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1 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) MSC Cruises MSC Seaside Cruise Reviews

For people who have ‘been there and done that’ I will try to relate to you the experience received in the Royal Suite aboard the Seaside this past summer. Having read many reviews of luxury lines, Viking, Seabourn, Silverseas, Oceana, ... Read More
For people who have ‘been there and done that’ I will try to relate to you the experience received in the Royal Suite aboard the Seaside this past summer. Having read many reviews of luxury lines, Viking, Seabourn, Silverseas, Oceana, Regent and all the recent problems many affluent cruisers have experienced on board these fine cruise lines, I have to tell you about MSC Yacht Club. From strictly my point of view, your whole cruise experience depends on the butler… Mine made all the difference in the world. I started out 40 years ago cruising, like most of you. I canceled a 2020 cruise in December in the Royal Suite again because I know this butler will not be on board until January, and booked a 14 day on the new Regent Splendor instead, though retired we still work to stay relevant. This coming summer I will return to the Royal Suite in June and July when he returns. I tried this past summer a Haven Penthouse aft suite which was fabulous, the largest balcony on the ship. The food in the Haven Restaurant was monotonous, but digestible. The enclosed pool, air conditioned splendor. The following month with a week aboard my all-time favorite in a Celebrity Suite on the Equinox, with an exceptional butler, so I booked the same suite for next summer. But I was absolutely blown away by the service of my MSC butler. Food: Sorry I do not like to comment. I feel that as long as my system can digest the fare I am happy. Dining Service: A window table for two. I am tired of tablemates coughing into my plate. Entertainment: Always enjoy most everything, except opera. Have enough of a woman screeching at me when I am home. Cabin: 667 sq ft and 355sq ft of balcony. Bring some duct tape to cover the blue light of the thermostat in the bedroom and the red light of the TV. Air conditioning was adjustable. Balcony had a 50” table and 4 chairs and 2 recline lounges, room steward provided extra 4 plush blue yacht club towels to cover cushions each day. Bring towel chair clips. Do not attempt to eat in yacht club restaurant if you should have a booked excursion unless you allow a 2- hour window. Everything is prepared to order and many left their half -eaten burgers. All the waiters could accommodate was to keep filling their wine glasses to reduce passenger anxiety. Try the One Pool deck for a quick bite. Top Sail Lounge. Great butler service, nice live music, best ocean views. One Pool Deck and grill. Crowded on sea days, not much shade. Royal suites have their private cabanas, stocked cooler with whatever you ask for of your butler. He will bring trays of fruit skewers and cheese and chocolate strawberries. Thursday is grilled lobster day only on the One Pool deck, so every yacht club passenger is on deck. No chairs or tables were unoccupied, passengers were chowing down along the pool perimeter. No line for Royal Suite, butler does the butting and service to your private cabana. Getting on and off the ship is a breeze with your butler. He takes YC guest a back way and we have our own gangway on and off the ship. Embarkation was a little more of a wait if you get to the white tent early. Staff show up at 10 am and terminal YC porter at 10:30. We did experience a quick passing bit of rain, but we and our luggage were under the tent. Debarkation, again our butler escorted us to a roped off closed double door at 7:00am. When he opened the door there was a line of passengers ‘a mile long’ queued to get off. He removed the red velvet rope and placed us at the front of the line. We were the first off the ship, even though our luggage still had to be unloaded from the ship. Had no problem with wine selection at dinner, our assistant waiter opened whatever I thought sounded good. No need to taste test in front of DW, just fill it up. Every night I tried something different. Elevator servicing the YC is a treat, though it did not always work the way it is supposed to work. Even when being escorted to the evening shows, reserved seating for YC every evening, our butlers access card did not work. It is supposed to call the elevator ‘express’ and deliver YC guests express to the YC. Hint: YC guests on deck 18 walk down to 16 (no deck 17 “unlucky”) to use your key card. YC passengers on 16 are priority and deck 18 will be left waiting while 16 goes down. The ship is immaculate. And any ship that returns me home shipshape without having to visit my doctor the following week is a ship I will surely sail again. Winston Churchill once said “ a good review should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” I hope I’ve done both. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
MSC Seaside Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 3.9
Dining 4.5 3.5
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.5 3.9
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 3.5 3.4
Service 4.0 3.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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