This was spring break for our 12 year old son and 1,400 other children on the Magic this week! The 'children' were great! All 1,400 of them. However, it was also spring break for the college students!! The college students were drunk, routy, obnoxious and always shouting their school chant! (We should know it by now, we heard it enough!)
The great parts: Our cabin steward was amazing! She would make a towel animal for us at night and our son would make one for her in the morning. (It was a fun game!) Our dining experience was awesome! We think the waiter/waitress makes or breaks the evenings. We had my time dining and it was great. We asked for the same waitress every night and were accommadated. The ship is absolutely beautiful! It was extremely clean. Lots of fun things for the children to do. The amazing water park, the mini golf, a brand new ropes course on the highest part of the ship. Our son really enjoyed this, but it was closed a lot of the time because of strong winds.
The good parts: The food was good in the main dining room for breakfast and dinner. We ate at the Italian restaurant for lunch. It was good. Other options for lunch was an amazing salad bar that is a secret! It is where the sushi bar is during lunch hours. Never a line because it was hidden! We did eat on the Lido deck twice, and yes it was crowded. However, with 4,000 people on board, there will be lines. I agree with the other reviews about the pizza bar. There was never anybody around to make/serve pizza.
The ok's: The Vegas style shows were just ok. We went to the family friendly comedy shows with our son and some of the jokes, I feel, were inappropriate. It made me uncomfortable.
Now the OMG, don't ever do: Behind the Fun Tour. We did this excursion on our last cruise and enjoyed it so much we decided to book this again this time with our son. This tour is very limited! There are only 2 tours on the ship, on the last sea day. There are only 16 spots available per tour. So with 4,000 people on board and it was limited to 32 people. We were the first ones to book the tour. It was expensive at $100 per person, but on our last cruise it was so amazing, it was well worth it to spend the money. Our tour guide was HORRIBLE!! She was complaining from the moment we got to our meeting point. We knew what to expect from our last tour and kept telling our son, you will see the kitchen, engine control room, laundry, morgue, bridge, brig (jail), staff's room, storage areas, and lots of other areas. We knew what to expect from our last cruise, and this was very disappointing. We feel we were more of a tour guide for our son then the staff member was. It was so horrible, we complained at guest services. It was so bad, we met with the director of Human Resources about our complaints. We were expecting to get some kind of credit for this horrible experience, but they would not budge. With 5 people in our group, that was $500 we spent. DO NOT WASTE YOUR VALUABLE MONEY!!!!!
One more comment we would like to add. I read on a previous review about a sewage smell on deck 3. We had a horrible sewage smell outside our cabin. Every day between 3 pm and 6 pm it was there. I contacted guest services to tell them and they said there was a plumbing station near by and would look into it. This means they would spray orange scented deodorizer every day.