MSC Seashore launched in July 2021 before moving to its homeport of PortMiami in November 2021, kicking off its U.S. service to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Itineraries include stops at the cruise line's private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
MSC Seashore is the 19th ship in the brand's fleet, and follows the 2017 and 2018 launch of MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview. The 5, 632-passenger MSC Seashore is technically a new Seaside flagship subclass, Seaside EVO. This allowed the brand to put feedback from the previous two ships into practice on Seashore.
All ships in the line's Seaside class of vessels were purpose-designed for warm weather sailings in the Caribbean. According to the cruise line 65% of MSC Seashore has been reimagined with a focus on the concept of bringing the outside, inside. As such, MSC Seashore features 140,000 square feet of public outdoor space, as well as the most space per person to-date on any of the line's ships.
MSC Cruises requires all passengers 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks (14 days) prior to sailing. Children under 12 may sail as long as they are accompanied by fully-vaccinated adults.
COVID-19 travel insurance is not required for passengers residing in the U.S. or Canada, but it is mandatory for all international passengers, purchased from either their home country or from MSC Cruises directly.
• Fully-vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine, receiving the last dose at least 14 days prior to boarding the ship.
• Proof of full vaccination via an English-language vaccination certificate showing passenger’s full name and birthdate as it appears on their passport or government-issued ID, name and manufacturer of the vaccine received plus vaccination dates.
• Fully-vaccinated guests must also show proof of a negative RT-PCR, NAAT or antigen test taken within two days of boarding.
• Unvaccinated guests must show proof of a negative RT-PCR or NAAT COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding. Antigen tests are not accepted for unvaccinated travelers.
• All international passengers must provide proof of a negative COVID RT-PCR test taken within three days of boarding.
• All pre-boarding COVID tests must be performed by an accredited provider and list the passenger’s full name, birthdate, type of test and date the test was performed.
• Hand sanitizer stations
• Handwashing stations at buffet main buffet entrances
• Capacity restrictions for hot tubs and elevators
• Staff-served buffet
• Masks required in public spaces; mandated for crew at all times
MSC Seashore has 11 stateroom and suite categories across 2,270 cabins — that's nearly 250 more than both MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview. For the most part, there's not much difference between the ship's lower-category rooms outside of interior configurations; bathtubs are available in select cabins.
Cabins have a smart layout, making it easy for more than one passenger to move around the room comfortably. In-room sofas easily convert into extra beds, wireless charging pads are built into the vanity/desk and the rooms are quieter than expected.
Balcony staterooms positioned on the side of the ship have the issue of being exposed to noise from the deck below due to MSC Seashore's tiered stateroom design and extra public deck space.
Cabin diversity becomes more noticeable in Yacht Club suites. This private ship-within-a-ship section of the ship spans four of the highest forward decks. While cabins are larger, balconies remain surprisingly small, ranging between 86 to 266 square feet (non-suite balconies throughout the ship run between 54 to 97 square feet).
One of the biggest differentiators aboard MSC Seashore is the relocation of the ship's five specialty restaurants away from the Marketplace Buffet (Deck 16) into what the line dubs as a ‘Chef's Court' located on Deck 8.
This is where passengers will find Butcher's Cut, Kaito Sushi Bar, Kaito Teppenyaki, Ocean Cay Restaurant, and a first-in-fleet HOLA! Tacos and Cantina. New fleet-wide additions in the space include outside dining options for Butcher's Cut, and a conveyor belt concept at Kaito Sushi Bar.
At the center of it all is a well-placed, chic and central cocktail bar serving up pre-dinner drinks, plus a separate space called The Wine Cellar where passengers can self-serve themselves select wines from the ship's collection.
In total there are 18 bars and lounges across the ship, including 12 inside and six on outside decks; the five specialty restaurants found within the Chef's Court area; and four main dining rooms (split up to create a better sense of intimacy and improve traffic flow).
Highlights include the Champagne & Wine Bar, the Venchi 1878 Chocolate Bar, HOLA! Tacos and Cantina, American Sports Bar, and Ocean Cay Restaurant. The ship's Yacht Club area has its own private restaurant, and poolside bar and grill.
MSC Seashore brings passengers over 16 hours of entertainment a day, ranging from live music in bars to four full-scale, original theater productions in the ship's 1,200-person Madison Theater. Each night the theater offers three performance times, giving passengers scheduling flexibility.
Shows in the main theater include two acrobatic productions, “Gravity” and “Fantasy Woods”, as well as “Coast to Coast”, a musical rooted in American music, and “La Belle Epoque”, a variety show with French influence.
The ship's brand new 4oo-person aft lounge, La Cabaret Rouge, was created as a space where art, performance and music meet, and hosts DJ sets, art shows and song and dance shows. The space is modeled after a French cafe and features French posters and artwork, plush red velvet furniture and a central stage.
MSC Seashore sports six pools and the most outdoor space so far on any MSC ship. New additions for the fleet include a wake-view infinity pool at the back of the ship and a reimagined Jungle Pool area with an added faux-rock waterfall wall, new chic deck furniture and slate-colored deck flooring.
Promenade areas have also been expanded, and passengers now have more outdoor dining options, sitting areas and discoverable privacy nooks — as well as the glass-floored Bridge of Sighs on Deck 16 that runs 72 feet above the infinity pool.
MSC Seashore's Yacht Club has also been expanded and is the largest and most luxurious in the fleet. Yacht Club passengers have 32,300 square feet of private ship space spanning the top four decks at the front of the ship. This includes a 21,527-square-foot pool and sun deck area on Deck 20 and the swanky Top Sail Lounge on Deck 16.
MSC prides itself on being a family-friendly cruise line, and MSC Seashore pulls out all the stops with the largest Doremi kids and teen club in the fleet at 7,500 square feet. For kids on MSC Seashore, fun starts for passengers as young as one up to 17 years old.
The Doremi club is divided into five age groups with specific supervised programming and activities catering to each specific age group. New to the ship is the Teen LAB, an interactive, immersive and exploratory space for ages 12-17.
Several of MSC Seashore’s six pools are family-friendly spaces, including the main pool, the Long Island Pool and the new Pirates Cove Water Park (which is now connected to the Long Island Pool).
The relocation of the main Marketplace Buffet to Deck 16 is also a boon for families who can enjoy different water spaces on the ship and conveniently meet up in the buffet to spend lunchtime together.
MSC Seashore is equipped with the latest environmental technology, including a catalytic reduction system; exhaust gas cleaning technology; waste management and recycling systems; advanced water treatment systems; and an advanced energy and heat recovery system, as well as other technology and measures to further increase energy efficiency.
It's also the first ship to debut with ‘Safe Air' airflow sanitation technology that uses UV-C lamps to sanitize the ship's air as it moves through the air conditioning system, killing mold spores, viruses, germs and other in-air pollutants.
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