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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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717 Carnival Magic Cruise Reviews

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Josephross2000
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 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
Shipbeaux
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
0 forum posts
7 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
1 helpful vote
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
Suzygeo
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
2 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
1 helpful vote
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

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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
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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
fdwt994
Member Since 2004
1 review
317 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We sailed with three young children (two three year olds and a seven year old.) We chose to have connecting OV cabins (category 6A) and were so glad that we chose to do so. The kids had their room, and Mom and Dad had theirs with a ... Read more
dntScuba
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This was our 3rd Cruise on Carnival and 8th cruise over all. It has been 10 years since the last cruise. I forgot how much we missed it. We had two daughters with us ages 15 and 17. I will start by saying I was a little leery about ... Read more
Laurarc
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was my 8th cruise and my first on Carnival. I can say it was exactly what I expected...mediocre. I choose this cruise to spend time with my 17 year old daughter during spring break but was aware of Carnival's reputation of being a ... Read more

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dannyleebaker2@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Don't waste your hard-earned money, it's not worth it. It was really expensive, much more so than advertised. These guys charged $3.75 for water....Water!!! I was told the food was so great, but it all fell short, other than fine dining, ... Read more
DSA92592
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Cruising is such a wonderful time. This was our 10th Cruise but the first as a family. It was our 4th Carnival Cruise and we have done 6 on RCI. I have 5 children from the ages 14-25 so 7 of us. We started by picking where we wanted ... Read more
sccatfan
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
28 helpful votes
This was our 3rd cruise (2 with Carnival and one with another cruise line) and it was the poorest of the 3. Some of it was/is not Carnival's fault. Some of it was. The Good: +Service, as usual, was very good. Cabin was always ... Read more
brepri_h
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
174 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I’ve been on all 3 dream class ships now. The Dream & Magic are almost identical in layout and what they offer. The Magic is getting the fun 2.0 upgrades after this week and then will be identical to the Dream. The Breeze is ... Read more
k jackson
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
It's been a few years since I've cruised with Carnival and I saw major decline in quality since then. (I'm a "gold" level) The entertainment wasn't as it was before, still nice to have, but not like before. Food was sub par, ... Read more

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Cheyennerus
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We stayed at the Hampton Inn Hobby airport. Room was reasonable at $88 and included a shuttle from the airport. The hotel was clean and included a continental breakfast. Houston was my first experience with Uber and I am now a HUGE fan! ... Read more
Cool Rider
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
150 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Love to cruise so cruising is not new to us 8 under our belt.. This was our second time on Carnival Magic because we did the Key West itinerary last February 1, 2015. We had a great time last year so we booked again instead of going on ... Read more
baygirl2222
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
pre cruise stay at the Best Western Seawall/Stewart Beach - the only hotel we could find that would accommodate 5 in one room. comfortable, free breakfast, great eastside location. my only gripe is with Galveston Island policy to raise ... Read more
Cherisa
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
This was my first and last cruise on a Carnival ship. I prefer Royal Caribbean! Let me begin. We had a balcony room mid ship; cabin 8259. I loved the balcony. I did not like the layout of the ship. The promenade deck was level 5; but ... Read more
gimbloom
Member Since 2011
1 review
12 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Weather - 70 mph winds caused a 4.5 hr. delay getting into port, instead of disembarking before noon, it was 4 p.m. when we walked off, others were later Medical issues for a passenger caused an unplanned turnaround to Cancun to drop ... Read more

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cruisemom67
Member Since 2013
1 review
24 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We arrived at Galveston around 10:45, and d.h dropped us off and went to park. We breezed through security and didn’t wait in line to get our sail and sign cards. We were ready around 11, when they started boarding. We waited for ... Read more
Miken H
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our fifth cruise, the third and best on Carnival. this also includes a trip on the Disney Dream which was very nice. This was a family cruise as we were joined by our two adult sons and thier girl friends. We've always asked ... Read more
jscastillo7
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was my 6th, 7 Day cruise and it was very good. The food, in both the Main Dining Room and throughout the ship was way better than expected. The staff was fantastic, comedy club was funny and the ports were great. Dolphin ... Read more
JoyK
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
This was only our second cruise, first was an Alaskan cruise on Princess. My husband and I along with our son and daughter in law booked our cruise on the Magic Eversen Bevelle was our cruise director, he's great! Funny, very involved, ... Read more
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TheGoodDoc
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We have sailed for more than 15 years on just about every line. We just returned from a Christmas cruise and our ages are 50, 49, 26, and 23, so we can offer perspective from some different age groups. Our family had a great time because ... Read more

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