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Carnival Magic Cruise Review by hannahtx: It felt like staying in an RV...on Bourbon Street


hannahtx
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Cabin 1.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 1.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment Not Rated
Family & Children 4.0
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 2.0

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It felt like staying in an RV...on Bourbon Street

Sail Date: August 2014
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston

We went on a 7 day cruise from Galveston to Cozumel, Belize and Honduras with 2 kids - 11 and 13.

Packing: Don't take anything that doesn't have wheels. If you're taking water on board, put it in a rolling bag. We waited in security for 2 hours and by the time we got to the room we were all exhausted and sore from holding bags/drinks.

Room: The room is TINY...TINY. It got very cramped with 4 people. Take as many hanging organizers as you can. There were 2 closets with hanging space and one with shelves. Take extra hangers - there are maybe 20 total. The suitcases can easily fit under the bed, so it's best to unpack into the closets and drawers. The bathroom is small and the shower is a tiny stall. It's so small that it's difficult to shave your legs - you just have to kind of float them in the air and hope for the best. The toilet is like an RV toilet and VERY loud. Take a fan - a noisy one. The rooms are 'climate controlled' and comfortable, but there's no noise More outside of the other cruisers. We were on deck 9....do NOT BOOK DECK 9. We were directly below the Lido deck and heard carts rolling by all night long. I didn't sleep a full night the entire 7 nights. The last night was the worst with the luggage pickup. This is why I said it's like Bourbon Street - constant noise all night long. We met some people on the spa deck who said it was nice and quiet. Should have researched this a little better.

Alcohol/Drinks: Take as much as you can! We resealed wine bottles (check youtube and Amazon for help) and used Rum Runners. We were able to bring on 3 Rum Runners in our checked baggage. Put them in shoes or roll them up in clothes in close proximity to other liquids. If you're trying to sneak on alcohol in water bottles, be prepared, they will shake and inspect every single one. We recommend the soda package - it was $180 for a family of 4, but the kids could get drinks whenever they wanted. You have to ask for ice in your room, but there's actually an ice machine in the buffet on 10 where you can refill water bottles and cups. Take refillable water bottles. Cocktails are around $10 each by the time they add gratuity.

Pools: The pools are tiny and LOUD. Games and dance contests are going on all day. We finally decided to just hang out on deck 5 near the hot tubs...one of which was cold. The bar service comes by often and getting ice water/sodas is easy enough at any bar. If you like crowds and loud noises, then you'll probably enjoy cruising. If you don't, research all inclusives and leave cruising to the loud people.

Lines: Be prepared. You will be waiting....a lot. Seriously. For everything. It's very frustrating. It took us 2 hours to get on and off of the ship. The port in Belize doesn't have a dock - you have to take a ferry to the port. You'll be given a group number and have to wait until you're called. The elevators are a complete waste of time. We probably walked 30 flights of stairs per day. There are lines for dinner if you're doing anytime dining. There are lines at the breakfast buffet - especially for omelettes. There are lines for EVERYTHING and they don't help by trying to make you pose for pictures at every turn.

Food: It's fine - nothing to write home about, but mostly available 24 hours a day. If you figure out the first day food, then you're smarter than we were. We saw people with food - just couldn't figure out where they were getting it outside of the pizza bar.

Excursions: Do your research and read reviews. Know how much time your excursion lasts and be prepared for lines and delays.

Kids club: Get them there ASAP. Ours didn't want to go at first, and then they had a blast. Contrary to what it says on the website, they will allow kids to change groups as long as they're only 1 year off. Our 11 year old went to the 12-14 group. FYI - there's a 'Prom' one night - so make sure your kids (girls especially!) have something cute to wear!

Service: The service was the only plus on the trip. The guy taking care of our room was super helpful and efficient. The wait staff was all helpful and the ship was in a constant state of being cleaned.

This was our first and last cruise. We discovered that we're not cruise people. We enjoy relaxing vacations where we can do things on our own schedule. There were just too many rules and lines and designated times for things. On a scale of 1 to 10, we gave this vacation a 3. Disappointing for the money....and it keeps adding up after you get there. Less


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The room is TINY...TINY. It got very cramped with 4 people. Take as many hanging organizers as you can. There were 2 closets with hanging space and one with shelves. Take extra hangers - there are maybe 20 total. The suitcases can easily fit under the bed, so it's best to unpack into the closets and drawers. The bathroom is small and the shower is a tiny stall. It's so small that it's difficult to shave your legs - you just have to kind of float them in the air and hope for the best. The toilet is like an RV toilet and VERY loud. Take a fan - a noisy one. The rooms are 'climate controlled' and comfortable, but there's no noise outside of the other cruisers. We were on deck 9....do NOT BOOK DECK 9. We were directly below the Lido deck and heard carts rolling by all night long. I didn't sleep a full night the entire 7 nights. The last night was the worst with the luggage pickup. This is why I said it's like Bourbon Street - constant noise all night long. We met some people on the spa deck who said it was nice and quiet. Should have researched this a little better.

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