Nassau is an absolutely beautiful place to view from a cruise ship. It is when you get off and walk around and get close-up that we turned around and high-tailed it back to the ship. This is our very first cruise that we really can not say any port was worth getting off the ship to explore. So that makes the ship and its services so much more important to a cruiser like me.
Allow me to describe the staff service on board the beautiful MSC Seaside. While seated in the Top Sail Lounge you will be approached by a butler within 30 seconds asking you for your drink order. Drink packages are free and included in the Yacht Club. I, coincidentally, quit drinking alcohol and wine 3 weeks ago and have not suffered the slightest from it. Did so because as one ages their body changes and I began breaking out in hives. Dr said it was something I ate, so through the process of elimination I discovered it was not chocolate.The drink package included all the water I could drink. On the NCL Breakaway last summer in the Haven I could and did drink all the wine I wanted included in the suite package, but it cost me $168 for all the water we consumed not included in the beverage package.( my note pad still comes in handy when comparing future cruise ships and lines and reminding me of NCL's 'nickel- and- diming').
Your YC cabin of course comes with a room steward who like to be referred to as assistant butler. The free mini bar comes equipped the way you request. I had 6 bottles of water always present, restocked every day . Requested 6 MSC YC blue towels for our balcony lounges and chairs that were supplied every evening for the following day. Extra regular towels always restocked daily.
YC cabins are staffed by a butler. We were never 'butler' type people until MSC Seaside. (Our butler on the MSC Divina last Christmas was ' missing in action', but that did not bother us and we saved an additional $ tip at the end; butlers are responsible for 10 YC cabins, I guess we did not look the type that tip at the end of a cruise, because we booked the Royal Red Sophia Loren Suite. The suite was too small for 8 bags and was a 'Royal' let down.) But the butler on the Seaside was a shock. He met us immediately when we got on the ship with 3 carry-ons ( in addition to the 8 suitcases)(I think she brings the kitchen sink in one of the bags because I am not allowed to pack and really 'see' all the nonessentials she deems vital)
On the way to our cabin he instructs us on the use of our cabin access cards and the elevator that is priority if one uses it properly. Press the key card against the device below the up/down buttons. the device flashes green and the elevator to your left signals "priority" as it rushes to you with ,many times, people still in it on the way to their decks unaware of what is happening. By pressing the key card against the device all the decks are erased inside the elevator. Step into the elevator press your cabin key against the device inside the elevator and whatever key you press first that is the deck the elevator rushes off to, while everyone that was going down is now going up, frantically pressing every deck key on both sides of the elevator to no avail, no other deck will light up on the key pad until we exit our deck. Neat and hilarious for novices in the YC. A perfect skit for "Candid Camera".