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14 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami

14 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami

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Itinerary

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

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside - MSC Cruises

Pros

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

Cons

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


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: May 2019
My friends and I wanted to try a new cruise line for my birthday. We decided to try MSC seaside since it had quite good overall reviews. But... The food was terrible. Even the buffet was terrible - and no different from day to day. I ... Read More
My friends and I wanted to try a new cruise line for my birthday. We decided to try MSC seaside since it had quite good overall reviews. But... The food was terrible. Even the buffet was terrible - and no different from day to day. I was surprised for a European company, I sure was expecting better. The food was absolutely tasteless. The entertainement was boring and eclectic. It looked like a low budget entertainement. They wanted to include everyone in the entertainement crew, but it didn’t even fit in the storyline. Plus, during the day, there were minimal to no entertainement at all. The only good part of their entertainement was the « adult comedy show ». Improv-like and funny. Almost no crew members were smiling. And absolutely no customer service what-so-ever. My friend was told to fetch himself all sorts of things and no one offered to help him out. Seriously, I’m never going on a cruise with MSC again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
MSC- Money Sucking Cruise When my friends invited me on a 8 night 7 day cruise (this being my first time ever going,) I was highly estatic and filled with excitement at the possibilities of seeing sights and enjoying myself on a ... Read More
MSC- Money Sucking Cruise When my friends invited me on a 8 night 7 day cruise (this being my first time ever going,) I was highly estatic and filled with excitement at the possibilities of seeing sights and enjoying myself on a beautiful ship. First off, some background info is due. I am a military vet and I also have around ten years of experience of clientel, service, sales, and management. From our first step on the boat my party was offered dinning and drinking packages, understandable it being the first day (we all received a basic drinkers package and 3gbs of wifi with our itinerary,) but the sales NEVER STOPPED. When I say never, they were trying to sell us packages on our last day while we were eating dinner! Putting salesmanship behind me, my party was very much looking forward to night swimming and enjoying ourselves when all the kids were in bed. Negative. MSC closes their pools 6pm regardless if the sun is still up. Don't ask me why or how, but if they are lacking night time lifeguards they can sure use those salesmen offering us stupid packages! Which brings me to my next point: if you want to be served at the bar, expect those "free" 14 alcoholic drinks (which are limited basically to gin and coke, mosquitos, and long islands ONLY,) expect them to come in little fake plastic glass cups, be warm and roughly 30 minutes late. Don't like the drink? My friend MSC has your back! Go to another bar and it'll be served completely different and also in a different sized cup. First stop, the wonderful and beautiful streets of Pureto-Rico. We landed roughly around 6:30 and we were due back around 12 am...guess we are drinking again tonight fellas because everything else was closed! The majority of the food? Required reservations ahead of time (if you do find yourselves in the happy lands of heat and music, please order a Mofongo from your boy, thank me later). Our first day at sea in my opinion was a wonderful experience...thats only if you enjoy pools (that close at six mind you!) and sun. The waters were warm and I believe from the ocean since they were salty (I prefer cold water to refresh me when I swim personally,) and we found ourselves multiple times searching for a spot to sit and raise a flag for it was crowded. Beware of the main pool on deck 16! Looks like a giant pool but half of it is ankle deep? What?! When the sun became bothersome I found myself in the wonderful MSC casino..if you are a gambler like me, I hope you enjoy one blackjack table and one table of 3 card poker against dealer...besides that there are slots... enjoy! Oh and no smoking unless you enjoy facing the corner wall!!! Our other stops (St. Thomas, Bahamas, Virgin Isles,) I highly recommend you walk off port and find your own "extersion" we hired a driver for 20 dollars a person and received a 3 hour tour of one of the isles and it was wonderful. In comparison I paid 89 dollars to touch a sting Ray for five minutes then sat on the beach on one of the Bahamas islands...you do the math. Now we get to some juice, put on your reading glasses folks (if you haven't already, sorry for the long review!) because here is where it gets good in the third act. You. Will. Be. Charged. 87 dollars and 50 cents for room service. Even if you don't use them / call them / need them (like my party,) not in the paperwork you say? Say no more! Step on board and welcome to MSC! May I offer you one of our wonderful and expensive food packages while you are enjoying your dinner with your family? Please note, all of the above was told to 3 staff members and one manager who ended our conversation with "If you have any problems call customer service" and literally ran away to hide from me without wishing me a good day or sorry for my troubles (I spoke sival, lucid, and clear where the manager clearly didn't speak English.... properly.) Money Sucking Cruise gets one fat star for the beauty, the music at the nightlife (after 11pm the Disco room behind the arcade that is NEVER used is the place to be (25 dollars for 30 minutes of bowling what?!)) and they also get one star for a wonderful server and waitress who provided 5 star performance at dinner (buffett only had hot dogs and burgers from 11-5pm what?!) before their manager told them to stop socializing with us (which we resented him for) So please don't choose MSC...please don't... Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
MSC really not for the USA market. Have cruised many operators globally (RCCL, Carnival, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, Windstar ......). MSC pricing to attract USA travellers appears to be good value, very good at first sight. Till you get ... Read More
MSC really not for the USA market. Have cruised many operators globally (RCCL, Carnival, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, Windstar ......). MSC pricing to attract USA travellers appears to be good value, very good at first sight. Till you get onboard. All-inculsive package you get charged 15% service for each drink, even with a package if your drink is over the basic allowance, you pay the full drink price not just the difference/upgrade amount. Even premium dining was not great and was expensive. Food was the bland. the all in drinks package is a real work of genius. If you can get a drink of any description at any bar in less than 25 minutes even if the bar is empty, you are doing well. Worst of all was the attitude of at least 90% of staff is unacceptable in my view Ship public areas are a mix, some impressive, some cramped. Cabins are smaller than most modern ships but adequate. No towel animals or nice touches, its basic. You get what you pay for. They forget or not care you are paying for a vacation, staff are patronising, arrogant, lazy, aggressive and struggle with many basic polite communication skills. Will never sail with them again. based on my first MSC experience. To top things of they appear to have a lack of hygiene policy as sanitizers did not work in most areas and shampoo/body wash was watered down in cabins and struggle to get fresh towels. Entertainment was mixed also. Read Less
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