MSC Seaside Cruise Review by karri08
- Sail Date: August 2019
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Bella Balcony Stateroom
One thing I have read on cc from many people is how rude the staff is. That was not our experience at all. We felt the staff went above and beyond for us. We had the easy drink package and my favorite wine wasn't on it. No biggie, I made due with what was available to me. However, when we showed up for dinner on the night of our anniversary, a bottle of my favorite wine was chilling at the table and we weren't charged for it. At the end of our meal, about 10 waiters showed up and they all sang "I swear" by All for one. The entire song. It was embarrassing and amazing at the same time. lol This is just one example and there are so many more. We did encounter 2 staff members that were a little rude but we just avoided them after that.
We paid for the 1 day pass for the thermal spa and felt that it was really overrated. We ended up spending 2 hours there before leaving. There just wasn't enough to do to spend the whole day there. We each got a massage as well. My husband said his was amazing while I felt mine was just ok. Even before getting off the massage table my therapist was trying to sell me other services. It was very annoying. After telling her no about 5 times, she gave up. There are staff walking around the ship trying to sell different services and dinner add-ons but saying no once does the trick.
We saw 3 shows while on board. The Beer comedy one for families, Butterfly and the starwalker (the Michael Jackson one in case I didn't get the name correct). The comedy was hilarious, the Michael Jackson one was phenomenal and Butterfly wasn't for us (just not opera fans I guess).
We had the Bella package and upgraded our stateroom to a balcony room. The balcony really made the room in my opinion. We enjoyed sitting out on it in the evening with a drink before bed. We felt there were enough hangers for our clothes and enough space for all of our other items.
The pool areas were very loud and crowded. People would sit around the edge of the pool making it very difficult to even get in. It wasn't for us so we would find a lounge chair in another part of the ship and relax in peace .
We only scheduled one excursion with the ship and that was in St. Thomas. It was ok but not worth the money.
All in all, we had a good time. The service was exceptional and if we were to ever sail with MSC again, that would be the reason.
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