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I am currently on this cruise with my husband, taking a break from the heat in Corsica. I wanted to write a review because I'd seen negative reviews online and I am just baffled as to how people would have any negative comments about ... Read More
I am currently on this cruise with my husband, taking a break from the heat in Corsica. I wanted to write a review because I'd seen negative reviews online and I am just baffled as to how people would have any negative comments about this ship.. it is absolutely stunning to look at, the most beautiful design in all bars and public spaces, plenty of seating areas everywhere, it's spotlessly clean and while we have only eaten in the Marketplace (buffet), and will continue to do so rather than use the dining room, the food is really good. We have been on 2 Royal Caribbean cruises before so were a bit wary about trying MSC after hearing that they weren't quite up to the same standards but we both decided on day 1 of this cruise that we would never bother with RC again. We are Irish so we are European but obviously we have a very different culture from continental Europeans, and essentially, I believe lot of reviewers are finding fault with the different food and the guests (I've read a lot of complaints about people not queuing for food) yes, there is a bit of shuffling around at the buffet and yes, the food is slightly more Italian, with pizza and pasta always available but a) they are really tasty dishes that are eaten all around the world, and b) a buffet is always going to be a bit chaotic so if that's the height of your problems, consider yourself a lucky person!! Our room was ready fairly early and our luggage was there before we even got there, so it was great to shower and unpack so soon. Our room has a shower-over-bath, it's not a great shower: low water pressure and the shower head is fairly low on the wall, so anyone talk might find it very difficult to use! There are a good few families on this cruise, kids tend to be still in the main areas quite late at night but I don't find it a problem. The lifts, as many others have complained about, are a bit annoying, according to my husband who uses them more than I do, but there are lifts close to our room that operate as standard, rather than the unusual ones throughout the ship. Again, I feel that for people to be complaining about such things is just being overly picky. Embarking could have gone a bit smoother, the staff in charge of crowd control didn't do a good job and while people were given a card with a number on it, it wasn't clear that they were supposed to sit and wait for the number to be called, so some people waited longer than others to embark, which isn't a big deal, but obviously many people are tired from travelling to the port so it can be frustrating. Not a major problem though. The overall experience of this ship is phenomenal in our opinion.. lots of really beautiful bars, lots of good food, friendly staff and magnificent surroundings. Surely that's what holidays are all about! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have been loyal NCL cruisers for years and decided to try MSC for a 20th anniversary cruise. We had never been in the Med, and booked a Yacht Club balcony cabin. The ship was BEAUTIFUL, the service was excellent. I loved that you ... Read More
We have been loyal NCL cruisers for years and decided to try MSC for a 20th anniversary cruise. We had never been in the Med, and booked a Yacht Club balcony cabin. The ship was BEAUTIFUL, the service was excellent. I loved that you were never presented with a bill or a receipt to sign for drinks etc when we were in the Yacht Club. All of the staff really seemed to go out of their way to make sure we had an amazing experience. Although I wanted to try the main dining rooms, I couldn't break away from the Yacht club and having all the staff know who we were. We ate breakfast a few times in the Yacht Club dining room, but we mostly had continental breakfast in the lounge; the daily snacks there were delightful. I also loved the tranquility of the lounge and pool area. We ate lunch twice at the pool size buffett and the Yacht Club manager--Alex (i.e. like the Hotel Manager but for the Yacht Club) was there and practically waited on us. He was like a dear friend acting as a host! The food on the ship has a heavy European / Continental influence and we are Americans. This was not an issue for us--there was always something we liked--but that may be an issue with some travelers. As an oenophile, the wines by the glass were a bit limited--especially if you prefer California wines, but all the liquor was top shelf, and I enjoyed trying a few new European beers. Honestly, I really liked the vibe of the ship and the travelers we met on board. We booked a Caribbean cruise for the fall of 2020 and will take our kids next time--the family pool, kids club, and zip lining looked awesome!! See you soon, MSC!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I was very nervous about cruising with MSC. I had cruised the Med with Norwegian 4 years ago and loved it but this time we were taking our 3 adult children and one son-in-law and I had been reading mixed reviews. My chiropractor here in ... Read More
I was very nervous about cruising with MSC. I had cruised the Med with Norwegian 4 years ago and loved it but this time we were taking our 3 adult children and one son-in-law and I had been reading mixed reviews. My chiropractor here in Atlanta cruises with MSC and RC a couple of times a year and she was the one who recommended MSC. All 6 of us loved this ship and would travel with MSC again. The ship is absolutely gorgeous! We had 3 cabins. One with a balcony and 2 with just windows. The rooms are very spacious as far as cabins go. The embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. We spent several days in Rome and got on the ship in Civitavecchia. The staff was wonderful. We had 4 adults ranging in age from 24-29 and they had a blast on the ship and attended many of the parties. We all saw several shows and they were great as well. The buffets were very good. If I had to give any negative it would be the food in the dining room. The entrees were just not cooked the way I am used to eating them. I hesitate to say it was bad because we had similar issues in Rome and France. Their seafood is just cooked/seasoned differently. That having been said, every night the buffet had a "thematic experience" and we went to bed stuffed, so there is plenty of good food on the ship! I would not do the specialty restaurants again. The prepaid packages for the specialty restaurants did not allow you to order anything no the menu and I thought this was a little tacky. Again, I was there for the sightseeing, not the food (and we were able to find really good food every night in the buffets). My daughter and son in law said the gym was superb. The ship is very "hi tech" with touchscreens everywhere to get an elevator or book a show. I don't think you will find a better value than MSC and I am already looking to book my next trip with them! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
hi myaelf and my husband are just back home today after our cruise with msc seaview we went ok the Mediterranean cruise it was amazing everything from start to finish the staff especially iklanas our cabin guy and thias on deck 7 both were ... Read More
hi myaelf and my husband are just back home today after our cruise with msc seaview we went ok the Mediterranean cruise it was amazing everything from start to finish the staff especially iklanas our cabin guy and thias on deck 7 both were amazing almond with everyone else xx it's was a 5star experience on a 5 star ship I would only have one possible recommendations that would be the swimming pool for myself and my husband were to deep as we can't swim but like to dip in the water there was an alternative of the jacuzzi pool which were amazing but I would have liked maybe to get in the pool but other Dan that I lt was amazing thank you all so much for making our honeymoon and our first but not last cruise the best experience ever I will be seeing you all again at some stage Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Superb embarkation at Barcelona straight onto the ship, this ship like other newer MSC ships is fantastic it has a great feel to it & instantly relaxing. It started badly though due to rough weather we didn’t sail for Ajaccio and ... Read More
Superb embarkation at Barcelona straight onto the ship, this ship like other newer MSC ships is fantastic it has a great feel to it & instantly relaxing. It started badly though due to rough weather we didn’t sail for Ajaccio and spent the night in Barcelona for me the right decision made However the ship during this weather where everyone had to stop inside was a little bit busy but ok when sunny the ship feels empty with 5000 people on board even late at night there are always seats available somewhere and we usually sat at a bar before moving on to the next etc. The bars were excellent with a couple of standout ones that became favourites snacks were given out and depending on which bar gave different snacks ie nachos & dips in sports bar. The entertainment was usual MSC this time there seamed to be a emphasis on jazz which isn’t my favourite kind of music but hey ho ....... there’s plenty of bars. The shows were again MSC singers, acrobats, dancers making a 1/2 hour show theme being greatest showman to be honest the whole week was brilliant & highly entertaining perhaps I’m getting old, I could have easily watched the shows twice. Food wise it was a step up from the usual fare on MSC fro the other 4 cruises with them it was better in the main dining rooms & the buffets the specialty restaurants we only did the pan Asian was amazing & certainly worth paying for we was going to go to butchers cut but I instead had a huge t bone steak in dining room for €20 with a glass of red!! Our cabin again very clean, tidy & decent size was a Seaview at the front of the ship No5038 it was well looked after by the maid I only seen her in the corridor to say hello but she did say if there was anything let her know and she will get it for us I don’t think you can ask anymore than that! The staff throughout the ship were great and friendly I think if you approach with attitude they reciprocate it I did see it a few times but they were always great with us perhaps a smile Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We are just returning from our 18 day adventure as a family of five ,two adults three children age 7, 13 ,15 we have previously sailed with RCI , NCL ,PRINCESS AND CUNARD and after reading some of the reviews of MSC had very low ... Read More
We are just returning from our 18 day adventure as a family of five ,two adults three children age 7, 13 ,15 we have previously sailed with RCI , NCL ,PRINCESS AND CUNARD and after reading some of the reviews of MSC had very low expectations but they do a loyalty match to our diamond plus level with RCL so we gave it a go and this is honestly the best cruise line we have sailed with happiest ship , friendliest crew , most gorgeous ship and child friendly ship, any child not enjoying this cruise I would say their parents have got real problems because it has everything kids love everything adults love really superb peace and quiet , loud and bouncing and all inbetween . We had a whirlpool suite cabin 14211 ,gorgeous , space,technology ,walk in wardrobe .Erica our room steward was amazing as was lokesh and Anand our anytime dining staff so helpful and obliging,although portion sizes were small in the dining room we were constantly offered more so it was never an issue. We were on the aurea package and used the thermal suite a lot (gorgeous ) we also had our complementary massages (no catch) Ship is very smooth and incredible with technology everywhere, we purchased nearly every package before we boarded and it was cheaper and so easy for f1 simulator, zip line ,4d cinema ,air hockey, waterslides ,bowling ,washing package was great and next cruise I will definitely pack less and have more washed and pressed ,brilliant . Just 1 small complaint MSC what on earth is going on with your embarcation process ???? NOT GOOD stood like sheep in sao Paulo in scorching temperatures appears no organisation or communication it was almost a crush a bit frightening to be honest ,fix this and we have found our perfect cruise line by the way disembarking was a breeze so you can do it Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This brand new ship from MSC certainly has the WOW factor, the decor is stunning and the internal spaces are stylish and well thought out. Embarkation from Barcelona was a breeze, and the welcome on board was warm. We absolutely loved this ... Read More
This brand new ship from MSC certainly has the WOW factor, the decor is stunning and the internal spaces are stylish and well thought out. Embarkation from Barcelona was a breeze, and the welcome on board was warm. We absolutely loved this ship, the cabin was spacious and clean with a lovely decor. Our cabin steward was efficient and friendly again brilliant service. The dining room was just great and the food was fabulous. Cannot fault the waiting staff in the dining rooms. Lovely bars to choose from and the drinks package was reasonable and great value compared with RCCL. We used the gym facilities which were clean and the staff very helpful. The buffet dining was also very good, the late night options were good too. Fresh pizza make throughout the day/night as well as many more fresh food options. We loved the destination on this western Med itinerary, our first time with MSC and our expectations were exceeded. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I need to preference the review by saying this is for the Yacht Club. I can't speak to other cabins or dinning. Firstly, Yacht Club is the only way I'd do this ship. The service is insanely good. We existed the cab in ... Read More
I need to preference the review by saying this is for the Yacht Club. I can't speak to other cabins or dinning. Firstly, Yacht Club is the only way I'd do this ship. The service is insanely good. We existed the cab in Barcelona and before I could determine where I needed to be, someone from MSC spotted my yacht club tag and escorted us immediately to a private area with drinks and food ready. Within 30 minutes we were on the ship in the private Yacht Club lounge and had our wristbands and in the Cabin. Our bags were shortly behind. The Yacht Club has a private lounge with breakfast, afternoon snack, and music nightly. The private restaurant is overlooking that, and the private pool area has breakfast and lunch too with a pool and hot tubs. In this area, you're never asked for you room number or asked swipe a card for a drink, simply ask and it comes. The food is excellent in all the areas and the whole time I didn't have a single thing that I did not like. For lunch I opted for the pool area and had anything from fish to steak. The breakfast was cooked to order along with hot and cold selections. The attention is on details here. You must remember that the company picks the brightest employees to work on this part of the ship. The Yacht Club has a dedicated elevator, so you rarely wait to get to other parts of the ship. The Butler service is fantastic, and they bring you anything day or night. Feel like another drink, but already in PJs, not a problem, just pick up the phone and it appears. You have special robes, towels, private concierge, etc. You truly have a private part of the ship. For your excursions, your butler meets you in the lounge and walks you directly off the ship. When we returned to the ship after the excursion, our butler was waiting at the bottom of the gangway to bring us back to the room. so are the other parts of the ship crowded? Sometimes, yes, I mean the ship is huge so sometimes certain parts may seem crowded. My kids sometimes enjoyed the buffet while at kid’s club and never had a bad thing to say, the main buffet always looked good and clean. The water parks and slides are fun and zip-line is included with Yacht Club as is the gelato. You can get a drink anywhere, just show them your band and they scan it. We did try the thermals, again included with Yacht club, but they were often crowded, and yes sometimes wet towels were left around. I wish they were a bit larger, but I bet it depend on the sailing because they are expensive to access with Yacht Club, I think $50 per day. The ship speaks many languages, so yes, many non-Americans. Look, you’re on a Mediterranean cruise and you mustn’t expect everyone to be American and yes you might find some other cultures rude, but perhaps it’s you and not them. If you want the USA experience stick carnival cruise or Disney. I enjoy being around people of other cultures. We also loved the shows. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My husband and I booked this cruise as friends of ours had already booked. We had never cruised before so after booking we started ready reviews about MSC Seaview. There were so many negative reviews that we feared we would have a ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise as friends of ours had already booked. We had never cruised before so after booking we started ready reviews about MSC Seaview. There were so many negative reviews that we feared we would have a terrible experience. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. The embarkation and disembarkation process was flawless. We did not encounter one staff member that was not pleasant and helpful and all spoke English..some better than others but all were functional in English. We ate all our dinners in the Siver Dolphin Restaurant and had the most amazing waiter..Rogi..full name is Rogiroberto I believe. We also had another server named Chester who was excellent. We had an inside room, midship, and we found it very comfortable with adequate space. The food was very good...buffets were sometimes hectic as some passengers thought it was okay to push and poke their way to what they wanted (no fault of the cruise line). We did not prebook any excursions through MSC. At each port of call we simply hired a taxi to take us where we wanted to go and that worked out very well. We would recommend MSC Seaview without any hesitation...very reasonably priced and delivered a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our first cruise. And first time taking my step sons abroad (age 8 and 10) We all loved it! For me and my husband we like to relax but not sit around to long. So this was perfect. Loved waking to a different destination every ... Read More
This was our first cruise. And first time taking my step sons abroad (age 8 and 10) We all loved it! For me and my husband we like to relax but not sit around to long. So this was perfect. Loved waking to a different destination every morning. Embarking was lovely and easy. Lovely welcome buffet. Bags were at the door of our cabin which was a welcome sight and before the 2.30 time. Cabin was more spacious then I’d imagined. Our cabin assistant was Rammel. He was lovely. They all were. Every cabin assistant said hello when we walked past. We found prices of drinks very reasonable as we didn’t do a drinks package ( we did have the cans package which was handy) Loved the decor of everything. It was all clean, and sparkly! Shows were awesome! Very talented. As each day went on, we were more relaxed about letting the kids out of sight. They went to kids club a couple of times, they loved it and the swimming pools and water slides. Both we felt happy leaving them as were well manned and we felt they were very safe. Especially with the wrist bands Every night we went to the buffet where it was a different theme. Different countries. It was lush. Only complaints, we were told that some fizzy drinks were available at buffet, but it was very rarely accessible. It would of been handy to have the juices available all day not just breakfast. Excursions we did 2. Pompaii and mount etna. Brilliant apart from the headsets on the pompii tour were bad quality and lost connection a couple of times. Thank you Msc. We have literally booked for another one for next year. Can’t wait Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our first cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot understand why people on here say they experienced an unfriendly atmosphere and complain about the food/cleanliness and the staff. We experienced exactly the opposite. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot understand why people on here say they experienced an unfriendly atmosphere and complain about the food/cleanliness and the staff. We experienced exactly the opposite. The staff were excellent and very friendly. The cabins were very clean and cabin staff so approacheable. Everywhere was impeccably clean and luxurious looking. There was a wide variety of food to suit all palettes and each food section was clearly labelled with type of food etc and even a large vegetarian section. The younger entertainments staff in their red tops were fantastic at getting people to join in and learn salsa steps and more on the Panoramic deck and in the Haven lounge. 'Feel the Magic in the Air' was the record which seemed to get everyone dancing and singing. The evening entertainment was a bit lacking with the duo (very enjoyable) and a solo singer taking it in turns to perform all evening. However, again the younger dance and excercise staff put on excellent evening shows a couple of times during the week. There were an abundance of sunbeds (and we did not see any collapse as has been claimed on this site). The decks were always clean and tidy as well as the pools and Jacuzzis. Our evening dining room Silver Dolphin was very good and our waiter was so polite, helpful and friendly. We did opt for the Special Restaurants package where you have 3 restaurants to eat at. The Asian Market was excellent (Lamb chops) but have to say that was the only one of the 3 we would recommend and we would not include this package in the future . As our travel agent told us that drinks were only supplied at breakfast, we also opted for the drinks package (362€ for the two of us) yet our Agent was wrong as drinks were available at breakfast, lunch and tea etc available up until 5am so we are quite annoyed with the Agent as we are not big alcohol drinkers. Beer etc., was very reasonably priced along with tea and coffee, so we probably only used a quarter to a half of our drink package. The ship itself was fabulous but we were not impressed with the ports as you have to either pay for an excursion or use a taxi to get into the towns (expensive). Messina in Sicily was the only port where you could disembark and you are in the busy area, lovely place. Embarking and disembarking in Barcelona was excellently dealt with. We would also like to thank the Captain who provided an unbelievably smooth cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We whose this cruse because of the price...we wanted to se St. Martin, sainjuan and Bahamas...8 days cruse is perfect. Loved MSCSeaside, friendly staff, great food, deep pools specialty like the pool for adults only. The enbarkation was ... Read More
We whose this cruse because of the price...we wanted to se St. Martin, sainjuan and Bahamas...8 days cruse is perfect. Loved MSCSeaside, friendly staff, great food, deep pools specialty like the pool for adults only. The enbarkation was a smooth process I was surprised. Entertainment was excellant, Steve was so friendly and funny he should have his own comedy show. Love my experience in dining, the food was good and just the right amount. Buffett in my opinion was good because it was a lot to choose from. I sow opera first time in my life I was surprised how good it was it touch me I cried , so did my daughter . Every night was something going on in different places of entertainment so much to chose from. One night we even had a dance. This cruse was excelent, specially value for the money. We are planning to go again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
INTRO... Prior to my comprehensive review, i'd like to say that my intention is to produce a well rounded and honest opinion of the cruise line and the ship, not the itinerary or the destinations. I will be documenting our complete ... Read More
INTRO... Prior to my comprehensive review, i'd like to say that my intention is to produce a well rounded and honest opinion of the cruise line and the ship, not the itinerary or the destinations. I will be documenting our complete experience on this ship (in contrast to many of the poor quality reviews already published on this ship which seem to focus on silly individual things like vegan options in the buffet and airport transfers) We chose this cruise over a similar Mediterranean sailing on Celebrity... who I will say we love as a cruise line and naturally Celebrity set a very high benchmark for other 4/5 star lines. We are not of the average age of people who tend to write cruise reviews, but in our mid-twenties I'd like to think we have a fairly rounded experience and look at cruises and the modern cruising experience from a slightly different perspective - one that is very rarely documented on this site. Myself and partner tend to look for a cruise experience that offers quality dining experiences, excellent service (which includes staff with personalities and character) well maintained and modern ships and entertainment which caters for us twenty somethings... as well as everyone else. In choosing the MSC Seaview none of the above was compromised, we were well and truly overwhelmed by the overall experience. I last sailed with MSC as a 15 year old on the Lirica back in 2005, which overall wasn't bad but following this have only ever sailed with Celebrity and Holland America on one occasion. I must say that we chose to sail with MSC over Celebrity because Celebrities prices have continued to rise to the point where we no longer feel value for money. Prior to us embarking I did not believe I would be able to compare our last Celebrity experience on the Reflection in November 2017 with our upcoming MSC cruise in September, but it was evident from our short, 7-night stay on the Seaview that MSC are pulling out all the stops to compete with not just the mid tier 4-star cruise lines, but directly with the well heeled premium lines too. THE SHIP... Embarkation was a breeze, and so this continued at the ports during our itinerary and at disembarkation after our cruise. Within twenty minutes of arriving port side we were in the champagne bar ordering drinks! We stayed in an Aurea Suite Aft cabin (Aurea being the package level - similar to Aqua Class on Celebrity or Haven on Norwegian) Which gave us a private dining area, private sun deck, an inclusive drinks package, access to the spa's thermal areas (snow room, sauna's, steam rooms and thalassotherapy pool) plus a 50 minute complimentary massage from the spa menu... all for £1650! A lot of ground to catch up here Celebrity! Our cabin was very large and offered a queen bed, free mini bar (re-stocked every day) a generous bathroom, 'wrap around' balcony which gave us Starboard and Aft views and plenty of cabin storage. Our cabin was clean and tended to by our attendant three times a day. The ship is beautiful and a lot of attention to detail has been paid to its aesthetics both internally and externally. Adorned with marble, silver, golds and bronzes the interior of the Seaview offers a classy and ultra modern, luxurious environment with no expense spared. The layout brings you different themes and often chunks main attractions together in individual and easy to find areas. Be aware, the Seaview is very large and often quite hard to navigate its 20 decks (not something that caused any real issues) Each deck is named after the world's oceans and seas and apart from the pool decks, floors 4 - 12 from Forward to Aft positions meet in the middle at the ships 'Grande Piazza', a glitzy expanse of different bars and restaurants. We spent most of our time pre and post-dinner around here, it gave us easy access to the casino, theatre and on most nights the ship's entertainment staff hosted various parties and themed events from the Piazza. We were huge fans of the different pool areas, each offering a different experience for adults and children, with the ships Aquaventure waterpark tucked well away of the more serene and relaxing areas. Despite the ship being at it's capacity of 5000 guests, we always managed to find space to sunbath... although we would have liked to have seen pool staff removing towels from 'reserved' beds which weren't occupied for hours (a policy Celebrity adhere to and one I think works well) Our private Aurea sundeck was a quiet place to retreat in the afternoon following a day out at port. However a negative for MSC on this one, they could have utilised the space better rather than simply filling it with sun loungers. The private bar was great, but I would have appreciated cabana's and more comfy seating space... not a massive issue in the grand scheme. THE ENTERTAINMENT... The ships entertainment is fast paced, exciting and offers music to accommodate all taste. Theatre shows offer a variety of performances and experiences and overall I rate good. The ships DJ plays current and previous hits depending on the time of day/ night and theme of the party. THE FOOD... The best we've had at sea. We're used to dining on the best having sailed with Celebrity for so many years, but following our experience on the Seaview, not only are the speciality restaurants superb, but the choice and the quality of the food in the main restaurants is excellent! Twinned with great service from the waiters. When sailing on the Seaview, I highly recommend taking out one of the speciality dining packages. The speciality restaurants we sampled were Asian Market (three asian restaurants) all wonderful and unique in their offering. Butchers Cut (steak house) Delightfully prepared and very tasty but very filling meals. Lastly, Ocean Cay being the stand-out... Created for and in collaboration with 'Michelin Star' chef Ramon Freixa is seafood heaven! I apologise for drawing comparison with Celebrity again but all of the speciality restaurants on the Seaview trump the speciality restaurants on our last Celebrity ship... the Reflection for a fairly comparative additional charge. THE STAFF... Engagement with staff on board was always what I would consider as good. The waiters and bar staff were nearly always excellent, showed a vested interest in their guests and looked to form a bond with us wherever we chose to eat. The sommelier and maitre'd in the speciality restaurants liked us so much he often left bottles of wine with us and offered hefty discounts if we chose to order any additionals! However I would have lied to have seen some 'Flare' bar tendering... again something we're used to on Celebrity. Our room attendant was pleasant and would happily go over and above to ensure we were satisfied with everything. We didn't see much of the officers, who remained fairly elusive along with the ship's Captain Marco Massa who we very rarely heard from or saw... which was a shame, however not really impacting our experience. IN SUMMARY... Would we cruise with MSC again? Absolutely, but I would be hesitant after experiencing one of their newest ships to sail on the older ships in their fleet. The Seaview seemed to deliver what we expect from a cruise and more. I would highly recommend MSC to any of our fellow cruisers who may be thinking about a change from their traditional cruise line or simply want better value for money. If you're British or American and looking to sail with MSC, bare in mind that the general appeal of MSC is to the european market. Many of our fellow guests were Italian, Spanish, French and German and many didn't speak or converse in English... again this didn't bother us because everyone was still very pleasant. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this ship as it was brand new. We typically sail Disney but this offer was too hard to pass up. I would highly recommend sailing via yacht club. From the private butler to the private lounge, dining, service, it just made ... Read More
We chose this ship as it was brand new. We typically sail Disney but this offer was too hard to pass up. I would highly recommend sailing via yacht club. From the private butler to the private lounge, dining, service, it just made financial sense to book via yacht club. I would NOT book the regular rooms. It is way too crowded and sun chairs and pools were crowded. The lineup to use the elevators and the bar were quite long without the yacht club private elevator. My son did not use the kids club although it looked like fun. The shows were great as we went to each one. English was never a problem. Shout out to Marvin in the yacht club for being an exceptional Butler. I would recommend pre-booking the internet, the trio private dinners as onboard prices seem quite high. Rooms are big and well thought out Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Had a a fantastic time on MSC Seaview. Embarkation very smooth....no queues or hassles . Cabin very clean, very comfortable beds and nice shower with bath. We had a balcony which gave you extra space and nice to sit in the sun and relax ... Read More
Had a a fantastic time on MSC Seaview. Embarkation very smooth....no queues or hassles . Cabin very clean, very comfortable beds and nice shower with bath. We had a balcony which gave you extra space and nice to sit in the sun and relax for a short time. Found Buffets a bit busy for breakfast and Lunch but the food was varied and nicely presented. Enjoyed our Evening Dinner in the Restaurant as we had lovely people as companions. Theatre shows quite good (tho some not so good ) but only lasted about 45 minutes. Pools and Loungers very busy and had to hunt to get one. Usually found one eventually. Plenty different Bars to explore and some with entertainment. Everything nice and clean and shiny as you would expect with a new Ship... very impressive! Had some nice excursions, especially in Malta and Marseille and would like to return there. Found all staff on the Ship to be friendly, cheerful and hardworking. Enjoyed my very first Cruise and would definitely sail with MSC again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Despite the reviews to the contrary, we took the MSC Seaview on a Western Mediterranean Cruise. We had no issues whatsoever. We had two balcony staterooms, that were located on floor 11. They were like brand new and totally clean and ... Read More
Despite the reviews to the contrary, we took the MSC Seaview on a Western Mediterranean Cruise. We had no issues whatsoever. We had two balcony staterooms, that were located on floor 11. They were like brand new and totally clean and spacious. We had twice daily maid service, 24 free room service, a drink package that we did not even finish, delicious meals in the dining room, we went to shows, we went on tours (shore excursions) and we did our own tours. They had adequate security, delicious fresh food, all you can eat 24 hours, and we were able to get off the boat one stop prior to the end easily so as to catch a plane. The boat was very clean and new, and I did not meet an employee from MSC that was not willing to help on any issues. It was an awesome experience and I can recommend this to anyone wanting a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We are avid cruisers having been on over 10 cruises in the past 8 years. Lines we have been on are Norwegian (Breakaway, Escape and Jade) Royal (Oasis, Allure, Navigator) and Disney, Carnival, Holland and Princess. We selected MSC for ... Read More
We are avid cruisers having been on over 10 cruises in the past 8 years. Lines we have been on are Norwegian (Breakaway, Escape and Jade) Royal (Oasis, Allure, Navigator) and Disney, Carnival, Holland and Princess. We selected MSC for three reasons...the itinerary, the brand new ship and the value (we got the yacht club experience for less than that of a standard balcony on Royal's Symphony) We have traveled (2x) in a Haven class room on NCL. I lay this all out to simply highlight we have experience cruising. The GREAT-- The Yacht club (unlike Haven) I believe has all of it's rooms in one central location. I think this makes it more amenable to use all of the amenities. In the Haven rooms are spread out all over the ship (and in the Haven area) and not a big deal to walk back and forth but generally speaking, once in the Yacht club it is really self contained and convenient for all of your food, drinks, pool, services. You get everything (with the exception of specialty dining, a few top top shelf liquors and chocolates in the case at Vendi) Example-- there are bags of Haribo candies at the Jungle bar, chips and then gelato several places on the ship. With no exception, all of this was included. We almost did not believe it but simply with a swipe of the bracelet (another genius invention of this ship) it was taken care of. The boat is brand new so in perfect shape-- keep it that way MSC! The room itself is probably one of the best we have stayed in (again for reference we have been in a 1 bedroom on NCL, a suite on NCL and deluxe rooms on Royal.) A woman had to have designed these rooms! Ample storage for 3 of us with 2 closets for hanging, drawers (some of which we did not need) shelves for suntan lotions, personal belongings, and even extra cabinet space in the bathroom. No joke-- I brought A LOT and I still had ample room leftover for even more. The bed was incredibly comfortable, the sheets amazing, the towels luxurious and the bed for our 12 yo son (made from the sofa) was an actual spring mattress with high quality linens as well. Typically it is a futon type of bed with hard foam. The balcony was good size although you could not fit a lounge chair on it so was smaller than what we have had on other ships in similar class. No complaint just for reference. Our room steward and jr butler were exceptional (Patrice and Tina) Rooms were kept immaculate and were cleaned very quickly as soon as we left them. They were fantastic We dined four nights in the Yacht club restaurant and 3 in specialty. Food in the restaurant was good, not great and service was good with Angelica ensuring her staff was attentive and kept reservations close to scheduled times. There was a bit of a language barrier (generally speaking all over the ship) On several occasions multiple explanations were needed to articulate what we were asking for and then in a few instances what was brought not what was requested. Nothing critical, just something MSC should be mindful of if they are attempting to cater to the US cruising population. Tepanayki was the best with Butcher's cut second and the Asian Fusion the least "wow" The sushi apparently was exceptional in the third but if not everyone is eating sushi, food was salty and meh for the extra money paid. Elena (the head of the specialty places) was fantastic and accommodating. The service in the specialty places was very good. The pool deck buffet in the Yacht club for breakfast and lunch was also very good although service there again a bit challenging due to language barriers I think and not a great system to place orders and then get them. Bar service was a bit slow outside of the yacht club. We did eat a few meals/snacks in the regular buffet (there are two of them) Pizza was quite good and they had a cajun turkey (whole turkey) that was sliced fresh for you that was exceptional. Generally speaking-- we did peak into rooms on other floors and they seemed pretty standard for cruise ship balcony style rooms. Again we have traveled on mega ships before servicing over 4000 passengers. Outside of the yacht club was total chaos. The layout of the ship is a bit awkward with some of the main decks requiring going up to go down. The whole concept of being close to the sea was super cool however we rarely went and sat down at pools outside of the yacht club due to limited time on the ship (5 stops in 6 days) and generally the chaos. The slides were fun and water park kept two tweens and an 8 yo busy for hours. There is not true video arcade on the boat (a great thing if you ask me) with a few bowling alleys, formula F1 car, air hockey and a few video games all for purchase) YOu had to pay for zip lining (which we did not do) however while the longest at sea seemed to be the slowest (speed wise) and very few people seemed to pay the 9 euros per ride. Where the cruise fell apart a little was as follows: Entertainment- shows were tragic - we went to 3, one was decent the other two horrible. Singing was bad, theme was odd, was not really entertaining. Singing and entertainment in lounges was also meh. There are some great spaces on the boat but generally speaking not alot of live music that was palatable or entertaining or where you could just hang out and listen. There were no comedy or magic shows. I could not even tell you who the cruise director was-- there was a long list of activities but rarely (as with other cruises) was a large part of the ship involved (newlywed game, sexy leg challenge, dance off, ice carving, etc) Maybe there was an we missed it. Overall our experience was fantastic on the boat but I believe it would have been a totally different experience had we not been in the Yacht club. MSC matched our status with other loyalty programs- a great move to encourage people to try. The app while on board is quite good, the website on the other hand was horrible to navigate and pre book dinners and entertainment. Invest in the on line experience pre cruise and booking. Add a foozball and ping pong table to the yacht club (the process to get paddles and balls was ridiculous in in the common areas) Invest in entertainment. The value we paid was well worth the difference in price between a standard room and the yacht club and we were treated spectacularly once on board. The other really interesting thing about MSC (at least on Seaview) is you could start your cruise in ANY of the ports which made some of the huge cattle call situations of all 4000 passengers a little less overwhelming and allowed you to customize where you wanted to be pre and post cruise (get on and off in Malta people-- the best stop on the trip and way too much to take in for just one day) We will book another cruise and would consider MSC however would probably only look and book if yacht club were in the cards and financially it was consistent with what standard rooms were on other lines. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
As a family of 6 (4 children) we decided to take a cruise around the Med. We chose MSC Seaview because it was a new ship and looked fantastic on the internet. It did not disappoint. It was huge and beautiful (I know, it's a piece ... Read More
As a family of 6 (4 children) we decided to take a cruise around the Med. We chose MSC Seaview because it was a new ship and looked fantastic on the internet. It did not disappoint. It was huge and beautiful (I know, it's a piece of metal), but it was jaw dropping. MSC gathered our bags from the taxi and that was that, we never saw them again until we went to our cabin. Checking in was easy and we were made very welcome. The cabin was spot on - we have interconnecting rooms with balconies and one room even had a full sized bath. Everything that you needed was there. The beds and pillows were second to none and you even had a choice of pillows. The dining areas were lovely with great staff - food was really nice. We even had a rib of beef one night. The buffet area for breakfast and lunch was awesome with some of the best sausage & bacon we've had. We have never seen Shows like them before and we've been on a few ships. They felt like top-notch Las Vegas shows. The staff were legends. So polite and kind. I love the fact that someone would ask you if you wanted a drink around the pool and they would bring it to you without expecting a tip. The Port of Vellatta in Malta is a must see, although I have to say that the rest of Malta is very poor. We did a Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus and we never hopped off because there was nothing there - don't get caught out. All in all, thank you MSC, we highly rate your company. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was out 9th cruise in the MSC Yacht Club and so far this is the best one, mainly because of the spectacular new ship in the Seaside Class, the MSC Seaview. MSC have put a lot of effort to make the YC enclave better and better and with ... Read More
This was out 9th cruise in the MSC Yacht Club and so far this is the best one, mainly because of the spectacular new ship in the Seaside Class, the MSC Seaview. MSC have put a lot of effort to make the YC enclave better and better and with the Seaside Class they have made the Yacht Club excellent in all aspects. The layout with the YC Restaurant and Top Sail Lounge forward on deck 16 and 18 is spectacular. The outside lounge in front of the Top Sail Lounge is fantastic with great views. Great interiors in the YC as well as in the rest of the ship. The One Pool Deck is now divided into two main parts and the pool area with the bar and buffet/Grill is really a great place. There is plenty of seating in the shade, on section for smokers. And in the front there are two whirlpools and plenty of sun loungers. Despite that the YC have more cabins than on the Fantasia Class there is plenty of space and no problem to find a sun lounger even on busy seadays. The lunch served here is great with many choices. They make you burger, steak, fillets and fish to order, everything of good quality. The same goes with the salads, fruits and desserts. Fast drinkservice too. The food in the restaurant range from good to very good and some dishes where excellent. The portions are on the small side in my opinion but you can order as many dishes as you want. My DH liked the portions sizes so this is very subjective. The service was excellent all the time and you really felt welcome. The homemade bread and pasta was outstanding. Our butler and his assistant was one of the best we ever had. His service was always delivered with a smile and a sense of humor, loved it. We had our breakfast in the cabin and it was promptly delivered every morning. The Yacht Club guests have the premium drink package included and it goes for the whole ship. Excellent. That makes is very convenient when exploring the rest of the ship. Embarkation and especially the disembarkation was a breeze. All in all we had a great cruise and I would not hesitate to recommend MSC and their Yacht Club, it's great value for money. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Choose this cruise because of it being a new ship with a variety of activities to suit our different age groups and I can say without conviction that it covered everything that we were looking for . Great experience from embarkment which ... Read More
Choose this cruise because of it being a new ship with a variety of activities to suit our different age groups and I can say without conviction that it covered everything that we were looking for . Great experience from embarkment which was very efficient, we were on the ship within 30min s entertainment was to suit every taste with a huge variety. We only dined in our allocated restaurant (silver dolphin ) 3 nights as it wasn't to my sons taste which was a pity as we had no complaint. Our cabin was a super family plus which was perfect for 6 of us travelling The only complaint that I would make was in the Hair Salon ,only because I run a hair Salon myself ,the staff were extremely rude and didn't care what the clients wanted , while I was having my hair done ( not the way I had asked for ) two of the staff were having an argument quite loudly while paying no heed to us clients , if my staff behaved like that I would have them leave the salon and sort it out away from any clients , it cost 41.50 e for a blow dry and I had to fix it myself afterwards Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We, h&w and 18/19 y/o daughters just disembarked from a great week on Seaview. We flew from New York and spent a day and night in Barcelona (hop on/hop off bus was great for our jet-lagged selves to get an overview of that lovely ... Read More
We, h&w and 18/19 y/o daughters just disembarked from a great week on Seaview. We flew from New York and spent a day and night in Barcelona (hop on/hop off bus was great for our jet-lagged selves to get an overview of that lovely city). We overnighted at the Hilton Barcelona which was fine. The next day we took a taxi from our hotel to the Seaview arriving around 12noon. Easy embarkation- they gave us a number and we waited a bit but within the hour we were on the ship. We cruised Divina last year and were interested in the new ship/new itinerary. We were on somewhat of a budget though (since we have 2 college tuitions to pay this year) so we opted for 2 interior fantastica doubles. This is our 9th cruise in 12 years and we love balcony cabins but in this case it made sense to do the interior and they were fine - would have been tight for 4 but for 2 (with luggage stored under the bed) it was fine. No table and just one chair so it really was not conducive for hanging out in but luckily there were plenty of places to sit inside and outside throughout the ship. I can’t comment on Yacht Club, specialty restaurants, other cabin types, children’s activities, zipline/slide etc as we did not utilize those. And other reviewers were kind enough to post photos/reviews of the ship but I’ll just add a few of my impressions and advise you to go to the CC message boards to find out other specific info! We were originally booked as part of a group of extended family/friends but the group fell apart prior to the final payment date so it was just us 4. I would say Seaview is great for groups as here are plenty of places to congregate! Our dinner reservation was for the early seating in the Silver Dolphin - (they have two main dining rooms with 3 seatings each). I wanted to switch the time and was able To do so later that day for the middle Seating starting the second night. Since we wanted to enjoy the sail away party we skipped the early (6pm) dinner and opted for the buffet. Loved the buffets (two of them open at different times but plenty of selection in each and most of the time no difficulty getting a seat - inside or outside)! We are from New York and have certain expectations when it comes to Pizza and the pizza on this ship (even with some strange combinations) was delicious! The food and service in the silver dolphin was fine but a bit too gourmet for my girls who preferred the buffet selections so we opted to alternate our dinners. I will post some dining room menus on the forum at a later date. We had 8pm seating and were easily able To make the 9:15pm shows if we wanted. Regarding the shows - I went to see 6 of them - I happened to like the Tina Turner tribute the first night the best and the another nights broadway show tunes/Disney song variety type with the requisite acrobat and dancers. Being American my taste was obviously geared to English songs so I would say they did a good job alternating the shows - they had some English, then Spanish, French and Italian themed shows and one or two with very little singing. As far as being English-speaking no problem at all… All the staff we ran into spoke some English… Most of the music playing was English and although some of the entertainment was geared to other languages it was easy enough to follow through if you wanted and/or go find some other type of entertainment well into the night. At any given time there could be two or three different venues playing different types of music/entertainment. We also tried our hands at the casino once or twice but for the most pa at any given time there could be two or three different venues playing different types of music/entertainment. We also tried our hands at the casino once or twice and Enjoy the parties/music they had out on the panoramic pool deck some nights. We did get off in each port but did our own thing except for the organized tour to Pompeii . We had fantastica drink vouchers that you get when you embark but my husband and I also did the unlimited package for drinks and didn’t need our vouchers but I had them in case my girls ran out because they also could be used for water, gelato, cappuccino, soft drinks etc - they had no problem using them and all we had to do was show our card. Speaking of sign and sail card - I thought it strange that the cabin number was on the card so if you lost it someone could access your cabin- I guess you could take a sharpie and cross that out and/or get new cards if you lost so no big deal. Since we sailed in the summer it was full of families and people of all ages. The ship was full yet never felt overly crowded. Sometimes we had to wait for the elevator but that is usually the case. We enjoyed hearing the different languages of the other guests and all shipboard announcements were told in at least 4 languages! It added to the international experience which is what we wanted when we chose this ship. All in all this was a great experience for my family- possibly the last cruise in a while so I am glad it was memorable! I would definitely recommend MSC and Seaview and although there were a few minor inconveniences they are not with mentioning here! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The new Seaview ship looked irresistible on website. We had to do this one and we had no regrets. It was worth every cent !!! The food was outstanding quality and we were very happy with our waiters. Our Cabin was neat and well decorated. ... Read More
The new Seaview ship looked irresistible on website. We had to do this one and we had no regrets. It was worth every cent !!! The food was outstanding quality and we were very happy with our waiters. Our Cabin was neat and well decorated. We always had clean towels and our cabin was serviced twice a day. When we entered our Cabin, it was always clean and fresh. Occasionally, we ordered room service breakfast and it was on time. We enjoyed the swimming pools as well as the outside jacuzzi's. Can do with a little bit more shady areas in the hot summer months. The main Restaurant staff was amazing. Bit slow on ordering drinks in the bu-vet areas. The entertainment staff was excellent and was very different. The embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We only went on two excursions an it was very interesting. We learn t a lot about the countries, the people and cultures. It was a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose the MSC Seaview for a family vacation. We embarked at Barcelona - the process took about an hour, but was fairly well organised. Our bags arrived in our room an hour after embarkation. Our balcony cabin was well designed and ... Read More
We chose the MSC Seaview for a family vacation. We embarked at Barcelona - the process took about an hour, but was fairly well organised. Our bags arrived in our room an hour after embarkation. Our balcony cabin was well designed and comfortable, though a little small. Closet space was adequate (plenty of hangers too btw) though smaller than most hotel rooms. The bathroom was well laid out, with a couple of shelves for toiletries and holders for toothbrushes etc, so my hanging toiletry bag, which I bought after reading tons of tips on this site, was totally redundant. The ship itself is brand new of course, the atrium is glitzy and the crystal stairs are the ultimate photo-stop, with just about everyone pausing to take a picture. We were assigned the Silver Dolphin restaurant for dinner, with a 22:15 seating which was a bit late for our son, and we went there only a couple of times. The Marketplace buffet was good enough for us, it had plenty of food options including fresh fruit and salads. We chose the All-inclusive Restaurant & Bar drink package, so beverages were never a problem, and we also got some delicious Venchi gelato as part of the package - so overall it was great value. There are plenty of things to do on the ship, we never got bored. The water-park and the slides are awesome, so is the zip line. The games arcade area is nice, we tried some of the games and bowling. There was a "fun pass" promotion for the arcade games and zip line that we opted for (30 Euro extra credit for a 70 Euro fun pass), so price-wise it was good value. We saw 3 shows at the Odeon theatre, Bizarre, Animalia and Fantasia, and these were pretty good, especially the acrobatics. While I registered my son for the Mini Club, he never actually used it, preferring to enjoy the water slides and games arcade instead. I used the gym twice,and as a regular gym-goer, found it to be quite well equipped except for kettle-bells, which I sorely missed. Service was pretty good overall, though the customer service desk and some of the bar server staff could be better. We opted for shore excursions to Avignon (Excellent), Portofino (Excellent), Pompeii (Good, includes an utterly avoidable detour to a jewellery factory that is a clear tourist-trap), Etna & Taormina (an avoidable stop to taste and buy honey, we wasted 20 minutes that would have been better spent at Etna) and a Jeep tour in Malta (Excellent, except the jeep wasn't really a Jeep, it was a Suzuki). Overall it was a great experience and an enjoyable family vacation for us. Would I go back? Yes, absolutely! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The itinerary for this cruise was Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valletta, Sea Day, Barcelona. A very familiar Western-Meditteranean itinerary, but what a perfect way to celebrate the launch of a new ship and our marriage. We’d visited all of ... Read More
The itinerary for this cruise was Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valletta, Sea Day, Barcelona. A very familiar Western-Meditteranean itinerary, but what a perfect way to celebrate the launch of a new ship and our marriage. We’d visited all of these ports before, so we knew that for us the ship would be the destination, with the addition of an excursion to the beautiful island of Capri. With that in mind, we found that we didn’t leave the ship in any of the other ports, particularly as our cruise over the Christmas period covers all of these ports with the exception of Malta. To best cover the experience on this ship I’ll cover it in a few areas…. Cabin We stayed in a Fantastic grade balcony cabin, 13236. We found the cabin plenty big enough with a shower room. The shower had a nice glass enclosure (no curtain- yay!) Clothes storage was perhaps at a premium compared to some of the other ships with a lack of drawer space, however as this is ‘The ship that follows the sun” it stands to reason that most cruises will be a week or two at most, therefore there is ample space for that amount of time. Dining As mentioned in my preliminary thoughts, our first table on our first night in the Silver Dolphin restaurant wasn’t too great – the restaurant opened late and the food had by that time dried out and wasn’t appetising – far removed from the MSC we know. the service was slow and wasn’t the most friendly we’ve ever experienced. After the following morning’s breakfast we were assigned to the MyChoice dining section in the Golden Sands restaurant after meeting with Camilla who had been our maitre d’ on the MSC Meraviglia in November. That evening the experience was incredibly different – waiters who really knew their stuff, slick and efficient, friendly service from our waiter Alan from Honduras – again someone we’ve met on previous cruises. The tables in both restaurants were, as is common on large mass-market ships pretty close together but far enough apart to keep conversation to ourselves as a couple. MSC Seaview has a number of dining options, the complimentary options for guests in the main ship – ie not Yacht Club are the Golden Sands formal restaurant from breakfast and lunch, on an open-seating basis, your assigned restaurant for dinner and the two buffets – the main buffet being on deck 8 aft with terraces on both sides of the ship and a smaller buffet on deck 16. Extra-charge speciality restaurants are the L’Atelier Bistrot on Deck 8, surrounding the atrium, and on Deck 16 the Chef’s Court concept with the Asian Fusion restaurant by Roy Yamaguchi offering sushi and teppan yaki, Ocean Cay seafood restaurant by Two Michelin Star chef Ramon Freixa and the Butchers Cut steakhouse. In the middle of this area is a stunning wine and cocktail bar. As black card holders we were able to savour a complimentary meal in one of the speciality restaurants and chose Ocean Cay on the basis the food would be something different to usual – we dined twice in the Teppan Yaki on MSC Meraviglia so were excited to experience something new. We were not disappointed! The taster selection menu available as a loyalty perk offered a choice of three course meal. We opted for oysters, fish and chips and a melon soup. Ramon himself was onboard ensuring the dishes were up to his exacting standards and I have to say this was probably the best food we have eaten whilst at sea. One thing to note about this area is that it can only be accessed from the forward lifts. Not a problem, but don’t go to Deck 16 Aft with the expectation of walking forward to the restaurants! Food and drink highlights So, a key part of any cruise holiday is the food and drink. As seasoned MSC cruisers we are perhaps becoming too familiar with the menus, however this gives us the ability to understand how the food on a particular ship is compared to the other ships in the fleet we have been on. The Elegant Night menus on MSC ships are curated by the two celebrity chefs who work in partnership with MSC – Italian Carlo Cracco – host of MasterChef and Spanish Ramon Freixa. The menus on both of these nights offer, in my opinion, an excellent choice of dishes. Not to be missed are the ‘Chef’s specials’ on the left hand side of the menu under their picture is the details of their dish designed for MSC. Cracco’s braised blade of beef with pomegranate and Freixa’s duck royale (duck with foie gras) were both excellently thought out and well put together dishes, with a balance of flavour and beautiful presentation. We’d not tried either of these before as we’d not properly read that side of the menu! Beverage wise the choice available on the all inclusive drinks packages is extremely varied, with something to suit every taste. We took the All Inclusive Restaurants and Bars Deluxe package and were able to enjoy all of our drinks without the worry of a large bill at the end of the cruise. The Champagne bar on deck 7 serves Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne which is included in the deluxe package – great digestif to enjoy. A selection of oysters and other seafood is also available from this bar – we enjoyed three oysters here on our first evening at a cost of €9 together with a couple of glasses of champagne. Daniel, Anna Maria and Anastasia here work incredibly well as a team – as it’s not too busy they have time for a bit of a chat. It was wonderful to see them again after previously meeting them on other ships. Bars Over our years of cruising we have noticed that when getting onboard a new ship most passengers will find a venue they gravitate to. On MSC Seaview for us it was the Seaside Lounge on Deck 8, with the excellent service of Tayla, Gusti and Pun creating a great atmosphere. This bar offers a wide selection of cocktails and wines, as well as the usual beverages. The entertainment in here in the evening was a jazz singer whose voice was second to none, with almost as much depth as Nina Simone. Over the way from the Seaside Lounge is the Sports Bar, with a number of screens showing various different sports. We were absolutely delighted to see Francisco from MSC Fantasia and MSC Meraviglia in this bar, and he seemed genuinely pleased to see us too. The Sports Bar has a wide selection of beers both on draught and by the bottle, as well as various cocktails and mixed drinks. Both theSports Bar and the Seaside Lounge have access to the outside promenade, with seating readily available. Seaview has a multitude of other bars – we made it our mission to get round them all, and I think we succeeded! It’d take too long to write something about all of them, however I will just mention the area in the Piazza around the Chocolate Factory where the evening’s entertainment is a party band with some great tracks and the Panorama Bar on Deck 16 offering your usual pool-side favourites as well as those ever-so tempting creamy cocktails – Molten Lava anyone?? Overall experience MSC Seaview offered something entirely different from any ship we have ever been on, and what an experience it was. Unlike MSC Meraviglia which was inward focussed on the extravagant central promenade, Seaview is all about connecting you with the outside and the sea. Each bar had plenty of seating, and with the design of the ship the added bonus is that the bar areas all have a different atmosphere and feeling. This ship never felt crowded, even on our day at sea – probably because of the high number of balcony cabins, the promenade and the deck space. There is an abundance of activities, from ten pin bowling, the longest zip-line at sea, an aqua park, rope bridges, the casino (I had an excellent stroke of luck on our final night!) a beautiful theatre, gym, spa, three swimming pools available for the general ship’s population, arcade games, live music… It would be impossible to become bored on this ship. So, I’ve often written of my love affair with the line’s previous flagship MSC Fantasia for its timeless beauty and elegance (hard to believe she is now ten years old!) So, how does MSC Seaview compare? Well, she’s obviously much bigger and newer. Strip that away and what you have is a ship with the undoubted feel of an MSC Ship, public areas that flow from one to another and of course those sparkly stairs. I had previously said that it would be hard to improve on Fantasia, but, with Seaside and Seaview I think MSC have done it! This holiday, despite the small niggles on the first night which should be expected with any new restaurant / hotel / cruise ship, was a great success. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to the wonderful crew for making our honeymoon so special, and I hope we will all meet again soon! 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 2.9
Enrichment 3.5 2.9
Service 3.5 3.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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