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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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Sirithiliel
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 2nd Cruise, and the ship itself was a big step up from the ship we had been on before (The Carnival Triumph). It seemed roomier, had some really awesome food choices, and the top deck was definitely better with more seating ... Read more
AnthonyG1968
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
The checking and boarding process made getting on a plane look like going through a McDonald's drive through. I suggest getting there early and having a carry on bag that will get you through the first day. i.e. suntan lotion, book, ... Read more
mmekline
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
When is big too big? When it's Carnival Magic. This was my sixth cruise (4 on Carnival), and this is the only one I did not enjoy. I had also been to the three ports before (Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan) and had enjoyed them, but this was a ... Read more
EMMIUX
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
If you want to hear continuous noise, non stop fun, and watching crowded scenes of people drinking and smoking all day (there is nothing else to do) this ship is for you. Most of the cruise ships have many well located bars to avoid or ... Read more
ZAGAR
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 3rd experience with Carnival, on this ocasion on Carnival Magic, a big ship with everything possible to have Fun 24 hrs a day. Our cabin located on deck 8 was OK and our steward was very kind and attentive to every detail. ... Read more
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IanB74
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was my first cruise ever after a co-worker talked me in to trying it. I was always hesitant to cruise thinking I probably wouldn't like it very much because I don't drink and have children, and envisioned just sitting bored on my ... Read more
limeyosu
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our second cruise with Carnival and definitely the best! we managed to get a steal of a deal on a balcony cabin which is the best way to go! I do not think we will ever book a room without a balcony from now on! the waterworks is ... Read more
KittyMeowit
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation: absolutely terrible. Had to stand in line for an hour and a half - a lot of that was outside in the humid Galveston heat. Cabin: our favorite cabin ever Ship: we loved the layout of this ship. Easy to navigate and ... Read more
katboferguson
Member Since 2009
1 review
20 forum posts
1 helpful vote
If you can get Faster to the Fun: Get It! It is well worth the price. Picture long lines at Guest Services with one Carnival employee behind the counter waiting on cruisers, each with some kind of "issue". Picture standing in ... Read more
lady*a*float
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We chose the cruise because we had sailed the Magic before with our children under a different itinerary. We weren't disappointed but were even more impressed the 2nd time. We had an aft balcony on deck 7 (Stateroom 7467). Waking up and ... Read more

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CruisinManatee
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
...Because that's seriously the only way to make it through the week without abandoning ship. About us: Total of 22 cruises combined (longtime lurker on Cruise Critic), including Princess, RC, Norwegian, Holland America, and Cunard. I'd ... Read more
Kaytikat
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
This was my first time cruising and my husband and I went by ourselves on the Carnival magic on a 7 day cruise from Galveston to the Western Caribbean. We took advantage of Faster to the Fun (Well worth the price not to wait in horrible ... Read more
dwebstudios
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our third cruise, but our first Carnival cruise. We booked at the last minute but upgraded to the Spa deck (12) and it was worth it. We were able to enjoy upgraded shampoos and lotions, discounts on spa treatments and most ... Read more
KimBernal
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Found out that I am NOT a cruise person! Did not like it at all. The cabin (#8477) was nice and plenty of room but the larger balcony was not worth the extra cost, in fact, if I had to do it again, I would just get a room with a window. ... Read more
JerryK13
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our fifth cruise, all on Carnival since 2004. 2004: Elation (Galveston) 2005: Conquest (New Orleans) 2006: Conquest (Galveston) 2007: Conquest (Galveston) 2015: Magic (Galveston) We drove from San Antonio ... Read more

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unleadedchrome
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
My wife and i after much consideration decided on a cruise for our honeymoon. We were not disappointed, carnival magic allowed us to have everything we were looking for. A great room to relax on the balcony and sunbathe and read, a ... Read more
branfam4
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and it was awesome! If I sail again, I would definitely put the Magic at the top of the list... we saw a few other cruise ships in port and by appearance they seem to pale in comparison to the Magic. The ... Read more
jerossi0525
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Ok, to set the table for anyone who reads this I have a few qualifying statements: 1.) Others may have had a better or worse experience, my opinion is that of me and my family 2.) I have cruised 3 times on Carnival in the last ... Read more
NanaCruizer
Member Since 2013
1 review
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
This was our third time cruising on the Magic and have never been disappointed. We stayed in a balcony room on the lido deck. The amount of activities and shows were a bit disappointing. In years passed, there were so many different types ... Read more
Sheeba67
Member Since 2013
1 review
123 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Got back from the Magic last week after dealing with tropical storm Bill and exploring Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Kim is doing a major review, so I will try and keep this short. Bill created very rough seas as we tried to ... Read more

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Scandianavian Star
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have been on dozens of cruises. 7-8 of those with Carnival. This was our 1st time on the Magic. Upside: Like the "toned down" décor of the Magic. Great cabin and dining room service. Food quality was OK. ... Read more
shelbelland
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
We cruised on the Magic to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We were with 6 other people including our son and daughter in law plus friends. We drove down the day before and stayed at The Springhill Suites in Seaport so we could go to the ... Read more
mlcromwell1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
We had a great time. I could complain; but we still had a wonderful time. Will be going again next year; I just wish that more of the help spoke English. We to the shows every night and they were great. Spent lots of time in the ... Read more
IslandStyleGirl
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Carnival Magic. The apologetic ship! We put chicken tenders on the main dining menu the first night along with horrible comfort food of bad meatloaf , we're sorry. We can't open the kitchen early with thousands to feed before going ashore ... Read more
wgb7428
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
80 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
Third cruise on Carnival, still trying to figure if it's Carnival or just those sailing from Galveston. Sail date of 10 May and this cruise had more rowdy kids running around during the middle of the school semester than had last year on ... Read more

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