MSC Seascape Review

A great time with a few problems

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Solperros
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2024
Cabin: Premium Suite Aurea with Terrace

We sailed on the MSC Seascape in February in cabin 9002. We had reservations about the large number of guests (5056 on our cruise) aboard the ship (we prefer ships with 2000 guests) but to make sure we had space to retreat to we bought the extra large balcony cabin. We had a wonderful time with a few hiccups.

1) Embarkation took exactly 30 minutes from when we entered the building to crossing over the gangway to the ship. Since we were on the Aurea Experience we had a separate area to check in. It was our check in person’s first day and she had not had any prior training since her teacher was telling her what to say and do for the entire process. Then you get in more queues to get to the picture station where they took new pictures for our cruise cards. This seemed very disorganized and we could see they had probably 20 people at the first point of contact and only four taking pictures and releasing you to board the ship.

2) We did one shore excursion in Nassau to the Blue Lagoon Island. They tell all people taking excursions to wait in the Theatre at 7:30a. Then they call the excursion numbers to come to the front and leave out a side door. They started with a couple of excursions. Then they called all the rest so several hundred people are leaving the theatre at the same time. We then stood on the dock for half an hour before we finally boarded our ferry about 8:30a. The rest of the excursion was fun and we had a great time but this seemed especially disorganized.

Cabin Review

Premium Suite Aurea with Terrace

our cabin was great -- roomy with a 40 square foot balcony. we also had a port hole window. Bathroom was compact but fine for both of us with a good amount of storage. There was also good storage in the cabin. Refrigerator worked well -- we stored our drinks in it after we asked our steward to empty it.

Port Reviews

Nassau

enjoyed Blue Lagoon island excursion -- nice time snorkeling - we brought our own mask and snorkel.

Puerto Plata

we booked directly with the Iberostar hotel to purchase a day pass for $60 each which included lunch, drinks and activities. The day we were there was not the best weather and i don't think they were doing kayaks because the sea was too rough. it did cost more than we thought to get a taxi there -- $60 round trip. it might have been cheaper to book this with the cruise ship but we arrived before they did and left before they did so we coud visit downtown and the fort.

San Juan

i love this city. We went on a shore dive with Aqua Adventure and had a blast. After that we caught an uber back to old san juan for lunch and a walk around the fort. There is a walgreens across the street from where the ship docks if you need anything.

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