MSC Armonia

Former name: MS European Vision (Festival Cruises)

MSC Armonia current position

MSC Armonia current location is at East Mediterranean (coordinates 39.54921 N / 19.97466 E) cruising en route to AUGUSTA IT. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of MSC Armonia

Year built2001  /  Age: 20
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassLirica
Building costUSD 245 million
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
OperatorMSC Cruises
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)275 m / 902 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage65542 gt
Passengers1950 - 2340
Crew721
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Decks13
Cabins975
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsMSC Lirica, MSC Opera, MSC Sinfonia
Former namesMS European Vision (Festival Cruises)
Christened bySophia Loren
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MSC Armonia Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2022 Apr 10 4 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice $569
2022 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $549
2022 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $739
2022 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $699
2022 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $699
2022 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $749
2022 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2022 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $549
2022 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $549
2022 May 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2022 May 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $549
2022 May 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $549
2022 May 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2022 May 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $549
2022 May 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $599
2022 May 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $599
2022 May 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $599
2022 May 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $599
2022 May 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $599
2022 May 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $599
2022 May 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $729
2022 May 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $729
2022 May 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $729
2022 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $769
2022 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $769
2022 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $769
2022 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $769
2022 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $769
2022 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $769
2022 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $769
2022 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $769
2022 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $769
2022 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $819
2022 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $819
2022 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $819
2022 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $819
2022 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $819
2022 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $819
2022 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $899
2022 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $899
2022 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $899
2022 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $899
2022 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $899
2022 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $899
2022 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $899
2022 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $899
2022 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $899
2022 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $929
2022 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $929
2022 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $929
2022 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $979
2022 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $979
2022 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $979
2022 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $899
2022 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $899
2022 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $899
2022 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $819
2022 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $819
2022 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $819
2022 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $769
2022 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $769
2022 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $769
2022 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $729
2022 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $729
2022 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $729
2022 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $729
2022 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $729
2022 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $729
2022 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $729
2022 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $729
2022 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $729
2022 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $649
2022 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $649
2022 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $649
2022 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $549
2022 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2022 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $549
2022 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $549
2022 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2022 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $549
2022 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $549
2022 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2022 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $549
2022 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $549
2022 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $549
2022 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $549
2022 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $489
2022 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $489
2022 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $489
2022 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $489
2022 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $489
2022 Nov 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Brindisi $489
2022 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Piraeus $489
2022 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice $489
2022 Nov 14 6 days, one-way from Brindisi to Venice Brindisi $409
2022 Nov 17 3 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $329

MSC Armonia Review

Review of MSC Armonia

The 2001-built//2014-stretched MSC Armonia cruise ship is the first of MSC's Lirica-class liners, with sisterships Opera, Sinfonia, Lirica. The Armonia ship entered the MSC fleet in 2004. Before that, the boat was operated under the name “MS European Vision” by Festival Cruises (1992-founded/2004-defunct).

The vessel (IMO number 9210141) is Panama-flagged (MMSI 357281000) and registered in Colon.

History - construction and ownership

MSC Cruises (MSC Crociere) is a passenger shipping company headquartered in Genoa and Naples. It was established in 1960. Today, MSC Crociere is a subsidiary of MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) - world's 2nd largest containership company. MSC Crociere is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company. By annual passenger shipping volumes, MSC is ranked world's 4th largest cruise company (after Carnival Corporation, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NCL-Norwegian) with over 5% global market share.

MSC cruise ship stretching (Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia)

All 4 vessels of this class (Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia) were enlarged/elongated by 24 m (80 ft), adding around 193 new cruise staterooms (including Balcony), 59 more crew cabins, plus new public spaces, new kids facilities (with LEGO and Chicco themed activities), outdoor water park ("Spray Park" with interactive slides, jets and water toys).

MSC cruise ship stretching (Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia)

The 2200-passenger ship MSC Armonia was built in 2001 in France. Her contemporary features and intimacy are in perfect harmony. The Armonia ship boasts many of other cruise liners’ characteristics, including four restaurants, six bars, Internet Cafe, a video arcade.

Decks and Cabins

MSC Armonia staterooms (975 total, in 9 grades) include 130 Suites, 94 Balcony, 401 Oceanview and 350 Inside cabins. Most staterooms are sized 140 ft2 / 13 m2. Most cabin balconies are sized 40 ft2 / 4 m2. The largest are the Balcony Suites (250 ft2 / 24 m2 plus 55 ft2 / 5 m2 terrace). The ship has only 4 wheelchair-accessible cabins (type Inside).

The boat has 13 decks, of which 9 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

MSC Armonia decks are named after precious gemstones.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are no dining surcharges onboard the MSC Armonia because there are no speciality restaurants on this ship. Armonia offers an abundance of Italian food, but the quality can vary. The Marco Polo Restaurant on Deck 5 is the larger of the two main dining rooms. It features tables for two to six diners. The casual buffet is located on Deck 11 and provides an alternative to the main dining rooms.

MSC Armonia cruise ship

Follows the complete list of MSC Armonia restaurants and food bars.

  • Marco Polo Restaurant (aft Dining Room, capacity 974 seats, open for Breakfast 7-9:30am, Lunch 12-2pm, and Dinner (with 2 fixed seatings- at 7 and 9:30pm, with 3-course menu for lunch and 7-course dinner menu, size 6,458 ft2/600 m2)
  • The White Lion Pub (90-seat English pub bar/smoking allowed area, live music, multiple TVs, size 4,047 ft2/376 m2)
  • La Pergola Restaurant (aft Dining Room, capacity 287 seats, dinner only- with 2 fixed seatings- at 7 or 9:30 pm, size 5,747 ft2/534 m2)
  • Surf & Turf Restaurant (38-seat specialty restaurant)
  • La Brasserie Restaurant (344-seat complimentary self-service cafeteria-buffet restaurant; open 6 am - 2 am, serving Afternoon Tea between 4-5 pm, size 7,642 ft/710 m2)
  • Il Girasole Restaurant (402-seat alfresco eatery with 2 sections- Pizzeria/pizzas and salads, and Outdoor Grill/burger bar, size 10,419 ft2/968 m2)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MSC Armonia ship’s special features include a casino, theatre, disco and cabaret, library, and for those who love sports there is a fitness centre, simulation golf range, two outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzi and SPA. Don’t forget to pamper in the beauty salon. For kids, a special playroom is provided. Additional amenities include complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Children Program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

MSC Armonia cruise ship

Follows the complete list of MSC Armonia lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Teatro La Fenice Theatre (capacity 550-seat, grand-style live musical and show productions, classical concerts, acrobatics, with 2 shows a night- at 7:30 and 9:30 pm, size 12,217 ft2/1,135 m2, level 1 of 2)
  • Armonia Atrium (2-decks high midship open area)
  • Reception Desk (96-seat guest services, reservations, bookings, size 5,274 ft2/490 m2)
  • Armonia Shore Excursions Desk (booking, planning, information, size 430 ft2/40 m2)
  • Armonia@Cafe (6 Internet computers room/cyber cafe, size 861 ft2/80 m2)
  • Gallery (brand watches and jewelry shop, size 645 ft2/60 m2)
  • Jewelry Shop (luxury jewelry and accessories, size 1,076 ft2/100 m2)
  • Via Della Spica (shopping alley with duty-free shops for snacks, liquor,  tobacco, top brand perfumes and cosmetics, clothing and bags, MSC logo apparel and toys, size 645 ft2/60 m2)
  • Mini Mall (duty-free, size 2,680 ft2/949 m2)
  • Cigar Room (16-seat smoking club lounge, size 538ft2/50 m2)
  • Bar Del Duomo Lounge & Bar (205-seat cocktail bar, with live music, hosts also bingo games and art auctions, size 6,458 ft2/600 m2)
  • Caffe San Marco (100 seats specialty coffee bar/a la carte pricing, with complimentary cookies and pastries, also offering coffee packages)
  • Teens Club (18-seat, size 1,022 ft2/95 m2)
  • Video Games Arcade (size 484 ft2/45 m2)
  • Business Center (125-seat conference/meeting room and cinema, size 4,241 ft2/394 m2)
  • Palm Beach Casino (125-seat smoking allowed area, slots and gambling tables, own full bar, size 4,886 ft2/454 m2)
  • Armonia Lounge & Library  (130-seat double function room, size 3,433 ft2/319 m2)
  • The Red Bar (101 seats piano bar with live music)
  • Shopping Area, including San Marco Shop (luxury jewelry, brand sunglasses and watches shop, size 645 ft2/60 m2)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop (photo services, cameras, binoculars, accessories, size 1,410 ft2/131 m2)
  • Armonia Lounge (capacity 424 seats show lounge for grand-scale live music performances, with dance floor and full bar, dance classes, night cabaret show)
  • Medical Center (3-seat Infirmary, size 1,151 ft/107 m2) is the ship’s hospital operated by resident doctors/physicians and nurses on 24-hour duty. Payments are made by the boarding pass (treatments equivalent to a private doctor’s visit). General health insurance policies do not apply, so buying cruise health insurance is recommended
  • MSC Armonia Aurea Spa & Fitness Complex (Thalassotherapy Room, Treatment Rooms, 2 Saunas and 1 Steam Room, Relaxation Room, Beauty Salon, Gym/Gymnasium, with aerobics studio/classes; open 9 am - 9 pm, size 8,944 ft2/831 m2)
  • Baby Club (559 ft2) & Mini Club (452 ft2) - 1-7 Nani Playroom (kids play area with TVs, Playstations, ball pool, movies, games, crafts-arts)
  • Armonia’s Le Piscine Pool Area (with 2 twin saltwater pools and 2 Whirlpools)
  • Doremi Spray Park
  • Il Lido Bar (280-seat poolside bar, size 25,446 ft2/2,364 m2), has 3 sections- Main/full bar, La Gelateria Bar (121 seats ice cream bar/surcharge; open 10 am - 6 pm) and Vitamin Bar (fresh juices)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track (7 laps = 1 mi)
  • Young Club / Juniors Club - Teen Club (size 581 ft2/54 m2, teenagers lounge for dance classes, night disco, sports-video games contests, trivia)
  • Starlight Disco & Nightclub (capacity 225 seats, size 7,954 ft2/739 m2) with a full bar; during the day serves as a retreat area for panoramic views)
  • Sundeck / Top 13 Solarium (adults-only relaxation area with loungers), Golf Simulator (at surcharge)
  • Sports Center (combined sports court- tennis, volleyball, basketball, mini football), Shuffleboard
  • 9-hole Mini-Golf Course (equipment from Deck 5 reception).

Itineraries

In early-June 2020, MSC Cruises announced that in 2021 the Armonia ship will be homeported in PortMiami (Florida USA) for 3- and 4-night (short-break) cruises departing on Mondays and Fridays. All itineraries visit MSC's private island Ocean Cay.

MSC Armonia itinerary program is currently based on Caribbean roundtrips from homeport Tampa (Florida USA). Starting November 11, 2020, out of Tampa the liner visits ports in Yucatan Mexico and Bahamas the whole year-round. Ship's full winter season (November 2020 – April 2021) offers 4- and 5-night roundtrips. Follows a full summer season (May-November 2021) of 7-day cruises.

Armonia's call ports on shorter (4- and 5-night) voyages include Mexico (Costa Maya, Cozumel, Progreso), Florida (Key West) and Bahamas (Ocean Cay / MSC's private island). By booking B2Bs (back-to-back cruises), MSC cruisers can extend the length of their vacations with 9- or 10-night options. Pricing varies from USD 240 pp (4-night Tampa to Key West and Ocean Cay) to USD 290 (5-night Tampa to to Key West and Progreso) to USD 300 pp (5-night Tampa to Cozumel and Costa Maya).

Following the inaugural Tampa homeporting season, Armonia offers 7-night roundtrips (May through November 2021) with call ports Key West, Cozumel, Progreso, Ocean Cay. Prices start at USD 300 pp.

Previously, Armonia's cruise program was based on the Caribbean homeports Havana Cuba, Cozumel Mexico and Miami Florida.

Both itineraries were combinable into B2B (14-day back-to-back cruise). In January 2016, MSC Cruises became the industry's first global brand to homeport in Havana. In December 2015, MSC Cruises announced it will further strengthen the company's presence in Cuba by homeporting the second ship in Havana for winter 2016-2017 season. From November 2016, Armonia joined the fleet mate MSC Opera for the entire season. Armonia operated two separate 7-day itineraries, visiting Central America and the Caribbean.

Starting December 2018, MSC Armonia added PortMiami to its list of homeports and to its 8-day Cuban itinerary (with 2 days in Havana / overnight stay). In Miami, Armonia joined the fleetmates MSC Divina and MSC Seaside (2017-built).

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the MSC ship Armonia was paused for 2+ years (between March 2020 and April 2022), restarting operations on April 10 (Mediterranean from Venice, Brindisi, Piraeus-Athens).

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The cruise liner Armonia was built as "European Vision" for Festival Cruises (2001-2004). Armonia is MSC's 1st Lirica-class vessel (in the fleet since 2004) with sisterships LiricaOperaSinfonia. In 2014, the Armonia ship was stretched (elongated by 25 m / 82 ft) in) during a drydock refit done at Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo Sicily. During the August-November 2014 drydock, the vessel was cut in two and a pre-built section was inserted midship.  Ship's reconstruction project was part of MSC's USD 273 million "Renaissance Program", by which besides Armonia were also enlarged the sisterships Lirica, Opera, and Sinfonia.

MSC Armonia refurbishment 2019 review

Ship's last drydock (November 18 through December 8, 2019) was in Freeport Bahamas. By this USD 30 million project were renovated all public areas and staterooms and were done general maintenance works and minor technical upgrades.

MSC Armonia refurbishment 2014 review

Armonia was majorly furbished in 2014 (dry-dock between August 31 and November 17). There are substantial deck plan changes after that since the ship was stretched (elongated by 25 m / 82 ft). The list of refurbishment 2014 changes includes:

  • All cruise cabins were renovated and their amenities upgraded.
  • A total of 193 new passenger cabins were added (on deck 9-Ametista, 10-Tormalina, 12-Zaffiro), plus 59 new crew cabins.
  • New stateroom categories were introduced.
  • An Aqua Park (named Spray Park, with waterfalls and interactive slides) was installed.
  • All boutique shops were upgraded (new designs), and one new luxury perfumes shop was added.
  • The supervised kids' clubs and play areas were upgraded with equipment and toys by Chicco and LEGO.

MSC cruise ship stretching (Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia)

The 10-week drydock was valued at nearly EUR 50 million.

MSC cruise ship stretching (Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia)

Cuba cruise itineraries 2016-2017-2019

In December 2015, MSC Cruises announced that during winter 2016-2017 season, Armonia ship's itinerary program will include two 7-day cruises to Cuba with overnight stays in Havana. The itineraries also included the Caribbean ports Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize City, Grand Cayman and Montego Bay (Jamaica). Another visited Cuban port was Isla de la Juventud.

Armonia became MSC's second ship (together with MSC Opera) with scheduled departures out of Cuba. MSC also offers Caribbean fly-cruise deals from Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Germany), also from Canada and South America (Brazil, Argentina).

Starting December 10, 2018, MSC Armonia cruises on 7-day Caribbean roundtrips (from homeport Miami) that visit Havana (overnight / 2-day port stay). Armonia's deployment is year-round. Itinerary's other call ports include Montego Bay, Georgetown, and Cozumel, then Havana (Saturday arrival, Sunday departure), with only one sea day. Balcony cabin prices started at USD 1170 per person (twin-share rates). In Miami, Armonia joined the larger fleet mates Divina (2012-built) and Seaside (2017-built).

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