My first MSC Cruise was aboard the MSC Seaside back in 2019. My cruise aboard the ship that follows the Sun, did not disappoint. We traveled through the Caribbean on a family cruise. What could be better than a week of sun, fun and entertainment? Fast forward to the present and MSC Cruises’ has recently launched MSC Seascape, a big sister of MSC Seaside with more room and amenities onboard.
Awesome Things To Love Aboard MSC Seascape
I was aboard MSC Seascape for it’s naming ceremony on Dec 7th, in the heart of New York City. MSC Seascape becomes the 21st ship in the MSC Cruises fleet and the very first to be named in New York City. The ship is 169.400 gross tons and features 2,270 cabins with a guest capacity of 5.877. She features 12 different types of staterooms and suites; 11 dining venues and 19 bars and lounges; six swimming pools, including an aft infinity pool.
This visit gave me an up-close look as some of the amazing features and amenities guests can expect when taking a cruise aboard this beautiful new ship. I wanted to share six awesome things to love aboard MSC Seascape.
JUNGLE POOL LOUNGE
This stunning Jungle Pool was repeatedly mentioned as a favorite and features a retractable-roof that allows it to be used in all weather conditions. This expansive jungled themed space is a great place to relax by the pool and offers seating for 224. It is also conveniently located next to the Gelato and close to the waterpark. This would be great spot for a late night swim or dip in the hot tub. We have also noticed these areas are much quiter and more peaceful than other pool areas, so it can be a nice retreat when you need some tranquility.
PIRATES COVE AQUAPARK
The Pirates Cove Aquapark aboard MSC Seascape might be our favorite due to thoughtful design and perfect pirate theming. It features slides on both sides of the ship and a waterpark in the middle. This sheltered location makes it almost hidden and helps shelter kids from the harsh sun and wind while being on a cruise ship. You will find slides for all ages and levels of excitement. The big slides are the Dualing AquaTubes on one side and the Pool Sider AquaDream on the other. Each have their own height requirement’s of course but, don’t worry their is plenty of fun available for kids of all ages here.
Pro Tip: Pack a carry-on bathing suit and sun screen so your kids can get splashing once onboard, well before your staterooms are available (normally 1:30pm) later in the day.
Want some thrills during your cruise? ROBOTRON is a state-of-the-art robotic arm with an attached gondola that seats three guests. You can be flying nearly 175 feet above the sea. This adrenaline-pumping experience allows riders to experience an unobstructed 360° view of the horizon as they hang over the edge of the deck, flip upside down and move in all directions.
The good news is, ROBOTRON riders are able to select their desired thrill level. During my visit I was able to watch as some riders clearly had chosen the high-intensity setting (screams included) and some older guests had chosen the family-friendly version. Riders can also set the mood with colored lights, music preferences and more.
MSC AUREA SPA & GYM
I’m not a big Gym or Spa person but, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the size and amenities offered aboard MSC Seascape. If you want to take a cycling class, use free weights, they have you covered with all the latest machines and techniques. Looking to be pampered with a Couples massage, treatment rooms. You can also get your hair or nails done in the salon. This Spa offer so much, let’s not forget the following:
- Finnish Sauna & Soft Sauna
- Mediterranean Bath & Steam Room
- Snow Room
- Blower Pool
- Water Cave & Salt Room
- Scrub Room
- Vertical Kneipp
For Men they even have a dedicated old school Barber Shop. This is the place to get your self looking and feeling great while you are away on vacation. Passes are available and extra charges may apply.
KAITO TEPPANYAKI & SUSHI BAR
Kaito Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar are sure to be popular among guests. So don’t forget to make reservations in advance. The Kaito Sushi bar features a conveyor belt moves fresh sushi in front of guests, enabling them to select their favorite items. During my visit I was in heaven as I chose my dish and sampled super fresh Sushi. Just around the corner I was drawn in my the unmistakable sounds and sizzling of Kaito Teppanyaki. I was able to sample of some the fresh cooked steak and fried rice. So good!
Pro Tip: Consider book specialty restaurants on the first night of the cruise to get a table at the most popular restaurants as these times are often available.
During my time aboard MSC Seascape I was able to sample some of the food available at the Butcher’s Cut, an American-Style steakhouse. It reminded me how much I enjoyed eating here on her sister ship, MSC Seaside. The open kitchen is tastefully designed and pays tribute to perfectly aged steaks and culinary delight’s. They serve Linz Heritage Angus beef, the gold standard in high-end Angus beef, aged to perfection with the highest quality . The menu is inspired by the great plains and is accompanied by bold New World wines and modern cocktails. If you love great steaks and dining experience from start to finished you should make reservations here.