This short but exciting cruise on the MSC Armonia makes a great holiday in its own right or a fun add on to any longer stay in Florida. Beginning and ending in Miami, you sail to the Cayman Islands, Cozumel in Mexico and have two days in Havana, the colourful capital city of Cuba. There's one full day at sea on the cruise so plenty of time to explore the ship and a wide range of tours to be had at all the ports of call.
Miami, United States
You board the MSC Armonia in Miami. Shore excursions are a good option to see this city with its wildly diverse districts - mainland Miami and the huge sand bar known as Miami Beach. If you’re sticking to the most popular areas in Miami Beach and downtown, you can zip around easily by bus and on foot. Most people spend their time in South Beach, a fairly small area at the southern end of the sand bar, where you’ll find many of Florida’s leading art galleries and trendy restaurants.
Your only full day at sea on the cruise and a good time to explore the ship and check out all the dining, entertainment and activity options. With its impressive array of new features and facilities, MSC Armonia is now even better equipped to satisfy the needs of guests. The cruise line has added spacious new cabins with balconies and enlarged the restaurant and buffet areas. There are new music and dance venues and a special play area for the kids. Relax and enjoy this sunshine day at sea.
George Town, Cayman Islands
Your first port of call is George Town, capital of the Cayman Islands. The houses on the narrow George Town streets are interspersed with artisan workshops, where you can find some rarities to take home as a reminder of your visit. You can take a plunge into the history of the island at the dual-purpose National Museum of George Town where you can see samples of the most interesting endemic flora and fauna, and hear about the long and tough stories of its inhabitants.
A 35 mile long island directly off the coast from Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is a renowned cruise-ship call and you dock just south of the only town, San Miguel. Here you can stroll along the seafront, relax on one of the beautiful beaches or shop for souvenirs and jewellery. The attractive Museo de la Isla de Cozumel has displays of the flora, fauna and marine life of the island, as well as a good collection of Maya artefacts and old photos. And Cozumel is also a great place for diving and snorkelling.
One of the highlights of the cruise today when the MSC Armonia docks at Havana, the capital city of Cuba. As soon as you disembark here you will be immediately struck by the city’s sensuality. It’s buildings have sinuous lines, and its colours and spiced aromas are intoxicating. The smell of the city’s famous cigars floats through the air, the beaches have sugary hues, music accompanies the captivating moves of the Caribbean dances, and cars from a different century create a moving exhibit in the streets.
The second of your days in this special city. One of the must see places to visit is Castillo del Morro, a fortress constructed on a hill in the 16th century. From here, you can reach Vieja Habana (Old Havana), a UNESCO world heritage site, with its Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. The Bodeguita del Medio, a locale where Ernest Hemingway often stopped to sip a mojito, is a must stop. And you can also take a trip to Varadero, the island's beautiful beach resort.
Miami, United States
Today your wonderful cruise across the Caribbean to Cuba comes to an end when the MSC Armonia arrives back at Miami. After breakfast say farewell to new found friends then spend some time exploring the city and seeing more of the colourful art deco architecture. One popular option is to extend your stay here possibly travelling along the Florida Keys or visiting the Everglades National Park before catching your flight home.