Inside the stunning 'palatial' cruise ship MSC Seaview

Bring the familyand let the fun begin! Child-friendly cruising on a ‘palatialship with Swarovski crystal staircases, five water slides and a multi-storey aqua park

  • The MSC Seaview has a lot to offer families with young children, from kidsclubs to daytime dance classes
  • Built to carry 5,000 乗客, the ship has a range of facilities including four pools and ten dining venues
  • Passengers can enjoy sea views from the ship’s glass panoramic lift and the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ glass walkway
  • Here I am shooting clowns as if my life depends on it. 怖い, demented clowns pop up in the most unexpected places: on a roller coaster, in a dodgem car, behind a carousel.

    My heart is racing and the boy next to me is screaming his lungs out. 数分後, he’s back in the queue for another round.

    We’re in the Interactive XD cinema on palatial cruise ship MSC Seaview, and having a ball. It’s day two and my partner’s son Oliver, 12, hasn’t looked at the games on his phone, or the ‘rectangular child minder’ as his dad likes to call it. He hasn’t even realised it’s locked in the room safe.

    Pictured is MSC Seaview's stunning atrium, which boasts Swarovski crystal staircases

    Pictured is MSC Seaview’s stunning atrium, which boasts Swarovski crystal staircases

    'The adrenaline-fuelled thrills lure us repeatedly to the entertainment area,' Rebecca reveals

    ‘The adrenaline-fuelled thrills lure us repeatedly to the entertainment area,’ Rebecca reveals

    Guests on board can lap up the ship's excellent facilities, which include a multi-storey aqua park (写真)

    Guests on board can lap up the ship’s excellent facilities, which include a multi-storey aqua park (写真)

    Accommodating over 5,000 乗客, MSC Seaview was built for warm climates, and the Mediterranean itinerary which David, Oliver and I are on sails to Italy, フランスとスペイン.

    ‘It’s ginormous, the coolest thing ever!’ Oliver had exclaimed when we arrived at our floating home for the week, docked at Genoa cruise terminal.

    Our shipmates are noticeably younger than on many other cruises and in true European style, they also stay up later.

    家族, couples and multi-generational groups from the UK, Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia are on board lapping up the excellent facilities, including a multi-storey aqua park, four pools, ten dining venues and five water slides. Built to bring guests closer to the sea than ever before, the style is Miami beach condo and we love the glass panoramic lift that sweeps you from the sunset pool on deck seven to the main pool on deck 16, Swarovski crystal staircases and the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ glass walkway that’s positioned 131ft (40m) above the ocean.

    アウトと約, it’s clear that deck 16 is the place to be: activities range from daytime dance classes for all the family (and presented in four different languages) to kids’ parties under the stars.

    One of the four pools aboard the MSC Seaview - which Rebecca says was 'built for warm climates'

    One of the four pools aboard the MSC Seaviewwhich Rebecca says was ‘built for warm climates

    There’s a real family atmosphere on the ship. There are five dedicated kids’ clubs catering for tots to teens.

    Young Club (ために 12 to 14-year-olds) activities include tech challenges, discos and bowling in the full-size alley, and it’s easy to sign up once on board.

    If you’re worried about them getting lost, tracking wristband devices are given free to guests staying in Aurea premium accommodation and the Yacht Club.

    Slide away: Kids can whizz down five different water slides, which are part of the multi-storey aqua park

    Slide away: Kids can whizz down five different water slides, which are part of the multi-storey aqua park

    Popular with families, couples and multi-generational groups, the ship offers attractions for all ages. Pictured is the MSC Aurea Spa

    Popular with families, couples and multi-generational groups, the ship offers attractions for all ages. Pictured is the MSC Aurea Spa

    概して, there are ten dining venues on the MSC Seaview - pictured is speciality restaurant L'Atelier Bistrot

    概して, there are ten dining venues on the MSC Seaviewpictured is speciality restaurant L’Atelier Bistrot

    Diners at L'Atelier Bistrot can gaze at the atrium. Of all the restaurants on the ship, Rebecca and her family are particularly enamoured by the Marketplace buffet

    Diners at L’Atelier Bistrot can gaze at the atrium. Of all the restaurants on the ship, Rebecca and her family are particularly enamoured by the Marketplace buffet

    Oliver makes friends quickly and is soon asking to escape the dinner table each evening so he can hang out with his new buddies.

    We are staying in a veranda stateroom with a double bed and a large sofa bed for Oliver — and taking young ones on a cruise needn’t bust your holiday budget, as children up to the age of 18 who share a cabin with their parents on Seaview travel free of charge.

    When we aren’t ashore strolling along the Cannes’ Croisette or nibbling €2 cones of salty jamon at Barcelona’s Santa Caterina Market, we’re working our way through the ship’s excellent Marketplace buffet.

    Pictured is one of the cruise ship's suites, equipped with a whirlpool and ocean views

    Pictured is one of the cruise ship’s suites, equipped with a whirlpool and ocean views

    A glass panoramic lift sweeps guests from the sunset pool to the main pool on deck 16. Pictured is the ship's Panorama Pool

    A glass panoramic lift sweeps guests from the sunset pool to the main pool on deck 16. Pictured is the ship’s Panorama Pool

    Pictured is the snow room, which is one of the many facilities on board the 'palatial' MSC Seaview

    Pictured is the snow room, which is one of the many facilities on board the ‘palatialMSC Seaview

    Pictured is one of the bars on the ship, これ

    Pictured is one of the bars on the ship. Rebecca finds the guests tend to ‘stay up lateron MSC Seaview, compared to other cruises

    But it’s the adrenaline-fuelled thrills that lure us repeatedly to the entertainment area — we all love the interactive cinema, while Oliver and David enjoy flexing their skills in the F1 simulator.

    After a session destroying werewolves with his Canadian friend Russell in the cinema on the last night, it’s with some reluctance that we drag Oliver to bed.

    ‘I don’t want to go home,’ he declares. We have to agree.

    TRAVEL FACTS

    A seven-night, round-trip cruise in the western Mediterranean on MSC Seaview, calling at Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta, departs Barcelona on June 3, 2022, from £929 pp based on two people sharing cabin. (msccruises.co.uk, 0203 426 3010).

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