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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Ocho Rios
  • Day 4
    Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
  • Day 5
    Cozumel
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
  • Day 8
    Miami

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside - MSC Cruises

Pros

Ample outdoor space draws passengers outside to enjoy the ship's Caribbean surroundings

Cons

With so many areas dedicated to the outdoors, interior public areas can feel crowded during inclement weather

Bottom Line

This bright, elegant and technologically advanced ship is great for North Americans


Cruise Reviews

We selected this cruise 18 months prior because of the marketing of it and the new ship. It was billed as a gorgeous ship and it didn't disappoint. After we had it booked and paid for we were seeing some bad reviews and were a bit ... Read More
We selected this cruise 18 months prior because of the marketing of it and the new ship. It was billed as a gorgeous ship and it didn't disappoint. After we had it booked and paid for we were seeing some bad reviews and were a bit worried but in our experiences, those were just not the case. We did purchase the Aurea experience which included a balcony room with the use of robes/slippers, exclusive top floor solarium unlimited use with a dedicated bar and hot tubs, UNLIMITED drinks- including soft drinks, bottled water, cocktails, wine, beer, milkshakes, gelato ice cream, hot chocolate (even at Venchis) and mock-tails, just from a card scan (no signatures). It also included a 50 minute message for myself and my husband, two sun tanning bed sessions, unlimited use of the thermal spa that comprised of two saunas, indoor and outdoor whirlpool tubs, two aromatic steam baths, multiple aromatic showers (warm/cool combos) a Himalayan salt room and warming beds. It also included priority boarding, which went smoothly and quickly as well as anytime dining which we found very helpful. The ship was remarkably large and we never struggled to find a seat even at peak times for the buffet and the cruise was sold out. The crystal stairways were beautiful, the decor very elegant. It was lovely. The balcony on our cabin was good size and the cabin size adequate but could have used more/better storage for clothes. Or wait staff in the dining room was above and beyond, particularly catering to our 13 year old daughter. We had read complaints about the food but it was delicious and if we didn't like something or worried we wouldn't, we just ordered two different entrees. They were extremely friendly and worked very hard to keep us happy. The shows were the best we had seen anywhere, and were not interrupted and your view blocked constantly by waiters taking and delivering drink orders. You could bring drinks in but not order inside the theater. We never encountered any rude or disrespectful staff (or other passengers for that matter) which we had heard was a problem. We did do two excursions and the process was very organized and timely. They gave you a time to show up, they gave you a number, called your number after all had checked in and then left soon. If you showed up too early then you did have to wait as that was not your scheduled time. The excursions were very good and we enjoyed them except for the transfer when a couple was 35 minutes late getting back on the bus. Our teenage daughter absolutely loved it. They had several water slides, a zip line, full arcade with a race car simulator including a bowling ally. Not only would we go again, we booked a future cruise while on board. Highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Wanted to to try a larger ship and this one was beautiful, a lot of mirrors, chrome and glitz. We normally do not get off the ship, we like to sit around the pool and enjoy the ship, however, we noticed on port days, there were no ... Read More
Wanted to to try a larger ship and this one was beautiful, a lot of mirrors, chrome and glitz. We normally do not get off the ship, we like to sit around the pool and enjoy the ship, however, we noticed on port days, there were no activities nor any music around the pool. Our handicap accessible cabin was comfortable. We were in an inside cabin/midship/15th deck/Fantastica Experience. Loved sitting at the atrium bar people watching. Once the bar servers knew you, they kept the drinks coming. (We did tip every time we got drinks, which helped for quick service) The only show we saw was Starwalker. The others did not appeal to us. Food on the buffet was always hot and plentiful. Embarkation was quick and easy as we have noticed since hubby is in a mobility scooter. We checked both pieces of our luggage and it was at our door at 2pm, which is the time everyone was allowed to go to their cabins. We did early debarkation (7:30am) and took our luggage with us. Going through the terminal was a breeze. Would we do Seaside again...probably not....ship too large for us and the age group seemed to be 30's-40's. We are looking into doing a smaller MSC ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The price was excellent and included the beverage package and wifi. We had an inside cabin and ate early seating for dinner. Getting on the ship went smoothly and easily. This is the second time on this ship and we really enjoyed ... Read More
The price was excellent and included the beverage package and wifi. We had an inside cabin and ate early seating for dinner. Getting on the ship went smoothly and easily. This is the second time on this ship and we really enjoyed ourselves. The bar service in the Sports Bar was excellent. We did our exercise walk every day around the basketball court and found out that 10 laps equal a mile. All of the ports were great but we didn't get off the ship in Nassau. The shows were excellent and I enjoy all the Cirque du Soleil type acts that they incorporate into the music. They even have a condensed version of the opera Madame Butterfly. We didn't care for the Beer Improv show though. Everything went well but we were really disappointed with the debarkation. That is the reason they didn't get a rating of 5. It was a terrible way to end a beautiful cruise. We were told to meet in the theater at 7:40 and wait for our tag color to be called. They were making announcements around the ship but not in the theater. No one (including the crew) seemed to know what was going on. There was no organization and total chaos. MSC didn't have any control over the crowd and people just pushed and shoved in the line because they got so frustrated trying to figure out when to get off. We finally joined the chaos on our own at 9:30 when we faced the fact that they were never going to call us to get off the ship. We finally got off and in our car around 10:30. This would be the only reason I would rethink about taking another MSC cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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