“Started Excited - Ended Disappointed”
Cruise review of Carnival Magic

MtnCpl Carnival Magic 2 Started Excited - Ended Disappointed
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Cabin steward was a gem. Attentive, smiling, efficient and helpful. Remainder of staff seemed indifferent to everyone. Ship well laid out and never felt crowded with the exception of the main theater which is very undersized for the capacity of the ship. If you wanted to see the one big production show on the one night it was performed you had to arrive an hour and a half early or you wouldn't get a seat for the 8:30 show. Since the 10:30 show was too late for us, because we were traveling with our 3 year old granddaughter, I don't have first hand knowledge of seat availability for that one, but was told by fellow passengers that it was packed early as well. The food was mediocre at best. Lido Buffet was a step up from school lunch but a couple of steps below Old Country Buffet. We tried the Northern Lights dining room on 3 separate nights but gave up because it was taking over 2 1/2 hours to get a 3 course dinner and the food wasn't much better than the buffet. I get annoyed when it takes almost an hour between clearing our plates and getting dessert. Actually, I believe the buffet was fresher and hotter. The lobster and "jumbo tiger shrimp" was laughable. The smallest lobster tail I've ever seen, 3 bites max, and the "jumbo" shrimp were about the size of my little finger. Not to mention that neither had any flavor at all. So, if you want a cruise where you can sit back, read a book and not gain any weight then the Magic may be for you. Just don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.
Carnival Magic Cruises to Transatlantic
  • Sail Date: October 2011
  • Destination: Other
  • Embarkation: Barcelona
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Cabin review: Interior

Quiet area, plenty of room for luggage under bed, 2 hanging closets, big shelved closet, large bathroom for interior cabin and only 3 cabins away from elevators that take you directly to the Lido Buffet and aft deli, tandori food and swimming pool. I would book this cabin again without hesitation.

Port and Shore Excursions

We spent 2 weeks in Barcelona before the cruise and would go back for another 2 weeks with no hesitation at all. Beautiful city, great public transportation and numerous areas to explore.
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Large industrial island with most of the shops/tourist areas still not rebuilt from 2004/2005 hurricanes. Major resort areas block access to most of the best beaches and the one beach that is accessible is average. 45 minute shuttle ride from pier to main tourist/shopping area and nothing special there, same shops you see in every Caribbean port.
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Neat and tidy, dock within short walk of old town. Great walking/exploring without needing a guided tour.
We booked an independent taxi tour with an english speaking driver at the pier when we got off the ship. About 1/2 the price of a Carnival shore excursion, only 4 of us so we didn't have to wait for 45 other people and he took us to all the places we requested during our 5 hour tour. Beautiful island, very diverse areas and great beaches.
Published 11/19/11
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