We just got off the Magic last Sunday with 3 adults and 3 kids ages 8-13.
We had such a good time! It was the second cruise for my daughter and I.
We brought other family members with us for their first cruise and they're hooked now!
We got on the ship a little after 11:30 am, embarkation was smooth. The room wasn't ready until 1:30 but that was no problem for us.
Yes it was crowded but it's a big ship and lots of passengers, so we expected that and just worked with it.
The younger children enjoyed Camp Carnival and Circle C but the 13 yr old wouldn't have any part in it, just a typical teenager thing.
There were great things about the ship but where it lacked it wasn't that bad. The crew were friendly and the ship all around was kept clean, saw very little messes if any.
We went to the MDR Northern Upper with the exception of two nights and it was fantastic!
The servers were amazing and the food was great! I sailed on the Dream and the MDR there was terrible, both the servers and food, so we always went to the buffet instead.
We had made reservations last fall via Carnival's website for the steakhouse. It was okay, food was not as good as the Dream.
The kicker was they put us right by the kitchen and was very noisy and incredibly busy with dishes plopped down beside us on a side table.
There were no other tables available so we didn't raise a fuss but did mention on the survey sent from Carnival they should remove that table.
The Lido had a different feel, no bands or singers.
One early afternoon some passengers at the next table to us were really drunk.
One older female who had too much thought it was funny to run around bouncing a fake coconut drink cup & lid in her top which created a wardrobe malfunction.
We all saw way more of her than we wanted to (in front of children too), that image will stick with us unfortunately.
Rather than creating a negative confrontation with large group of people who were all drinking we just moved away to somewhere else and continued to enjoy ourselves.
The other thing to mention on the Lido was the morning show with the cruise director on the big screen.
It's very loud it becomes so annoying we gave up and ate inside.
The food is good reasonably priced and service was great.
On the last night we were having a coffee on 5 mid, bravo bravo port side came over the speakers so we went to see what was going on.
It was a crew member that went overboard as everyone knows now but at the time no one knew what was going on.
I witnessed another passenger ask a crew member if we had to turn around and go back for him, why couldn't we just leave him behind. That blew me away, I couldn't believe what I heard.
The crew member looked at him and then just walked away, that spoke louder than words.
Makes you wonder about this world these days....
Disembarking was smooth and easy.
The hard part was waiting for our shuttle as there were so many getting on and off.
As much as we like the Magic, Galveston is expensive for us to travel to and from Canada.
The next cruise we are currently planning will be out of Florida.
For those who live close or easily commute without taking a loan out on airfare will enjoy Galveston & the Magic!