The 1,566-guest MSC Armonia is an average cruise ship, as she features just about everything that you'd expect to find onboard a cruise ship today (except for some "mega ship" features, such as rock-climbing walls). She a decent value in the Europe cruising world, as she offers two swimming pools, a couple of whirlpools, a spa, fitness center, casino, show room and a nice selection of bars and lounges (including a disco).
This mid-sized vessel is the sister ship of MSC Sinfonia, and was actually originally built to be a part of the (now out of business) Festival Cruises fleet. Her name during that period of time was European Vision.
MSC Armonia will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012: Red Sea 2013: Europe, Red Sea
Stateroom information for MSC Armonia is coming soon!
Marco Polo (main dining room)
La Pergola (main dining room)
La Brasserie (casual buffet dining)
Il Girasole (outdoor dining/grill)
Bars & Lounges:
Bar del Duomo
The White Lion (English Pub)
Moulin Rouge (Piano Bar)
Caffe San Marco (Coffee Bar)
Il Lido (Outdoor Pool Bar)
Entertainment & Shopping:
La Fenice Theater
Palm Beach Casino
Armonia Business Center
Armonia Spa (fitness/beauty center)
Sports Center (basketball/volleyball/tennis)
Mini-golf Kids & Teens: Virtual Games
1 7 Nani (children's activity room)
Casual resort wear is appropriate at any time during the day on an MSC cruise. However, after 6:00pm, jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and bare feet are not permitted in the ships' public areas.
A cocktail dress for women and a suit or coat and tie for men are appropriate on formal evenings (one on 4- to 6-night cruises, two on 7- to 11-night cruises, and four on cruises 15 nights or longer).
Because of their "Kids Sail Free" promotion that's available on many sailings, there will be a decent number of children onboard most MSC cruises. This promotion is for kids 17 and under, when there are two full fare paying adults in the same stateroom as them. Some taxes and fees will still be charged for such children. MSC also offers a 30% discount on many shore excursions, for children under 12.
MSC has a children's program onboard each of their ships, consisting of three age-based groups. The Mini Club is for children ages 3 to 8; the Juniors Club is for children 9 to 12 years of age; the Teen Club is for 13 to 17 year olds. A variety of age-appropriate activities are available for children, such as shows, games, a mini-Olympics, painting, dancing, as well as arts & crafts. There is a children's menu available as well, featuring popular selections such as hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta and pizza.
Gratuities are not mandatory, as they are at your discretion. However, MSC will automatically add a gratuity charge to each guest's onboard account (except aboard the MSC Rhapsody, where you should tip at your own discretion). On Caribbean cruises and Ocean Voyages this per adult, per day charge is $12, while it's €6 (Euro) per person per day on Europe cruises and $6 per person per day on MSC's South America cruises. Children will be charged half of the adult rate.
This gratuity charge covers the services provided to you by your maitre d' and his assistants, your waiter and busboys, buffet staff, your stateroom attendant, room service, and bellboys. Casino dealers and spa personnel do not share in this charge, since not all guests utilize these services. A gratuity is included on all bar checks, for those serving you.
If you'd like to make any adjustments to this automatic charge you are allowed to do so, by contacting the main reception desk and explaining what you'd like to change.
The minimum age required to drink alcoholic beverages while onboard an MSC cruise ship is 21 years of age. Any alcohol that is purchased by guests onboard the ship or in a port of call will be held by MSC until the last evening of the cruise (when they'll return it to you in your stateroom).
The minimum age required to gamble onboard an MSC cruise ship is 21 years of age.