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2,204 Carnival Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

This was a 6 night cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to half moon cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. This was our first carnival cruise only sailing with Norwegian previously. To start the first views of the ship from the outside ... Read More
This was a 6 night cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to half moon cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. This was our first carnival cruise only sailing with Norwegian previously. To start the first views of the ship from the outside compared to the others at the port was somewhat disappointing. It was absolutely the worst appearing cruise ship out of the other 4. Large amounts of rust was noted throughout the ship and below anchor. It did not have much of a wow factor. Cabin: We had a balcony room on the 9th floor. The room was nice, beds slept great. I appreciated the bathroom seemed a little larger than a previous cruise I had been on. I requested a fan and one was delivered to the room the first evening. Our stateroom steward was great. Overall we really enjoyed our cabin. Food & Drinks: Overall the food was great. The downside however pretty much any place you went had long lines. I had sailed on a Norwegian cruise before and enjoyed the several sit down dining options that came with your fare. I was unaware that carnival mainly has walk up dining. With the only sit down dining being the main dining rooms (2) I was really excited to eat at the Mongolian Wok thinking it was a sit down restaurant to only find it was a walk up place. Guys burger, guys pig and anchor, blue iguanna cantina, and the main dining rooms all had really great food. I however wasn't too impressed with the Lido marketplace. Food was bland and wasn't very many options compared to the buffet of a Norwegian cruise. We purchased the soda package but found it hard to get our moneys worth as you had to wait in the bar lines to get soda since there weren't any drink options at the walk up food places. So you would end up waiting in 2 separate lines for food and drinks. I also was somewhat surprised that our prepaid gratuities didn't go towards alcohol purchases. Ship Fun: The ship has 2 very very small pools under 5 feet deep. For a ship with a capacity of 3690 guests it was just inadequate. There are around 6-8 hot tubs throughout the ship which you could usually get space in. Numerous sun chairs throughout ship but it still was hard to find 2 together due to the amount of people the ship can hold. The 2 water slides, ropes course, and serenity deck (adults only) stayed closed for 4 out of 6 days of our cruise due to high winds. We finally made it up to the serenity deck on the last sea day of our cruise. It was a very nice change from the hustle and bustle of the Lido deck. Theres also a bar with little wait time. Movie night was probably our most favorite ship activity. We ended watching 3 movies on the lido deck. Good movie choices and they will provide you with blankets to use. Ports: 1. Half moon cay: was absolutely beautiful No dock, must water shuttle over. Water was crystal clear, white sand beach. Plenty of chairs and floating mats. Would recommend to anyone who is able to walk furthest down the beach you can and it will be much less crowded than where you get on the island. The island BBQ is free and the food provided was decent. We would absolutely go back to this port. 2. Grand Turk: Again crystal clear waters. There was another ship at dock when we arrived and between the two ships the cruise port was extremely crowded. Chairs are stacked one ontop of the other. The chairs and umbrellas are supposed to be free but locals will harass you to pay for them. We became frustrated and took our beach stuff back to the ship and opted to do a island tour instead. The island tour was 25 bucks a person and lasted about 90 mins. We enjoyed it. Went to a small market near the ocean and the island lighthouse. It was much slower pace and relaxed than the port. I will not visit this port again due to the crowded beach. 3. Amber cove: waters are not clear. There is no beach that we could find but has a very large pool. We purchases a shore excursion which took us 20 minutes up the mountain and we zip lined and rode horses. The zip lining was amazing, I believe it was 7 different ziplines with the last one being the longest in the Dominican Republic. The staff was very friendly and we had a blast. The horseback riding was fun as well. Most of us in the group was first time riders and all of the horses are extremely well behaved. Dominican Republic has a very jungle/ jurassic park feel. It was amazing and we would love to go back. Overall the ship is in much need of a renovation. The carpet is outdated, some hallways smell bad. Theres rust everywhere on the outside of the ship. Theres also rust lines on the big TV screen above the lido deck. The lights along the railings are unsightly with wires visible wires running the railings. I would think they could do something better to hide them or put decorative covers over the lights. This and the lines/crowdedness of the ship is the main reason I gave this cruise a lower score. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
first of all lets get a couple of things set right.... If you are worried about how long it take to get on a ship maybe you shouldnt get on the ship cause you wont have a good time. The embarkation process was seemless, as in, we got to ... Read More
first of all lets get a couple of things set right.... If you are worried about how long it take to get on a ship maybe you shouldnt get on the ship cause you wont have a good time. The embarkation process was seemless, as in, we got to the port dropped off luggage and went through customs got on the ship. putting one foot in front of the other helped. We went down to Guy's Pig and Anchor which is open on first day and sea days, it was top quality!! All food we had was great and the best part about cruising is if you didnt like something you can order something else. Some tips to make your journey better. This is a 9 year old ship, its been in salt water for 9 years it is bound to have some wear. if you want perfect go on a brand new ship it will be twice as much and i am sure you will still find something to complain about. The food is great, yes it might get a little cold when its been sitting there in the buffet for more than 10 minutes but that involves science and I want to keep this simple. Guys Pig and Anchor is great if you want to get there when it opens on sea days be there 11:40am even though opens at 12pm this way you can enjoy nice fresh food. Tacos at Blue Iguana are delicious make sure you try them. Guy's Burger joint is legit!!! I had way to many... The Ringer was my favorite. Trivia is fun!!! there are two types of trivia the one in Ocean Plaza and the one in Magic Bar area in the atrium which is more interactive. heck I was sober and still took my shirt off to Right Said Fred...not my tank top that ..no body needed to see but so much fun!! Simon London is a great Cruise Director and has an amazing positive vibe which is infectious. The ships crew work several months with minimal time off so give them a break and dont judge if they are having a slightly off day, as their slightly off day is still better than your best day if you are judging them. Dont set expectations high. review the on board options, these guys have 24 hr pizza, good quality at that, and bars open til midnight except the casino bar thats open til "late" and you have a room to sleep in. That worked for me, focus on things you like and try when possible travel with other people besides you other half as there will be things you wanna do that they dont and vice versa. I like naps my wife doesnt. Spend time at the Alchemy Bar their drinks are great and service is quality.. remember they are creating something not pouring a whiskey and coke so its not a 5 second process. Bring 2 ply toilet paper!!! if you have been pampering yourself for years you will need it they only have 1 ply on the ship. Dont take life too seriously let yourself be happy its amazing how wonderful the cruise will be if you just let go. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was a family cruise with ages from 18 to 83. We booked the Jamaica and Grand Cayman as it was originally planned for grandsons graduation present. To start with, we booked this cruise over a year ago, and without notice our ... Read More
This was a family cruise with ages from 18 to 83. We booked the Jamaica and Grand Cayman as it was originally planned for grandsons graduation present. To start with, we booked this cruise over a year ago, and without notice our itinerary was changed from Jamaica to Cuba. Well we did not want to go to Cuba so we had to change our dates from January to Feb, which was the first disappointment, as there were two birthdays to be celebrated in January. We had 5 cabins, two inside, two balcony and 1 ocean suite. Everyone was happy with the redecoration of the cabins. The only complaint was about the balconies. There are really small and hard to even sit on at times. Even our ocean suite balcony was small and they had a huge lounge chair on it, so we could barely walk around on it. A lounger, two chairs and a table. In the suite the TV was on the side wall and was not able to be swung out so that if you wanted to watch it while in bed , it was almost impossible. TV selections were at a minimum. Only one news channel and it was CBSN, crap. Could not turn off the closed caption, it was on all the time and covered the middle of the screen. The sound was unpredictable, it would be so loud at times and then not loud enough to even hear when you stood in front of it. The closet doors kept banging back and forth, as the ocean was a little rough on this trip. They have updated the rooms with plenty of usb ports, so it was easy to keep phones charged. Our cabin steward was great, kept room clean and always kept our ice bucket full. Loved her. The chat app, was useful for all of us to keep in touch and find each other. The paid for internet was sparse in places and you would think if you paid for internet the chat app would be free,, but it was another $5. Food int he buffet was not good. Breakfast scrambled eggs were terrible. Bacon was good. There was always a long line and it closed at odd times. The deli and Guys burgers were great. Although the last day or so the fries were so spicy they were difficult to eat. The dining room service was good, food was mostly good. Elegant night surf and turf was offered for a $20 upcharge. I ordered it, very small but delicious filet and 1/2 of an undersized lobster tail. I couldn't believe it was a half instead of a whole tail. I will say the food was very good in dining room except for the 1/2 tail. I ordered a bloody mary for breakfast one morning in the DR, it came without a straw. I understand the big deal about saving the environment, and I do recycle everything possible, but I asked for a straw and was told no, I could not have one. I made reservations at the Italian restaurant for a special occasion dinner for 10 people, plus a baby that needed a highchair. The table they put us at was unacceptable as the high chair was sitting in the middle of the aisle when I asked to be moved to another table, that was in the back of the restaurant, the hostess said no. With no explanation as to why not. After I went back to her and explained that I was a travel agent and that I was not happy with the amount of no's I was receiving on this cruise every time I asked for something and that I would be writing a review when I got home. She told me to go to the other table and she was rude, but at least we got to move to the other table and enjoyed the great food. The appetizers were served family style and I think we got some of every one they had. The entrees were very good. It was worth the $155 that it costs. The wine list could have been better, but the wine we ordered was good. If you have priority boarding or disembarkation be aware they have changed the rules and only the ones in the suite or in your cabin are allowed to use it. No one else in your party is allowed. We had a 18 year old in our group. There were really no activities for him. We knew he could not drink, but the basketball court closed at like 5pm. The pool table was unusable as the ship was rocking so much the balls kept rolling all over the place. The small pools were always crowded and could never find a seat anyway. There were no nightclubs for planned activities for him. It was a little disappointing as Carnival boasts it has so many things for kids, but only if you are 17 and under. I felt the cruise staff was very pushy always trying to get you to buy a drink, jewelry, art or spa. The ship was very crowded and everything included a line and long wait. Would I cruise on this ship again. Probably not. As a travel agent it is hard to suggest this type of cruise unless you know for sure the person knows what it is really like. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were told the ocean view cabin were big enough for 3 adults. What they did not tell us is you get 2 twin size beds and 1 sofa bed that is as hard as the floor and does not open to a full length twin bed. I am only 5.3 and I was not able ... Read More
We were told the ocean view cabin were big enough for 3 adults. What they did not tell us is you get 2 twin size beds and 1 sofa bed that is as hard as the floor and does not open to a full length twin bed. I am only 5.3 and I was not able to lay straight for 5 nights. This is my 10th carnival cruise. The 3rd bed has always been a pullout or a bunk bed. When I went to guest services she said the room measurements are listed in the cabin descriptions. Maybe they are, but know one expect an 3/4 size of a twin bed as a third bed. They did come and add extra padding to the mini bed. I just feel they should make it very clear the 3rd bed is for children or a person under 5 feet tall. Had I known I would have gotten a private room or not taken the trip. I have back issues already. My roommate are both tall and barely able to keep their feet on the twin beds will never take this cruise ship again. I loved all my other cruise with carnival, it was just this ship. Small cabins, only 1 dance club, bad internet throughout the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This cruise was amazing it has everything you need and want, at night it can be noisy but that’s it. The rooms are big. We had a balcony in our room and it was beautiful! The price is not much me and my family went to Fort Lauderdale for ... Read More
This cruise was amazing it has everything you need and want, at night it can be noisy but that’s it. The rooms are big. We had a balcony in our room and it was beautiful! The price is not much me and my family went to Fort Lauderdale for 3 days and then got on to the cruise in total it costed 1300$ for 3 people. Very nice people, staff is very friendly. The bad things are the night time it is always really noisy and the boat rocks a little bit but it’s not the captains fault or anyone. The room service is amazing the beds are made perfectly. They give you free 1.5 litres water bottles for free. The pool is a little bit dirty but they clean it every day. The water slides are really clean and really fun. The food is really good. I would definitely recommend staying here!! p.s I’m 11 years old Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We are a Midwestern family of four with two young kids (8yo & 6yo) now two days removed from our ship with everything still fresh in mind. Make no mistake – our vacation was so much fun. However, in hindsight, I wish I knew a few ... Read More
We are a Midwestern family of four with two young kids (8yo & 6yo) now two days removed from our ship with everything still fresh in mind. Make no mistake – our vacation was so much fun. However, in hindsight, I wish I knew a few things beforehand that made our vacation simply meh rather than amazing for these sailors. Travel: -Fort Lauderdale Airport is nice enough, but the pickup area for shuttles, busses, taxis and Ubers/Lyfts is a free for all. It is jam packed and crowded with everyone else trying to get to their hotel or cruise ship. -I recommend staying at a hotel the night before. A) it ensures you’re in Fort Lauderdale the day your ship sails B) it prevents being in a rush against people, congestion and traffic C) gets you rested, free breakfast and free or cheap transportation to Port Everglades. -Port Everglades: traffic was a standstill on debarking day. It can take from 30 min to almost 2 hrs to get two miles into the place and to your terminal, so leave plenty early! They will sail without you! -Check in and boarding is nearly flawless, especially with priority boarding (you get that with a suite) or Faster to the Fun, which is definitely worth the money. It buys you skipping the line and having your room made/available before the rest of the ship. The Ship (Carnival Magic): -Wow, does it need to be refurbished. It is 9 years old now, built in 2011, and shows signs of it from the carpeting and décor to the rusting exterior. -State room (11th floor with balcony) was amazing. Perfectly sized, like a decent RV, plenty of storage, decent bathroom, working TV, just very few (as in two) outlets in which a power strip may not fit. -The muster drill is annoying because it takes so long for people to actually show up, then get called out for not showing up, basically to say “come to this location with your life jackets in case of emergency.” -Deck 5. Comedy Club and comedians – A. Piano Bar – A. Alchemy – D (overpriced and really lousy service). Pig & Anchor – C (overrated food that made some of us sick). Casino – C (it would be fine if it didn’t smell like smoke so badly). Red Frog Pub – waste of space (never saw anyone in there). Theater – A. Flick is amazing. The Game Show is terrible (they take a few passengers up to play TV game shows). Lip Sync Battle is a riot and great that they involve the junior cruisers. -Deck 10. Pools are laughably small. Salt water to boot. Too small to swim. No jumping in allowed. Really a shame for a ship to have two pools that are too small to use. Guy’s burgers are awesome. Cantina makes great burritos and taco salads. Lido buffet is meh – you can find anything, but the lines are long and the food is blah. Capitano Pizza is good. -Deck 11. Camp Ocean is an amazing experience for kids. It’s safe, secure, the staff truly cares and the kids enjoyed the activities and games. This makes Carnival worth it. -Deck 12. WaterWorks is an amazing waterpark. Two great slides, plenty of fun for kids and grownups, very enjoyable part of the vacation. SportSquare has minigolf, pool tables, basketball court, running track and exercise equipment. We used some of that – very nice touch. -Deck 14/15. Cloud 9 and Serenity. Nice adult areas. Nice hot tub pool, sauna, heated chairs. -Other. Elevators are annoying. Always slow and always a wait. The Food: -Breakfast. Don’t even bother with Lido Marketplace. Lines will kill you and the food is so blah. Go sit down at Northern or Southern Lights. It’s worth it. Much better food and good service. -Lunch. Lido is fine, but Cantina, Pizzeria, Guys Burgers and Pig & Anchor are all better. -Dinner. Do your sit down dining. The food options and quality are very good, but our service was pretty lousy from forgotten entrees and drinks to really long times for service. Twice we left without eating dessert because it was taking so long. Sort of odd that happened. The Itinerary: -Nassau: We didn’t get off the ship here because of the reputation for being however you want to word rough and tumble, hardnosed, unsanitary or borderline unsafe. -Amber Cove: what a treasure – safe, secure, great pools, great slides, cute shops and great weather. Honestly, if our cruise ship docked here for three days, we’d be thrilled. -Grand Turk: sort of a Catch 22. The good: the beach, the seawater, the pool and the weather. The bad: the guys hawking shaded seating they claim to be “theirs for rent” once all the free green umbrellas are taken. It’s lame and Carnival won’t do anything about it if it is as illegitimate as it seems. Disembarking: -You know what? It’s actually not that bad. Carnival takes your luggage the night beforehand from outside your door down to the terminal. Picking up your stuff there is easy. Besides the lengthy line for Customs and Border Protection, it’s smooth. -The crowd at pickup is about as bad as the crowd at the airport. Throngs of people waiting for shuttles, busses, taxis or Ubers/Lyfts. Good luck trying to explain where you are within Port Everglades and how to find your terminal to someone coming to get you. It’s pretty rough. -The airport is about as bad as any on a busy travel day. Southwest has this wonky system whereby you can check in using a self-serve terminal if your flight is within 2 hrs; otherwise, you have to wait in this lengthy line outside to get helped by a few guys who are totally overwhelmed. Don’t know who concocted that system, but it is terrible. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarkation and disembarkation went very quick and smoothly. We had a great time. The weather was perfect, seas as calm as could be. The staff was very well trained and very attentive to everyone's needs. Interior of the ship is ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went very quick and smoothly. We had a great time. The weather was perfect, seas as calm as could be. The staff was very well trained and very attentive to everyone's needs. Interior of the ship is very nice, clean and parts were beautiful. Cabin was was very nice and like most of the ship extremely well kept. On the DOWN SIDE, the food was, in a word, BAD. Don't really expect great food on cruises, especially buffets, etc., however, this was well below standards. Buffets were always late opening, and the selection minimal. BEST for us was GUY'S BURGERS and BLUE IGUANA TACO BAR. Both pool side, fast and yummy. Having taken this cruise so close to Christmas, was actually shocked to see so many KIDS, I mean, everywhere. One last note, always get the beverage package, great deal, as all drinks are very expensive. Oh yeah, they need more bars around the main pool. Would I choose CARNIVAL again? Not sure, they seem to cater to Kids. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We got off the Magic 1 week ago, and we had an amazing time! We were on a 6-day sailing with stops in Nassau, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. This was my third cruise, 2nd with Carnival. Embarkation was very smooth. We had a check-in time ... Read More
We got off the Magic 1 week ago, and we had an amazing time! We were on a 6-day sailing with stops in Nassau, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. This was my third cruise, 2nd with Carnival. Embarkation was very smooth. We had a check-in time of 12:30-1. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn (decent place with a bar/restaurant) and took the free 10:00 shuttle to the cruise port. We arrived at about 10:30 and were on the ship at 11:30. Would have been sooner, but I had an issue with my Passport and had a hold-up at Guest services (maiden name on passport, married name on booking). There were no lines to wait in for us. We went to Guy's Smokehouse for lunch and hit up the Red Frog pub happy hour to stock our fridge for the week. Half-off beers and Carribean Cocktails. They let you keep the beers sealed! Our first stop was Nassau. We decided to walk around on our own and go check out the Queen's Staircase. It was about 6 blocks away, and it was kind of shady in places. Once we got there, it felt safe. It was a cool place to check out. There was a fort at the top of the hill we also walked around for free. It was about $1.50 to go inside. This was our least-favorite port. If we come here again, we will book an excursion or get a cab to a beach. The next day was a sea day. We ended up finding chairs at the main beach pool and hung out there for most of the day. If you leave your chair unattended, they place a sticker on your stuff with a time on it. After 45 minutes, they remove your stuff. Our next stop was Amber Cove, and we loved it! The port is beautiful. We did the 27 Damajuaga Waterfall/Zipline Combo excursion. We booked on Black Friday weekend, so it was 10% off. We had an absolute blast! For the waterfalls, dress ready to go. We wore swimsuits under athletic-type clothes and water shoes. I also wore goggles because I have contacts. I finally learned toward the end that I had to hold them on, or they slip off when you hit the water. We got off the bus (left all of our stuff on the bus with the driver) and had a 40-ish minute hike. This was definitely a workout, but not too terrible. They gave us a water to bring with us, and we had several breaks. Once we got to the first waterfall, the adrenaline kicked in! We had to turn around and climb down a steep ladder, turn around, and start sliding! It was fast-paced. We slid down 5 or 6 natural rock slides and floated through some really cool canyons. I was worried about hurting my butt, but it wasn't an issue at all for me. After the waterfalls, we walked back to the bus. We didn't have time to change into dry clothes, which I had thought we would. The bus is open and really windy, so that helped. We got to the ziplining place and got right out to get our harnesses on. We were still damp, but it wasn't a huge deal. The only thing I changed was my shoes. Ziplining was SO cool... Through the jungle/mountains and one went over a river. 6 or 7 different lines. It was a blast. The guys working with Mega Adventures were great and funny! After ziplining, we ate right there. Food was good! We also drive through some D.R. villages and got a feel of their culture. A lot of poverty for sure. Highly recommend this excursion! We had about 1.5 hrs after our excursion, so we walked around for a bit, then found a spot at the pool. The port area is beautiful! They have free water slides, and unlimited ziplining for $20. We talked over to the Amber Cove sign and got some pictures. The pier is long, so don't wait till the last minute to get back onboard. Our next port was Grand Turk. We weren't really sure where we wanted to go, we just knew we wanted a beach day. We headed left from the pier, and most of the free chairs were already taken. Get off early if you want a shot at these! We ended up walking a ways down the beach and ended up at Jack's Shack. The chairs were for a tip, and umbrellas were $10. We had SO much fun here. Perfect white sandy beach and crystal clear water. Beware- the drinks here are strong! You can get a free rum shot if you sign up online. They had beach volleyball, snorkeling equipment, and more. Heard that there wasn't a ton to see in the area for snorkeling. We had a perfect beach day! The food on the ship was great! We ate at the main dining room every night. Our friends went to the steakhouse one night and loved it. We had the 6:00 early dining which was in the Southern Lights dining room (8:00 seating was obviously right after). The Northern Lights dining room was all Your Time Dining. Food and service was excellent!! We also loved Guy's Burgers, Guys Smokehouse, Blue Iguana (for breakfast burritos and taco salad), pizza and of course icecream. We definitely ate way more than we needed, and it was all amazing! We had an Oceanview Deluxe room 1371. It had plenty of space for 3 of us. Loved the second bathroom with a sink and tub. There is so much to do on this ship. We really enjoyed the piano bar, theater shows, comedy, trivia dance parties in the atrium, mega deck party, etc. We watched a movie during the day while eating a Guy's burger. We soaked in a hot tub on deck 5 that hung over the side. Love and Marriage show is hilarious. We had the perfect mix of relaxation and fun. Disembark was very smooth. Our flight wasn't until 1, so we left our room at 8:15 and had a sit- down breakfast at Southern Lights dining room. Got off the ship at about 9:30 and got an Uber to the airport for $13 for 3 off us. One in our group got seasick on the first night, but got some meds from the medical room and felt good the rest of the trip. Everything else was smooth! No funky smells like some other reviews I've read. The cruise director Simon London was great! Lovely Jubley! Love Carnival and the atmosphere on the Magic! Can't wait till the next one! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Took the Carnival Sunrise with my two - year old son, GF, her mom, her brother, my sister, and two friends. We all had an amazing time, and I'm happy to report we now have two more people hooked to cruising! The ship itself, as ... Read More
Took the Carnival Sunrise with my two - year old son, GF, her mom, her brother, my sister, and two friends. We all had an amazing time, and I'm happy to report we now have two more people hooked to cruising! The ship itself, as I'm sure you know by now is the retrofitted Carnival Triumph, which probably was due for a rebranding after its well - publicized issues. Let me start with THIS VESSEL LOOKS AMAZING! Clean, well maintained, and not dated at all. Sure, you aren't going to get ALL the bells and whistles of the newer ships, but the remodel brought a good 85% of what you'd expect to find on the newer ships of today. Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Taqueria, a fun ropes course that made this chicken turn right back around after the first platform, Carnival Waterworks, there was plenty to do. In fact, I missed some things on my "list" such as the Serenity Deck because there was never a lack of activity or places to go. My son spent some time in Camp Ocean and he absolutely LOVED it! I had heard great things about Carnivals' children's programming, and was not disappointed at all. The staff was professional, fun, compassionate, and clearly knew what they were doing. I would HIGHLY recommend Camp Ocean. The Build a Bear Workshop was definitely one of the highlights. Our sailing was the first on the Sunrise for Erin Weigand, our Cruise Director, and she nailed it! I know she'll have big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of Carnival;'s 2019 Cruise Director of the Year, Chris "The Flying Scotsman" Williams, but she is more than capable. Erin brought an incredible energy, kept us updated, and most of all was FUN, and isn't that the name of the game? GF and I were delighted when she sent a 24k solid gold plastic ship on a stick and a very nice handwritten letter to our stateroom! While we are on the subject of entertainment I would be remiss if I didn't mention that one of the shows, Vintage Pop, is absolutely, without a doubt the BEST cruise ship stage production I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Top notch performances, sets, costumes, and music. It's a can't miss! One of the leads in particular (the young lady who comes out from under the feathers) is destined to become a star, like HUGE. Also, can't say enough good things about the Electric Violinists, who wowed the crowd several nights in the atrium. The Hasbro Game Show was an absolute blast, and both my GF and I got on stage and made it to the final round! The Sunrise isn't perfect by any means. In fact, if Cruise Critic allowed decimal scores I'd rate the ship somewhere between a 3.5 and a 3.75 instead of a 4. My biggest complaints echo what some past cruisers have already stated: the buffet is designed horribly and is probably the single reason the line for it is almost always unbearably long. By having choke points at the end of the line, AND especially by putting the salad bar and hot table as one long straight line the buffet gets over loaded with slow moving diners. In addition, some of the buffet desserts (particularly the Chocolate Intensity) were some of the worst at sea, with GF calling the cake "chewy," and not in a pleasant way. Also, let's talk about those cupcakes in Java Blue. Huge, with lots of whipped frosting, they looked Great! We decided to purchase two, at $3 (plus gratuity) each. (Total came to $7.18) GF got a smore's, and I got a dulce de leche. One word, YUCK! The cakes themselves were darn near solid and chewy, while the frosting was a nearly solid mass that was very unpleasant. Even my two - year old wanted no part of it after a few bites. The Sunrise doesn't ride the water especially smoothly, and even in calm seas several passengers commented on how much shakiness and rocking they felt. This is the first vessel I've ever felt the need to take Dramamine as a matter of prevention. (though I do on each sailing anyway, just in case.) The atrium was nice, but the view upwards was blocked by some kind of globe art that really took away from the soaring space you see on other ships. The line to Guest Services seemed to be perpetually long. Let's get back to the positive, because there is plenty of it. the food selections in the MDR were spot on, with the ox tongue being a favorite of mine, Like a piece of just perfectly fatty roast beef it melted in my mouth and was very flavorful. On our last night on the ship I also enjoyed the kitchen's vegetarian special of papadam with raita, dal, and basmati rice, with was prepared and presented exquisitely. Like my past Carnival cruises, the 24/7 pizza at the back of the ship was a huge hit. Seriously, Carnival really nails pizza! Favorites for GF and I included the Quatro Formaggi, and Prosciutto pies. Only thing I have always thought Carnival can do better is add one more employee during peak times, as two workers almost always seem to get overwhelmed. Also, at some point in the last few years they seem to have removed the Caesar Salad from the pizza station menu. (It still appears in the MDR) In the past I used to rave about Carnival's Caesar, but for whatever reason it just seemed good, but not great this time. Could just be me though. We visited three ports during our five day journey; Grand Turk, Princess Cay, and Nassau. Grand Turk was a lovely little island with your standard cruise terminal area featuring the usual souvenirs, jewelry, bars and eateries. There was a nice monument / information about the Mercury 7 flights and astronauts that splashed down in the ocean nearby. Outside of the tourist area is pretty run down and still sees the lingering effects of a recent hurricane. The beach features some of the best baby powder sand I've seen. Princess Cay is exactly what you would expect from a Carnival owned private island. Gorgeous views, souvenir stands, bars, etc. I've always had a love / hate relationship with Nassau, and that didn't change with this trip. If you've been there once, you know that the peddlers / solicitors can be a chore to move past. There's plenty to see and do in the city, but Nassau is usually a bit too much for me. We did not purchase shore excursions for any of the ports. As should be expected with Carnival the staff aboard the Sunrise was friendly, attentive, and eager to please. Our Cabin Steward, I Nyoman was fantastic! It seemed like every time we left our cabin for even a short amount of time he came in and made it spotless. I've always said that Cabin Stewards and staff of cruise ships are the hardest working employees I've ever seen, and this staff was no exception! Overall, despite a small number of complaints we had a fantastic time aboard the Carnival Sunrise. I truly believe that you bring your vacation with you. If you are laid back and go with the flow you will absolutely enjoy the heck out of your cruise. If you're someone who likes to complain, well, you will find things to complain about. As for me, I HIGHLY recommend a journey aboard this ship, everyone in our party had a fantastic time, and can't wait to sail again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have sailed with Carnival before but this time was just horrible. We always eat at the sit down restaurant because buffet food is not always the best and we actually got up and left twice. Once the food was horrible and once we never ... Read More
We have sailed with Carnival before but this time was just horrible. We always eat at the sit down restaurant because buffet food is not always the best and we actually got up and left twice. Once the food was horrible and once we never got our food. The lobster was like mush, it would literally squish thru your fork. The veal parm was so hard it was inedible. We were at the roulette table for 2 1/2 hours and no one ever came to get us a drink. On another night a group of us were at the slot machines and someone had to leave a machine and go find a waiter. It was a huge disappointment. I hope it was just this ship but we will never travel with Carnival again. The one good thing was we had a beautiful balcony room and Anton was an amazing steward. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This ship needs major help! Waited in line 30 minutes in the red frog bar to buy a beer for happy hour to be told they were out! We opted for a SPA balcony, very hot, absolutely miserable. Call 3 times and still sweating! The ship ... Read More
This ship needs major help! Waited in line 30 minutes in the red frog bar to buy a beer for happy hour to be told they were out! We opted for a SPA balcony, very hot, absolutely miserable. Call 3 times and still sweating! The ship seems to be grossly understaffed for the number of passengers. Even as a platinum member, service is terrible by customer service. Dining room staff is good but again understaffed. Lines are long and move extremely slow. The bars are the worst, very rude staff but it appears this is due to overwork and understaffed. The bars were NASTY, especially the red frog bar. Ship looks terrible, carpets are dirty and it generally smells everywhere. The shops are extremely dated withe the same old junk. It appears that Carnival has no new items for the past 10 years. I paid too much for this vacation for the terrible service! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
It’s so many negative things that I can say about this ship from the interior to the exterior. It’s a old ship, the carpet was dirty, the hallway stink very bad. The food was cold and out of order. We had more fun on the islands than ... Read More
It’s so many negative things that I can say about this ship from the interior to the exterior. It’s a old ship, the carpet was dirty, the hallway stink very bad. The food was cold and out of order. We had more fun on the islands than we did on the ship. I will say that I won $100 at the casino, and that was the highlight of my trip. Happy anniversary to me and my husband! The cruise Director Simon was great, very informative and funny. The staff seemed rehearsed and like a puppet, some spoke some didn’t. Everyone working for tips, also looking for tips. Went out on excursion paid a lot of money up front only to get on the island and the prices were a lot cheaper. Got the spa package and it was always either down, or over crowded a waste of money., i got a mani and pedi broken nails and chipped polish that they wouldn’t fix. Never ever again Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the value. The Magic is showing it's age in the form of rust and lots of it. As we pulled up to the ship the first thing we noticed was the rust stains on it which diminished our first ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the value. The Magic is showing it's age in the form of rust and lots of it. As we pulled up to the ship the first thing we noticed was the rust stains on it which diminished our first impression. Every ship has rust, it's part of spending your days being pummeled by salt water, but Magic has more than most. In fact as I was climbing the stairs to the waterslide the handrail bracket was pulled away do to a bracket that was completely rusted through. We liked the Magic. It felt the same to us as all of the Carnival ships albeit a little larger. The entertainment, the food, everything was similar to our prior Carnival Cruises. We did enjoy Guy's BBQ being free for lunch on sea days. The best part of this cruise was the itinerary. Half Moon is our all-time favorite, Grand Turk is also a good fit for us, and Amber Cove is just BEAUTIFUL! We were fortunate that the rough seas didn't impact any of our stops. We did notice the larger crowd when it came to tendering to Half Moon. We missed the explanation of the procedure of grabbing a zone ticket at 6:30 am and by the time we figured out what was going on we had tender 22. I think this might be a better process than having folks stand in long lines in hallways, but it led to 1/2 full tenders that loaded very slowly. I'm not convinced this is the best solution. We hate that Carnival is now allowing kids in the aft pool that used to be adults only. We used to be able to enjoy some peace back there. We decided to go up to the Serenity deck but unfortunately some big drunk redneck was SOO LOUD in the hot tub that it was anything but serene. We asked the bartender if he could remind them it's the Serenity deck but he referred us to security and eventually the guy left. We also encountered loud drunks in the Comedy club with a group of young girls carrying on during the entire show. It would appear that many folks have bought the all-you-can drink package and are intent on getting their money's worth. We saw mother and grandma carrying a young girl who was so intoxicated that she couldn't stand up without them. The Fun ship is starting to feel a little like Walmart of the Seas. Simon London was our cruise director and he did a good job with a lot of energy. His somewhat corny "Lovely Jubly!" grew on us and we found ourselves saying it after the cruise was over. All in all, the Magic was pretty much what you expect from Carnival. Good value, good food, and good entertainment along with the occasional idiot among the guests. I would like to see Carnival offer 2 drink plans including a lighter version so that some folks can enjoy some drinks without feeling like they have to down 15 drinks especially on a port day. We don't drink, but we are not anti-alcohol just anti-idiots and the current all-you-can drink program seems to be encouraging idiots! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was only our 3rd total cruise in the past 27 years, so we are not "regulars". Our traveling party consisted of my wife and I (mid-50's) and 2 adult children (ages 21 & 23). Embarkation was quick and easy, even ... Read More
This was only our 3rd total cruise in the past 27 years, so we are not "regulars". Our traveling party consisted of my wife and I (mid-50's) and 2 adult children (ages 21 & 23). Embarkation was quick and easy, even without FTTF. Our arrival window started at 1:00 pm, but we got there a half hour early and were able to get on board at that time. It only took about 15 minutes, and it moved quickly. We went straight to the maitre'd to request a change to early dining instead of late dining. He took our information, and said there were a lot of requests for that change, so we wouldn't know until the next day. To our surprise, we were moved to early dining that next day! Our cabin was a Cove Balcony on the 2nd deck, and we loved it! The ship is pretty big, but we figured out where everything was fairly quickly. It rarely felt overcrowded as I was expecting. Plenty of elevators and very short wait times most of the time. Employees were always friendly, especially the workers cleaning the ship, guest services and restaurant staff. The food was good, as expected. We ate breakfast in the dining room a few times and loved the choices. Breakfast buffet offered plenty of choices. BlueIguana Cantina made real good breakfast burritos. We ate lunch at Guy Fieri's Burger Joint, Guy's Pig & Anchor Barbecue, and the BlueIguana. Burgers and fries were amazing, the barbecue was delicious with the best sauces I have ever had, and the burrito's were outstanding. Dinners in the dining room were very good. Portions are not large, but that was fine with me. Our wait staff were excellent and could not do enough for us. They made us feel like we were best friends. The entertainment on board was excellent. We attended the shows in the theater each night and were impressed with the singer/dancers. The comedy club shows were overcrowded, as we had to stand for half of them. The comedians were decent. The events hosted by the cruise director were the most fun of anything. Simon the cruise director was outstanding, and his Fun Squad were awesome too. 80's and 90's music trivia in the atrium area was incredible. Our ports were Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. We chose to simply lay out on the beach at Half Moon Cay and thoroughly enjoyed it! An absolutely beautiful beach. The food at lunch was good, and the drinks were even better! For Grand Turk, most of our party did the power snorkel, rays and beach excursion. They really liked it! I was scheduled for whale watching, but found out it was cancelled when I got off the ship due to rough seas. That stunk, but I made it a beach day with the ship right in front of me. For Amber Cove, we all did the excursion that included the waterfalls of Damajagua and zipline. We loved both of them and would do them again. We are already looking into cruising again this time next year with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise to go to Turks & Caicos we had a great time! All employees were so nice and the food was amazing! Simon London and the fun squad are very good at their jobs as well as housekeeping and dining staff!! We got on ... Read More
We chose this cruise to go to Turks & Caicos we had a great time! All employees were so nice and the food was amazing! Simon London and the fun squad are very good at their jobs as well as housekeeping and dining staff!! We got on in Fort Lauderdale and stayed a few days before getting on the ship at the Lago Mar Resort also a great place to stay. We did most activities on the ship as well as excursions at all of the stops. Our room was great the food was great the entertainment was great! The violin players were amazing!! The trivia parties in the lobby each night were also super fun I highly recommend going to them. Nevlin was our waiter int the southern dining room. The weather was great it was sunny & 80 every day with a light breeze. This was our first carnival cruise and we were skeptical given the few times this company has made the news but we had nothing but a great time and would sail carnival again!! The magic is getting to be an older ship but with that in mind it is in good shape for that. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This particular cruise was a gift from our son, who wanted us to have the "honeymoon" we never had time to go on, to a place like the Bahamas, which I had visited many years ago, but which for my Wife, was a first-time visit. ... Read More
This particular cruise was a gift from our son, who wanted us to have the "honeymoon" we never had time to go on, to a place like the Bahamas, which I had visited many years ago, but which for my Wife, was a first-time visit. This was our first time sailing with Carnival Cruise Line, but my son chose this line because he has sailed several times with Carnival. I want to say that because my wife and I are seniors, we were not so impressed with the party/family-oriented atmosphere aboard the Sunrise, but now that we have experienced it, we would not repeat it. This cruise, and its "environment", in my opinion, is not so "child-friendly" as it appears, and, admittedly this is an "aside" from our main concern(s), however, when we witnessed a crying, visibly upset and distressed female child about 11 or 12 years of age, who walked by us, and we overheard her telling two (2) security officers that something happened to her on a lower deck. We truly felt sorry for her! In our opinion, this type of experience should not have this kind of negative memory attached to it! Our main concern is one related to the cleanliness of the common eating and drinking areas of the ship, which in our opinion, were not what we expected. The windows were very, very dirty!!! The food was "ok", with some items that stood out from the rest. The shining aspect of the cruise was the on-board entertainment; we particularly enjoyed to Karaoke, and the comedy show! The most glaring negative aspect of this cruise, was the one we had with the "Fun Shops" onboard the ship, which at the time we didn't know was managed by a third-party company, "Starboard Cruise Services, Inc." We are going to file a formal complaint and claim for a $50 charge we unnecessarily were forced to pay because our liquor purchases were not properly packed, according to TSA requirements, for being able to be carried on the plane. Because of this, we suffered embarrassment as well. Additionally, because our liquor purchases were packaged like others travelers (in a box), it may very well be that others may experience the same thing! Again, I will never cruise with Carnival again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The first night I went to dinner and bit down on a piece of ceramic, it didn’t hurt initially but later I realized It chipped a tooth, all the response from the staff I got was a $55 spa gift card when the least expensive spa option was ... Read More
The first night I went to dinner and bit down on a piece of ceramic, it didn’t hurt initially but later I realized It chipped a tooth, all the response from the staff I got was a $55 spa gift card when the least expensive spa option was over $100. on the 4th day of the cruise I got the worst case of food poisoning I have ever had causing me to miss a whole day on land and spend a whole day bouncing between the bed and the bathroom. Speaking of the beds; the beds were less comfortable than the ones I slept on in boot camp years ago, I woke up every day with back pain. The entertainment was fine, but nothing special and not at all worth what I paid for it, which was far more than I anticipated to begin with. My final receipt stated I would receive a return on the hold placed on my account but instead more money was withdrawn from my account. If you choose to go on a cruise, take my advice, don’t choose carnival. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Waaaaay too many people!!! This ship is very large and designed to have a huge guest list. The only problem is that unless you can wake up at 6am to put a towel on a sun chair you won't get one. There is limited space to sit in the ... Read More
Waaaaay too many people!!! This ship is very large and designed to have a huge guest list. The only problem is that unless you can wake up at 6am to put a towel on a sun chair you won't get one. There is limited space to sit in the sun. Next if you have allergies you can tell the workers but the kitchen staff are not aware enough that they need to change utinciles and clean the cooking area to not give someone an allergic reaction. So if you are allergic to certain foods you are better off going to the buffet. Our ship did not stop at the best port "Grand Turk".......... The only reason I went with this ship and cruise line. The only things that were scheduled to replace the best port was a game of sorry and bean toss. Not like 3000 passengers can participate with two pointless games. All in all for a first time cruiser I can guarantee it will be my last cruise. This cruise ship and cruise line when called would not refund or give any credit. When asked to talk to a manager staff stated there was no managers to talk to. What a joke. For being the largest cruise line they really need step it up. This trip was a wast of time. I suggest never to schedule a cruise with carnival magic you will be greatly disappointed... Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Having cruised multiple times on Royal C, Disney, and Celebrity we were accustomed to a certain level of service and quality. We chose this cruise solely on the fact the itinerary worked with everyone in our travel party's schedule. ... Read More
Having cruised multiple times on Royal C, Disney, and Celebrity we were accustomed to a certain level of service and quality. We chose this cruise solely on the fact the itinerary worked with everyone in our travel party's schedule. Embarkment- was easy enough-the employees seemed very stressed and not eager to answer basic questions. We figured things out on our own. Upon entering the ship we were underwhelmed to say the least. The ship is very run down and in need of a major renovation. The staff were pleasant enough however they paled in comparison to the other cruise lines. Cabin-We had a balcony cabin. Unfortunately, the balcony door was not sealed properly and made a terrible whistling sound when closed and locked. I called Guest Service's to have fixed multiple times and it never was. Only went on the balcony a few times because it overlooked a hot tub. Not exactly the view we were expecting. The room had ample storage, the bed and pillows were surprisingly comfortable. The cabins are not insulated for noise reduction. You can hear EVERYTHING. Food-Not a lot of healthy options. The Lido Marketplace never had food labeled correctly which unfortunately caused an allergic reaction with one of the individuals we were traveling with. She had to use her epic pen and was quiet sick. Dinning room menu was blah at best. Guys burger and the pizza place were yummy. The other places, not so much. I actually lost weight on this cruise. That never happens! If you are a coffee drinker, you will be really disappointed. The coffee was disgusting in the restaurants. You definitely have to get coffee on deck 5 at the coffee cafe. This was included in our cheers package. If not, you will pay roughly $5 for specialty coffee. The lines were long but the staff was friendly. Wifi-DON'T BOTHER!!! Absolutely awful. Nothing more I can say. Staff-It appeared the staff were over worked and there were not enough employees. They were busting their bums all day long. It took a toll on several of them which translated into poor service and being rude to many guests. My biggest issue is the lack of consistency. I asked a question about disembarkment and shared what I was told with our travel party. 3 other individuals in our group apparently asked the same question and got 3 different answers. We all went to Guest Services to clarify and then got another completely different answer. It was very frustrating. All companies can improve training and communication. Carnival needs to make this a priority. Cheers Package-Bar and wait staff under staffed. Had to wait consistently 20-25 mins for a drink. Lines long, no consistency the way drinks were made. Some of the staff were wonderful and other definitely did not like their jobs. Pools and chairs-On sea days plan to get to your seat by 6:30am even though the pool doesn't open until 8:00am. I observed at least 15 different arguments over chairs. People would reserve their chairs at 6:30am with a towel and not show back up until 12:00pm. The Carnival staff was not consistent in tagging chairs for situations like this. This caused a lot of commotion among the guests. Activities-I always heard Carnival cruises had a lot of fun activities. I was really disappointed because this cruise did not. Several prior Carnival cruisers commented that this ships "Fun Squad" was the worst they had experienced on Carnival. I will say the DJ was FANTASTIC. The High C's and the Shredders were absolutely amazing. Every time they played we were there! We still found plenty to do but there was nothing memorable about the activities. Therma Spa-In theory it sounded great. Reality it was a HUGE waste of money. The spa staff were more interested in talking to each other than monitoring what was happening in the spa. We went a various days and times and it was always too crowded. It didn't matter if it was 10:00am, 12:00pm, 3:30pm, or 9:00pm. Lots of guests were complaining about the same thing. After day 4 we just gave up going and we bought an 8 day pass. 3 of the heated chairs were broken. When you finally could get a chair, the spa staff were constantly bringing tours in to sell the service, It was not relaxing like we thought it would be. I think with some tweaks, it could be a great service but the way it is run now, save your money. We loved that Carnival provided blankets for their Dive In movie nights. This was a nice extra that was unexpected but really appreciated. Even with all of the negatives, we had a good time. We met some lovely people, had a great time on the different islands and soaked up some sun. Will we travel on Carnival again? Not unless they get newer or renovated ships, have consistency with staff training, and improve the food significantly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a group cruise in Jan 2020 and was the eastern Caribbean. The ports visited were Saint Maarten, Saint Lucia, San Juan. We missed Grand Turk as the wind was too high to safely enter port. The food highlight was the visit to the ... Read More
This was a group cruise in Jan 2020 and was the eastern Caribbean. The ports visited were Saint Maarten, Saint Lucia, San Juan. We missed Grand Turk as the wind was too high to safely enter port. The food highlight was the visit to the steakhouse (extra $$) but it was worth it. We visited the 2nd nite and was able to take advantage of promotion for free bottle of wine. We also brought wine aboard and were pleased that they didn't charge the corking fee in the dining room. The dining room food I found to be on par with past cruises on Allure of the Seas and Norweigan. There were plenty of lunch food options and the burger joint was quite good but the BBQ pit a disappointment. At dinner, if you missed dining time the buffet was rather sparse and limited. The ship entertainment focused more on party time. There were fewer shows and lower overall show quality than Royal Caribbean and Norweigan (based on our other cruises). The rooms were very clean and the staff very nice and attentive. Overall, the crew were the friendliest of any other cruise I have been on. Overall, the trip was ok but would not re-do this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarkation was very smooth and fast. We Ubered over from the airport. I found this faster and also cheaper overall. I would recommend this to anyone. We had a suite which afforded us some extra benefits. I have to say that once on ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth and fast. We Ubered over from the airport. I found this faster and also cheaper overall. I would recommend this to anyone. We had a suite which afforded us some extra benefits. I have to say that once on the ship it was not set up for everyone to sit around waiting for their cabin. I would recommend that the dining rooms be opened up for the embarkation if for nothing else to allow for cruisers to have a place to sit and also eat. The buffet was a nightmare. This can set the tone for the cruise (hint hint). The cabin was on the 7th floor and close to the elevator but we never really heard a lot of hallway noise. The suite was about 1.5 the size of the regular balcony cabin. We had quite a bit of storage and a small bathtub which was why we picked this cabin. The balcony was also actually large enough for my DW to get some sun in private. We enjoyed the Italian restaurant on the first day. Service was great and food good. I recommend this for anyone. For the rest of our lunches we had Guy's burgers and fries. The lunch buffet and dinner buffet was terrible. I dont usually complain about the food but this was sad. Nothing like I enjoyed on Carnival in the past. Breakfast was good but could have been spaced out a little more. One person can really slow down the whole process when they dig for the perfect slice of bacon or pancake. After a while we just went to the main dining room. Service was good and food was not bad. I have to say that it is obvious that they are grossly understaffed in the dining facilities. Everyone else noticed it too. The crew worked very hard but should have been able to slow down some. We have always defended Carnival against nay sayers saying that the food and shows were always top notch. I can no longer say this. This shows were not of the quality of past voyages or other cruise lines. We did have the sewer back up on the ship. We came in about 10 pm and the towels on the floor were covered. I called and called and never got help. After 30 minutes I got on Facebook on the Carnival page and complained. Mary answered almost immediately and said she contacted the ship for me. Sad I had to go this route. Once help arrived again we were informed that they were short staffed and apologized. They cleaned it up and sanitized several times over the next few days but the stink never seemed to disappear. I should have never had to go outside the ship for help. We got off the ship at each stop but did not excursions. Everything we need was close to the ship. We missed Grand Turk due to winds, its ashamed that we could not tender in for a while. But it is what it is and the ship adapted well to the missed stop. The disembarkation process was fast and smooth. This impressed me. But, considering where my experiences with Carnival started and where they are today I am afraid this is probably my last trip on this line. For what I paid for the cabin I expected a little more.This is why I rated down. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I will start off by saying this was our first cruise. My wife, myself, and 4 children (21yr old, 15yr old, 14yr old, 6yr old). The ship is beautiful and truly amazing. The crew and staff were above even that. The entire crew & ... Read More
I will start off by saying this was our first cruise. My wife, myself, and 4 children (21yr old, 15yr old, 14yr old, 6yr old). The ship is beautiful and truly amazing. The crew and staff were above even that. The entire crew & staff that we encountered really went above and beyond. From the cruise director (Simon), to our dinning server (Kevin who = GOAT), to the room steward (Nurhamid =my 6 yr old just loves & misses already) to the servers in the dinning rooms, and EVEN the deck workers (Asuandojono* = Squeegees & Mops the the deck floors AFT Pool area), to the Croatian Sensation hosting bingo = gonna make it raaaaaiiin HA! Just crazy Amazing people. Seriously, hands down. When you can engage and involve everyone of ALL ages, even our 6 year old and leave an impression, that is what it is all about. Making Amazing Memories =MAM. The ship did not feel crowded, except at sea days around the pools. (everyone wanted that sun). The shows were truly amazing. The cast appears to truly love what they do. Food was just amazing. Kevin worked hard to server 14 people each night. He even got to show off his dancing skills!! This man can D A N C E y'all!! There are lots of things that you can do as a family or as a couple and really make amazing memories! If I had to pick something to complain about or suggest so you don't think I work for Carnival, because I don't. It would be how the soda setup is done for say younger children. My wife and I are not comfortable sending say our 6 year old up to a bar to get a soda. Just not logical. This is something I would recommend Carnival looking into to address or make better. At least in the areas where everyone gathers. Now at dinner time, was not an issue as your server gladly brings you or your child a beverage. Other than that, and the fact we couldn't dock in Grand Turks due to weather, this ship would be 5 stars in my book. Gave it a solid 4 because of the soda issue and the fact we truly was looking forward to snorkeling in Turks and Cacaos and didn't get the opportunity to. Thanks again Carnival. You gave afforded our family to MAM in Jan 2020!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I sailed with my hubby, son and a friend. Hubby and I were in balcony cabin 8254. The bathroom was roomy and clean, the bed was very comfortable and the balcony, although not super large, was roomy enough for the two of us to enjoy our ... Read More
I sailed with my hubby, son and a friend. Hubby and I were in balcony cabin 8254. The bathroom was roomy and clean, the bed was very comfortable and the balcony, although not super large, was roomy enough for the two of us to enjoy our morning coffee and evening wine. The very best thing about the cruise was the food, we didn't have a bad meal the entire eight days. We dined at the Prime Steakhouse the first night and if I had to do it over again, I would skip the $38 US up charge and eat at the main dining room instead, which in our case, was Northern Lights (anytime dining). Yes, it is noisier in the main than the Steakhouse, and no, the service is not as fast, but the food was just as good and we aren't too bothered with having to wait, after all, we're on vacation, what's the rush? Every night there was something different, and yes, the chocolate melting cake is every bit as good as everyone says. I had it with peanut butter on the side one night - definitely the way to go! We didn't eat at the buffet except for one meal which for buffet food, was tasty and hit the spot. My son said they made the best meatball sub he had ever eaten and considering how much he loves meatball subs, that indeed is high praise. The complimentary luncheon pasta bar at La Cucino del Capitano was a nice surprise, definitely give it a try. Of course, Guy's Burgers was a must and didn't disappoint, however, the taco salad bowl from Blue Iguana was not quite as crisp and fresh as I was hoping it would be. Guy's Pig and Anchor also did not quite hit the mark for hubby and I, a bit greasy and over the top for our taste. The entertainment is where things fall into the so-so category. There are two musicals, both seemed a bit tired and cliche, but we didn't expect too much in this department, so weren't disappointed. One of the comics in Punchliner's was terrific, the other, just okay. The atrium is bright and overdone, but magical just the same! The nightly violin players on the podium helped keep those waiting for dinner happy (and drinking, the bar was oh so handy) and in the evenings, cruise director Simon London was there to keep things hopping. Overall, the staff were terrific - friendly and very anxious to please. We did not attend any of the parties or trivia (we're balcony dwellers) so cannot comment on that aspect of the cruise. We didn't use Waterworks, nor did we swim in the Lido pool. It was crowded, but not so much that one couldn't enjoy a cool dip if that is what they wanted. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Magic, especially once she returns from her dry dock in the Spring. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I chose this cruise for my boyfriend's 50th birthday which happens to be New year's Eve so we wanted to be on the ship for his birthday. This cruise did not disappoint. You are never more than 100 feet to a bar or restaurant. ... Read More
I chose this cruise for my boyfriend's 50th birthday which happens to be New year's Eve so we wanted to be on the ship for his birthday. This cruise did not disappoint. You are never more than 100 feet to a bar or restaurant. Yes, some of the lines were long, but the ship was at full capacity, so we were patient and while standing in line met some really great people. The entertainment was great, they kept you busy. The flying Scotsman was fantastic and definitely is worth seeing. The cruise director is simply amazing. The food was good, we chose to only eat in the dining room for elegant night and the food was good. Our number one was guys burger joint, no long lines and the burgers were aahmazing! But the most important person I have to brag on is JIWA our Steward. We never needed anything. He was exceptional and when we cruise again if I can I will request him again. He went above and beyond. I would not only highly recommend cruising carnival sunrise, our next cruise will be on the sunrise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Just back from our Christmas cruise to the southern Caribbean. First time on the Magic and it was very enjoyable. Had a balcony cabin on deck 11 - our cabin steward serviced our room once per day - which was as we requested. Embarkation ... Read More
Just back from our Christmas cruise to the southern Caribbean. First time on the Magic and it was very enjoyable. Had a balcony cabin on deck 11 - our cabin steward serviced our room once per day - which was as we requested. Embarkation was perfect we arrived at the terminal at our stated appointment time and pretty much walked onto the ship. Rooms were available at 1:30pm and our luggage was waiting for us at the door. We ate in the main dining room (late sitting) with the exception of Christmas Eve when we dined in the Steakhouse (which we thoroughly recommend). We are not big fans of buffet dining so apart from custom made omelets in the morning we never ate in the buffet area on deck 10. But I gather from the crowds and long lines it must have been rather good!!We do recommend the Deli Sand Bar and also the Pizzeria Entertain was pretty good and the Cruise Director Simon seemed to be everywhere and he and his staff certainly did everything they could to ensure we all had fun. We thoroughly enjoyed the violinists "Electric Wave" in fact they appealed more than the piano player. We had 4 ports of call, Turks and Caicos, La Romana, Curacao and Aruba - they were great we took a short walk ashore in T&C and then returned to the ship. Visited Altos De Chavon, La Villa De Los Artistas in La Romana, a replication of a 16th century Mediterranean village which took 10 years to construct and was rather impressive - we found a wonderful little restaurant and enjoyed walking through the museum and shops. Curacao was the port we stopped in on Christmas Day, not a great deal was open but certainly presented an opportunity to walk around and view the pastel colored houses and businesses. Again we found a nice waterside bar in which to pass the time. Aruba was delightful with something for everyone. The 2 days at sea cruising back to Fort Lauderdale were nice - accept we did get a bit of rain on one of those days - but didn't ruin the whole day so no complaints and you certainly can't control mother nature. Debarkation in Fort Lauderdale was the best we have ever experienced (and we have cruised a lot) we were off the ship and in the parking deck by 7am. All in all it was another awesome vacation on Carnival. The staff were amazing and the service was wonderful. No complaints from us and we look forward to our European cruise later this year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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