We drove the six hour trip to Galveston the Saturday before the ship was to leave. Spent the night at Gaido's Seaside Inn, it is a nice family run hotel with a restaurant attached. We left the car in their parking lot and taxied over to the ship, there were 14 people cruising from there so they called two van type cabs and we shared the fair.
Embarkation did not take long, porters took our luggage at the sidewalk and we made it past security, even with a cooler that was maybe a little bigger than the 12 inches they would have liked. Tip: tell them you are keeping your meds in it, it ended the conversation about the cooler quickly.
First thing we do is explore the ship. Went to the theater, found the dinner seating, walked around the promenade deck and looked at the casino, so we could see what machines we wanted to play once it opened.
We went to the Lido deck for some lunch, was a disaster. Nobody could get into their cabins yet, so, guess where everyone is. More
Walked all over with our plates of food, finally someone saw us and got up and gave us a seat.
At 1:30 we were able to get to our cabin. It was beautiful, love the balcony. The only hiccup for the trip was the abandon ship drill. Scheduled to start at 3:30, it was 4:00 before any announcement was made. We were sitting at our station with a lot of other people, wondering if we were in the right place. Then it took probably another half hour to get every else gathered up and to the right places. I was just happy we did not have to wear life jackets this whole time.
After that it was a wonderful cruise. The Magic is clean and bright with several entertainment venues. There is something for everyone. We went to several shows. There is a comedy club, with 4 different acts nightly. A main theater where the dancers performed. A casino, which we most nights donated to.
The food was excellent. In the dining room, Sara and her staff were hardworking getting food out to the tables. I don't see how they keep up with everything, remembering everyone's name. They always knew just when to bring the next plate out. The only bad experience was the Italian restaurant at lunch. It is only a pasta bar at lunch, didn't really care for it, and also didn't like the basketball game going on overhead. It was noisy and the ceiling tiles shook.
We visited Montego Bay, Jamaica, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Excursions tours we took were excellent. We got to see a lot of the places we went to, and do some shopping. The high point was the turtle farm in Grand Cayman. We came back to the ship early each day so we could have some quiet time without the crowds.
Debarkation we had number 29, so it was a wait to be called. However, because we chose to wait in the Showtime Theater, which is closest to the gangway, they would come in and call for people to leave from there before they announced it over the ship's intercom. Finding our bags and getting thru customs went about as expected, a little hassle, but no big deal.
Now we are back home, washing clothes, getting back to work and planning for the next one. Less
This balconey cabin is located in just the right spot. It is right next to elevators, and above the casino. Also near the stewards room with the ice machine in it, making us one of the first ones to get service. We did not have any noise issues.