This is an elegant ship, yet with a layout that is somewhat disappointing. The one big plus was the fact that you could have your breakfast and lunch outside. There is as much outside seating than inside on the Seaside. For art lovers, Park West has partnered for the first time with MSC on this ship. The music component is also not quite to the level of other ships (Royal Caribbean). The cruise staff is fine. The cocktail party for past guests is a joke (nothing was served, not even a glass of sparking glass, you just get a voucher to be traded in a bar). Pools are small. People on board are from all over the world which makes for an interesting crowd. It is also too bad that you cannot dine anytime (unless you are an Aurea guest). If you arrive 15 minutes too late to your restaurant, the doors are closed. This is unamerican.
Enjoyed it tremendously! Was at awe at the beauty of the ship's exterior as well as the interior. The detail to the interior design was something else! Would recommend this ship to all my friends. Loved the elegance of the dress code in the evenings. The entertainment was fabulous and the theatre performances were spectacular!🚢
The only thing that I found a little disturbing was that there were a lot of small kids very late in areas where they not suppose to be like in the disco and casino and this is the first time experiencing this on a cruise. Normal rules is that small kids can't be allowed in those areas. Thank you .
We absolutely loved this cruise, so much so that we have 3 additional cruises booked, 2 on Seaside and 1 on the new Meravilia being launched in 2019. The food was outstanding, the service impeccable and the cost lower than other cruise lines for similar experiences. The stage shows, in our opinions, were Broadway quality with many talented singers, dancers, acrobats, dancers, etc. Other entertainment throughout the ship were above average.
While a large ship, we never felt crowded. Anyone that has an issue with walking may find the size a problem, as would be with of the mega-ships. We prefer the more intimate Divina rather than the open, more modern Seaside.
We have read reviews that criticize additional costs for some activities and services, or lack of services, but when you compare the cruise cost to other lines, MSC is a bargain. If you want more individual service, mints and towel animals on your pillow every night, or other luxuries, then you can pay for them by booking on another line.
I sailed Seaside March 3rd through March 10th. Had a great cruise on the stunning ship. The shows were amazing, cruise staff that hosted activities and theme nights in the atrium & Haven Lounge were wonderful with lots of energy. Captain Massa also wonderful. I sailed with him and some of the cruise staff members on Divina previously.
Service was slow in the MDR (Seashore) especially trying to get water at dinner. It was no fault of the waiter as they seemed short staffed. Food was very good with generous portions .
Lots of deck space near the pools, like most ships next to impossible to get a chair. I happened to be up at 6:30 one morning and saw the chair hogs out.
Hope future cruisers enjoy Seaside as much as I did.
We received a great rate and thought being on a new ship would be fun. Overall, food is important to us and MSC did not deliver on Seaside. We spoke to many others on our cruise who felt the same way. The staff appeared to be uncaring. MSC gave out drink coupons and the staff did not seem to be aware of what they could be used for to purchase. In one venue they would give you one answer and in another venue it would be totally different.
MSC Yatch Club Review
I will write this review in the sequence as I experienced the Seaside and will compare to the experiences I had on the Davina in 2015 where it applies. I realize that this is my own personal feeling and experience. Take it with a grain of salt and experience it for yourself.
Very smooth. Terminal F is very nice. The port butler escorted us to the front of the security line then to the reception area where we were served drinks and pastries while waiting for an available reception desk. The wait was not long. As a YC member, the silicone bracelets were included. The bracelets have a YC symbol on them, so as to distinguish the differences from the ones you can purchase. The port butler then escorted us up to the ship, bypassing the long lines. He then handed us to the ship butler who escorted us to the YC area on deck 16.
Large and very nice. I love the memory foam bed and pillows (4). Our bed does have a top sheet and was very soft. The balcony is a bit bigger than the standard balcony. Very big TV screen is about 50”. Marbled floor and counter in the restroom. The shower stall is bigger than the standard with a rain fall shower head. It also has a magnifying mirror. The room has 1.5 closet. The .5 closet has two robes and slippers. There are 5 drawers standard size for a cruise ship. After unpack, we slipped our two large suit cases under the bed. See the posted photos.
YC dining and lounge areas:
Very nice and quiet. There are always someone to help you. YC has anytime dining so we did not feel rushed. They are very accommodating. My girlfriend does not eat meat, the maitre d’ talked to the chef to make some off the menu dishes for her. Most patrons wore “smart” casual (shirt/polo and slacks) on most occasions except elegant nights. There is a small buffet on the top deck for breakfast and lunch (not a lot of selections though).
The two main buffets (Marketplace and Biscayne Bay) were somewhat of a disappointment in comparison to Davina. There are less food options. The salad bars are small. Bread selections are less. Deserts were good. Under the Ethnic section, they have Taco for the last four days. I hope they don’t think Mexican is the only Ethnic foods. Davina had Asian in their Ethnic section. Pizza is still great, but with less options. I wish they have the breakfast pizza like on the Davina.
The atrium is grand, but I’d prefer the coziness of Davina. When there is a band above the bar, we had to look up for the entire show. Neck hurts after awhile. There are more Swarovski stairs for you to take pictures. There is one French restaurant Le Boheme next to the atrium, but it is always empty.
We were assigned to the YC dining so did not experience main dining. However, in talking with someone on the ship, he said the two main dining areas could not accommodate everyone so they closed off the marketplace during dinner time and turned that into a third dining area with table clothes. According to him, folks with Bella experience are assigned to the Marketplace dining. However, this is hearsay so I hope someone can confirm.
The shows were pretty good. Of course not to Broadway or Vegas standard, but what do you expect with it being complementary with the cruise. I enjoyed it. I like how I can reserve through the MSC for me app. If you don’t like opera, you don’t have to see go and see it. There are other entertainments throughout the ship. Stop complaining about the shows unless you are willing to pay $$$ to get top level performers.
I don’t gamble so did not experience this area. It looks nice though.
One nice thing about being in the YC is being escorted to the front of the line when returning to the ship. It saved us a lot of time.
Staff is hit and miss. As with any service industry, you have good and bad employees. It is just part of human nature. It is how well you treat the staff and in return they will treat you well. Don’t just rely on the $12.50/day of tips as your only tip. We tipped out butler, room stewards and dining staff. Tips do not need to be extravagant, $10 to $20 can get you excellent service for the rest of your trip. Apply the Golden Rule everyday.
I guess it depends on how sensitive your nose is. I did not smell anything, but my girlfriend said she did. It is not everywhere. Only on certain part of the ship, so we avoid those areas. Sometimes we would go back to that same area and there was no smell.
Hopefully this was not too long. Just wanted to provide you with some info. We are halfway through the cruise. If there are any more info, I will provide. If you are able to, I would highly recommend YC. Just the benefit of all you can drink in all areas, gelato, mini bar, larger room, nicer beddings, priority everything, the price paid for itself.
Would I sail her again? Maybe if they restore the food selections of that on the Davina then I would consider. The Davina was what turned me into cruising.
Overall we had a great time on the Seaside. Yes the balcony room is a little smaller on this ship but big enough. No problem with the bathroom. We were 3 sisters and our 84 year old mom sharing 2 balcony rooms side by side. This was our 5 th cruise together with the last being on the Divina. We have always had our balcony door between the rooms open making it easy to go room to room. Not on this ship. We were told that for safety reasons they would not open the door unless we were in port. We went to guest services to discuss and they told us they wouldn’t open it at all.I told them it was opened for the week last year on the Divina and they said it couldn’t have been. It’s been policy for 6 years. Absolutely no consistency. We were very disappointed. Our trip is about spending time together and we love to sit on our balcony in the morning with our coffee and again before dinner enjoying a glass of wine. Then when in port our state room attendant would ask us if we wanted it opened!!!! 🙄
Food in the buffet was good. A bit repetitive but you don’t eat everything every day.
Never had a problem finding a place to sit.
Restaurant was very noisy. Could hardly hear each other talk. Our waiter Angelo was fantastic. Serinated us every night with his guitar. Food was good. We felt a bit rushed as they have 3 seatings a night.
Entertainment was great. Love the 30-40 min. shows.
Lots of music all around the ship. All great.
Slides were fun. Entertainment staff were fantastic, getting lots of people to participate in the activities.
Embarking and disembarking the ship was the smoothest I’ve experienced. Very organized.
All in all this is a beautiful ship with a few wrinkles.
First Time and was a Great Experience,, just a little disappointing 2 days the hallways and the rooms were filled with this awful smell like sewage water and no one apologized or anything,, But Overall The Cruise was Amazing The Shows were More Than Great,, Service was very good. Food was amazing and orientations for tours and ports were very clear.. I recommend this line to everyone
Fantastic vacation!! Ship overall was amazing!
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Traveled As: Family (older children)
Overall the MSC Seaside was amazing! The most beautiful ship I have ever seen. Clean, classy and a lot of bling!
The small kids pool area looked like fun and the kids club always had a crowd and taking part in different shows. The teen club was good too, my teens spent time there playing games and meeting new people. Lots of space from the disco garage, pool tables, ping pong, bowling, etc for teens to enjoy.
There were 3 pools! Lots of room to swim, but like all ships, hard to get a lounge chair but we managed.
There were dance classes and games during the day but not so much fun/energy as we have experienced with RCL or Disney.
I couldn’t even tell you how many bars/ lounges were on the ship! They were all gorgeous! It wasn’t a party ship but there was always a party to find if you looked for it! We enjoyed the dancing and entertainment at the haven lounge each night and our teens usually stayed out until 1:30 am, dancing and hanging out. Although it’s a very large ship, felt small and safe.
We’ve sailed Disney and RCL before so for comparison, the personal dining experience on Disney is top notch, RCL good but Msc horrible! To be fair, we only tried it one night but there was no interaction between the waiter, no smiles anywhere and the kids rather the variety of choices in the buffet. I was disappointed in this because I really like the dining experience. However, buffet was always a great variety and really really good food! Always a place open to sit which is a big thing we run into on other cruises, We loved it! **find Maria from Mexico, she is a sweetheart! So helpful and at the end of a very long work day working tables at the buffet, you can still find her smiling**
Buffet also gave us time to hang out at the lounges around the atrium and have a drink before the show started...so although I always liked the dining experience, I think I’ve changed my mind.
The shows on Disney and RCL were awesome...MSC is trying to appeal to North American markets but not quite there yet! A lot of opera!! We went to all shows and 3 were fantastic, the others ok, one completely awful
Pizza is avail til 12 and the buffet open for yummy snacks til 2am...we always went up for a cup of tea and snack (old folgies) and even a game of cards!
Clean and easy to locate washrooms are always important to me and this ship was my best experience for this
Staterooms were a normal size but a great design- there is storage under the bed enough to fit 4 suitcases! The others didn’t have that...I unpacked everything and had loads of room for the four of us. Our room was in a great location and the bunk beds were perfect. Very disappointed there were no towel animals 😢I look forward to those! But it was spotless, every time I left I came back to a clean room with lots of towels 👍🏼
The Japanese specialty restaurant was delish, that’s all we tried
There were lots of sewer smell talks on reviews, we did smell it in our cabin two mornings for a couple hours but it’s only gray water smell (if you camp, it’s the same smell) no big deal, just open the patio! I’m sure they must of released gray water at sea and there is a vent on the washroom floor, no doubt that was it, lots of time gray smells worst than black water!
I would go on this cruise again. It is breathtaking! I wish the entertainment was a little more NA but other than that...don’t hesitate to sail this beauty.
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