My wife and I had a very enjoyable cruise on the Magic. I am surprised by some of the negative reviews, as we were very pleased overall with our experience.
We understood that it was going to be a transatlantic cruise, and that the ship was really built for 7 day Caribbean cruises. For these reason, we paid much less for this cruise. It was a great value for the price paid.
The cabin stewards,Clemente and Putu, and wait staff, Jose, Oswaldo, and Angel were excellent and attentive. The food was excellent. We had lunch in the Italian cafe and went to a demo and ate in the Prime steak house and both were excellent. The cabin was very comfortable.
Since we spent ten days in Spain before boarding, we only left the ship in the Canary Islands and Freeport. I won't go into the change of ports, as it has already been covered by other posters.
We enjoyed the trivia, bridge lessons, and meeting new people and learning new card games. The comedy club is a great addition. We used room service and morning breakfast without problem.
The Magic crew does need to improve control of the lines that form to get into the shows, and more handicapped seating is needed. This was a trip of mostly senior cruisers, and more attention was needed in helping these people and their companions. More people also attended shows than a normal cruise, probably due to the passenger makeup, and thus there was overcrowding at shows.
We also will never step into a cruise casino as long as smoking is allowed, even in just part of it. We found that the passenger deck hallways and the promanade smelled of smoke also. I have read that Princess is not going to allow smoking in rooms and balconies, which will surely influence our next cruise purchase. Debarkation needed better signage to explain lines.
All and all, there are cruisers and there are complainers.
We enjoyed our cruise.