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MSC Seashore
Our Ship Review
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The third ship in MSC Cruises Seaside-class, each designed for sailing in warmer weather, MSC Seashore will launch in July 2021 in the Mediterranean, followed by Caribbean sailings in winter, as the longest and largest in the fleet. The 4,540-passenger vessel will also be 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. MSC’s new virtual cruise assistant ZOE (able to answer questions in seven languages) will also be in every stateroom This is a very big ship with a large personality and a lively ambience, so 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. MSC Seashore’s Yacht Club, however, will be la 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 just below it. All specialty restaurants will now be on deck 8, allowing for seating on the waterfront boardwalk, and the buffet eatery has been moved to deck 16. The ship will also feature two new restaurants, one reserved for Aurea-class guests and another main dining room. 

The Lounge Factor: MSC Seashore will feature 20 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 will feature new technologies that greatly 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 fun, convivial—okay, party-like—vibe onboard. 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’ a full-day LEGO Experience Onboard, 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 will be, 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 5,331 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 10 people).

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Food Quality and Service Might Be Uneven: Unless MSC Cruises makes major changes to its culinary program, the quality of dining onboard might remain a source of frustration. While the food in the specialty dining restaurants (for which there is a surcharge) is for the most part excellent, the menus in the main dining rooms aren’t always up to par. But you can never go wrong with the made-to-order pasta stations in the buffet restaurant. 

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 cruisers, so the onboard vibe is notably different from ships catering to a largely U.S. passenger base. Service can be a thorny issue and things may not be done exactly the way most American cruisers expect.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger