My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Carnival Magic to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. We have cruised on Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity. We are a family of eight (ages 7-76), and we drove down from the Dallas area and stayed at Candlewood Suites in League City on Saturday night before driving on to Galveston on Sunday morning.
We parked our three vehicles at EZ Cruise Parking ($50 ea.)and would highly recommend them. We had made reservations on their website prior to our cruise. After dropping off all of our luggage, the guys proceeded to park and rode the EZ shuttle back. Luggage is dropped off at one end of the terminal and the entrance is at the far end which is quite a walk. The embarkation process was the fastest and easiest we've ever experienced. Great job Carnival! We were all eating lunch on the Lido Deck by 11:40. The muster drill is INDOORS, and you don't take your life jackets...a BIG improvement.
We had three balcony cabins mid-ship starboard side. Our balcony partitions were opened to give us one large balcony. The cabins were very spacious, clean, and had everything you could possibly need including a safe and refrigerator. One handy feature is that you can review the menus for the week, review your ship account, and available excursions on your cabin's flat-screen TV. Our cabin steward, Sudana, was fantastic. He always called each of us by name and fulfilled all of our requests.
We had late seating for dinner in the Southern Lights dining room. We did not like our table location and asked Elvis, the Maitre D', to change us. The following night, we had the perfect table location #622! Our head waiter, Rolando, and his assistant, Constantin, were excellent. We had to waddle from the table each evening because we were so full. The food was very good at all of the eating places on board. I treated my husband to steak in the Prime Steakhouse for his birthday on Friday night...DELICIOUS!
The water park, pools, and sports deck were great for families and kids. The different Carnival camps are well-organized and supervised. There is so much to do on the ship that nobody should ever get bored. Don't miss the show "Destination". It is excellent for cruise ship entertainment. The casino is large, but the payouts are next to none...worst casino of any cruise for us.
The ports of Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel are lots of fun. We have been to all three of them several times, but we just do something different each time. See reviews of ports below: