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MSC Seaside Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
1105 reviews
3 Awards
MSC Seaside (Photo: MSC Cruises)
Shrimp cocktail at MSC Seaside's Seashore Restaurant (Photo: Cruise Critic)
MSC Yacht Club cabin on MSC Seaside (Photo: Dori Saltzman/Cruise Critic)
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Editor Rating
4.5
Very Good
Ashley Kosciolek
Cruise Critic Contributor

MSC Seaside is lively and fun, incorporating jaw-dropping entertainment, lots of outdoor spaces (it's a sun worshipper's paradise!) and family-friendly activities that include a 4D cinema, bowling, ziplines and a large water park.

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

About

Passengers : 4,132
Crew : 1,413
Passenger to Crew : 2.92:1
Launched : December 2017
Shore Excursions : 255

But what really sets Seaside apart from other ships sailing in the Caribbean is its European flair and service and the international mix of cruisers onboard. The vessel's interior showcases glitzy Italian design, meals in the dining room are European-style (read slow, sometimes taking more than two hours) and service from waiters and bartenders usually comes minus the smile many North Americans expect. Don't get us wrong, most of the crew onboard are pleasant and generally helpful; just don't expect the over-the-top friendliness you often find on other cruise lines.

The one exception to this can be found in the ship's Yacht Club, a suites-only enclave for the ship's highest-paying passengers. Here, service is friendly, attentive and efficient, and many Yacht Club passengers spend the bulk of their time onboard within its confines, whether in the spacious lounge or on the exclusive Yacht Club sun deck with accompanying pool.

To cater to the ship's largely 40-something English- and Spanish-speaking passengers -- many of whom live within driving distance of Miami -- most announcements on Seaside are only made in English and Spanish. In the theater, however, you'll hear about five languages, and there's usually a large contingent of passengers from several European countries, including Italy and Germany. There are plenty of opportunities to make new friends from all over the world, with anywhere from 50 percent and up of your fellow passengers from outside of North America.

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One final note about MSC Seaside: Be prepared to pay extra for most of the onboard activities, including all of the oversized arcade-style attractions (4D cinema, Formula One racecar simulator, bowling, etc.) and outdoor activities like the zipline.

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals in the ship's two main dining rooms and two buffets
  • Most entertainment, including all theater shows (exclusions below)
  • Most daily activities (exclusions below)
  • Use of the onboard fitness center

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Dining at the ship's alternative restaurants
  • Items from the two onboard Venchi chocolate outposts
  • Use of the bowling alley, 4D cinema, video games and Formula One simulator
  • Use of the onboard zipline
  • Daily gratuities for the ship's crew ($12.50 per person, per day)
  • Spa treatments and gratuity
  • Sodas, specialty coffees, alcohol and gratuity (unless you've purchased a beverage package)
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Organized classes in the fitness center

MSC Seaside Dress Code

Daytime: Dress is casual, with people sporting everything from jeans and T-shirts to bathing suits and flip-flops.

Evening: In the evenings it's dressier, but more smart casual than formal, except for the two "elegant" (not formal) nights per cruise. Jackets for men (tie optional) and dresses or pantsuits for women are appropriate, but the code isn't enforced. Suits, tuxes and ball gowns are not necessary, but many passengers do wear them, particularly on "Meet the Captain" night.

Not permitted: T-shirts and shorts are not allowed in the ships' public areas in the evenings. No swimwear is allowed in main dining rooms. Jeans are not allowed in the dining room on elegant nights.

Read more about MSC Cruises dress code.

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Where does MSC Seaside sail from?

MSC Seaside departs from Naples, Barcelona, Santos (Sao Paulo), Lisbon, Marseille, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Genoa, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Valencia and Messina

How much does it cost to go on MSC Seaside?

Cruises on MSC Seaside start from null per person.

Is MSC Seaside a good ship to cruise on?

MSC Seaside won 3 awards over the years, including Best for Embarkation and Best for Entertainment in 2019.
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