We chose this because Lat November it was on a flash sale at 75% discount from the rack rate. It's at the end of winter, but rest assured, we are warming up.
Compared to MSY Wind Star, the MV Star Breeze is huge. There are three ... Read More
We chose this because Lat November it was on a flash sale at 75% discount from the rack rate. It's at the end of winter, but rest assured, we are warming up.
Compared to MSY Wind Star, the MV Star Breeze is huge. There are three different public spaces, we prefer the Yacht Club. It's the equivalent of a Flag Bridge on a naval vessel, sitting overtop the navigation bridge.
The cabins are huge, at 270 sq ft! The photos are truth! The picture window is five feet by four feet.
The main dining room and the ships galley are on deck 3. Decks one and two are engineering spaces and cargo. The crew has spaces forward and aft on deck 4, along with staterooms. Deck five is more staterooms, the hotel business office, and the lounge. Deck six is the larger suites, more staterooms, the inside bar, screening room, and library. Deck seven is the buffet(veranda), the pools, the outside bar, the spa, and the navigation bridge.
Good food, great staff, flat seas, combine for a fantastic voyage! Read Less
We chose this cruise for its luxurious small ship experience. The ship was all the better for the French influence on the food and wine which were superb. The ship was fabulous with wonderful caring staff from Captain David Marionneau to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its luxurious small ship experience. The ship was all the better for the French influence on the food and wine which were superb. The ship was fabulous with wonderful caring staff from Captain David Marionneau to the cabin stewards, wait staff, bar staff, housekeeping staff, reception and entertainment staff. What a trip! We boarded in Fremantle a couple of weeks into the 40 night Circumnavigation of Australia cruise which departed Sydney on 25th January and Fremantle on 8th February. Lovely cabin (315). Nice balcony, comfortable bed and adequate toilet and bathroom facilities (separate) serviced at least twice a day or on demand. Complimentary mini bar replenished daily (no wine though). If we wanted wine we needed to get it from room service. No problem. Plenty of beer, spirits and mixers along with water and soft drinks. Leaving Fremantle we sailed north to Geraldton, then on to Exmouth (glass bottomed boat experience). On to Broome, Talbot Bay for the horizontal falls. Astounding! Waterfalls everywhere- naturalists on board had not seen anything like it, nor the flows from the King George Falls. Aboriginal settlement at Yirrkala was amazing, artworks beautiful, and a performance that was exciting. On we travelled our 26 nights reducing rapidly. So many experiences - so much to see and great weather. Had no problems with the zodiacs and many people older than my 65 years managed them easily with the care and attention of the crew. Boy did we see parts of Australia I never knew existed. Other passengers were also overwhelmed by the beauty and colours of the Kimberley. This was all complimented by food (lots of high quality French inspired food but interspersed with some special lunches of Italian, Moroccan, Baltic inspired. Our bar, lounge and waiting staff knew us all by name after 24 hours, and they knew our drink preferences. Other stops at Darwin, cape york, Thursday Island, Hamilton Island and Fraser Island before heading back to Sydney where our “on board family” of 240 passengers said goodbye. A very sad time. This certainly an unforgettable cruise. So much, wonderful people, sights, eats and drinks, memories after memories, friend after friends. Thoroughly recommend the ship, it’s very professional but friendly and very happy crew and amazing entertainers. Just go, we are so glad we did. Read Less
I chose this cruise from Sydney to Cairns as it was calling at smaller islands off the East Coast of Australia .
Somewhere along the line this ship was just missing a beat if it wants to be considered 5 star. The food was excellent with ... Read More
I chose this cruise from Sydney to Cairns as it was calling at smaller islands off the East Coast of Australia .
Somewhere along the line this ship was just missing a beat if it wants to be considered 5 star. The food was excellent with lots of French specialities. Same could not be said about the wine considering it was a French ship this was a great dissapoinment.Service was superb in the restaurant and bars but it was the next level of management where it fell down.
It's a very small ship which I knew but when we have sea days it's nice to be able to walk around the decks but there was no deck to do that. The pool deck area was very small.
Embarkation and disembarkation was very smoothly handled.
The cabins were small but well laid out and lots of storage space.
I think the ship needs a refurb. Some of the furniture in the main lounge was a bit well worn . Read Less
A little background, I am a 22 year old and went on this 8 day cruise as a spring break trip with my significant other and another couple. Last year cruised on the Norwegian Jade 5 day (on its last cruise before it's remodel) to Costa ... Read More
A little background, I am a 22 year old and went on this 8 day cruise as a spring break trip with my significant other and another couple. Last year cruised on the Norwegian Jade 5 day (on its last cruise before it's remodel) to Costa Maya. After last year, I wanted to go big on a cruise this year that was a nice ship and went to the Eastern Caribbean islands. Many of the cruise liners with newer ships were just way out of the price range, I really wanted to go on the Norwegian Escape but the price was just too much and they changed the itinerary last second to go to the gulf of mexico due to the hurricanes. Anyways I came across the MSC Seaside and the price was ridiculously cheap, I thought it was too good to be true (starting at $529? REALLY?). Anyways, I did research and had a little faith about MSC trying to break into the market and we booked it. Leading up to the cruise, I was a little worried due to some of the negative reviews on this site. I never really write reviews, but I had such a great time that I want to share my experience since some of the reviews are just seeming to paint a bad picture (maybe from competition), but many of the "major flaws" in the other reviews were not there in my experience. I had an amazing time.
Now for my actual cruise experience. Our boarding time out of Miami said 4:45, We showed up at 2:30 and were on the ship in our cabin in under 30 minutes. On my Norwegian sailing out of Tampa, it took like 2+ hours. Maybe that is just a port thing, but I was impressed. Our bags were also at our door the next time we came back to the room after we ate. The first thing we did on the ship was adventuring around it. The ship is MASSIVE. There are so many things to do but the first was to go up to the top deck and take pictures of the sunset with the Miami skyline. Then we went over to the deck 16 infinity bridge, wow, just wow.
Back to the room, we had an interior room, I usually like having a view, but the price was right for an interior. We also did the Fantastica package so we could pick our location and get the free drink vouchers. The room was beautiful and bathroom was top quality. Not sure if this was because we are novice cruisers, but we did not know that you had to put your cruise card in the door slot for the power to turn on. We thought our power was broken, but it's great and very green to conserve energy. The MSC Seaside uses the exterior door lighting system to inform whether someone is in the room, Do not disturb, or to request to have your room made up. This was awesome. Our room was made up perfectly every day, and in the days where we took a nap and messed up our bed, our room would be made up by the time we came back (when we pressed the make up room button). Our Steward was phenomenal and kept us feeling like 5 star guests.
Dining was great. We did the buffets for most of the breakfast and lunches (great diverse selections). For dinner we got stuck with the 9:45 complimentary dining, but after the fact we have no complaints. Our server Adi was amazing. He got us anything we wanted on the menu and in any order or combination. We were usually served within 5-10 minutes of sitting down. It is a 3 course meal. If you are tight on cash, the complimentary dining is great, they have new york strips steaks and many options. The menu changes every night. We did eat at the butchers cut one night, they have a good deal where you get a 3 course meal for about $37 each. The food was phenomenal and came out to $47 a person after gratuity. The waiter was not that good though, we missed Adi. FYI they charge for the water there unlike at complimentary dinner, so hydrate before.
For entertainment and activities, I spent a good amount of my cruise tanning, at bars, in the casino, F1 simulator, slides/zip-line, and the beer improv show. The big key about this ship is the abundance of access to the sun. Oh, and there are like 4 pools and 10 hot-tubs. WOW. You can dine at the buffet outside on the lower floor. There is a large deck at the lower floor to walk around as well. The whole top floors (16-19) of the ship is also pretty much open for sun tanning as well. Usually, you only have the top deck, but you really do have many different places to go as advertised. The main problem (like most cruises) is that people get out early and place a towel and leave it for the day. This was much less of a problem since there were so many options, we usually found a spot in 5-10 minutes if we did not get out there early. The bars around the ship were great. I think my favorite was the main bar on 6. They made some cool drinks, see the picture. I also loved how they have a chocolate bar and smoothie bar. All of the prices are relatively reasonable i.e. $6-9 for non-premium alcoholic if you do not have a drink package. My two favorite things on the ship, the casino and F1 simulator. I loved the casino but the dealers made it just that much better. The casino has everything you would want besides a craps table. The dealers were very personable and helpful if needed. During non port days, there is a happy hour with $5min bets too. If the dealers weren't as cool, I probably would have made a little bit more money because I wouldn't of tipped them so much when I did win big. The F1 simulator is a must. I have grown up playing video game and racing games, but this is a whole different experience. It's $10 per 5 minutes, but it really does feel like the real thing. Slides were cool and I was looking forward to the zip line but that was only open on port days because of the rougher windy sea days with it being on the very top deck. It was still very fun to ride it though. If beer improv is a show on your cruise, it is a must go. We did not go until the last two shows but we wished we would have gone the whole week. The three of them were very funny and there is a lot of audience engagement.
Now for the cons. At some of the bars late at night, we wanted to dance to american music. Specifically after the open mic in the haven lounge on Gatsby night we requested american dance music. We instead got Hispanic dance music. The DJ was french/italian so he didn't understand what music to pick, but I saw this in a different review and it was still a problem with us. We just switched bars/lounges to one that had more of what we wanted (but no dance floor). Another major complaint I have seen (which I think has been blown out of proportion) is a sewage smell on the ship. I noticed it the first day on the 18th deck outside near the middle/back of the ship around the slides. After the first day, I only smelled it again on a port day, but only in that one area outside on the top deck. This is not even a main area for the ship on port days. Many reviews say the whole ship smells like it or rooms smell like it, I did not see that as the case and did not really have an issue. I wouldn't of even noticed it in the area had I not read the "awful" reviews about it. Ignore those.
Overall the ship was very diverse with people. We enjoyed it though. It felt like we were going to the Caribbean as well as Europe. A nice 2 for 1 vacation. While we are in college, we don't like to get "trashy". At are port in Charlotte-Amalie we were ported with a carnival ship. We physically watched two guys have to carry a college girl back on the carnival ship because she was so drunk. This is the atmosphere we wanted to avoid and one that was not present on the cruise ship. Most of the guests and all staff were extremely nice and got help for everyone in a respectful manner, even if there was a language barrier.
We were suppose to go to the Bahamas as well as St. Thomas and Antigua + Barbuda but the Bahamas was cancelled because of extremely rough waters due to a system traveling through. It wasn't a big deal because of the ship being so cool and in the Bahamas we were only suppose to be in port for like 6-7 hours. It actually gave us more time in port at St. Thomas. Charlotte-Amalie and Antigua + Barbuda were great ports. See the pictures of some of the views we got. We went kayaking + snorkeling in St. Thomas and traveled to Half Moon Bay in Antigua. This beach was on the opposite side about 45 min but all of the other beaches were pretty rough with some waves. The MSC crew did a great job of informing us about this as well as the tourist people off the ship.
Getting off the ship in the express window from 7 to 730 was not that bad. We showed up at 715 and were off the boat with our stuff by 740.
Overall, great cruise. While there are some things that need improvement to tailor it more towards being an American cruise ship. I had no real complaints, especially at the price I paid. I would not read much into some of the negative reviews that hammer on one problem that some how ruined their whole cruise. Each cruise will have small things that need improvement, there is no perfect cruise. The MSC Seaside has an abundance of options that outweigh some of the improvements that are needed though. I would highly recommend booking the cruise. Read Less
Our family had been talking about going to the Galapagos for years and we had identified Silversea as a great option to make it a reality. The ship was well maintained and comfortable, the food excellent, the view magnificent and last ... Read More
Our family had been talking about going to the Galapagos for years and we had identified Silversea as a great option to make it a reality. The ship was well maintained and comfortable, the food excellent, the view magnificent and last but far from least, the staff was wonderful. I think that the fact the staff is all local, brings and incredible richness to the experience. All were kind, professional, competent or beyond (which was not my experience of all restaurant and hotel staff in Quito and Guayaquil). They are excellent windows into this magnificent place - from the naturalists to the waiters.
Every night at 7pm, we had a meeting during which we were clearly briefed about the plans for the next day, in order to properly prepare and be dressed adequately. There was a lot to do and I went to most excursions. The one to the beach with thousands of Iguanas, was my favorite. Snorkling was also fantastic and the equipment very adequate, though I would suggest to everyone to bring a long-sleeve swim shirt to put under the wet-suit, as the sun is so strong that no amount of water-proof sunscreen will be enough. Also, day uniform is really long-sleeve shirt and ling pants with a good hat. At night, though to my surprise, it was warm and so I could have used having 2-3 nice summer dresses, which I did not think to bring.
But above all, this trip was really chicken soup for the soul. I am not a calm and contemplative person by nature, but the surroundings really made me happy to just sit and contemplate and be in the moment... no past, no future just there and happy... that is priceless.
If I had to improve on something, would be to offer more than 1 Jacuzzi, located in the shade, not in direct sun and with pool-temperature water. The Jacuzzi was unbearably hot and being in the direct sunlight, made it impossible to be used at length. Also the wine could have been slightly better at times. Read Less
Chose this because we wanted a 7-day canal transit on a small ship. First time on Windstar. Overall very good -- excellent service, food was quite satisfactory, ship was in good but not outstanding condition. The cabin space was ... Read More
Chose this because we wanted a 7-day canal transit on a small ship. First time on Windstar. Overall very good -- excellent service, food was quite satisfactory, ship was in good but not outstanding condition. The cabin space was excellent -- was skeptical of the french balcony, but liked it a great deal. Since you have a whole suite, no need for a separate balcony, and opening the sliders brought the outdoors inside.
The canal transit was excellent, super informative, just what we wanted. The excursions at the Panama and Costa Rica stops were good. Time on board was generally very relaxing and pampered (see smoking exception below!). We are not foodies, but we found the food very good in selection and quality -- and again the service overall was really excellent, from top to bottom.
As noted above, the ship's smoking policy was ridiculous. We enjoyed hanging out at the outdoor bar, called the Star Bar, and there is a designated smoking area right next to the bar (like maybe 10 feet away). Come on, this is the year 2018! We had perhaps 6 or 7 smokers (out of about 170 passengers), why should they smog up the place for the all the others? Of course the breeze was always blowing straight from them towards the rest of us. Worse, two people were cigar smokers, and they also puffed away. Windstar should move the smoking area away from the bar! There is plenty of space on the top deck (where the Star Bar is), and the smoking area should be moved AWAY. Before booking another Windstar I would need to investigate the details of the individual ship's policy -- I would be very cautious about booking another cruise on this ship if the policy is not changed. Read Less
We chose this cruise because a travel agent friend informed us about it, and the cruise was made more special because we traveled with 8 other friends from our home town. It truly was a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience, but more ... Read More
We chose this cruise because a travel agent friend informed us about it, and the cruise was made more special because we traveled with 8 other friends from our home town. It truly was a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience, but more physically challenging than I anticipated.
My only complaint, is that the DVD I bought on the ship, of photos and video taken by a professional photographer, didn't work on any DVD player, only a laptop. Major bummer.
Also, the naturalists on board were all local, and very knowledgeable and committed to the Galapagos, but their English pronunciation was quite difficult to understand. Only two of the staff spoke understandable English.
That said, I can't speak highly enough about how kind, professional, thoughtful and responsive the wait staff was.
Also, the pianist on board was terrific- great entertainment!
I just wish there was some room for dancing to his excellent music. Read Less
All four specialty restaurants were exceptional for both food and service. Even the main dining room was excellent. The ship itself is beautiful and very easy to navigate. The food on this ship is far superior to any of the other ... Read More
All four specialty restaurants were exceptional for both food and service. Even the main dining room was excellent. The ship itself is beautiful and very easy to navigate. The food on this ship is far superior to any of the other cruises we have been on to date, i.e., Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, etc. The average age on this ship was probably about 70. My wife and I are in our fifties and would prefer the average age to be a bit younger but age is a state of mind and we made friends with a family the parents which were 75 and 80 years old. The entertainment was average but perfection is difficult to achieve. We would definitely go on this ship again because of the food and the service. My advice is to go with a group of friends and enjoy the food and the company. Can't imagine going on a ship with lesser food after this experience. Read Less
Oceania is a "Class Act". You are treated like royalty. Food, service, friendliness, cabin size, cleanliness, choice of ports, etc. are wonderful. You cannot ask for a better cruise experience! All the Specialty Restaurants ... Read More
Oceania is a "Class Act". You are treated like royalty. Food, service, friendliness, cabin size, cleanliness, choice of ports, etc. are wonderful. You cannot ask for a better cruise experience! All the Specialty Restaurants are included in the cruise fare. Our favorite is the Polo Grill. If you like Ruth Chris' Streak House, then you will love the Polo Grill. You can even eat whole fresh lobster at no extra cost.
We have sailed on approximately 50 cruises covering many different cruise lines, but Oceania has the best food and service of any of the cruises. Your are frequently greeted by your name and a lot of the staff know your needs even before you ask for something. I call it "Pure Luxury". The ships are small; less than 700 on the four small sister ships, and approximately 1,200 on the larger two sister ships. Thus, you receive very personal attention. The ratio of staff to passenger is very high.
However, this is not a cruise line for young people or couples that want nightlife like Carnival, NCL, or RCCL. The shows and entertainers are enjoyable, but not spectacular Las Vegas type shows at all. The casino is very small with limited gaming.. There are no children facilities. There is no entertainment for teenagers.
My husband and I will now only travel on Oceania and we are already booked for two cruises in 2019! Read Less
We chose this cruise because after cruising last year on Oceania in the Mediterranean, we found the food, crew, and all adult passengers very relaxing and enjoyable. This is not a family cruise line because there are no children ... Read More
We chose this cruise because after cruising last year on Oceania in the Mediterranean, we found the food, crew, and all adult passengers very relaxing and enjoyable. This is not a family cruise line because there are no children activities or play areas. Passenger ages ranged from mid 40s to 85... with most passengers 55-70. That is our age group. The restaurants do not cost extra and the food is fantastic. The dress code for special reservations in restaurants is business casual ... NO ties required. That is what also appealed to my spouse. The butler and cabin attendants treated us with friendliness and respect 24 hours a day.
Our only disappointment was seeing how the Eastern Caribbean islands are still not back to pre hurricane status. We will not visit the Eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, or Puerto Rico for at least a year or more. I know the islands need our tourist dollars, but the water from rain run off and trash is not like it used to be before September 2017.
If you want to be spoiled rotten, eat fabulous food, see good entertainment, and socialize with adults, this might interest you. Before I forget, our Cruise Director, Cory Powell, was on TV every morning giving daily highlights. He hosted 2 karaoke late nights in Horizons Lounge and everyone laughed and had great fun. All in all, our onboard experience was perfectly worth every dollar we spent. Read Less
Welcome to Cruise Critic; we’re happy you decided to register to become a Cruise Critic Member.
Important: Do Not Use Your REAL NAME as your USER NAME
Important: Please disable your email verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Please add @cruisecritic.com to your email safelist.
Please respect that this is a MODERATED community for people who absolutely LOVE cruise travel or want to learn about cruise travel.
Registration to Cruise Critic’s Cruise Community is free! We require that you use a valid e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address before you are allowed to login and post on the boards. Again, please disable your spamblocking or verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Also, as a member of Cruise Critic you will receive copies of our weekly newsletter plus our "Cruise Sails" and one "Member Offer" mailing. Should you not want to continue to receive these e-mailings, simply unsubscribe by following the directions in the newsletter. By agreeing to become a member, you are agreeing to receipt of our newsletters.
Additionally, we do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed at this link: Community Guidelines.
This is a moderated Community. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Web site and do not wish to be bound by them, please do not use this Web site or continue the registration process. Cruise Critic reserves the right to remove any content in its sole discretion. Additionally, if you violate our Community Guidelines you may lose your posting privileges — permanently — without warning. By continuing the registration you are agreeing to the terms.
These are moderated message boards. What this means is that we do our best to remove all objectionable messages from the boards. It also means that you cannot say whatever you’d like on the forums. If you are looking for an "anything goes" setting, Cruise Critic might not be the place for you. Understand, too, that our community is comprised of folks who LOVE to cruise. It therefore stands to reason that they will have a favorite cruise line or port of call — in other words, they are "fans" and will sometimes take offense when a brand new member has arrived on the scene to bash a cruise line.
Keep in mind that we do not prescreen posts so there may be a period of time when an inappropriate post is visible. Please use the Report A Post icon located in the UPPER right hand corner of each posting if you wish to report a violation of our Community Guidelines. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Cruise Critic Message Board Forums, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, are in violation of our Community Guidelines or otherwise violative of any laws.
Cruise Critic reserves to right to remove, edit, move or close any thread (discussion) for any reason from the forums without warning. or notification to the Community. Additionally, we also reserve the right to deny posting privileges to any member at our sole discretion.
You hereby grant Cruise Critic the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any message posted in our message board community (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.
Our mission is to provide a haven on the Internet free of harassment and advertising for our community members’ enjoyment. Any company or person(s) that interfere with that mission risk losing their posting privileges.
If you have any questions about how our community is moderated, please address them to our Community Manager via e-mail at email@example.com. Please do not post on the boards.
LauraS Community Manager
Become a cruise insider
Get the best cruise deals, along with the latest news and insider tips, right to your inbox
Thank you for Signing Up
Now help us get to know you better to enhance your experience.