I am 53, retired, my sister is 51 school bus driver, so this was a spring break cruise for us with my 11 yr old neice and her 12 yr old friend, who has never been anywhere much less seen the ocean or on a cruise.
Hotel prices were high in Galveston, so we stayed at Quality Inn in LaPorte TX for less than $100 the Sat prior to sailing on the 24th. It is about 35 miles to Galveston.
We used E Z cruise parking for $50 as I had a $5 off coupon.Parked, they loaded the luggage into the shuttle and delivered us to the cruise terminal. From curb to on ship took probably an hour and we were on ship by noon. I was able to take our carry on with soda directly to the room and drop it off.
We went and explored the ship some, checking out the upper decks, putt putt and the Lido deck. We are at the buffett and it was great. We then went to our room and our bags were there so we put our clothes away. The girls were surprised by the cove balcony. We always has inside room previously, but booked # 2279 cove balcony on the 2nd deck. It was wonderful, near the front of the ship and we enjoyed the spray of the water, watching the dolphins and enjoying morning coffee while the girls slept in.
Safety drill was in the dining room which was nice not to have to stand on a outside deck. Neice got the green wristband as she was 11. They would not allow her to bump up to Circle C to be with her 12 yr old friend, so we thought that was a bummer.
We ate in the Northern Lights dining room the first night and met out waiter John Wayne. He was very attentive and did a great job. We all had chocolate melting cake, and would order another dessert for all 4 to sample. Flat iron steak and shrimp dishes were all good. Pumpkin soup, shrimp cocktail and salads were great. Crab cakes & aligators fritters were tasty. We enjoyed all meals in NLDR except Formal night, due to anytime dining and we did NOT get John Wayne. We left before dessert that night and requested John Wayne thereafter.
The room was set up as 2 twins, a sofa bed and pull down bunk. We had plenty of room for 4 persons, as there are 2 big drawers under the sofa bed & shelves in the bathroom. We enjoyed the balcony and had room service for coffee for us, cereal for the girls when early morning excursions were scheduled, or due to us waking up early.
We ate in the NLDR or Lido every day. There were plenty of food selections and we liked just about everything.
The girls liked kareoke so that became our saving grace 3 days onboard. We also saw one singing,dancing show with Jackson 5, one real person with 2 puppets on each side, very entertaining, didn't see the entire show.Saw the magician and a comedian who were good. A show on Thursday night was really great, can't remember the name but was in main theater and man on unicyle. He was awesome.
The girls enjoyed the pools, hot tubs and ropes course. They did about everything except water slides, due to it being closed or long lines. We enjoyed hot tubs, pools were too cold. Also enjoyed movies at the Dive In Theater on Lido deck, complete with blankets/popcorn. Saw Bourne Ultimatiam,Blind Side and Charlies Angels. Doesn't get much better than that.
There were so many places we didn't get to eat at. The ship is 15 decks and has some nice seating areas. We enjoyed the bean bag toss contest one day on Deck 5 which is to rival the Lido deck, but not as crowded.
I think all employees did a outstanding job and there were no wild & crazy people on board that I saw. We did not make any nightclubs/casino. We just enjoyed the R & R of being at sea.
In Montego Bay, we did the hop on hop off bus, billed to your S & S card for $19, rode it around to see some of the land, stopped at Margaritaville & the flea market then returned to ship. A high school marching band serenaded us as we were leaving.
Grand Cayman we did the Carnival swimming with the stingrays. It was good but water was choppy, overcast day, I got in water, couldn't touch bottom and got back on the boat. My sister and the others enjoyed the water & touching the stingrays.
Cozumel we did the day pass at El Cid on our own. About 3 blocks to the left as you go through the duty free shops. They have pool, hot tub, bar/restaurant, beach access and salt water pool with restrooms/showers. It is $17 with a $10 food credit back to you. We enjoyed hot tub, girls enjoyed snorkeling and we all ate, it was very good. You must take your own towel. We then went back and did some shopping before going back on board.
I would love to sail on the Magic again to eat at the places I missed. It was a great cruise :)