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MSC Seaside Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
1,110 Reviews

A glamorous ship but serving canned pineapple rings ! Really MSC?

MSC Seaside Cruise Review by Q-Susie-T

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom

Senior married couple. Flew direct from TN to FLL and took lyft to Port of Miami in an hour: ride and tip about $40. Experienced cruisers but only on smaller ships till now. Cabin: balcony midship deck 11. Attractive price point. Glamorous ship with oodles of glass, mirrors, and chrome. Excellent, sweet Filipino cabin steward named Ryan. Personable and efficient dining room waiters: Miguel and Jerry. One food rave: the sticky buns at breakfast buffet. Two food disappointments: the canned pineapple rings and the unimpressive desserts on the buffets. Otherwise, the food fare was good. Got moved not by our request to another table in dining room on the second night. Four excellent table mates -- 2 from Montreal and two from FL , one with Bahamian ancestry and the other with Guatemalan ancestry. All 4 were lovely people. Had requested early dinner seating of 5:15 but got the second seating at 7:45. Didn't press that issue. MSC doesn't take your credit card at registration but has you connect it yourself at one of various kiosks on the ship. If you want the buffet for lunch, get your food and seek a space outside the buffet if noise and traffic are off-putting. The area at prime lunch time for any length of time can get on your nerves. This ship has numerous tables & chairs--half of them covered-- outside the buffet for chowing down, weather-permitting. Their private island--Ocean Cay Reserve--one reason I chose this cruise-- is special indeed, again weather-permitting. Check it out on youtube videos. Expect some tedium during disembarkation and some cheaters cutting line. There was a 20-minute, unexplained halt at one point. If you can take your own bags, you can walk off the ship yourself when they clear customs, at around 30 minutes after our scheduled arrival, in our case. There's no champagne upon boarding and no personal map of the ship placed in your hand. I guess it's on the app? Took lyft back to FLL in 45". Hard to connect with your driver at port what with the crush of mass departures. Returning to smaller cruise ships and staying there. Sailed on the MSC Divina twice and LOVED it. Well, that's about all, cruiser folks. Tee hee.

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Cabin Review

Fantastica Balcony Stateroom

My wife said she liked it, which makes the sale (sail?) for me. I thought it a bit cramped even at my weight of 190. The room was very quiet even with the white space across the hall on the deck plans. Ryan did a great job. There are electronic signs to signal Make Up Room or Not instead of the usual paper floppies. There was only a duvet on the bed for a cover. There's a rack for placing the avalanche of info papers. There's no explanation of the 3 colored sections of the trash can. The bed was just right for two oldsters.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Nice. Special. Innovative. Take cash. Rentals available. Check it out on some youtube videos.

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