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Family Cruise Vacations: MSC Seaview is a ‘Palace’ Cruise for All Ages

Here I am shooting clowns like my life depends on it. Scary and insane clowns appear in the most unexpected places: on a roller coaster, in a race car, behind a carousel.

My heart is racing and the boy next to me is screaming at the top of his lungs. Minutes later, get back in line for another round.

We’re at the Interactive XD theater on the palatial MSC Seaview cruise ship and having fun. It’s the second day and my partner’s son Oliver, 12, hasn’t seen the games on his phone, or the ‘rectangular babysitter’ as his dad likes to call him. He has not even realized that he is locked in the room safe.

Pictured is the stunning MSC Seaview atrium featuring Swarovski crystal staircases

Pictured is the stunning MSC Seaview atrium featuring Swarovski crystal staircases

'Adrenaline-fueled emotions repeatedly draw us into the entertainment area,' reveals Rebecca

'Adrenaline-fueled emotions repeatedly draw us into the entertainment area,' reveals Rebecca

‘Adrenaline-fueled emotions repeatedly draw us into the entertainment area,’ reveals Rebecca

Guests on board can enjoy the ship's excellent facilities, including a multi-story water park (pictured)

Guests on board can enjoy the ship's excellent facilities, including a multi-story water park (pictured)

Guests on board can enjoy the ship’s excellent facilities, including a multi-story water park (pictured)

With a capacity of over 5,000 passengers, MSC Seaview was built for hot climates and the Mediterranean itinerary where David, Oliver and I sailed to Italy, France and Spain.

‘It’s huge, the coolest thing of all!’ Oliver had exclaimed when we arrived at our houseboat for the week, docked at the Genoa cruise terminal.

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

Families, couples and multi-generational groups from the UK, Europe, the US, Canada and Australia are on board enjoying the excellent facilities, including a multi-story water park, four pools, ten restaurants and five waterslides. Built to bring guests closer to the ocean than ever before, the style is Miami Beach condo and we love the panoramic glass elevator that takes you from the sunset pool on deck seven to the main pool on deck 16, the Swarovski crystal stairs and the ‘Sighs Glass Walkway Bridge which sits 131 feet (40 m) above the ocean.

Away from home, Deck 16 is clearly the place to be: activities range from daytime dance classes for the whole family (and are presented in four different languages) to children’s parties under the stars.

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

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

One of the four pools aboard MSC Seaview, which Rebecca says was ‘built for hot climates’

There is a real family atmosphere on the ship. There are five dedicated kids clubs that cater from toddlers to teens.

Young Club activities (for ages 12-14) include tech challenges, clubbing, and full-size alley bowling, and it’s easy to check-in once on board.

If you’re concerned about getting lost, guests staying at Aurea’s premium accommodations and at the Yacht Club get free wrist-tracking devices.

Slide - Kids can slide down five different water slides, which are part of the multi-story water park

Slide - Kids can slide down five different water slides, which are part of the multi-story water park

Slide – Kids can slide down five different water slides, which are part of the multi-story water park

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

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

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

In all, there are ten places to dine on the MSC Seaview;  In the photo, the specialty restaurant L'Atelier Bistrot

In all, there are ten places to dine on the MSC Seaview;  In the photo, the specialty restaurant L'Atelier Bistrot

In all, there are ten places to dine on the MSC Seaview; In the photo, the specialty restaurant L’Atelier Bistrot

Diners at L'Atelier Bistrot can gaze out over the atrium.  Of all the restaurants on the ship, Rebecca and her family are particularly in love with the Marketplace buffet.

Diners at L'Atelier Bistrot can gaze out over the atrium.  Of all the restaurants on the ship, Rebecca and her family are particularly in love with the Marketplace buffet.

Diners at L’Atelier Bistrot can gaze out over the atrium. Of all the restaurants on the ship, Rebecca and her family are particularly in love with the Marketplace buffet.

Oliver makes friends quickly and will soon be asking to escape the dinner table each night so he can hang out with his new friends.

We’ll stay in a terrace stateroom with a double bed and a large sofa bed for Oliver, and taking the little ones on a cruise doesn’t have to ruin your vacation budget, as kids up to 18 years old sharing a stateroom with their parents on Sea View Trips free of charge.

When we’re not on land strolling the Croisette in Cannes or nibbling on € 2 salted ham cones at Barcelona’s Santa Caterina market, we make our way through the ship’s excellent buffet Marketplace.

The photo shows one of the suites on the cruise ship, equipped with a hot tub and ocean view.

The photo shows one of the suites on the cruise ship, equipped with a hot tub and ocean view.

The photo shows one of the suites on the cruise ship, equipped with a hot tub and ocean view.

A panoramic glass elevator takes guests from the sunset pool to the main pool on deck 16. Pictured is the ship's panoramic pool.

A panoramic glass elevator takes guests from the sunset pool to the main pool on deck 16. Pictured is the ship's panoramic pool.

A panoramic glass elevator takes guests from the sunset pool to the main pool on deck 16. Pictured is the ship’s panoramic pool.

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

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

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

The photo shows one of the ship's bars, which

The photo shows one of the ship's bars, which

The photo shows one of the ship’s bars. Rebecca finds that guests tend to ‘stay up later’ on MSC Seaview, compared to other cruises

But it is adrenaline-fueled emotions that repeatedly draw us into the entertainment area: we all love interactive cinema, while Oliver and David enjoy showing off their skills in the F1 simulator.

After a werewolf destruction session with his Canadian friend Russell at the movies last night, it is 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 Western Mediterranean cruise on MSC Seaview, with a stopover in Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta, departs from Barcelona on June 3, 2022, from £ 929 per person based on two people sharing cabin. (msccruises.co.uk, 0203 426 3010).

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