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My husband and I had a good time on the cruise. We went to 4 theater shows, all very good. The performers were all quite professional. We also went dancing, learnt a bit of waltz and rumba, it was fun. The only problem was the dance ... Read More
My husband and I had a good time on the cruise. We went to 4 theater shows, all very good. The performers were all quite professional. We also went dancing, learnt a bit of waltz and rumba, it was fun. The only problem was the dance classes did not follow the printed schedule, so we had to wait for over 30 minutes for one of the classes. We ate at the main dining room, food was ok. Staff were all pleasant and helpful. Our room was roomy and clean. Nice view from the balcony. We had 2 excursions from the cruise. On the first excursion, we were put on the Spanish/French bus by mistake - if you join excursions from the cruise, make sure you check the sign on the front of the bus which tells you what languages they will use. For the second excursion, it was difficult to hear the tour guide - a bus load of people following one guide. The guide did have a microphone with an amplifier, but it would be much better if we each have a headset. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Ship! 10/10 Stunning, huge, completed 2018, identical to MSC Seaside LED lights, mirrors, chrome, glass walkways, crystal staircases, ultra glamorous, a real assault on the senses! Cabin, 9/10! Balcony, deck 10, nice modern ... Read More
Ship! 10/10 Stunning, huge, completed 2018, identical to MSC Seaside LED lights, mirrors, chrome, glass walkways, crystal staircases, ultra glamorous, a real assault on the senses! Cabin, 9/10! Balcony, deck 10, nice modern neutral decor, comfy bed, large comfy sofa that doubes up into bunkbed if required. Fridge with minibar, Large mirrors, nice paintings/art. Double glazing, multiple lamps Tiny shower, also likely to bump your head when on the toilet, as the sink is very close! Handy button to press when you want your room cleaned/do not disturb (as opposed to the sign you hang on the outside of the door) No obstructions on balcony, one of the very few ships anywhere that offers unobstructed views, as the lifeboats are hidden under deck 8 walkways Food 9/10 2 buffets, large one on deck 8, with outdoor seating, smaller on one deck 16, also with stunning views Always a choice for everyone, although breakfast is slightly repetitive, but does the job, usually only warm as opposed to hot Coffee from dispenser is warm, so better off pressing the handy button on the tables, and someone will be over to serve you something 'better' from the menu (Chargeable, or covered in drinks packages) Main Dining Room (MDR) was ok, decor and service excellent, extensive wine list Specialty dining was superb, we *Myself and 'her') bought all 3 , butchers cut, Ocean Cay, and Asian Fusion, for £75 pp, for all 3, as opposed to £49pp for one restaurant only The fillet mignon steak was to die for! Special thanks to Roman, and a Zimbabwean gent whose name i wish i could remember, for making Butchers Cut a true 5* fine ding experience! Superb views from deck 16 too, all 3 of these specialty restaurants were on 16! Drinks, 9/10 We bought premium drinks package, from travel agent beforehand, aprrox £252 pp for 7 days, and believe me, we got good value from this. Not just booze, but bottled water and specialty coffees included (Seaside lounge was best for these!) If you like a drink, don't bother with 'easy package', upgrade to premium, easy only covers drinks up to 6 euro per glass, and doesn't cover bottled water, which is only 3 euros per litre, go figure!) Easy package will get you VERY basic drinks, like heineken beer, rum and coke, 1 or 2 white, rose or red wine! Staff will try and sell you drinks and dining packages the moment you set foot on the ship, so far easier to say you already have them, as opposed to trying to convince them you don't need them! Packages are cheaper to buy online before you cruise, as on board they will add 15% 'gratuity' The speciality coffees in the seaside lounge, the 'melon killer' in the sports bar, and literally any drink in the seaview bar, were all to die for! TECH 8/10 Download the 'MSC for me' app, for your phone, its very useful, and you can stay in contact/message your friends /family, whilst on board, for no charge, even when out at sea You can buy MSC wristbands for 5 euro, that act as your MSC card, but we didn't bother, the SeaCards were fine. Use them to pay/swipe, and open your cabin door Don't bother with Wifi, because paying 100 euro so that MSC can give you a password to a slow Wifi service, really isn't on! Useful 'clean/do not disturb' button inside cabin, a light will show on the outside, so the cabin steward knows what to do! Multiple interactive ship touchscreens, similar to the MSC for me app, to plan your day/week, and to register debit/credit cards, if you intend to buy stuff/excursions! EXCURSIONS N/A For us, the ship itself was the destination, the ports of call were all bonuses MSC will rip you off, as you may expect, if you book excursions through them. If you want to visit any of the ports, better off booking independently , and do your research! If you are late back, the ship is not obliged to wait for you, if you haven't booked through MSC! The port of Cannes was a 'tender boat' port, the ship anchors a mile out to sea, and uses its own smaller boats to take people to shore. Fabulous opportunity to take unhindered shots of the ship, from water level! We had no real interest in anyone giving us the accepted version of history of places like rome, the vatican etc. More for the views from the ship, than anything else! ENTERTAINMENT Multiple pools, waterslides, including an indoor one (jungle pool) with retractable roof Lego play area, plenty for kids to do, but i would avoid school holidays like the plague! Went to 2 theatre shows, suprisingly good! A Tina Turner tribute, and another with a heavy 'Greatest showman' influence, which was excellent! If you can live with lots of italians, smoking, wearing tracksuits, not queueing, not washing their hands, etc, then you will love the itinerary. La Spezia, Genoa, Civitavecchia, a very italian intensive itinerary. Though the sailaway from Barcelona was epic, and the views of Palma, Majorca, and La Spezia, were truly memorable! Always book through a Travel agent (TA), if you pay around £800pp for balcony cabin, with flights, transfers, and hold luggage included, you will have done well! Would go again for the ship alone, but maybe earlier in the year, when its slightly warmer MSC tend to shut the outdoor areas and rear panoramic lifts, with only the slightest bit of wind, which was annoying There was a delay getting off in the tenderboats in Cannes, MSC said this was 'done to bad weather', which was a pathetic lie, the weather was perfect. Shame on you MSC, we could all see the weather was fine, cut out the bullshit! Organise things better! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my 10th MSC Cruise and our second time on MSC Seaview. We decided to upgrade to Yacht Club again as this provides many benefits that we enjoy. We are big fans of MSC and l would like to provide a balanced review. With Yacht ... Read More
This was my 10th MSC Cruise and our second time on MSC Seaview. We decided to upgrade to Yacht Club again as this provides many benefits that we enjoy. We are big fans of MSC and l would like to provide a balanced review. With Yacht Club you get priority boarding, so this was a very smooth and quick process. Our balcony room was great and well maintained by Richard and Michelle. We dined at the restaurant and we also went to the speciality restaurants Butcher’s Cut and Ocean Cay. The food and the service was excellent. There was a couple of things that could have been better, and also they used to be better. One of the benefits of MSC Seaview over the Divina class last year was the pads/cushions on the sun loungers and chairs outside. When we asked where they were we were told they had been sent for cleaning, which didn’t seem to be a satisfactory answer. The sun loungers are very uncomfortable to lie on and this was a disappointment to us. Also, in the past there was a section on the menu that was always available, this was good for me as I can be a fussy eater. When we asked they did provide this menu, however, I would have preferred this to be part of the usual menu, so as not to feel different. Other than those couple of details the cleanliness of the ship, the friendliness of the staff are second to none. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were on board from Rome to La Spezia (got off early to meet up with friends and family in Tuscany). The good: - Check in was quick and painless - The cabin (0913) was fantastic, we had a 'restricted view' balcony but ... Read More
We were on board from Rome to La Spezia (got off early to meet up with friends and family in Tuscany). The good: - Check in was quick and painless - The cabin (0913) was fantastic, we had a 'restricted view' balcony but honestly didn't spend much, if any, time on the balcony - Entertainment was great - the theatre shows were just the right amount of time - The €10 drinks package was great - the only thing that wasn't included was the high end champagnes/spirits - Despite being a massive ship, we never felt overly crowded, nor did we ever have a problem finding seats or getting service They could work on: - The seated restaurant. We used it twice, and the buffet every other night. The service was slow, the meals not very interesting, and they never had the wine we wanted - On the €10 drinks package, on more than one occasion a bartender would say they had run out of the €9 drinks, and then try and sell us the €12 option, not covered in our package. Each and every time, we pointed out the bottle of wine or beer we were after - so this was very deceptive and needs to be addressed. - Compulsory charges for transfers off/onto the boat at ports. I reckon this should be included in the cost. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first cruise and having read lots of reviews before travelling, I have to say we were more than a little worried. Luckily, with a few exceptions we were had a really nice time and largely enjoyed our time on Seaview. We were ... Read More
This was our first cruise and having read lots of reviews before travelling, I have to say we were more than a little worried. Luckily, with a few exceptions we were had a really nice time and largely enjoyed our time on Seaview. We were warned by friends and family who had cruised before, that we would have to be patient when getting on and off the ship but we found the process smooth and stress free, even on the day we docked at Cannes where we had to use tenders to get to shore. The best and easiest way for us to review this cruise is to bullet point the good and not so good points. GOOD: 1) The food in our opinion was very good. If anybody could not find something to eat which suited, I would be extremely surprised. Whatever time we ate in both the restaurant and buffet, the food was fresh and plentiful. 2) The staff were pleasant, helpful and friendly and we had no problems despite occasionally having drink orders misinterpreted because of the language differences. This was mostly amusing rather than annoying. One exception was a member of staff who we heard being extremely rude to a fellow passenger. We tackled her on this and she (eventually and reluctantly) apologised. 3) The ship - WOW. Fabulous. 4) The cabin (indoor), we felt was plenty roomy enough. It was very clean and attended by housekeeping more than once a day. 5) We felt the entertainment was very good. The shows were approx. 35-40 mins long which we felt was pitched just right and they were repeated 3 times each night. Plenty of different types of live music in the various bars. 6) We had booked 2 excursions. One was cancelled due to lack of interest but the one we did which was Cannes and St Raphael was very enjoyable. BAD: 1) The most off putting thing for us was we just couldn't get away from smokers. People even smoking around the pools which they shouldn't have been but weren't told by staff to use the correct areas. Passengers were even allowed to smoke inside the casino which being close to the atrium permeated to the bars and shops around the area. We felt this contravened the safety briefing which told people not to throw cigarette butts over the side incase of fire, yet they could smoke inside?? 2) Everywhere we went outside there were overflowing ashtrays and unclean tables. I think the staff tried very hard to keep on top of things but maybe there weren't enough of them. 3) If you want to use the zip wire, 5D cinema, F1 simulator etc, be aware you will be paying extra for them which we thought was a bit of a cheek. 4) Gratuities. We had 70 euros each added to our room bill as a service charge even though gratuities were included in our cruise fare. It was removed when we spoke to Customer Services but again a faff, having to queue up to speak to someone when we could have been relaxing by the pool. 5) Finally. We often found that bars / lounges were closed off for private events which was frustrating. Would we do another cruise? Probably not but we did have a nice time on the whole. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were apprehensive after reading so many negative reviews, especially about the food. I honestly don't know what these people were talking about. We had the Aurea experience, loved the Aurea deck, loved the My Choice dining, loved ... Read More
We were apprehensive after reading so many negative reviews, especially about the food. I honestly don't know what these people were talking about. We had the Aurea experience, loved the Aurea deck, loved the My Choice dining, loved the Specialty Restaurants, loved the buffet,and the gym was one of he best I've ever been in. The only problem I had was when one of the "cruise directors" or Dancers or whatever you called him tried to snatch my wife away from me and pull her to the dance floor. When I insisted that he move along, he seemed to want to press the issue. Not something we tolerate where I'm from, but i didn't want to start an International incident. Not cool. The rest of the crew was awesome, If I could change one thing, I would have loved one day at sea.. We stopped at a port every day, so there really wasn't a "relaxation " day. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We are a family of 4 (kids are 7 and 12) and this is our 3rd cruise. The previous 2 were with Royal Caribbean, albeit on smaller ships (Vision and Rhapsody of the Seas), so this is our basis for comparison. Please read the all the ... Read More
We are a family of 4 (kids are 7 and 12) and this is our 3rd cruise. The previous 2 were with Royal Caribbean, albeit on smaller ships (Vision and Rhapsody of the Seas), so this is our basis for comparison. Please read the all the reviews with an open mind as most seem v critical. Everyone has a different perspective, with some things about the cruise better than others, but we found no one thing spoilt the overall experience. We picked the cruise for the ship, wanting to try a new and larger one. Not disappointed as it is stunning in most aspects. Amazing how quiet and smooth in all seas (at least from deck 10). We thought the buffets were good, better than previous RC ones. No buffets are ever a la carte standard, but good choice each night. Main dining room was poor - rushed, fairly cramped, similar standard to the buffet so we only did it once. Entertainment - shows were very professional, but are generally variations of the same act each night (heavy Greatest Showman influence). Kids clubs- not necessarily a criticism, but my 7 year old seemed less keen on msc than RC. The gps wristband was great for my 12 year old, gave her a lot of freedom and we always knew where she was. This was 15 euros for the week. Drinks - we ŵent for the premium package (one up from easy). About £120 extra for us all, roughly £700 in total -if u r doing a package it’s worth the upgrade as the difference in choice of drinks is huge. Very limited on the easy package. Plenty of drinks waiters around - miles quicker than trying to get served at the bar, which can be frustrating. Top bar overlooking the pool is a great spot for sailaways. Easy to get served and u have a great view of everything. We got off at each port but didn’t do any excursions as we have learnt from experience they are rarely value for money through the cruise operator. Most ports (other than Pisa/Florence and Rome) have shuttle buses or are easily walkable. Cannes is the nicest stop on this itinerary. Service charge/gratuities. Keep an eye on this to avoid double charging. The uk website says that they are already included in the cruise fare and mandatory, but ours were being added on on top of what we already paid. I queried this with customer services and quoted the website - they said this additional amount was not mandatory and could be removed. Overall we had a good experience with MSC. We concluded that Royal Caribbean scores better in most aspects, and if you aren't price-conscious go for that. However, when you look at the difference in price on similar itineraries, MSC arguably offers better value for money. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We sailed on the Seaview out of Barcelona on 1 June 2019 for 7 nights. We were a party of 3 - Me, my wife (both 36) and our 4 year old daughter. My wife and I had cruised before (one Princess to Caribbean and one Celebrity to Central ... Read More
We sailed on the Seaview out of Barcelona on 1 June 2019 for 7 nights. We were a party of 3 - Me, my wife (both 36) and our 4 year old daughter. My wife and I had cruised before (one Princess to Caribbean and one Celebrity to Central America) but both were pre-child. Prior to the cruise I read the mixed reviews and was a little apprehensive, but thankfully had a very enjoyable cruise. Embarkation was very smooth. We boarded in Barcelona. Our ticket had an embarkation time if 2.30pm, but we turned up at about 11.30am and it was no bother. We stayed in a Fantastica balcony cabin which had a Queen size bed, and the sofa had been converted into a single bed. I ended up in the single bed due to 4 year old 'sleeping issues' but it was actually very comfortable, as was the Queen sized bed according to my wife! The cabin was well laid out, and still had that 'shiny and new' feel to it. The wardrobe space was a bit limited but we got by. My review is limited to the extent that we were in bed most nights by 10pm due to the little one being an early riser, so I am not able to comment on the 'parties' (flower party, white party, space party etc) as these started at 11.30pm. This is in keeping with being a European cruiseline; most things are done later in the evening. In the evenings, we at in the MDR 4 nights, the Pan Asian specialty dining on 1 night, and the buffet on 2 nights (just due to activities earlier in the day). I found the food on the while to be good. The buffet was varied and plentiful. It was only very busy in Rome at breakfast time, when lots of people were leaving the ship early for an excursion or to disembark. The MDR was better than buffet, and I had no complaints at all. Our waiter Suryer was very friendly, and the area supervisor Alex introduced himself to us, and was happy to discuss any issues we had. The quality of the food was not as good as Celebrity, but we were in Aqua class so no wonder to be honest. In my view, the dining experience in the MDR was perfectly acceptable and we looked forward to heading there each evening. Anytime Dining does exist, but only for Aurea and above grades of experience. If you don't have anytime dining, then the dining times are 6pm, 8pm, or 10pm. I did not experience any surly or rude staff that seems to be a repeating theme on some of the negative reviews. In fact, quite the opposite. Many staff made a fuss of my daughter which was very nice. We did not have a drinks package, and just ordered the drinks we wanted to have here and there. Each day, there was a hour of 2 for 1 cocktails in the Wine and Cocktail lounge (normally 5.30pm to 6.30pm), which was great because our dining time was 6pm. The Pan Asian specialty restaurant was delicious. We had a 'dinner and bubbles' package which included 3 courses for 2 adults, and a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Reserve champagne for €115. It was a little overpriced on reflection, and I probably would not do it again (the food alone was €39 a person ordering from a set menu). As for entertainment, the evening shows were amazing! We went to 6 of the shows. It's fair to say that the shows each followed a similar theme of singing, dancing, and circus type acts, but they were all very entertaining and had a large production value. The singers were seriously good too. We only went to one of the kids club acts, which was junior MasterChef. The kids club area was large but we were off the ship every day so didn't use it a great deal. In addition, there was a limited proportion of English speaking children on the cruise, and the staff have to communicate in 5 languages which can be difficult for a 4 year old to follow. This is no criticism, it's just something that has to be done on a European cruise. You get used to all public announcements being made 4/5 times (Italian, English, Spanish, German, Portuguese). I would say that English first-language guests account for about 10% of passengers. Fine for me, but if you are a cruiser that likes to strike up conversation with new people then opportunities will be few and far between (unless you can speak other languages of course). As with anything, there are some things that MSC could/should try and do better. The kids splash park is great fun, but there is nowhere around that pool for adults to sit to observe their children. This means children are either unaccompanied, or the adults have to go in too. This could be better designed. Also, the other pools are all 6 feet deep so children cannot use them unless they have floating aids. For a 'family focussed' cruiseline it is not well designed. There does seem to be a real push for upselling on the cruise, and this can grate at times. There are frequently staff seeking to sell specialty dining, lots of photos (although we still bought 10!) Even a one litre plastic bottle of water in the MDR is €3, which is a con. Drinks are overpriced too. These are relatively minor criticisms but could be addressed by MSC for a better cruise experience. Would I cruise with MSC again? Yes, but I would not sail with my child until they are about 10/11, and can appreciate different languages and follow staff going in and out of English. Without child, I would certainly cruise with MSC again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We embarked in Barcelona for the ships first visit round the med after its transatlantic sailing from Brazil. We arrived into Barcelona the day before so had plenty of time to explore and relax before boarding. MSC had allocated us a ... Read More
We embarked in Barcelona for the ships first visit round the med after its transatlantic sailing from Brazil. We arrived into Barcelona the day before so had plenty of time to explore and relax before boarding. MSC had allocated us a 1430-1600 check in time, so we caught the port shuttle to the ship around 1400 and were greeted by 2 of the longest lines. 1st line was for bag drop off, so we were in line around 1415 and we dropped our bag off at around 1510, we were then handed a boarding card and had to join another line to go through security to get into the terminal, once in the terminal luckily our boarding group had already been called, but we saw people hanging around with groups about 10 up from us so that would have been at least another hour. Checked in at 1615 we headed up to the ship for another hour wait to board, eventually on board at around 1730 we dumped our hand baggage and was pleased to see our cases waiting for us outside our cabin. Safety drill was due at around 1700 but as half the ship was yet to board this was delayed we headed to the buffet on deck 8 for some food and grabbed what we could before they pulled the shutters down ready for the drill. It was a long embarkation day, which i guess wouldn't normally be so bad had not the majority of the ship left, and a full ship was trying to board for Easter. The Seaview is an beautiful ship, and being less than a year old everything was still new and worked well. The main stair case is a amazing and great to see. Lifts can be a bit hit and miss sometimes, rather than calling for the lift you select what deck you are heading to and it will allocate you one from the bank. We waited for ages for lifts to come sometimes and when it showed up it was full then you had to go over the process again. We used the interactive screens dotted around the ship to book entertainment which needs to be done a couple of days before. With entertainment the singers/musicians in the main atrium where great to sit and listen to, we then only really bothered with the show in the evening, we booked onto the 2230 show every night and even though this was the 3rd show of the evening it was still full every show. The shows them selves were good mainly singing or variety acts, with little spoken word as would be hard on a ship so multi cultural. Our cabin was good, located on deck 12 mid ship with a balcony, big enough for 2 of us, with a sofa and big wardrobe. Cleanliness wasn't great as we found a bag of rubbish in the wardrobe, hairs on the cushions on the bed and nail clippings on the balcony. Bathroom was nice and modern with no dreaded shower curtain,just nice clean glass. Staff were friendly enough and everyone i spoke with was cheerful and helpful. On other cruises i have been on the cabin attendant will get to know you by name and is good for a chat, on the Seaview i am not sure if it is done differently but i had no idea who was looking after our cabin and saw the odd cleaner down the corridor. As others have said every announcement is done in 5 different languages so can take a while, we didn't hear or see the captain once during the cruise apart from in the theatre on formal night. Food was good majority of the time, we stuck to the main buffets on deck 8 and 16 and could always find something to eat, pizza's are amazing and best on ship pizza's i have had and they bake breakfast goods as needed in a morning which was nice. I did find it weird that the ship would run out of certain items during our cruise and considering we had no days at sea i would have thought it would be easy to source items. But we had no tomatoes on board for the 5 days and they ran out of fanta and sprite by day 2, so were left with non branded versions. We only took one excursion and that was at La Spezia to see the little towns in the hills, which was good value at EUR50 each and was a full day. At the other ports we did our own thing as you could easily pick up an open top bus tour for a fraction of the cost of the ships excursions. Overall i would go back on the Seaview again, we did have a great time and really enjoyed our holiday. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Having sailed with various other cruiselines we liked the itinerary (never been to Rio) free drinks package, cabin upgrade and had seen recent reviews. Embarking in Barcelona.............a long process. Difficult to know what was ... Read More
Having sailed with various other cruiselines we liked the itinerary (never been to Rio) free drinks package, cabin upgrade and had seen recent reviews. Embarking in Barcelona.............a long process. Difficult to know what was happening. We all had our numbers for processing. Needed to keep asking what was happening. Not a lot!!! Eventually spotted movement. Need to pay attention as no repeated info over tanoy system. (When ship came in cold drinks trolley came into cruise terminal).You could also buy snacks and beer etc from cafe. ON BOARD SHIP ....................well impressed. Yes new ship, lovely and clean, looks big from outside but didn't feel any bigger than some we have sailed on. Probably deeper with all cabins but easy to navigate your way around. Lots of grays, silver, mirrors (bit disconcerting at first), swarovski stair case (crystals and lights) in Atrium, easy to see stage from three decks, 3 large screens with varying scenes, bars etc on different levels. A busy spot between theatre and eating. CABIN.......... greens and greys, good size, compact storage, with balcony (small but fine), shower OK size, beds comfy, air conditioning easy to use. Hand wash at sink, in shower dispensers of shampoo and shower gel. hairdrier in drawer, under "desk" in cabin. We always bring our own soaps, shampoo and conditioner. No kettle for us.... but accessible most of time from buffet on Deck 8. If drinks package ask for bottled water from bars. DINING.................. headed for MARKETPLACE (buffet on deck 8 /always very noisy) on boarding ship. Long boarding delays, must have caused problems for caterers. Pizza and chps tepid, place mobbed, lucky to find seat. This would be our breakfast, lunch, or mid aft or late snack, post theartre place to munch. If weather good can sit out on deck. Usual salad, fruit,bar, Pizza/pasta, Grilled food, Asian food etc Lots of choices. SILVER DOLPHIN for dinner was allocated to us. Not compelled to dress up but smart!! You can mix n match your menu ie have starter with a main. Always option of steamed fish, veg poatoes/chips you can have instead/with your main. Otherwise might be teeny porttions/strange mains ie hummous and other dip with pitta bread. Waiting staff efficient and helpful. SPECIALITY DINING French/Asian/Steak........we didn't pay extra and dine there. Used GOLDEN SANDS once as friends booked this retaurant but little difference to ours. OCEAN POINT other buffet/just as busy as Marketplace. Maybe not as noisy. Maybe not enough staff :sometimes lack of mugs, food always needing topped up. HAND CLEANING NO PROMPTING IN BUFFET/DINING ROOM .........automatic wash, soap, driers and hand gels available (sometimes empty!!) ENTERTAINMENT.............for kids looks great Forest adventure Park etc For adults Amusement arcade bit Cinema 4D/F! simulator/Bowling. Zipline pay extra. Behind Haven Lounge, towards back of ship, pool table, board games and library. Limited but good books in library but noisy spot to sit. Quiz really good fun but happens near end of cruise. Probably busy entertainment folk. If sunny more activities line dancing music on deck. Can grab an ice cream (on drinks package) or pay for ice lolly delic. WOULD have been good if we had known there were times when we should wear WHITE, MASKS and even FLORAL. Member of entertainment sidled up to us and said you are expected to participate in Beach party, mean't to be in Hawaian gear. We wandered off for a drink. Well all the Brazilian folk new what they were doing!! ODEON THEATRE ..........book from your cabin or on screens around ship/by lifts or queue up just before show then rush in and check for spare seats. Shows overall really good. Lots of usual singing, dancing, lovely costumes, acrobatics, (amazing), magic. Good mix. BRAZILIAN SINGER on stage in Atrium.....................she had an amazing voice/her group played for long spells every night. Guests singing along. She had a good rapport with audience. Another singer Rudy lovely husky voice and smile. Another young man who played guitar did a mix, nice voice but might be better to do songs that people can engage with. Current .and 60's, 70's etc to get them singing. SERVICE is really good overall but probably not enough staff, to cope with everyone/everything. Delays when embarking, delays when disembarking. PORTS AND EXCURSIONS Better doing your homework and seeing what u must visit. We just did our own thing, walked into town most times had shuttle once and one excursion "RIO and shopping" saw main sights. Communication at these times seems to be, "you find out what is going on" not really using mic to communicate. Maybe too many people to stick in the Theatre and put into different groups and advise them over mic what is happening and when to move. Especially as they are already in groups of English or Portuguese or Italian etc speaking groups. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this 7 day cruise for the itinerary. We had not been to Europe, so we wanted to experience several places and this cruise was ideal for all the places we got to see in a short period of time. It is great to not to have to worry ... Read More
We chose this 7 day cruise for the itinerary. We had not been to Europe, so we wanted to experience several places and this cruise was ideal for all the places we got to see in a short period of time. It is great to not to have to worry about food, hotels and services and to be able to sleep while transitioning from one port to another. Its an excellent way to see a lot on your first trip. This cruise ship had it down for organized embarkation and disembarkment! They do an excellent job. I felt like the food was mediocre in comparison with other ships I have been on...but definitely not bad. I had no problem eating and finding American cuisine on this international boat. The boat is HUGE! It can house up to 5,000 guests. I never seemed overwhelmed by this, but several times the elevators were backlogged, especially after shows or dinner. The shows were kind of random...I did not understand the themes and it just seemed like singing with crazy costumes and acrobatics thrown in. I ended up only going to a few and enjoyed spending time in the atrium with the musicians and fun activities. The Sports bar was fun, as was the casino bar. I would have rated the service excellent when we were 80% through our trip, but the last two days we did encounter a few rude staff members (Shine bar and room service) which turned into a disappointing ending. The ports were amazing, I thought. My least favorite were Marseille and Genoa. The highlights of our trip were: Taxi Mister Cab Driver (Naples and Amalfi Coast)- Ciro was a delight, and he set up a guide for us in Pompeii who was beyond excellent! We then went to downtown Naples for the best pizza and went shopping on the Christmas street and bought homemade Nativity scenes and ornaments. FUN day! Our day at port in Messina was also a highlight, as we hired a driver to take us to Taormina for a cooking class at Porta Messina Ristorante...They were amazing and this was such a fun experience. I would definitely recommend this activity. We chose cannoli making but they have other wonderful classes. Giovanni was our chef and he was knowledgeable and kind. We then followed up by shopping around Taormina, taking in the beautiful views and shops, then headed to the Gambino Winery for a wine tasting (well worth it). It was about a 45 minute drive, with beautiful country views and delicious wine paired with a lunch for 29 Euros. Then we headed back to the ship. We started in Barcelona, getting there pre-cruise one day before and stayed at a Hostal- Som Nit Born because they had a room with four twin beds (a hard find in Barcelona), The room was plain and clean and just fine. We walked around and found a great outdoor cafe and they kept our bags before boarding the ship the next day- We caught a bus (stop very close to the hotel) to La Rambla Street and enjoyed shopping and lunch. The ladies at Som Nit Born spoke great English and called us a cab to take us to the ship when we returned. Check each destination and the prices of the cruise and decide where to Board...I might would consider Messina or Naples next time, as we liked those places the best and could go early and spend more time those places. I did enjoy the last day at sea before disembarking in Barcelona, though, as it was a relaxing day after an amazing trip! I am thinking of taking my husband and my children on this cruise (young adults) as it is an experience of a lifetime. I was with friends on this trip. It is a good buy for the money and for the most part a great experience! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Overall, the cruise was nice. Luxurious ship, good service and friendly staff most of the time. However, I need to mention the following points related to those with dietary requirements, swimming pools and the Excursions office: 1) The ... Read More
Overall, the cruise was nice. Luxurious ship, good service and friendly staff most of the time. However, I need to mention the following points related to those with dietary requirements, swimming pools and the Excursions office: 1) The main buffet on the ship (Marketplace Buffet) does not take dietary requirements into consideration. I struggled explaining my vegan needs and some staff could not even understand what I was talking about. I had to ask lots of questions and staff members seemed to be unsure about their answers most of the time. This could be easily resolved by tagging each dish with its suitability for different dietary requirements. In addition, vegan options were limited to only salad at some points and I couldn't find a single vegan dessert over the whole cruise except some fruits. I tried The Silver Dolphin restaurant one night and the service was not better. 2) There's no adults' swimming pool on the ship. All pools are full of kids which makes it impossible for an adult to swim. I couldn't even enter any of the three main pools over the whole week as they were so crowded. One pool can be specifically allocated for adults who want to enjoy swimming away from the kids. 3) The most disappointing part of the cruise was the last day when Barcelona city tour (ending in the airport) was cancelled because of the low number of participants. Although I talked to the excursions office two days before the tour they couldn't manage to arrange any alternative. As a result, all what we could do on our last day was waiting for our flight from 8am till 5pm. While we selected this cruise in particular (and obviously paid more) because it covered four countries, we ended up visiting three (France, Italy and Malta) and just passing through the fourth (Spain). I believe that more effort could have been done in arranging an alternative (another city tour already took place and all what was needed is to arrange a taxi drive to the airport by the end) or at least we could have been informed in advance to book a hotel in Barcelona for an extra night to enjoy the city. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our first cruise as a family with children between the ages of 8 and 12. Embarking and disembarking was a breeze. We loved that everything was so new and clean. Service was varied. Some bar staff was downright rude, ... Read More
This was our first cruise as a family with children between the ages of 8 and 12. Embarking and disembarking was a breeze. We loved that everything was so new and clean. Service was varied. Some bar staff was downright rude, complaining about making milkshakes, refusing to give us a drink menu, or overheard mocking guests. However the server in the Silver Dolphin did a fantastic job. Food - my young son has celiac and probably my biggest disappointment is that the buffet was not celiac friendly. Nothing in the buffet is marked. They also had no «kid» friendly celiac meals such as gluten free pizza or other things that most kids want to eat, such as french fries, chicken nuggets, hamburgers. If you have celiac you basically have to eat in the formal sit down restaurant. This is simply not good enough for children with celiac and is very inflexible for families. I am not sure how other cruises handle this. Activities and pools - great outdoor spaces BUT the pools were very overcrowded. People seriously argued over sun loungers. They need bigger pools. Kids loved the waterslides. The kids never wanted to leave the ship at any of the ports. We found some areas of the ship to be too noisy for our liking, especially at the back near the Panorama pool. The entertainment was insane loud...we measured at 95 decibels?! We prefered to sit near the lower pool ok deck 7 or on the side near the Sports bar on deck 8. Excursions - we found to be too pricy and pretty much did our own thing. There are plenty of taxis waiting at the Messina port, so do not waste money on a shuttle. In Genoa, there are markers you can follow on the ground for a self guided tour and the aquarium is within 10-15 min walk from the port. In Naples, we took a taxi to and from Pompeii. In Messina, we took the train to Taormina on our own. Valletta—walking distance to the center of town. Take the elevator to the top (1 euro)... be aware that the bus excursion takes you all over the island but does not drive around the center old town attractions of Valletta. Elevators - the elevators located mid-ship were painfully slow. How 8 elevators could be so poorly programmed is a mystery. Use the elevators located in front or back or take the stairs. Overall we loved our cruise because there was something for everyone. The kids had a fantastic time. We enjoyed the port visits. It wasn’t a perfect trip and I wouldn’t recommend it for families who have children with celiac, but other than that I can say it was great. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose the MSC Seaview because my inlaws cruised with MSC 10 years ago, and wanted to try the new Seaview ship during its inaugural season. The Pros would be be: the ship was beautiful, all brand new. We had no issues with our ... Read More
We chose the MSC Seaview because my inlaws cruised with MSC 10 years ago, and wanted to try the new Seaview ship during its inaugural season. The Pros would be be: the ship was beautiful, all brand new. We had no issues with our embarkation and check in, very smooth and quick. Our bags arrived at our room within minutes of us, so we were able to quickly change and head to the pool. The food was amazing, so much selection, the service was great too. A few times the servers got confused with orders, but that was to be expected with a new ship, no big deal. The shows and entertainment were so much fun. Cons if I have to think of a few, the rooms are very small. Especially for 4 of us (2 adults and 2 children). Not enough closet space to unpack our clothes, so my husband and I lived out of our suitcases for a week. And let's not even talk about the size of the shower. We had a balcony, which alleviated the tightness of the cabin. Also, on our At Sea days, the ship was extremely crowded. Not enough lounge chairs for the amount of guests. On port days, we could easily find somewhere to sit. But on the at sea day we ended up sitting on 2 chairs and taking turns in the pool. People would put a towel on their lounge chairs and leave for hours on end. The ship said they monitored the situation and would only allow people to leave for 30 minutes, but we never saw that happen. Also, my father in law would order a soy milk cappuccino every morning at breakfast at the buffet, and by the time it arrived we had already finished our breakfast. The servers explained that they didn't have soy milk in the kitchen, so it had to be made at one of the bars and brought over, which took quite a long time. We thought they had forgotten about the order. I imagine my father in law is not the only passenger with an intolerance to dairy. The TV channels in the room did not have any children's programming in English. Also, everything to purchase on the ship is extremely expensive. They promote the specialty restaurants, but then when you look at the menu the prices are sky-high. Would have been nice to try one of them, but we just stuck with the main dining room and the buffet for the week. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Background: I, a 50+ Swedish woman, have only cruised with NCL before and I usually cruise together with my husband. However, this time my youngest daughter, 21 years old, came along. Pre-cruise in Barcelona: We arrived to ... Read More
Background: I, a 50+ Swedish woman, have only cruised with NCL before and I usually cruise together with my husband. However, this time my youngest daughter, 21 years old, came along. Pre-cruise in Barcelona: We arrived to Barcelona one day in advance and stayed at hotel Serhs Del Port. From the hotel we walked a few minutes to a bus stop near the Monument of Christopher Columbus where we took the Cruise Port Shuttle Bus T3 and a single ticket was €3. Bus to cruise terminal Embarkation: Since we had to check out from our hotel at 11 am we arrived at cruise terminal A at around 11.15 and when handing over our suitcases we, as Black Card holders, got Priority boarding. The check-in doesn’t start until 12 o’clock so we sat down and relaxed while waiting. At around 11.30 people started to queue for the check-in, some of which even had boarding group 3 and we could not understand why they were queuing. Just before 12, people with Priority boarding were asked to come forward to the check-in desks but a lot of people without Priority boarding also tried to get in. However, the MSC-staff easily manage to take care of the situation and we were let forward. We tried to use our electronic tickets after having done a complete check-in online, but they were not able to access this information. Luckily, I had also brought the printed cruise ticket and embarkation form. We received our cruise cards and after the obligatory embarkation photo we could enter the ship. Since the cabins shouldn’t be ready until 2 pm we decided to have our first free drinks in the Sunset Beach Bar. Sadly, all the sitting area close to the bar is a smoking allowed area, so we moved up to deck 8. We realised that the Marketplace Buffet was situated inside and decided it was time for some lunch and we had great views over Barcelona. When doing the web-check-in you could only choose between early or late dinner seating and we had asked for late dining and hoped to get a dinner time at around 8 pm. Your dining information is displayed on your Cruise card and we were assigned to the Silver Dolphin Restaurant for a 22:00-seating. From 2 pm you could visit the Dining Info point outside the Silver Dolphin for Inquiries and we were first in line and had no problem to change our dinner time to 20:00 from day 2. Cabin: We stayed in a Fantastic balcony cabin, 14208 at the starboard side. The cabin was a good size with comfy beds and a sofa. The storage in the wardrobe was a bit limited and could have been planned better, but for two people and 7 days cruising it worked. The bathroom is a little compact but had a nice glass enclosure and there were two shelfs of ok size over the sink. The balcony had two chairs and a footstool. The cabin was very well sound proofed both to adjacent cabins and the outside. The curtains keep all the light out when closed. Our cabin steward was not very social but kept our cabin very clean and fresh. We do though miss the towel animals you get every night on NCL. When arriving to the cabin we found one big bed despite having asked for twin beds and some other person name and photos were on the tv-screen. We got worried that we were in the wrong cabin but after a visit to the guest service everything was solved. Back in the cabin around 2.30 pm our suitcases had arrived, and we could unpack. We realised we needed more hangers and after a phone call we received 10 more hangers immediately. Dining: We had breakfast in the Ocean Point Buffet on deck 16 every morning and never had any problems to find a table for two. We had thoughts to use the room service, but it was so convenient to take the stairs up to the buffet and the staff were so attentive and nice. The buffet had plenty of breakfast food options and we found everything we usually have for breakfast during holiday and much, much more. Very easy to order a cappuccino and everything arrived very fast. When we had lunch on the ship we also used the buffet restaurants and were very pleased with the selection of food. For dinner we were assigned to the complimentary Silver Dolphin Restaurant and had a very nice table next to the window and very nice guests around us. Our two waiters really took great care of us. The dishes on the menu sounded delicious, but the quality of the food was lower than expected. I would say the food was comparable with what you are served in a Swedish lunch restaurant that cooks for thousands of guests. The taste was for the most okay, but it did not look very appetizing and it lacked finesse. The size of the portions also differed from very small to normal. As a Black card holder, we were able to have a complimentary meal in one of the speciality restaurants and chose Butcher’s Cut. We were entitled to choose 3 courses from the Dining Experience Menu and all the food both tasted and looked delicious. Bars: We had the All-Inclusive Restaurant & Bar drink package included in the cruise. Two whites, two reds and one rosé wines by the glass selected by a sommelier was included in the package. Also included was a flute of dry or sweet sparkling wine and we enjoyed all the wine we drank even though we are no wine experts. Our intention was to try all bars on the ship and try as many different drinks as possible, but a seven-day cruise with only one sea day resulted in a lack of time to visit all bars. Entertainment: Since it was our first time on MSC we went and saw all the shows in the Odeon Theatre. They all lasted 30-40 minutes and we enjoyed them all, but even if every show has a special theme they had a lot of similar elements. It was very easy to make a reservation using the MSC For Me app. We attended some fun parties and activities in the Atrium, at the Panorama pool and in the Haven Lounge. The entertainment staff were great about getting people involved in the activities. However, this could not be said for the Cruise Director who only took part when introducing the Show in the theatre every evening. It was impressive that he did so in five different languages, but he lacked involvement and did it in a very boring way. Ports: We got off in most of the ports and choose to do our own thing except for the organized MSC-tour to Etna and Taormina. Marseilles: Followed the green painted line by foot 8-9 minutes to the bus stop for the free shuttlebus which took us to Jolette from where we walked to the Old Port. We then took Le Petit Train up to the church Notre-dam de la Garde with a great view over the city centre. Genoa: Easy to walk along the sea to Porto Antico and then we took a walk on streets that looked nice and continued to Via Garibaldi which is lined by beautiful palaces. Naples: There were thunderstorms with rain during the morning, so we decided to stay on the ship even if the weather improved a lot. We have been to Naples and Pompeii before. Messina: Took the MSC-tour to Etna and Taormina and had a great Italian guide who spoke very good English. The bus ride from Messina to Mount Etna took 1 hour and 45 minutes but the scenery was amazing and the guide gave us a lot of information so it felt very quick. We stopped at the two inactive Silvestri Craters which were formed during the eruption 1892 and we had time to climb the lowest crater. Sadly, it was a bit cloudy, so we couldn’t see the top of Etna. We continued to the little town of Taormina and had a guided walk for 30 min and then had about 2 hours free time for lunch and to explore the very pretty village. Valetta: Stayed most of the day on the ship and had the pool almost to our self. We have visited Valetta before and just took a short stroll during the afternoon. Disembarkation: Since we had Black Card-status we could disembark already at 8.30am, but we went to Guest Service and asked for a later disembarkation and got 9.30pm instead. Our meeting point was the Venchi Bar on deck 6 and we got a bit confused since nothing happened until 9.45am when an announcement came that we could go to the exit. Almost no que and easy to find the luggage. There was a taxi que, but we only had to wait around 15 minutes before we were on our way to the airport. Summary: We had an amazing week on a beautiful ship with so much to do and explore. The Service was overall great, but we had been spoiled from NCL that the Senior officers are very social around the ship and that was not the case on Seaview. We had a very positive first experience with MSC and next time we would like to try Yacht Club. We have done some vlogs from our cruise which can be found on You Tube: The Eriksson Family Adventures https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuaqlABQtAq4w7pMrrZfLHw Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My family and I are just off the MSC Seaview, cruising the Med. This was our 8th cruise, all previous cruises having been with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian (and one with Mein Schiff). Since quite a few people ask about the differences ... Read More
My family and I are just off the MSC Seaview, cruising the Med. This was our 8th cruise, all previous cruises having been with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian (and one with Mein Schiff). Since quite a few people ask about the differences between RCCL, Norwegian and MSC, this review is a review of the Seaview and a comparison with RCCL and Norwegian. General This is a brand new ship – super condition, really fresh and clean. It’s simply massive – there is no way you can find someone unless they tell you where they’re going to be and at what time – you’ll find that it takes you 30 minutes to check the main common areas, and rather frustrating when you go back to your cabin and find them already there! There are plenty of lifts, but still a lot of waiting time. This was rather annoying. The panoramic lifts at the back tended to be totally empty. Given the immense number of passengers and crew on board, the ship never felt crowded except during breakfast. There is lots of outdoor space. For a quiet time in the sun, the deckchairs and armchairs along Deck 8 are a guarantee. The cruise had the biggest variety in nationalities and age groups that we have seen in 9 years of cruising. I now understand what some cruisers mean when they say that it is “too European”. Being European myself, I found this to be absolutely normal, but it does mean that there are many less Americans on board than you’d find on the RCCL or Norwegian. It had a number of obnoxious people, but so do RCCL and Norwegian. We found the staff to be genuinely friendly and enthusiastic to help. This being a new ship, we did get wrong directions a good number of times, but this goes with being on a new ship and didn’t bother us. Cabin Our cabin was 15125. We are four family members – 2 adults and 2 girls aged 10 and 12. The cabin was crowded, and felt rather like a slum! The wardrobe is tiny and very badly planned – the main side cannot be accessed except through a small space between the bed and the wardrobe. The cabin is right under one of the dining rooms. This didn’t prove to be a particular problem – we did hear moving chairs, but it was in the afternoons rather than early morning or late night. We had the Fantastica programme. The main advantage were the many many drink vouchers we received – we didn’t use them all! Incidentally, there seems to be some confusion on what the vouchers cover – some waiters accepted them for ice cream, and others did not. As for the wine and beer covered by the vouchers, we didn’t feel that they covered only the low-end choices at all. Food The specialty food restaurants did not impress us at all, contrary to the ones on RCCL and Norwegian. One of the dishes in the seafood restaurant – the octopus one - I literally disliked – there was too much going on in one plate. On the last night we went to the main dining room and were pleasantly surprised. If I were to go on Seaview again I wouldn’t bother with the specialty restaurants at all. In the buffet restaurants, I thoroughly recommend the pizza slices. We found some of the waiters to be somewhat inexperienced and a bit lost with the orders. For example we had one waiter serve us dessert wine in a liquor glass, and another waiter poured the beer like it was a soft drink – fast and without inclining the glass, meaning it frothed immensely. Some other specific comments The sports and gym activities are simply very poor – no real sports programme, no walking or running track. The Seaview has some 20 bars. However we found that we missed the atmosphere in the intimate bars of some of the RCCL and Norwegian ships – there was no real atmosphere at all, since it felt like walking through a mall with different artists playing in different corners. The information in the daily leaflet is rather poor. Same goes for the information about the locations: specifically for Malta for example, it highlighted the wonders of a trip to see the Azure Window… The Azure Window was totally destroyed by wind one year ago. The activities for pre-teens were not clearly identified. This was the first cruise where my children simply did not make friends. Granted, this may have something to do with their age too. Original embarkation and disembarkation was rather lengthy. We had a disembarkation time of 11am, however we had to clear the room by 8am. You’re not allowed to take your luggage yourself, which means you spend some 3 hrs wandering around the ship or in a corner somewhere. The billing method is not fantastic. Our bill arrived at 8am of the final morning, meaning that if you had any claim you’d be stuck in the queues at reception. My cabin had onboard credit, but it was split between my husband and I. When the bill came we noticed that they debited me for all that we spent, but did not take into account the credit of my husband, so he was asked to go and claim it back reception. The shows are good, particularly the costumes and the stage design. Incidentally there is no omnipresent and loud Cruise Director, which is quite an advantage to our minds! The smoking policy is quite strict – smoking only allowed in some areas. It is not strictly implemented – we had to stop our cabin neighbours from smoking on the balcony. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
MSC Seaview Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 3.5 3.1
Entertainment 4.5 3.3
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.0
Enrichment 3.5 2.9
Service 3.5 3.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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