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I write this on the very day I returned from the 11/16 Caribbean sailing while all is still fresh in my mind. Save for a relatively low price for deck 12v balcony cabin with the upgraded Fantastica Experience there is little positive to write about this cruise. The nightly production numbers in the Metropolitan Theatre is the single noteworthy exception. The food, both in the morning/afternoon buffet and the evening dining room was well below par. We ate in three specialty restaurants, which were for the most part empty. Definitely not worth the price and only slightly better than the main dining room. The service throughout our cruise was equally below what we had expected from our 35+_ previous cruises. We are not newbies to the sea. Our cabin attendant, Jesse, was the sole bright spot. Certain foods at the breakfast buffet, e.g. smoked salmon, were not served every day. Same for English muffins, which were absent on the cruise's final day even by request. The ship carried approximately 4100 passengers of its 5000 passenger capacity, mostly non-English speaking foreign nationals. Being an Italian cruise line you might expect a European imbalance but not to the extent that the theater's opening was delivered in four languages, none of which was English. The several pools are far too small for the number of passengers, particularly on sea days. Same for the number of available deck chairs. Not enough! As for the ports, we arrived in San Juan, our first stop at 5 p.m. and left at 1 a.m. Inconvenient, to say, the least, if you had dinner plans or reservations to see the main show. In Tortola, which was inserted at the last minute because a scheduled port was unavailable, we arrived at 7 a.m. and back on board time ws 1:30 pm. In short, every corner that could be cut was, in fact, cut. The extras and constant sale of T shirts, perfume, jewelry, watches and specialty dining was served up at all times when not in port. Extras, extra, extra. The Spirit Airlines business model played out on the high seas. Too many people packed into too tight a space, lured to Miami and the Caribbean by a relatively low fare for mainly Europeans.

MSC Seaside, The Spirit Airlines of the Sea

MSC Seaside Cruise Review by mdsbarry

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
I write this on the very day I returned from the 11/16 Caribbean sailing while all is still fresh in my mind. Save for a relatively low price for deck 12v balcony cabin with the upgraded Fantastica Experience there is little positive to write about this cruise. The nightly production numbers in the Metropolitan Theatre is the single noteworthy exception.

The food, both in the morning/afternoon buffet and the evening dining room was well below par. We ate in three specialty restaurants, which were for the most part empty. Definitely not worth the price and only slightly better than the main dining room. The service throughout our cruise was equally below what we had expected from our 35+_ previous cruises. We are not newbies to the sea. Our cabin attendant, Jesse, was the sole bright spot.

Certain foods at the breakfast buffet, e.g. smoked salmon, were not served every day. Same for English muffins, which were absent on the cruise's final day even by request.

The ship carried approximately 4100 passengers of its 5000 passenger capacity, mostly non-English speaking foreign nationals. Being an Italian cruise line you might expect a European imbalance but not to the extent that the theater's opening was delivered in four languages, none of which was English.

The several pools are far too small for the number of passengers, particularly on sea days. Same for the number of available deck chairs. Not enough!

As for the ports, we arrived in San Juan, our first stop at 5 p.m. and left at 1 a.m. Inconvenient, to say, the least, if you had dinner plans or reservations to see the main show. In Tortola, which was inserted at the last minute because a scheduled port was unavailable, we arrived at 7 a.m. and back on board time ws 1:30 pm.

In short, every corner that could be cut was, in fact, cut. The extras and constant sale of T shirts, perfume, jewelry, watches and specialty dining was served up at all times when not in port. Extras, extra, extra. The Spirit Airlines business model played out on the high seas. Too many people packed into too tight a space, lured to Miami and the Caribbean by a relatively low fare for mainly Europeans.
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