1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our third cruise, second time on Carnival. I was looking for a bigger ship. Although this was bigger than the Pride, it was not like our Royal cruise a few years ago. Biggest complaint, which I will put down as still learning ... Read More
This was our third cruise, second time on Carnival. I was looking for a bigger ship. Although this was bigger than the Pride, it was not like our Royal cruise a few years ago. Biggest complaint, which I will put down as still learning cruising, was the excursions. One in Belize had to be canceled after we finally all got together, as we would not have had enough time to complete the trip before the ship sailed. We had scheduled the trip with Vacation2go. I did not realize that Carnival "Owned" the ports and only Carnival sponsored excursions were allowed in the port area. We had to walk through the port, take a taxi, get picked up by a van and taken to an assembly area to meet up with the rest of the group.We were on time but when we were all assembled the tour was running late. Our other issue was with dinning. I am now handicapped. Our room was 3 from the bow and our dinning was at the stern (literally). I did not take the electric scooter or have a wheel chair so the long walk really got to me. I am also per-diabetic and have issues eating too late. After working with the staff, we were moved to another dining room and earlier seating. We had requested to be seated with others, but ended up at a table for two. Even with these issues, we will cruise again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Yearly family vacation, and this year we chose a cruise. Everything from the entertainment staff all the way down to our state room was great! We took an Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise, and all ports of call were incredible. We visited ... Read More
Yearly family vacation, and this year we chose a cruise. Everything from the entertainment staff all the way down to our state room was great! We took an Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise, and all ports of call were incredible. We visited Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. In Amber Cove, we spent our time at a few shops and at the pool that is right off the ship once you walk down the pier. In St. Thomas we took an awesome snorkeling excursion to Christmas Cove. Our snorkel guide Jodi was so knowledgeable about the particular reef and sea life we encountered. Captain Jay and Cory were very friendly and knowledgeable as well. In San Juan, we toured the city a little by foot. This port of call was a little more difficult to navigate if you didn’t understand the port map you were given, because you had to walk or taxi away from the port to really find shopping. We will definitely add an excursion for this port of call next time. Lastly, we went to Jack’s Shack in Hrand Turk. About a 15 min walk down the beach from the ship, or a $4 per person taxi ride. Water was beautiful, and playing with all the island dogs made it that much better. Beach chairs are free here, and umbrellas were $10 for the duration of your stay (worth if in our opinion, because the sun was out in full force the day we were there). On our way back to the ship, we stopped at the pool at Margaritaville and also did a little shopping! Would love to cruise this same itinerary again someday!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Everything was outstanding. We have been on several cruises and this by far was the best one. Cookie was amazing and we will definitely go on another one with him as cruise director. He made everyone laugh and enjoy their vacation. We were ... Read More
Everything was outstanding. We have been on several cruises and this by far was the best one. Cookie was amazing and we will definitely go on another one with him as cruise director. He made everyone laugh and enjoy their vacation. We were even able to talk about education. He also talked to the kids and encouraged them. Service was amazing especially in Northern Lights with Thadeo as our server. The entertainment was good, the shows were good. Our favorite was Lip Sync Battle. It was hilarious and family friendly. The ship was nice and clean. The workers were really nice and they made everything so fun. The cabin was nice and our steward was great. His name was Jorge and he was funny. The ports were amazing. We had 2 shore excursions and we enjoyed each and every one of them. We will definitely recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We choose this cruise to spend time with our kids and grandkids and we had a great time with them. But the poor staff seemed very overworked. Our dinners usually took at least two hours and most of that was waiting for the next course. We ... Read More
We choose this cruise to spend time with our kids and grandkids and we had a great time with them. But the poor staff seemed very overworked. Our dinners usually took at least two hours and most of that was waiting for the next course. We had many missing dishes and we just gave up asking for them. Our steward only needed to do our room once a day but even then usually forgot something. We loved being on the sea and the comedians were funny but I am not sure I would do Carnival again. The ports were western Caribbean and the weather was pleasant for all 4. We did Salsa and Salsa in Cozumel and had a marvelous time. We made 6 salsas and each was delicious. We went ashore in Belize and shopped and tried some native fruit. In Roatan we had a beach day and the kids loved it even when it rained. Costa Maya port had some great entertainment that we enjoyed. We loved watching the passengers getting back on board at each port from our nice dry cove balcony. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Wanted to go on a western Caribbean cruise. These ports looked interesting. Loved our cabin, but one minor hiccup. We were directly under the weight machines and treadmills. So at 6 am like clockwork, would get woken up to pounding ... Read More
Wanted to go on a western Caribbean cruise. These ports looked interesting. Loved our cabin, but one minor hiccup. We were directly under the weight machines and treadmills. So at 6 am like clockwork, would get woken up to pounding from these machines. Elegant night at MDR sucked. I got the chicken. It was rubbery and crunchy. Two things a chicken shouldn’t ever be. I sent it back and got the pork chop. Was much, much better. Second time (day 3 of cruise) we went to MDR, got the chicken (thinking they had a really bad night the first time), nope same thing. I let Carnival’s brand ambassador know and the next night, suddenly everyone “cared” about what we ate, Yada Yada Yada. The entertainment, I felt wasn’t worth going to partake in. All except the Christmas Caroling with Santa visit. Still it seemed very abridged and not well thought out. It was at the Magic’s atrium, very cramped and crowded. I mainly went up to Mongolian Wok for lunch most days as Guys Burger was nothing to rave about, and my hubby agreed with me on this. I loved her interior, but got really annoyed with many heathy, young kids and parents taking up room in the elevators, and instead of letting those with scooters/wheelchairs/mobility aides get on in their place, oftentimes they would push in front of those same people and NOT EVEN LOOK GUILTY DOING THIS EITHER!!!! Embarkation was a breeze! However, the debarkation was a joke! No order, just chaos. Dr. E wasn’t announcing the deck numbers for those who had zones, so we just got off the ship when we wanted to. Like I said; chaos! We walked around the ports of Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Roatan. I was a little upset that they didn’t have handicap accessible tenders for Belize. You would think if they have them in Half Moon Cay, why not at Belize? And I wanted to see it, but couldn’t because of this. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We had been to Bahamas twice and chose eastern Caribbean to do something different. The carnival magic was an excellent choice. From the entertainment, to the restraints, to the clubs ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We had been to Bahamas twice and chose eastern Caribbean to do something different. The carnival magic was an excellent choice. From the entertainment, to the restraints, to the clubs and bars, it did not disappoint! Cabin 2437 was our room. It was under the kitchen area for the southern lights dinning room. There was some noise around the clock but easily drowned out by the portable fan we took on board.Loved the seclusion of the cove balcony and being right above the water. The staff was all extremely nice and pleasant! We had the late dinner so missed a lot of events that happened during those nights we went to the dinning room. Dr E was great. His wittiness and humor was awesome. I really enjoyed the hasbro board game show and the love and marriage show was hilarious. Had concerns about 3000 people on a ship and crowds but that turned out to be not too bad. The longest line I encountered was only at the Bar-b-que restraint due to being open only on sea days! I was surprised to see it open on the day we were at the Turks! No one else knew it and there was no line that day when I went to get food. The casino was fun as well. The smoking did not bother me that much and I am a non smoker. I loved Turks and st Thomas the best but the other two ports were nice. FYI the unlimited bubbles is coke products only and the drinks are not chilled, they open the cans and and poor it in ice, causing a watered down taste on occasion. I was also pleased how fast embarkation and debarkation was. I also highly recommend the scooter Usa rental for people with limited mobility. It was in the room waiting and well worth the investment! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
This cruise was taken based upon a group vote of various cruise lines and itineraries. We had a group of 46 on board, embarkation was fairly quick and smooth. Staff was friendly and helpful. We had an interior cabin on deck just below pool ... Read More
This cruise was taken based upon a group vote of various cruise lines and itineraries. We had a group of 46 on board, embarkation was fairly quick and smooth. Staff was friendly and helpful. We had an interior cabin on deck just below pool deck, do not recommend that again as when they would move chairs around at night you could hear it in the room. Cabin was a decent size for an interior, about a foot of room on either side of bed to walk around. The shows in theater were good, mostly musicals of some sort. Comedy was ok, but not that funny. There didn't seem to be as many activities on Lido deck as I thought there would be, but the overall amount of things to do seemed to be good. Service was excellent, I was really surprised the staff wasn't as pushy with selling drinks as they had been in the past. Really liked that. Loved DR.E as cruise director, he was awesome other than one disappointment. One thing our group as a whole was upset about was the Cruise Critic Meet N Mingle party we sort of didn't have. Our group attended, but didn't see any of the others that had enrolled there. There were two ladies from housekeeping, and no one else at first. One officer showed after a bit, and another gentleman, they left to go find Dr. E as he was the one that was supposed to "head up" the meeting from what we were told. He never showed, nor did anyone ever come back to let us know what was going on. I called down from the meeting room before we all left to Guest Services, and they said they would see if they could find him but nothing was done. Later that day I went down to Guest Services, and they brushed it off saying that our party was only from 5:30 to 6 pm. I explained that yes, we knew that but that someone was supposed to be there and no one was. They just said they were sorry and that there was nothing they could do. We were NOT happy campers/cruisers at this point feeling let down as we have been to other Cruise Critic parties and enjoyed them. I think the best thing about this cruise for one, was the Guy's Burger Joint. My husband ate there every day. We did finally get to try the Barbecue place of his, and surprisingly weren't too thrilled with it. For one, it's not open every day, and only for a very short period of time. The food there was just ok, nothing to write home about like we were expecting. The pool on the Lido deck was quite small, but the hot tubs on the sides were very nice sized. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, just not our most enjoyable one on Carnival. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Dining was good. Comedians was very good but rest of the other entertainment not so good. Smell of sewage was real bad. Embarkation and disembarkation was very very slow. Very crowded but it was Super Bowl 2017 Cruise. We ... Read More
Dining was good. Comedians was very good but rest of the other entertainment not so good. Smell of sewage was real bad. Embarkation and disembarkation was very very slow. Very crowded but it was Super Bowl 2017 Cruise. We had an Oceanview cabin on the first floor. Never again will I ever stay on first floor of any ship again. The noise was terrible and not from above but from below. Beating and banging all the time. Hard to sleep sometimes. The smell after just one day coming up through the shower drain and sink drains, toilet also was very bad. I have very sensitive smell. Which is bad on my part. Even though there was pros and a lot of cons I will still continue to cruise just not Carnival Magic.. My husband and I are frequent cruisers & this was our first time on the magic. Out Steward Raul was the best. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this cruise because of the dates and ports to visit. We always try to visit at least 1 new port every time we cruise. We had a group of 7 this time, most of us in our 50's, one 75 and 1 was 19 (our son). We had a blast and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the dates and ports to visit. We always try to visit at least 1 new port every time we cruise. We had a group of 7 this time, most of us in our 50's, one 75 and 1 was 19 (our son). We had a blast and were pleasantly surprised that there were not more drunks being obnoxious all over! Many families and people of all ages. We have sailed from Port Canaveral many times and it usually goes very smooth. We stayed overnight in Cocoa Beach and our hotel has park and cruise guests processing in and out down to almost perfect timing. There were many of us departing on a cruise that day. Embarkation went quite smoothly. Once we were allowed onboard, we found that the dining room was opening in about 10 minutes so we waited for that vice going to the Lido, which is usually quite hectic and confusing. We ate most of our meals in the dining rooms vice the Lido due to allergies and just enjoying not having to stand in lines or fight for a drink. Guy's burgers were great and most of the dining room food was good, hot or at least very warm. Sometimes some of the choices were not to my liking but mostly because of my allergies, but our waitstaff was great. was a bit disappointed with the "American Table theme tho. They memorized our names immediately and were very helpful even when they were so busy. We did hate walking thru the casino due to the smoke, but otherwise, we were not bothered by smokers very much. We played a lot of trivia which we always enjoy. Always a good time. Most of the service in all areas of the ship was pretty good. We had a cabin (handicapped accessible) in the spa area of deck 11 and that was great! Our son, 19, hung around with someone from the group part of the time and by himself the rest of the time but said he really enjoyed the cruise. Meals were always fun and we loved all the kids thinking my husband was Santa (he is actually)!! so many little ones had their vacations made by "Santa" taking a photo with them or talking with them. We have sailed a variety of the lower priced cruises and still enjoy most of our Carnival ones. The Military reception was really great and informative, and Schwartz was a great cruise director! Was not impressed with the shopping expert. She was long winded and repeated information too many times. We didn't do excursions in every port, but 3 of us did the Monkey Jungle in the Dominican Republic and had a blast. Then we 3 also went snorkling in Grand Turk and it was fun too, but getting dropped off on the beach and having to find our way back to the port area was NOT fun. I had a really hard time walking in the sand and ended up using my scooter for the rest of the time onboard due to pain in my knees and ankles from walking in the sand. The crew on the boat was very good and helpful, highly recommend the Ultimate Snorkling adventure and the Monkey Jungle. We would go again on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This is our second cruise with Carnival. It was one horrible experience after another. The dining was sooo slow and you could not get them to bring you anything you asked for. Room service was almost non-existent. Dirty dishes in the ... Read More
This is our second cruise with Carnival. It was one horrible experience after another. The dining was sooo slow and you could not get them to bring you anything you asked for. Room service was almost non-existent. Dirty dishes in the hallways for hours and sometimes the entire day. Entertainment and Activities were beyond horrible. Dirty old buses, tour guides you could not hear or understand. We tried for weeks to get a detailed bill. When we finally received it, there were charges on it for things we did not purchase. They shut off our A/C for over four hours and banned us from the balcony, which we paid more for over four hours so they could clean it. These are just some of the issues, there were many many more. Tried for weeks to get someone to listen to our issues. Finally got in touch with someone and their only comment was that they forward our issues to the ship to handle. Really ? When I asked for a supervisor, they told me there wasn't one. Read Less
Carnival Magic Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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