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Bahamas & Ocean Cay from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

15th Aug 2024 | 3 nights | MSC Cruises | MSC Seashore

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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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
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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Arrival
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15th Aug 2024 Thursday
Port Canaveral, Florida
17:00
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16th Aug 2024 Friday
Nassau
10:00
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17th Aug 2024 Saturday
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
07:00
18:00
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18th Aug 2024 Sunday
Port Canaveral, Florida
07:00

MSC Seashore and cruise line, MSC Cruises, might not be household names in all of the ports where the ship sails. Huge in Europe and other parts of the world, MSC Cruises is still gaining ground in North America and in Miami, where MSC Seashore is based. And that's too bad, because as the line's first Seaside EVO-class cruise ship, the 4,540-passenger MSC Seashore deserves attention. The design of the ship is contemporary, with a splashy New York theme, a flashy (literally, lights go on all the time) Atrium and MSC's signature Swarovski crystal stairs. The family-friendly quotient is high, with MSC's largest Doremi kids club, and a pirate-themed waterpark. And the Yacht Club on MSC Seashore is the line's largest so far, for those who want an upscale experience on a vessel with megaship amenities. On MSC Seashore, gone are some issues that plagued other MSC ships in their early days of U.S. operation. On our sailing, there were no more lengthy waits in the dining rooms. The staff onboard couldn't be more cheerful, friendly or accommodating. The ship's activities were accessible for Americans, while still appealing to MSC's international passenger base (even in the U.S., you'll find multiple languages spoken onboard). And if you don't want to do anything and just relax, MSC Seashore has plenty of opportunities for that too, with a huge thermal suite and that European vibe that encourages you to relax -- you're on vacation.

MSC Seashore's Deck Plan

One thing that works about MSC Seashore's deck plan is that the spaces onboard feel intimate -- a feat on such a large ship. MSC Seashore has four smaller main dining rooms as opposed to one large one, similar to what you'd find on Celebrity's Edge-class ships. The effect is that you feel more like you're in a land restaurant, than a large dining hall. Another thing that works on MSC Seashore, as opposed to other Seaside-class ships: the speciality restaurants are all grouped together in one space on Deck 8, instead of close to the buffet. This gives this area of the ship a more adult "date night" feel (although teens seemed to gravitate to the Kaito sushi, with its conveyor belt). The pools, too, are smaller, but there are more of them, spread out around the ship. We're not going to lie; this layout could make the main Long Island pool feel crowded at higher capacity, as there is simply not enough room for everyone in one place. But this pool is honestly the least interesting onboard; particularly if you don't have kids, you'll have a calmer and better sun day if you're down on Deck 8 at the fabulous Infinity Pool at the back of the ship or in the lush Jungle Pool (the latter also has a retractable roof, so you can enjoy the tropical vibe even on a rainy day). There are even two 20-person infinity hot tubs on the side of the ship Speaking of being outdoors: One quirk of MSC Seashore's deck plan is that the ship is purpose-built for warm-weather sailings. The ship has 140,000 square feet of public outdoor space and restaurants such as Butcher's Cut now have outdoor seating. While the concept is great during warm and sunny days, you can't help wondering how crowded the ship will seem during a tropical downpour.

MSC Seashore Cabin Choices

You're spoiled for choice, in terms of room types on MSC Seashore. The cabins have a smart layout, making it easy for more than one passenger to move around the room. In-room sofas easily convert into extra beds -- a boon for families. MSC Seashore has also paid attention to accessibility issues, and there are 66 dedicated rooms that have many thoughtful touches for those in wheelchairs. If you book yourself into the MSC Yacht Club, the line's ship-within-a-ship suite experience, you're really in for a treat. MSC shines in the Yacht Club, and MSC Seashore has the largest suite facilities yet, with a complex that includes its own lounge, restaurant and exclusive sun deck with a pool and whirlpool. When you're in the Yacht Club, you legitimately don't have to leave, except to use your drink package and spa thermal suite -- both included in your fare. When you do leave the Yacht Club enclave, your butler will almost insist on escorting you. It's worth it to spend more to book an interior cabin here for the perks, as opposed to a nicer cabin elsewhere on the ship.

Food on MSC Seashore

While you won't go hungry if you stick to the complimentary food options on MSC Seashore -- the buffet and main dining room -- you will be missing out. The service has improved in the main dining rooms, in terms of wait times and overall attentiveness. And the buffets have also expanded to include more dishes aimed at American palates. But the main dining room menus were inconsistent in both choice and tastiness. Where the food on MSC Seashore excels is in its outstanding speciality restaurants. There are five on the ship, and we enjoyed each of them; a dining package gives you a discount and you'll save even more if you book before you board. Don't skip on Hola! Tacos & Cantina, in particular. Although it's a la carte pricing and the craft margaritas here aren't included in your drink package, the flavours are outstanding and the salsas are bought in Mexico City. The food in the Yacht Club also wins praise, as it should; this is the main dining room for the suite guests. The ship spends more per passenger on these meals and also has higher-quality ingredients. You can also literally snack in the Yacht Club Top Sail Lounge at all hours, and if you like afternoon tea, an excellent one is served daily, complete with tiny sandwiches, scones and clotted cream. 

How Does MSC Seashore Compare to MSC's Other U.S. Ships?

MSC Seashore is not only larger with the biggest Yacht Club of MSC cruise ships in the U.S., but it's also the only Seaside EVO class ship out there. Other Seaside-class ships, such as MSC Seaview have many of the same features and a distinctive "Miami condo" look to them on the back of the ship, just smaller. The Meraviglia-class ships have an entirely different layout -- one that has a wide Grand Atrium with shops along an open boulevard and much more emphasis on indoor activities as opposed to outside recreation. MSC Divina is a Fantasia-class ship, and while it carries fewer passengers than MSC Seashore, with 4,345 guests, the layout can make it feel a little more cramped. Still, it's a more intimate feeling ship, and because it's older, prices will generally be lower.

Theatre and Shows on MSC Seashore

The Madison Theatre is the main venue and there's a show here almost every night. Reservations are required, but it's easy to book on the MSC app. Because it's an international line, the shows on MSC Seashore need to be able to appeal to a multi-lingual audience, and so you'll find a focus on acrobatics and other entertainment genres that don't require translation (yes, there was a mime in the Paris show). Cabaret Rouge is a new venue for MSC, debuting on MSC Seashore, and we're pronouncing it a hit. Decked all in red with a French cafe vibe, the space seems intimate, despite being able to seat 400. There's a separate troupe of singers and dancers here, and all entertainment is geared toward an American audience, we were told. Every night on our sailing, a different artist was put in the spotlight and we enjoyed almost every show (Women in Art and Starry Starry Night with Van Gogh were the most crowded). After the shows are done, this is the place for karaoke.

Daily Things to Do on MSC Seashore

We were somewhat surprised at the lack of things to do during the day on such a large ship, especially compared to American competitors. Trivia contests were at a minimum and conducted somewhat haphazardly. Most activities were conducted outside by the pool, to limited attendance, although the dance lessons did perk things up. MSC has a partnership with the TV show MasterChef, and this was one game show that did get a bit of a crowd. Teams answered culinary trivia for the chance to go on stage and participate in a judged demonstration (which centred around decorating and not actually cooking).

Nightlife on MSC Seashore

We're used to a healthy nightlife on MSC cruise ships, and so our experience on MSC Seashore during February 2022 was a bit odd. Indoor dance parties were not being held because of COVID-19 precautions, and people went to bed early, definitely an anomaly from what we've seen on MSC in the past. MSC Seashore does have deck parties every night, each with a different theme. There's a White Party every cruise, so come prepared if you want to participate. Other themes could be Country Night, Flower Glory (which focused on the 70s, not the 60s) and Gatsby Night. There was also a silent disco one night on deck. MSC Seashore has a casino, centred in its own mini atrium that has a 13-foot-high Statue of Liberty at the bar. It's on the large size, coming in at 12,217 square feet with 182 slot machines and 12 tables. The space is refreshingly non-smoking. 

MSC Seashore Bars and Lounges

MSC Seashore has fairly reasonably priced drinks for a cruise ship, with many cocktails coming in at less than $9. Coincidentally, that's the cutoff price for the Easy drink package. The Premium drink package, which is included when you book in the Yacht Club, includes all drinks at any bar or restaurant on the ship, with the exception of Hola! Tacos.

Our Picks

For the Glamor Queen: The Champagne bar overlooks the main atrium, with its 28-foot LED screen that spans four decks. You get great views of MSC Seashore's Swarovski crystal staircases here too.

For the Big Game: The Sports Bar takes up quite a bit of real estate and boasts booths with private TVs, so you can watch the game with your group. There's an extensive beer lists here, as well as a small menu of extra cost bites. If you'd rather play on your own, MSC Seashore is the first MSC ship to have its own billiard room.

For Dueling Pianos: The stage in Times Square is set up for Dueling Pianos, two performers who put their spin on all kinds of music. Unlike other cruise ships, you can't sit at the pianos and get close to the action. The upside of this is that you can talk to others in your party without feeling on the spot.

For Trivia and Live Music: It's hard to find the Uptown Lounge as it's tucked back behind the Chef's Court. But this is where you'll find live music nightly, as well as Name that Tune and other trivia. 

Pools and Hot Tubs on MSC Seashore

With MSC Seashore, the line made the decision to have several pools around the ship, as opposed to one larger one. It works, at least on our sailing, as people did spread out around the ship, making the pool decks feel less crowded. The Long Island Pool is what you'd consider the "main pool." There's a big screen out here for movies and to broadcast bingo, and this is also where deck parties, dance lessons and belly flop contests are held. Surrounded by plants and greens, the Jungle Pool seems like it would be a respite. It's right near the Doremi kids club, and a short walk from the buffet, however, so it's a natural draw for families. There's a retractable roof that can cover the pool on rainy days. The Infinity Pool at the back of Deck 8 is a first for MSC, and it's a stunner. This area is adults-only and there are chic sunbeds within the water with perfect aft views (this also draws selfie-takers). The One Pool in the Yacht Club is larger than what you usually find in a suite-only area. It has a nice ledge where you can sit and dangle your feet. The hot tub game on MSC Seashore is elevated, with two 20-seat infinity whirlpools situated on the side of the ship. These whirlpools are somewhat cut off from the rest of the ship so if you're looking to avoid crowds, try here. In total, there are 15 hot tubs onboard. The Yacht Club has its own panoramic hot tub at the front of the ship. This area can get windy, however.

The Pirates Cove AquaPark and Other Attractions on MSC Seashore

If you're wondering where all the kids are, they're at this visually impressive water park at the middle of the ship. The Kraken-themed waterslide has VR elements, and there's a pirate ship-themed playground with water elements. The Adventure Trail hanging bridge provides some thrills at the top of the ship. The Hall of Games arcade and virtual reality area has tons of young (and not so young) gamers. Highlights include an F1 simulator, an immersive XD movie theatre, and a rafting simulator. Tip: Buy a Fun Pass for savings if your kids will be spending a lot of time in here, otherwise you'll find your onboard account suddenly very high indeed.

Sundecks on MSC Seashore

With so much outdoor space, MSC Seashore has loungers all over the ship. While the main areas can fill up, you won't lack for a place to hang out outdoors. With so many European and South American guests, people often ask if topless sunbathing is allowed. It's not, but if you book a cabana off the beaten track at the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, no one will bother you. The Top 19 sundeck and solarium is just for passengers in the Aurea suites. This area has fabulous daybeds and also its own bar. Having access to even posher loungers, sofas and daybeds is just one perk of the sundeck surrounding One Pool in the Yacht Club complex. Watch where you sit, though, as some daybeds are reserved for passengers in the uppermost suites. 

Services and Wi-Fi on MSC Seashore

MSC Seashore has several shops onboard, including a duty free. There is no ATM so if you want to add any cash to your gratuities, get some before you board or in port. There's a shore excursion desk, a future cruise desk, an art gallery and a special area set aside for the MSC Foundation. Wi-Fi on MSC Seashore is quite good, and strong enough on our sailing to handle a video work call and a Peloton workout class. Booking a package before you board will save you money. We found the MSC For Me app to be fairly intuitive. We were able to make show and dining reservations easily. You do not need an internet package to use the app onboard. We also had a MSC for Me wristband, and it worked all over the ship and in our Yacht Club, allowing us to open doors and scan for drinks.

Spa and Thermal Suite on MSC Seashore

The Thermal Suite on MSC Seashore is one of the most comprehensive that we've seen at sea, with all kinds of interesting stations. There are chromotherapy shower circuits, multiple types of saunas, a huge hot tub, aromatherapy rain showers and arctic showers, Himalayan salt room, a snow room, a dark steam room and a light steam room and relaxation areas. You could certainly while away a sea day here. Passes are included for Aurea and Yacht Club guests, and you can buy them by the day or week, either as an individual or a couple. The Aurea Spa itself was not as impressive, sadly. The changing room was tiny, and there's no nice lounge where you wait for your treatment. We also found the massage to be among the more disappointing that we've received. There are a wide variety of treatments, including facials, massages and body treatments. The hair salon, nail salon and barber shop are in the same corridor as the Aurea spa.

Fitness and Gym on MSC Seashore

You won't find any excuses to stay out of shape on MSC Seashore. The fitness space is outfitted with Technogym equipment, and the room comes with an ocean view. All classes, other than a morning stretch, have a fee. The Sports Arena on the top of the ship on Deck 20 can be configured for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and soccer. One oddity of MSC Seashore is that there's no outdoor jogging, walking or running path.  

Food on MSC Seashore is good, although you'll notice some differences on this ship compared to other mainstream lines such as Royal Caribbean or Carnival. Those cruise ships tend to have lots of standalone fast food-style restaurants serving chicken sandwiches or burgers on their Lido , whereas MSC Seashore is more traditional. On MSC Seashore, there's a large buffet and four main dining rooms that are complimentary, and five specialty restaurants. Yacht Club guests have their own included restaurant and buffet.

Free Restaurants on MSC Seashore

5th Avenue Restaurant; Tribeca Restaurant; Central Park Restaurant and Manhattan Restaurant: This quartet of restaurants, spread out among decks 5, 6 and 7, make up the "main dining room" for MSC Seashore. Having smaller restaurants for the bulk of passenger meals (as opposed to the grand dining room you find on some cruise ships) makes your meal feel more intimate and gives you a better relationship with your server. All of the restaurants have the same menu. Manhattan is open just for Aurea experience guests. We found the service in MSC Seashore's main dining room much better than we experienced on previous MSC cruise ships. Orders were taken quickly, dishes brought out promptly (and hot) and meals were wrapped up in just over an hour. Where the MSC Seashore main dining room suffered was in a lack of consistency in the food. While we had a decent meal one night, the dinners served on an Elegant Night were an unusual consistency and flavour, with one dish being inedible. The main dining room food is one area where MSC Seashore needs improvement.

Marketplace Buffet: MSC's buffet on Deck 16 is expansive, and has a large array of choices, for all tastes. You can find American favourites, such as burgers and hot dogs, as well as more international flavours. Don't miss the pizza, which has a crisp crackly crust and an array of toppings (MSC has Italian roots so our pizza hopes were high). One nice thing about the Marketplace on MSC Seashore is that, unlike the other Seaside-class ships, buffet seating extends outside to the back of the ship for al fresco dining. The lovely Sky Bar is out here, as well as the Bridge of Sighs, a clear walkway where you can look all the way down to the Infinity Pool on Deck 8. A downside of MSC Seashore -- we couldn't find any free ice cream options onboard. You can buy gelato (and it's good gelato) in multiple locations onboard. But soft serve lovers will be disappointed.

Room Service: Unlike other cruise lines, room service fees are determined by cabin category on MSC Seashore. Fantastica passengers will pay a fee for non-breakfast items, while room service is free for guests in Aurea or Yacht Club cabins. You can also get the Neapolitan pizza from the buffet delivered to your room for a fee. Room service is available 24/7.

Free Yacht Club Restaurants on MSC Seashore

Your Yacht Club cabin comes with its own restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a buffet and grill on the sundeck where something is always available until 6 p.m. The Top Sail lounge also has nibbles available all day and long into the evening. Tip: Don't miss the daily afternoon tea here.

Yacht Club Restaurant: The serenity of the Yacht Club restaurant at dinner is a stark contrast to the bustling feel that you experience in the MSC Seashore main dining rooms. The menu changes daily, and there are more upscale options that you find; that's on purpose, according to the Yacht Club manager. You're greeted by name here, and as the week goes on, the servers and sommeliers will definitely note your preferences and make the appropriate recommendations. Tip: At breakfast, Yacht Club regulars swear by the tiny doughnuts.

The One Pool Grill & Bar: Located within the Yacht Club sundeck, the buffet line can sometimes feel surprisingly small, particularly at the height of mealtime (the crowds we saw here during a Seafood Extravaganza lunch were the most we saw on the entire ship). Still, the buffet and grill get the job done. You could easily come up here at 10 a.m. and have your noshing needs met until sunset.

What Restaurants Cost Extra on MSC Seashore

The speciality restaurants on MSC Seashore all delivered, and we had outstanding meals at each of them. They are on the pricy side compared to other mainstream cruise lines. Tip: You can save money by buying a speciality dining package, either before you board or once you're on. We highly recommend it, just to have more variety. Note that if you have a dining package, there are only certain menu items that are included; if you want something else, you'll pay 50% of the cost. All of the speciality restaurants are clustered on Deck 8 in the Chefs' Court, a smart decision that also opened up some venues for open-air dining. This area is also away from the main dining rooms and the buffet so it always seems relatively serene and "date night"-ish.

Kaito Teppanaki ($$$, kids menu available): This restaurant is one of the biggest Teppanyaki restaurants we've ever seen at sea. The format is similar to what you find on land: diners sit around a large open-air cook top, where the chef dazzles you with knife skills and corny jokes as he serves up your choice of set menu. Catch the egg for a round of applause.

Ocean Cay ($$$$): This seafood restaurant is the prettiest onboard and definitely gives off "romantic night out" vibes. It's the most expensive restaurant on MSC Seashore, particularly if you go for the extravagant seafood tower (we saw several tables diving in). The Experience menu gives you some nice options. Our pasta with clams came out perfectly al dente, with nary a closed shell in the mix. The crab cake app had very little filler and we wish that every tartare we ordered was as well-balanced as the one we had here.

Butchers Cut ($$$; brunch, $$): Our colleague regards Butchers Cut as the best mainstream cruise line steakhouse at sea, and we're hard-pressed to argue. We were blown away by the appetizers, which included foie gras deviled eggs and a huge bone full of marrow -- this is not light eating. (You can also get a variety of salads, if you want to save the richness for the main course). The desserts here were the best on the ship. Tip: Book an outdoor table at sunset. There's also an extensive and delicious-looking brunch menu that we didn't get to try on this trip.

Kaito Sushi (a la carte, $): The sushi conveyor belt at Kaito is a cute idea for a quick casual dinner; and it seemed particularly popular with the teens onboard. The idea is simple -- the chef puts out different items in small covered dishes on the conveyor belt. As the rolls and sashimi go by, you pick up what you want to eat and the server will count the dishes, which are colour-coded by price, for your final bill (there's a menu with a key to help decipher it all). You can also order soup and cooked items. Just keep your expectations in line. If you come from a coastal city with outstanding sushi, you might not love the quality. But it was as good as we get in our Philadelphia suburb. Tip: If there's a roll you want and it's not coming by, just ask your server for it and the chef will make it for you.

Hola! Tacos & Cantina (a la carte, $): We're still thinking about the Mexican food at this casual restaurant. It's located away from the other speciality venues but still on Deck 8, close to the Atrium and has fun Day of the Dead decor. The tacos and other menu items here are influenced by Mexico City, not Tex-Mex, and so it's all more flavorful than what you find on other mainstream cruise lines. Standouts here include the guacamole -- you can either order it and have the chef make it or build your own; the variety of tacos and the make-your-own craft margarita menu (note: the margaritas here are not included in your drink package. But don't worry, they're worth it).

Venchi 1878 Chocolate Bar: This isn't really a restaurant, but people with a sweet tooth will want to seek out the chocolate counter here. Unlike on MSC Meraviglia, where Venchi is placed front and centre, you have to work to find Venchi on MSC Seashore as it's hidden away on Deck 6 near the duty-free shops. You can also buy gelato to eat as you watch a chocolate sculpture being created.

Cruise Critic Restaurant Picks on MSC Seashore

We tried and loved all of the speciality restaurants on MSC Seashore, but the one we're still talking about is Hola! Tacos & Cantina. While it's a la carte, the food is more authentically Mexican than you find on many mainstream cruise ships and the custom margarita menu allows you to select type of tequila or mezcal, salt or sugar and flavour. Don't miss, either for lunch or dinner. We'd choose either Butcher's Cut or Ocean Cay for a romantic night out -- honestly, with a speciality dining package, we'd probably do both.

Dietary Restrictions on MSC Seashore

MSC Seashore treats dietary restrictions seriously and has separate galleys for vegan and gluten-free travellers. Travellers with dietary restrictions are asked to mark that when they check-in, and it's always a good idea to alert the maitre'd in the main dining room if you have an allergy. (In the Yacht Club, your butler will ask). Vegetarian, vegan and lighter dishes are noted on the nightly menus in the main dining room, although not in the speciality dining venues. In all of the restaurants we visited, however, our server asked us if we had allergies or dining restrictions.

MSC Seashore has 2,270 cabins across the spectrum, with 11 stateroom and suite categories available. The decor is modern and contemporary, and in a sense, a sanctuary from the bling and glitz outside in the ship's public areas. While there are no solo cabins, MSC Seashore has plenty of cabins for families and multi-generations travelling together; almost 70 percent of the rooms will hold four people.

MSC Seashore Experiences and How That Factors Into Room Price/Fare Structure

MSC offers passengers three tiers of inclusions (or "experiences"), each with its own perks and price when you buy your cabin. Here is the breakdown of what you get with each.

Bella Experience: This is the most basic package for guaranteed cabins only, meaning that you buy a category and not a particular room; you take what the line gives you. It comes with standard inclusions only.

Fantastica Experience: This tier is only available for passengers booking a Balcony, Ocean View or Interior cabin. Perks include the opportunity to choose the cabin and its location, free in-room breakfast, discounted beverage package rates and speciality restaurant meals, and 24-hour room service (with a set delivery fee).

Aurea Experience: Available for Suite passengers only, this tier adds a few extras to Fantastica, including welcome wine and sweets, free 24-hour room service, MyChoice dining options, free access to the Aureau-only sundeck and the adult-only Thermal Suite, in-room robes and slippers, pillow menus, and priority boarding.

What to Expect in Rooms on MSC Seashore

Cabins on MSC Seashore have a smart layout, making it easy for more than one passenger to move around the room comfortably. For the most part, there's not much difference between the ship's lower-category rooms outside of interior configurations. In-room sofas easily convert into extra beds, wireless charging pads are built into the vanity/desk and the rooms are quieter than expected.  Cruise cabins are generally smaller than hotel rooms, and that's true on MSC Seashore as well. Interior cabins start at 150 square feet, and ocean view cabins begin at 182 square feet (American hotel rooms are 330 square feet on average; MSC Seashore cabins are more on par with European hotel rooms which are 172 square feet). All cabins offer a queen-sized bed that can convert into two twin beds; a vanity table; a hairdryer; an interactive TV and internal telephone; a safe and a minibar. The smallest interior cabins have two chairs; once you get into the oceanview cabins, the rooms have a sofa that can convert into a bed. USB outlets are by one side of the bed, a pain for both people to share.

Suites and Balcony Cabins on MSC Seashore

With its focus on outdoor space, you don't need to have a balcony or suite on MSC Seashore -- but it sure makes your cruise better. The balconies on the ship are larger than you'll find on other Seaside-class vessels, a decision made purposely by the line. As noted above, booking and choosing your balcony cabin on the ship means that you're in Fantastica class which comes with perks beyond your room. Deluxe balcony cabins are the same size as regular balcony rooms -- between 172 to 183 square feet -- but what makes them better is their position on the ship on decks 9 to 15.

Aurea balcony cabins start at 183 square feet and are not only on the upper decks, they are situated in better locations on the decks. They also come with the perks of Aurea class, which includes Solarium access. A wide variety of suites fall under the Aurea umbrella, from Junior Suites that are pretty much the same size as a balcony with the addition of a wardrobe, to full splash two-bedroom Grand Suites that come in at 527 square feet. The latter also has two bathrooms, one with a bathtub and one with a shower, as well as a walk-in closet, a separate sitting area, and a 183-square-foot balcony. It can fit up to six people, making this a nice choice for a larger family.

Rooms and Suites Within the MSC Yacht Club on MSC Seashore

The Yacht Club on MSC Seashore is the largest in the fleet and it's truly a special experience loaded with perks, to the point where we'd rather take an interior cabin here than a balcony "outside" on the rest of the ship.  Why? The personalized service offered by your butler, as well as the separate restaurant, lounge, pool and sundeck area at the front of the ship, is simply superb and goes beyond the simple real estate of the room. You'll feel like you're on a much more luxurious ship, simply because all the annoying things of a cruise -- embarkation, debarkation, juggling restaurant, spa, show reservations and shore excursions -- are handled for you, either by your butler or the 24-hour concierge. Just remember that you're paying for it; the starting price point for an interior Yacht Club cabin could buy you two cruises in a regular balcony cabin.

Yacht Club interior rooms are larger than what you find on the rest of the ship, starting at 226 square feet. The colour palette is more sophisticated, keeping in tune with the general Yacht Club vibe. There are no oceanview rooms in the Yacht Club; from interior, the room category jumps to Deluxe Suite, which has an 86-square-foot balcony. High rollers should book early for the Yacht Club's premium Royal and Owners Suites, which usually sell out. These are monster rooms, coming in at 667 and 1,054 square feet, respectively. Choose the top-level Owners Suite if you want a stunning view -- the bedroom has slanted windows that look out over the front of the ship, giving you the same ocean view as the captain. Both suites have private whirlpools on the balcony. While you'll be treated like the king of the world if you book either of these suites, the best special perk of these rooms, in our opinion, is the reserved double daybed at the Yacht Club pool that stewards will set aside for you for your entire cruise.

Cabin Bathrooms on MSC Seashore

Your bathroom on MSC Seashore may feel a bit tight, particularly if you're comparing it to a hotel room. But the ship has modern glass-enclosed showers throughout the cabin categories, and there's a footrest for shaving. A few cabins in all categories except interiors have bathtubs, handy for families with small kids or for adults who like a bit of calm at the end of the day. As you get into the suites, the bathrooms do get bigger, although we were surprised that even the best rooms on the ship didn't have double sinks. On the other hand, you could fit multiple people into the Royal Suite's huge shower, which also had multiple jets. The toiletries are MSC's own brand.

Cabins to Avoid on MSC Seashore

If you like to luxuriate in your robe on MSC Seashore, check your balcony carefully. The ship is tiered so if you're on a lower deck, there's a good chance that the people above you can see down onto your balcony. The lower deck balcony rooms are also closer to the outdoor public spaces and so might get more noise. The balcony cabins at the back of the ship, in the "condo" tower, look over the adults-only Infinity pool; these all fall into the Aurea premium category. If you're on a lower deck in one of these rooms, you can definitely hear noise from the pool during the day (on the other hand, you have stellar people watching). Higher decks won't have these issues and you'll have a better view of the ocean.   MSC Seashore has thoughtfully placed its latest operating nightclub venue, Cabaret Rouge, under the infinity pool instead of near cabins, meaning that you are less likely to get late-night noise. Still, check to make sure that your cabin isn't directly below the buffet or upper pool decks, as you can get noise when stewards move furniture in the mornings.

Cruise Critic's Room Picks on MSC Seashore

On a Budget: The interior cabins will suit two people who spend their time elsewhere on the ship just fine. While some interior cabins have bunkbeds or pullmans for a third or fourth passenger, we don't recommend this, however.

For Families: Get adjoining balcony cabins that link up with each other via connecting doors. There are even three cabins that can connect all together to hold a family of 10.

Splash: Go for an Aurea suite, with a private whirlpool on your balcony and privileges in the Solarium set aside for this level.

Splurge: Definitely book within the Yacht Club. Even an interior cabin in the Yacht Club complex gives you a world of perks that will make you feel like you're on a much more premium 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
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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.

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