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We had a great time on the new Seaside, she is a beautiful ship! The Embarkation and Disembarkation was the fastest and smoothest I have ever had and this for a big ship like this! We loved our Balcony cabin on Deck 10. Being a member of Cruise Critics we were invited on the first sea day to a reception with the captain and officers, plenty of Cocktails, Snacks and a Cake were served and we got to meet the Captain - Francesco di Palma who was very approachable and you could see him out and about every day. Also got to attend the Voyager Club Welcome Party with with dancing, cocktails etc. - both great events. Even so it is a big ship you do not feel the crowds, other than on the buffet in the morning sometimes ;-) .... there are so many outdoor and indoor spaces and several pools that you will always find a quiet spot if you are looking for one. We actually got the Aurea Spa pass for the entire cruise and loved to relax on their private deck, which is small but has hardly any guests, had the hot tub always for ourselfs, except the last day. The shows are great - the productions and costumes are the best - only it is a bit repetitive. Missing a good Comedian - didn't like the BeerProv at all. Steve - the Cruise Director was great and very Funny, he was the Highlight of the evening shows. The food was good, nothing exceptional but we only ate in the Main Dining Room and did not try the Specialty Restaurants. In all we had a great cruise, we loved our itinerary - Ochos Rios, Georgetown, Cozumel, Nassau. We will be back on MSC for sure - we love the modern and European Style - being from Europe ourselves .... this was our 2nd cruise with them, have cruised NCL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity before as well.

Great Ship!

MSC Seaside Cruise Review by Michaela_krause

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Bella Balcony Stateroom
We had a great time on the new Seaside, she is a beautiful ship!

The Embarkation and Disembarkation was the fastest and smoothest I have ever had and this for a big ship like this!

We loved our Balcony cabin on Deck 10.

Being a member of Cruise Critics we were invited on the first sea day to a reception with the captain and officers, plenty of Cocktails, Snacks and a Cake were served and we got to meet the Captain - Francesco di Palma who was very approachable and you could see him out and about every day. Also got to attend the Voyager Club Welcome Party with with dancing, cocktails etc. - both great events.

Even so it is a big ship you do not feel the crowds, other than on the buffet in the morning sometimes ;-) .... there are so many outdoor and indoor spaces and several pools that you will always find a quiet spot if you are looking for one. We actually got the Aurea Spa pass for the entire cruise and loved to relax on their private deck, which is small but has hardly any guests, had the hot tub always for ourselfs, except the last day.

The shows are great - the productions and costumes are the best - only it is a bit repetitive. Missing a good Comedian - didn't like the BeerProv at all. Steve - the Cruise Director was great and very Funny, he was the Highlight of the evening shows.

The food was good, nothing exceptional but we only ate in the Main Dining Room and did not try the Specialty Restaurants.

In all we had a great cruise, we loved our itinerary - Ochos Rios, Georgetown, Cozumel, Nassau.

We will be back on MSC for sure - we love the modern and European Style - being from Europe ourselves .... this was our 2nd cruise with them, have cruised NCL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity before as well.
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Cabin Review

Bella Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 10202
We were lucky to be upgraded from an inside to an Balcony Cabin, nice bathroom.
The only flaw was the access to the closet which was directly next to the sofa and made it a bit difficult to access it.
Mondello Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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