March 22, 2017.
MSC Cruises is bringing it’s version of the popular ‘my time’ dining featured by other mainstream cruise lines to the fleet, beginning on the highly anticipated MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside. The two ships will introduce the new flexible dining option and a specialty restaurants that can be booked at any time prior to embarkation and while on board. (Note that there are restrictions on which main dining options can be selected, based on which cruise experience level you booked.)
This is what MSC Cruises calls their ‘my time’ dining and allows guests to pre-select a time slot for their evening meal, with the ability to change it at any time during their cruise.
This is the assigned seating option with a choice of two seatings each evening. This traditional dining style is popular with guests who prefer a dedicated table each night so that they can enjoy personalized service from the same waiter who will know their names, dining preferences and how to accommodate them.
In addition, MSC Yacht Club guests will continue to benefit from free-time dining (you simply show up when you want) in the dedicated MSC Yacht Club restaurant, with the option of reserving a table in advance.
Casual dining venues are available for all guests 20 hours a day, offering a wide range of freshly prepared dishes. The buffet has been further enhanced with a wide range of different international dishes suited to any taste. MSC Seaside will feature two casual dining venues, one of which will be dedicated to families, serving family-friendly options and featuring child-friendly seatings. MSC Cruises makes their own pastas aboard ship and have what I consider the best pizzas at sea.
International Specialty Restaurants
MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside will feature restaurants with ‘open kitchens,’ following the trend in restaurant design and creating a sensory experience that allows guests to see, smell and hear expert chefs at work. Selected restaurants on these ships will also feature a Chef’s Table for a five-star dining experience. So, more than just one Chef’s Table. Very nice.
Both the Meraviglia and the Seaside will be Butcher’s Cut, an authentic American Steakhouse blended with the skillful mastery of the butcher. Guests can select their favorite steak from glass-fronted meat aging fridges and then watch the skilled chefs preparing their selections in the open kitchen. The bar will feature wines and cocktails with an American theme and an assortment of craft beers.
MSC Meraviglia will feature The Kaito Teppanyaki restaurant which will complement the ship’s Kaito Sushi Bar.
MSC Seaside will have the Asian Market Kitchen by Roy Yamaguchi. This venue will have three distinct eateries: an à la carte restaurant serving gourmet Asian creations; a Sushi Bar; and an area with Teppanyaki Grills.
The Seaside will also feature the signature seafood restaurant, Ocean Cay. This restaurant will serve American-style fish dishes with a Mediterranean twist. A simple menu will include locally-sourced Stone Crabs, a delicacy in the homeport of Miami, beautiful fresh Sea Bass, flown in from the Mediterranean, and homemade spaghetti alle vongole (with clams).
MSC Meraviglia Dining Packages
The Meraviglia will have dining packages that can be booked prior to the cruise. For example:
· ‘Dinner & Show’ where they will enjoy an exclusive table d’hôte menu and then experience the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performance in the purpose-built Carousel Lounge.
· ‘Eataly Chef’s Table’ which includes a dedicated chef and sommelier for the night, seven gourmet dishes, with each course paired with seven wines.