MSC Seaside Cruise Review by dickbaveta
- Sail Date: May 2019
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Aurea Balcony Stateroom
Dining was perfectly fine. Buffet was average but convenient for breakfast/lunch. Dinner in the dining room was quite good, I had one entree the entire week which was not made well. The appetizers/desserts were all high quality. Dinner at Butchers Cut one night was very good. Venchi was outstanding.
Didn't have any crowding issues at the pools, yes they were busy, but we found places to sit at the Jungle and deck 16 pools every time we went. Bar service was slow, but I'm guessing it is because most of all of the frozen drinks on the menu which take a while to make. I don't speak Spanish, and I never had a problem being served in order.
I would definitely spend more for the Aurea again for a few reasons: Anytime dining (we got a table for 2 each night with zero waiting)...the Aurea sun deck was never busy and had a convenient bar/whirlpools...and the time we spent at the thermal area/spa was excellent.
The MSC app was fantastic, we reserved everything we were going to do (except a massage) on the app within the first half hour of boarding. It had full schedules, dinner menu's, etc on your phone/tablet.
If you like being near the water, I would definitely suggest this ship. We docked next to a RCL and Disney ship at one port, and you could see being able to be outside on deck 8 (and 7 aft) on Seaside makes a huge difference. Chairs were plentiful for the sun or in the outdoor buffet seating.
Excursions were fine. Nothing too exciting, but they were well organized and efficiently run. No issues with figuring out where we should be, should go, or getting to/from the ship.
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