MSC Seashore

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MSC Seashore

About MSC Seashore

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 Has Multiple Pools, Multiple Restaurants to Break Up Crowds

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 specialty 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 Has Lots of Cabin Choices, But Pick the Yacht Club For Perks

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. (Read more about the

Yacht Club perks

).

Food on MSC Seashore Is Best When You Choose A Dining Package

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 specialty 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 flavors 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., it's 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 (read more on

how MSC Meraviglia-class ships differ from MSC Seaside-class ships

).

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.

MSC Seashore COVID-19 Rules

For the most up-to-date testing, masking, and vaccination requirements aboard MSC Seashore, please refer to

MSC Cruises health and safety protocols

. You can also

refer to Cruise Critic's guide to masking requirements

on the world's major cruise lines.

Cabins

MSC Seashore has 23 cabin types available

Inside Cabins

4 Inside types to choose from

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4 Inside types to choose from

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2 Outside types to choose from

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2 Outside types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

6 Balcony types to choose from

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Suite Cabins

11 Suite types to choose from

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Deck Plans

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Activities and Entertainment

Theater and Shows on MSC Seashore

The Madison Theater 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 centered 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, centered 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 theater, 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.

Dining

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 flavor, with one dish being inedible. 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 favorites, such as burgers and hot dogs, as well as more international flavors. 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 donuts.

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 specialty 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 specialty 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 specialty 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 Teppanaki 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 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 color 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 specialty 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 center, 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 specialty 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 flavor. 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 specialty 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 travelers. Travelers 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 specialty dining venues. In all of the restaurants we visited, however, our server asked us if we had allergies or dining restrictions.