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MSC Seaview Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Stunning ship, west Med itinerary, balcony

MSC Seaview Cruise Review by carnut1980

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Bella Balcony Stateroom

Ship! 10/10

Stunning, huge, completed 2018, identical to MSC Seaside

LED lights, mirrors, chrome, glass walkways, crystal staircases, ultra glamorous, a real assault on the senses!

Cabin, 9/10!

Balcony, deck 10, nice modern neutral decor, comfy bed, large comfy sofa that doubes up into bunkbed if required.

Fridge with minibar, Large mirrors, nice paintings/art.

Double glazing, multiple lamps

Tiny shower, also likely to bump your head when on the toilet, as the sink is very close!

Handy button to press when you want your room cleaned/do not disturb (as opposed to the sign you hang on the outside of the door)

No obstructions on balcony, one of the very few ships anywhere that offers unobstructed views, as the lifeboats are hidden under deck 8 walkways

Food 9/10

2 buffets, large one on deck 8, with outdoor seating, smaller on one deck 16, also with stunning views

Always a choice for everyone, although breakfast is slightly repetitive, but does the job, usually only warm as opposed to hot

Coffee from dispenser is warm, so better off pressing the handy button on the tables, and someone will be over to serve you something 'better' from the menu (Chargeable, or covered in drinks packages)

Main Dining Room (MDR) was ok, decor and service excellent, extensive wine list

Specialty dining was superb, we *Myself and 'her') bought all 3 , butchers cut, Ocean Cay, and Asian Fusion, for £75 pp, for all 3, as opposed to £49pp for one restaurant only

The fillet mignon steak was to die for!

Special thanks to Roman, and a Zimbabwean gent whose name i wish i could remember, for making Butchers Cut a true 5* fine ding experience!

Superb views from deck 16 too, all 3 of these specialty restaurants were on 16!

Drinks, 9/10

We bought premium drinks package, from travel agent beforehand, aprrox £252 pp for 7 days, and believe me, we got good value from this. Not just booze, but bottled water and specialty coffees included (Seaside lounge was best for these!)

If you like a drink, don't bother with 'easy package', upgrade to premium, easy only covers drinks up to 6 euro per glass, and doesn't cover bottled water, which is only 3 euros per litre, go figure!)

Easy package will get you VERY basic drinks, like heineken beer, rum and coke, 1 or 2 white, rose or red wine!

Staff will try and sell you drinks and dining packages the moment you set foot on the ship, so far easier to say you already have them, as opposed to trying to convince them you don't need them!

Packages are cheaper to buy online before you cruise, as on board they will add 15% 'gratuity'

The speciality coffees in the seaside lounge, the 'melon killer' in the sports bar, and literally any drink in the seaview bar, were all to die for!

TECH 8/10

Download the 'MSC for me' app, for your phone, its very useful, and you can stay in contact/message your friends /family, whilst on board, for no charge, even when out at sea

You can buy MSC wristbands for 5 euro, that act as your MSC card, but we didn't bother, the SeaCards were fine. Use them to pay/swipe, and open your cabin door

Don't bother with Wifi, because paying 100 euro so that MSC can give you a password to a slow Wifi service, really isn't on!

Useful 'clean/do not disturb' button inside cabin, a light will show on the outside, so the cabin steward knows what to do!

Multiple interactive ship touchscreens, similar to the MSC for me app, to plan your day/week, and to register debit/credit cards, if you intend to buy stuff/excursions!


For us, the ship itself was the destination, the ports of call were all bonuses

MSC will rip you off, as you may expect, if you book excursions through them.

If you want to visit any of the ports, better off booking independently , and do your research!

If you are late back, the ship is not obliged to wait for you, if you haven't booked through MSC!

The port of Cannes was a 'tender boat' port, the ship anchors a mile out to sea, and uses its own smaller boats to take people to shore. Fabulous opportunity to take unhindered shots of the ship, from water level!

We had no real interest in anyone giving us the accepted version of history of places like rome, the vatican etc. More for the views from the ship, than anything else!


Multiple pools, waterslides, including an indoor one (jungle pool) with retractable roof

Lego play area, plenty for kids to do, but i would avoid school holidays like the plague!

Went to 2 theatre shows, suprisingly good!

A Tina Turner tribute, and another with a heavy 'Greatest showman' influence, which was excellent!

If you can live with lots of italians, smoking, wearing tracksuits, not queueing, not washing their hands, etc, then you will love the itinerary.

La Spezia, Genoa, Civitavecchia, a very italian intensive itinerary. Though the sailaway from Barcelona was epic, and the views of Palma, Majorca, and La Spezia, were truly memorable!

Always book through a Travel agent (TA), if you pay around £800pp for balcony cabin, with flights, transfers, and hold luggage included, you will have done well!

Would go again for the ship alone, but maybe earlier in the year, when its slightly warmer

MSC tend to shut the outdoor areas and rear panoramic lifts, with only the slightest bit of wind, which was annoying

There was a delay getting off in the tenderboats in Cannes, MSC said this was 'done to bad weather', which was a pathetic lie, the weather was perfect. Shame on you MSC, we could all see the weather was fine, cut out the bullshit! Organise things better!

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Great views and weather


Chaotic tender boats, but great shots of the ship

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Probably least favourite, but we got off and took shots of ships in dock

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