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6 Things I liked better on MSC Cruises than Royal Caribbean

I have been lucky enough to travel on some fantastic cruise ships, and up until this last voyage, they were all with Royal Caribbean. Just this summer, I got to experience the cruise line's s newest vessel, Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world. My family and I toured the Mediterranean on a truly memorable vacation.

MSC Seashore Live Blog - Day 7 - Sea day

Today is a sea day and, sadly, the last day of my cruise.  It is amazing how quickly a week goes by, especially with four port stops to fill the days.

I am jealous of those people doing a back to back cruise; I can definitely see the appeal of another week onboard.

I have very much enjoyed my first MSC cruise, and the ship has a lot to offer. Even today, I found some new spots I had not visited before, proving I do need to spend more time on this ship. 

Here is what I did to enjoy the last bit of my fantastic cruise on the MSC Seashore.

MSC Seashore Live Blog - Day 6 - Costa Maya

This morning we arrived in Costa Maya after traveling northwest over night from Roatan.

My first time visiting this Mexican port, I was excited to see what it offered.

From my research, I knew there was a port complex with some shops, restaurants and activities, so I had no formal plans, rather just to go with the flow.

Here is how I spent my last port day on this western Caribbean sailing aboard MSC Seashore.

MSC Seashore Live Blog - Day 5 - Roatan

Leaving Mexico behind, today we ventured to Roatan, an island off the mainland of Honduras. MSC does not normally make this port stop, so many guests were excited to visit.

I have been to the island once before and was in awe of its natural beauty and very excited to have the opportunity to visit again.

Since we changed itineraries due to the weather, I had a credit for refunded excursions, so I decided to book Big French Key, a beach day to relax.

Here is how my day went.

MSC Seashore Live Blog - Day 4 - Cozumel

We arrived early this morning in Cozumel and the sun has not yet risen. What a treat to see a Caribbean sunrise; a truly peaceful way to start the day.

After the sea day yesterday, I was looking forward to checking out our first Mexican port stop and exploring the downtown area.

Our weather forecast was once again favorable with mostly sun and a small chance of rain.

Here is how I spent my fourth day onboard the MSC Seashore.

MSC Seashore Live Blog - Day 3 - Sea Day

Today is our first sea day, as we leave the Bahamas behind and head southwest toward Mexico and our next port of call in Cozumel. 

A sea day is a perfect time to leisurely explore the ship and enjoy some more of the sunny weather we have been blessed with to date. 

So far, I have very much enjoyed my cruise on MSC Seashore and am eager to try out some new spots onboard, as well as relax.

Here is how I spent my day. 

MSC Seashore Live Blog - Day 2 - Ocean Cay

The second day of my MSC Seashore cruise was a much anticipated visit to Ocean Cay Marine Reserve (Ocean Cay). MSC's private island is the Bahamas, not far from Bimini.

With the current weather issues in the Caribbean, I felt very fortunate that we were able to make this port stop.

MSC Seashore Live Blog - Day 1 - Embarkation Day

Before I even boarded MSC Seashore today, there was lots of buzz in online cruise groups about the changes in the itinerary due to Tropical Storm Fiona.

Instead of going to the eastern Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and the Dominican Republic, we have switched to a western Caribbean itinerary, visiting Roatan, Honduras, Cozumel, and Costa Maya in Mexico. Thankfully, we are still going to Ocean Cay, MSC's private island in the Bahamas, although I would have loved to see Puerto Rico as well. 

I'm trying my first MSC cruise. Here's how I am getting ready

Soon, I will be traveling to Miami, Florida, for my first cruise with MSC Cruises. I have spent quite a bit of time reading about them, and I am very excited to try the Swiss-based cruise line, which has become one of the largest cruise operators in the world.

MSC Cruises Cancelation Policy

Unfortunately, sometimes we need to cancel a cruise. Work, health, or any number of other things can pop up and change our plans, but no one wants to waste their hard earned vacation money regardless of the reason.

It is always a good idea to understand cancelation policies prior to booking. Details regarding how you much money you will get back, timeframes and processes are all things we need to know ahead of time.

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