Carnival Magic is magical
We thoroughly enjoyed our seven days and nights aboard the Carnival Magic from May 12 to May 20, 2012! We loved our Deck One inside stateroom. It felt like we were sneaking off to a secret hideaway. When it's time for a shore excursion, you are perfectly positioned on Deck One, just one flight of stairs above Deck Zero. Getting on and off the ship is easy. We never once missed not having a balcony or porthole. We got towel animals every night and chocolates. Sleeping was very wonderful, too; the best, in fact. We purchased a bon voyage fruit basket and enjoyed it the entire trip.
We spent a ton of time in the casino and when we got enough points on our cards, we got free drinks! We ran the staff in the casino ragged fetching drinks. We loved the energy in the casino. We did a slot tournament. We also attended tea time once, with tons of sweet desserts to boot. We attended the piano bar with Imani and had lots of fun sitting, drinking, watching and listening. The staff More
in the Northern Lights restaurant is so funny with their dignified antics. We loved the 24/7 pizza, so good and the 24/7 ice cream, yummy. We did the slide and loved it. We loved the Serenity deck for it's huge round chairs for two or more, for the huge hammocks, and for the hot tub. We attended an art auction and ended up buying two pieces of art. We loved the fried grouper in the Red Frog Pub and the Kalik Beer is the best. We loved the scrambled eggs in the Lido Buffet in the morning. The Tandoor Kitchen is to die for, when it's open, outside by the pool, don't miss it. We loved the saltwater pool, very nice. We loved the breakfast on Deck 5, too, very convenient. We loved the show we saw with the illusionist from Las Vegas. We dined in the Italian restaurant one night and loved the singing wine hostess and the antipasti and the spaghetti carbonara.
It would be very difficult to do everything on the ship in the seven days we had. We tried! Loved getting to spend an extra day in Galveston before and after the cruise. This was our 18th wedding anniversary trip. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Magic Interior Riviera 1282
We loved our inside stateroom on Deck 1, can you believe it? The shower was great, plenty of room, nice almost hot water, great pressure, lots of shelves to put stuff. Lots of closets and drawers for everything, plenty of room for two large suitcases and numerous small bags. The best part was the bed, the pillows, and the comforters. Sleeping in this room was like sleeping in a little cradle and being rocked gently to sleep each night with some nice white noise from somewhere in the engines that puts your brain straight into dreamland. Loved going to sleep in this stateroom. We were a little worried about not having a balcony, but we never missed it :) If you stay in one if these staterooms, rest assured that these are well kept secrets.
Port and Shore Excursions
Masted Ship Tour
Sailed aboard the beautiful historical windjammer sailing ship, Alexander von Humboldt. The crew is unique because it is comprised of a German crew and a Bahamian crew! The German crew swaps out every month with a new group from Germany and they are teaching the Bahamian crew the ropes. Very exciting to be able to sail on such a historical sailing ship with beautiful sails and get to see the crew climbing high up to adjust the sails and work together to let the sails out or roll them up. They even let you stand at the wheel and take pics. Very personable attention by all on board and especially from the Bahamians, who walk you to and from the ship. A lovely experience that we will look forward to again. Shouts out to Demethrie, Shannon, Denise, Ahmad, and Mike! Tips for future passengers: The day we were on board it was lightly raining on and off and the winds were practically nonexistent, and it was still a blast; so, if it's sunny and breezy you will have a ton of fun. Beer is available in the galley below and tee shirts too that say Crew on the back and have a pic of the ship on the front. Next to last tip: Plenty of things to buy when you get off the ship and are outside amid the taxis and little refreshment shops. Look for the lineup of tables with tons of souvenirs. Final tip: We went to Zorba's in the Lucayan Marketplace for lunch and got huge plates of fried conch and fried grouper which were absolutely wonderful! The Bahama Mama was excellent, as well. If we could go back, we would try to find the Lucaya Beach too, which I think is across the road from the Lucayan Marketplace. A completely wonderful excursion. Loved it.
Ernest Hemingway House & Tour
This tour is completely on foot throughout a large area of town, so pls be aware that you should be in pretty fair shape to take this walking tour. The tour guides at the house will give you more info about Mr. Hemingway than you ever wanted to know ;) Key West is super muggy with beautiful flowers. The tour ends at Sloppy Joe's, where the staff, entertainment, food, and beer are a blessing, indeed. We enjoyed the tour and recommend it. Tip: I would make an effort to get to a beach, as well, if I had it to do over again.
Had a wonderful time at Atlantis, winning a royal flush in the casino, viewing the aquariums, and doing the waterpark. The waterpark is a lot of fun with the inner tubing around the resort and the famous Mayan Temple slide. The slide is so high up and the view down is breathtaking--just keep your eyes closed and it's over in about 4 seconds. Access to the beach is super easy and there are lots of beach lounges with guys to set them up for you. Beautiful sand and light blue water with waves that will suck you in and then throw you back out onto the sand. Lunch provided with the shore excursion was great with the help of one of the staff who seemed to take cruisers under her wing and find a place for us to sit inside out of the rain. Even though it was pouring down rain during part of our time ashore it was still an absolute blast. We found an umbrella in one of the shops. Lovely music outside, lots of lockers to store your stuff (have a credit card), plenty of staff to make sure you're ok and answer questions, lots of people having a relaxing time at a beautiful place. The ride back was so much fun with the great driver we had, who was part comedian and father of four. He told all of us several places to visit before getting back on the ship, so we went to the Straw Market and the Tortuga Rum Cake shop and then had to hurry to get onboard during the last minutes. What fun!