My MSC Armonia Video Ship Tour: Observations and Review
In 2014 the MSC Armonia was sliced in two and had a 25-metre section added to enable it to carry more passengers and provide new and improved features.
One of the most noticeable changes is to the pool deck, which is now a vast space hosting two pools, plenty of seating areas and also saw the introduction of the Doremi Splash Park. An area for children to play with the interactive aqua features while freeing up the regular pools for adults. The deck also has the Gelateria Italiana selling genuine Italian gelato and a Vitamin Bar providing healthy fruit smoothies and drinks.
The Marco Polo is the main dining room and serves breakfast, a bistro-style lunch with fish, meat and vegetarian menus and multi-course dinner at two seatings usually at 6:15 and 8:45pm. La Pergola is the “My Choice” dining restaurant for those who prefer to select what time they eat at each night. Guests arrive at any time and are seated at available tables. The buffet, La Brasserie, is always busy at breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves dishes based on the region and port of call each day.
There are a number of bars and lounges to enjoy. Caffe San Marco serves a huge range of hot and cold coffee based drinks and cocktails. The Armonia lounge is in the new section added to the ship and where events take place day and night. A busy and always entertaining spot. The White Lion bar is styled on a British Pub and a popular spot for smokers as it is near the cigar lounge and one of the entrances to the theatre. While the Piano Bar is always busy before and after dinner, party animals can be found in another new addition, the Bar del Duomo. A live band plays until late and packs the dance floor . In the day it serves pastries, snacks and coffees. At the rear of the ship, with great views, is the Starlight Disco. Another popular spot in the evenings where the DJ plays until the small hours.
The Reception , catering for all six of the official languages on board, and the excursion desks are lively hubs at all times of the day with guests seeking advice, help and tips. Excursions are run by different language groupings to cater for the multi-national passenger mix.
Evening entertainment is focused on the nightly production shows in the La Fenice Theatre. When the ship is sailing full, guests are required to pre-book their seats in the 500-seater venue and multiple shows are held across the evening to enable as many as possible to see the song and dance Broadway-style shows.
The Palm Beach Casino is bright and glitzy with a good range of tables and slot machines.
There are five kids’ clubs on board. There is the Chicco Baby Ckub for under threes, the Lego Mini Club for 3-6 year olds, another Lego-themed Junior Club for 7-11 year olds, a Young Club catering for 12-14 and finally there is a Teen Club for 15-17 year olds.
Outside on deck more physical activities include the basketball and soccer court and a mini-golf course. The Aurea Spa has a large fitness centre. While for those who prefer to shop there is a multitude of options including clothes, watches and jewellery. Plus, of course, an expansive Photo Shop selling images taken of guests around the ship.
MSC Armonia is bigger, refurbished and has more to offer families seeking a good value vacation than ever before.
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