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It was an introductory offer for their first cruise season in the Caribbean. The price was very attractive. We had no idea it would be such a luxury liner, the Seaside was only three months old. The time spent in the three ports were shorter than I had hoped but the excursions were great. We did the Swim with the Dolphins in Nassau, the city tour and Bacardi Rum Distillery in San Juan, and the Rhino Ride in Philipsburg. The dolphin experience was incredible. There were many things to do aboard ship. Though it held about five thousand guests, it was so large the crowds were not a problem. The evening theater shows were outstanding. You made reservations so seating was not an issue if you were on time. There were interactive screens you could use for reservations and directions. We could also use our phone app for the same purpose. We liked the food choices. Though there was some mix up the first evening. We had signed up for early dining and got late. This happened to many apparent from the number needing to switch. The problem was resolved. The meals were very good. We found it to our liking as there were more salad and greens than our first cruise, more of a Mediterranean diet. The desserts were also less sweet, again more our style. Of course there were lots of American choices as well. We did not find ham on Easter Sunday but other nice choices. Soft serve ice cream had limited hours. This was a good thing for us. We are considering doing the other island stops next time. This was only our second cruise, the first being to Alaska.

Amazing ship with excellent entertainment.

MSC Seaside Cruise Review by Colorado Joe

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Bella Inside Stateroom
It was an introductory offer for their first cruise season in the Caribbean. The price was very attractive. We had no idea it would be such a luxury liner, the Seaside was only three months old. The time spent in the three ports were shorter than I had hoped but the excursions were great. We did the Swim with the Dolphins in Nassau, the city tour and Bacardi Rum Distillery in San Juan, and the Rhino Ride in Philipsburg. The dolphin experience was incredible.

There were many things to do aboard ship. Though it held about five thousand guests, it was so large the crowds were not a problem. The evening theater shows were outstanding. You made reservations so seating was not an issue if you were on time. There were interactive screens you could use for reservations and directions. We could also use our phone app for the same purpose.

We liked the food choices. Though there was some mix up the first evening. We had signed up for early dining and got late. This happened to many apparent from the number needing to switch. The problem was resolved. The meals were very good. We found it to our liking as there were more salad and greens than our first cruise, more of a Mediterranean diet. The desserts were also less sweet, again more our style. Of course there were lots of American choices as well. We did not find ham on Easter Sunday but other nice choices. Soft serve ice cream had limited hours. This was a good thing for us.

We are considering doing the other island stops next time. This was only our second cruise, the first being to Alaska.
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Cabin Review

Bella Inside Stateroom
Cabin I1 10184
The cabin was very nice, slightly bigger than expected. The closet was a bit small as it wouldn't fit our luggage but not a big problem. It was extremely well lighted and ours was very close to the elevator and stairs.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Great experience. We were in the water for 45 minutes or more with the dolphins. After the group swim, which was facinating, we then got more time where they took individual photos of us with the dolphins. Getting the photos was very confusing and slow, they were short of help, not to mention the price of more than $100.
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    Glad we took the Bacardi tour, very interesting. We saw lots of hurricane damage on the way. Not a lot to do in downtown for us.
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