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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 330 guests have reviewed MSC Seaside, giving it a rating of 4 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

4 out of 5(330 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples32%
Groups11.6%
Families w/young children10.7%
Families w/older children7.9%
Singles/Friends7.3%

Most Recent Reviews

great cruise...and had a great time. Beautiful ship.

Dec 10th, 2018

Great cruise from MSC and Travel Agency. Thanks Robyn :-)

Traveler Type

Family (older children)

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

4-6 cruises

Overall good, Excursions TERRIBLE.

Dec 10th, 2018

We had only booked 2 excursions thankfully, so at the last two ports we made our own schedules for the day. Based on my experience with the MSC Excursions, I would absolutely not recommend anyone to ever book an excursion through them. It was utterly disorganized and caused us undue amounts of stress and anxiety and loss of valuable port time.

Traveler Type

Large Group

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

1 cruise (first)

Very Relaxing

Dec 9th, 2018

Not a bad cruise. Love the availability of the interactive screens for making show or dinner reservations. I thought the ship could be a little more user friendly. It was like a maze trying to find your way around. Maybe arrows pointing the way to the restaurants might help. I heard other passengers saying the same thing. Also, maybe it would have been a good idea to make mention of the time change at the emergency safety meeting. Grateful to Melanie for pointing that out. We missed a few shows because of it. Although my cousin wasn't charged for her excursion due to her illness, I was only credited half. I thought that to be insensitive. How could I go off and leave her. The doctor and nurse did an outstanding job when she got ill...we were very pleased.

Traveler Type

Family (older children)

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

1 cruise (first)

Ripped off big time

Dec 9th, 2018

This was cruise for 29th. anniversary. On 9/18 guy brought coffee at 615 am and stole my wife’s wedding ring off desk. I reported to everyone and FBI when I got to shore in San Juan. They did not. Now couple months later, I understand they busted a drug ring onboard. They confiscated lots of cocaine and 100,000 cash. They ought to take that money and buy my wife a 15 to 20k diamond that was stolen. Don’t you think if they were all that to have a massive drug org., they wouldn’t think less of stealing a ring or anything else.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

Dec 8th, 2018

MSC Seaside is a beautiful ship. My family and I had a great time. The staff is very friendly, welcoming, and helpful. Room: We had the Bella balcony. I have 3 kids and my husband. My mom had her own room. She also had Bella balcony. The rooms were very small. Even if I didn’t have 5 in the room, it still is tight. Two people cannot walk past the bed; it is too narrow. Storage was lacking. On the Divina there was extra storage under the desk. There were 3 drawers. The only storage was the little closet and 2 little cubbies on each side of the bed. We packed light, so it wasn’t that much of a problem. Plus my kids are young. I couldn’t imagine 4 adults staying in that room. The person cleaning the room was wonderful. The room stayed clean and mini fridge stayed stocked. My super negative was the smoking. Someone in the cabin next door kept smoking on the balcony even though it wasn’t allowed. MSC couldn’t stop it no matter how much I complained. We couldn’t really enjoy the balcony. I think there were too many smoking areas on this ship, I smelled cigarettes all of the time no matter where I was on the ship. It just traveled. I was on the Divina and there were designated smoking areas, but I never smelled smoke. The one time I smelled smoke was by the casino. One other negative is the bed. The bed was very uncomfortable. It was HARD! On this cruise I had the Bella, but on the Divina I had the Fantastica. The bed on Divina was so comfortable I fell asleep easily. On the Seaside it took awhile and I woke up with back pain. Food: The food was delicious!! Every meal was good. The buffet food was good and flavorful. They really made some changes. Divinas food wasn’t good. The gelato was delicious my favorite was salted toffee. I stayed getting that 3 times a day. The pizza was delicious! Floor 16 buffet was rarely open. Dinner in MDR was served quickly and the drinks were served quickly. Entertainment: The entertainment on the first night was the best. Afterwards it was repetition. Nice voices, but acrobats it dancing same thing. Plenty of lounges and places to hang out. Nice night time parties. They even had silent DJ. That was cool. I spent $100 for the fun pass before the cruise to get $160 to spend. It wasn’t worth it. Barely even spent $25. I will never get that again. Embarkation: was smooth moved quickly Disembarkation: smooth moves quickly

Dec 8th, 2018

Had a great trip. MSC is a little different than the other US cruise lines. Not a party boat like Carnival and the food is extremly good. A little disappointed in the fact that there is not a night for lobster in the Main Dining Room. Have to pay extra for that. Though they offer a trio package to there restaurants that was great and a great value at the time. WiFi on the ship is the best out there. Loved that fact. They tend to nickel and dime you on some things like the lobster, and some room service. But the prices are decent, lower than most cruises and overall a better experience. Will be going again, on same ship, in 2019.

Dec 7th, 2018

Ship is beautiful! I loved the experience. Staff was great and other guest were ok too. I’m not too hard to please with the food, so it worked for me. No specialty restaurants. Enjoyed the Atlantic Salmon in the dining room. Always found a place to just chill without a crowd. Had a balcony in the Fantastica experience. Room steward Dalvin provided excellent service. Heard good things about the Yacht club, but I didn’t miss anything since I never experienced it. The performers were great. Enjoyed the shows. I still believe a cruise is 99% of what you make it. Happy sailings!

Great Caribbean Cruise

Dec 7th, 2018

We truly enjoyed cruising on the MSC Seaside. Our purser was Juan and he did a fantastic job. Waiters in the dining room were George and Fier, and they also did one fabulous job. Will definitely book a cruise again on the Seaside. Currently have two cruises booked on the MSC Davina. One in December and another in January. Love MSC.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

Dec 7th, 2018

We very much enjoyed our trip .. a few glitches to start .. hard to figure out the internet ... deluxe beverage pkg not showing ... safe not working . But once we figured all that out it was smooth sailing from there ... amazing theatre shows ( be sure to get front row seats if you can) Our cabin .. an aurea whirlpool suite , was gorgeous , and the largest I have ever had ! Food in buffet nothing to get excited about ... but the specialty restaurants were fantastic ! MDR was nice but we only ate there once for dinner so hard to judge ... sooo much fun going on all day every day ... especially by the main pool .....staff couldn’t have been friendlier ... always smiling and ready to serve ... I Know I will definitely sail MSC again ????

Dec 6th, 2018

The ship is really beautiful but everything else is just ok, unless you're on the yacht club! Best food on board is the Teppanyaki restaurant everywhere else is not that great. Shows are great but you will see the same faces everyday, no special guests like other cruises that we've been on.

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