MSC Seashore Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Very Nice Cruise With Only a Few Shortcomings

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on MSC Seashore
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WEGL81
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2024
Cabin: Premium Suite Aurea

This cruise was a last-minute booking for us. We literally booked it a week and a half before the cruise. As such, our cabin choices were limited but we chose a SL1 Aurea Premium suite on the aft of the ship. More on this later.

Embarkation was typical. Since we had booked so late, we received a 3:00 boarding time, which was cutting it too close for me since they close the check in at 4. So, we arrived at 11:30 and joined the crowd. MSC provides a separate line for people arriving outside of their scheduled time, but we were pushed into a regular line. No one seemed to mind and we were checked in and on board within an hour of arrival. Our Aurea status helped a little there as once we were through security we got in a much shorter check in line.

This ship is gorgeous, from the magnificent atrium, to the many pools and restaurants, to the giant theatre. There are two infinity pools on the back of the ship on deck 8, the main pool is on deck 18, and then the "Jungle" pool on deck 16 (this is an indoor pool where most of the kids hang out). There are multiple hot tubs throughout the ship, two of which are infinity hot tubs on the sides of the ship. The venues for entertainment and games (trivia, etc) were excellent.

Cabin Review

Premium Suite Aurea

Cabin was great. Loved the aft view and the size of the cabin, especially the size of the shower. The wraparound balcony was very nice. There were two exceptions that took away 1 star each. 1) The bed was incredibly hard. After 4 days my wife and I were trading off who could sleep on the couch (which was very comfortable) to avoid killing our backs. 2) The location on the smoking deck side of the ship. Although we were on deck 13, the smoking side of deck 8 was below us. There was a large group of chain smokers who hung out there starting at daylight and stayed the entire day of pretty much every day. They were extremely loud to the point we could not enjoy our balcony (either because of noise or smoke). We had to play music on the TV while we were in the cabin during the day to drown out their noise. This same cabin on the port side would not have had this issue.

Port Reviews

Nassau

Normally we don't get off here as we have been here literally dozens of times. But this time we got off to see the new port. It is very nice. There are a few shops that are nice. You can go outside the main port area but we decided just to see the new area.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

I think this is my favorite private island now. It is what Coco Cay used to be before they built the dock and the big water park/pool. We were able to find a secluded spot on the beach under a palm tree for shade and spent a relaxing 4 hours there reading. The music coming from the sidewalk speakers is very muted and low so it didn't blast in your ears like it does at Coco Cay now. My only criticism was the buffet. The setup there requires you to stand in line for 30 minutes in one of two queues before you can get any food. The buffet food was fine but the waiting was frustrating.

Cozumel

Because we missed Costa Maya we arrived at Cozumel in the evening and spent overnight there. We did not go off the ship that evening as we weren't willing to risk Cozumel at night. We did get off the next day and walked quite a bit by and through all the shops. We docked at Punta Langosta, which has a significantly larger number of shops than the international pier where 4 other cruise ships were docked.

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