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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!

Great cruise experience on the Seaview

MSC Seaview Cruise Review by Mitzyeah

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
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!
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Cabin Review

Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B2 11208
The cabin was well appointed. We didn't use the minibar, however it was well stocked. The balcony had 2 chairs and a small table. The bed was very comfortable and there was a pillow menu to choose from. Our room had a sofa-bed as well and it was comfortable.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Portofino Walking Tour
    An hour's ferry ride took us to Portofino from Genoa. While the guide was sometimes difficult to understand, this was a pleasant experience.
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  • Jeep Tour
    Except for the fact that the vehicle was not a Jeep but a Suzuki, this was a fun tour. Great way to explore Malta, especially in the bright and sunny weather. We visited a number of nice spots including the Red Tower, Mdina and Anchor bay. Our driver, Raymond, was especially nice and made the trip even more enjoyable for us.
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  • Avignon Walking Tour
    Excellent, knowledgeable guide, comfortable coach and lovely destination. Overall we enjoyed this thoroughly.
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  • Pompeii Walking Tour
    The guide was very good and the experience of walking through the ancient ruins was unforgettable. This is a destination that should be on every travel bucket list. There was an unnecessary detour to a jewellery factory that served no purpose except selling some stuff to a captive tourist audience. Most of us on the coach stayed put, with only a few brave souls stepping out to check out the wares on sale.
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