Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox

Carnival Magic Cruise Review by jasmineflower

Home > Reviews > Member Reviews > Carnival Magic Cruise Review by jasmineflower
Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic
Member Name: jasmineflower
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Cabin Category: 7C
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Cruise Line
See More About: Carnival Magic Cruise Reviews | Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews | Carnival Cruise Deals
Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
Write a cruise review!

Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.
Carnival.com
Avoya Travel
Travelocity.com
CheapCruises.com
American Discount Cruises
CruiseDirector.com
Expedia
Cruise.com
Priceline.com
Sponsored Links:

red arrow
red arrow


Ship Facts: Carnival Magic Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Carnival Magic Deck Plans
Overall a better than expected cruise
Having sailed on Carnival in the past we knew pretty much what to expect. We liked being on a new ship and the itinerary. A few glitches we noted:

The cabin temperature was "too cold" so we notified the room steward who called the Director of Housekeeping. She arrived in the cabin and got an ambient temp of 72 degrees. We told her we wanted it adjusted and that our thermostat didn't seem to effect the cabin temp. She informed us that this was controlled by their central a/c/heating mechanism and that it was "the policy" to keep the temp between 72-74. We asked her to raise it. Three days later we again complained to the steward who reminded us of our earlier complaint. We insisted and she reappeared. Same story. We protested and she said she "might contact Maintenance". Shortly someone from maintenance appeared and denied the Housekeepers version of cabin temperature controls stated "she's new" and promptly diagnosed the problem as a "blown fuse on the thermostat" After repair we were able to adjust the cabin temperature from the individual thermostat after being uncomfortablly cold the first week.

We booked our Rome excursion ($189) each with Carnival and missed their chartered bus by 5 minutes because there was no on in the lobby to assist passengers with the "sign-in" process. We inquired as to their lack of staff and organization. They eventually refunded our cost and rebooked on a similar one in the afternoon that included only half our tour. At their prices you would expect that they could provide a few underpaid staffers to assist with the thousands who were waiting for shore excursions. We overheard several employees reporting that other guests had missed their tours as well. Guest services staff were visibly flustered.

Otherwise staff were very pleasant. Food generally good in MDR. Didn't try specialty restaurants. Lido buffet over-crowded; Indian food when available good; sushi so/so; lounge hogs selfish and unregulated; the cruise line should come up with better system; mixed drinks better if you watch them prepare them; ship very clean; cove balcony a nice addition; spa staff need education on service and communication; wish they would cancel Steiner group; gym adequate; didn't attend any shows; bands and duos mediocre to good. We went for the itinerary primarily. Otherwise would have selected a different cruise line.

Publication Date: 11/19/11
More Carnival Magic Cruise Reviews

Read the previous Carnival Magic review Read the next Carnival Magic review

Like This Review?



Register for a Meet & Mingle!
More Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews
Cruise Critic's Carnival Magic Review
Carnival Cruise Deals
Carnival Message Board
Write a cruise review!
About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe
X

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.