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-It felt like the experience was cheapened by all the employees trying to get you to buy stuff even as you are just trying to board. It’s bad enough to be constantly accosted by hawkers as you get off the ship at different ports but we don’t need that on the ship. The captains excuse that it was being done because the website and app keep malfunctioning doesn’t cut it. Fix the problems with those instead of making all the workers run around trying to sell stuff. -The restaurant and room attendants were wonderful and worked super hard. -The food was ok (not great, but not horrible). The buffet on the 16th floor should stay open later than 3:30 and is the only one with soft serve ice cream at no extra charge. -having only 3 employees to actually sell pictures on the last night was just ridiculous. There were many more employees but only 3 dealing with orders so the line was over an hour long. -Every show DOESN’T need to be a (cirque de soléis) type show. A couple of the shows would have been much better without the contortionists and gymnasts, it felt like they had to earn the paycheck by forcing a performance where it didn’t make sense.

7 night western Caribbean. Beautiful ship, less than great setup.

MSC Seaside Cruise Review by Belkis

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
-It felt like the experience was cheapened by all the employees trying to get you to buy stuff even as you are just trying to board. It’s bad enough to be constantly accosted by hawkers as you get off the ship at different ports but we don’t need that on the ship. The captains excuse that it was being done because the website and app keep malfunctioning doesn’t cut it. Fix the problems with those instead of making all the workers run around trying to sell stuff.

-The restaurant and room attendants were wonderful and worked super hard.

-The food was ok (not great, but not horrible). The buffet on the 16th floor should stay open later than 3:30 and is the only one with soft serve ice cream at no extra charge.

-having only 3 employees to actually sell pictures on the last night was just ridiculous. There were many more employees but only 3 dealing with orders so the line was over an hour long.

-Every show DOESN’T need to be a (cirque de soléis) type show. A couple of the shows would have been much better without the contortionists and gymnasts, it felt like they had to earn the paycheck by forcing a performance where it didn’t make sense.
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Cabin Review

Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B2
Good sized room. Can use more storage.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Much better than booking through ship. We took a taxi for 18 for 4 people and were there in about 20 minutes. The people on the shore excursion from the ship were stuck in their bus for an hour and a half and paid more than we did just for the beach, we had access to all the water toys and all inclusive buffet.
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    Took taxi to Atlantis, walked around. Went to the public beach next door. Good thing we did that because it was Labor Day and everything was closed.
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