Carnival Magic 1 to 8 September 2013, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.
I've been on nine cruises, this being only my second on Carnival, and generally had mid-level expectations. We specifically waited for school to start before taking our cruise. Room 8316 was fine location only noise was from other guests allowing their balcony and cabin doors to slam. Double or triple pane windows blocked out hot tub noise directly three floors below sticking out on promenade deck.
Food was a notch up from previous Carnival cruise but still lacking as most crew ships on desserts. Our waiters Dennis and Jorge were super. The dining room menu was a little limited but still had adequate variety. The Lido buffet was lacking in variety and taste. The Italian specialty restaurant was good, and the steakhouse was excellent.
Energy level of the entire cruise staff was high, friendly without imposition.
Entertainment - only two stage productions but ready availability of a variety of comedians and 3 to 4 different live music venues every night provided something for everyone.
Outdoor decks were well-designed and almost handled the full passenger load. Serenity adults area was fine idea but it looks like an add-on and needs a cool pool and more space. Waterpark provided fun for adults and kids. The slides are quite fast and challenging for adults. Sky ropes course works better than other ship's rock walls for something interesting and challenging. The only problem with the course was that it was not open very often due to wind.
We really appreciated the amount of space left open. Too many ships lock or barricade lounges and other areas when they're not in service. Almost every room was open for looking around or quiet time. We found places to play cards or dominoes.
Overall, Carnival has moved up their game and exceeded my expectations with this cruise. Anyone with an open mind and the desire for fun can have a good time on this ship. I'm sure people can find irritants, but for me and my group of five adults this was probably the best cruise ever.