• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More
You may also like
Dismiss
Camp Ocean on Carnival Cruise Line
Camp Ocean on Carnival Cruise Line
Best MSC Cruises for Kids
Doremi Land on MSC Cruises (Photo: MSC Cruises)

Best MSC Cruises for Kids

Best MSC Cruises for Kids
Doremi Land on MSC Cruises (Photo: MSC Cruises)
Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Contributor
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter

Though MSC Cruises may not be on your radar when it comes to sailing with your family, it's actually a great option for people traveling with children. One of MSC's newest and largest ships, MSC Seaside, is especially ideal.

It was built with the American market in mind, so unlike most other MSC ships, English is the predominant language spoken onboard, there are a number of American dining options, cabin options include plenty of roomy suites, and Seaside's kids club benefits from a partnership with LEGO that is sure to please children of all ages. Plus, MSC offers deep discounts on fares for children traveling with two paying adults.

The kids club onboard MSC Seaside -- dubbed Doremi Land -- is truly special. There are separate rooms for different age groups from as young as 6 months up to 11 years old. Each is LEGO themed, and the facility is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (with a few short breaks throughout the day on sea days).

The options for entertainment include an interactive family room, a "lab" where kids can do experiments, access to a 3D printer and laptops, and activities for each age group led by the youth staff. Counselors can take children to the onboard splash park, escort them on parades around the ship and even take them to lunch and dinner at the buffet. In fact, if you arrange it ahead of time, your children can stay onboard and enjoy the kids club facilities while you explore the ports.

Teens can hang out in their own space and take advantage of video and board games, watch television or participate in group activities like lip sync battles and sports tournaments. This group is also separated by age: 12- to 14-year-olds and 15- to 17-year-olds.

Featured Videos

Cruise Critic 2021: Cheers to 25 Years!

Cruise Critic 2021: Cheers to 25 Years!

5 Reasons MSC Cruises' Yacht Club Is Worth The Splurge

5 Reasons MSC Cruises' Yacht Club Is Worth The Splurge

The Most Exciting New Ships In 2021

The Most Exciting New Ships In 2021

5 Crazy Cruise Deck Attractions For the Adrenaline Junkie

5 Crazy Cruise Deck Attractions For the Adrenaline Junkie

MSC Virtuosa Ship Tour: What It's Like Onboard MSC's Newest Ship (May 2021)

MSC Virtuosa Ship Tour: What It's Like Onboard MSC's Newest Ship (May 2021)

LIVE From MSC Virtuosa! Embarkation, the Buffet, COVID Protocols and MORE!

LIVE From MSC Virtuosa! Embarkation, the Buffet, COVID Protocols and MORE!

Video Q&A With MSC Grandiosa's Hotel Director, Giuseppe Pane

Video Q&A With MSC Grandiosa's Hotel Director, Giuseppe Pane

Drone Footage Of MSC Grandiosa Docked In Genoa For First Sailing Since The COVID-19 Pandemic

Drone Footage Of MSC Grandiosa Docked In Genoa For First Sailing Since The COVID-19 Pandemic

MSC Cruises - Smart Future Of Guest Experiences

MSC Cruises - Smart Future Of Guest Experiences

First Look At MSC Bellissima

First Look At MSC Bellissima

Star Wars Day At Sea On Disney Cruise Line

Star Wars Day At Sea On Disney Cruise Line

Adventures By Disney Seine River Cruises

Adventures By Disney Seine River Cruises

MSC Seaside Video Tour – An Inside Look At MSC's Cruise Ship

MSC Seaside Video Tour – An Inside Look At MSC's Cruise Ship

Live From MSC Seaside:  A Cruise Ship Designed For The Outdoors

Live From MSC Seaside: A Cruise Ship Designed For The Outdoors

Cruise Embarkation Tips: What NOT To Do On Your First Day

Cruise Embarkation Tips: What NOT To Do On Your First Day

3 Reasons To Book An Adventures By Disney Cruise Tour - Video

3 Reasons To Book An Adventures By Disney Cruise Tour - Video

Best Spots For Adults On A Disney Cruise Ship

Best Spots For Adults On A Disney Cruise Ship

MSC Meraviglia Dining Guide

MSC Meraviglia Dining Guide

MSC Meraviglia Ship Tour

MSC Meraviglia Ship Tour

Inside Cabins On Cruise Ships: Whose Is Best?

Inside Cabins On Cruise Ships: Whose Is Best?

The Himalayan Bridge On MSC Meraviglia - Ropes Course POV Video

The Himalayan Bridge On MSC Meraviglia - Ropes Course POV Video

Sneak Peek: Disney Fantasy Highlights For Kids - Video Tour

Sneak Peek: Disney Fantasy Highlights For Kids - Video Tour

Pictures of MSC Seaside: Before and After

Pictures of MSC Seaside: Before and After

Harmony Of The Seas Youth Place

Harmony Of The Seas Youth Place

Cruise Critic Tries The Ultimate Abyss Slide On Harmony Of The Seas (POV Video)

Cruise Critic Tries The Ultimate Abyss Slide On Harmony Of The Seas (POV Video)

Outside of Doremi Land, there are amenities for the entire family to enjoy together, including a ropes course and a well-equipped water park, complete with mini-slides and dunk buckets. Other onboard activities include family-friendly quiz games, discos and jaw-dropping production shows. There are even family-oriented shore excursion options.

Every restaurant on MSC Seaside has a dedicated kids menu. The ship also offers a dining option called Happy Dinners, during which children eat their dinners while their parents enjoy starters, and children are escorted back to the kids club by the entertainment staff so their parents can eat the rest of their meal at a leisurely pace.

MSC Seaside also boasts a host of suite options, including the cruise line's new duplex suites. Particularly well-suited to families, duplex suites feature two entrances, a living area with sofa bed, two bathrooms, a dining area, a bedroom and a balcony with its own hot tub. Additionally, there are a number of options for adjoining cabins.

Updated October 10, 2019

How was this article?

Featured News

1
Carnival Cruise Line Scraps Terminal-Based COVID-19 Testing Plans
5
Carnival Cruise Line Restarts Operations from Port of Baltimore
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.