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MSC Seaside Review

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Ashley Kosciolek
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MSC Seaside Overview

MSC Seaside is lively and fun, incorporating jaw-dropping entertainment, lots of outdoor spaces (it's a sun worshipper's paradise!) and family-friendly activities that include a 4D cinema, bowling, ziplines and a large water park.

But what really sets Seaside apart from other ships sailing in the Caribbean is its European flair and service and the international mix of cruisers onboard. The vessel's interior showcases glitzy Italian design, meals in the dining room are European-style (read slow, sometimes taking more than two hours) and service from waiters and bartenders usually comes minus the smile many North Americans expect. Don't get us wrong, most of the crew onboard are pleasant and generally helpful; just don't expect the over-the-top friendliness you often find on other cruise lines.

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About MSC Seaside


Pro

Ample outdoor space draws passengers outside to enjoy the ship's Caribbean surroundings

Con

With so many areas dedicated to the outdoors, interior public areas can feel crowded during inclement weather

Bottom Line

This bright, elegant and technologically advanced ship is great for North Americans


The one exception to this can be found in the ship's Yacht Club, a suites-only enclave for the ship's highest-paying passengers. Here, service is friendly, attentive and efficient, and many Yacht Club passengers spend the bulk of their time onboard within its confines, whether in the spacious lounge or on the exclusive Yacht Club sun deck with accompanying pool.

To cater to the ship's largely 40-something English- and Spanish-speaking passengers -- many of whom live within driving distance of Miami -- most announcements on Seaside are only made in English and Spanish. In the theater, however, you'll hear about five languages, and there's usually a large contingent of passengers from several European countries, including Italy and Germany. There are plenty of opportunities to make new friends from all over the world, with anywhere from 50 percent and up of your fellow passengers from outside of North America.

One final note about MSC Seaside: Be prepared to pay extra for most of the onboard activities, including all of the oversized arcade-style attractions (4D cinema, Formula One racecar simulator, bowling, etc.) and outdoor activities like the zipline.

MSC Seaside Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals in the ship's two main dining rooms and two buffets
  • Most entertainment, including all theater shows (exclusions below)
  • Most daily activities (exclusions below)
  • Use of the onboard fitness center

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Dining at the ship's alternative restaurants
  • Items from the two onboard Venchi chocolate outposts
  • Use of the bowling alley, 4D cinema, video games and Formula One simulator
  • Use of the onboard zipline
  • Daily gratuities for the ship's crew ($12.50 per person, per day)
  • Spa treatments and gratuity
  • Sodas, specialty coffees, alcohol and gratuity (unless you've purchased a beverage package)
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Organized classes in the fitness center

MSC Seaside Dress Code

Daytime: Dress is casual, with people sporting everything from jeans and T-shirts to bathing suits and flip-flops.

Evening: In the evenings it's dressier, but more smart casual than formal, except for the two "elegant" (not formal) nights per cruise. Jackets for men (tie optional) and dresses or pantsuits for women are appropriate, but the code isn't enforced. Suits, tuxes and ball gowns are not necessary, but many passengers do wear them, particularly on "Meet the Captain" night.

Not permitted: T-shirts and shorts are not allowed in the ships' public areas in the evenings. No swimwear is allowed in main dining rooms. Jeans are not allowed in the dining room on elegant nights.

Read more about MSC Cruises dress code.


MSC Seaside Awards

Editors’ Picks Awards

2017 Best New Ship

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Deck:
Cape Cod Deck
Copacabana Deck
South Beach Deck
Ocean Cay Deck
Lanikai Deck
Maspalomas Deck
Flamenco Deck
Las Salinas Deck
Pink Sands Deck
Mondello Deck
Venice Beach Deck
Miami Beach Deck
Playa Paraiso Deck
Biarritz Deck

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MSC Seaside Member Reviews

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Sail Date: Sep 2019
with MSC along with my family of 4 -- myself, both parents, and sibling. This time we set sail on MSC Seaside, but I'll attempt to compare the experience with my next best knowledge having set sail two years...Read More
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Primrose1025
Sail Date: Sep 2019
cruise on the new MSC Seaside. This is our second cruise with MSC and we've never done any cruise with any other company. So, I wanted to write about our experience on the MSC Seaside. I went into this...Read More
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Taaraz
Sail Date: Jul 2019
second cruise with them and would not hesitate to book again. Check in was less that 15 minutes. MSC Seaside is huge, very modern, funky and stylish and like on any ship embarkation days and sea days are...Read More
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ladylinguatx
Sail Date: Mar 2019
We chose a seven-day cruise on MSC Seaside for several reasons—new ship with groundbreaking design, relaxing itinerary, and excellent price. My husband and I have done 52 cruises on various lines, so we’re...Read More

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