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MSC Seaside Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1110 reviews
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That's one big ship!

Review for MSC Seaside to the Western Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2020
Cabin: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom

We chose this cruise for two reasons. Firstly, we sailed previously on the MSC Divina and enjoyed it, and second, the reasonable price. There was an offer for basic drinks package and wifi, which when added onto the cruise price, kept the cost reasonable.

We were unable to dock at Grand Cayman due to weather, however stops at Ocho Rios and Cozumel were excellent. In Jamaica, we took the very good Bob Marley Nine Mile tour. Lots of reviews complained about the Rastas pushing ganja (weed) on them, however that was one of the highlights. Our tour guide took us to the 'pharmacy' where two Rastas told us about the weed, and people were free to buy a toke. Interesting, you could smoke it anywhere on the museum property (which was across the street) but smoking cigarettes was not allowed. Once inside, they were a bit pushy about buying drinks from their bar, but we didn't even go in. The drive was very scenic and you can see the real Jamaica, not the tourist areas. We took a private tour in Cozumel (Cozumel Bar Hop) which was excellent.

The ship is beautiful, and the crew was very good. There was lots of food in the two buffets and line ups weren't unreasonable. Not all the food in the dining room was great, for example, one night I had excellent rack of lamb, but they put the same crappy gravy on it that was on the steak the night before. There was also a very good pizza bar. We did not eat at any of the restaurants. There was a chocolate bar mid-ship and the over powering smell of the chocolate reaches quite a few areas and is quite sickening.

Cabin Review

Fantastica Balcony Stateroom

Very happy that having booked a Bella inside cabin, were upgraded to a Fantastica balcony stateroom. The cabin was very nice, not too small, and very clean. The only complaint would be the couch, which can be folded out. The seat cushions seemed to be too big for it, and were always slipping off, and it seemed like cheap material.

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