MSC Seaview Aerial
MSC Seaview Aerial / MSC Cruises
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MSC Seaview Panorama Pool
MSC Seaview Panorama Pool / MSC Cruises
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MSC Seaview Yacht Club Inside Cabin
MSC Seaview Yacht Club Inside Cabin / MSC Cruises
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MSC Seaview Balcony Cabin
MSC Seaview Balcony Cabin / MSC Cruises
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MSC Seaview Asian Market
MSC Seaview Asian Market / MSC Cruises
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MSC Seaview Venchi Chocolate Bar
MSC Seaview Venchi Chocolate Bar / MSC Cruises
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MSC Seaview Aurea Spa Snow Room
MSC Seaview Aurea Spa Snow Room / MSC Cruises
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MSC Seaview
Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

As the sister ship to 2017’s MSC Seaside, this 4,132-passenger, family-friendly mega-ship from Europe-based MSC Cruises debuted in 2018 with most of the same onboard concepts and experiences to entertain and appeal to adults and kids alike. Its public spaces are designed to dazzle, with glittering Swarovski staircases and glass-floored “Bridge of Sighs” catwalk ideal for glam selfies and Formula 1 Racing simulators, a 5D theater, spiraling waterslides and the longest zip line at sea to thrill tweens and teens. MSC Seaview also features four pools and 13 hot tubs, 19 bars and lounges, and cabins and suites to suit most budgets. The ship sails the Mediterranean in summer and the Caribbean and Bahamas in winter, and its passenger base is significantly more international than most U.S.-based cruise lines. There is a lot to love on this big ship—if you love big ships, that is.

What We Love

MSC Yacht Club: This “ship within a ship” is ideal for couples or families looking to enjoy a mega-ship experience—just in small doses before escaping behind closed doors to a calmer, quieter, more high-end enclave with a private pool and hot tubs and a panoramic lounge serving assorted snacks throughout the day. The premium fare also gets you slightly larger accommodations (although the inside cabins are pretty standard) and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner that’s exclusive to Yacht Club guests. 

Coffee and Chocolate: MSC, a company with deep Mediterranean roots, has established a partnership with Italian chocolatier Venchi. One whiff of the onboard offerings at the Venchi 1878 Chocolate Bar and you’ll be tempted to try the chocolate treats, creamy gelato and coffee creations available for purchase. You can also watch through a glass window as the delectable chocolates are made.

Nightly Entertainment: While never a quiet ship, MSC Seaview really comes to life after dark when its multiple entertainment venues offer options ranging from high-tech productions in the Metropolitan Theatre and live music in the Haven Lounge to ‘70s parties on the pool deck and late-night dancing in the Garage Club.

Asian Market: The second restaurant at sea by Hawaiian chef Roy Yamaguchi—the first debuted on MSC Seaside—this Pan-Asian grill features dishes full of the region’s vivid flavors and unique preparations, as well as a lively Teppanyaki restaurant and a Sushi Bar.

Best Known For

The Over-the-Top Atrium: Every cruise ship has its signature public space and MSC Seaview’s is its four-story atrium (linking decks 5, 6, 7 and 8), which shimmers with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Several popular bars and lounges—including the Seaview Bar and the Champagne Bar—are located here and it’s a great spot to people watch.

The Family-Friendly Activities: MSC’s ships are known for their multi-story water parks and activity-packed kids’ and teens’ clubs with creative programming (scavenger hunts, parades, sport tournaments) taking place throughout the ship, so MSC Seaview won’t disappoint junior sailors. There’s also an arcade, a ropes course and a bowling alley. But grown-ups can find plenty to enjoy as well, including the Aurea Spa (which has a snow room for an invigorating pre-whirlpool cool down), a Technogym-equipped fitness center and a lively casino.

Who It's Best For

Families on a Budget: Wallet-friendly inside and oceanview cabin categories are a hallmark of MSC Cruises and there’s a lot onboard to keep everyone entertained.

Couples Who Can Trade Up to Yacht Club Staterooms: The privacy and exclusive extras of MSC Yacht Club create a quiet haven—with the added benefit of a Vegas-style party just steps away.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The Food Can Be Incredible—or Just Okay: There are certainly delicious taste treats onboard—the chocolates and the house-made pastas served fresh from the skillet at the buffet stations are really good and paying the surcharge for a specialty restaurant a few times during your cruise is definitely worth the splurge—but what’s on the menu in the main dining rooms isn’t always well-prepared or memorable. Given the cruise line’s Mediterranean heritage, its culinary inconsistency is among its biggest disappointments. 

A Big Ship Equals Big Noise: MSC Seaview, which can accommodate as many as 5,331 guests in its 2,066 cabins, isn’t a good fit for anyone who dislikes crowds, commotion or long waits. MSC describes its onboard experience as “Cruising at its most,” and indeed there is something going on almost everywhere onboard. The line’s appeal to families and couples seeking no-holds-barred fun means the volume is turned to high for much of the day—and well into the night.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger