & was sufficient as we aren't frozen/froufrou drink people.  The Coffee drinks in Cafe San Marco were amazing! The internet worked remarkably well, probably the best wifi I've had on any ship.   I was a bit disappointed w/ the picture quality, most seemed fuzzy, possibly because they were touched-up?  The clearest pictures were black & white photos. The Captain & Officers were visable throughout the cruise, they always went out of their way to say hello & ask how we were enjoying everything- you can tell they take pride in their positions & enjoy working for MSC.   We prefer small to medium size ships, so we are extremely excited the Armonia is repositioning to our homeport in Tampa!  We are giving the larger MSC ships a try-  Divina in March & Seaside in May.  I'll share my Armonia album once it's uploaded! Several crew members impacted our cruise on a daily basis- Stateroom Attendant:  Saldrin La Pergola:  Gerald & Michael  Cafe San Marco:  Shrey Top 13 Attendant:  Melvin Palm Beach Casino Bar:  Syubier

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4.5

ALMOST wonderful. by FarcusFan

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

I'm really NOT a cruise snob! I don't go around telling people how many I've been on in the first five seconds of meeting aboard a ship. I don't even display my card(s) around my neck and I'm a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs reject. I choose my ships and cruises based on the price, itinerary, ship and if I'm solo or not. This one was offered by MSC as a 7-night leg on a 14-night back-to-back originally to Havana, Montego Bay, Georgetown and Cozumel. Political winds changed their direction and blew away Havana and Montego Bay, in blew Ocho Rios and Key West. (Note, I'm from Miami, born and raised. Sailed the Caribbean since a kid.) So if you add it all up, I embarked and disembarked like...ten times on this ship and each one was a breeze. I never had one problem getting aboard or off of the Armonia, unlike every darned ship I've ever been aboard! I mean it. No delays. No unwanted searches. The worst thing was this "Face-To-Face" intrusion imposed by the US Immigration Service. What a joke! I'm not going into the politics. Bottom line: despite lines to tenders and the gangway, they move pretty briskly. Maybe the ship was quite less than full on that cruise. Cabin was sized about right for two--another inch shorter in any direction would be cramped. Plenty of storage space, cleverly concealed. Nice touches absent such as towel animals, facial tissue or chocolates on the pillow. Equipped to the standard: flat screen TV (with very few channels), desk with electrical outlets, mini-bar, window clean enough to shoot video/photos through, direct-dial phone system, programmable safe and plenty of mirrors. Air conditioning worked great, the bed(s) was comfortable and a nice selection of pillows. Bathroom was the smallest one in which I've ever taken a shower. Love the ship. I truly respect her, as I would an aging duchess. She's gleaming, clean as a whistle yet nicked, cracked,worn and dented in places you'd expect after being trod on by millions of feet or sat upon by hundreds of thousands of buttocks. She has a lovely profile, looks like a ship instead of a hotel parked atop a slab of hull. She's gorgeous inside and outside, not screaming, projecting a luxurious and vibrant vibration. Colorful with taste, a bit dated in that Art Deco-inspired Starlight Disco. Comfortable public rooms, well-appointed Library, Bars, and my favorite space--the Cigar Room. Entertainment was enchanting. I was so impressed with how much they do with nothing onstage, it's mind-boggling. Ingenious use of minimal sets and props coupled with pre-recorded audio allowed for the performers' physical gifts and voices take over. The dancers were fluid and acted as well, the singers were excellent in several languages and the gymnasts and balancing act were superb. The DJs had an international flavor to the mix, sounded wonderfully exotic to our ears trained on disco, hip hop and rap. The lounge acts were professional, multi-cultural and talented. Service was modeled on Carnival, the leader in providing personal service in mainstream cruising. On MSC Armonia they ALWAYS remembered your name after hearing or seeing it the first time, they never abused the knowledge by shouting it out in false camaraderie at every opportunity. Everyone who has any contact with guests was polite, friendly without being overly solicitous or fake. They were quietly friendly. They took wonderful care of their guests. Particularly worth mentioning are my wonderful cabin steward, Shella and the best darned member of the waitstaff, Made. Ports-of-call were...well, I'm probably not the one to ask after this cruise. I've been there. It was fortunate I have a friend in Ocho Rios who was wonderful about meeting me just outside the pier and conducted me on a terrific unauthorized shore excursion. As far as the other places, well...except for my quest for Cuban cigars, I could have stayed aboard. I did find the best lunch and Cuban cigars in Cozumel, and the best cigar experience in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Whatever you've done there, I got the t-shirt. Key West? I got off of the ship, walked far enough away to activate my cell phone, bought a bottle of water and a hunk of fudge from this lovely lady inside this old historical warehouse, smoked a cigar next to a Rastafarian playing a steel drum for an hour, angering the anti-smoking Gestapo tourists (not the Rastaman) and walked back to the ship. (Via tram) Dining was a minor disappointment, after reading so many of the previous reviewers' opinions of the food. Food is what I'm about. Some people eat to live...you know the rest. Nothing aboard MSC Armonia will kill you. Except for the corned beef hash at breakfast. That stuff is poisonous. On the other hand, the polenta was divine. The pizza, especially the whole-wheat crust, was AWESOME! The gelato, especially the straciatella was INCREDIBLE! I should have just stuck with Italian breads and ice cream the whole darned cruise. The lack of fresh fruit in the buffet area was embarrassing. No bananas! They were all at the Vitamin Bar, or they were grabbed by the bunch by my fellow banana lovers. One bowl of pineapple disappeared immediately. One bowl of watermelon walked away by itself. Too much emphasis on melons, not enough on berries of any kind. They had a couple of Italian cold cuts, but no prosciutto that I noticed (some Oscar Meyer ham) to go with their endless parade of melons. The best cuisine on the ship was the Indian, followed by the Italian. Not enough of Asian cooking. The biggest problem: serving hot food HOT and cold food COLD. The carvery was a hit-or-miss affair. I was TOLD the prime rib was great. Everything else that I saw was mediocre (pork roast, turkey breast) to horrible (meat loaf). Why were all of the hamburgers overcooked and dry? Why were the cheeseburgers covered with ONLY American cheese? No choice, not even PROVOLONE?? Thank you, chef, for staying away from attempting barbecue. With the buffet, it's purely a coin toss. In the Marco Polo Main Dining Room, I made the mistake of failing to communicate my preference to eat alone. I also failed to notice that dinner was at 6:00, a crucial half-hour before I'm used to settling down to eat--even on other cruise lines. These two mistakes forced me to record video with unusable audio thanks to excessive noise created by my dining partners Night One; and to miss out my MDR meals (that I usually enjoy) three out of seven nights. Of course, I completely missed out on "Elegant Night." Both nights. My fault. Lobster is something I like, but it's not worth sacrificing an $11.00 cigar I'm smoking in the Cigar Room in order to eat frozen fish. The only Asian-influenced dish I tried was the Thai shrimp. Horrible. Tasteless. I had to scrape that breading off to reveal the skinny shrimp. If you think that by waving the hot chile flakes over them works, you're wrong. The Asian-influenced salad was good. The pasta was al dente. That was good. There was only ONE pasta dish or sauce offered. That was bad. The lamb was served two-sided: rare on one, medium-well on the other, AND it was lukewarm and fatty. I didn't order ONE steak the entire trip. I just didn't trust the beef, I suppose after eating one bite of their hamburger and gagged. Dry as a hockey puck. The Duck L'Orange was so fatty and so lacking in orange flavor, it was a total waste of a bird destined for duck soup. The sauce coating the mussels tasted as if it came right from a Lipton Soup package. The asparagus were delicious.The Indian dishes were superb! The desserts were pedestrian. Most of them were just too darned sweet, missing the rich flavor of chocolate or fruit! The banana and coconut tart was wonderful, marred by that raspberry coulis. I'm not going any further with this. What's the point? I got what I paid for. Canned peaches and cheap chocolate. I went to that Surf & Turf Restaurant sampling meet and greet. Everything was grabbed by the early-arrivals and cleaned off every darned tray. I got one half-flute of faux-champagne, one crab cake and one piece of that disgusting pseudo-cheesecake. A complete waste of time coupled with a hustle. Overall, I'd say the food available in the restaurants was average, mediocre--a "C" grade. If you like congenial conversation with civilized people, the Cigar Room is the place to meet. Of COURSE the place smells! Of COURSE sometimes people get a little bit boisterous--there's a bar 7 meters away. OF COURSE you can watch your favorite sport sitting in a comfortable leather lounge chair smoking your favorite stogie. They have a limited but well-chosen selection of cigars available to buy at typically inflated prices. Bottom line: it was an exceedingly pleasurable cruise, subtracting the expected food fails. I had plenty of good food and drink, lovely ladies to keep me company and a diverse crowd to enliven the conversation. Watch for my videos appearing on my YouTube channel, TeachinTV.

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4.4

Is good, for the first time. by willianfrancas

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Europe

This is my first time on a cruise. Was very good, I hope do more. For the next, we will certainly buy other Ship Cruise, for another experiences. Good experience!

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4.0

Port Pass for Costa Maya Mexico by Chandy25

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: MSC Armonia

The crew and the staff are excellent. The ship and our room was always clean and tidy. The shows were very good and the daily activities plentiful. The buffet food was good with plenty to choose from everyday. I did not care too much for the main dining room food or choices. Embark and Debark were excellent and the ports super fun.

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A ship full of heartfelt warmth, not fake but sincere warmth by piscesbear

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

A ship for a great getaway. No it doesn't have all the bells and whistles like bigger ships but the staff is welcoming and warm. Just what I needed. The Captain is one of the more personable Captains I've come across in all my cruises.

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4.6

Fun Caribbean Cruise by Cuddyvalley

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

I really enjoyed it! Can't wait for the next cruise, I definitely overpacked, learned what I needed and what to leave home!

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4.8

7 night Caribbean Armonia by AprilFP

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Armonia

We enjoyed our time on the Armonia. The service from the crew was very good. The ship offers a nice variety of activities. There is not a lot of pressure to buy or upgrade like I have encountered on other ships. (Except we were approached too many times about the drink package upon arrival.)

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Classic by dianepalmen

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

I enjoyed the cruise. It was just what I needed. I have been on a hand full of cruises enjoying them all in a different way. I would love to go on a larger MSC shop next trip with you!

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4.9

17th Cruise by rmlowman

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Armonia

Being on our 17th cruise MSC first experience it was a nice cruise for the value and we enjoyed it and would look forward to MSC cruising again.

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5.0

Best Holiday by mrsfox

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Armonia

Considering it was cut two days short because of hurricane Dorian, it didn’t make a slight bit of difference to our experience.

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Exceptional Family Cruise by juan9350

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

MSC Armonia far exceeded our expectations- we had taken cruises before, but this one excels above the rest

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2.4

Just eat the burgers!!!! by septsunseeker

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: MSC Armonia

The cabin was okay if you can forgive the tiny shower. The food was out of a can or a freezer. I compared their desserts to those you find at a Chinese buffet. Horrible. I thought an Italian based cruise lime would have good pastas and breads. Chef boyardee made every meal. What cruise line has buffets that are too often found closed? That serves the same foods every single meal? Food that has either hot spots or ice chunks in it? Who closes ice cream service at 7? Who has one barista for thousands of guest? Whose dining room meals are dry, cold, with meats and lobster so tough you can’t cut it with a steak knife??? Who thinks this is acceptable??? Who puts customer satisfaction last?? MSC!!!!!!!!

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4.1

The staff was wonderful The ship smell like sewage in most of the floor. Buffet food always the same The night show was beautiful Aboarding was smooth and getting of a big line because if any body own a balance the staff wont move the line. by WCortes62

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: MSC Armonia

The staff was very helpful, happy, warm welcome, night show wow impressed

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4.8

Fue un buen crucero by reinakeka

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Cuba

Es un barco que tiene muchos años y no es muy grande pero se paso muy bien siempre había música, los show eran muy buenos y también la comida.

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4.7

2nd Cruise & Best Cruise by EmsGoods

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Armonia

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

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Great Winter Getaway by Pburgcruisers

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

It was a very affordable winter getaway. Booked three weeks before cruising. Being a smaller ship without all the fancy stuff it wasn't overwhelming. Nice ports, good food. Just simply relaxing.

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4.7

experience by mrslg618uk

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Cuba

for a older ship it’s fine i would book again if the dest and price suited.but not that cabin .

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4.7

Myself and my family had a great time. I honestly do not understand all of their negative reviews because we had an amazing time. Their entertainers were amazing we laughed the entire time. Great cruise. by Migdalia8877

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

My family and myself had a great time. The entertainment was amazing they were absolutely hilarious. The breakfast was always warm which is not very common on cruises and was absolutely delicious, lunch and dinner we’re hit or miss but there is always the pizza which is absolutely delicious and they also burgers and hotdogs just in case you didn’t like what they were offering in the buffet. All staff we’re awesome. They were always polite and helpful.

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5.0

My unforgettable cruise by mirumirnazemle

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Caribbean

This wonderful Carribean cruise was an unforgettable experience for us. We are ready to advise this trip to all our friends. Our dream is to visit one of MSC ships again.

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Wasn't all it cracked up to be. by sharilinton

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: MSC Armonia / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

I've been on much better cruise lines. We had to pay for everything (even water) and the food was subpar. Marseille France and Olbia Sardinia were the worst ports. There was absolutely nothing to do their. Limited entertainment. Average age of guest was 70. Overall, we had to make our own fun (on and off the boat).

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