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With some intriguing innovations, inventive twists on old themes and a more refined look than any of its predecessors in the Carnival fleet, this 130,000-ton, 3,690-passenger behemoth debuted in May 2011 and ...
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Eeyoregon
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
3,047 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Another great Carnival cruise (this was #5). Dominican Republic was the only new port of call for us. We chose to stay in the Carnival "compound" and after realizing that there is NO beach area, we regretted our decision. We ... Read more
DrBear22
Member Since 2013
1 review
75 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for its itinerary. Embarkation was really bad. Fortunately we have Platinum status, so unlike most passengers, were able to sit indoors during the 3 hour delay boarding. Many people waited for hours outdoors in the ... Read more
bblackberg
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We were in a Grand Suite room 7287 and it was a great size room only 3 (1 was a child) of us had plenty of room, also had a whirlpool tub/shower that was good, but a good step to get into at times. Seas were ruff when we went, didnt ... Read more
Doctor Bob
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our 12th cruise and perhaps never again on Carnival. We arrived at the port at 12:30 and waited outside in the sun until 2:30 before we moved inside. Control of the lines was poor so that people showing up at the last minute ... Read more
BHMcEntire
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Very disappointed in Carnival and their lack of respect towards the customer. First off, a boarding delay which resulted in thousands of people standing in 90 plus degrees of heat without any offer of water or an explanation. It took ... Read more

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Katriamp
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was my 48th cruise. I absolutely love Carnival, but this was only the 3rd trip out of Port Canaveral for the Magic, coming from Galveston. They have some work to do. Attitude seemed poor from about 30% of staff. Lack of attention ... Read more
mcdiver
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We enjoyed our cruise. We had not cruised for 2 years and found some of the changes to be good. We appreciated being able to change our dining time to Anytime. We had a great room steward named Gede. Our room was always quickly made ... Read more
KRaeMacD
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Things of note: Ship-- Plenty of elevators never a long wait. Kept Clean and neat and didn't feel too crowed except right around the main pool. Cabin-- good size and accommodated 3 adults nicely. Would not recommend 4 adults in cabin as ... Read more
Mamalato5
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Until now I have been a HUGE cruise fan, and a Carnival Gold VIFP but they've just cut back so much I don't recommend for families any more. They've cut out the cute chocolate on your pillow, they want $2 for a tea bag, the sushi bar is ... Read more
kimde
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
This is our 5th cruise on Carnival. This is also our last cruise on Carnival. The ports were great. The people who hosted the excursions were great. The crew of the ship and the service, not so much. In fact, things started going ... Read more
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JGKHEK
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We wanted to go back to Belize for the VIP Tour of the Zoo and this week in May was the best value. The weather was outstanding, the seas were like glass. and the experience at the Zoo was a once in a lifetime experience. The Zoo trip ... Read more
beanierose
Member Since 2004
1 review
43 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The ship was nice could have used a little more TLC. The cabins had some issues like the beds too worn out and the pillows. Bathroom doors not locking. In the middle of the nite you wake up and the cabin is warm. We called during the day ... Read more
doberwoman
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
88 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This was a family cruise - my husband and myself (in our 50's), son (29), daughter, son-in-law (26) and two grandchildren aged 3 and 9 months. We flew out of Buffalo the day before to Orlando and stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites ... Read more
georgiacat
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
109 forum posts
16 helpful votes
This was the first Carnival cruise for my husband and myself. We have cruised primarily with Princess and last with Royal Caribbean. We are 65 and went on this cruise with friends and relatives. We drove to Cocoa Beach, FL and stayed ... Read more
pansarah1
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
13 helpful votes
First off, we were on the sailing prior to this as back to back cruisers. BUT - our kids were joining us so we had to disembark to get them through check in. In doing this, the Carnival check in staff literally had no idea what to do with ... Read more

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Josephross2000
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This was our first time on Carnival Magic. We cruised on the Carnival Breeze last year and both ships are near mirror images of each other with the exception of the decor. Overall we were happy with our cruise. The food was average in ... Read more
pansarah1
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My husband and I booked this cruise somewhat last minute. We had been booked on the 4/23 sailing on the Magic for a year for the Eastern Carib. but added this as a fun Mom and Dad getaway before the kids joined us on 4/23. We were, ... Read more
Shipbeaux
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Veteran Cruiser – Honest Review In summary: the Carnival Magic is a really nice ship. She is huge (130K tons) which is a departure from the older and smaller ships that normally take the 3 or 4 day Bahamas run from Port ... Read more
Reggiegirl
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
I chose this cruise to see the Magic and experience it. The ship is Beautiful. Embarkation was very smooth. Disembarkation was a nightmare. It took 2 hours priority for disembarkation. No organization. Cabin was good. Service level by ... Read more
TheVelvetGypsy
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise based on the convenience of driving to Galveston. My husband had broken his clavicle weeks earlier and we were awaiting his return to work so we decided instead of sitting at home, we'd sit on a balcony with a ... Read more

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Rudyard
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
1,636 forum post
4 helpful votes
This was our fifth cruise, third on Carnival. We decided on this cruise about a year before sailing. Picked the date because it was an Eastern itinerary, which we wanted to do after four Westerns in a row. It turned out to be Magic's last ... Read more
Suzygeo
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
We are two Carnival gold status grannie cruisers and love embarking out of Galveston for Texas convenience. We signed in for a Cruise Critic meeting, however it apparently never happened, or at least we found no notice of it. Back ... Read more
Hienzy
Member Since 2013
1 review
19 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was the last time the Magic would be sailing from Galveston. It was a great cruise. The food was good, the entertainment was good and the service was great. We chose a balcony room on the 6th floor and had ... Read more
Cindy D
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The new Embarkation process of the "check in time" needs a little work. I will definitely consider purchasing the Faster to the Fun pass next time, until we reach Gold level. Debarkation went much more smoothly though and we ... Read more
Boysmomtami
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We sailed Magic April 10th - 17th ...... What an AMAZING Vacation! Embarkation: We had FTTF, we got to the terminal at 9:30am (We had 10:00 check-in also), they were not letting anyone in the building if they had a later check-in time ... Read more

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