Cruise ship review: MSC Seaview

Frances Marcellin
Prefer a roomy ship? MSC Seaview offers plenty of outdoor space - MSC Rights

The identical sister ship of MSC Seaside is innovatively designed with generous outdoor spaces, so passengers can make the most of the hot Mediterranean climate in summer and the balmy warmth of South America in winter.

Style & character 9/10

Seaview’s fusion of sharp design, glitzy décor and technology gives her a look that embodies innovation, elegance and fun. The atrium is the heart of the ship: a shiny four-deck-high multimedia stage, showcasing pianists, DJs and bands, surrounded by sparkling Swarovski staircases. The unusual 4.5m-wide promenade as low down as deck seven makes al fresco eating and drinking a big part of life on board. From the Balinese spa to bowling and water slides, there are activities for everyone and the vibrant children’s area will keep the kids amused all day. At night, the 19 bars are buzzing into the early hours – dancing in the moonlight by the Sunset Pool is a memorable experience.

Cabins 9/10

Seaview’s new Seaside-class design concept – moving the engine to the mid part of the ship – has allowed for a Miami-style condo tower at the aft and a high number of cabins with balconies (around 70 per cent). Styled with contemporary décor inspired by nature, cabins are well-equipped with USB ports, an interactive TV and neat bathrooms. Families can reserve connecting cabins and suites can come with a private whirlpool or two bedrooms.

Food & drink 8/10

There are four complimentary restaurants. Ocean Point is good for families and Marketplace has 13 food stations (ranging from salads to the carvery) and a large outdoor terrace. Expect a more gourmet approach at Golden Sands and the Silver Dolphin.

Foodies will appreciate the four speciality restaurants. French-themed L’Atelier Bistrot serves particularly good foie gras. For a quality steak head to Butchers Cut. At Ocean Cay, two-Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa invents unique twists on traditional seafood dishes; and Roy Yamaguchi’s sushi at Asian Market Kitchen is a masterclass in how to balance flavours. Speciality restaurants come with a supplement. A sushi dish at Asian Market Kitchen starts at around £13 with main meals priced up to £35. Discounted dining packages are available.

Around 70 per cent of Seaview's cabins include a balcony

Service & facilities 10/10

Adults can indulge in the thermal spa (includes a sensory hammam and snow room) and keep fit in the gym. Shooting zombies, while strapped into motion seats, in the 4D cinema is a treat, so are the two full-size bowling alleys, F1 simulator, zip line (the longest at sea) and water park. Here, children have their own aqua space while big kids can enjoy two speedy racing flumes.

There’s also high-tech slide-boarding, where you compete in a video game with other riders, using buttons on your board, while inside the waterslide.

The MSC for Me service means you can keep track of your kids on your smartphone (via your app and their wristbands), find your way around Google Maps style and make reservations from wherever you are.

The Panorama Pool

Entertainment & excursions 7/10

The Odeon Theatre hosts seven shows a week including music tributes and variety performances. While they are entertaining with skilled artists, they don’t quite reach the standards of Cirque du Soleil at Sea on the Meraviglia-class ships.

The choice of excursions at each destination is plentiful. Bike trips, personalised group outings, museum tours and city treasure hunts are some of the ways you can explore a destination.

City excursion prices start at around £76 per person.

Value for money 8/10

Cruises in autumn 2019 start from £449 per person on the seven-night Meditteranean itinerary from Cannes, which stops in Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Ajaccio, Genoa, La Spezia and Civitavecchia (for Rome).

Overall Rating 9/10

MSC Seaview’s new design concept and abundant outdoor space help her stand apart from others sailing around the Mediterranean. From the spacious decks to the copious facilities and high-tech MSC for Me, which helps you avoid the queues, on MSC Seaview you can “enjoy the sea” from the inside out.