55 Carnival Magic Bahamas Cruise Reviews

Food A. To many people to serve at one time at buffets. B. Disappointed because Guy's famous Bar-B- Que was only opened for one day of the entire 5 days and for 2 and a half hours at that. Never did get to sample his ... Read More
Food A. To many people to serve at one time at buffets. B. Disappointed because Guy's famous Bar-B- Que was only opened for one day of the entire 5 days and for 2 and a half hours at that. Never did get to sample his wonderful prepared pork we had heard about. His hamburgers were the best I have ever tasted in my life. Loved his fries also. C. We had anytime dining. We have chose this concept for the past 4 cruises. Well it did not work for us this time. We had a wait of 1 hour and 5 minutes to get seated the last evening for our dinner. When we did the early or late dining in the past we never had to wait over 15 minutes. This caused us to miss an activity we had planned on attending. Islands We loved Amber Cove. The sight seeing tour was worth every penny and more. We took this cruise because we wanted to visit Grand Turk. We have been to Nassau in the Bahamas at least 6 times and wanted see different islands. Well we were unable to dock and was rerouted of course to Nassau. I was heart broken It is a beautiful ship and well tended too. Someone was always cleaning something. That was a big deal with me. The workers on board were very friendly and went above and beyond their duty to help you with any needs you had. Entertainment The performers were the best of the best. I loved every minute of each show. The CRUISE DIRECTOR was the most wonderful guy I have ever met. DR. J was so funny and had you eating out of the palm of his hand. I hope by Thanksgiving next year , some things change for the better concerning issues with dining. But I want to return to the Carnival Magic ship for the 7 day cruise only if DR. J is still aboard in November of 2017. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Family and friends were booked on this cruise. We had dining at 6 pm in Southern Lights. Our servers Dee Dee, Jose and Ikadek were outstanding. If for some reason we were unable to make dinner (which was only a couple of nights) they ... Read More
Family and friends were booked on this cruise. We had dining at 6 pm in Southern Lights. Our servers Dee Dee, Jose and Ikadek were outstanding. If for some reason we were unable to make dinner (which was only a couple of nights) they would always remember and be sure to let us know. They always called us by our first names (we asked them to) always wanted to make sure our food was prepared to our liking. There smiles were definitely contagious and I loved the bond they had with my grandchildren. Both of my grandchildren made sure, on our last night, they had their photos taken with them. If any future cruisers are blessed to have them as your wait staff you will be pleasantly pleased! We also ate in the Italian Restaurant one evening and Victoria was our head waiter and she was an absolute doll! One of the children loves Alfredo sauce and asked if he would prefer to have the Chef make him Chicken Alfredo and we could not have been more happy. Our Room Steward was Kevin on the 8th floor and he did an excellent job as well; however, we did not have the time to interact with him very often, he was very busy but he did take excellent care of our cabin. Now for entertainment our Cruise Director Dr. Reverend E was the absolute best we have ever had. If you have the chance to cruise with him you will not be sorry! Thank you Carnival Magic for assisting in making our family and friends have some wonderful memories and looking forward to future cruises with you! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE Worst Cruise I have ever been on! I am going to start with the end. The billing: I roomed with 2 other guests and our bills were completely wrong. By $120. We noticed this after we were already off the ... Read More
TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE Worst Cruise I have ever been on! I am going to start with the end. The billing: I roomed with 2 other guests and our bills were completely wrong. By $120. We noticed this after we were already off the boat and tried multiple times to contact Carnival to correct there mistake, but there response was oh the first person to pay for the cruise is the responsible party, therefore we refuse to do anything to correct your billing statements. They said they have no responsibility for other peoples money. For example, they stated that oh i returned a $120 tv at target, but we refunded the person behind you on accident, sorry we can't help you because that money was already refunded. They have put all the burden on me to try to figure out our correct bills and deal with getting my money back. UNACCEPTABLE! The boat: Everything is super cheap. The decorations are like a shitty amusement park. Everything is fake, the beds are not comfortable (for example, my bed was angled downwards at like a 15 degree angle). It was nearly impossible to sleep. Also, the wifi does not work on samsung phones... Seriously... They did not refund me my money either. The service: 15% gratuity automatic. You think that would mean good service... WRONG! We could not tell what our towel animals were once. Half the time they were disconnected pieces. It was like they didn't even try. Bar service. Drinks are always cheap and way over priced. You were lucky if you even got the drink you ordered since half the time they didn't know what the drink was. The Food: Worst thing ever. We ate at the formal dining center almost every night. Not once did I receive a warm meal. Not even warm. My meal was cold every single night. It was clear that they just premade the meals before hand and let them sit out. Yet somehow it still took them an hour to bring an entree. In addition to the food being cold the quality was 1 star at best. For example, the lobster was overcooked by like an hour and the prime rib could barely be chewed it was so tough. The only thing good on the boat was the pizza which you had to wait 45 mins at least to get (even past midnight). The Pool: Disgusting. It was like jumping in a pool of oil rather than water. There were never seats and the just blasted music the whole day. It was like a party except everyone was fat and to lazy to move from there chairs. It is awful. And on top of having to fight for a seat once you sat down you would be pestered non-stop until you bought a drink. I got woken up one time by someone asking me to buy something... My eyes were completely closed (I might have been snoring). The excursion: We did all our excursions through carnival and they were average at best. One of our excursions got cancelled (had to fight to get refunded). The other one started late and ended early (snorkeling). We ended up being at the snorkeling site for about 20 mins. That's it. NOT HAPPY! Never CARNIVAL! NEVER AGAIN! WORST CRUISE LINE EVER AVOID AT ALL COSTS! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I chose this cruise to see the Magic and experience it. The ship is Beautiful. Embarkation was very smooth. Disembarkation was a nightmare. It took 2 hours priority for disembarkation. No organization. Cabin was good. Service level by ... Read More
I chose this cruise to see the Magic and experience it. The ship is Beautiful. Embarkation was very smooth. Disembarkation was a nightmare. It took 2 hours priority for disembarkation. No organization. Cabin was good. Service level by room steward very low. Food in main dining room awful. I must say sea day brunch was good.The steak house was fantastic and so was the service.Entertainment was good. Service was not even standard. I will really think twice before I go again and I am a platinum member. On sea days the food venues close at 2:30 for the exception of the pizzeria and Guy's burger, the lines were very long (waited 45 mins. for a slice). Guys Burger line never ceased. I think this could improve especially on sea day. Overall the trip was good the service level awful. I will not go back on Carnival until some of the reviews I read change. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband and I booked this cruise somewhat last minute. We had been booked on the 4/23 sailing on the Magic for a year for the Eastern Carib. but added this as a fun Mom and Dad getaway before the kids joined us on 4/23. We were, ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise somewhat last minute. We had been booked on the 4/23 sailing on the Magic for a year for the Eastern Carib. but added this as a fun Mom and Dad getaway before the kids joined us on 4/23. We were, overall, happy with the ship. As it was just the two of us (the first time EVER without kids) there wasn't much that was going to bring us down! I have yet to have a meal on any Carnival ship that I walk away from thinking it was wonderful! The food, as always, was fine. Mediocre. Average. We paid the $35 to eat in the steakhouse and again, it was fine. My husband got a filet mignon and said he preferred the filet he gets from Longhorn. While he was impressed with the size of the cut, the seasoning was poor and it was fairly flavorless. I had the lobster tail. While it was delicious - they served it with clarified butter which where I'm from is sacrilege! It wasn't a big deal and I happily ate that along with the adorable little chef's tapas that were sent to the table as well. It was fine. I wouldn't pay the money to eat there again as I found it to be nothing special. We only ate int the dining room one night. The staff knew our names even though we weren't frequenting the dining room, which is always nice. We were seated in the Northern Lights restaurant. I have to say, what an absolutely stupid place to put a dining room! The view out the window where I sat was a lifeboat. A lifeboat. Out the other windows was the corridor of deck four. Everyone that walked by - looked in the dining room. It was strange and I didn't like it. I didn't like enough that I begged the maitre d to switch us to the Southern Lights dining room on the 7 day the following week - which he kindly did. The dining room staff was excellent. The culinary shining star on this ship is the Pig and Anchor barbecue. Authentic and delicious, it beats out any strange pasta mix or plain jane said bar you might find at the Lido buffet. The Tandoor indian is awesome as well, spicy and just right. Pizza was good, though the lines could get long. Guys burger joint had the lines as well but went fast. Very heavy, so I only at there once. Our room was a balcony and was very nice The drain in the shower overflowed overtime we used it which was annoying. I never told our room steward because I literally never saw him. He was a ghost. He came in and out in a flash and kept everything clean. I'm not going to lie - this three day cruise was a strange mixed bag of guests. I've taken a number of cruises and I've never EVER seen anyone wearing their robes around the ship. Going to the pool? Maybe. Going to the spa? Okay - I get it. I'm talking about in the casino. In the buffet. Eating at the BBQ place. Perusing art in the hallways. Dancing in the atrium. Frankly, we didn't do anything in the Bahamas - we only got off the ship for a few minutes. It seemed like any other stop in the caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Veteran Cruiser – Honest Review In summary: the Carnival Magic is a really nice ship. She is huge (130K tons) which is a departure from the older and smaller ships that normally take the 3 or 4 day Bahamas run from Port Canaveral. ... Read More
Veteran Cruiser – Honest Review In summary: the Carnival Magic is a really nice ship. She is huge (130K tons) which is a departure from the older and smaller ships that normally take the 3 or 4 day Bahamas run from Port Canaveral. After five years of service, she was immaculate, comfortable, and the service in general was on target. This cruise was a three-day repositioning cruise of sorts, scheduling the Magic for week long Caribbean cruises out of Canaveral. The crew had just enjoyed a three-day trip from Galveston without any guests. They seemed happy and well rested. That being said, here is my honest and detailed review. Embarkation: Port Canaveral is undergoing major enhancements to provide for larger ships and increasing passenger counts. This effort is in progress. Accordingly, the facilities aren’t there yet. Most noticeably, parking is an issue. It took much too long to park and we ended up against a yellow curb, as directed by a parking attendant, as the lot was out of room. Consider that you have 3600 passengers parking in a lot designed for 2000. After parking, boarding was effortless. We are Platinum Cruisers on Carnival. We went through a priority security lane, were directed to the Captain’s Lounge, and within 15 minutes were aboard and in our cabin. The embarkation day buffet was about what we’ve come to expect…. chaos. There were too many passengers not knowing where to go. The lines were long. I attribute this in part to our not arriving until 2:00 p.m. Those who intelligently arrived around noon reported a lovely lunch experience in multiple lido deck based venues. The Cabin: We booked at the last minute, five days before sailing, and paid top dollar for a Cloud 9 Spa balcony stateroom. The location was all the way forward on Deck 12. The location, while a little remote, was quiet, immaculate, well serviced, and extremely comfortable. There was more than sufficient space for the two of us and it would have been ample for a week-long cruise. The slippers, robes, toiletries, and unlimited access to the spa pool and thermal suite were nice touches as well. Dining: The dining on this ship ranged from fine to exceptional. The dining room fare seemed pared down a bit from previous cruises, but arrived hot and was tasty. It was just nothing exceptional. Service was fine the one night we ate in the main dining room. We were at a table for 10, and the wait staff had no issue keeping up. The second night we dined in the steakhouse. It was fantastic. My wife had surf and turf, I had the seasoned rib-eye which was as good as any steak I have ever had in a premium steakhouse. I actually thanked the chef when we left. Everything was perfect. The service, selections, and presentation were off the chart. I would strongly recommend splurging, paying the $35 upcharge, and treating yourself to this experience. I’m still thinking about that steak. The third and final night, we paid the $15 upcharge and dined in the Cucina del Capitano. It too was awesome. My wife had eggplant and I had another steak. Both were tremendous. I also ordered off the menu and was able to have the spaghetti carbonara I remembered so fondly from the old Mardi Gras. Everything was terrific and I was even provided a copy of the recipe for the carbonara. Fellow Cruisers: These weekend cruisers are always a mixed bag. You definitely have the party crowd including some low-rent undesirables. This was a better mix and was more upscale than I noted on previous cruises on the Sensation. All in all, we met many wonderful and friendly people and never had an issue striking up meaningful conversation. Entertainment: This was a category that seemed to have slipped, in my opinion. In fairness, we only saw part of one stage presentation. The set design seemed innovative and the performers were talented, but it just didn’t “grab” us. The one comedian we saw was racist and offensive. I’m bi-racial and my wife is Northern European (and looks it, blond/blue/fair). I think we have a pretty well developed sense of humor regarding ethnicity and comedy in general. The crowd at the show was diverse and we all seemed equally offended. The piano bar was fun and the player/singer was a great showman. He couldn’t sing, however, which made it difficult to sing along. Bar Staff: I was impressed with how attentive the bar staff was and how hard they worked. We had the Cheers! Package, and tipped on top of that, so perhaps that was why. Everyone remembered our names. That caused us to spend too much time at the bars, probably, which we regretted disembarkation morning. Newer Venues: The Red Frog Pub is the coolest thing I have ever seen on a cruise ship. It was a blast. The service was great and the “Pub Grub” was tasty and a deal at the $3 upcharge. I had conch salad and conch fritters. Both were great. They also have numerous draft beers, including Carnival’s new signature ale. We loved this place and returned many times. The Tasting Bar was new to us as well. Samples of various dishes were provided. Each night they came from a different onboard dining venue. Also located on Deck Five was a salad bar where salads were custom mixed to individual preferences. I loved it. The Tandor on the Lido serves Indian cuisine. I didn’t try it, but fellow travelers seemed to like it. On our deck we also had mini-golf, a ropes course, and a basketball court. Movies under the Stars was fun. The movies aren’t first run (we watched The Hunger Games), but it was a great setting and very enjoyable. All were well attended. Guy’s Burger Joint, the Blue Iguana taco/burrito bar, and the Mongolian Wok were all great. I’m going on a diet. This almost new generation of Carnival ships was clearly designed to serve more passengers with fewer staff. This seems to be a trend in the industry. While some service discrepancies will be noted vis a vie previous Carnival cruises, they didn’t lessen our enjoyment of the trip. The only truly annoying issue was room service. While 24-hour room service is advertised, trying to get it is problematic. The first night I waited on hold for 10 minutes then opted to go pick up pizza on the back deck. The next time I waited 15 minutes, became frustrated, and called Guest Services. Guest services hung up on me. This made me mad, so I went downstairs to Guest Services, went to the Platinum/Diamond line and complained. They were able to get through to room service quickly and our order arrived 20 minutes later. I thought that was too much effort. Port of Call: Nassau is Nassau. I’ve been too many times to get much out of it. Our souvenirs consisted of cologne and a corkscrew. We did stop for a drink also. Nothing to comment about occurred. Disembarkation: This was pretty seamless. It did annoy me that we received an unsolicited wake up call followed by a hang up at 7:15. My alarm was set for 7:30. We had breakfast and departed around 9:30. Given the huge stacks of luggage, I’m guessing that most of the ship had not been disembarked. Again, we’re Platinum, so pretty much leave when we feel like it. Transition through customs was quick and painless, as was our departure from parking. In a nutshell, this was a great quick getaway for us and we met many lovely people. I would definitely sail on this ship again if the price is right. It wasn’t this time. I think that given our options in Central Florida, assuming the accommodation were at the same rate, I would opt for Royal Caribbean. Even though the RCCL cabins are smaller, the service seems better. Understand that my wife and I are in our 50’s and we may be nearing the end of our appreciation for the weekend party cruises. That being said, I departed happy with a hangover. We spent two days at the beach recovering from our consumption. All in all, a very happy time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my 6th, 7 Day cruise and it was very good. The food, in both the Main Dining Room and throughout the ship was way better than expected. The staff was fantastic, comedy club was funny and the ports were great. Dolphin ... Read More
This was my 6th, 7 Day cruise and it was very good. The food, in both the Main Dining Room and throughout the ship was way better than expected. The staff was fantastic, comedy club was funny and the ports were great. Dolphin "Swim" (not encounter) in Freeport is highly recommended. I also purchased an airport transfer from Hobby (Houston) airport - very easy transition and was one of the first on board - was able to skip the line since I came in with the ship transfer. That being said, here is why I gave 4/5 stars. 1. Too many crew in the Gym. If the weights/cardio machines are packed that's fine, but packed with Crew, that is not what I paid $900/person for. 2. Below average entertainment. The Cruise Director was my least favorite on any ship I was on. Outside of the comedy club, very disappointed with the other shows/entertainment. 3. Automatic 15% gratuity on everything! I understand the reason for it, but I had a 20 minute consultation in the SPA and they added the gratuity. Every drink, every spa package, every picture you buy, everything, automatic 15% gratuity. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was only our second cruise, first was an Alaskan cruise on Princess. My husband and I along with our son and daughter in law booked our cruise on the Magic Eversen Bevelle was our cruise director, he's great! Funny, very ... Read More
This was only our second cruise, first was an Alaskan cruise on Princess. My husband and I along with our son and daughter in law booked our cruise on the Magic Eversen Bevelle was our cruise director, he's great! Funny, very involved, just a great director The staff, from our room steward to the folks in the dinning rooms were the best! Hard working, always greeting you with a smile, fast, and professional ! The food, was ok. Nothing over the top great, but not bad. New Years Ebe was great, they really did it up with entertainment everywhere on the ship! We went to Key West, loved it and wish we had more time. Free Port and Nassau Bahamas. Was disappointed in both, we visited Atlantis in Nassau, beautiful, and out tour guide was great. After visiting we took our shuttle back to the pier. There is a little shopping area between where the shuttles and taxis drop you off and the ship. Armen guards or police in what looks like military uniforms walking all over, and people walking up to you asking you if want to buy and pot. Free Port we took a " taxi" to a shopping area, it had beaches, gambling, restaurants and shopping. Cute, nothing great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Background: Wife and I are in our 40's and have cruised on Carnival Ecstasy in 2009. This time we took our 13yo son and 9yo daughter. None of us have issues which require us to need special assistance or dietary restrictions. We ... Read More
Background: Wife and I are in our 40's and have cruised on Carnival Ecstasy in 2009. This time we took our 13yo son and 9yo daughter. None of us have issues which require us to need special assistance or dietary restrictions. We had a cove balcony room. We flew Southwest Airlines from Tulsa to Houston on Saturday. Upon arrival we hired a "Super Shuttle" to drive us to Galveston ($144 for 4 passengers + $30 tip). We stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton. Nice hotel but didn't offer shuttle service to the pier. Embarkation day: 9:00am - Front desk attendant gave us the number for Yellow Cab and we called after breakfast (about 10:00) anticipating a lengthy wait time due to debarking traffic but to our suprise, he was on site within 10 minutes. After our short (10min) cab ride which cost $12, we were at the terminal by 10:15am. We bought FTTF and since the porters were so busy helping departing passengers there was no one there to take our luggage and the guys directing traffic just pointed us to the entrance area so we just rolled our bags along with us. We were the second people to arrive so there was no line at the security checkpoint. They had us put our luggage and backpacks through the X-ray and then pointed us up the ramp to the guest services counter. There we received our Sign and Sail cards then we waited in the staging area. At 11:30, theyou called for wedding parties first, then Diamond and Platinum members, then FTTF card holders. We skipped the pre-cruise photo op and arrived in the main lobby (deck 3). We also skipped the elevators and bounced our luggage down one flight of stairs to deck 2 where the fire doors to the staterooms were closed with a sign saying rooms were being prepared but D/P members could proceed. We thought they wouldn't mind if we just parked our bags and left but our room was already made up so we went ahead and unpacked and settled in. I must add that it was a cool day so no one was up for heading straight to the pool. After unpacking, we went exploring! I didn't make it to the Red Frog Pub first so no free beer for me. We ate lunch on the Lido deck (burgers are DRY and gross hot dogs are great). More exploring till dinner... We splurged and went to the Prime Steakhouse for dinner. Service and presentation of food was outstanding. Food was good. My kids both got the 9oz filet which was WAY better than the 18oz bone in "cowboy rib eye" that was recommended to me by our server. The one thing that bugged me was the servers hand you the wine list and tell you that you can purchase as many bottles you like at 50% off but they don't offer you the free bottle. I kind of felt awkward asking for the complementary bottle and that's when she said it's either the free bottle OR the 50% off deal. my wife doesn't drink wine and I planned on drinking it with my steak dinner and that's it so I opted for the free bottle. Day 2 - Sea day Again let me say it was cool and WINDY! Not cold just long sleeves and shorts type weather. Again no one on the boat was interested in swimming (except for hot tubbing kids) so we did a scavenger hunt I prepared prior to boarding (my list is in another thread on this board for those interested) and trivia. The scavenger hunt was a total hit and took most of the day and then some. This was the first Formal Night and since we dressed up for the steakhouse the night before, we skipped and just ate in the Lido buffet. Food is edible, not memorable. Day 3 - Key West Weather started warming up but still very windy. Our parasailing excursion was cancelled due to windy conditions and the excursion was refunded to our credit card. We found a kiosk just off the ship called Key West Extreme Adventures. This is a family owned business that takes you out on a large pontoon like boat and they chum up lemon sharks that you can observe from the boat as they jump out of the water attacking the bait. Then on the way back we followed bottle nose dolphins. This trip was awesome! You can parasail anywhere but this was unique and exciting. Check them out on TripAdvisor. It was $75 for adults and $35 for kids under 12. I paid cash and he gave me $35 off so $185 for my family of 4. They also provide pop and snacks. Since the excursion only lasted about 2 hours, we spent the rest of the day cruising Duvall St. and the rest of Key West. Back on board we freshened up then went to the main dining room for dinner. We had Your Time Dining so we arrived when we wanted and were seated amongst everyone else. Again, food is decent but not memorable. They do a thing where one appetizer and main course is the type of fare from the port you are in. I love trying "local" so I ordered from this all three port days. Day 4 - Freeport, Bahamas We elected to stay on board at this port. We rode the slides, swam, putt-putt, etc. Without any lines at all. The ropes course was closed due to wind but we found plenty of other things to keep us entertained. We did get off and peruse the few shops/straw market just off the ship then went back aboard after about an hour. After dinner we went to a PGA rated comedy show. Azeem was the comedian and he was funny (kinda low budget Steve Harvey). Day 5 - Nassau, Bahamas It's THANKSGIVING! Not that it matters on the ship. We did the Balmoral private island dolphin encounter and beach day. Upon disembarking, no one was on the pier to tell us where to meet our tour guide. After 30-45min of wondering around the pier (and asking armed military personnel), we found our group of fellow excursionists and we walked about a half mile to the ferry boats which took us to the island. The ferry reminded me of the S.S. Minnow and the man on board who pointed out interesting info during the ride reminded me of the pirate on Capt. Phillips. Once on the island they informed us when the next dolphin encounter would take place so we set up camp on the beach, filled out the waivers, and headed to the staging area. After a quick tutorial on how to interact with the dolphins we donned life jackets and headed to the water where we spent about 20min petting, kissing, watching tricks, feeding, and taking pics with our dolphin and trainer. There were 10 people in our group. You can't take your own pics and the photo CD is an additional $75. We got our CD and headed back to our beach chairs where we played on the beach for the rest of the afternoon. We ate an early dinner from the deli at the back of the ship (best food on the ship in my opinion) and took in a Dive - In movie on the Lido deck. The movies are pretty recent, we saw Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, and you can check out a blanket and get ice cream and/or popcorn while watching. Days 6 and 7 - Sea days The weather FINALLY turned in our favor and we spent both days top side soaking up sun, drinking cocktails/beer, and relaxing while the kids enjoyed the slides, sport court, ropes course, etc. One night we went to the magic show and it was spectacular. This is Las Vegas quality and should not be missed. Day 8 - Debarkation day Having FTTF we assembled in the theater at 7:30 am a developing waited about 30 in then were escorted off the ship to the terminal. Through customs in about 10min and out the door to a line of waiting cabs. Cab ride back to Houston was $106 + tip and took about 40min. Overall we had a blast. Rachmad, our room steward, treated us like family and Pradip, our favorite dinner server/bar server always greeted us even if we weren't in his section. Dr. E was our cruise director and was hilarious. The trivia was fun, the hairy back contest was funny, and we didn't starve (we ate a lot of soft serve ice cream). We can't wait to plan our next one! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We cruised the Magic to Key West, and the Bahamas week of September 13th 2015. Overall great cruise - like the Magic's lay out - it never felt crowed - if you go to dinner or the buffet at pike times than of course you will wait in a ... Read More
We cruised the Magic to Key West, and the Bahamas week of September 13th 2015. Overall great cruise - like the Magic's lay out - it never felt crowed - if you go to dinner or the buffet at pike times than of course you will wait in a line - no way to get around that on any cruise. The Buffet food was ok -- On sea days the Magic had Oceanside BBQ from 12:00 - 2:30 - I got out there right at 12:00 and did not have long to wait - the food was great but go early if you want to eat at noon or wait until around 1:00 or so to miss the crowd. We had dinner twice in the steakhouse very good and we loved the Italian rest Cucina del Capitano - it is always cruise casual and the food and service are worth the $15 pp charge.. Overall had a great cruise and plan to take another Carnival cruise next September from Galveston.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had sailed the Magic before in January, and enjoyed the cruise overall so when friends said they were sailing again, we decided to join them. Unfortunately our experience was not the same as previously. The service levels and food ... Read More
We had sailed the Magic before in January, and enjoyed the cruise overall so when friends said they were sailing again, we decided to join them. Unfortunately our experience was not the same as previously. The service levels and food quaility were inconsistent. First time in our crusing experience that we had a meal that was inedible. But that probably shouldn't have been a surprise, with over 3000 passengers to be taken care of. There were some exceptions of course. The Mongolian Barbeque was excellent, if you didn't mind a 45min wait. Carlos, Katherine and Miladen provided excellent service in the Northern Lights for "your time" dining. Of course, once you experienced it, you never could get back to their tables as everyone requested them. The Tides Aft Bar crew of Ruther, Herando, and Raj in patrticular were outstanding in providing friendly, quality service. The servers in the Comedy Club also remembered who we were and what we drank. WiFi service inadequate, but guest services did quickly refund our purchase. Speaking of the Comedy Club that was our highlight of the trip, seeing three shows every night, all different. Just June was exceptional as how she played with the audience and recognized fellow service veterans. Overall entertainment was okay except for the majic shows, where there were mistakes made, and you could see the "hidden" actions. James, as cruise director, in his campy style is way out there, but so much fun. Plenty of storage room, no ice service, satisfactory cabin crew service. The balcony was unuable the first few days because it was dirty, but once cleaning was allowed in Freeport, we could go out and enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We stayed in 7463(aft facing balcony) and my friends stayed in 7449. We prefer this location so my husband can go get early coffee and I can nap as the ship sails. The weather didn't leave me too many opportunities but we still had ... Read More
We stayed in 7463(aft facing balcony) and my friends stayed in 7449. We prefer this location so my husband can go get early coffee and I can nap as the ship sails. The weather didn't leave me too many opportunities but we still had fun. Got more use out of the Red Frog since we had friends to play dominoes with. Food was fine, love the Italian restaurant at lunch and the Steakhouse on the first night since you get free wine. Wont do that route on purpose again. Really disappointed in the Freeport culinary show but loved the SUB underwater motorcycles. Upset about cleanliness of room and long amount of time for housekeeping to bring requests. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was a family vacation with 8 of us so I realize we are not all going to be happy all the time. I have cruised NCL and RCL the others have never cruised. Embarkation was easy, quick and accommodating, I recommend a passport, do not ... Read More
This was a family vacation with 8 of us so I realize we are not all going to be happy all the time. I have cruised NCL and RCL the others have never cruised. Embarkation was easy, quick and accommodating, I recommend a passport, do not bring your birth certificate if you do not have to in the end on debarkation it just caused problems. To anyone who is considering the "Liquor Program" each person in the cabin over 21 MUST pay for the program even if they do not drink. I understand why they do this but it is a bad set up if one of you is not a drinker. I had cruised some time ago and was very disappointed there are no more midnight buffets. Dining room was highly disappointing, meals were better at the buffet and the wait staff even told us on 2 nights to be prepared for bad service because they were short handed. Food was mediocre at best. Thanksgiving was horrible. I know it is an American holiday but when 90% of your cruisers are American, a slice of turkey on a plate is NOT acceptable. The "entertainment" by the wait staff used to be all sorts of action but now they stand and sing to you, ok still pleasant. There is little to do in the evenings for tweens/teens that do not want to participate in the kids clubs. This cruise line needs to try and get staff to know about other areas of the ship. If you asked staff about locations of events or food and drink if it was not there area they were of little to no help. The spa people kept telling us were had to pay to use the Serenity area, finally day 5 we realized they were wrong and we could use this area. Bartenders were in short supply and fairly rude. Seemed the line was just not prepared, understaffed, public restrooms were not clean and some in disrepair. We signed up for snorkeling in Key West, the weather was so bad, people were ill and the people running the excursion cancelled the other ones for that day and the next, we should have gotten a refund. Key West if you have never been is BEAUTIFUL and I would have been good just staying there. The cruise line never docked in Freeport due to weather, that was disappointing, Nassau is almost not worth getting off the boat for unless you go to Atlantis or just want to spend money at the shops. Over all we were together as a family and enjoyed ourselves, would we go on this line again no, this ship, no cruise again, yes, with teens, no. Our cabin was interior and it was plenty of room of the little time we were really in the cabin. The room steward was terrific he was on top of everything and super nice. The movies at night were nice. Track and gym very nice, laundry expensive, my teens insisted on washing their favorite items; irons are at a premium on dress night so use them early.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Been cruising with Carnival since 2003 and over the past few years I watched Carnival hit the skids, but still kept my faith that this cruise line would get it right and they did. So my fifth cruise gets a big WTG Carnival! I was very ... Read More
Been cruising with Carnival since 2003 and over the past few years I watched Carnival hit the skids, but still kept my faith that this cruise line would get it right and they did. So my fifth cruise gets a big WTG Carnival! I was very impressed with the Magic. Embarkation? No big deal. Spent a lovely morning, early afternoon strolling the ocean boardwalk, ate lunch at Bubba Gumps of Galveston, and walked on the ship at 3pm. And every one of the embarkation staff had a nice smile, friendly attitude, very accommodating We had a spa room with a balcony. Our room steward, Agus, was very congenial, friendly, and treated us with utmost respect. We never had a need in our room for anything. We had fresh ice, clean towels, clean, clean, clean everything AND endearing towel creatures on our bed every night, we felt so pampered and spoiled. And our bed was super comfortable as well. We spent a lot of time on our balcony, reading and relaxing. We could still slightly hear the thumping of the music on the Lido deck, calling us to join them, a reminder of being on a totally entertainment-galore cruise liner; alas, there is a lot of activity to go to if boredom takes over. Our spa room was literally footsteps from the gym door (for us workout fans), one floor below the spa with the Thalassotherapy pool and fancy sauna rooms, and two floors down from the beloved "Adults Only" Serenity Deck, absolutely No Children (don't get me wrong, I love children, raised three myself, but we didn't vacation on cruises.) so I totally loved the Serenity Deck. I'm used to Carnival food, I like it. Carnival has changed their buffet protocol...hand sanitation stations at every plate/flatware distribution area; Carnival employees serving food in the buffet lines; constant employee monitoring of food stations; constant employee cleaning of food stations, tables, and surrounding floors. I was very impressed at the close attention that Carnival pays to these areas which I did not remember in my prior cruises. We ate "Your Time" dining. We dressed according to cruise dining code every night. I noticed more guests than not were dressed in compliance with the nightly cruise dining code and I believe guests are becoming a little more serious about dining room etiquette. We never ate something we didn't like. And every employee who served us was nice, friendly, congenial, helpful, and some were downright funny! Didn't go to any stage shows, didn't go gambling, didn't go dancing, but I loved the outdoor movie big screen where we watched two movies on two separate nights. Imagine cruising (water to your right, or left), looking up at the stars, and watching a movie all at the same time, living large. Since I am now a Gold VIFP member, we got to go to the VIFP member appreciation party. We danced and drank and ate hors devours and the captain was there for a little bit with some of his crew, it was so much fun and went by fast. I'm looking forward to doing that again. I took three excursions. I think Carnival's blog is the best place to read individual experience on excursions, so I won't blab about that. We got off the ship quickly, but I don't want to share that secret; it took being a five-time cruiser to find out a "best kept" secret. I'm sharing this because not all debarkations are nightmares. The last thing I want to say is I am very impressed with the overall customer service of Carnival and the cleanliness of the Carnival Magic. Carnival has their guests best interests at heart and the Magic reflects that. At one point, I actually thought Carnival had employees assigned to approach bewildered guests with a "How Can I Help You?" because this happened to me half-a-dozen times when I couldn't find something in the buffet, or in the public areas, or looked lost, or bewildered. Our time on the Magic was totally worth every penny we spent for our dream vacation. I highly recommend the Carnival Magic!   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Here are some of the good and some of the bad from this carnival cruise, it was fun, how can it not be, but it did not meet expectations. This is not my first cruise, but my first with Carnival. I will have to do some hard thinking before ... Read More
Here are some of the good and some of the bad from this carnival cruise, it was fun, how can it not be, but it did not meet expectations. This is not my first cruise, but my first with Carnival. I will have to do some hard thinking before I decided I want to give carnival another chance. If I were going to sum up the difference between Carnival and other lines (I have sailed Princess and Royal Caribbean) I would say Carnival is very Las Vegas like while the others are more like an upscale resort. The food and entertainment were decent but not the same level of quality as the other lines. There was also less choices in activities. Room: The interior room is plenty big for two people, which is mentioned when reviewing cruise lines that Carnival has some of the largest interior rooms. The beds were comfortable, and I don’t say that often about hotel beds. The steward was wonderful, although he did not introduce himself to us the first day as has been the habit in past cruises , the room was always stocked, cleaned, and had good turn down service (the towel animals were cute). I left a note requesting two extra blankets and they were there when we came back to the cabin later that day. (I believe his names was spelled Somak) Dining: Originally we were assigned the dining room that also shares with the "anytime" seating. We were sat at a table by ourselves and the service was only adequate. I wanted my daughter to have the traditional cruise dining experience so I requested we be moved to the other dining room for the remainder of the week. We were given a new assignment without any problems. We sat with two other traveling groups. The three waiters in Southern Lights; Ivan, Gabriel, and Wayan knew our names, how we liked our beef cooked, and were able to make suggestions before the week was up. The service in the dining room was excellent and we were treated very well. Club O2: There were a few minor issues with the Club O2 - the high school group did not actually hold the activities they listed on the program each day. The kids just sat around and "hung out" and when the counselors weren't in there several of the kids had the electronic cigarettes out. My daughter is allergic so she and some of the other kids left each day when that happened. I had placed a call to Carnival prior to sailing to ask three questions. One of them was about putting my daughter in the O2 club as opposed the Circle C club - even though she is 14 she is in high school and I knew she would have more fun with the high school group as opposed to the middle school group. I was told it would not be a problem; I would just simply have to register her on board instead of online. The first night, we went to the meeting and I filled the paperwork out for the O2 group. We took it to the club room and the counselor working there told me she would not be allowed to participate. I informed him that I had been assured otherwise by Carnival and he reluctantly agreed after making a rude comment, "well, she better be able to gel with the other kids." This did not set the tone well for the beginning of a hard earned vacation. OBC: Another of the three questions I had asked was what the on-board credit was able to be used for. I was told it would simply come off the top of the bill at the end of the week. I clarified that meant for the soda package, gratuities, shore excursions, whatever and was assured it was usable for anything. I booked one excursion in Nassau for the pirate adventure through the desk, we weren't sure we wanted to do any of the others so I did not book them, although we did end up using the Conch train in Key West (had I known at the time about what I am about to tell you I would have booked it through the desk). I checked my bill later that day and the 109.00 for the Nassau booking was deducted as on-board credit, but the other fifty was not listed. I asked at Guest Services and was told the credit was only good for shore excursions. I spent several minutes with them trying to determine why that was not the same information I had received from the carnival line when I called a few weeks ago, but they insisted that was what was publicized all along. In order to use the funds we went ahead and booked an excursion in Freeport, that excursion was cancelled due to weather (no one's fault) the guest service representative informed me she was very sorry, but unless I just wanted to give the money back I would have to book a different, more expensive, excursion in Nassau. I did – but I didn’t get to see what I really wanted to see. Casino: Another issue was in the casino. I played several times on three machines. At 1:53 a.m. the night before we ported in Freeport there was a charge from the casino on my bill. I went to the casino desk to inquire about this charge because I was asleep in my cabin as we had an early morning the next day. They left me standing there for about 45 minutes only to come back and say there was nothing they could do as they were legitimate charges and I must have loaned my card to someone. There were only two people in my party, my 14 year old daughter and myself. Not only would my daughter not even go in the casino, she thinks they are loud and stinky, no one would have let a 14 year old girl sit there long enough to do that. Therefore I know it was not another member of my party as they continued to insist. As I stated it was fun, all cruises are, but the customer service left much to be desired. Once Carnival could stay ahead of the others on price but that doesn’t seem to be the case now that more lines sail from the Texas ports. My recommendation for anyone planning to sail with Carnival is to ensure you have in writing any agreements made prior to sailing.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
As an experienced cruiser with probably 40 plus different cruise experiences I was disappointed in the Magic. I had not been back on a Carnival ship for almost Five years because I was very disappointed in that cruise compared to what was ... Read More
As an experienced cruiser with probably 40 plus different cruise experiences I was disappointed in the Magic. I had not been back on a Carnival ship for almost Five years because I was very disappointed in that cruise compared to what was being offered on RCL / NCL / Princess. I was lured back because of a basically free cruise offer. I totally got my money worth out of the cruise. I felt everything about the cruise had its good and bad parts. With a little effort this cruise could of rated with my best ever. Problem was it always fell short because of what I consider poor management. On the plus side there was: 1) Ship - One of the most beautiful ships I have ever been on. Problem was they did not utilize their facilities properly. Main show room was rarely utilized but smaller venues (particularly comedy clubs) were too small. Tried to go to several of these and found that unless you showed up a hour in advance it was impossible to get in. Suggested to staff that they could of held these in main showroom as it wasn't occupied and was told they could not due this due to drink waiters not being available. 2) Entertainment staff on most part was excellent. Never saw the staff work so hard. Problem was other than the Green Frog People and comedy people the hired featured acts were terrible. Never saw anyone at the piano bar center court or even main court as the country group was so poor. Both the Magic show and juggler specialty shows were among the worst I have ever seen. It was so bad and the crowd so small at the Juggler show that he turned to insulting people as they left. This was the best part of his show. 3) Food - thought the Breakfast and lunch were great really. Liked the Brunch, BBQ, Indian food, sandwich / fifth deck food. Main lunch line was terrible as it was over crowded and of poor quality. Dinner buffet was even worse. Lines were always closed just when large crowds formed. Dinners were of considerably lower quality than any other cruise line I have ever sailed (they made even NCL food look good). Ate at both the Italian specialty restaurant and Red Frog felt they were well worth the additional expense. Felt like the dining room schedule was set up for the servers to get their rest and not for us the customer. Probably will not take another carnival cruise again unless they want to give me another free one. Will stay with RCL / princess as their food is far superior and entertainment is almost as good.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I have been on several cruises- so decided to book a cruise for my Mom's 75th birthday and a sisters 50th birthday. There were 13 members of the family, most had not cruised before and saved for a year to take this cruise with my Mom. ... Read More
I have been on several cruises- so decided to book a cruise for my Mom's 75th birthday and a sisters 50th birthday. There were 13 members of the family, most had not cruised before and saved for a year to take this cruise with my Mom. Two of those members were in wheelchairs. What a disappointment! Once we were onboard, the elevators were few and far between because the crew was getting luggage to the cabins. I have not been on a ship that did this as people were trying to make their way to cabins and something to eat and drink. One might think having a BIG screen pool side would be a terrific idea! Think again! Trying to have a conversation with anyone other than yourself was impossible. The Big screen was so loud ALL DAY you could not sit and have a conversation. If I wanted to WATCH TV I'd stayed at home! Not to mention old sitcoms re-runs of re-runs ALL DAY and oh, did I mention how LOUD it was? Yes- a MOVIE in the evening was nice- but LOUD TV ALL DAY was not. The coffee machines in the buffet dining were constantly broken. Had to go to the far back of the ship to get coffee several times. One or another of the coffee machines down EVERY morning-not a good thing. They should get new ones instead of trying to baby them along cruise after cruise. Pool side women's restroom had bare wires sticking out of the wall where a hand dryer was. Were these hot wires? They were not capped or even taped. The staff was very accommodating with furnishing a room for our Birthday parties. We brought our own decorations (but you can purchase Carnivals) we purchased a cake from the Sweet Shop (very good)and the room was furnished with ice water, cups, plates and silverware. This was the first time that I had a cove cabin. I must say I liked it. Closer to the water and when it rained we were protected overhead. Plenty of storage There wasn't a day that we had ice in the ice bucket in our cabin. We had to track someone down each time we needed ice. The dining room staff was excellent and enjoyed the food! The night before disembarking- the same scenario with the elevators, few and far between as the crew was moving luggage. UGH! Because of the fog on our return to Galveston, we were held at sea for approx. two hours longer, but disembarking was as smooth as it could be under the circumstances.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This was our second sail on the Magic and one of many on Carnival, as well as other lines. We had a group of 15 with cabins scattered throughout the ship. For the first time we booked a spa suite on Deck 11 and are now spoiled. Loved the ... Read More
This was our second sail on the Magic and one of many on Carnival, as well as other lines. We had a group of 15 with cabins scattered throughout the ship. For the first time we booked a spa suite on Deck 11 and are now spoiled. Loved the separate vanity area and the spa tub. We had a couple of wine tastings and there was room for all 15 . One perk of a suite is priority boarding which still worked out okay despite a departure delay due to some drill the crew was engaged in. Our room was ready when we boarded,and room steward was great. Though it's a huge ship, I have always managed to find neat little nooks and crannies to relax without a crowd.. Carnival food is sometimes much maligned, but I have always enjoyed it and never had complaints about the food being cold. I LOVE their pizza. They have tweaked the recipe some and I ate a couple of pieces every day, without fail. Perhaps my palate is not as sophisticated as other cruisers and therefore I am not burdened by bouts of dissatisfaction..Thus my dining experience, especially in the dining room , was excellent. My husband took advantage of the deli sandwiches at lunch.. We have been to all the ports several times previously so don't do excursions, but have a blast at the Margaritavilles and Senor Frogs along the way, despite our advanced years. I saw some online references to a fire on our Jan. 12 cruise. It occurred in Cabin 11240 and got everyone's attention. Some electrical wiring got hot and apparently smoldered. Smoke poured out into the hallway and into the cabin above on Deck 12. Don't know if there was any actual flame. The crew acted quickly, using some kind of foam. I didn't know you could fit that many crew members in a hallway. I was glad to see the quick response. The smell was acrid, you could tell it was electrical. Hats off to the crew. Enjoyed the comedy shows, you can choose family rated or more risque shows at a later time. Debarkation seemed a little crazy at first. I think due to our having to wait about an hour for the Galveston fog to lift and to people who don't or won't follow directions. We got off quickly and had no trouble finding a porter right away. A shuttle bus from Lighthouse Parking was waiting. We always use them because their service and friendliness is top notch. On the last night of the cruise a Coast Guard helicopter had to come in to pick up an ill individual. I didn't realize the Magic has no heliport. The patient was hoisted into the chopper. Hope they are doing well. . Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We went with some cruise virgins and while they were skeptical they would be bored, after two days they were hooked. Compared to some other ships this one is crowded so there are lines (10-20 min) for the anytime dining but not so much for ... Read More
We went with some cruise virgins and while they were skeptical they would be bored, after two days they were hooked. Compared to some other ships this one is crowded so there are lines (10-20 min) for the anytime dining but not so much for assigned seating. A nice feature of this ship is that the 5th deck wraps completely around the ship allowing for walking without interruption or steps. We did not visit the gym since we could fast walk around the deck instead of pacing on the treadmill. We last cruised the Miracle and the deserts and food were significantly better on the Magic. The decor is clean and modern so don't expect a lot of flash and nautical themes, however the Red Frog Pub turned out to be a favorite of ours as we were playing card games and some of the tables are set up for checkers, dominoes and cards. jThis ship has many hot tubs so enjoy! The comedy entertainment was good, essentially no magic shows and the two main shows we went to were uneven in quality. While we were on this cruise we heard that a cabin caught on fire, a crew member was taken off for a deep cut in the galley and one passenger had to be helicoptered to Galveston for a medical emergency. The only flaw with the ship design is that the Vibe lounge plays very,very loud music and that music goes on until 2:30 am. The lounge is between decks 6 and 4, if you want to sleep, avoid a room near this lounge. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We were very excited to sail on the Carnival Magic but came back somewhat disappointed. First of all our balcony cabin was 9309. We thought mid-ship, near the top was a great location. While the location was great, we didn't think ... Read More
We were very excited to sail on the Carnival Magic but came back somewhat disappointed. First of all our balcony cabin was 9309. We thought mid-ship, near the top was a great location. While the location was great, we didn't think about the Lido Deck above. We were near the end of the pool area and all night we heard what I first thought was thunder, but there weren't any clouds. The noise was furniture being moved and I guess carts being rolled back and forth across the floor. On the last two nights returning to port, the water was quite choppy with swells. The fist night of rough water created a lot of rocking and rolling but the last night was terrible. We returned to port at midnight rather than 6 am due to 2 passenger emergencies, which was not a problem, but the extra speed in the rough water made for an uncomfortable night, not to mention the squeek in the wall everytime we hit a wave. The walls were certainly not soundproof. Our neighbors had a terrible argument on the last night and we could hear and understand every word that they said. The food, nor the selection, was not as good as we have had on previous cruises. Our preference was not to go to the dining room so I don't know what the food was like in there but the buffet was very limited. The same salads every night with 3-4 entree selections and only one buffet line open. I have finally met a pizza I didn't like. Actually, the food was just boring. The ship was decorated with Christmas trees and garland but honestly I was disappointed with the decorations. What was there was nice but I expected "Grand" for the holidays. The casino was very tiny and the smoke was terrible. Most of the slot machines very old, but, I will say I brought back more than I spent. We probably won't be taking any cruises in the very near future but when we do, we probably won't sail on Carnival unless the price is just rediciously low. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We used Galveston Parking around the block from the ship. Driver dropped us off with luggage and then parked. Purchased F2F and would do it again! Well worth the $50. Couldn't make it to the port until almost 2 pm. Ushered into the ... Read More
We used Galveston Parking around the block from the ship. Driver dropped us off with luggage and then parked. Purchased F2F and would do it again! Well worth the $50. Couldn't make it to the port until almost 2 pm. Ushered into the VIP line and onto the ship within 30 minutes. Luggage arrived within an hour. We had a spa cabin on deck 11. Loved it and enjoyed the use of Thalassatherapy pool, heated tile loungers, dry sauna, wet sauna and cooling room that comes with reserving a spa cabin. We used it every day. As always the crew and staff are great, the food not so much. I have sailed Carnival several times, so I know what isn't usually good on the main dining menu. Stick with the beef selections. Some fish was okay. The Chateaubriand was excellent, the surf and turf good, prime rib was good, braised beef ribs good. Talapia was okay. We ate once at the Steakhouse and it is good but not as good as NCL steakhouse. Chocolate dessert was wonderful. The best dessert on ship is the Chocolate Cake at the afternoon Tea. It might be the same one you get with room service. We were so full we didn't even order room service. The Lido buffet leaves a lot to be desired. A hamburger or hot dog are fine but their other dishes are tasteless. We ate one afternoon at the taste bar by the casino and had a good chicken salad sandwich and soup. As usual the WCMC was great, so was the Souffle. Missed the Bread Pudding while at the Steakhouse but it is usually awesome. The ship looked great. The first night out of Galveston was rocky and we heard the stabilizers all night. It went like this.......rock, rock, rock, rock, rock, shudder, rock, rock rock, rock, rock, shudder. Everyone we spoke to got little sleep. The rest of the trip was uneventful at night. We docked in Key West and rented an electric car for 6 and ran all over the island for 4 hours. Would do this again. It was fun. Had a great lunch at Mangoes. Upon return to ship, we discovered Carnival had cancelled the Bahamas due to a cold front making rough sailing so we went to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We have been here many times and GC is my least favorite port next to Jamaica. All we did was shop in GC. In Cozumel, it was still somewhat overcast so we caught a cab to downtown and ate lunch and shopped again. We didn't really choose this cruise for the itinerary although we wanted to see Key West. We just enjoyed the ship and relaxing. We saw one show I believe on the second night in main theatre. We loved the band Respectives that played nightly in the Ocean Plaza. They sounded great and had many dancers nightly. Did not care for the Jazz singer there one night. The band was okay but she was like listening to a screaming cat. Our room steward was Melinda from Romania and she was wonderful. She met our every need, putting our mattress pad on the bed first night and kept our room in tip top shape. Our head waiter was Edi and he was a hit with our whole table. They always called us by name and remembered what we liked so every night they made our dinner enjoyable, not to mention Edi can really dance! We were late coming back to port on Sunday due to fog, so we didn't debark until 8:30 but we were on the road by 9 am. Not sure I will stay with Carnival. The best thing they have going is the cost is lower but you don't get great food. No other complaints where Carnival is concerned except called Guest services the night before we made port to say we had an extra charge from the Red Frog Pub that was not ours. They said it would be removed but it wasn't. Will take it up with corporate. Have fun wherever you are going on the Magic. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
We left Galveston, Sunday, 10-13-13 for Key West, Freeport and Nassau. The service was great. The person kept our room very nice and clean through out the week. It was like on the second day I requested ice. From that day own, I had a ... Read More
We left Galveston, Sunday, 10-13-13 for Key West, Freeport and Nassau. The service was great. The person kept our room very nice and clean through out the week. It was like on the second day I requested ice. From that day own, I had a fresh bucket of ice twice a day. The service was great. We only are in the dining room 3 nights, as we are not the dress up type people. We had anytime dining, as we usually went around 6:00 p.m. Very little waiting for a table. We had three different waiters the three nights. They were very professional and did a very god job, other than a little language barrier. But being a Texan, I am as much as they were. We ate breakfast three mornings in the dinning room. If you take a cruise, try and eat as often as you can in the dinning rooms, rather than the 11th floor anytime feeding. I would give a A rating, but the 11th floor anytime eating, an F. Yes that much different. Part of the problem, I blame on the guest. Some very rude and pushy. Found some to be very rude. Always trying to over crowd the elevators and cutting in food line. But I have seen the same thing in Vegas, so go figure. Plenty of activities for every age group. This being my 9th cruise, I did more relaxing in my room or my balcony. The price of the balcony is well worth the money. We had a cove balcony on deck two. Not too close to the water line, but did get a little mist from time to time. I found our balcony to be more private the the balconies on the 6th decks and above. Pack in such a way you can handle yourselves. We took our own bags and was out in no time. We left our room about 7:30 a.m., and was on I 45 going north to get home by 8 a.m. Everything on this cruise was great but the 11th floor buffets. Oh. I did visit the Deli for a ham and cheese sandwitch from time to time. We did see a couple of other Carnivals Ships in port. I would say The Victory was the best looking ship in ports. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
First let me say, we were on the ship in less than a hour. I carried on clothes for dinner at the steakhouse, thinking that our clothes would be late getting to us. We'll I was totally wrong!! If you had not tried the prime ... Read More
First let me say, we were on the ship in less than a hour. I carried on clothes for dinner at the steakhouse, thinking that our clothes would be late getting to us. We'll I was totally wrong!! If you had not tried the prime steakhouse on the magic, you're missing out on a treat. The food is to die for:) I know some don't like to pay for a specialty resturant, BUT that is your choice, AND this is our choice. There is also a food tasting here , wine tasting also! The weather was great the whole trip, thank God for that. Key west was nice we did the trolley tour. Nassau, we went to Atlantis Freeport, we went to Lacaya Beach, we'll I think that is the name. I really wish we would have stuck with the plan of Junkanoo beach, the reviews was so much better. We did try some local beer and food. Conch fritters are the best. Getting off we choose not to do the self dearkation, which was a wise choice! We enjoyed breakfast one more time in the mdr. French toast my favorite. Such relaxing, than tugging all that luggage off. We still made it back home before 5pm. We drove. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was the 2nd time on the Magic in 12 months. My wife and I and two close friends drove from San Antonio, Tx thru a pouring rain storm. It's been so long since we've seen rain we forgot how to work the wind shield wipers ... Read More
This was the 2nd time on the Magic in 12 months. My wife and I and two close friends drove from San Antonio, Tx thru a pouring rain storm. It's been so long since we've seen rain we forgot how to work the wind shield wipers (true). Half an hour out of Galveston the sky cleared up and we embarked without getting wet. Once we we're ID'd as Platinum we we're walked thru the whole process and on the ship in less than 10 min. Rooms would be ready in 7 min. So we went to the Lido deck for a light lunch. Plenty of tables and no long lines at the buffet. We have found the Deli at the back of the Lido to be our favorite place for lunch. Our cabin was on deck 6 at the very front(bow). It's classified as an inside with an obstructed view. It overlooks the observation deck. It was nice to have the window but we'll never pick a cabin this far forward. Thank goodness this was the smoothest cruise we've ever been on. The few times we hit rough water you could really feel and hear it. Lesson learned! We always take the early dining. Our wait staff was excellent. Wish I could say the same about the food. Not one memorable over 7 days. I had sea food 4 nights out of 7. The fish was dry, over cooked and lacked any taste. The soups on the other hand we're excellent. The entertainment was the same shows we saw 12 months ago so we skipped them. The welcome back party for gold, platinum and diamond members was the best ever. They had so many wait-staff serving free drinks( all kinds) and finger foods that they we're running into each other. Debarkation was the fastest ever. We in our car and driving back to SA by 7:30AM. This cruise we do in Oct. with our friends is our " chill-out and relax" cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We arrived at Galveston about 1 hour prior to boarding time and found the lines to check in were realtively short. They commenced boarding quickly and we were on the boat within 1 hr. The boat is beautiful - lots of areas to sit in and ... Read More
We arrived at Galveston about 1 hour prior to boarding time and found the lines to check in were realtively short. They commenced boarding quickly and we were on the boat within 1 hr. The boat is beautiful - lots of areas to sit in and the waterpark area was good for our 4 year old. The small racer slides say they can accommodate up to 350lbs but the employees who were watching the areas wouldn't let adults on it. Carnival need to change the sign if this is the case. We used the spa and they have a special men's grooming area to get a wet shave. Prices were a little high, but that is normal. The kids club was not operational the first day other than to register. After that it was open as usual and our son had lots of fun. The check-in area is a bit chaotic - there is a nice desk there which is hardly used. They should really try to find a way to make it less crowded for everyone's safety. Meals were OK - menu has not changed in a few years and was exactly the same as every other boat. I hear carnival are rolling out new menus which is good. Line for burgers was always busy - the tandoori place was empty and awesome. Almost all passengers were from Texas or the surrounding states. We found them very friendly and everyone seemed to be having a good time. The casino was crowded most days and the use of the mid ship lounge for quiz's didn't really work as it was a major throughfair and loud. The Red Frog pub was a great addition and the staff were awesome. Entertainment in the main theatre was not up to usual standards and carnival really has to get rid of the guest karaoke show on the last night and leave it to the professionals. I would highly recommend this cruise for families. Cove balcont was the best! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Carnival Magic Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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