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We have cruise 50 plus times on various lines (Carnival, RC, Princess, Cunard, Celebrity, Costa) and this will be our first on MSC. We were a little apprehensive about MSC after reading reviews and this being one of the oldest ships in the fleet. However all that went away as we checked in for our cruise. We arrived early at the port around 10:30am(we had an early flight). Check in was fast and efficient. We went to the waiting area and after about 30 minutes we were allowed to board the ship. The ship is in great shape and we never saw areas that were run down like others have stated. The decor is what I would call as country club elegant. We headed to deck 11 and the Il Griesole bar (are hangout during daytime). We ordered our drinks and at that point were told we have the wrong drink code on our cards(we had upgraded from easy to premium before the cruise). So I took my paperwork and went to guest services and had new cards printed with the new code ( no problem getting it fixed ). The service all around the ship was fantastic , the bar service was some of the best we have ever experienced . We never waited more than a couple of minutes for our drinks at any bar. The servers walking around the deck were great our glasses were not even empty and they were bringing us another drink (we did tip the first day and I am sure this helped). Christine, Benson, Albert and Rom made us feel special. We had 2nd seating for dinner and on the first night it was 8:45pm and all other nights it was at 8:30. The night in Havana was open seating. There was only one Elegant night (the guests were pretty casual on this trip). I went to see the Matre'd to get a table for 2 and after a tip he said he would do what he could and that our new table assignment will be sent to our room. When we we arrived at our cabin after 2pm our new table as requested was there. We had table 450 and John was a great server very fast fast and efficient.The food we though was some of the best we had on a cruise. ( The pasta was the weak link so be warned). We had an outside cabin and is was small but plenty of room for the 2 of us. The shower is small and the curtain likes to get close and personal but after a minute or 2 you figure out how to menuver around. We have been to all the ports befor so the only port we had arranged anything was Havana. We arrived early around 11am and our tour was to meet at 12:45 and at 12:45 we were leaving the ship waited about 10 minutes to get through passport control, security. We exchanged money (euros) this took all of about 10 minutes. Our ship tour the (Hemmingway tour) was good and took about 6 hours. The next day we went on our own and hired a driver in an old car at the port. He took us to the Hotel Nacionale and showed us other areas we paid $60.cucs for 1:30 minute tour. MSC knows what they are doing and do it well and we can't wait to sail with them again.

First MSC cruise not our last

MSC Armonia Cruise Review by rwdtgb

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Cuba
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom – Fantastica
We have cruise 50 plus times on various lines (Carnival, RC, Princess, Cunard, Celebrity, Costa) and this will be our first on MSC.

We were a little apprehensive about MSC after reading reviews and this being one of the oldest ships in the fleet. However all that went away as we checked in for our cruise.

We arrived early at the port around 10:30am(we had an early flight). Check in was fast and efficient. We went to the waiting area and after about 30 minutes we were allowed to board the ship. The ship is in great shape and we never saw areas that were run down like others have stated. The decor is what I would call as country club elegant. We headed to deck 11 and the Il Griesole bar (are hangout during daytime). We ordered our drinks and at that point were told we have the wrong drink code on our cards(we had upgraded from easy to premium before the cruise). So I took my paperwork and went to guest services and had new cards printed with the new code ( no problem getting it fixed ).

The service all around the ship was fantastic , the bar service was some of the best we have ever experienced . We never waited more than a couple of minutes for our drinks at any bar. The servers walking around the deck were great our glasses were not even empty and they were bringing us another drink (we did tip the first day and I am sure this helped). Christine, Benson, Albert and Rom made us feel special.

We had 2nd seating for dinner and on the first night it was 8:45pm and all other nights it was at 8:30. The night in Havana was open seating. There was only one Elegant night (the guests were pretty casual on this trip). I went to see the Matre'd to get a table for 2 and after a tip he said he would do what he could and that our new table assignment will be sent to our room. When we we arrived at our cabin after 2pm our new table as requested was there. We had table 450 and John was a great server very fast fast and efficient.The food we though was some of the best we had on a cruise. ( The pasta was the weak link so be warned).

We had an outside cabin and is was small but plenty of room for the 2 of us. The shower is small and the curtain likes to get close and personal but after a minute or 2 you figure out how to menuver around.

We have been to all the ports befor so the only port we had arranged anything was Havana. We arrived early around 11am and our tour was to meet at 12:45 and at 12:45 we were leaving the ship waited about 10 minutes to get through passport control, security. We exchanged money (euros) this took all of about 10 minutes. Our ship tour the (Hemmingway tour) was good and took about 6 hours.

The next day we went on our own and hired a driver in an old car at the port. He took us to the Hotel Nacionale and showed us other areas we paid $60.cucs for 1:30 minute tour.

MSC knows what they are doing and do it well and we can't wait to sail with them again.
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Oceanview Stateroom – Fantastica
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