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MSC Seashore
Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

The third ship in MSC Cruises Seaside-class, designed for warmer weather, MSC Seashore launched in August 2021 in the Mediterranean, followed by Caribbean sailings in November from Miami, as the longest and largest ship in the MSC fleet. The 4,540-passenger vessel (at double occupancy) is also the first of two enriched Seaside EVO ships—more than 65 percent of MSC Seashore has been enhanced in a significant evolution from 2017's Seaside and 2018's Seaview—with newly designed public spaces, more staterooms and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest in the company's fleet. This is a massive ship with a large personality and a lively ambiance so that it won't be right for everyone, but the redesign for MSC Seashore seems intended to enhance the feeling of space—and connection with the sea—while aboard.

What We Love

MSC Yacht Club: It's hard not to love this "ship-within-a-ship" that lets you enjoy the exclusivity of a private pool, panoramic lounge, and restaurant while also being able to venture into the MSC Seashore's dazzling public spaces for a meal at a specialty restaurant or a show—until sensory overload sends you back to the quieter, more refined environment for which you paid a premium. However, MSC Seashore's Yacht Club is a bit larger than its predecessors, accommodating at least 86 more guests in two new stateroom categories: 41 Deluxe Grand Suites and two Owner's Suites with private whirlpools.

The Design Enhancements: MSC added 52 feet of length to MSC Seashore to create 107,639 square feet of additional deck space and even more glittering eye candy, including a new aft pool design on deck 8 with a two-level show lounge, Le Cabaret Rouge, just below it. All specialty restaurants are now on deck 8, allowing for seating on the waterfront boardwalk, and the buffet eatery has been moved to deck 16. The ship also features two new restaurants, one reserved for Aurea-class guests and another main dining room. 

The Lounge Factor: MSC Seashore has 18 bars and lounges, most with modern European décor and many featuring panoramic ocean views.

Best Known For

Improved Sustainable Technology: As the most environmentally friendly ship in the cruise line's fleet, MSC Seashore features new technologies that significantly reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide from air emissions and advanced wastewater treatment systems to clean wastewater to exceptionally high standards and lessen the ship's environmental footprint. 

Lively Onboard Ambience: Passengers who book with MSC do so because they enjoy the onboard fun, convivial—okay, party-like—vibe. On MSC Seashore, there are activities galore for every age and interest. In addition to colorful Baby, Mini and Junior clubs, which have been separated in the redesign from the two teens-only clubs, there's a refreshed interactive water park featuring waterslides and virtual reality experiences, an enhanced 5D theater, a rafting simulator, a VR maze, and Formula 1 VR simulators. And anyone who isn't afraid of heights will get a thrill when walking the glass-floored "Bridge of Sighs" on deck 16.

Who It's Best For

Active Couples and Families: As shiny and beautiful as MSC Seashore is, it's not the right ship for getting away to relax and unwind—unless you sequester yourself in the spaces exclusive to MSC Yacht Club. When all berths are full (the ship will hold a maximum of 5,632 passengers, many of whom are more than happy to scream their way down water slides, sing and dance at outdoor deck parties), you will know it. Also worth noting: Cluster cabins with interconnecting doors are designed for large families or groups of friends (between six and ten people).

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Food Quality Might Be Uneven: MSC offers highly competitive value fares on many of its itineraries, and the dining onboard reflects that. Don't expect gourmet-level cuisine, and you won't be disappointed with the options. There are four main dining rooms, complimentary to all guests and serving a rotating menu of European- and U.S.-inspired appetizers and mains, from seafood and steak to duck and pasta. The Marketplace buffet restaurant offers a wide array of international choices, all now doled out by staff from behind plexiglass partitions. It can get a bit chaotic, but MSC has put effort into training its crew and its shows in their friendly greetings and smiles. Specialty restaurants Ocean Cay and Butcher's Cut serve elevated seafood specialties and all manner of grilled meats, while Kaito Sushi Bar offers individually plated and domed bites of sushi and sashimi amusingly served via a conveyor belt. Don't miss the chance to indulge in a scoop or two of Venchi 1878 gelato—it's definitely worth the extra charge.

The Dynamic Will Be European: Based in Geneva, Switzerland, but with an Italian heritage and a decades-long history in the Mediterranean, MSC Cruises attracts a lot of European and South American cruisers, so the onboard vibe is notably different from ships catering to a U.S. passenger base. Things may not be done precisely the way most American cruisers expect, but that international dynamic is what makes MSC Seashore an exciting base from which to experience the Caribbean—and perhaps make new friends from other continents.

What We Love

MSC Yacht Club: It's hard not to love this "ship-within-a-ship" that lets you enjoy the exclusivity of a private pool, panoramic lounge, and restaurant while also being able to venture into the MSC Seashore's dazzling public spaces for a meal at a specialty restaurant or a show—until sensory overload sends you back to the quieter, more refined environment for which you paid a premium. However, MSC Seashore's Yacht Club is a bit larger than its predecessors, accommodating at least 86 more guests in two new stateroom categories: 41 Deluxe Grand Suites and two Owner's Suites with private whirlpools.

The Design Enhancements: MSC added 52 feet of length to MSC Seashore to create 107,639 square feet of additional deck space and even more glittering eye candy, including a new aft pool design on deck 8 with a two-level show lounge, Le Cabaret Rouge, just below it. All specialty restaurants are now on deck 8, allowing for seating on the waterfront boardwalk, and the buffet eatery has been moved to deck 16. The ship also features two new restaurants, one reserved for Aurea-class guests and another main dining room. 

The Lounge Factor: MSC Seashore has 18 bars and lounges, most with modern European décor and many featuring panoramic ocean views.

Best Known For

Improved Sustainable Technology: As the most environmentally friendly ship in the cruise line's fleet, MSC Seashore features new technologies that significantly reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide from air emissions and advanced wastewater treatment systems to clean wastewater to exceptionally high standards and lessen the ship's environmental footprint. 

Lively Onboard Ambience: Passengers who book with MSC do so because they enjoy the onboard fun, convivial—okay, party-like—vibe. On MSC Seashore, there are activities galore for every age and interest. In addition to colorful Baby, Mini and Junior clubs, which have been separated in the redesign from the two teens-only clubs, there's a refreshed interactive water park featuring waterslides and virtual reality experiences, an enhanced 5D theater, a rafting simulator, a VR maze, and Formula 1 VR simulators. And anyone who isn't afraid of heights will get a thrill when walking the glass-floored "Bridge of Sighs" on deck 16.

Who It's Best For

Active Couples and Families: As shiny and beautiful as MSC Seashore is, it's not the right ship for getting away to relax and unwind—unless you sequester yourself in the spaces exclusive to MSC Yacht Club. When all berths are full (the ship will hold a maximum of 5,632 passengers, many of whom are more than happy to scream their way down water slides, sing and dance at outdoor deck parties), you will know it. Also worth noting: Cluster cabins with interconnecting doors are designed for large families or groups of friends (between six and ten people).

 

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Food Quality Might Be Uneven: MSC offers highly competitive value fares on many of its itineraries, and the dining onboard reflects that. Don't expect gourmet-level cuisine, and you won't be disappointed with the options. There are four main dining rooms, complimentary to all guests and serving a rotating menu of European- and U.S.-inspired appetizers and mains, from seafood and steak to duck and pasta. The Marketplace buffet restaurant offers a wide array of international choices, all now doled out by staff from behind plexiglass partitions. It can get a bit chaotic, but MSC has put effort into training its crew and its shows in their friendly greetings and smiles. Specialty restaurants Ocean Cay and Butcher's Cut serve elevated seafood specialties and all manner of grilled meats, while Kaito Sushi Bar offers individually plated and domed bites of sushi and sashimi amusingly served via a conveyor belt. Don't miss the chance to indulge in a scoop or two of Venchi 1878 gelato—it's definitely worth the extra charge.

The Dynamic Will Be European: Based in Geneva, Switzerland, but with an Italian heritage and a decades-long history in the Mediterranean, MSC Cruises attracts a lot of European and South American cruisers, so the onboard vibe is notably different from ships catering to a U.S. passenger base. Things may not be done precisely the way most American cruisers expect, but that international dynamic is what makes MSC Seashore an exciting base from which to experience the Caribbean—and perhaps make new friends from other continents.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger