MSC Seaside Review
MSC Seaside Overview
MSC Seaside heralds a brand new class for MSC Cruises -- the aptly named Seaside Class. The 160,000-ton, 4,134-passenger ship is the first of two -- the second will be called MSC Seaview and will launch in June 2018 -- (with an option on a third in 2021), that will launch in December 2017. MSC Seaside will also, significantly, be christened and homeport year-round in Miami, underlining the European-based line's commitment (or perhaps desire) to the U.S. market. Seaside will be the first MSC ship christened in the U.S. and also the first with an English name.
Seaside Class is part of the privately owned line's €9 billion fleet expansion plan that will allow the company to double its capacity by 2026 -- with two more, even bigger, ships on order.
Each ship, to be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard, will have 463,000 square feet of public space, encompassing panoramic elevators with sea views, suspended glass floors, a giant aqua park and a low-level outdoor promenade filled with shops, bars and alfresco dining. Seaside will offer the largest ratio of outdoor space of any cruise ship at sea. The Seaside Class will be the largest cruise ships ever built in Italy.
In addition to its standard cabin offerings, Seaside will boast 14 aft corner suites; terraced balcony cabins, which feature sea views and overlook the promenade below; cluster cabins, which have been designed specifically with families in mind; and suites with private outdoor hot tubs. Some ocean-view rooms feature cozy window seats. All cabins feature two twin beds that can be pushed together to form a queen.
Here's what we know so far:
Interior cabins, which can accomodate up to four people, will be 151 to 301 sq feet and feature a small sitting area with two chairs and two Pullman beds.
Ocean-view cabins, which can also accomodate up to four people, will be approximately 183 square feet and feature a sitting area with a single sofa bed and a Pullman bed.
Balcony cabins range in size from 172 to 269 square feet and feature balconies of up to 97 square feet. Sitting rooms have sofas, with some sofas converting into a double bed.
Non-Yacht Club suites range in size from 183 to 301 square feet with a balcony of up to 172 square feet. (Two suites have balconies sized approximately 409 square feet.) The sitting area has a sofa, with some sofas converting into a double bed.
Also outside of the Yacht Club are the 301-square foot suites with whirlpool tub, which can accomodate up to five people depending on configuration. These cabins have a bathroom with bathtub, sitting area with sofa and 75-square-foot balcony with a whirlpool tub. Some rooms have sofas that convert into double beds and come with an additional Pullman bed.
Grand Suites, which are also located outside of the Yacht Club, come in either one bed/one bath or two bed/two bath configurations. Sizes range from 344 to 527 square feet, with all having a balcony up to 226 square feet in size. One bedroom Grand suites feature a double sofa bed and a Pullman bed to accomodate up to five people. Two bedroom Grand suites feature a queen bed in one room and two single beds in the second bedroom, plus a Pullman bed for a fifth person. Some suites also feature a dining table.
Family cluster staterooms comprise two to three connecting balcony cabins, each featuring two twin beds that can convert to a queen, a bathroom and small sitting area with sofa. Depending on configuration, these cabins can accomodate up to 10 people.
Yacht Club Interior Suites, which can hold up to two people, are 226 square feet and feature a small sitting area with two armchairs.
Yacht Club Delux Suites can accomodate three to five people depending on configuration. They are approximately 269 square feet with 86 square foot balconies. Sitting areas all feature sofas. In some rooms the sofas convert into double beds and a Pullman bed is available for a fifth person.
At 667 square feet with 355 square foot balconies, Yacht Club Royal Suites are the largest suites onboard. They are also the only true suites in that the main bedroom and living room are separated by a door. They can accomodate up to four people with a double sofa bed in the living room. The balcony features a whirlpool tub and enough seating for four.
Nine eateries (five of which are specialty dining venues) feature cuisines from all around the world and include two extra-fee restaurants on Deck 16 created in partnership with acclaimed chef Roy Yamaguchi: Asian Market Kitchen by Roy Yamaguchi will feature a la carte-style Pan-Asian area, as well as sushi bar, while Teppanyaki by Roy Yamaguchi, will feature traditional hibachi Asian. There will also be am extra-fee luxury seafood restaurant called Ocean Cay Restaurant with a chef's table and am extra-fee American steakhouse called Butcher's Cut.
The included-in-the-fare Biscayne Bay Buffet & Pizzeria will be a dedicated family buffet on Deck 16 offering a variety of popular kids' favorites. The ship's two main dining rooms will be the Seashore Restaurant and Ipanema Restaurant, while the buffet will be the Marketplace Buffet.
There will also be a MSC Yacht Club Restaurant at the top of the ship for Yacht Club passengers.
Passengers can also quench their thirst at a choice of 20 bars and lounges. Highlights are the Atmospheric Comedy Club and the Venchi Cioccogelateria & Coffee Bar, created in partnership with chocolatier Venchi and featuring an open kitchen so cruisers can watch confections being made. Other bars to check out will include the Champagne Bar, Sports Bar, and South Beach Bar.
In keeping with its outdoor theme, alfresco spa and fitness facilities will be available, including spaces for open-air spa treatments. The ship will also offer the longest (426-foot/130-meter) zipline at sea. Circling the entire ship on Deck 8 is a unique seafront promenade lined with places to eat, drink, shop and sunbathe.
The Forest Aquaventure and Adventure Park includes five waterslides: an interactive Slideboarding tube, which combines video games, lights, music and a 367-foot water slide; two high-speed racing slides with clear loops that extend over one side of the ship; the Aquatube, an innertube slide; and a family flume-type slide. Other waterpark offerings include an AquaPlay and AquaSpray park for the youngest cruisers. Along with the waterpark, passengers can climb high on the Adventure Trail, a ropes course that will have cruisers ducking spray cannons.
A full-size bowling alley with two lanes along with a DJ booth fashioned from half a Cadillac, an F1 simulator, 5D movie theater and tons of shops will be among the indoor attractions.
A pool with a magrodome roof means swimming even in poor weather. Other pools will include the South Beach Pool on Deck 7 and the Miami Beach Pool on Deck 16.
Panoramic glass elevators will be located in the aft of the ship to take passengers on a nonstop ride to the top decks. There will be two glass walkways, called Infinity Bridges, on either side of Deck 8 that extend over the side of the ship.
At night Broadway-style shows will be performed in the Metropolitan Theatre.
Along with the other ships in the MSC fleet, MSC Seaside will feature affordable internet packages that range from $4.50 per day for social media access for one device to $22 per day for access to social media, email and even streaming for up to four devices. As part of another fleetwide addition, Seaside will feature an extra-fee wellness experience partnership with TechnoGym, which includes one free personal training consultation, healthy food items, fitness classes, free laundry, a checkup with the ship's doctor, and in-stateroom equipment like yoga mats and resistance bands, among other extras.
For kids, MSC Seaside will offer five clubs: The Baby Club is for children from ages 1 to 3 and features activities designed in partnership with Chicco; The Mini Club and Juniors Club are for the 4 to 11 year old set; the Young Club is for 12 to 14 year olds; and the Teen Club is for 15 to 17 year olds and functions as a hangout spot, cinema, gaming room and disco.
MSC Seaside will sail alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Miami. Weeklong Eastern Caribbean itineraries will include stops in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Nassau, the Bahamas. Weeklong Western Caribbean cruises will stop in the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mexico and the Bahamas.