Just came of 12 day sailing of the magic. We had hot weather and very calm waters for the entire stretch. We stayed in a SPA balcony suite, its worth the little bit extra.
Food on the ship was excellent, particularly the Cucina and the MDR. While i will have a lot of positive things to say, The main issue - with a very full ship the LIDO area was a nightmare for breakfast and lunch - never a problem getting the food, just getting a seat. Although its a lot of ship - there was excessive crowding in the LIDO and getting a deck chair after 7am was not possible due to chair hogging. Also, the Prime steakhouse was a disappointment, the staff there were rude and immature.
Now for the good - the room staff, and our MDR staff were excellent and we tipped them extra. The Red Frog felt like a second home and the wait staff were always friendly. John and Calvin were hilarious and greeted everyone warmly throughout the cruise. Did not see any of the productions but the uncensored comedy shows were hilarious. Almost everyone dressed up for Elegant night. Kids loved Circle C and Camp Carnival. Did not use Carnival for shore excursions so no comment.
Carnival really went the extra mile on this cruise by getting us into Venice 12 hrs earlier than scheduled. Other than the small bothersome things I pointed out above it was a wonderful cruise and anyone thinking of a Europe itinerary with family will not be disappointed in Carnival. It was a lively ship with fun loving passengers and no shortage of activities in port or at sea.