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09/21/2011 03:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The MSC Armonia: A Huffington Post Cruise Ship Guide

The MSC Armonia is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about The MSC Armonia.

Destination

The MSC Armonia sails to such destinations as Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Spain, Croatia, Tunisia, Portugal and South America. Its itineraries can be as short as single-night cruises or last as long as 19 nights.

Passenger Ship

The MSC Armonia is a large ship at 824 feet long and 94 feet wide. It can carry about 1,550 passengers and a crew of 700 on its nine passenger decks. The ship is popular with cruisers who enjoy elegant simplicity with European styling.

Special Features

The MSC Armonia is awash in the hallmarks of Italy: exquisite design and luxurious touches everywhere. Bread for passengers is actually baked onboard the ship, and there are two cozy pizzerias that have the relaxed feel of sidewalk cafes in Rome. The La Fenice Theatre provides a stage for dazzling shows and has room for 600 guests. Adults can get lucky at the Palm Beach Casino, while kids can go wild at the Star Galaxy arcade. The Armonia also has two pools, two hot tubs, a fitness center, solarium, beauty salon, Internet cafe, disco, library, miniature golf and duty-free shops.

Accommodations

The MSC Armonia boasts 777 well-appointed staterooms. The ship offers a variety of cabin categories, including inside and ocean-view, and a variety of suites. All staterooms are equipped with a shower, telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer and TV. Cabin sizes range from 140 square feet to 290 square feet.

Cost

Fares vary depending on itinerary, cabin selection and date of travel. On the MSC Armonia, itineraries range from seven-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises in interior cabins for $789 to 19-night cruises to South America in balcony staterooms for about $3,440.

Excursions

One MSC Armonia passenger recommended the excursion into Santorini, Italy. This passenger was especially thrilled by the visit to the village of Oia, even though the weather was a bit iffy for sampling wines at a vineyard. But once the weather cleared up, the passenger was rewarded with stunning views of white buildings hugging the cliffs, with a brilliant blue sea as the background.

Dining Experience

Passengers on the MSC Armonia can choose from two formal dining rooms, the Marco Polo and La Pergola, which offer dinner at two fixed seating times. A more casual option is the buffet on Lido deck, as well as a poolside grill and pizzeria. Guests also can choose from a limited room service menu.

Maiden Voyage

The vessel first sailed in July 2001 as the European Vision. It was built for Festival Cruises and was acquired by MSC Cruises in 2004 and renamed the Armonia.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the MSC Armonia.

WATCH

A passenger's homage to the MSC Armonia.

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