MSC Armonia

Inexpensive Mega SET SAIL 2001
Perk: Balcony suits with Ethernet ports for Internet service
II Girasole, outdoor restaurant perched high above the sea
Fresh-baked, authentic Italian pizza served in the buffet
La Fenice Theater, its varied performances fill up the house

MSC Armonia and its itineraries appeal strongly to Northern Europeans who enjoy warm weather getaways to the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. There is also a sprinkling of U.K., U.S. and Canadian passengers with a similar penchant for sun-soaked vacation. Armonia might not have all the bells and whistles found in the latest breed of cruise ships, but she does boast an understated charm that’s perfect for those seeking an elegant and classic cruise experience while sailing to exotic ports of call in Europe and North Africa.


MSC Armonia was one of MSC Cruises first passenger ships and is among the smallest ships in the fleet with just under 800 staterooms.

It was part of a 200-million-euro "renaissance" program, updating older ships to adapt to the glamorous and elaborate Italian feel of MSC’s new cruise ships. Public rooms are light and airy with a focus on shades of blue and yellow – sea and sun – and, as with all MSC cruise ships, there is lots of marble, gold and Italian art throughout.

MSC Armonia features some of the amenities found on MSC’s newer ships, such as Divina or Preziosa, including the fantastic MSC Aurea Spa and Fitness Center, mini golf and simulator golf range, children’s programs for kids ages 3 to 17, and an elegant cigar bar. Rounding out the entertainment on board MSC Armonia is La Fenice theater, a full service casino, two swimming pools, a sports deck and eight bars and lounges with live music ranging from jazz and pop to classical and Broadway show tunes.

The crowd on MSC Armonia is mainly European, many of whom have previously sailed with MSC. These are often well-traveled people of all ages who cruise on Armonia for the Italian culture and cuisine and the sun-soaked itineraries.

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During spring and summer months MSC Armonia sails the Mediterranean from either Ancona or Venice, Italy, to ports in Croatia, Greece and Montenegro. Fall and winter finds the ship sailing from the Canary Islands primarily to ports in Morocco, Spain and Portugal.