My husband and I sailed on Seaside 8/3/19 for our 20 year anniversary. It was our first time cruising so we weren't sure what to expect. I scoured the message boards here to prepare myself the best I could prior to the cruise. I was able to get a lot of helpful hints that came in handy. Our boarding time wasn't until 2 pm but after reading the boards, we decided to show up at 10;30 am and we were on the ship before noon. We immediately went and got our wristbands, registered our credit card and found the maitre d' to request a table for 2 in the dining room (which was granted) to avoid the lines later. We then went and had lunch at the buffet and then found a cozy spot in the Seaview lounge and had a drink. I"m so glad I found those recommendations here because they really saved us time later.
One thing I have read on cc from many people is how rude the staff is. That was not our experience at all. We felt the staff went above and beyond for us. We had the easy drink package and my favorite wine wasn't on it. No biggie, I made due with what was available to me. However, when we showed up for dinner on the night of our anniversary, a bottle of my favorite wine was chilling at the table and we weren't charged for it. At the end of our meal, about 10 waiters showed up and they all sang "I swear" by All for one. The entire song. It was embarrassing and amazing at the same time. lol This is just one example and there are so many more. We did encounter 2 staff members that were a little rude but we just avoided them after that.
We paid for the 1 day pass for the thermal spa and felt that it was really overrated. We ended up spending 2 hours there before leaving. There just wasn't enough to do to spend the whole day there. We each got a massage as well. My husband said his was amazing while I felt mine was just ok. Even before getting off the massage table my therapist was trying to sell me other services. It was very annoying. After telling her no about 5 times, she gave up. There are staff walking around the ship trying to sell different services and dinner add-ons but saying no once does the trick.