Good time, but not great!

MSC Seaside Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall rating:

2.9 out of 5
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MSC Seaside

7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 20, 2019

Ship: MSC Seaside

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9165

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We go on many cruises. Holland Am. food is SO much better, and will NOT allow the guests to touch the food. It is behind glass and "they" serve you, which is SO much cleaner on a boat of 5,100+ people. Food in marginal, but the staff was nice and polite. We had the base liquor package which was extremely limited on brand quality. MSC; probably not again.


5 out of 5
All good here

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The specialty restaurants were great - the buffet's we marginal at best.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Non of these were of real interest to us. Too old for rock climbing and by fitness days are coming to a halt.


4 out of 5
The shows we saw were better than average

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Our steward was nothing special. We had to ask him several times for towels, etc., and getting someone to answer the phone was absolutely impossible!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
All in all it was clean, but we had to clean our deck table most every time we went out to have a drink and or play cards. Drink staff was rarely around as well.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Comfortable bed, small bathroom, but then again, it is a cruise ship and we had an interior room.

Ship tip

Do NOT expect great food; it is not there!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

1 out of 5
I never like Miami. 7 days of parking was almost $160. Ft. Lauderdale is less than half of that. Not real clean and very old. But getting on the ship was a breeze.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Did not visit port

We were not allowed in. This was the main reason we booked the cruise. Other ships went in, Carnival for example, but not us. Very disappointed to say the least.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Enjoyed the stop

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

2 out of 5

Nassau, Bahamas

1 out of 5
Shopping is poor as is the sight seeing trips and most everything else.


5 out of 5
We did express. Easiest off I have EVER done!!!!!!!!
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