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East & West Caribbean from Miami

3rd Aug 2024 | 14 nights | MSC Cruises | MSC Seascape

Add drinks from £36 per person, per day
Gratuities (tips) included
Family friendly with child prices up to 17 yrs
Range of medium size to mega-ships
Good for couples, groups & families
Stylish with a relaxed atmosphere onboard
Puerto Plata
San Juan
Nassau
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Miami, Florida
Falmouth
George Town, Grand Cayman
Cozumel
Add drinks from £36 per person, per day
Gratuities (tips) included
Family friendly with child prices up to 17 yrs
Range of medium size to mega-ships
Good for couples, groups & families
Stylish with a relaxed atmosphere onboard
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3rd Aug 2024 Saturday
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Nassau
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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
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Falmouth
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Cozumel
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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
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Miami, Florida
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MSC Seascape, the second EVO-Class ship launched by MSC Cruises in a little over a year, is all about continuity. The Geneva-based cruise line is doubling down on its mission to conquer the North American market with this gorgeous 170,000-gross-ton vessel. Identical to its sister ship MSC Seashore in nearly every way, MSC Seascape features a glitzy, New York City-inspired aesthetic. The metropolitan glamour touches are best exemplified in the four-deck Atrium with its dazzling staircase featuring 10,000 Swarovski crystals. But even with its swanky appearance, MSC Seascape is still a family-friendly ship at heart with multiple pools, play areas, an expansive Doremiland kids club, game rooms and the brand-new thrill ride Robotron (the one feature that notably sets it apart from MSC Seashore). While the ship's design draws inspiration from the Big Apple and a hearty helping of Americana (albeit through a European lens), MSC Cruises' international charm is very much intact on board MSC Seascape, as evidenced by the large presence of international cruisers. In fact, the American touches are a homerun among the MSC faithful. And although English might not be the most prevalent language among passengers, for the most part you'll find no issues communicating with the courteous and cheerful staff.

A smidge larger than sister ship MSC Seashore, MSC Seascape can accommodate 5,877 passengers at double occupancy. As big as the ship is, it features a smart layout with plenty of nooks and crannies that enable you to find the right spot to revel or relax, at your leisure.

MSC Seascape Deck Plan

MSC Seascape has 19 decks (the highest one is Deck 20, but Italian superstition nixes number 17). A neat little feature is that every deck on MSC Seascape is named after a famous island, from the Phi Phi Islands of Thailand (Deck 4) to the United Arab Emirates' Sir Bani Yas island (Deck 19). Despite the high number of decks, MSC Seascape manages to deliver intimate spaces that do a good job at limiting overcrowding. One way the ship achieves this is by breaking up the traditional main dining room into four smaller restaurants spread across Decks 6-8, each with distinct décor and feel but identical service and menus. With its 13 pools and water features, MSC Seascape strives to strike a balance between kid-friendly and adult-enticing settings. The centrepieces are the Marina Pool and the Jungle Room Pool, located on opposite sides of Deck 18. Both are somewhat small, and during our sailing, the Jungle Room Pool's indoor setting (it features a retractable roof) attracted the most attention from passengers. But on MSC Seascape's Caribbean sailings, it's entirely reasonable to see the outdoor Marina Pool take centre stage. The adults-only Infinity Pool on Deck 8 is a little slice of paradise; a very 'Instagrammable' spot on the aft of the ship that also features a bar and a gelato station. MSC Seascape features 140,000 square feet of public outdoor space, reinforcing the notion that this is indeed a ship for warm-weather sailings. While this wasn't super useful during our December sailing from Bermuda to New York City, the ship's Caribbean itineraries from Port Miami will make all the outdoor space shine.

MSC Seascape Cabins

With 2,270 cabins and 11 categories, variety is not an issue on MSC Seascape. Featuring muted yet elegant tones and decor, the cabins throughout the ship are comfortable and efficient. Families can take advantage of the fact that in-room sofas convert into extra beds. Additionally, the ship features 75 dedicated cabins for guests with mobility challenges, a slight increase from MSC Seashore's total of 66 cabins. Where the ship's cabins really shine, though, is in the luxurious MSC Yacht Club. Perched at the top of MSC Seascape, across Decks 16-19 on the aft, the Yacht Club is MSC's ship-within-a-ship suite experience and the undisputed crown jewel on MSC Seascape. The complex features 131 suites as well as its own restaurant and an exclusive (and expansive) sun deck with a pool, whirlpools and a buffet. With so many comfortable amenities, it's entirely possible to spend all your time within the confines of the Yacht Club. And if and when you leave, your attentive butler can either escort you to your next destination within the ship or arrange reservations for dinner or shows for you. We've said before that the perks of the Yacht Club make booking an interior suite here better than a bigger cabin elsewhere on the ship, and this opinion holds true on MSC Seascape.

MSC Seascape Dining Options Abound

With 11 restaurants on board MSC Seascape, you'll have a cornucopia of choices. The ship's complimentary eateries -- the buffet and the four-restaurant main dining room -- are decent options. We liked the layout of the Marketplace buffet and its bistro-like ambience, and the main dining room's restaurants offer a substantial level of intimacy not typically found on ships with large dining rooms. The quality of the food and of the service, however, tends to be inconsistent. A much different story is served up on all five of MSC Seascape's speciality restaurants. It stands to reason that if something costs extra, it will invariably be better than the complimentary options. But on MSC Seascape, the difference felt more pronounced than other similar cruise lines. Your culinary preferences will determine which of the speciality restaurants is best. We especially enjoyed the steakhouse Butcher's Cut and the upscale atmosphere of seafood-focused Ocean Cay, but you can't go wrong with any of them. On par with the speciality restaurants, the Yacht Club Restaurant dials up the dining experience as well. The location alone is peerless, as one would expect of a suites-only restaurant, but the menu and the attention to detail surpass expectations. You can also eat at the Yacht Club's buffet or enjoy snacks throughout the day at the Yacht Club Top Sail Lounge, so choices are also plentiful here.

Entertainment & Activities

Theatre and Shows on MSC Seascape

Chora Theatre is MSC Seascape's primary entertainment venue. A 1,200-seater, the two-deck theatre feels intimate enough to the point that there's hardly a bad seat in the house. The unassuming grey patterns on the walls and ceiling are vaguely reminiscent of stone slabs you might find in an ancient Greek amphitheatre (*chora* is Greek for town), while classical Greek motifs adorn other parts of the venue. During our sailing, Chora Theater hosted nightly shows ranging from single-performer concerts to elaborate musicals. The entertainment itself was hit or miss; owing to MSC's multilingual audience, the shows often had to rely on universal forms of entertainment. This meant sometimes forcing elements -- like gymnasts or mimes -- that didn't have much of a connection to the overall plot of what was being presented on stage.

Cabaret Rouge - While Chora Theatre owns its minimalist style, Le Cabaret Rouge embraces an extravagant swagger. Drawing not-so-subtle inspiration from Paris' Moulin Rouge, this fun spot at the aft of the ship on decks 6 and 7 features a red-on-red décor accentuated with all-black chandeliers. It can sit up to 400 people, but thanks to its smart layout, feels remarkably intimate. Live entertainment at Le Cabaret Rouge got started around 8pm each night. The quality of the acts was inconsistent, but the overall vibe of the venue is thoroughly enjoyable. After midnight, the cabaret became the DJ's stage. Tip: Le Cabaret Rouge was obviously built for nightlife, but it's also a delightful afternoon spot. Curl up on one of its comfortable lounge chairs by a window to catch the sunset or to catch up on a good book.

Daily Things to Do on MSC Seascape

Trivia contests, bingo sessions, dance classes and the odd lecture made up the bulk of the daily activities on board MSC Seascape. But even on sea days, the number and variety of organized events seemed somewhat scarce. To be fair, the plurality of languages among passengers can turn some of these activities (particularly trivia) into a complicated affair. We did find, however, that passengers onboard MSC Seashore are quite adept at generating their own entertainment, so impromptu card games were a common sight across the ship's lounges and other common areas.

Nightlife on MSC Seascape

The glitzy look of MSC Seascape lends itself to healthy doses of nightlife, and our sailing was no exception. Aside from the activities in the theatre and cabaret, other venues throughout the ship come alive when night falls. The parties usually got started at The Atrium or Times Square on Deck 6 with live music and duelling pianos, while more subdued performances would take place at the Loft Café on Deck 8. Karaoke sessions, dance lessons and live music took off in Deck 8's Uptown Lounge, and for those who prefer to party under the stars could revel on the Marina Pool Deck with a live DJ. MSC Seascape's casino serves as the main thoroughfare between The Atrium and Chora Theater on Deck 7. A grand total of 186 slots machines and 14 gaming tables with Roulette, Blackjack, Poker and Ultimate Texas Poker keep the high rollers rolling. But non-smokers beware: the smell of cigarettes is overwhelming and will stay with you long after you've left the confines of the casino.

MSC Seascape Bars and Lounges

With 20 bars and lounges to choose from, cruisers are spoiled for choice on MSC Seascape. Better yet, many cocktails cost less than $9, which also happens to be the maximum price covered by MSC's Easy Drink Package. If you're staying in the Yacht Club, your fare includes all drinks at any of the ship's bars or restaurants (except those yummy margaritas at Hola! Tacos).

Our Picks

For Pre- and Post-Dinner Cocktails: Located on Deck 8 right across the entrances to Butchers Cut and Kaito Teppanyaki, Cocktail Bar is a sort of extension of the speciality restaurants and the ideal place to enjoy your pre- or post-dinner cocktail of choice.

To See and Be Seen: The glamourous Champagne Bar on Deck 8 overlooks The Atrium and its bedazzled four-deck staircase, giving you a great vantage point for people-watching. In truth, you can't go wrong with any of the bars throughout The Atrium, including Shine Bar on Deck 6 or the signature Seascape Bar on Deck 5. But its lofty location and the bubbly-centric cocktail menu takes the Champagne Bar a notch or two above the rest and fits the Atrium's glitzy aesthetic best.

For Sports Enthusiasts: Decked out in sports memorabilia, a bar shaped like a football and booths with private TVs, the Sports Bar is hands down the most obvious choice to enjoy a cold one Adjacent to the bar, you'll also find a game room with a pool table, shuffleboard and pinball machine.

For the Views: Any of MSC Seascape's outdoor bars will reward you with good views, but our pick goes to the somewhat modest Infinity Bar on Deck 8. Sure, it's essentially a pool bar and it's not located on the highest decks. But the Infinity Pool area oozes charisma and just begs to be enjoyed, drink in hand.

MSC Seascape Pools and Hot Tubs

Following the blueprint introduced by sister ship MSC Seashore, the cruise line opted against having one large pool on board MSC Seascape and instead offers a collection of smaller pools. This feature also contributes to the ship's ability to manage crowds, as cruisers tend to spread among the various pool decks. Based on its location alone, the Marina Pool on Deck 18 would be the equivalent of a main pool on board MSC Seascape. It features a 360-degree water fountain island in the centre, a lounge space within the pool at a shallower depth and six jacuzzies. In terms of size, though, the Jungle Pool on Deck 16 has the advantage. Adorned with faux vegetation and a couple of tiger statues bordering on corny, the pool also features a retractable roof, so it can be climate-controlled during cold weather sailings. A pair of hot tubs flanking the pool give this room something of an adult vibe, but the fact that its located right outside of the Doremiland Kids Club and on the way to the buffet means the Jungle Room is also a haven for families.

Part pool and part attraction, the Pirates Cove AquaPark is impressive in its own right and a big hit among the young (and not so young) crowd. It's laid out like a pirate ship about to get pulled down to the ocean depths by the mythical Kraken's tentacles, with water slides that branch out from either side. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the adults-only Infinity Pool at the aft of the ship on Deck 8 is the place to be if you're traveling without children (or you're relying on the Doremiland Kids Club for daycare). The views of the ship's wake here are as relaxing as they are enticing, especially when enjoyed from a sunbed within the pool. But if being away from it all is your goal at the pool deck, then the Yacht Club's One Pool is the place for you. Located all the way up on Deck 20 and accessible only to passengers staying in the Yacht Club, this pool feels bigger than the Marina Pool and is surrounded by plenty of lounge chairs, a solarium and hot tubs.

Robotron and Other Attractions on MSC Seascape

MSC Seascape boasts one attraction that sets it apart from other ships on the fleet: the Robotron thrill ride. Perched on Deck 20, overlooking the Marina Pool, the ride consists of a robotic arm with three seats that shakes, twists and flips to pulsating beats while suspending riders 174 feet above water. Billed as the first ride of its kind at sea, Robotron is worth checking out as part of MSC Seascape's interactive attractions, which also include the Formula 1 racer simulator, the interactive XD cinema, the flight simulator and video arcades on the ship's Hall of Games on Deck 18. Robotron costs $10 per ride, and the ride itself lasts about three minutes. That's a pretty good cost-to-ride-duration ratio, and the ride features three different settings (light, moderate and fast). Only three riders can go on Robotron at once, which can make for a more intimate experience with family and friends, but can also translate into longer waiting times. Tip: If you plan on riding Robotron numerous times, spring for a Fun Pass Package, which also entitles you to enjoy MSC Seascape's other attractions like the Formula 1 racer simulator or the interactive XD Cinema, among others.

Sundecks on MSC Seascape

With 140,000 square feet of outdoor space, sundecks are not in short supply on board MSC Seascape. Therefore you won't have to look far to find loungers, although popular areas like the Infinity Pool and the Marina Pool tend to fill up rather quickly. Unsurprisingly, MSC Seascape's best sundeck is the one surrounding Deck 20's One Pool in the Yacht Club suite complex. The loungers, sofas and daybeds here are noticeably swankier and availability is hardly an issue.

Services and Wi-Fi on MSC Seascape

Several stores and boutiques -- including a duty-free shop -- are located midship on Deck 6. One of the standouts here is TimeVallée, as the luxury Swiss store made its debut at sea onboard MSC Seascape. You will not find an ATM onboard the ship, so it's best to plan ahead or look for one in port. In the midship area, MSC Seascape also features a shore excursion desk, a future cruise desk, an art gallery and an MSC Foundation store/information centre. While the Wi-Fi on MSC Seascape is reliable enough to handle video calls and other internet needs, the setup can be tricky. It took us a few tries to sort it out, but once it kicked in, we were set for the whole sailing without any issues. If you're staying at the Yacht Club, the concierge or your butler should be able to help. The MSC For Me app, which you can use onboard even if you don't purchase an internet package, is easy to use and quite convenient to sort out your daily schedule and manage your reservations. Staying at the Yacht Club also means you get a special MSC For Me Wristband that not only grants swift access to the suite complex and your cabin, but you can also use as your de-facto ship card to order drinks or make any purchases on board.

Spa and Thermal Suite on MSC Seascape

Occupying some serious real estate on Deck 8 (about a third of the deck), the MSC Aurea Spa feature 21 treatment rooms, a hair and nail salon, a barbershop and a dedicated outdoor area with three cabanas available for half-day and full-day rental. MSC Aurea Spa is also home to the expansive Thermal Suite, which offers a host of interesting therapies that rely on temperature manipulation and includes a salt room, snow room, scrub room, Finnish sauna, soft sauna, blower pool, Mediterranean bath, vertical Kneipp, and steam room. Thermal Suite passes are included for passengers staying in Aurea and Yacht Club cabins, but you can also purchase a day or weekly pass. Despite its large size, Aurea Spa disappointingly lacks a proper waiting lounge (you have to sit across from the entrance of the gym which ruins the mood a bit), and the changing rooms are on the small side.

Gym and Fitness on MSC Seascape

Adjacent to MSC Aurea Spa, the MSC Gym takes up 3,000 square feet on Deck 8. It features Technogym equipment, 10 spin bikes and a class studio (note that fitness and yoga classes, with the exception of the morning stretch, command a fee). Elsewhere, the Sports Arena is perched on Deck 20 and can function as a basketball, volleyball, tennis or indoor soccer court. For all its outdoor space, though, MSC Seashore curiously lacks a jogging path, a trait that shares with sister ship MSC Seashore.

On MSC Seascape, food options vary from acceptable to excellent. The cruise line's predilection for traditional dining settings on this ship endures, with hardly any place to get a grab-and-go bite, although the vast Marketplace buffet serves as MSC Seascape's most informal eatery. Eleven restaurants make up MSC Seascape's dining offerings. The buffet and the main dining room's four restaurants comprise the complimentary options, and five specialty restaurants round up the pay-to-dine choices. The MSC Yacht Club features its own exclusive restaurant and buffet.

Free Restaurants on MSC Seascape

Green Wave Restaurant, Cala Jondal Restaurant, Aegean Restaurant and Skyline Restaurant: MSC Seascape's main dining room is split into these four restaurants located on decks 5, 6 and 7, a concept borrowed from sister ship MSC Seashore. Green Wave on Deck 5 is the largest, followed by Cala Jondal on Deck 6, and Aegean and Skyline on Deck 7. This layout helps provide a more intimate experience for diners, and although you will have an assigned seating time and restaurant, if you're curious to try a different restaurant you're welcome to try as a walk-in. Just keep in mind that the menus are identical on all restaurants and that Skyline is exclusive to passengers staying in one of the Aurea category cabins. On the two separate occasions that we dined in Aegean, we found the experiences to be inconsistent. Service was attentive and swift on one night, but slow and intermittent on the other. The food was decent on both opportunities, if unremarkable, and the menus try to cater to the tastes of North American passengers by adding items like surf and turf.

Marketplace Buffet: With capacity for 1,169 diners, MSC Seascape's buffet on Deck 16 is by far the largest eatery on board. Despite its vast size, the buffet was never overwhelmingly crowded during our sailing. Seating was also plentiful, and the space boasts a handsome Parisian bistro look that adds to its charm. Moreover, the buffet extends to the aft of the ship where you can enjoy al fresco dining. The Marketplace Buffet is where MSC Seascape makes the strongest culinary appeal to mainstream American palates, with options like burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches among the choices. The quality of the food here was also hit or miss, but not unlike what you find in the buffet eateries of other mainstream cruise lines. As one would expect from a cruise line with Italian roots, pizza (the four cheese slices in particular) and burrata were some of the highlights, but some pasta dishes left a lot to be desired.

Room Service: On MSC Seascape, lower-level cabin categories incur a delivery fee of $4.99 for room service. But if you're staying in an Aurea or Yacht Club cabin, this service is free. Some menu items are complimentary while others are available for a fee, and room service is available 24/7. A popular option for room service on MSC Seascape and MSC

Free Yacht Club Restaurants on MSC Seascape

One of the best perks of the MSC Yacht Club is having your very own a la carte restaurant that's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a buffet on the suite complex's private sundeck. The Top Sail lounge, located just below the Yacht Club Restaurant, also serves canapes and bites all day long, as well as afternoon tea.

Yacht Club Restaurant: If the Yacht Club Restaurant was the only perk available in MSC Seascape's suite complex, it would still be well worth the money. The restaurant is like an epicurean sanctuary perched on Deck 18, worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the public areas of the ship. Featuring all the markings of an upscale restaurant, the service is faultlessly attentive and personalized, and the menu -- brimming with top-of-the-line options -- changes daily.

The One Pool Grill & Bar: As the name suggests, this buffet-style eatery is located within the Yacht Club's exclusive pool deck on Deck 19. During our sailing, the buffet lines were never crowded, and food is served throughout the day until sundown.

Speciality Restaurants on MSC Seascape

MSC Seascape's speciality restaurants are all excellent choices and well worth the price of admission. It can get expensive to try them all, however, so we recommend getting a speciality dining package, which entitles you to a pre-selected three-course meal. Tip: if you purchase your package ahead of your sail date, you can save up to 40%.

The package limits your included choices to certain items or meals on the menu, but you do have the choice to select anything else by paying 50% of its cost. (Note: the Unlimited Dining Experiences and Five Dining Experiences packages are not available on MSC Seascape) All five restaurants are conveniently located on Deck 8 towards the aft of the ship, turning this corner into a 'restaurant district' of sorts that exudes a nightlife charm. This location also allows one of the restaurants -- Butchers Cut -- to have an outdoor seating area, which is perfect for a serene sunset meal.

Butchers Cut ($$$; brunch, $$): The largest and most popular of the speciality restaurants, Butchers Cut manages to flawlessly replicate the vibe of a land-based steakhouse. The aroma of leather is alluring, and the décor is elegant and unpretentious. Then there's the food… The baked goat cheese appetizer we had here was so deliciously decadent that it almost eclipsed the filet mignon main course. Other no less impressive items on the Dining Experience list included a burrata and beet salad, foie grass deviled eggs and a duo of lamb chops, while the a la carte steaks ranged from a 16 oz bison steak to a 36 oz. tomahawk. We didn't get to try it, but the menu also included brunch selections available on select days from 10 am to 2 pm.

Ocean Cay ($$$$): Of all the speciality restaurants, Ocean Cay felt like the most upscale option. Intimate and stylish, this would be our top choice for a date night dinner. It's also the most expensive of the five speciality restaurants. We kicked off proceedings with generous crab cake appetizer that clicked all the right buttons. For the main course, we had the spaghetti with wild clams, which had an enticing proportion of about 75% seafood to 25% pasta, but other similarly enticing dishes included a squid ragout, roasted black cod with eggplant caviar and mullet bottarga with linguine.

Kaito Teppanaki ($$$, kids menu available): The second largest of the speciality restaurants, Kaito might be one of the most spacious Teppanyaki restaurants at sea. The setup is standard for this type of eatery: you sit around the iron griddle table with your fellow diners while the chef puts his knife skills to the test, cracking silly jokes and dishing out everyone's meals. We had the Sencho Dining Experience, which consisted of a plentiful parade of dishes, including sushi and sashimi, miso soup, salmon, prawns, sirloin and fried rice, plus spiced pineapple with matcha ice cream for dessert.

Kaito Sushi (a la carte, $): A more informal option than the previous eateries, Kaito Sushi Bar consists of a conveyor belt that rolls covered small plates of sushi and sashimi and you choose dishes to your heart's content (or your wallet's allowance). The dishes are colour-coded by price and range from $6 to $14, so you can have an idea of what your final bill will look like. We liked the quick and casual nature of Kaito, and if you prefer cooked items like tempura and soup, you can also order them.

Hola! Tacos & Cantina (a la carte, $): While still located on Deck 8, Hola! Tacos & Cantina sits away from the main speciality restaurant cluster and closer to The Atrium. With a menu inspired by Mexico City's street dining scene, we were impressed by the authenticity of the offerings here. While the festive decoration can sometimes border on overwhelming, it does work in service of the restaurant's general ambience. The guacamole is a must, but don't sleep on the other salsas. One drawback is that the margaritas served here are not included in your drink package, but they are well worth the extra expense.

Venchi 1878 Chocolate Bar and Gelato Stations: Though more of a shop than a restaurant, we would be remiss to leave Venchi 1878 Chocolate Bar out of the list of MSC Seascape's speciality eateries. Located on Deck 6 among duty-free shops, Venchi's chocolate confections, speciality coffee and mouthwatering gelato are worth checking out. And the gelato also makes an appearance at the Infinity Pool on Deck 8 and the Jungle Pool on Deck 16, in case you crave a yummy cold treat by the pool.

Cruise Critic Restaurant Picks on MSC Seascape

In terms of food quality and service, MSC Seascape's speciality restaurants deliver consistency across the board. On our voyage, we were particularly impressed with Butcher's Cut and Ocean Cay as two superb traditional dining experiences, but you simply can't go wrong with any of the choices. Although five restaurants doesn't sound like a lot, there is plenty of variety among them and your taste buds will have abundant cuisines to explore.

Dietary Restrictions on MSC Seascape

Passengers with dietary restrictions travelling on MSC Seascape can rest easy knowing that the ship has separate galleys for vegan and gluten-free food preparation. You will be asked to flag any dietary restrictions when you check in, but it's always recommendable to let the main dining room's maitre'd know if you have any food allergies. The menus in the main dining room and the Yacht Club Restaurant label their vegan, vegetarian and no sugar-added options. Oddly, this isn't the case in speciality restaurants, although you can usually infer which menu options fall under the aforementioned categories (or better yet, ask your server). On all restaurants that we visited, however, our server asked us if we had allergies or dietary restrictions.

MSC Seascape features 2,270 cabins and 11 categories to choose from. In comparison to the razzle-dazzle aesthetic of the ship's public areas, the décor of the rooms is muted but still modern and contemporary, allowing the cabins to become a welcome break from the external sensory overload. The ship doesn't offer solo cabins; instead, and in line with MSC's family-friendly appeal, about 70 percent of MSC Seascape's cabins can accommodate up to four people, enabling families and multi-generations to travel together.

MSC Seascape Experiences Determine Room Price/Fare Structure When booking a cabin, MSC offers cruisers three tiers of inclusions (called "experiences"). Each experience comes with its own perks and price. Here is what's included in each experience tier:

Bella Experience: This tier is the most basic package for guaranteed cabins only. Therefore, you don't book a particular cabin; you buy a category and take what the line gives you. This tier comes with standard inclusions only, and cruise changes on this category incur a fee.

Fantastica Experience: This next tier is available only for cruisers who book an Interior, Ocean View or Balcony cabin. Perks in the Fantastica Experience include the opportunity to choose the cabin and its location, free in-room breakfast, discounted rates on beverage packages and speciality restaurant meals, and 24-hour room service (with a set delivery fee). You also get one free cruise change, but certain restrictions apply (changes must be made up to one month before departure, for a new cruise to sail within 3 months from the original departure.)

Aurea Experience: MSC's highest tier is available for Suite passengers only. The Aurea experience adds a few extra perks to the Fantastica Experience, which include welcome wine and sweets, free 24-hour room service, MyChoice dining options, free access to the Aurea-only sundeck and the adult-only Thermal Suite, in-room robes and slippers, pillow menus, and priority boarding.

What to Expect from MSC Seascape Cabins

Across categories, the cabins on MSC Seashore feature a well-designed layout, so cruisers can move around the room with comfort and ease. With the exception of interior configurations, the ship's lower-category rooms don't differ significantly in general terms. One drawback that affects the balcony cabins is that the sofa sits too close to the closet, which means that it's hard to get into your things. The closets themselves, too, are a little short so long dresses pool at the bottom. In terms of size, MSC Seascape's interior cabins start at 150 square feet, while oceanview cabins start at about 182 square feet. This means that the ship's lower-level cabins are comparable to the average size of a European hotel room instead of American hotel rooms, which are usually around 330 square feet. All cabin categories feature a king-sized bed that can be converted into two twin-sized beds. You'll also find a vanity table/desk, a hairdryer, an interactive TV set, and internal telephone a safe and a minibar. The smallest interior cabins include two chairs, while ocean view cabins have sofas that convert into beds.

Balcony Cabins and Suites on MSC Seascape

Although outdoor space is plentiful onboard MSC Seascape, having your own private open-air area is always desirable. And the balconies on this ship are, on average, among the largest on MSC's fleet. Booking a balcony cabin on MSC Seascape puts you in the Fantastica class, which means you get other perks beyond having a balcony. MSC Seascape's Balcony cabins come in two categories: Deluxe Balcony and Deluxe Balcony Aurea. Both are equal in size -- between 172 to 183 square feet plus a balcony that's between 54 to 97 square feet. The only difference is the Aurea Experience designation (which includes access to the Solarium) and location: Deluxe Balcony Aurea rooms are only found on Decks 9, 14 and 15.

Outside of the luxurious MSC Yacht Club, all of the suites onboard the ship fall under the Aurea category. And there are four type of Aurea-category suites on MSC Seascape: Junior, Premium, Grand Suite and Two-Bedroom Grand Suite. The entry-level Junior Suite is comparable to a Deluxe Balcony cabin in size, coming in at 183 square feet. At the other end of the spectrum, the Two-Bedroom Grand Suite measures 527 square feet and features two bathrooms (one with a bathtub and the other with a shower), as well as a walk-in closet, a separate lounging area and a 183-square-foot balcony. The Two-Bedroom Grand Suite can accommodate up to six people, which makes it ideal for a larger family.

Rooms and Suites Within the MSC Yacht Club on MSC Seascape

MSC Seascape's Yacht Club is among the largest in the fleet and features a variety of perks that make any cabin here preferable to any other room on the ship. By staying in the Yacht Club, you get the personalized attention of a butler, access to an exclusive restaurant, lounge, pool and sundeck area at the forward of the ship. With the Yacht Club's 'ship-within-a-ship' experience, you'll feel like you're sailing on a luxury ship. All the aspects from a cruise that can be considered vexing -- like embarkation/debarkation, booking reservations and shore excursions -- are all handled for you by your butler or the 24-hour concierge. Naturally, luxury comes at a cost: the starting price point of the lowest-level suite in the Yacht Club costs about twice as much as a balcony cabin elsewhere on the ship.

Speaking of suites, MSC Seascape's Yacht Club has a total of 131 cabins in five categories: Interior Suite, Deluxe Suite, Deluxe Grand Suite, Royal Suite and Owner's Suite. The Interior Suites start at 226 square feet, while the Deluxe Suite has a surface area of about 269 square feet plus an 86-square-foot balcony. The Deluxe Grand Suites range from 269 to 463 square feet (plus 86 to 129 square feet of balcony space). These three categories comprise 95% of all the suites in the Yacht Club, totalling 125 units. The highest suite categories are much scarcer: two Royal Suites (approximately 667 square feet with a 355-square-foot balcony); and two massive Owner's Suites, that come in at 1,054 square feet. Instead of equally gargantuan balconies, the Owner's Suites feature slanted windows that look out over the front of the ship, so passengers in these cabins enjoy the same views as the ship's captain.

Cabin Bathrooms on MSC Seascape

The bathrooms on MSC Seascape's Interior, Ocean View and Balcony cabins are not particularly spacious, especially if you compare them to hotel room bathrooms. But the glass-enclosed showers are adequate in size and feature footrests for shaving. With the exception of interior cabins, a handful of rooms in all categories have bathtubs, which are a nice feature to have for families sailing with small children or even adults who enjoy a relaxing bath. Bathroom sizes do increase significantly on MSC Seascape's suite categories. Curiously, although suites feature a vanity area in the bathroom, none have double sinks. Also, regardless of cabin category, MSC uses its own brand of toiletries.

Cabins to Avoid on MSC Seascape

MSC Seascape's tiered design leaves lower deck balcony cabins more exposed, so it's important to keep in mind when selecting your cabin. The noise level also increases, as you'll be closer to outdoor public spaces. It's also worth noting that the cabins at the back of the ship between decks 9 and 15, which are all Aurea-category premium suites, look over the Infinity pool. These cabins on the lower decks are exposed to noise from the pool, although being an adults-only pool may mitigate the noise level. The suites on the higher don't have this issue and instead offer better views of the ocean. One advantage on MSC Seascape is that there are no cabins located near the nightclub venue Le Cabaret Rouge, as only the Infinity Pool is located right above this nightclub venue. On the other hand, if your cabin is located towards the aft of the ship on Deck 15, it may be directly below the Marketplace Buffet.

Cruise Critic's Room Picks on MSC Seascape

On a Budget: MSC Seascape's interior cabins are a good choice for cruisers who spend most of their time elsewhere on the ship. Some of MSC Seascape's interior cabins have bunkbeds or pullmans that could theoretically accommodate a third or fourth passenger, but we don't recommend going this route.

For Families:  The adjoining balcony cabins on MSC Seascape are ideal for families. You can even book three cabins that link up with each other via connecting doors and can easily accommodate a family of 10

Splash: Spring for an Aurea suite with a private whirlpool on your balcony and access to the Solarium that's exclusively set aside for this Experience level.

Splurge: Nothing beats the Yacht Club. Every cabin here -- even the interior ones -- gives you access to all the ship-within-a-ship perks of the luxurious Yacht Club, so you'll always feel like you're sailing aboard a much more exclusive ship.

Best for...

Travellers looking for an action-packed, around-the-clock party, plus families with kids on a budget

Not the best for...

Recluses looking for a small ship feel with plenty of quiet spaces, penny pinchers looking to avoid extra expenses

Who goes on MSC Cruises cruise ships?

MSC Cruises is one of the most diverse cruise lines you can sail on with a multicultural mix of Italians, Brits, Spanish, Germans and French in the Mediterranean, with more North Americans in the Caribbean (but still lots of Italians and Spanish-speaking passengers), and a big local market in South Africa and South America. You'll also come across all ages. The lively night scene means these ships work well for teens and younger cruisers, while the decent kids' clubs (particularly on the newer ships) and the clever arrangements of clustered family cabins mean a lot of families travel during school holidays.


Do I have to dress up on a MSC Cruises cruise?

Yes, a little. The usual dress code is informal during the day and smart-casual at night -- think nice trousers and shirt for men and nice pants/skirts with blouse or cocktail dress for women. There's usually one gala night per cruise, when black tie or dark suit and tie are encouraged for men, as is a formal dress for women. This is not enforced, but people do make an effort.


Is everything free on MSC Cruises cruises?

No, unless you're in one of the Yacht Club suites, and even then, not everything is included. MSC sells its cruises through a somewhat bewildering array of packages: Bella, Fantastica, Aurea and Yacht Club. All include your accommodation, meals in specified restaurants and big-stage entertainment, along with basic coffee and tea, and select juices at breakfast and lunch. Beyond that, perks and inclusions vary by which package you've purchased, with Bella having no additional inclusions and Aurea featuring unlimited beverages. The Yacht Club has the most inclusions, with extra dining venues for eating, spa thermal suite passes and most beverages (plus access to a personal butler and a dedicated Yacht Club lounge and pool).


What are MSC Cruises's most popular activities?

The action onboard an MSC ship is nonstop, with cruisers flocking to participate in pool games, sports contests, shopping promotions, trivia, karaoke and filling the nightclubs until late. On newer ships, high-tech arcade games are all the rage, including a 4D cinema, laser maze, F1 simulator and bowling. Many MSC cruisers are also just as happy to park themselves by a pool and stay there all day, and when the ship is in port, you'll find the vast majority of cruisers off the ship on ship-sponsored or independent tours.


Included for all

  • Comfortable, well-appointed accommodation
  • Restaurant-style dining and extensive buffet
  • Excellent service
  • World-class entertainment
  • Cutting-edge fitness facilities
  • Nightclub and casino entry
  • Kids clubs and activities for families
  • Tips and service charges for all included

Bella Experience

Available with Interior, Ocean View & Balcony accommodation types

  • Lowest price
  • Dining time preference taken at the time of booking & confirmed onboard. On selected ships, you can change this daily before 4pm
  • Cabin location will be advised by MSC at any time up to boarding
  • Access to all restaurants, facilities, kids clubs, gym & sports facilities and more.

Fantastica Experience

Available with Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, SuperFamily & Suite accommodation types

All benefits of Bella Experience plus

  • Accommodation located on the upper decks in the most desirable areas of the ship.
  • More dining flexibility:
    • On Meraviglia/Bellissima/Seaside/World Europa class, choose Classic first/second sitting or Flexi Dining. 
    • On other ships, Classic dining with first/second sitting priority choice
  • Complimentary room service breakfast
  • 20% discount on prepaid speciality restaurants packages

Aurea Experience

Designed to offer reinvigorating comfort. Available with balcony and suites only

All benefits of Bella Experience plus

  • Superior sea views from the upper decks
  • Welcome package of prosecco & chocolate, plus free room service delivery 24-hrs a day
  • Free access to Top Exclusive Solarium and thermal area (thermal area for adults only)
  • 40% discount on Spa prepaid packages / 10% discount if purchased onboard
  • Relaxation amenities in each cabin/suite and pillow menu
  • Ultimate dining choice and flexibility:
    • On Meraviglia/Bellissima/Seaside class, enjoy My Choice dining arriving at any time during dinner with priority lane access to complimentary restaurants
    • Other ships: Exclusive reserved area in the main restaurant with anytime My Choice dining
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation

Choose your MSC Cruise experience

MSC Cruises is the first company to offer truly customised experiences, designed to accommodate your every need.

Don't forget the "Aurea" Experience for upgraded amenities and service or the MSC Yacht Club, the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. With an MSC cruise, there’s something for everyone.

Included for all

  • Comfortable, well-appointed accommodation
  • Restaurant-style dining and extensive buffet
  • Excellent service
  • World-class entertainment
  • Cutting-edge fitness facilities
  • Nightclub and casino entry
  • Kids clubs and activities for families
  • Tips and service charges for all included

Bella Experience

Available with Interior, Ocean View & Balcony accommodation types

  • Lowest price
  • Dining time preference taken at the time of booking & confirmed onboard. On selected ships, you can change this daily before 4pm
  • Cabin location will be advised by MSC at any time up to boarding
  • Access to all restaurants, facilities, kids clubs, gym & sports facilities and more.

Fantastica Experience

Available with Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, SuperFamily & Suite accommodation types

All benefits of Bella Experience plus

  • Accommodation located on the upper decks in the most desirable areas of the ship.
  • More dining flexibility:
    • On Meraviglia/Bellissima/Seaside/World Europa class, choose Classic first/second sitting or Flexi Dining.
    • On other ships, Classic dining with first/second sitting priority choice
  • Complimentary room service breakfast
  • 20% discount on prepaid speciality restaurants packages

Aurea Experience

Designed to offer reinvigorating, all-inclusive comfort. Available with balcony and suites only

All benefits of Bella Experience plus

  • Superior sea views from the upper decks
  • Welcome package of prosecco & chocolate, plus free room service delivery 24-hrs a day
  • Free access to Top Exclusive Solarium and thermal area (thermal area for adults only)
  • 40% discount on Spa prepaid packages / 10% discount if purchased onboard
  • Relaxation amenities in each cabin/suite and pillow menu
  • Ultimate dining choice and flexibility:
    • On Meraviglia/Bellissima/Seaside class, enjoy My Choice dining arriving at any time during dinner with priority lane access to complimentary restaurants
    • Other ships: Exclusive reserved area in the main restaurant with anytime My Choice dining
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation

MSC Cruises Status Match

Discover the Best of MSC Cruises with all the Benefits you're Used to

How does it work?

All new clients in possession of a loyalty card from other leading travel reward programmes* will be able to join the MSC Voyagers Club at a similar or higher level than their current status**. You will also a receive a 5% discount on any booking. If you are already in possession of a privilege card from a mainstream leisure travel programme, you will be able to join the MSC Voyagers Club, receiving a matching status card from either their Classic, Silver, Gold and Black tiers, guaranteeing you a 5% discount on any booking and a similar or higher benefit status*.

Call us on 0800 023 1273 to take advantage of this new programme and discover the world of MSC Cruises.


Terms & conditions

Terms: *MSC Cruises will only consider benefit cards from other Cruising companies, Hotels and/or Tour Operators. Airline Company benefit cards are excluded. ** Matching is carried out by comparing as much as reasonably possible the level of benefits guaranteed from the external travel programme benefit card with those offered by the MSC Voyagers Club cards. Customers will physically receive their membership card once on-board during their first cruise with MSC Cruises. It is not possible to combine MSC Voyagers Club points with points from the benefit card data of other cruise companies. If you have benefit cards with multiple companies, you will have to choose which card to use to take part in the promotion. The MSC Voyagers Club card and membership will be subject to the terms and conditions of the MSC Voyagers Club. MSC Cruises reserves the right to reject any Status Match Request without any legal ramifications for legitimate reasons and to stop this programme at any time

What's included in the MSC All-Inclusive drinks package?

Great savings on Premium Extra drinks packages

There's never been a better time to plan your next holiday with MSC Cruises. Book now and, in addition to all of the great value that's always available as well as tips included as standard (saving around £80pppw), you could also secure a discounted Premium Extra drinks package! The regular onboard price is up to £67pppn, so with average savings of over £300pp per week, you can relax knowing you're saving money and can enjoy that extra tipple or two onboard.

Cheers!

  • Premium Extra drinks package from £220pp (based on 7-night sailing), saving £249pp!
    • Prices vary by season and duration
  • Gratuities included for all

Guide to MSC Cruises' drinks packages

Refresh yourself with great savings. MSC has created an array of great-value drinks packages to offer you the choice of refreshment that most appeal to you, from soft drinks to fine wines and premium beers. MSC's unlimited cruise options and numerous drinks packages give you carte blanche to quench your thirst whenever you like and can be combined with a huge selection of cruise holidays. So go on, give yourself the gift of total relaxation! Prices vary by destination - our team will be happy to provide the appropriate price for your chosen cruise.

'Easy' package:

  • All destinations: Includes a selection of pre-mixed drinks
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £37pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £34pppn

Enjoy a selection of classic cocktails, house spirits and mixed drinks, non-alcoholic cocktails, a dedicated selection of house wines by the glass, beer, sodas, fruit juices, bottled mineral water and classic hot drinks (espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte, hot tea). The Easy package covers all of the above served in their bars, buffet and main restaurant plus private islands. Not available in speciality restaurants or signature venues such as Venichi 1878 establishments or MSC Virtuosa Starship Club.

'Easy Plus' package:

  • Caribbean & North America, South America & Far East & Japan: All beverages priced up to $10
  • All other destinations: All beverages priced up to €9 (£9 onboard MSC Virtuosa in Summer)
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £50pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £47pppn

Includes all of the beverages from the 'Easy' package plus a selection of frozen and classic cocktails, a variety of spirit brands, liqueurs and cordials. In addition, there's a selection of wine by the glass, a 10% discount on bottled wines purchased onboard and a wide variety of draft & bottled beers, non-alcoholic cockatiels, soft drinks, mineral water, coffee drinks, hot chocolate and hot teas. The Easy Plus package covers all of the above served in their bars, buffet, main and speciality restaurants plus private islands. Not available in signature venues such as Venichi 1878 establishments or MSC Virtuosa Starship Club.

'Premium Extra' package:

  • Caribbean & North America, South America & Far East & Japan: All beverages priced up to $16
  • All other destinations: All beverages priced up to €14 (£14 onboard MSC Virtuosa in Summer)
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £67pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £64pppn

The premium choice to quench your thirst. The Premium Extra package includes an extensive variety of frozen & classic cocktails, premium brand spirits, liquors and cordials. Then there's a varied selection of wines and champagnes by the glass, a 25% discount on bottles of wine and champagne purchased onboard and the entire selection of draft, craft and bottled beers, sodas, fruit juices, mineral water, energy drinks, coffee drinks, hot chocolate and teas. The Premium Extra package covers all of the above served in their bars, buffet, main and speciality restaurants plus private islands. Not available in signature venues such as Venichi 1878 establishments or MSC Virtuosa Starship Club.

Alcohol-Free package:

  • South America / Caribbean & North America & Far East/Japan Cruises - available for guests aged 21 and over
  • All other destinations - available for guests aged 18 & over
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £23pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £21pppn

Give your thirst a treat as and when you like with a wide choice of alcohol-free cocktails, sodas, energy drinks, mineral water, flavoured water, fruit juices, classic coffee drinks and coffee specialities, hot chocolate, hot teas and soft-serve ice cream. You can use this package in the bars, self-service buffet, main restaurants and on private islands, but not in the speciality restaurants and signature venues (Venchi 1878 establishments or Jean-Philippe Maury venues, MSC Virtuosa Starship Club).

Minors Package:

  • South America / Caribbean & North America & Far East/Japan Cruises - available for guests aged 4-20 yrs.
  • All other destinations - available for guests aged 4-17 yrs.
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £16pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £15pppn

Give your kids the freedom to enjoy their choice of alcohol-free cocktails, sodas, energy drinks, mineral water, flavoured water, fruit juices, a selection of coffee drinks, hot chocolate, hot tea and soft-serve ice cream. Available at selected bars, the self-service buffet and main restaurants. What’s more, the Minors Package also includes the private islands but does not cover the speciality restaurants and signature venues(Venchi 1878 establishments or Jean-Philippe Maury venues, MSC Virtuosa Starship Club), regardless of beverage price. Applicable for minors (age respective of the country/operation area) who are part of a group/family purchasing Adult Package


Terms & conditions

Discounted drinks packages may not be available on every sailing. Further conditions apply. Please ask for full details.

Please be advised that in respect to Saudi law, during the calls in Saudi Arabian ports, alcoholic drinks will not be served until the ship will be in international waters. Beverage packages are not transferrable and may not be shared with other guests, being valid for one beverage only per each order. Violation of these terms may result in the cancellation of a guest’s package without eligibility for a refund or credit of any kind. Packages are sold on a per cruise basis and not a per day or any other basis. Pricing applies to each day of the cruise, except for disembarkation day. Once activated on board, packages cannot be terminated or refunded. Packages must be booked by all guests occupying the same cabin, travelling together and wishing to dine at the same table. This includes minors, for who the Minors Package must be booked. Packages are not obligatory for infants under three years of age. The following exclusions apply: tobacco, souvenir glasses, ice cream menu, retail items, minibar, room service, promotions and signature venues (Venchi 1878 establishments or Jean-Philippe Maury venues, MSC Virtuosa Starship Club, MSC World Europa Coffee Emporium, MSC World Europa Raj Polo Tea Room), regardless of beverage price. Must be of legal age to consume alcohol - see our terms of our guest alcohol policy. Other conditions & terms may apply. Beverages and liquors may be substituted based on availability and itinerary.

All-Inclusive Cruising

All-Inclusive Cruising with MSC Cruises  - Upgrade from just £36 per day!

When MSC Cruises say all-inclusive they mean it. Sail with unlimited premium extra drinks, gratuities and port taxes included when you upgrade from just £36 per day.

Onboard MSC Virtuosa, sail to the Canary Islands, Norwegian Fjords and more. Onboard MSC Preziosa, sail to iconic Northern European treasures, including Hamburg, Bruges and more. Both are sailing from Southampton!

In the summer months, fly from airports around the UK on direct flights that include hold luggage and return transfers to the East or West Mediterranean, or feel the warmth of the Caribbean with plenty of embarkation ports from Miami, Port Canaveral, or New York.

For some winter sunshine, fly to Dubai for the dazzling Arabian Gulf onboard MSC Euribia or fly from London to Barbados for 14-nights of adventure onboard MSC Virtuosa, taking in the best of the Southern Caribbean.

Get all-inclusive from £36 per day when you book your drinks package in advance with MSC Cruises.

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