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Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic
Member Name: Bullroarer
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Cabin Category: 8M
Cabin Number: 8470
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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Carnival Magic - The Walmart of the waves
We were traveling around Europe for two months and decided it would be nice to break the trip with a few days of living the easy life and not being hassled by street beggars, pickpockets and conmen continually trying to fleece us as we toured.

But they were on the Carnival Magic waiting for us!

I won't give a long winded tirade of the way Carnival Magics staff continually harass those on board to spend more. I'll just say that it is unrelenting.

The ship is all glitz and bling but very little class.

Poor quality materials are beginning to show damage already in the corridors and lifts.

The food is of cafeteria quality on the lido deck and about average restaurant quality in the other dining areas.

The wine list and the availability of the wine on it was appalling.

Our cabin was a stern extended balcony. A great room but the fittings again were only average. The bathroom door would not stay shut and a large picture on the wall was anchored into place crookedly. (drove me crazy lol)

The staff were all from central Europe (Bosnians etc.) and sadly many were a miserable lot, who gave the impression they resented being there. But in fairness they were polite.

Because the prices of tickets is quite cheap, prospective cruisers must realize that the class of clientele might not be all they hope for.

It is apparently ok in the USA to attend dining areas in your bathrobe !

Entertainment was not up to the standard we have experienced in the past. It was left to the customer to entertain themselves a lot, Line dancing, bingo, karaoke etc.

No handy advice on getting around the ports was a constant complaint from those on board who chose not to join an excursion. I guess if you were not spending money with them they did not care about you!

We enjoyed ourselves on the cruise because we pretty much wanted to do our own thing and did so, but if we had relied on Carnival to provide us with more than that, we would be very disappointed.

We almost certainly will not sail with them again.


Publication Date: 10/16/11
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