Beautiful Ship with Great Potential: Carnival Magic Cruise Review by Avelinnne
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Beautiful Ship with Great Potential
Destination: Western Caribbean
Food was Golden Corral quality. We stopped eating lunch in the Lido after the second day cause the lines were Ridiculous. We just ate breakfast in the MDR and then Dinner in the MDR again. Again, this is the fault of the Cruise Director. There has to be a better system then lines of people fuming as they wait for an omelette (pass out numbers) I waited the first day 40 minutes for the Mongolian BBQ, and it was not even very good. The MDR staff were good to us. But I felt sorry for them having to sing the same tired songs at they sang on my last cruise 2 yrs ago. And apple bottom jeans was sung by the staff on the Splendor 4 yrs ago. Pluses, the Sky Course, the Seaside Theater, the staggered chaise lounges on the side of the ship with Jacuzzis on the side of the ship. The Karaoke now out in the open for everyone to enjoy ;-), and the Lovely El Capitano restaurant which is Free at lunch, Yum! But WHY, WHY, WHY, do you have the Smokers Area on the deck where families with children have to pass through the Smoky Haze??? The Smokers Camp Out on that Deck Chain Smoking in the middle All Day where people walk by. This Smokers Paradise at times was ridiculous with the smoky haze ruining an otherwise beautiful LIDO.
Jamaica-Sunset Beach booked through Resort for a day was a secluded, beautiful beach with a swim up AI bar but the Food was Awful. I was looking forward to eating the Jerk Chicken but the server would only dole out a half a thigh and said "We don't have anymore" , then the man behind me asked her for chicken and she gave him a tiny piece and said the same thing. For $65 I expected decently cooked food. I tried the rice (crunchy) but was afraid to try the macaroni salad. So we waited to eat until we got back on board. Grand Cayman we took a cab for 2$ each and went to the Royal Palm Resort where we had the best plate of calamari,margaritas and beer for $35. Beautiful beach with immaculate restrooms/changing rooms. Cozumel we took the Catamaran by Power to Passion Island excursion through Carnival. The Catamaran ride was fun but the staff kept repeating that they were only paid in tips. Once on the island the food was again horrible, Guacamole was wonderful, but the server would only dole out a small square of fish. Hammocks under shade and in the water was nice but the drinks were really like Koolaid with a splash of alcohol. My advice, Plan out your own excursions unless it's to see stingrays or Ancient Ruins or Dolphins. The best excursion we went on was the trip to the resort in Grand Cayman, and they only charged $6 pp to get in. Although I heard that they charge for the chairs and umbrellas. All in all I will be sailing again on the Magic in Sept. to Belize, Roatan and Cozumel. Know that the ship itself is Beautiful and don't expect a whole lot of activities. But if you take advantage of the amenities that they have on board you should have a great time! Less
Cabin review: 11242
Nice Decor but the beds are HARD, I asked the cabin Steward to bring a bed cushion. It was better than nothing but seriously by the middle of the week I stayed out of my room as much as possible to avoid sleeping on that rock hard mattress. I am going to call Carnival and ask if the have other types of options available to place on bed.
Port and Shore Excursions
Ride was fun, food was inedible
Private Resort Day Pass
Royal Palm Resort
Not impressed with Carnival
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