Wonderful 12day Mediterranean. Great 16day Transatlantic.
We stayed in Barcelona for one night previous to our cruise. On the morning of the 16th October we left the Hotel by bus from the Hotel with several other CC friends who we had met through chatting on the Roll Call. The check in at Barcelona is one of the easiest we have ever encountered. Our room was ready and we had booked the same room for this B2B as we had on the Carnival Dream two years ago. A balcony cabin on the port side. We had a fantastic cruise in the Mediterranean. We did a few private tours and the rest we did with some friends on our own. The Transatlantic cruise was equally enjoyable.
We both loved the Carnival Magic and cannot believe that we were on the same cruise as some of the reviewers that have written reports. However each to his own and we all have our own opinions. We like to eat late at a table for two. At breakfast and lunch we dine with different people but having run into several grumpy people feel we rather have dinner alone. We like to have fun and Carnival gives us super value for our Dollar which in this day and age is first priority. As long as they continue with this standard that we enjoy we will sail with them.
Have to add that all the crew that we met on the B2B were admirable and friendly. We had the same Head Waiter Gaspar and Assistant Gede and same Room Steward Ernesto for 28days and they were amazing. Ken was wonderful as always in the Southern Lights Dining Room and Alina our Hostess was adorable. The later two we had on the Carnival Dream Transatlantic too.
Have to admit that I was a little apprehensive when I knew that James was to be our Cruise Director. Our cruise had been booked for 21months and we were looking forward to Mr. John Heald being CD. He was our CD on the Inaugural Carnival Freedom and he was hilarious. Worries were unfounded as we found James and his entertainment crew did their very best to see that we were entertained. The only complaints I personally had during the whole 28days was the saving of seats in the theatre and the wearing of ball caps in the dining room during dinner. Very trivial complaints and nothing that upset me.