Cruising On The MSC Seaside
February 2019 my wife and went “Cruising On The MSC Seaside” thru the western Caribbean! This was a spare of the moment booking so we didn’t have a lot of time to research the ship or the MSC Company. A quick search turned up a YouTube video highly critical of this ship. Let me say upfront my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. Yes we found some problems which I will discuss later but the ship is beautiful, the crew represented 70 countries and the guest were a mix of Americas, Europeans including many families.
Speaking of families, this ship has a custom designed multi story aqua park along with state rooms that can be configured for families.
The ships design features many curved seating and dining areas that extend out over the sea giving you a beautiful ocean view. A special feature is a glass walkway; call the “Bridge of Sighs”, located on deck 16 that overlooks deck 8 and the Miami Beach pool area. The lounges provide beautiful ocean views many with multi story windows. I have included two videos.
The food in the Market Street and Key Biscayne buffet was very good! Every station was fresh and constantly refilled; pizza, fruit, hot grill, espresso, cappuccino and large variety of breads, made on site every day, were some of my favorites.
Now the negative we dined in the Ibbema Dining room, the service was good but overall the food was average I expected more. Each night the menu featured regional specials most missed the mark. Also each night the menu included “Classic Favorites” the shrimp cocktail, French onion soup were good as well as the salmon. Overall I would say the food served in the buffets was better than what was served the main dining rooms.
The last cruse we took I remember tipping the stateroom steward, dining room servers etc but things have changed and I think for the better. MSC charges $12.50 per day per person and splits the money equally to all service personal. We choose to give our steward and one bar waiter a few dollars extra because we felt they deserved it.
MSC says “expect to experience the genuine warmth and tradition of our Mediterranean roots” we believe they have succeeded.
MSC Seaside specs:
- Built by Fincantieri of Italy
- Delivery Date 30 November 2017
- Gross Tonnage 154,000t
- Length Overall 323m
- Breadth Moulded 41m
- Passengers Capacity 5179
- Crew 1413
- Maximum Speed 21.8Kn
The bottom line we would and will be Cruising On The MSC Seaside again.
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