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live view from the deck of the MSC Armonia

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MSC Armonia Cruise Bookings 2017/18

The MSC Armonia is a 13 deck cruise ship which is an identical sister ship of the MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera (with which many South Africans will be familiar) and the MSC Lirica. The Italian name literally translates to 'harmony' which is exactly the atmosphere that has been created on the luxury cruise liner.

Lego-themed Playrooms

When the new longer Armonia returned from the dry dock on the 19th November 2014, she had been fitted with MSC Cruises' first lego-themed kiddies playroom. The Mini Club (3 to 6 years) and the Junior Club (7 to 11 years) were set up lego-brick-style.

We are now taking cruise bookings up to April 2018 on the MSC Armonia. You can check availability by filling in the form below (email cruises@southafrica.to if you're experiencing difficulties, or phone 021-531-7453).

Reviews of the MSC Armonia

14 Nov 2013 Lovely video made by 2 cruise consultants, Richard & Lee, of an MSC Armonia cruise from Venice to Tenerife:

September 2011, a family booked a cruise with MSC Armonia and thought "the ship was lovely, many nice places to sit in quiet if needed. Nicely decorated. We could not fault it."

MSC Armonia cigar room

A couple in their mid forties sailed on the MSC Armonia in November 2009. They were particularly happy with the service of the staff, "all our experiences with staff at all levels was nothing but good with happy smiles everywhere we ventured and all queries and requests dealt with without us feeling in the least bit as though we were just bothersome creatures interfering the the efficient running of the ship."

MSC Armonia reception area

 

MSC Armonia Cruise Specials

The longer it is since the date the special was announced, the greater the probability that fares have changed from those shown below:

  • Watch this space - no specials at the moment.

MSC Armonia cruise ship

Cruise Mediterranean style with the MSC Armonia and her Italian crew...let her become your Italian Stallion.

News of the MSC Armonia & history

The Armonia was in the dry dock from August 2014, and made her comeback on the 19th November 2014 with a 10 night inaugural (ALL INCLUSIVE) cruise from Genoa (Italy) to the Canary Islands. Special entertainment was planned for this once-off cruise, which included spectacular firework displays and a special gala dinner. Having been lengthened at the dry dock, this cruise offered passengers the first opportunity to enjoy her new facilities, which include more balcony cabins, a new spray park, new improved kids areas and extended spa with a Solarium.

 

  • 12 November 2013 : MSC Cruises have announced that they plan a refit of the MSC Armonia, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. About 200 cabins will be added, including more balcony cabins.

  • 20 September 2013 : MSC Armonia in Venice
 
MSC Armonia in Venice  

17 September 2013 : The MSC Armonia enters Corfu (Greece).

15 September 2013 : The MSC Armonia docks in Dubrovnik.

MSC Armonia in Corfu, Greece MSC Armonia in Dubrovnik

 

  • April to October 2013 : MSC Armonia's new home port is Venice, operating 7 day cruises from Venice to Ancona, Dubrovnik, Corf├╣, Gythion, Cefalonia, Kotor and then back to Venice.

  • November 2012 : MSC Armonia will set sail for her new home port in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The ships itinerary will include destinations of the Red Sea. The ship is scheduled to leave the Red Sea in April 2013.

  • April 2010 : MSC Armonia spotted in Venice.

  • 2004 : Festival cruises goes bankrupt & MSC Cruises buys the European Vision & her sister ship and renames them the MSC Armonia and the MSC Sinfonia.

  • 20-22 July 2001 : European Vision was chartered for the G8 Summit in Genoa, Italy.

  • 2001 : Built for Festival Cruises and was named European Vision.

Inside the Armonia

The MSC Armonia is a "Mistral class" ship, and can accommodate guests in 783 cabins, of which 132 are balcony suites (in addition to some 700 crew members). There are also ocean view cabins and inside cabins (including a few that are suitable for passengers with disabilities).

The Armonia is 251m long and weighs 58,600 tons. It has 4 restaurants (1 outdoor dining area), 10 bars (1 outdoor pool bar), 2 pools & 2 whirlpools.

Inside the ship are the MSC Aurea Spa & Solarium, children's play area, a video game room, a disco, an internet cafe, a casino, a medical centre &business conference room.

The Armonia offers a running track for the early morning joggers, mini golf and a sports centre for those who enjoy basketball, tennis and volleyball.

Cabins & suites

Inside cabins consist of single beds which may be converted into double beds (except in cabins for the disabled), spacious wardrobe, a bathroom with a shower, a mini bar, safe, an interactive TV, telephone and air conditioning. Size is some 13 square metres.

MSC Armonia Inside cabin

Ocean view cabins are the same as inside cabins, but have a view of the sea.

MSC Armonia Outside cabin

Balcony suites have a double bed & a bathroom with a tub. There is availability of internet connection using your own laptop (on payment). It is some 22 square metres in size.

MSC Armonia Balcony suite

Cabins for people with disabilities have two fixed single beds, a bathroom with a shower, a wardrobe, a mini bar & safe & a TV. It is some 21 square metres in size. There are 4 inside wheelchair friendly cabins.

Technical specifications

Gross tonnage

58.600 tons

Length

251.16m

Beam

28.7m

Speed

40.7kph

Number of Passengers

1 544 (on a double basis)

Entertainment on the MSC Armonia

The La Gondola Theatre on the Armonia is two decks high on the forward part of the ship.

Live entertainment shows are offered nightly on board the MSC Armonia. Each show usually has a different theme every night and the acts in the show fit accordingly. Passengers do not know what the shows will entail beforehand and therefore they can be quite a surprise as to what you can expect. Below is a video showing a waitress singing 'When you Believe':

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