Good morning friends. Flight leaves at 2:11 pm today so figured why wait till I get home...
Final thoughts on my cruise aboard MSC Seaside:
Food very good overall. Specialty restaurants excel and the French bistro is a bargain at 15 dollars. Buffets however are the same every day. No theme nights, nothing different. Buffet food though is of good quality.
Outdoor promenade on deck 8 is nice but other than outdoor seating for the buffet it's just a deck to lounge out in the sun. Norwegian hit a home run with their multiple dining and bar venues that offer outside seating areas.
No shallow section in any of the pools. They're all a minimum of 6 feet deep. I can't speak of Yacht Club since I didn't stay there. Too many cruise lines do this with their new builds it seems.
Best bars hands down are the Sports Bar on deck 8 and South Beach Pool Bar on deck 7.
Spa and gym are nice. Sorry I forgot to get pictures.
Cabin was nice, huge balcony. Bathroom though was tiny. For a big person like me it felt very cramped.
Design is modern and sleek. It's really cool.
Technology actually works very well on the ship.
Careful when registering a card on board for your charge account. Their banking system is based in France and my bank had that country on their blocked list. A simple phone call Monday morning fixed it.
Venchi Chocolate Bar, gelato, pure genius and delicious.
Officers highly visible and very sociable. Always a plus.
Entertainment was decent but as I said seats in the theater are not comfortable unless you get a seat with a walkway in front of you.
Atrium is very cool and the theme shows(70s party, country and western...) are a lot of fun.
Cold towels and flavored water at the ports when you come back to board is nice.
Cruise Critic meet and mingle done by MSC is the best hands down. Free cocktails, a dizzying amount of food, cake, and all the senior officers attending and socializing with everyone. It's a shame that so many people didn't show up for it after signing up for it. 130 signed up and maybe half showed up.
Staff very good for the most part. Once in a while they can be forgetful(not filling your water glass after asking if you wanted water, forgetting a side dish) but it didn't deter from the enjoyment of the cruise.
Would I sail MSC again? Yes. [emoji4]
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