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MSC Seaside Cruise Review
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MSC Seaside Cruise Review by Canuck Ripley

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Bella Balcony Stateroom

This was our 2nd time on the Seaside and our 4th cruise with MSC, but our 46th cruise since 2002.

The ship is absolutely beautiful and clean. The hard working staff and crew were friendly as well as helpful and contributed to our enjoyment of this cruise while we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.

We did not get off the ship for the ports since we have done so many times before. Instead we enjoyed the pools and whirlpools on a virtually empty boat. The main flaw with the Jungle Pool on deck 18 is there is no towel exchange and you have to take your 1 wet towel to the back of the boat, go down an elevator to deck 6 and outside to the back of the South Beach Pool to the towel exchange counter and then haul back up to the Jungle Pool on deck 18. They have plenty of room to add a towel exchange on deck 18 and I have mentioned this in every review I did after each MSC cruise. This flaw makes it impossible for people with mobility issues, walkers or wheelchairs to replace wet beach towels (which you are only allowed one). I think more people have to bring this to their attention.

We got off at their private island, Ocean Cay Marine reserve but did not stay too long there. This island should look very nice once it is completed and hopefully they will be able to run the trams more often as it was not possible to get on or off them because they were always full and did not operate them at regular schedules. The Yacht Club however had their own trams which ran quite regularly. It was a hard walk to reach any of the beaches, especially if you have mobility issues. Also, MSC makes you walk over to get beach umbrellas and carry it back to your lounge and charges $15. Since there is absolutely no shade from trees, they should provide these complimentary as other cruise lines do on their private islands.

The food in the main dining room at dinner was very good and had a nice variety. However, the food in the Buffet was the same every day and night and was just ok, with the exception of their pizza, which was always good. The desserts looked great but really had no taste. I think they have to improve in this area.

The entertainment was high energy and great in the theatre as well as the lounges with game shows that had everyone participating and having a good time. Wow! Such talented artists!

Now you must remember that there are good and bad things on all cruise ships. Keep an open mind when reading reviews and I find if you check out ships on You Tube, you can make informed choices. I gave this cruise "Average" rating because the next choice was "Very Good" and I felt the cruise should have a rating of "Good" but it was not available.

One great thing with MSC is the do a "Loyalty Match", which I wish other cruise lines did. Whatever your highest level on another cruise line, MSC will move you up to that level and along with the top "Diamond" category, you will receive many perks!

We are going to take a break from MSC for now but we will return sometime in the future.

Happy cruising and stay safe!

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Cabin Review

Bella Balcony Stateroom

Quite large and nicely laid out. Very clean, quiet and had a nice size balcony.

Very good location on the ship.

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