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MSC Seaside Review

2019 Best for Embarkation
2019 Best for Entertainment
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MSC Seaside
4.5 / 5.0
1109 reviews

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
465
Sails To
Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Western Mediterranean, Bahamas, Mediterranean
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Ashley Kosciolek
Cruise Critic Contributor

MSC Seaside Overview

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.

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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.

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

Top MSC Seaside Itineraries

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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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MSC Seaside Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.53.9
Dining4.53.4
Entertainment4.53.9
Public Rooms4.53.9
Fitness Recreation5.03.8
Family5.03.9
Enrichment3.53.4
Service4.03.6
Value For Money4.03.6

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Where does MSC Seaside sail from?

MSC Seaside departs from Miami, Naples, Livorno, Livorno, Marseille, Barcelona, Genoa and Port Canaveral

How much does it cost to go on MSC Seaside?

Cruises on MSC Seaside start from £119 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.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Entertainment

MSC Seaside Member Reviews

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Beginning of this February we made the one week Caribean Cruise on MSC Seaside. It was a special trip together with our almost 18 year old son.... Read More
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Sail Date: Feb 2020
I adore the MSC Seaside. I have sailed on her 6 times in less than two years. Each time I sail the Yacht Club.... Read More
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Sail Date: Feb 2020
This year looked at "sunny" options in Feb, with MSC, choose Seaside, great reviews, new ship out of Miami.... Read More
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Sail Date: Dec 2019
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