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Carnival Magic Cruise Review by oceansedge: Beautiful Christmas Cruise

1 Review
Member Since 2011
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Beautiful Christmas Cruise

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston

We enjoyed ourselves immensely. It was fun watching all the families celebrating together. We were blessed to be seated with dining companions in our age group and all of us with common interests.

We don't understand why Carnival is afraid to enforce their dress policy, however. Why publish Cruise Elegant guidelines if you're going to allow a guy in a baseball cap and a guy in shorts to dine in the Northern Lights on Cruise Elegant nights? This is just disrespectful to the other guests.

Also, we did not understand why unaccompanied children were allowed to sit at the bar in the Red Frog Pub, then hop from table to table. The ship provides plenty of kid's spaces, so why are they allowed in the bar without parents? The bartender informed us he did not want to offend them by asking them to leave.

The food in the Prime Steakhouse was excellent, although the portions were overwhelming! Service was fantastic! Can't say the same for the food or the service in the More Northern Lights, though. In fact, the last night of our cruise, the food was so bad that no one at our table even ate it!

Overall, we'll stick to the smaller cruise lines from now on. Having said that, we still would not have missed this opportunity to sail on such a beautiful ship! Less

Published 01/01/12

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