My family and I had a WONDERFUL experience aboard the MSC Seaside. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Yes, we had to wait a little while until our group number was called to board the ship, but the waiting lounge was comfortable with restrooms and drinks provided.
The ship is beautiful, which I expected, as it is brand new. Our cabin was spotless and very comfortable for two adults (we actually had three cabins for our party of six). We were very happy with the services provided by our cabin steward, Maskur.
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, especially in the dining room. The buffet offerings were extensive. Yes, there were a few things we didn't care for, but there were plenty of other things to choose from. We looked forward to our dinners each evening - our waiter Angelo and assistant Donna were great. We had prime rib one night that was so tender you could cut it with your fork.
The theater shows each night were outstanding - we were blown away by the caliber of the performers. Cruise Director Steve was very entertaining, as were the BeerProv shows. As far as other activities go, we enjoyed the trivia and other game shows, but were not impressed by the craft activities.
Shore excursions - we LOVED the Flavors of Jamaica excursion and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes cooking or is interested in local cuisine. We did not enjoy the Jeep and Snorkeling excursion in Cozumel, mainly because the tour guides, although friendly, did not adhere to any kind of schedule, resulting in us having no time to shop and having to practically run to get to the ship on time.
One last point that was remarked on in another review concerning the drink coupons that are a part of the Fantastica package - we had absolutely no problem with using them throughout the ship.
In conclusion, based on our experience, we would highly recommend the MSC Seaside. We will definitely choose MSC for our next cruise.
Our cabin was spotless. I thought the available storage was quite adequate for two people, especially as we were able to store our luggage under the beds. The balcony was really lovely. Bathroom had a full bathtub and shower, shelves above and below the sink. Our cabin steward, Maskur, was great - ice every day, mini bar restocked with water every day, clean towels twice a day. Couldn't have asked for more.
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