Carnival Magic sailed 7/7/13 My husband and I booked a last minute sailing on the Carnival Magic, we grabbed what appeared to be the last balcony available a few nights before sailing, it ended up being a spa balcony on deck 11. Cabin 11229, forward. The ports were Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, all which we had been many times before, but we were happy to be going on a boat!
Boarding was quick and easy (partly due to us being Platinum) staff was friendly and chatty and we were one of the first to board. Others followed quickly and the ship was soon full of fun and happy people. First stop was Red Frog to see if any of the old staff was there (this was our 5th time on the ship) and yes, two of the bar staff was back on the ship, yay!!
A quick walk around the ship and a stop aft on lido for a Reuben and some Indian food. One of my favorite places for lunch is the Indian buffet served Aft on Sea Days. Since I am Gluten free, it is a good and easy choice for me. My husband loves the Reuben and was excited to find the line non-existent (it does get very crowded once people find the back of the ship.
Our room was ready by the time we walked over and found our steward had already placed our Platinum welcome package with pins on the bed. We met him and his helper outside as we left the cabin, both were very friendly, unobtrusive during the cruise, but always ready with a greeting and a smile. Our cabin was always clean and well cared for.
Soon it was time for the life boat drill, then our CC/FB meet and greet, which had a great turn out with lots of fun and friendly people.
Dining time was at 8:15 and we had a great table for 2 (thank you John Heald and Ma'tre D!!) Our table was in the back with views of the aft which was pleasant for viewing the setting sun. We had a great table staff of 3 and were well taken care of the entire time. Here Carnival excels as they are very well planned for Gluten free meals, and have lots of suggestions. Every night the Asst. Ma'tre D comes and takes my order for the next day, dinner and breakfast can be preordained and there are many choices. I have not gotten sick once since diagnosis at a Carnival meal.
Shows, we did not attend any as we have seen most, and I am not a "show" person. We attended one Adult Comedy show with some friends, and I found it boring, not funny at all. Red Frog had two great guitar players and we usually ended up there for the evening. Piano player seemed to be busy most nights, but we never made it late night to hear if we would enjoy him. We attended a few of the disco nights, 70's/80's night was well attended and fun, mostly the first hour was easy to be on the dance floor, then it would get crowded and we would leave. Good to see that everyone was enjoying the music.
We enjoyed James Dunn Morning Show and also sat on 11 to listen to music and watch the antics on the pool deck often, we always seemed able to find seats even though the area was full. On the Magic there always seem to be enough space, if you don't find a deck chair one place, there plenty of other spaces to look, and if you want some peaceful adult time,
Serenity was the place to be. We enjoyed many an afternoon sipping a cool beverage and chatting with others in the hot tub.
We got off the ship in each port, Jamaica was an adult all inclusive tour from Carnival, had a wonderful day, Grand Cayman we did the Party Boat, booked at the last minute, and had a blast, plus great snorkeling, and in Cozumel went on our own to a favorite place of ours, Nachi Cochom, still a great place for cold drinks and a relaxing beach day.
We were excited to have a Spa Balcony cabin again, after visiting the spa, you receive wristbands that enable you to come and go from the rainforest, indoor hot tub and thermal chairs. A wonderful area where you can relax and melt away your cares!! So worth it and our cabin was so close, you can just walk up a set of back stairs and arrive in minutes!! The cabin towels are more fluffy and absorbent, the toiletries are upgraded and your beach towels are a yellow spa towel. We spend everyday for at least an hour or more relaxing in the thermal suites.
We were sad when our day to disembark came, and everything went smooth and fast. I like that you can order room service on the last morning, a hot cup of coffee and some fresh fruit is what we needed to pack the last of our things and walk off the ship. Well rested and happy that we were able to enjoy another great Carnival cruise!!