The newest ship to grace our shores is the elegant and glamorous MSC Seaside, a ship that was developed and designed specifically for the North American market – and it is a winner.
The bold and innovative design of the MSC Seaside, with a wrap-around promenade on Deck 8 offers guests many choices for outside dining and relaxing. Deck 7 aft has a small “South Beach” pool and bar but it’s the Miami condo look, unusual but attractive, that sets it apart. With two panoramic elevators set between two “towers” of rooms it’s quite impressive and topped by a catwalk dubbed “the bridge of sighs” affording phenomenal views.
Yes the Seaside is ultra-glam and has many attributes that will suit a wide and varied audience – including families of all ages. One of the most magnificent spots is the mid-ship 4-level Atrium anchoring decks 5 through 8 and connected by two sets of gorgeous, swooping Swarovski staircases. This space is vibrant and buzzing – the heart of the ship essentially. With a variety of bars and lounges created on each level, an ever-changing, fabulous backdrop of LED screens and a small “stage” for live musical entertainment, or a DJ playing favourite tunes, this is the place to be – at any time of day.
The Atrium is just one example where MSC has really upped their game in the overall ship design and décor of the Seaside. Overall the public spaces are attractive and appealing with virtually no jarring notes and the ship just flows well throughout both the interior and on the upper outside decks which are full of all kinds of fun for any age.
The alternative restaurants on Deck 16 clustered around a welcoming and romantic cocktail lounge, include a Steak House, the really charming Ocean Cay for Seafood and the three-in-one restaurant space located on one side of the ship, created by Celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi. His Asian Market Kitchen offers a Teppanyaki room, a Sushi Food Bar and a main Pan-Asian venue. This is an alluring space with fabulous décor and a wide range of menu choices at reasonable prices. All dining spots on this Deck are by reservation and each charges a fee.
Of course there are two large main restaurants and two casual buffet areas, with the smaller one dedicated to families – a great idea. Speaking of families – there is so much to do and the kids will love the bowling alley, the two ziplines, the fantastic water-park with its variety of slides, plus the terrific Jungle Pool and play area. Naturally there are Kids Clubs for all ages and a babysitting program as well.
And there’s more – much more. The Sports Bar, the French Brasserie, the Champagne Bar and the elegant and popular Venchi, a coffee bar, Cioccogelateria (chocolates and ice cream) and creperie that is delicious in every way. Add to this a wide range of award-winning entertainment in the theatre every night plus music throughout the ship.
There’s a spacious Spa and the Yacht Club, the ship-within-a-ship concept is larger and even better than on other ships. A key factor here is that the Restaurant for the Yacht Club guests (special key-card entry) is now contained within the several decks that this ship category occupies rather than being out in another area. For more discerning guests who want a more rarified on board atmosphere, consider the Yacht Club suites with its many benefits and inclusions.
There is a wide variety of staterooms, many with balconies and they are comfortable, have all the amenities necessary and most of all, the prices are very attractive. So for a marvellous week of Caribbean cruising, this ship is a great choice.
The MSC Seaside is not just a ship that follows the sun from its home port of Miami on a year round basis, it is a beautiful ship that is basking in the glow of a warm and bright sun and one that will appeal to many Canadians for years to come.
Written by Vanessa Lee.