Never Again!

MSC Seaside Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 45

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
MSC Seaside

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 16, 2019

Ship: MSC Seaside

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I would not recommend or ever sail on an MSC cruise again. As an avid cruiser, I can honestly say they do not know what the American market desires. Hands down the worst cruise I have ever been on!

Embarkation

1 out of 5
Disorganized - Wrong information on cards- no double check -

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Drinks were great as was the premium plus beverage package, but the FOOD WAS AWFUL!!! The worst food I have ever had on a cruise! The buffet was terrible, the main dining room food was so gross. Either no flavor, plastic awful aftertaste, or so much salt that was all you tasted.

Champange Bar

5 out of 5

This was a great bar - if you had the premium plus package everything was included and it was fun to try all the different champagne cocktails.

Venchi Cioccogelateria & Coffee Bar

4 out of 5

Good, but pricey. Very neat to walk around and enjoy the smells.

Shine Bar

5 out of 5

This was our favorite bar on the ship- the staff was amazing and the drinks were great. We enjoyed many evenings here.

Miami Pool Bar

5 out of 5

Fun hang out- smoking only though. Good selection of drinks

Miami Beach Bar

4 out of 5

Fun hang out- good selection of drinks.

Ipanema Restaurant

2 out of 5

Venue is pretty - the food is awful!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The activities staff were friendly and tried to keep things entertaining. The pool areas lacked layout space and the design was terrible, no shade and no organization. People claimed all the chairs by 6:30 a.m. and never came back for hours- no one policed them and you had to keep track of your one and only towel the entire trip.

Glass-Walled Four Decks Atrium

4 out of 5

Very beautiful - but they hold loud events in here and it travels to all the rooms on the levels of the atrium. Our room could hear everything that was happening until the wee hours of the night.

Seaside Reception Guest Services

2 out of 5

Had several rude encounters with staff members - very European vibe and an I know more than you do -stupid guest attitude

Entertainment

5 out of 5
This is the only Excellent area - the shows were great, and short 30-40 min max and kept your attention. I wish more cruise lines would do these short and quick upbeat style shows.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
The staff really does try on this ship and they are very good at remembering your name and your preferred beverage. I would say the staff besides a few guest service members I encountered were some of the best I have experienced.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Beautiful decor- especially the diamond staircase, and it was clean. The pool areas are not designed well.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
SO NOISY- felt like I was sleeping inside a tin can being crushed. Size is small, but it is very modern and clean.

Ship tip

DON'T BOOK THIS CRUISE!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5
Everything was closed - we arrived so late it was kind of a waste.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5
Tried Meghan's Bay - Such a rip off - $ for everything and the service is terrible.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Absolutely the best port ever! Take the water taxi to the beach and rent some chairs!

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
Disorganized - we did express check out and it was chaos, lines all around the ship, no staff members to be found. We had to wait in another obscene line for an elevator because we had 2 suitcases - felt like we were treated like little kids that can't make their own decisions. HATED THIS!
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