Ship: MSC Seashore - 2020 - Weight: 169,400t - Capacity: : 4,540 passengers
Ports: Port Canaveral, USA - Ocean Cay, Bahamas
Wednesday, January 10th / Day at Sea / Day 4Smoother seas today and I slept very well. At about 10:00 am I went to the Le Cabaret Lounge for the Diamond Reception. They had small snacks on the tables and later brought Petit-fours. There was a selection of five drinks on the trays of the Bar Servers. The entertainment was an excellent Jazz duo. The Cruise Director introduced the Senior Staff, the Captain, and the Hotel Director. No leaving early at this event. I sat with two ladies who happened to be fans of this Blog so that was fun. Stopped at the Bar on the way out and had a Bloody Mary complement of the Beverage Manager. Nice. Since it was a sea day I took advantage of having Lunch in the MDR at about noon and I was joined by my new friends. I ordered the Black Bean Soup, the Tex-Mex Chicken Salad, a very nice Veal Scaloppini Piccata, and Boston Creme Pie (disappointing) for dessert. The weather is getting a bit better and I had a Cabin afternoon and a wee nap. At about 7:00 pm I did a walkabout and did a bit of shopping before attending the 3-hour continuous Variety Show in the Le Cabaret Lounge, a typical MSC production show M.O. with lots of action and less verbiage due to language barriers. I saw various interesting acts before my 9:00 pm reservation at the Butcher's Cut Steakhouse. Tonight I ordered the Smoked Tomato Soup, the Hearts of Palm Salad, and the NY Sirloin Strip Steak with a Baked Potato side. The assortment of Breads and Steak Sauces were also good as was the service. Thank you, MSC, it was an enjoyable meal. I then retired to the cabin for a contented sleep. A nice day on the MSC Seashore.
Thursday, January 11th / Costa Maya, Mexico / Day 5
Saturday, January 13th / Day at Sea / Day 7
Sunday, February 14th / Port Canaveral / Debarkation
Fair seas overnight, but I did not sleep well, too many last minute changes to Ecuador plans. We arrived on time and were docked just after 6:00 am. I finished packing and was at the self-debark location at about 6:45 a.m. We began leaving at about 7:00 a.m. and thanks to facial recognition we were soon on the street. I was on the parking shuttle bus by 7:30 and on the road by 7:50 a.m. Stopped for groceries, and was home before 10:00 a.m. Easy Peasy.
Maiden Voyage: 2017 / Gross Tonnage: 153,500 tons
Passenger Capacity: 5179 / Crew: 1413 / Length: 323 meters/1060 ft
Max Cruising Speed: 22 knots / Avg Speed 21 knots
Installed power: Diesel (40,000kW) / Propulsion: Twin propellers
17 passenger decks / Builder: Fincantieri
Godmother: Sophia Loren
I had cabin 9004 a starboard side balcony located on deck as far forward as you can go with a long walk to the forward elevators. Storage is fine if solo. The toilet seems smaller perhaps because the glass shower doors restrict movement. The cabin has a push-button safe, twin/king beds, a large padded headboard, two small nightstands, wall-mounted wall lights, a large mirror, a small refrigerator, a small table/bench (unusual), and a nice TV with interactive features. My cabin steward Ariel was very good.
Dining / Food
The dinners in the MDR are very good, service and settings were wonderful. I love the tablecloths. Our wait staff were excellent, very pleased with the service. The buffet food was good to very good. Not as many selections as in the past, but the food variety was fine. Favorites: all the Pizza, all the Pasta, Guacamole, Hamburgers, and Salad Bar. I only did one specialty restaurant: The Butcher’s Cut and it was very good. I may say the the Seaside food seems better than the Seashore.
Comments - MSC Cruise Line
MSC is very different than the usual American cruise lines and if you're looking for the same experience it will be much different. You may like the differences or you may be very unhappy with the differences. As an experienced cruiser, I love different. If you don’t like change or are not flexible you will probably NOT like sailing a European cruise line. Following are my personal observations on sailing MSC:
Beautiful Public Rooms, Good MSC Production Shows and entertainment, Quality and Beautiful Themed Bars, Nice Cabins, Hot Milk readily available on buffet and MDR, Attentive bar servers, and Good MDR Breakfasts. Tablecloths.
Changes since Covid
Announcements are now only in English
Fewer children since they changed the ‘Children sail free’ promotion.
Many more American guests result in more: Scooters, Wheelchairs, and complainers.
Highlights of the Cruise
Rocket Launch from Port Canaveral
Hola! Tacos and Cantina
Port Days in Cozumel and Costa Maya
Butcher’s Cut Steak House