491 Carnival Magic Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

We read a lot of complaints about this ship but we honestly enjoyed it! This was our second cruise, with the first being on a smaller Royal Caribbean ship. Embarkation- it was a little slow getting luggage dropped off with the porters. ... Read More
We read a lot of complaints about this ship but we honestly enjoyed it! This was our second cruise, with the first being on a smaller Royal Caribbean ship. Embarkation- it was a little slow getting luggage dropped off with the porters. It would have been much faster to just drive into the garage and carry our luggage to curbside ourselves. Once we dropped off bags, we were checked in and on the ship in 20 minutes. The ship- was busy on the Lido deck for lunch but we were able to get Mongolian Wok noodles (yum!) and find a spot to sit. The crew was wandering around with "Sail Away Special" drinks which we got, of course. Our room was ready upon boarding at 1:30 and it was spotless. 4 of us (2 adults, 2 teens) shared a balcony room. It was tight but comfortable with plenty of storage. I am a light sleeper and took earplugs so night time was dead silent for me- LOL. We got up early and were able to find comfy chairs at the Tides pool at the back of the ship- much quieter and we sat on deck 11 in the sofa/chair loungers. Close enough to the pool for a quick dip but with a view of the ocean. On a sea day, you need to get up there by 8:30 or so in order to find a spot. We just thought of it as outdoor breakfast. Several people have mentioned smoke from the casino and movement of the ship. Those are both true. We did smell smoke around the casino and atrium areas close to it. It wasn't awful, but it was noticeable. Also, there was more rocking and swaying than on the much smaller RCL ship we cruised on before. None of us are prone to seasickness but we noticed the movement. Crowds- it can't get much worse than spring break, right? It was busy but we were able to attend the comedy shows and trivia games by being on time or slightly early. If you walk in late, it's not going to happen. Be on time or early if you really want to do something. We sat in the hot (well, warm) tub on the Serenity Deck (no kids) and once on Deck 5. I saw them full most of the time but we still found times when they weren't packed. If they were full of cannon-ballers, we went somewhere else. Food- The Main Dining Room (Northern Lights for us) was really good. Our food was hot and different every night. They served lobster and fillet mignon on one of the formal nights and it was delicious. The chocolate melting cake- OMG. Delicious! Our servers, Nadka and Krisma were exceptional, by any restaurant's standards. Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana Cantina were excellent for lunch (Blue Iguana also makes fabulous juevos rancheros for breakfast). We had minor inconveniences like the occasional coffee machine out of order or behind on brewing. It was annoying a few times, but not something to ruin your vacation. Crew- The crew appeared to be working very hard and we saw many of the same faces in different areas of the ship. Most were friendly and some were especially outgoing. I think they are stretched pretty thin. There were still fun touches like when the towel animals took over the main pool deck one morning, or we got popcorn with a pool deck movie. Debarkation- of course, no one follows directions. Whether you are carrying your own bags or having Carnival do so, you are assigned a time to exit the ship. When 3000+ people attempt to leave at the same time instead of their staggered times, the line stops and the frustrated "stay in your cabin or in the designated 'comfort' waiting areas" announcements begin. We were supposed to get off at 8:30, and we couldn't get anywhere near the Deck 3 exit until about 9:00. Not horrible, but it was irritating to see people whose luggage tags showed a deck that hadn't been called yet pushing in line. Carnival really needs to find a way to organize and enforce debarkation structure. Honestly, the same thing happened on RCL but the crowd was far grumpier. Our fellow Carnival cruisers did seem to be a fun group and everyone just kind of accepted the chaos. For the price, we felt like we had a great vacation and would sail with Carnival again. I always want to try different ships, but I would stay away from ones that haven't been recently refurbished. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our 2nd time on Magic, but first time with all the 2.0 upgrades. Still a gorgeous ship. Highlights now are Dr E, the cruise director, and Playlist Production shows. Perfect in every way. The ports were all good but maybe a ... Read More
This was our 2nd time on Magic, but first time with all the 2.0 upgrades. Still a gorgeous ship. Highlights now are Dr E, the cruise director, and Playlist Production shows. Perfect in every way. The ports were all good but maybe a bit short port times in St Thomas and Grand Turk make it difficult to do much exploring after an excursion. We did the Steakhouse, which was excellent. We did the Behind the Fun Tour...everyone should do this once just to learn how the ship works behind the scenes. It was spring break - so ship was overrun with families with kids of all ages. The Lido food areas were constantly a zoo, with lines and kids, and food all over the place. Kids don't know how to act in public. Also, the ice machines all ran out of ice on more than one occasion, as well as several coffee machines always seemed to be down for repairs. Ice cream machines were in use constantly by the kids so it never had time to freeze. We love the Magic, and would sail her again anytime...but Spring Break! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Specifically want to call out the following for their outstanding service and friendliness .... room steward (floor 6) Adul - friendly and attentive; wait staff (Northern Lights, 8:15 seating) Luang and his two team members (sorry guys, ... Read More
Specifically want to call out the following for their outstanding service and friendliness .... room steward (floor 6) Adul - friendly and attentive; wait staff (Northern Lights, 8:15 seating) Luang and his two team members (sorry guys, don't remember your names) - attentive, entertaining and always greeted and addressed everyone at our table by their first name; Stefan (from Belgium? Bulgaria?) - bartender extraordinaire at Blue Iguana and main lobby bar on 3... he was fantastic as he always remembered a face and a name, and was super service oriented even when the bar was packed. All of the Lido dining room staff, as well as other bartenders, bus staff, etc worked really hard and did a great job keeping up with the throngs of demanding cruisers. Five star rating to the entire staff! The amenities on the Magic were great - lot to do onboard for two 17 and 18 year old girls, as well as for mom and dad! Good excursion choices .... private resort on Dominican was excellent; zip-lining on St Thomas was fun and beautiful views, albeit not super treacherous; horseback trail and ocean ride on Grand Turk was a once in a lifetime great experience, and the bus/city/shopping tour in San Juan was surprisingly fun (Joel L the tour guide was outstanding). All of the excursion guides, including bus drivers were very friendly and knowledgable! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was a cruise to celebrate our son and daughter-n-laws wedding anniversary. The staff at the Steakhouse went out of their way to make sure we had an enjoyable celebration dinner. Our days at sea were very pleasant, yet crowded on the ... Read More
This was a cruise to celebrate our son and daughter-n-laws wedding anniversary. The staff at the Steakhouse went out of their way to make sure we had an enjoyable celebration dinner. Our days at sea were very pleasant, yet crowded on the deck areas with passengers ranging in age from infants to seniors! The entertainment was a variety so there was something for everyone to enjoy. The port days and excursions were handled nicely so there wasn't much wait time for leaving the ship or returning at the end of the day. Our cabin steward asked if we wanted a.m. service or p.m. service, this was something new to us. We selected a.m. service. Our son and his wife asked for both a.m. and p.m. service and received it. Thanks Carnival for a great adventure! I am sorry to report that we did not attend the Cruise Critic "meet and mingle". We were never informed of a meeting time or date even though we had signed up to attend and listed our cabin #. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We love sailing on Carnival since we had our children. Now that they are grown-up we still enjoy going on a cruise. We feel safe and enjoy most of the ports we stop in. I wish they could get bigger ships in Tampa Bay because I don't ... Read More
We love sailing on Carnival since we had our children. Now that they are grown-up we still enjoy going on a cruise. We feel safe and enjoy most of the ports we stop in. I wish they could get bigger ships in Tampa Bay because I don't like to drive to Miami. Port Canaval is closer. The crew is very friendly and enjoy eating in the dinning room at night or sea days. The eastern curise had four stops: Amber Cove, DR. Very nice area to just relax and enjoy the pool and view. San Juan, PR. A nice walking tour of the old town and forts. St. Thomas; we took the ferry over to St John's on the Island Girl(very nice crew) and went to Trunk Bay. WOW! I didn't have to go diving to see some outstanding marine life and coral. Grand Turk also has a nice area to relax and swim. Staff at some of the bars not very friendly and they add the tip on the bill. I didn't like that. Going back on the Magic on 9/9/17 with my son and can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My wife and I aren't "frequent" cruisers per se, but we have been on four now, so we have some frame-of-reference. Are we 'button-wearing, battle-hardened Platinum members"? No, but we've been around the block ... Read More
My wife and I aren't "frequent" cruisers per se, but we have been on four now, so we have some frame-of-reference. Are we 'button-wearing, battle-hardened Platinum members"? No, but we've been around the block enough to know good cruise etiquette and service. We're also not newbies who expect to be fawned over at every corner of the ship. We're realistic, we understand that vacations are never perfect, and we notice slights on both parts... from ship's service and vacationers alike. Our last cruise was on Vista in May '16... an excellent time on a new ship with hardly any children aboard. We chose Magic for this adventure, as we were meeting family (my mother-in-law and husband, and brother-in-law and his new wife) and it was close to their hometowns. The ports also seemed inviting, as none of us going had been to any of them. We nearly avoided catastrophe, as my step-father-in-law forgot his passport, but discovered it early enough in the trip to Port Canaveral. He was riding with my brother-in-law, who was able to get them to port about 20 minutes before the ship went bye-bye from Port Canaveral. Quick note: If you're coming from Orlando, it's an easy drive down 528 to the port... bring plenty of dollar bills and quarters, though, as it's a tollway. If you're coming from the Tampa area, bring plenty of valium and entertainment for the endless traffic snogs that line I-4 getting to the Orlando area. If you're coming from that area and want to keep your sanity, I suggest grabbing a hotel the night before near PC. PORT CANAVERAL: Of all we've experienced, this one was top-notch. A little confusing coming in, but luckily signs were present ("Carnival - Stay in left lane") and security was everywhere pointing you in the right direction and directing traffic. A quick stop at the terminal to drop off luggage at the porters, which was monitored heavily and made it expedient, was followed by a very short loop to the garage. Parking costs at the garage were reasonable, and spaces were plentiful for the amount of people cruising. We were in the middle times to board (1:30PM), and easily grabbed a spot. After that, it was a short walk to the terminal to retrieve the family. EMBARKATION, the fear of even the hardiest of cruisers: Since our in-laws were behind us by 90 minutes due to the forementioned passport snafu, we had a bit of an issue as our daughter (who was booked into their room) was with us and couldn't check in by herself... as we didn't have her boarding pass (it was with her grandmother, also in the group running like mad to get to Port Canaveral from the Tampa area). Luckily, one of the clerks outside happily printed out a pass for her, and we were able to board with her until the others arrived. I'll state this and restate it over and over, THIS WAS THE EASIEST EMBARKATION I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED. Staff was plentiful and helpful, and we're on the boat in less than 20 minutes. I was actually asking, "Did we do everything needed?" as I felt like it was "too" easy. Our room was also ready upon arrival, a nice plus. CABIN: Usually, we book ocean suites, but this time they were already gone (admittedly, we waited a bit to book this cruise as we had to coordinate schedules for the three different parties). The best room available when I booked was a balcony room, and it was ready and waiting for us. For those taking notes or who care just a LITTLE too much, it was room 6398. Our in-laws were staying in 6421, nearby. My bro-in-law was in 2325, which was a cove balcony room. Our room had a fold-down "pullman-type" bed for my youngest daughter, who enjoyed the "bunkbed" feel. My son slept on the couch bed and never complained. Our bed was comfortable enough, and I felt rested enough after each night. It was clean, albeit a bit cramped, and did the job. After cruising in suites the past three times, the smaller bathroom took some getting used to. I'm 6'4" and a bigger guy to boot, so the shower was just adequate, but made the too-tiny ones on some Royal Caribbean boats seem REALLY tiny. We always had plenty of towels to go around. Everything (even the "gotta use a ton to get it to lather" shower gel) was stocked well. No issues with the safe, fridge, closets, etc. Closets have the space-saving "four-in-one" hangers for shirts and blouses. One closet is half-full of lifejackets... seriously, we had enough for ourselves and most of the floor if something happened en route. DINING, or "I'm glad I dropped 10 pounds BEFORE the cruise": We tried to get around to each stop during this trip, instead of sticking with just the dining room or buffet. As with each cruise, some folks are going to say the food was "meh", some are going to praise it. It's just part of cruising... you can't please everyone. Some notes on the choices: Guy's Burgers - delicious, worth the line, plenty of choices to personalize it (bacon, grilled onions, sauces, etc.). I could easily gain 20 pounds eating them. And, I may have. Tandoor - tried it once, curry beef was good. Never was busy. BlueIguana Cantina - great burritos, either for lunch or breakfast. Buffet - what do you expect, magic (no pun intended)? It's plentiful, somewhat bland, and has to please thousands of different palates. Lines were long during breakfast, which is normal, but people freaked out anyway, which is also normal. I never had a bad buffet meal, but never sung its praises, either. Cucina del Capitano - ($$ extra, but only $15 per adult) - Excellent meal and service. Even had fun listening to newbies try to pronounce "tiramisu". Red Frog Pub - Great environment and appetizers. Wish I would've tried their beer. Dining Room - We were in Southern Lights, and had two meals there. Both were good... not memorable, but good. You could tell that Carnival's cost-cutting was evident here, as staff were overworked and moody. Pig and Anchor BBQ - good stuff. Not open often (mainly on "at sea" days). Plenty of sauce choices. Guy Fieri puts a good spin on his cuisine. We did not try the Steakhouse on this cruise. ACTIVITIES, or "why are all these people sitting around?" - As usual, Carnival fills up their theaters and rooms with a plethora of trivia, karaoke, singers, guitarists, informal club meetings (AA, LGBT, etc.). Some were energetic, some were led by staff who kept checking their watches and couldn't care less. Morning warriors had yoga and exercise choices. ENTERTAINMENT - We watched one show in the theatre, which was quite good for Carnival's standards. We also took part in the "Hasbro Game Night" show, where my youngest daughter was actually called on stage. Her team didn't win, but she got a "Trivial Pursuit" consolation game, so I've been bombarded with impossible-to-answer questions from her since. "Dr. E" is a TERRIFIC cruise director... energetic, witty, dynamic... and was present everywhere. I'm sure he sleeps, I'm just not sure when. I'm wondering if he's even human. We let the kiddos try the "Camp Ocean" activities, and they stayed for about two hours before saying "nah". FITNESS CHOICES - I'm 6'4" and over 300 lbs... you make your own conclusion on this one. I saw people jogging, and I'm sure there was a gym somewhere. I, however, never sought it out. OTHER STUFF ON THE SHIP - The casino mirrored any I've seen on ships. Smoky, bustling, full of folks waiting for that magic payoff. This one seemed crowded often, and Carnival was running several incentives to play, and people seemed to respond to that. Shopping was the same on any ship... Tanzanite was pushed hard, gold was sold like it was going out of style, and cheap t-shirts and costume jewelry were everywhere. A neat candy/treat shop was on the same deck. The coffee bar was reasonably priced, which was a nice surprise. It was even cheaper than Starbucks... but, that doesn't take much. I ended up buying a Tag Heuer watch, and saved $700 overall on the purchase compared to what a local jeweler would do (and even comparing to Ebay, where you take the risk of losing warranty). ELEVATORS - midship elevators are ALWAYS crowded. We used the aft elevators and almost never had an issue. NOTES on Magic - Magic is a huge ship, and even carrying a full load I never felt "crowded out" of anything. Yes, the buffet seating area is full, but if you branch out a bit and go outside, there is always plenty of seating near the pizza and Tandoor sections near the back of the boat. Most of my gripes were not from the boat's layout or seating, but from the crowd's use of it, which isn't Carnival's fault. As anyone knows, "crowded" to one person isn't "crowded" to another. Since three of our group are smokers, we found ourselves on the 11 aft deck often. It was always a nice, breezy place to be. Magic, unlike some of her sisters, doesn't feel "old". We were parked next to Conquest while in Grand Turk, and Magic looked like a shiny new penny compared to the rust-evident hull of Conquest. Now, Conquest is significantly older, but it looks like it hasn't been refurbished since... well... ever. Restrooms are plentiful and somewhat clean, but only because cruisers treat them poorly, slopping water everywhere and missing the trash bin with their soppy-wet hand towels. SERVICE - I can't rate it any higher than "just OK". Sure, there were plenty of examples of shining stars... Sherrie and Prant who helped with my Tag purchase (Sherrie, you're a gem), John who served my party countless drinks on 11 aft, Edi our room steward, etc. As mentioned in other posts, however, I did notice that Carnival's reduction of staff has resulted in a lack of smiles by the crew. Most were pleasant and talkative, but some were downright miserable. NOTES on cruise etiquette, or "THE RANT"***** - After being on this Earth for over 40 years, I've come to one conclusion: People suck. I'm usually a very tolerant person, but some of the behaviors witnessed during this cruise was just shameful on humanity's part. We knew that a cruise during spring break was a roll-of-the-dice. However, some folks seem it's OK to just let their kids run rampant (literally, RUN around, like in packs of coyotes) around the ship. Packs of wolves, er... sorry, meant kids... running around the ship of all ages. I counted three times where I entered an elevator, was greeted by small children ("maybe" 5 years old... on their own) who had pushed all the buttons and were sitting back, giggling. No parents anywhere in sight. Groups of destructive, disrespectful pre-teens and teens wandering around the ship, yelling cusswords and treating crew and passengers like their slaves. Some would fill a ice cream cone sky-high, then just leave it on the floor of a deck, giggling the whole time. Some would grab golf clubs at the mini-golf, hit the ball one time, then just drop their club in the middle of the course and walk off. True "punks" in every sense of the word. Ship security staff was overworked, trying to hunt down little morons whose parents should have been thrown off the ship along with the morons they brought into this world. From morning to midnight, every hot tub is stuffed with kids, unless you want to go to the Serenity deck and stay their the entire cruise. At first, I couldn't believe that the ship's staff would allow this, but soon realized it was just too big of a task to keep up with. Sadly, this is the norm for cruises out of most American ports. Parents are oblivious to the fact that their kids go wild when turned loose. IF THIS BOTHERS YOU immensely, then avoid this and other ships during family season. Or, go for overseas cruises. Other etiquette notes: People need to REALLY be aware of their fellow cruisemates... don't let your door slam behind you at 1AM... don't go blabbing loudly down the hall after hours, etc. Paying $399 for an interior room doesn't buy you a free ticket to be a complete jerk to the staff. Other groups need drinks, too, and the waiters aren't there for just YOUR amusement. Complaining about lines at popular eateries? Don't go during busy times. Also, realize that a "small" line of about 5-10 people is actually going to balloon when the mom gets up to the ordering part and then yells at the other 5-10 people in her family to join her in line in front of you. Holding an elevator for longer than 15-20 seconds "because my family is coming down the hallway" is rude and inconsiderate. Sometimes, I think older folks (think "come along with us, great-grandma, you'll have a blast") are just there to hold tables for the rest of the family. It's kind of like taking Great-granny along at DisneyWorld so that you can get the instant "disabled" pass to cut lines. OVERALL - Magic tries its best, but the boat itself can't overcome its overworked staff and arrogant customers. So, what's missing in order to "kick it up one notch"? Staff more security and hold parents responsible. People deserve peace, security, and respect during their cruise vacations. I'd cruise again on Magic, but will wait 'til it moves to another port. (***** Yeah, I get it... ranting about other vacationers is a bit of a faux pas.) Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
On this trip we traveled as a family in 2 cabins. As Platinum Guest we arrived at Port Carnival at 11:00 AM and was on board by noon. We went to our cabins, 7446 and 7450, to find them ready and in order. We meet our cabin Stewart, John, ... Read More
On this trip we traveled as a family in 2 cabins. As Platinum Guest we arrived at Port Carnival at 11:00 AM and was on board by noon. We went to our cabins, 7446 and 7450, to find them ready and in order. We meet our cabin Stewart, John, who for the entire 7 days, called us by first name and made sure that all our needs were taken care. This was our 1st time on the Magic and we were impressed with the ship and all it offered. Each night there was a variety of entertainment and there was no way to see it all. The Dining staff was great and made each night a wonderful experience. Our waiter, Ned, was prompt and made sure that all the food our 15 yoa child ordered was delivered so he could enjoy each plate. Carnival has now moved to formal table settings on formal nights only, which is a nice change as we enjoyed how they setup the table a little different each night. We visited Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. All ports were great with a variety of excursions to do. We are already talking about the next time we visit the Carnival magic. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We booked an Eastern Caribbean cruise on Carnival after cruising several times on Royal Caribbean. We selected this cruise primarily for it departure port (Port Canaveral) and itinerary, which included Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and ... Read More
We booked an Eastern Caribbean cruise on Carnival after cruising several times on Royal Caribbean. We selected this cruise primarily for it departure port (Port Canaveral) and itinerary, which included Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. It had been several years since sailing with Carnival, and I can say we were quite happy with our experience. Although a little confusing to get to the designated parking area for our cruise, embarkation at Port Canaveral was simple and quick. We did take advantage of Carnival's Faster to the Fun, which helped in that we could arrive as early as we wanted. The Magic is the largest ship that we have cruised on, but after a day or so on board the crowds seem to filter out except for the the more popular spots (e.g. Guys Burgers, Pig and Anchor, Punchliner). There were always plenty of activities going on, and Dr. E was an outstanding cruise director. We attended three production shows, all of which were entertaining and of high quality. As with every Carnival cruise, we did encounter some rude cruisers intent on sending one or two of their large groups to save a dozen seats 30 minutes before show times. The food in general was probably the best of all of our cruise in the past 6 or 7 years. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and it was about what you would expect. The Blue Iguana offered a delicious alternative to the standard buffet scrambled eggs. Any-time dining in the Northern Lights was pleasant with good variety and quality. The wait staff was good but seemed to be a little overworked. We had a balcony cabin on Deck 9 which was a first for us and will likely be the standard for our next cruises. Biggest gripe about this trip was the stench of cigarette smoke coming from the casino that polluted the air on the Promenade Deck. We also encountered several rude passengers who felt that the smoking rules did not apply to them. I really wish a cruise line could figure out how to make totally smoke-free cruising work. Also, the hot tubs seemed to be always filled with unsupervised children, probably a function of our cruise dates that fell around spring breaks. We hadn't been to any of the Eastern Caribbean ports, so the four stops were all new to us. Amber Cove has a nice new port area. We did an excursion in which we took an open air bus to see a school, small "plantation", and beach area. Very informative and allowed us to see the how the residents really lived, which always makes us appreciate how lucky we are. In St. Thomas, we took a catamaran to a snorkeling area with a beach. This was a lot of fun and the crew did a really good job keeping everyone entertained. The only bad part was riding the bus back to the port with a bunch of drunken obnoxious fellow cruisers, screaming and trying to sing the entire way back. They really took advantage of the open bar on the catamaran, and were an embarrassment. San Juan was our favorite stop, and it included a guided tour to the rain forest. After returning to old San Juan, we found a funky little bar that made some of the best pizza we have ever had. Grand Turk was a bit of a disappointment, but some of that was probably due to the overcast day with off and on drizzle. We went on an all-inclusive beach excursion that started out as a disaster in the making as it was totally disorganized trying to load the buses. Once at the beach, it got better as there were a variety of things to do and the food was pretty good. Following our return to Port Canaveral, debarkation was a breeze, again thanks to Faster to the Fun and some advanced planning. This was our favorite Carnival Cruise, and would recommend the Magic. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Wanted to see Grand Turk and USVI on kid friendly ship Ports were great. Great: cruise director Dr E! Dinners in the main dining room, pool areas on the Lido deck. Water slides Itinerary Good: Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. ... Read More
Wanted to see Grand Turk and USVI on kid friendly ship Ports were great. Great: cruise director Dr E! Dinners in the main dining room, pool areas on the Lido deck. Water slides Itinerary Good: Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. Would have been great with more character interaction. Line up to take a quick pic and that's it. They didn't come to the tables or really do much Ok: shows in the evening were just ok. Talented singers and dancers, but not a lot of content. Definitely focused on the 40+ set Awful: embarkation and debarkation. Took forever. Waiting in lines to keep waiting in line! Needs a fix, stat! Having the casino in the middle of deck 5- gross smoke everywhere Kids' club hours were ridiculous. Open, close, then open again, no food for kids most times, so even if they were open for. 4-5 hour stretch, you couldn't leave the kids that long because you had to sign them out and feed them! We wasted a LOT of money buying spa access- never got to use it because the kids' club hours sucked. Photos. The photo situation is atrocious. The photographers didn't care if eyes were closed, bras were showing, kids had a booger, they didn't even glance at the digital display before moving on. Print every photo and place them all over holders in deck 4. Good luck finding yours! And once you do find them, they've been touched, bent and mauled by 3000 other people trying to find their own photos Unprofessional, overpriced and a real letdown, as we had no pictures of all of us together Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We cruised late February on an Eastern Carribean itinerary on the Magic. Fog delayed docking by several hours but Carnival handled it well, even though we received the delay email when we were almost there. My wife and I both agreed that ... Read More
We cruised late February on an Eastern Carribean itinerary on the Magic. Fog delayed docking by several hours but Carnival handled it well, even though we received the delay email when we were almost there. My wife and I both agreed that this was one of our best cruises ever as far as the Ship and itinerary were concerned. After reading some of the other reviews we were amazed that we were on the same ship! We loved the Magic. It's a big ship but we never felt crowded. The ship was in tip top shape and the crew was friendly and cheerful. Loved our cabin steward, Putu and our waiter Oscar in the main dining room. They are both professionals and proud of the quality of service they provide. Meals were good in the Main Dining room and very good in the Steakhouse and Cucina de Capitan. The entertainment in the main theatre was outstanding! The quality of the dancers and singers and the productions were the best we have ever seen on a cruise. We went to the Comedy shows almost every night. The comedians were, with the exception of Dan Manzini, very funny. This was a new itinerary for us and we enjoyed all ports. We did not book any shore excursions through Carnival. We booked locally for our excursions except for San Juan, where we explored on our own. We loved Grand Turk. We did a snorkel tour with Grand Turk Diving and spent the remainder of the day on the beach at Jack's Shack, a short walk from the pier. The place has a real laid back island vibe. All in all this was an outstanding ship and cruise and we would happily repeat it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our 3rd cruise with Carnival.We have previously sailed on the Glory & Conquest. This time we sailed on the Magic. 2-25-17 Overall very happy with what this ship had to offer. Only drawback our balcony stateroom 9309 ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with Carnival.We have previously sailed on the Glory & Conquest. This time we sailed on the Magic. 2-25-17 Overall very happy with what this ship had to offer. Only drawback our balcony stateroom 9309 creaked loudly at night. Understandably when the water is rough it's to be expected.. BUT this kept us awake throughout most of our cruise. Very pleased with our steward. Kind, friendly and always addressed us by name. Activities were abundant, never a dull moment . Crew & staff extremely friendly. Food was also very good. Never had a bad meal during our cruise. The hot tubs were a bonus indeed. After a long & adventurous excursion or a slow simple day, these hot tubs added an enjoyable relaxation. Our days started & ended with the ever so talented cruise director Dr. E. We will definitely book again with Carnival for future sailings. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We picked this cruise because we wanted to experience Turks & Caicos and we picked the Magic because we wanted to try a cove balcony. Both more than met our expectations. We met people on this cruise who were repeating this same ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we wanted to experience Turks & Caicos and we picked the Magic because we wanted to try a cove balcony. Both more than met our expectations. We met people on this cruise who were repeating this same itinerary as last year because they liked it so much and we may just do the same. Carnival doesn't tell you, but at Amber Cove (lst port) and Grand Turk (last port), there are huge swimming pools available for cruisers just when you get off the ship. We didn't know this at Amber Cove, but luckily someone told us about the pool & chairs at Margaritaville in Grand Turk so we were prepared. It was so much fun at Margaritaville. Two shows not to miss are 88 Keys and the rock show on the last night. Both were excellent. The burgers and fries at Guy's are so good. We didn't care for the food at the Italian restaurant, but the food in the Northern Lights Dining Room was good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Embarkation, well I guess that makes me start with the tough part. We were in the terminal literally sitting butt cheek to butt cheek and knee to knee and I am not as limber or small as I used to be. The crew was very nice and ... Read More
Embarkation, well I guess that makes me start with the tough part. We were in the terminal literally sitting butt cheek to butt cheek and knee to knee and I am not as limber or small as I used to be. The crew was very nice and accommodating, They brought us snacks and bottled water. We sailed cheap so we were some of the last called to board. We were informed we could bring 12 soda and 12 bottles of water.. they took our water. Once on the ship, food everywhere and everything was so knew, we were just taking it all in. We smoked so we spent quite a bit of time in the casino and smoking area.. HaHa we could see the nightly movie from the smoking area. I was so concerned eating was going to be a hassle but I couldn't have been more wrong. The Blue iguana, Burgers, BBQ, Pizza and Ice cream on tap pretty much when you wanted.. 24 hour room service.. did I say free??.. haha.. We ate in the Dinning room one night, otherwise we were going.. It was great too.. the waiter even offered to get me more when he delivered the first lobster tail... The buffet & fruit on it was fresh and open every time I was hungry, but that's not all day though.. The crew was awesome. I felt like I was priority to them.. There was always cleaning going on.. My porter, I cant say enough about Marvin. He was great. He always left us surprises in the room, and I think there was a camera, because if we left for an hour or so, we came back and he had the room spotless.. We go cheap. Our room was an interior, but how much are you really in your room. We have debated ocean view, balcony or suits, but we really aren't sailing to be in our rooms. Our room was about as central to the ship as it could be. We received, I believe, as good service as anyone in any suit on the ship.. Cloud 9 maybe in the future, but that's about it. We bought bubbles but really we could have done without it. We may have had a 12 pack of soda between us. We brought cups from Universal studios that we would fill and sip on.. I really wish sweet tea was available. The hot tubs were great except I wish they were hotter.. Pools were great but I didn't bother the youngens much.. The sky walk was great and water slide cool.. they close at night so get to it during the day. Skywalk views are amazing. We really didn't see any shows but we did do the parade with Cat in the Hat and Thing 1&2.. We plan to see more shows in the future. I must have played enough in the casino because they started giving me free drinks and sent me premier offers after the cruise. So I guess we really enjoy the casino. They had several games I enjoyed but I wish they had cascading games. Ohh and they gave us chocolate covered strawberry's 2x.. I don't know exactly who sent them but who is complaining. Room again.. You know I hear a lot of folks concerned about clocks, alarm clocks and the darkness in the room at night. Night lights..etc.... There are channels on the TV, you can watch where we are going and see whats going on at the main pool.. Live action.. If I remember right, it had the local time and forecasts. Otherwise, the tv on gives off light. The bathroom has a light and you can close it to adjust the light. Who needs to bring a light? or clock on vacation. We may take our watches again, but other than getting to the timed events and the ship before it leaves us, who cares what time it is. We didn't do much at St Maartin.. but the others we had a great time. I think the most fun at PortoRico.. You can always buy a bottle to drink once you are off the ship.. wow that sounds bad.. But you don't need to spend the high prices on the ship. We did have a couple drinks but we saved money by not getting the drink package and using that in the casino. That is about what I spent in the casino.. The alcohol package for two. We probably spent about $150 on Drinks on the ship including souvenir for Melissa. You can buy alcohol duty free cheap on the ship and it is delivered to your room the night before departure. You can also buy cigarettes cheaper than anywhere duty free.. but you are limited to how many you can bring back. They have sales on different stuff. we bought some shirts, hats and also you can get bathing covers for women pretty reasonable. We will probably get some this time too. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
See cabin review below....6205, not enjoyable at all!... WORST CABIN EVER! Do not book this for the so-called Balcony....far to windy to use it! Dining, we were very happy with the food. The Pig and Anchor was good. Guys Burgers ... Read More
See cabin review below....6205, not enjoyable at all!... WORST CABIN EVER! Do not book this for the so-called Balcony....far to windy to use it! Dining, we were very happy with the food. The Pig and Anchor was good. Guys Burgers were fantastic! We ate at the Italian restaurant twice and the Steakhouse once. All were absolutely delicious! The Lido deck was always crazy and most difficult to find tables to seat 5 people. Your food was cold by the time you found seats and drinks. Our experience in the Northern Lights Dining room was awesome! We loved Oscar and Novia. They made you feel so special and we always laughed after leaving dinner! Entertainment, was pretty good. We always found something to do after dinner, although we did see many people playing cards or board games. We enjoyed the shows, but the music was loud and there were lots of laser lights. The Violinists were enjoyable, and Rod (who looked like Rod Stewart) did a great job at the Play it Again Bar. Photos, finding your photos was nearly impossible! How can you find photos of this many passengers? There was no easy way. You had to look on both sides of the ship and we still didn't find many of ours! My suggestion would be to display them by cabin number. Passengers, we found everyone to be very helpful as far as holding elevators for the numerous amounts of passengers in wheelchairs, scooters or using canes. This was refreshing. Fitness and Rec, Lots to do on this ship for kids. My husband enjoyed the gym. My fitness consisted of using the stairs as often as I could! Ship, Restrooms and Public areas, were kept very clean. There is a STRONG sewage smell everywhere on this ship. We noticed the odor as soon as we got onboard. A huge complaint I have is regarding the casino. THE SMOKE SMELL IS HORRENDOUS...ENOUGH THAT IT MADE MY EYES BURN! It is right in the middle of the ship on Deck 5. So all of the lounge areas around it have the same smokey atmosphere. You have to go through the casino to get from one end of the ship to the other. The only options are to go up to another deck and go across and then go back down! Just a little extra effort if you are in a wheelchair! Our cabin steward "Super Duper" was always smiling and did an awesome job! They work very hard. They clean your cabin once/day, your choice: morning or evening, but he was always willing to bring anything we needed. I asked for ice the first day and he brought it every day. I ordered a 12 pk of water and a 6 pk coke, so it was nice to have it. Shore excursions, we had a cabana in Amber Cove. Wonderful, but a bit expensive. Included water toys and Zip line. Puerto Rico, we enjoyed Puerto Rico's Favorites. A trip to the Rain Forest with Sol...who did a fantastic job. He made the tour fun and gave a wealth of information! Then on to the Forts. In St Thomas we went to Paradise Point where everyone enjoyed Bushwackers and Painkillers. Gran Turk, we did a tour with Island Trams. Also informative and a short shopping experience in a very poor part of the island. Embarkation, was a bit of mass confusion, as the port had been closed earlier due to fog. Non moving traffic for hours, no one to blame for this but the weather! However, People stood outside in the warm sun waiting to get cleared to get into the terminal once the port opened. Debarkation, we carried our luggage off the ship around 9 AM. This process went pretty smooth, although the employees in the terminal could use a little bit of anger management! I love Carnival and have sailed them many times, But I would NEVER sail on the Carnival Magic, again....or any other ship in this class! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Booked Cabin 7363 Ocean Suite, for our 30th Anniversary. Room was great best we ever stayed in hands down. Food was good in the everywhere with the exception of the main dining room. We have been over seas for the last 4 years so we ... Read More
Booked Cabin 7363 Ocean Suite, for our 30th Anniversary. Room was great best we ever stayed in hands down. Food was good in the everywhere with the exception of the main dining room. We have been over seas for the last 4 years so we haven't cruised for 5 years. the main dining room has changed a lot. it used to be the best place to go and eat on the ship. I think those days are over, they keep pushing the wine menu that cost and the stake menu that cost, What happen to all inclusive? The food was no where near as good as it use to be also, we went one time and did not return during the entire cruise. the other eating places on the ship were great. As all ways the employees of Carnival were great during the entire cruise. Priority boarding went very good but priority disembarking the the ship did not fell like priority at all. With all that said, we had a great time and would happily cruise on Carnival Magic again. We had a great 30th Anniversary because of this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We have been avid cruisers since 1995, and have seen a steady decline in the way cruise ships operate, treat their passengers, and the passengers' comportment as well. Maybe this has resulted from "any time" or ... Read More
We have been avid cruisers since 1995, and have seen a steady decline in the way cruise ships operate, treat their passengers, and the passengers' comportment as well. Maybe this has resulted from "any time" or "freestyle" cruising, but regardless, you have to spend a lot more to get a quality cruise experience than Carnival offers. Where do I begin? GOOD THINGS: Ports: Thoroughly enjoyed getting off the ship. Amber Cove Is new and lovely, St. Thomas and San Juan are always good, and Segway'ing on Grand Turk was a revelation - such beautiful beaches! Time of year was great; beautiful weather every day! Cabin/Steward: Did a mini-suite for the first time and loved the extra storage space and large bathroom. Our cabin steward, Christine, was one of the best things about our cruise: always smiling, cheerful and sweet, not to mention how efficiently she did her job and made the towel animals that always surprised and delighted us! Dive-in Movies: Loved the big screen and good audio out on the pool deck every night - like being at the Drive-In except with free popcorn and a buffet steps away! New movies, too - saw "Dr. Strange". Also had "Deepwater Horizon," "Sully" and some for the kids, too! BAD THINGS: 1. Ship: Despite being a mid-size cruise ship (3,700 passengers), this ship rocks (and I don't mean in a good way)! The stabilizers appear to be shot or need work. This ship (and 4 others of its class, as we were told by a crew member) thumps loudly and bumps every few seconds when all but small waves hit the front of the ship (we were located forward), due to their design. 2. Food: best meals were in the "upgrade" restaurants: Italian and Steakhouse. Enjoyed the burrito bar, Deli, Burger joint, etc.; however, since when do the main dining rooms serve items over and over again (tilapia, short ribs), dry, overcooked chicken (EVERY TIME), and generally food of lesser quality than I've ever seen on a cruise vacation. It appears they save the "good food" for the upgrade pricing and you can no longer get quality dining included in your cruise price. 3. Entertainment: I hate when the entertainers are ship's crew and not people brought into the ship from entertainment companies. After the first show, which we (4) left after the first half hour, we never attended another. The show was supposed to be technologically amazing, but a "technical glitch" caused the singers to do it "concert style," which meant they sat in chairs on the stage and got up to sing a song. One of the female singers had such a harsh voice that our ears actually hurt. The first "adult" comedian was raunchy (for raunch's sake) and not at all funny. I guess if people are drunk enough they will laugh at anything. 4. Casino - this Casino is the "smoking room" of the entire ship. You could smell the smoke well before you came in or after you left. Nowadays, non-smokers outnumber smokers, so I believe they would get more people in there if they banned smoking from all inside public areas. 5. Passengers' Comportment: When did cruising mean wearing shorts to the main dining room and specialty restaurants (and I don't mean designer shorts)? We were called on the night we had steakhouse reservations and told "no shorts." Guess what men had on in the steakhouse (good guess)? And the ship's crew doesn't enforce it, either. This is the first time I thought I was at Walmart instead of on a cruise. Since cruise vacations are now so much more affordable for everyone, you need to research the cruise line to get the atmosphere and entertainment you prefer. Carnival seems to have lowered the price and the standards and quality (service, food, etc.) of cruising vacations. 5. Carnival APP for mobile phone: this is a great idea; however, it just doesn't work. All 4 of us paid for the APP (cheap enough at $5.00 each for the whole cruise). The idea is to be able to communicate with each other real time, but messages did not come through or were delayed for hours. There is no sound notification of an incoming message, as Carnival decided to disable that feature). Guest Services did refund our charges and acknowledged that there are some real issues with the App. How hard is it to write a functioning App these days?? Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We had been taking yearly cruises until the last one in 2014. Happily we could go again and signed up The Magic. It is the sister ship of the Dream in which we took in 2012 and enjoyed. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. We ... Read More
We had been taking yearly cruises until the last one in 2014. Happily we could go again and signed up The Magic. It is the sister ship of the Dream in which we took in 2012 and enjoyed. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. We stayed in a balcony room and enjoyed morning coffee and room service on our deck each morning. This ship is very clean and kept pretty well (some touch up paint here and there needed). The decor was understated and not as I remember with art on other ships. As usual we travel in February to avoid many kids but not so this trip with many young children aboard. At times it made finding a seat in a quiet place hard and we retreated to our room. Still there was kids in the hot tub below our deck screaming in fun. Oh, well. The Dining room had good service and a nice staff however the closeness of the tables for two left absolutely no room for intimate conversation and felt cramped. Still we did have some great table "partners". Our particular waiters were rushed and we did not get to talk with them which we usually enjoy on cruises. We felt the food was not up to par compared to other Carnival Cruises but maybe that is so you will go to the specialty pay restaurants. Entertainment had no special headliners and we were mostly disappointed. A magician show was put in a venue in which only those in front seats could see the show. I felt bad for him as people got up and left in frustration. The piano bar was fun and usually packed with participants. I so appreciated the kind courtesy of the physician on board whom I consulted for a problem of concern and was relieved to know I was doing okay. The best shore excursion and the highlight of our trip was to the orphanage school in Dominican Republic. If you have the choice take this as you will be blessed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Carnival seems to be shooting themselves in the foot with their cutbacks - the staff shortages were evident on this cruise, and IMO affected the overall "experience". We arrived at the port at our designated time, and the line ... Read More
Carnival seems to be shooting themselves in the foot with their cutbacks - the staff shortages were evident on this cruise, and IMO affected the overall "experience". We arrived at the port at our designated time, and the line went very quickly. We were on the ship within 45 minutes of arriving at the port. The ship itself was clean, and there did seem to be people cleaning regularly (except on Lido). This was our 10th Carnival cruise in 9 years, so we were able to notice if some things seemed "abnormal". And rude and unhappy staff were evident throughout the ship. We travel with a large group every year (22 this time), so we tend to enjoy the MDR experiences. The wait staff was obviously overworked and could not spend any time getting to know us (and vice versa). That along with the poor quality food (inedible at times) caused us to not return to the MDR after day 3. Sad... Our cabin steward was a great, hardworking young lady who took care of us the best she could - considering that they had 32 cabins to clean! Because we knew she was so busy, we opted for the "evening once a day tidy", which she performed well. What was very evident was the general staff attitude - walking the halls, few acknowledgements or smiles, and many cases of downright rudeness were evident during the week. Morale was OBVIOUSLY lacking in the staff! Cuchina Del Capitano was a bright spot for the week. Our dinner there ($15 upcharge) was worth the cost as the food and service was excellent - best meal of the week. Also, the Pig & Anchor out on the Lanai was very good for sea day lunches. One thing I missed from previous cruises is the Fish and Chips! Bummer! A "shoutout" to Donnatella in the coffee bar - she was so hard working, and did the work of 2 people! Our cabin #7202 was directly under the bridge at the front of the ship. We have started booking these as a compromise between an inside and balcony. It was sufficient for our needs. We also intentionally do this so we have a long walk to the Lido! The bright spot was the entertainment. Based on past experiences, we did not expect much, but the comedians were great, and the main show "Rock" was one of the better ones we have seen on the ships. In summary, it seems that Carnival is making extreme cutbacks in order to keep the cruises cheap and draw in new cruisers - at the expense of alienating their existing clientele. Not a good business model IMO! Even though we will be platinum on our next cruise, we are ready to look elsewhere... Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We had done previous Caribbean cruises and wanted to return to St. Thomas and San Juan. Had not been to Grand Turk or Ambur Cove (DR). I like the size of the ship (not too big but not too small). Overall embarkation went very quickly ... Read More
We had done previous Caribbean cruises and wanted to return to St. Thomas and San Juan. Had not been to Grand Turk or Ambur Cove (DR). I like the size of the ship (not too big but not too small). Overall embarkation went very quickly (better than previous cruises). Balcony spa cabin on 11 was excellent. A little quieter than our usual Deck 7 forward locations. Steakhouse was a dud; piece of meat was not quality, Santa Carolina wine by the glass was terrible. Italian restaurant later in the week was MUCH better. Northern Lights dinner was fine. Carnival food still good, but not as extravagant as it once was. Service by Puvadol, assisted by Indra and others was attentive, engaging but efficient. Remembered names, preferences, and accommodated every request. Carnival has obviously made a couple of improvements since our last cruises..... better talent in theater entertainers, and more live music. The rock show the last night was very well done with high energy, good individual perfomances, and the horns (only 1 sound). The horn section that played several times as part of a larger band was killer! One disappointment was no adult only pool area. Magic had a somewhat larger Serenity area. Advance planning to capture 2 clamshells for the 4 of us on sea day #2 (6:30AM) was a good move and made for a great day. Warning; there are no HOT TUBS onboard (they are whirlpools and they were not hot enough for our preferences). Did the Cheers program. Got my money's worth but never got near the 15 drink max per day. Alchemy bar was creative and quality (loved the Curative Peach Cosmo). Carnival needs to find a way to deal with the crowds at the comedy shows. To get a seat, especially a good seat, you MUST get in line well before show time to get in. Clearing the room before the next show helps everyone get a shot but it is such a popular activity there must be a better solution. Overall, this cruise was just what I needed and I WILL do Carnival, and would do the Magic again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We did a back to back Eastern/Western Caribbean, The first week (Eastern) was not enjoyable. It felt like the ship was substantially understaffed. There were 45-90 minute waits for a table for any-time dining. This I felt was ... Read More
We did a back to back Eastern/Western Caribbean, The first week (Eastern) was not enjoyable. It felt like the ship was substantially understaffed. There were 45-90 minute waits for a table for any-time dining. This I felt was unacceptable. It is such a known issue that Carnival has pre-printed apology cards for such instances. This becomes a problem when trying to plan evening activities (i.e. going to a show) around dinner. The ship in general was fine. Typical Carnival fare. It was clean and well kept. They had the main pool closed on a sea day for painting! What an idiotic thing to do. The entertainment was OK. Not great, but not horrible. On the Western leg of our cruise the service seemed a little better. Dining room ran a little smoother. However if you wanted to a table without waiting you needed to get in line about 30 minutes before the dining room opened. Very inconvenient. Over both weeks we found the food disappointing. The buffet food was limited selections and usually cold. In the dining room the a warm plate was a rarity. My wife also commented on the lack of vegetables. For example the Prime Rib came with the beef and a baked potato. The Au-Jus was served separately by the waiter, sometimes right away, sometimes 5-10 minutes later. not good. Vegetable were available as an side dish, but that was limited to broccoli. Again, limited selections. Overall, not impressed. May be my last Carnival cruise. There is much better out there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The Northern Lights dining area service was not up to our normal expectations. Staff seemed overwhelmed at times and getting seating for a large group was near impossible. We waited hours that is correct more than an hour for a table ... Read More
The Northern Lights dining area service was not up to our normal expectations. Staff seemed overwhelmed at times and getting seating for a large group was near impossible. We waited hours that is correct more than an hour for a table multiple nights. The food was also sub par. The meat was overcooked and the food luke warm at best. Service at the bar areas and other common areas was great but not in the Northern Lights Dining rooom. We also noticed a strong "sewage" odor on all floors in the aft ship area including the rear common area. Staff either are used to it or were ignoring it as they never responded to complaints or offerred solutions. Ship activities seemed plentiful but in every common area that we tried to enjoy a quiet drink the music was VERY loud. I even complained a couple of times with the staff stating that this was normal so everyone could hear. I couldn't hear myself think! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Have been a frequent cruiser on Carnival and usually have had very good experiences. Carnival is not, nor does it pretend to be, an upscale or "luxury" line. You're on the fun ships, after all. What you will get is decent ... Read More
Have been a frequent cruiser on Carnival and usually have had very good experiences. Carnival is not, nor does it pretend to be, an upscale or "luxury" line. You're on the fun ships, after all. What you will get is decent food, great drinks and pretty good service. Excursions tend towards the beach and water-minded, as well as the party crowd and more educational outings are in rather short supply. That said, here is the good stuff. The aforementioned food has improved dramatically and you can get a good meal whichever venue you choose. Service is routinely fast, friendly and professional, whether reflected by your room steward, the dining staff, or the bartenders. The ship is clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. The worst thing had to be the debarkation process and this was the first time I have seen it done so poorly. There needed to be more time in between the passengers being called down. EVERYONE in line was really complaining. One REALLY sour note: We decided to splurge and spent $240.00 for a couple's massage. The massage was great - soooo relaxing. And, THEN came the hard sell to purchase between $180.00 and $400.00 worth of products. When I said no, there was a subtle suggestion that I wasn't willing to invest in my husband's health. He did ultimately purchase the less expensive product package and we were almost late for our dinner reservation, because they really were going to keep going, until we said yes to something. What was supposed to be a wonderful and relaxing experience (and truly could have been!) just left us feeling stressed and frustrated. So disappointing... Advice? If you want the massage, by all means, have it, BUT tell them right up front, you will not be purchasing anything! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Mega ships are definitely not for me and my husband. To say that this ship has a capacity of 4,000 people, the entertainment was subpar. There weren't enough shows. As a seasoned cruiser, I am accustomed to before and after dinner ... Read More
Mega ships are definitely not for me and my husband. To say that this ship has a capacity of 4,000 people, the entertainment was subpar. There weren't enough shows. As a seasoned cruiser, I am accustomed to before and after dinner shows. The show times were inconvenient given the amount of people on this "mega" ship. The system for watching consecutive shows was absolutely ridiculous. Despite having watched the first comic, we had to exit the comedy club, stand in line, and re-enter to watch the second comic. Bingo is normally played in the day time. Instead, bingo was played in the evening and at night in the theatre, which reduced the entertainment performances. I understand one wants to vacation with family; however, I couldn't help but notice the overwhelming amount of children on this cruise. My husband and I choose cruising in the winter months in hopes of avoiding children. Unfortunately, that was not the case with this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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 December 2016
Carnival Magic Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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