Carnival Magic Inaugural Cruise
This was out 6th cruise, 4 on carnival we had 2289 a cove balcony the only way to go on this ship, never felt the boat move. Better balcony space then the top decks
The embarkation process was fairly painless although it was not clearly marked at the terminal due to carnival will not be going out of Venice again. Employees of Carnival were available to point you in the right direction only when you got real close. Being on an Inaugural Cruise, we expected to have a few bumps and a few bumps we had. No air the first night but the biggest drawback was the lack of the big shows. They were just not ready for this sailing; however Carnival did a great job filling in with other entertainers. They did have a big show on the last night but did not go,
We ate in the Cucina di Capitano, an Italian Food, paid10.00 / a head for dinner in the restaurant. It was not good and I canceled my birthday dinner there. They need to have a new chef and menu. The Steakhouse is to small, half of what the steakhouses normally seat, so you could not get a reservation there after the first day.
RED FROG PUB- Needs to have more space around the music players and it was great. Beer was OK, they sold out of it on the first sea day 8 kegs and we had to wait until Sicily to get more. Someone said it was brewed on the ship, it is not
.The spa was not a good experience for my lady 1 hour of work a rap of some kind 15 min in to it she was being sold a $1500 or more package to bring home when not bought she was treated real bad. Spa is a rip off unless you are having your nails done
STATE ROOM- We stayed in Cove balcony room #2289. We picked this cabin because we enjoy balconies and were interested in staying that close to the water for the experience. It was a great room.
First the good points about the balcony- great size and layout of room and balcony, private when sailing as no one can see from above or below, you can see side to side some if you are looking but you would need to be somewhat a peeping tom. Obviously being the first sailing it was very clean and new smelling, bed was very comfortable. The location was very close to the forward elevators so it was pretty easy to get where you needed to.
DINING- We did the anytime dining option and we were seated right away most nights. We ate in the dining room 8 nights and the food was very good each night, you just have to remember they are cooking for thousands and thousands of guests so if you are expecting everything to be cooked perfectly just for you then you might be asking a bit much. Service was great.
We ate at the various grills, buffets, pizzeria etc... Throughout the ship and there were good choices to pick from. In general all the food was average or better and we had no problems with lines at all for any of the food venues.
Stores on ship, there were not enough for most ladies said they could not get things they needed
GENERAL- We enjoyed the ship but. There were a few problems here and there but that can be expected on any ship. We never felt crowded on the ship and lines to just about anything on board weren't bad at all.