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My wife and I recently took our first cruise. Long time residents of Florida but a very busy life raising our children prevented us from traveling before. After 25 years of marriage, we booked the first available cruise that fit our schedule. The MSC Seaside was an excellent choice. We were extremely happy with the accommodations. We had a rear balcony room that was more than adequate. Excellent water pressure, hot and cold. Excellent cabin service cleaning twice a day. The cleanliness of the entire ship was impressive. The professionalism was quite noticeable at every level in everything that was experienced. We observed customers that had been on many cruises, rookies like us and we felt everyone was at ease and enjoying this experience. The food was plentiful and available 20 hours a day. We bought no extras except the WiFi package but did purchase some small items and photos. The actual boarding of the ship was easy as was the disembarkation at each port and the final disembarkation. The MSC people know what they are doing and did it well. We are already considering taking another cruise next year to see other parts of the Caribbean and world. Excited and very pleased with MSC. Thank you to all the MSC staff for making this experience memorable.

Excellent - 1st Cruise Ever

MSC Seaside Cruise Review by frankp862

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Bella Outside Stateroom
My wife and I recently took our first cruise. Long time residents of Florida but a very busy life raising our children prevented us from traveling before. After 25 years of marriage, we booked the first available cruise that fit our schedule. The MSC Seaside was an excellent choice. We were extremely happy with the accommodations. We had a rear balcony room that was more than adequate. Excellent water pressure, hot and cold. Excellent cabin service cleaning twice a day. The cleanliness of the entire ship was impressive. The professionalism was quite noticeable at every level in everything that was experienced. We observed customers that had been on many cruises, rookies like us and we felt everyone was at ease and enjoying this experience. The food was plentiful and available 20 hours a day. We bought no extras except the WiFi package but did purchase some small items and photos. The actual boarding of the ship was easy as was the disembarkation at each port and the final disembarkation. The MSC people know what they are doing and did it well. We are already considering taking another cruise next year to see other parts of the Caribbean and world. Excited and very pleased with MSC. Thank you to all the MSC staff for making this experience memorable.
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Cabin Review

Bella Outside Stateroom
Cabin O1
Very Clean, spacious. Comfortable beds. Shower and bathroom perfect. Not as big as your home but works well and definitely enough space.
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