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MSC Seaview Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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131 Reviews

Disappointed, Very poor food, overrated

MSC Seaview Cruise Review by peter9982nyc

3 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom

Good and Bads:


*Ship looks very nice and clean, staffs were friendly

*Able to book shows easily, shows are great but some acts are repeated.

*Pools and hot tubes are not very crowed especially the kids area.

*Kid's water park is great.


*Buffet is terrible and your only choice if you don't want to sit and wait for your food.

Breakfast is nice with the usual everyday (same stuff daily). Bacon, eggs, pastry, fruit, milk, tea, coffee, and juice. Juice is only available for breakfast (should be all day long). Youtube information is not correct. Coffee is diner style, water down and tasteless.

*Main dinning food is also not very good. Most of the dishes are just like buffet food. You have to pay for plain water. The only thing good is you can have ice cream for desert. If you have time and wait to be serve, it's okay. For my children, they just want to eat the ice cream and go swimming.

*Food is terrible unless you pay for it by going to a paying restaurant or paying for coffee. Free stuff which is included with your stay is below par compare to other ships. They are so cheap that only half a slice of cheese is on a cheese burger. Pizza is good, but full of dough like Papa Johns but with virtually no meat of cheese. Kiwi fruit are small and sour. What's the point of having things that no body will eat. They cut the watermelon and leave it in the fridge and won't put it out until late night with there are less people.

Cheap food, no shrimp or steak. Everyday is chicken that's well done and dry. Same food everyday, burger, pizza, fries, pasta, and hot dog that looks like it cost them 10 cents to make.

*Children program are terrible too. They advertise many things to do like Lego and video games. However, it's all on a schedule. One hour of Lego, if you miss it, you have to wait for the next Lego time. It's more of babysitting than fun. Don't pay for it, save the money and just buy a set of Lego for them.

*Water slide, table tennis, and hockey table are run terribly. You have to ask the staff for everything. There is no sign of what to do and where to go. To do the water slide, you have to sign a wavier at the paying center. To get the ball for the hockey table you have to get it from the water slide registration center. We ask the staff and they either don't know or can't communicate well.

*Communication is not done well. Elegant night were not promoted well. You have to read the daily news and states elegant photo with the crew staff. No photo taken at dining room. I guess they knew the food is not that good.

Overall, it's a below par ship experience. Many youtuber stated that buffet is terrible and it is with the same cheap food everyday. They don't want to make it good, otherwise the restaurant will be empty. Expect to pay for good food or eat like your in a US public school. Entertainment and children's free Aqua Park is very good. Everything else not so. Definitely won't pick MSC again unless it's hundreds of dollar cheaper. Use the hundreds to buy better food and drink. Maybe the MSC Yacht Club is worth it. Front and top of ship are limited to the Yacht club.

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Cabin Review

Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B2 10062

We got the Fantastica balcony stateroom which includes so call better dinning seating and early dining. Early dining is great, you don't have to wait on line. Fantastica also includes kids program which was terrible unless you them to baby sit your young child while you do some adult stuff like gambling etc... Balcony is large and view is great but nothing special. Overall, Fantastica is not worth is for my children. They went there once and don't want to go back. Staffs are friendly and clean the room daily.

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