nlb1050

nlb1050

Second Mate
Fort Pierce
Joined 09/2015

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5

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36

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Married for 44 years and started cruising for our 30th anniversary and have been on 30 cruises in 14 years.

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MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

Sail date: September 01, 2018

Better than expected

This was our 9th cruise with MSC and first on the Seaside. While the ship is very large most of the time we did not feel crowded so it was easy to forget that it carries 5000 passengers. We would cruise on it again.

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Carnival Glory

Carnival Glory

Sail date: October 22, 2016

Glory Oct. 22

This was our 22 cruise so we have seen a lot.  We did not mind the American Table but there were some things that Carnival has changed on the menus that they need to go back to the older recipes, but of course we were able to find things to eat every night. Our main problem was our cabin, #6258, it is located over the very back of the theater and we could hear the music from there very easily so I would not recommend this cabin or any further in front.  We do not gamble so
I can not tell anything about the casino. We did not find any shows in the theater that appealed to us and this has been a problem for us with Carnival for the last few years.

 

We did  some excursions with the ship and enjoyed them all.

 

Overall the ship is in very good shape and can be enjoyed by everyone.

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MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

Sail date: October 12, 2019

Beautiful ship but some not so nice changes

If you have booked a Fantastic or Bella they no longer have any drink coupons as they have changed to a per day drink package so unless you drink a lot it won't be worth it, as the least expensive package is $34+ per day. Also for these two bookings there is now a $3.50 + delivery fee for coffee in the morning. I did complain and was able to get three of the charges taken off since it is not anywhere on the site of on any of the paperwork in the cabin. I will be sending an email to MSC headquarters about this.

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Cruise tips

Cozumel, Mexico

We have been many times and after finding the Mega Store that is what we do, go there. They have a good exchange rate and you can get liquor, flavors for water (.25 - .30 cents for a package that makes 2 liters) and many other things.

Miami, Florida

We live 2 hours North and have visited Miami other times so for a cruise it is just embarkation/disembarkation.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is a very nice port but with the time that you get there, 5 pm there are not that many things that you can do.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

We have been a few time before and have done the main things, The beaches have not impressed us. So we just got off and found Jamaican coffee beans.

Nassau, Bahamas

We did not get off the ship as to us it a dirty and the people are too pushy.

OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE, BAHAMAS

Right now I will give a 3 as they still have a lot to do to make it very nice. The beaches there are nice but very little shade, so those like us that don't want full sun.

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

Make sure you get a map of the ship when you check in, makes a big difference.

Miami, Florida

we live two hours away so we drive and park at a lot off the port.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

It has been a few years since we have been to St Thomas so we took a taxi in to town and walked around. We saw that due to the past hurricanes a number of shops have closed. but it was still nice.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

We got there at 5 pm so we only got off to go to Walgreen's and CVS and had a drink at a bar next to Walgreen's, which was a nice small bar that is part of the Sheraton Hotel. We have been to San Juan a few times and decided we did not find any excursions that we wanted to do.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

We took the water taxi to Philipsburg and walked around town. There are a number of new shops since we were last there

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

If you have booked a Fantasic or Bella they no longer have any drink coupons as they have changed to a per day drink package so unless you drink a lot it won't be worth it. Also for these two bookings there is now a $3.50 + delivery fee for coffee in the morning. I did complain and was able to get three of the charges taken off since it is not anywhere on the site of on any of the paperwork in the cabin. I will be sending an email to MSC headquarters about this.

HAVANA, CUBA

Havana is a nice city , the old section many of the building are from at least the 1800's, you will learn a lot while on a tour

CIENFUEGOS, CUBA

we took a tour to the city of Trinidad which we found out is 5 years older than Havana and many of the building there are from the 1700's. We did short tour of Cienfuegos when we arrived back from Trinidad and the city is much newer but very nice.

Nassau, Bahamas

We did get off and went up Bay St looking for a Duty Free Liquor store and found many shops were closed and went back on the street that runs along the pier and it was dirty.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

We found that there were only two free buses and of course got on the wrong one to start with but they did cover Old San Juan very well.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

We took a catamaran snorkeling excursion thru the ship and it was very good. We got to see a bunch of the island while sailing. And could easily see a bunch of damage from the hurricanes of 2017. We did not get into Philipsburg but heard that a lot of stores were not open.

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

Make sure to get a map or two of the layout of the ship,as soon as you get on, as it is so large. Go to as many shows as you can, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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