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14 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Miami

14 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Miami

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    San Juan
  • Day 4
    San Juan
  • Day 4
    St. Thomas
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Nassau
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Miami
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Ocho Rios
  • Day 11
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 12
    Cozumel
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Miami

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside - MSC Cruises

You'll love MSC Seaside if you enjoy large ships with a European flair, jaw-dropping nightly entertainment, lots of outdoor activities and an international passenger base.

MSC Seaside is not for you if you want a fully American-style cruise experience with announcements only made in English, and service that is fast and friendly.


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
To start I am no expert for traveling, and before travel i usually do so much research. When doing my research for this trip I literally spent HOURS searching through cruise critic page after cruise critic page to find all the ... Read More
To start I am no expert for traveling, and before travel i usually do so much research. When doing my research for this trip I literally spent HOURS searching through cruise critic page after cruise critic page to find all the information i needed. I will start from the beginning of my trip. ___________________________________________________ PACKING: I research "Marie Kondo" packing method, she has a youtube video showing how she packs her suitcase. Using her method helped keep things organized while living out of the suitcase. Traveling with children it is hard to figure out what you will need and what wont even get used. Here are a few things I packed: KIDS - 4 swim suits 2 rash guards 2 swimwear covers (girls) 2 Sunglasses 2 Sandals ( 1 pair of flip flops for the pool, 1 fashionable pair for dinner) Water shoes (so they can run around but wont fall with wet floors) 5 pair of shorts (the kids are mostly in their bathing suits) SPF rated Sun Hats (we use spf 50) 10 Shirts Life vest for swimming in deep pools (helped out because it isn't provided) 1 pair of sneakers GIRLS: Bring a dress for each night of the cruise, 2 camisole sweaters, cute bows and head bands BOYS: 4-6 Pair of pants (depending on the number of nights for your cruise) a button down or collar shirt for each night, a pair a dress shoes, 1 suit jacket for elegant night. Baseball cap for dry day activities. Things I packed and never used: Dramamine for kids Sickness Sea bands Toys MEN: 2 Pair of shorts (you probably wont event use these) 4-5 Bathing suit trunks 7 Tank Tops/Mussel shirts 3 t-shirts 1 Suit Jacket 7 going out shirts(dress collar shirts or t-shirts) (1 for each night) 4 pair of pants (for dinner) 1 pair of jeans 1 pair of dress shoes 1 Pair of sneakers 1 pair of flip flops 1 pair of fashion sandals (birkenstock) WOMEN: 1 pair of flip flops 1 pair of heels 1 pair of sneakers 2 pair of fashion Sandals 7 Dresses or Rompers (a mix of midi dresses and Rompers for dinner) 1 camisole 6 shorts 6 shirts (sporty/loose fitted) ______________________________________________________ Pre-purchased Add-ons: 1.Trio dining package -if you purchase on the boat, their current promo offered 4 dining reservations rather than the trio -If you don't like any of the cuisines you are allowed to double up on a restaurant -Our favorite was the Asian Market restaurant & Butcher Cut **Dining review that helped me: https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=994&pgtype=dining 2.We choose to book our excursions separate from MSC which was fine but I wish we did it with MSC for our Bahamas stop, so we can use the Atlantis shuttle rather than paying for a cab. ________________________________________________ A few days before embarking, everyone must have paper print outs of your itinerary. On your itinerary you will find a your cruise info, embarking time (it is not a mandatory time, you can arrive as early as you want), pre-purchased packages, & bag tags hat must be placed on any checked bags. ___________________________________________________ EMBARKING DAY: We arrived to the port in Miami at 3:30/4pm. You drop off your bags with the port crew members curb side (which can make you feel uneasy) and proceed to security. Security requires the same as in the airport, Passport and boarding pass ( located on itinerary printed). Once you get through security you will go up the escalator or elevator to the MSC customer service window. The MSC customer service member will take your passport information, they take a current photo & provide you with your key card. This key card is used to open your cabin door but also will be used at the bar each time you order a drink. Once you receive your key card you may enter the ship, the security will scan each key one by one and ask that the person he is scanning pass him. When traveling with kids its best to divide and concur. So I took my son through security and my husband took our daughter. __________________________________________________ ARRIVING TO OUR ROOM: Upon arrival our beds weren't set up the way we needed it. No biggie we just pushed the two twin beds to make 1 bed. We hung up our sweaters and dropped off our bags and we immediately left our room to begin exploring the ship. Stop #1: Guest Services There is always a long lone no matter what time you go. (I would suggest to go around 7pm it seemed to be the best time) At customer Service you are allowed to deposit cash but upon checking out you either have a bill waiting for you or they have to refund you. If you use a debit card you have to swipe the card again on the day of disembarkment. MSC crew members suggest adding a credit card on file as it is literally the easiest way to pay any tab you might have because you no longer have to go back to customer service.(unless you have a question in regards to a charge) **But one thing that they don't mention is YOU DO NOT have to stand in line to add a credit or debit card, there are 2 credit card machines in the customer service area to add your card. Stop #2: The Seaside Bar The Bartenders on level 5 is great, everyone is super nice and make great drinks. We had the "Drink on Us" promo package. This package had a few hidden fees and limitations, which wasn't a complete surprise. (considering nothing is free) The hidden fee was a service fee per drink order. (usually $1-3) So we upgraded to the premium package which is $530 for two adult, we didn't have to upgrade the kids because they had a drink package as well. The premium package is WORTH IT! priced at $33 per person/per day which is on average about the cost of 3 premium drinks and if you are out in the sun you can easily drink 3-4 Miami Vices (slushy mixed drink). Mimosas, slushy or mixed cocktails with good liquor and the best cappuccinos arent included in the drinks on us package. Stop #3: Dinner at the Seashore Restaurant - Level 5 The staff is amazing, so sweet and since it was the first night they allowed us to be in our shorts for dinner. The steak had a gravy that i wasn't a big fan of and the food was just okay. Stop #4: 8th floor deck to watch the sun set as well sailed away from the Miami port. We continued to explore the ship and found ourselves checking out the kids pool area on level 18, we found a great spot to watch the sun set and continue to watch our sail away from Miami on deck 19 (which is walking access only.) _____________________________________ As we continued to explore the ship we found the casino which is small but nice. We found the arcade (with 4 games total) & the 2 bowling lanes. _________________________________________ On day 3, we received a service charge and upon arriving to customer service they informed us that is the gratuity charge ($12.50 per adult/per day & 1/2 the price for small children/per day.) _____________________________________________ ENTERTAINMENT Staff: The entertainment staff was great, they definitely knew how to keep the party going. The all white party was on deck 16 and the 70's party was near the seaside bar and could be viewed from deck 5-8. ______________________________________________ Jamaica - Try your best to book an excursion or something to do. We went to Margaritaville where people asked if we wanted to smoke weed 1000x. Also try your best to avoid talking to anyone outside of the port, they all want to call you boss lady and take your money, even if they suggest it is only based on whatever you want to give them. Grand Cayman - This port is on the ocean, so there is a ferry boat to take you to and from the dock. You must pick up a ticket from level 8 first thing in the morning and they begin calling numbers by 8am (1-50). Once your number is called then you may enter the Haven night club, only to be let out of the night club to go down to deck 4 to disembark (which took a total of 2 hrs for us). The return ferry was much easier. we arrived to the docks around 2:30pm and were on one of the first two ferrys back. Cozumel - We scheduled snorkeling for this stop which was totally worth it!!! I highly recommend using: http://cozumelcruiseexcursions.net/snorkel-in-cozumel.html the photos on the website does it NO JUSTICE! we used biodegradable sunscreen SPF 50 and still got a little burned, dont forget to keep applying sunscreen the sun is strong. Bahamas- We booked Atlantis directly from its website, we took a $4 per person cab and had a wack driver. (i would recommend using MSC excursion for this one) When the ship docks at a port it usually empty's out, if you return back at a good time there are no lines for any of the slides or bars and the pools are empty. _________________________________________________ DISEMBARKING DAY: On the day we returned to Miami we had breakfast at the buffet and made our way to desk 7, which is where were allowed to leave from. We were told that we had to wait for your color to be called for people who checked bags but after arriving to to deck 7 we were told that all bags were already out and we could leave when ever. I would suggest bringing only carry on items as this might make leaving easier. _________________________________ Each day you will receive an itinerary of what the following day has to offer and on each of these brochures your will find the dress code. But just to get an idea this is what our cruise had. Dress code optional per nights: Night #1 - Smart Casual Night #2 - Elegant optional // Smart Casual Night #3 - Smart Casual Night #4 - All White optional // Smart Casual Night #5 - 70's Theme Party optional// Smart Casual Night #6 - Smart Casual Night #7 - Elegant optional // Smart Casual Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Context: this is our 23rd cruise, and we've been on almost all the medium priced carriers. Given that MSC is fairly new to the American market, we were all kind of excited in anticipation of sailing with them. We had read a ... Read More
Context: this is our 23rd cruise, and we've been on almost all the medium priced carriers. Given that MSC is fairly new to the American market, we were all kind of excited in anticipation of sailing with them. We had read a number of reviews here and were struck with just about everyone exclaiming how much they appreciated the modern look of the ship and how clean and elegant it seemed to be. That turned out to be true. Where we were really disappointed in how they took care of their over 5000 guests on board ,the entertainment, and the food. They clearly didn't have enough elevators, as we were constantly waiting for a car and when one finally arrived, it would rbe completely packed with people. As to the entertainment, it was hard to understand why on Earth they would have all the acts that they did every night, doing the same things. The costuming was wonderful but these acts just made no sense relative to a night's theme: acrobats, strong men, silk twirler, hoop twirlers jugglers. ballroom dancers every night they would be onstage during the same act and we could never figure out why or what they had to do with the theme of the show. The food was a whole different issue. The buffets serve the same food day in and day out and that got very boring. But normally you can go to the diningroom and count on at least something that would be a decent meal. Almost every night the entrees were bland and uninteresting, and had very little taste and were cooked incorrectly, either way overdone or under cooked and always cold. They also would close down the buffets at odd hours in the middle of the day, when you would think would be prime time for people to eat. So we would go to one of the buffets mid afternoon and ffind half of the venue shut down or the entire thing closed. With more than 5000 people on board that was just incredibly annoying. Bottom line: MSE has a lot to learn about servicing the American market and we will never go back and sail with them again. A very disappointing experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
The ship is beautiful, but that's about it. Don't be lured by the pretty pictures and attractive pricing. The only way I would ever sail on this ship again is if it's sold to either Norwegian or RCI. The staff are all ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, but that's about it. Don't be lured by the pretty pictures and attractive pricing. The only way I would ever sail on this ship again is if it's sold to either Norwegian or RCI. The staff are all either rude, incompetent, or just plain stupid. It's like they have had ZERO training. The buffet is a complete nightmare with no order or directions. The other guests (approximately 70% Italian) will just push their way in anywhere. They bump into you and don't even acknowledge it, let alone apologize. We bought the drink package, but it was only good for draft beers for us. My wife drinks Captain Morgan, but this is considered a 'premium' liquor so it cost $9/drink. No- they don't just charge the difference in price- they charge $9. The food in the main dining room was embarrassingly bad. It was pure slop and served by the most dismissive staff I have ever encountered. The food in the premium restaurant was good- but guess what? Everything costs extra there as well. The only steaks included in the dining package are an 8oz filet or a sirloin. Sirloin. When's the last time you saw that on a menu? The ribeye was great, but cost $48. Avoid MSC at all costs. If you have already booked, I would cancel. Otherwise you will be sorely disappointed. Read Less
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