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MSC Seaview Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
MSC Seaview

7 Night Western Mediterranean (Civitavecchia Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 07, 2019

Ship: MSC Seaview

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We done this cruise round trip Barcelona 10th Aug 2019. European cruise lines are different to American cruise lines - service is different to suit different cultures. For us we felt lower level customer service, lower standard and variety of foods, lower onboard entertainment than we would have preferred. Hence we would not have MSC at top of our list to cruise again however we would not rule out another try if itinerary warranted it.


3 out of 5
Slow, not enough staff to cope with passenger numbers.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food quality and variety was good but not to high standards.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools were good.


3 out of 5
Ok but nothing outstanding.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Room steward excellent. Drink waiters painfully slow and inefficient, often hard to find.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Excellent quality ship, great design overall however the lifts let it down significantly - not enough to cope with passenger numbers, very long wait times.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Quality and comfort was perfect.

Ship tip

Be prepared to wait for lifts

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

4 out of 5
Rome is excellent, recommend ship tour as it is about hour and half coach ride from port.

Cannes, France

5 out of 5
Tender port. We done ship excursion to Monaco which was excellent.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

4 out of 5
Pleasant port which ship docks in town however you need to pay for shuttle bus out of the industrial port.

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5

Ajaccio, Corsica

4 out of 5
Pleasant port.

Genoa, Italy

5 out of 5
Excellent port where ship docks right in town. Excellent old city to explore.

La Spezia, Italy

5 out of 5
Ship docks right in town however you need to take free provided shuttle to get out of the industrial port. Excellent old city to explore.


5 out of 5
Fast and efficient.
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