So this was our first cruise and going with a group of ten, I was skeptical on how smoothly things would run, but all I can say is that it was truly magical.
Embarkation ran smoothly, for the most part.
The ship was very big and spacious, although Lido deck did tend to get crowded during the day, you could easily avoid it at one of the many other locations on the ship.
Travelling with kids makes things more difficult, but not on a cruise. On a cruise you can let your kids stay in their designated clubs doing fun activities all day.
The service was.... Exceptional. It wasn't terrible, but definitely not the best. Hopefully it's better this next November when I'm supposed to be cruising on the Magic again.
We did not purchase any shore excursions with a group as big as ours. We simply did what we could on shore and we still had a blast, especially in Cozumel.
Our stateroom was to be expected, not too big but just enough. We were rarely in the room except to sleep so it wasn't a big deal. We didn't seem to have any issues with noise and such where we stayed, although we've heard stories that other people that were on the sixth deck had trouble sleeping due to the club bellow on the fifth deck. Luckily we had no issues in room 6454
The food was okay, not the best, but definitely not bad. My favorite foods were the Deli and the Italian restaurant for lunch and dinner was wonderful, our waiter was wonderful! Renato!!!!
Also they always had bingo and something going on by the sea side theater. I also saw several people doing scavenger hunts and such. It was simply wonderful.
There was always entertainment on the ship, from when you wake till late at night. There is always something going on. I enjoyed the deck party and the theater, so much fun.
Next time, however, we will probably carry off our own luggage, seeing as it seemed to go faster, but still for the most part debarkation ran pretty smoothly.
So basically we loved the Magic and have already booked another cruise for November 11, 2012!