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MSC Seaside Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

1.9 out of 5
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MSC Seaside

7 Night Western Caribbean & Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 15, 2019

Ship: MSC Seaside

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9036

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Worst cruise i've ever taken and I've been on about 6 (Royal Carribean, Carnival, Celebrity and now MSC). Celebrity is the way to go if you want luxury and great service. I felt like my money was wasted and I grossly overpaid for the product/services we got in exchange. I also encountered problems with cheap cruises support staff about promised room credits and they were very rude and unhelpful. Wifi unless unlimited plan was a huge DATA suck and the 6GB plan would last 2 days.


2 out of 5
Sent to wrong line, not given right paperwork

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Food was Meh at best, minimal menu choices and not very flavorful. Worse than the food on Carnival cruises. Food in dining room better but service took forever and the Aurea "anytime" dining was horrible and worthless. Give me a set dining time every time.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Aurea private deck was only bright spot as it was quite, secluded and not busy


3 out of 5
Not super engaging except for the BeerProv shows - those were good and only reason for 3 stars

Children's Programs

no children

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Most were only average. Took three days meet great bartender or finally get a waiter who didn't suck.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Newer ship, clean. Lack of trash cans all over ship. Bathrooms often with only 2 or 3 toilets so often wait to use.

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
Clean, newer etc. Mattress very hard. Almost NO storage. Room smaller than most ships I've been on.

Ship tip

Don't do it. Save your money unless you love uncharges for normal things and a subpar and not at all luxurious vacation.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

2 out of 5

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

1 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman

3 out of 5
hate tinder boats and process for getting off takes forever. Nice port otherwise.

Cozumel, Mexico

1 out of 5
Tour was grossly overbooked and "buffet" food and open bar were laughable. Staff at the resort were rude.

Nassau, Bahamas

1 out of 5
Worse than Jamaica for being attacked by peddlers and everything at port overpriced.


4 out of 5
Only good thing about it. New customs photo recognition was awesome.
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