100 Carnival Magic Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

This was a 6 night cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to half moon cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. This was our first carnival cruise only sailing with Norwegian previously. To start the first views of the ship from the outside ... Read More
This was a 6 night cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to half moon cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. This was our first carnival cruise only sailing with Norwegian previously. To start the first views of the ship from the outside compared to the others at the port was somewhat disappointing. It was absolutely the worst appearing cruise ship out of the other 4. Large amounts of rust was noted throughout the ship and below anchor. It did not have much of a wow factor. Cabin: We had a balcony room on the 9th floor. The room was nice, beds slept great. I appreciated the bathroom seemed a little larger than a previous cruise I had been on. I requested a fan and one was delivered to the room the first evening. Our stateroom steward was great. Overall we really enjoyed our cabin. Food & Drinks: Overall the food was great. The downside however pretty much any place you went had long lines. I had sailed on a Norwegian cruise before and enjoyed the several sit down dining options that came with your fare. I was unaware that carnival mainly has walk up dining. With the only sit down dining being the main dining rooms (2) I was really excited to eat at the Mongolian Wok thinking it was a sit down restaurant to only find it was a walk up place. Guys burger, guys pig and anchor, blue iguanna cantina, and the main dining rooms all had really great food. I however wasn't too impressed with the Lido marketplace. Food was bland and wasn't very many options compared to the buffet of a Norwegian cruise. We purchased the soda package but found it hard to get our moneys worth as you had to wait in the bar lines to get soda since there weren't any drink options at the walk up food places. So you would end up waiting in 2 separate lines for food and drinks. I also was somewhat surprised that our prepaid gratuities didn't go towards alcohol purchases. Ship Fun: The ship has 2 very very small pools under 5 feet deep. For a ship with a capacity of 3690 guests it was just inadequate. There are around 6-8 hot tubs throughout the ship which you could usually get space in. Numerous sun chairs throughout ship but it still was hard to find 2 together due to the amount of people the ship can hold. The 2 water slides, ropes course, and serenity deck (adults only) stayed closed for 4 out of 6 days of our cruise due to high winds. We finally made it up to the serenity deck on the last sea day of our cruise. It was a very nice change from the hustle and bustle of the Lido deck. Theres also a bar with little wait time. Movie night was probably our most favorite ship activity. We ended watching 3 movies on the lido deck. Good movie choices and they will provide you with blankets to use. Ports: 1. Half moon cay: was absolutely beautiful No dock, must water shuttle over. Water was crystal clear, white sand beach. Plenty of chairs and floating mats. Would recommend to anyone who is able to walk furthest down the beach you can and it will be much less crowded than where you get on the island. The island BBQ is free and the food provided was decent. We would absolutely go back to this port. 2. Grand Turk: Again crystal clear waters. There was another ship at dock when we arrived and between the two ships the cruise port was extremely crowded. Chairs are stacked one ontop of the other. The chairs and umbrellas are supposed to be free but locals will harass you to pay for them. We became frustrated and took our beach stuff back to the ship and opted to do a island tour instead. The island tour was 25 bucks a person and lasted about 90 mins. We enjoyed it. Went to a small market near the ocean and the island lighthouse. It was much slower pace and relaxed than the port. I will not visit this port again due to the crowded beach. 3. Amber cove: waters are not clear. There is no beach that we could find but has a very large pool. We purchases a shore excursion which took us 20 minutes up the mountain and we zip lined and rode horses. The zip lining was amazing, I believe it was 7 different ziplines with the last one being the longest in the Dominican Republic. The staff was very friendly and we had a blast. The horseback riding was fun as well. Most of us in the group was first time riders and all of the horses are extremely well behaved. Dominican Republic has a very jungle/ jurassic park feel. It was amazing and we would love to go back. Overall the ship is in much need of a renovation. The carpet is outdated, some hallways smell bad. Theres rust everywhere on the outside of the ship. Theres also rust lines on the big TV screen above the lido deck. The lights along the railings are unsightly with wires visible wires running the railings. I would think they could do something better to hide them or put decorative covers over the lights. This and the lines/crowdedness of the ship is the main reason I gave this cruise a lower score. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
First and foremost let me say that Carnival has a automatic 18% tipping system built in that you can dispute at guest services but is very hard to do. Here is the issue I have with it. I may be traditional but in my book tips are earned ... Read More
First and foremost let me say that Carnival has a automatic 18% tipping system built in that you can dispute at guest services but is very hard to do. Here is the issue I have with it. I may be traditional but in my book tips are earned for starters and they belong to the employee who earned them. The next problem I have with the Carnival tip program is that a large part of it goes into a fund to pay for employee medical costs and other things like flights home etc... Thus the employee is maybe getting 10% of that 18% at best. The problem is that the average crew member earns ~$16,500 per year and the CEO earns ~$13.6M per year and you want the passengers tips to cover your employee medical costs!? Really! How about we reduce the CEO pay and put that towards the crew medical benefits? Carnival should be ashamed of themselves for paying such low wages and then pushing medical costs off onto the tips these hard workers earned. Where's my 1099 or receipt for my taxes if my tips are paying your medical benefits? I would rather pay more for a booking and tip in cash for better service and for the employees to have much better working conditions. The reason Carnival is "cheapest" with bookings is because they use cheap labor and earned a revenue of $20.8B in 2019. Let that sink in for a minute folks. RCI and NC pay on average $20,000 per employee (still not the world) and their CEOs earn less and they are still able to earn a nice profit. Why can't Carnival treat the employees better and not use passenger tips to offset employer costs? Frankly it's disgusting and amounts to slave labor if you ask me. Carnival is clearly going the way of airlines in so far as service and fees.Ok now let's get to the cruise. 1. We booked the “Island Hop” excursion in Grand Turk and the description states “Take this opportunity of a lifetime to explore three of the 23 islands that make up the Turks and Caicos Islands. We did NOT go to three or even two islands for that matter rather we went to ONE island only and stayed there for about 45 minutes. We spent 30 minutes snorkeling and we certainly did not relax on a “snowy white beach” dining on delicious foods and an included open Caribbean Bar. These are direct quotes from Carnival website regarding the excursion at $114.99 per person. Frankly the sub-contractor is ripping Carnival and the passengers off as the items advertised were NOT included nor did they ever take place. We paid $230 and basically felt that we had $230 stolen from us. 2. Our stateroom was dirty (we have photos). We immediately brought this to the crew’s attention and the reaction was “oh yeah it’s dirty” and we are “sorry”, but we just didn’t have time to clean but we will clean it when you are out of the room. They did spend 2 hours cleaning the room, but it never should have gotten to this point in the first place. 3. Steakhouse. Ruined our steaks twice because they didn’t know how to make a medium filet (have pictures) then the server and the chef start arguing with each other within ear shot of us on how to cook a medium steak to the point were I just asked if I needed to cook my own food?! The manager only charged us for one meal to their credit and provided a special desert. 4. Main dining room on 2/13/20. Hostess began to argue and raise her voice at us over a misunderstanding regarding the reservation and flat out stated “go eat somewhere else on the ship!” At this point a manager heard the commotion and stepped in to take charge and to his credit he got us a table for 6 and tried his best to make it up to us to. Kudos to him but it never should have happened in the first place either. If one of us would have had our phone with us it would have gone viral within minutes of us recording the crew members behavior. 5. Room service. We were given a muffin filled with raw bacon (have picture). 6. Then lastly, didn’t impact us directly but we were right behind the problem and cleaned it up for you as we were disembarking. Your crew did not know how to help a disabled person off the gangway with their wheelchair. My wife is a special education teacher with extensive training in this field and she stepped in to help the gentlemen and your crew. This should never happen – can you imagine if this was emergency evacuation? People would have panicked and trampled the passenger to death. We were speechless on how the situation was handled. On the positive side. This was our third cruise with Carnival, and we have our 4th one booked on the Breeze this summer but we are thinking about canceling due to this experience. We did enjoy Simone the cruise entertainment director (had him on the Dream and he is great). The majority of crew are always polite and work super hard to make it a fun and pleasant experience. The ship itself is overall a very nice vessel and except for the above we enjoyed ourselves and they could clean up the rust a bit better. The embarkation and debarkation were quick and smooth for us. The entertainment was very good, and the dance supervisor Simon was great and very friendly. The Cucina Del Capitano was great and the service was wonderful! Overall I would barely rate the Magic a 3 star experience and we tried to stay positive and make the best of it. Once of the ship at ports of call we went on land and enjoyed the local sights and had fun on our own. The people in these countries are just wonderful and they want you to visit and help them improve their economies and enjoy the culture. Side note - For some reason I can't get the photos to attach to this review. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We are a Midwestern family of four with two young kids (8yo & 6yo) now two days removed from our ship with everything still fresh in mind. Make no mistake – our vacation was so much fun. However, in hindsight, I wish I knew a few ... Read More
We are a Midwestern family of four with two young kids (8yo & 6yo) now two days removed from our ship with everything still fresh in mind. Make no mistake – our vacation was so much fun. However, in hindsight, I wish I knew a few things beforehand that made our vacation simply meh rather than amazing for these sailors. Travel: -Fort Lauderdale Airport is nice enough, but the pickup area for shuttles, busses, taxis and Ubers/Lyfts is a free for all. It is jam packed and crowded with everyone else trying to get to their hotel or cruise ship. -I recommend staying at a hotel the night before. A) it ensures you’re in Fort Lauderdale the day your ship sails B) it prevents being in a rush against people, congestion and traffic C) gets you rested, free breakfast and free or cheap transportation to Port Everglades. -Port Everglades: traffic was a standstill on debarking day. It can take from 30 min to almost 2 hrs to get two miles into the place and to your terminal, so leave plenty early! They will sail without you! -Check in and boarding is nearly flawless, especially with priority boarding (you get that with a suite) or Faster to the Fun, which is definitely worth the money. It buys you skipping the line and having your room made/available before the rest of the ship. The Ship (Carnival Magic): -Wow, does it need to be refurbished. It is 9 years old now, built in 2011, and shows signs of it from the carpeting and décor to the rusting exterior. -State room (11th floor with balcony) was amazing. Perfectly sized, like a decent RV, plenty of storage, decent bathroom, working TV, just very few (as in two) outlets in which a power strip may not fit. -The muster drill is annoying because it takes so long for people to actually show up, then get called out for not showing up, basically to say “come to this location with your life jackets in case of emergency.” -Deck 5. Comedy Club and comedians – A. Piano Bar – A. Alchemy – D (overpriced and really lousy service). Pig & Anchor – C (overrated food that made some of us sick). Casino – C (it would be fine if it didn’t smell like smoke so badly). Red Frog Pub – waste of space (never saw anyone in there). Theater – A. Flick is amazing. The Game Show is terrible (they take a few passengers up to play TV game shows). Lip Sync Battle is a riot and great that they involve the junior cruisers. -Deck 10. Pools are laughably small. Salt water to boot. Too small to swim. No jumping in allowed. Really a shame for a ship to have two pools that are too small to use. Guy’s burgers are awesome. Cantina makes great burritos and taco salads. Lido buffet is meh – you can find anything, but the lines are long and the food is blah. Capitano Pizza is good. -Deck 11. Camp Ocean is an amazing experience for kids. It’s safe, secure, the staff truly cares and the kids enjoyed the activities and games. This makes Carnival worth it. -Deck 12. WaterWorks is an amazing waterpark. Two great slides, plenty of fun for kids and grownups, very enjoyable part of the vacation. SportSquare has minigolf, pool tables, basketball court, running track and exercise equipment. We used some of that – very nice touch. -Deck 14/15. Cloud 9 and Serenity. Nice adult areas. Nice hot tub pool, sauna, heated chairs. -Other. Elevators are annoying. Always slow and always a wait. The Food: -Breakfast. Don’t even bother with Lido Marketplace. Lines will kill you and the food is so blah. Go sit down at Northern or Southern Lights. It’s worth it. Much better food and good service. -Lunch. Lido is fine, but Cantina, Pizzeria, Guys Burgers and Pig & Anchor are all better. -Dinner. Do your sit down dining. The food options and quality are very good, but our service was pretty lousy from forgotten entrees and drinks to really long times for service. Twice we left without eating dessert because it was taking so long. Sort of odd that happened. The Itinerary: -Nassau: We didn’t get off the ship here because of the reputation for being however you want to word rough and tumble, hardnosed, unsanitary or borderline unsafe. -Amber Cove: what a treasure – safe, secure, great pools, great slides, cute shops and great weather. Honestly, if our cruise ship docked here for three days, we’d be thrilled. -Grand Turk: sort of a Catch 22. The good: the beach, the seawater, the pool and the weather. The bad: the guys hawking shaded seating they claim to be “theirs for rent” once all the free green umbrellas are taken. It’s lame and Carnival won’t do anything about it if it is as illegitimate as it seems. Disembarking: -You know what? It’s actually not that bad. Carnival takes your luggage the night beforehand from outside your door down to the terminal. Picking up your stuff there is easy. Besides the lengthy line for Customs and Border Protection, it’s smooth. -The crowd at pickup is about as bad as the crowd at the airport. Throngs of people waiting for shuttles, busses, taxis or Ubers/Lyfts. Good luck trying to explain where you are within Port Everglades and how to find your terminal to someone coming to get you. It’s pretty rough. -The airport is about as bad as any on a busy travel day. Southwest has this wonky system whereby you can check in using a self-serve terminal if your flight is within 2 hrs; otherwise, you have to wait in this lengthy line outside to get helped by a few guys who are totally overwhelmed. Don’t know who concocted that system, but it is terrible. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
It’s so many negative things that I can say about this ship from the interior to the exterior. It’s a old ship, the carpet was dirty, the hallway stink very bad. The food was cold and out of order. We had more fun on the islands than ... Read More
It’s so many negative things that I can say about this ship from the interior to the exterior. It’s a old ship, the carpet was dirty, the hallway stink very bad. The food was cold and out of order. We had more fun on the islands than we did on the ship. I will say that I won $100 at the casino, and that was the highlight of my trip. Happy anniversary to me and my husband! The cruise Director Simon was great, very informative and funny. The staff seemed rehearsed and like a puppet, some spoke some didn’t. Everyone working for tips, also looking for tips. Went out on excursion paid a lot of money up front only to get on the island and the prices were a lot cheaper. Got the spa package and it was always either down, or over crowded a waste of money., i got a mani and pedi broken nails and chipped polish that they wouldn’t fix. Never ever again Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a group cruise in Jan 2020 and was the eastern Caribbean. The ports visited were Saint Maarten, Saint Lucia, San Juan. We missed Grand Turk as the wind was too high to safely enter port. The food highlight was the visit to the ... Read More
This was a group cruise in Jan 2020 and was the eastern Caribbean. The ports visited were Saint Maarten, Saint Lucia, San Juan. We missed Grand Turk as the wind was too high to safely enter port. The food highlight was the visit to the steakhouse (extra $$) but it was worth it. We visited the 2nd nite and was able to take advantage of promotion for free bottle of wine. We also brought wine aboard and were pleased that they didn't charge the corking fee in the dining room. The dining room food I found to be on par with past cruises on Allure of the Seas and Norweigan. There were plenty of lunch food options and the burger joint was quite good but the BBQ pit a disappointment. At dinner, if you missed dining time the buffet was rather sparse and limited. The ship entertainment focused more on party time. There were fewer shows and lower overall show quality than Royal Caribbean and Norweigan (based on our other cruises). The rooms were very clean and the staff very nice and attentive. Overall, the crew were the friendliest of any other cruise I have been on. Overall, the trip was ok but would not re-do this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarkation was very smooth and fast. We Ubered over from the airport. I found this faster and also cheaper overall. I would recommend this to anyone. We had a suite which afforded us some extra benefits. I have to say that once on ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth and fast. We Ubered over from the airport. I found this faster and also cheaper overall. I would recommend this to anyone. We had a suite which afforded us some extra benefits. I have to say that once on the ship it was not set up for everyone to sit around waiting for their cabin. I would recommend that the dining rooms be opened up for the embarkation if for nothing else to allow for cruisers to have a place to sit and also eat. The buffet was a nightmare. This can set the tone for the cruise (hint hint). The cabin was on the 7th floor and close to the elevator but we never really heard a lot of hallway noise. The suite was about 1.5 the size of the regular balcony cabin. We had quite a bit of storage and a small bathtub which was why we picked this cabin. The balcony was also actually large enough for my DW to get some sun in private. We enjoyed the Italian restaurant on the first day. Service was great and food good. I recommend this for anyone. For the rest of our lunches we had Guy's burgers and fries. The lunch buffet and dinner buffet was terrible. I dont usually complain about the food but this was sad. Nothing like I enjoyed on Carnival in the past. Breakfast was good but could have been spaced out a little more. One person can really slow down the whole process when they dig for the perfect slice of bacon or pancake. After a while we just went to the main dining room. Service was good and food was not bad. I have to say that it is obvious that they are grossly understaffed in the dining facilities. Everyone else noticed it too. The crew worked very hard but should have been able to slow down some. We have always defended Carnival against nay sayers saying that the food and shows were always top notch. I can no longer say this. This shows were not of the quality of past voyages or other cruise lines. We did have the sewer back up on the ship. We came in about 10 pm and the towels on the floor were covered. I called and called and never got help. After 30 minutes I got on Facebook on the Carnival page and complained. Mary answered almost immediately and said she contacted the ship for me. Sad I had to go this route. Once help arrived again we were informed that they were short staffed and apologized. They cleaned it up and sanitized several times over the next few days but the stink never seemed to disappear. I should have never had to go outside the ship for help. We got off the ship at each stop but did not excursions. Everything we need was close to the ship. We missed Grand Turk due to winds, its ashamed that we could not tender in for a while. But it is what it is and the ship adapted well to the missed stop. The disembarkation process was fast and smooth. This impressed me. But, considering where my experiences with Carnival started and where they are today I am afraid this is probably my last trip on this line. For what I paid for the cabin I expected a little more.This is why I rated down. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We are regular cruisers, and have sailed on Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity and RCL. We generally like Carnival, as it has the most in terms of activities and is usually a good price point for the quality- this trip however was VERY ... Read More
We are regular cruisers, and have sailed on Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity and RCL. We generally like Carnival, as it has the most in terms of activities and is usually a good price point for the quality- this trip however was VERY different. The staff are trying very hard, but there seems to be changes ( decrease) in quality even since our last sailing last December. It is most noticeable in the buffet. Con's The food really is much lower quality. Everything was cheaply made with lots of filler and dough, and corn starch. The Turkey at the carving station was inedible, we couldn't cut it, and then couldn't chew it. The gravy wasn't gravy, it was corn starch and water. They no longer have butter at the buffet it is wiped oil spread, which is tasteless. We are not picky eaters at all, so this was surprising. The line ups EVERYWHERE on the ship were horrendous. We sailed on the sister ship, the Breeze, in 2015 and it was awesome, so we expected the same but were sadly disappointed. The Mongolian wok on the Lido deck was so poorly laid out. You wait in line while the chef cooks in front of you, but it takes 4-5 mins per customer. We waited 45 mins twice and only moved a few spots forward so we gave up. My mother in law waited two hours and got her dish which she said was tasteless. Nothing made sense in the line ups either, the condiments were before the mains...so all the oatmeal toppings were before the pot of oatmeal. The sauces were before the carving stations, and the pseudo butter was before everything. It makes no sense what so ever. The spa staff literally harass you to try to sell you massages or services- These staff really need to understand "No Thank You" means No. I know they are only trying to make money but I started avoiding them every time I saw them. they were relentless. The music around the Pool was blaring loud, and we normally really like all the fun and games around the pool, but we couldn't stay there this time, it was just too loud. The DJ really turned up the volume too much. And one day and a half our daughters room was not made up and not attendant to be found. We went looking for him, but couldn't locate him, so a day and half later when we saw him was asked specifically for the room to be made up, at least with dry towels. That was a first for us to have to do that. I asked him if it was because we prepaid our gratuities which he just smiled and said No, but I didn't believe him. The pools are filled with children and the hot tubs had 25-30 kids. There was no sitting in them safely or comfortably. I do challenge the parents on this one- please young kids in the hot tubs in not a good idea. There were children running everywhere- I don't mind children playing , but they were running the halls and the buffet and the pools. It made it very unpleasant. We went to the Serenity deck but it was closed so we had very few options. They need to move the Punch liner Comedy club to the main theater. Not everyone fits in the Comedy club- and it is standing room only , which is not ideal. Even arriving 45 mins before the show you don't get a seat. The Pro's- Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze!! very very smooth and easy. We found the rooms to be much bigger than other Carnival Ships. The entertainment ( DJ aside) was excellent. the shows were great, and there was a lot to do in the evenings. The Dive In Theater was excellent with great movies. The Orchestra of violins were excellent and the Love and Marriage show was funny as usual. The common areas were very clean and although the ship is showing it's age, the staff do a great job of keeping it clean. The Cruise director Simon, was high energy and did a great job. Sail Away party was wonderful and very high energy. The food in the dining room was pretty good, much better than the buffet; however, the staff seem very stressed. they made many mistakes, but it looked like they were trying their best. I think they might have too many tables perhaps? Maybe if they removed the showtime song in the dining room at night the wait staff could focus on doing their job of serving. Usually we are addressed by name by the room attendants or the wait staff. There was only one waiter that did this ( Ryan) in the Northern Lights. He was exceptional. Otherwise the staff just seemed way to busy to notice or care. At one point the hostess wanted me to download the Carnival Hub app in order to proceed into the dining room. I explained that my phone is one Airplane Mode, I don't have an international plan, or WiFI and so I didn't do that, she seemed very frustrated that we hadn't made reservations for dinner at the anytime dining, I said we don't mind waiting but I didn't want to download the app. that was not the answer she wanted to hear. Overall we had fun but definitely noticed the cost saving cuts in the buffet and the room services. We probably won't sail Carnival again anytime soon, as I would rather pay a little more and get better quality. . Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We did have a nice time on this cruise weather was pleasant. Just the type of people, the other cruisers incredibly rude. We have done Carnival many times before. I did like the Magic better then Carnival Sunshine. Was a lot cleaner. ... Read More
We did have a nice time on this cruise weather was pleasant. Just the type of people, the other cruisers incredibly rude. We have done Carnival many times before. I did like the Magic better then Carnival Sunshine. Was a lot cleaner. Just some of the fellow cruisers just made it unpleasant. Will pay more to go with a luxury cruise line next time. Or just fly to our next vacay. We did a six day cruise. Nassau, Amber Cove, Grand Turks. The bathroom is tiny as usual. I think if you are very large person, you would be very uncomfortable. My son who is almost 19 had a good time. He hung out with the teenagers his age on the boat. We did enjoy our excursion on Amber Cove. Terrcross buggies. Alot of fun. But you will get very dirty. Bring a change of clothes and a towel for later for on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
First of all let me say this was my 16th cruise on Carnival in the last 8 years. All but one of those has been awesome until this one. This was a first cruise for my grown daughter and three nieces. My daughter & I had a deluxe ocean ... Read More
First of all let me say this was my 16th cruise on Carnival in the last 8 years. All but one of those has been awesome until this one. This was a first cruise for my grown daughter and three nieces. My daughter & I had a deluxe ocean view cabin. While the shower pressure was fine, the water in both basins had very little pressure and the drains were almost clogged shut. Our room steward was very attentive but the room itself could have been much cleaner. Many of the common areas of the ship are worn & need of repair/paint. The food in the buffet was fine and Guy's burger bar great as usual. The Blue Iguana Cantina is usually a favorite but this was terrible. The guy making burritos in the morning didn't know what he was doing. The condiment jars had not been refilled from the day before and some of the toppings looked like they had been left out uncovered. In the buffet, the water stations would only run a very slow stream so it took a long time just to fill a glass. At one point one of them quit entirely. When we arrived in Half Moon the crew was disorganized and for quite some time only were running one tender boat. Even though we were Platinum priority, we had to wait for several tenders before there was one with a ramp so that my daughter could use her knee scooter. The cruise director blamed the problem of only one tender gangplank on the "rough water" but there was no rough water. As always, the ports themselves were great! The production shows were very good and the performers better than average. Also enjoyed the comedy club. The Hub Chat feature that is supposed to allow us to communicate with others in our group did not work. An those in the group that purchased wifi said it was down more than it was working. Debarkation was a joke!! We were in port for over 2 hours before the baggage for the priority passengers was unloaded so we could disembark. As I said, we have cruised out of Port Everglades many times on other Carnival ships and never had these kinds of waits. While I have another Carnival cruise coming up, thank goodness it's not on the Magic. Won't be sailing on that ship any time soon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise for our ten year anniversary trip. We liked the itinerary and the six days worked well for our schedule. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day prior and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel. We have stayed here before ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our ten year anniversary trip. We liked the itinerary and the six days worked well for our schedule. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day prior and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel. We have stayed here before cruises in the past. It’s a nice clean hotel and is right at the entrance to the port so it’s a very short taxi ride. We left the hotel around noon and were on the ship within about 30 minutes. Smooth embarkation. We are not the type to be the first people on board the ship and I think this helps as we have not waited in lines for the last several cruises. Half Moon Cay was our favorite stop. We slept in and hopped on a tender after the crowds died down. This beach is beautiful. We found two chairs pretty easily and spent a few hours in the water. The water is crystal clear and the beach is some of the nicest sand you will find. Carnival has done a great job with this island. The one big complaint is getting back on the ship. We went back to the tender about an hour and a half before the all aboard time and found an extremely long line. We waited in line for well over an hour before getting onto a tender. I know there’s only so many tenders, but standing in the blaring sun for that long is a real downer after a great day. Carnival needs to at least put up some shades along the long path people line up on. Next stop was Amber Cove. We booked the Terracross Off-road Adventure through Carnival. Melvin our tour guide did a great job and this was an enjoyable excursion. We are experienced off-roaders and I will admit there was times it was a little annoying when stuck behind a first timer. But I knew that from reading the reviews. I give this excursion 4 out of 5 stars. One thing to note at this stop is that it didn’t seem like there was anything to walk to other than the typical cruise shops. Last port was Grand Turk. We had been to this port once in the past and was aware of the decent beach and areas right off the ship. We booked a cabana through Carnival at the Margaritaville pool. This was a nice relaxing day. The cabana was nice with cold A/C and a comfortable couch. Service was good and the food and drinks were just ok. Typical of these type of places. We had late dining, which we prefer. The only issue is that you miss most of the shows. We don’t mind as we don’t really care to go to them anyway. Our waiters were the best we’ve ever had. We absolutely loved the layout of this ship and what it had to offer. By far our favorite yet. We spent a lot of time on deck 5 and found ourselves in the Redfrog Pub often. Naomi is an amazing acoustic performer, and she is often in there performing. This cruise had an interesting crowd for some reason. We have been on several Carnival cruises and expect to see all different classes on board. This cruise was particularly low. I can’t quite figure it out. I know Carnival has no control over who pays to take their cruises. There was several occasions where my time was disturbed by disrespectful people. There was a very loud cabin above us. It sounded like they were letting their kid jump off the bed repeatedly. A couple nights this continued after midnight. Then there was a cabin two doors down from us. They partied in their cabin with loud music and numerous people several nights. I’ve never understood partying in a small balcony cabin. There is so many places on a ship that you could have completely to yourself if that’s what you’re looking for. I saw security there at least once, and that was nice to see actually. I have also never smelled so much marijuana on a cruise. We have smelled it on probably every cruise we have ever taken, but this seemed to be everywhere. Then there was the announcements. We love to sleep in on our cruises. Especially when we get the chance to leave our son at home. I don’t think sleeping until 10am is unreasonable on a vacation. For some reason the cruise director, Simon, loved to make announcements at 9am. Although they are in the hallway, they are impossible to sleep through. Carnival loves using their loudspeakers. It’s often to tell you something that 90% of the cruisers don’t care about. On night 3 or 4 we were woken by two announcements about ten minutes apart over the loudspeakers in the hallway at 4am. They were announcing a persons name and asking he call guest services. Then about fifteen minutes later they did it again two more times. This time they blasted it through the speakers in every room in the ship. I can only imagine these poor people that had kids sleeping. I understand someone was probably worried about someone, but come on Carnival. This is unacceptable. We all know the guy is passed out drunk somewhere or is in someone else’s room having fun. There was no reason for this. Overall all, I had some serious disappointments with this trip but we still had a great time. This was our 10th cruise. 8 on Carnival, 2 on Princess. We are at a point that we intend on cruising twice a year, as we did this year. Unfortunately, I need a break from Carnival. I was really looking forward to getting that platinum status in the next few years. I’m afraid my wife is set on being religious Princess cruisers after this. We shall see, perhaps we return down the road. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Embark was chaotic with suitcase and people drop off from Ft Lauderdale. I have no idea how someone has not been hit by a car. Disembark was great- easy peezy. Because we are VIFP members- we stick with Carnival- however the loyalty ... Read More
Embark was chaotic with suitcase and people drop off from Ft Lauderdale. I have no idea how someone has not been hit by a car. Disembark was great- easy peezy. Because we are VIFP members- we stick with Carnival- however the loyalty program is fair at best. They could learn a ton from Omni or Southwest Loyalty programs. The crowd was shady. The neighbor staterooms partied all night (no problem there) and thought it was hilarious to scream and knock on doors around 3AM. Then other stateroom residents would get angry and scream at them. I was sure a fight was about to break out any moment. Constant cursing. Las Vegas felt more kid/teen friendly than the cruise ship. The excursions are awesome. We did Monkeyland in the Dominican Republic, Snorkeling in Grand Turks, and beaching at Half Moon Cay. All wonderful. The shows were great but I had to miss a lot of them due to a late dinner. The staff are awesome. Our stateroom attendants Gede was always smiling and speedy quick at cleaning the room. Mudiantara and Komang were awesome dinner attendants. They were incredibly observant and catered to our personal preferences incredibly well. They deserve a bonus. I will absolutely miss them. The cruise ship director was also great. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Largest cruise of 4 that I have been on and big disappointment. I thought there would be more pools and there was several things in pictures on sight that was not available. Food was great as well as all of the staff. They always answered ... Read More
Largest cruise of 4 that I have been on and big disappointment. I thought there would be more pools and there was several things in pictures on sight that was not available. Food was great as well as all of the staff. They always answered our questions and concerns Room was hot but may have been due to we was right under the LIdo deck which is open floor plan with door opening and closing all the time. Ports were all great and we never had any issues with directions for shops and other things. We did do and excursion in Amber Cove. We was under the impression we would be doing close to 27 waterfalls and jumps. we only got to do 7. The group leaders were awesome but when you pay for that money you want to do it all. Also no where was we told closed shoes for the waterfalls and we all wore Chacos and then had to rent 4 pairs for $8 a piece. We traveled with a 16 and 20 year old. Not a lot for the 16 bc they can not get into a lot of the clubs. I will do another cruise but I will go back to a smaller ship..More personal and fun.But if just looking to lay out and relax this ship will meet your needs. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
we had never been on Carnival, and this was a 9 day cruise, so we decided to give it a try. we traveled with our son and daughter in law, had adjacent cabins. what was good was we had the steward open the door between balconies and were ... Read More
we had never been on Carnival, and this was a 9 day cruise, so we decided to give it a try. we traveled with our son and daughter in law, had adjacent cabins. what was good was we had the steward open the door between balconies and were able to all enjoy the balcony together. did not enjoy the food, every seafood dish I tried was fishy, even the fried oyster appetizer and the lobster tail--inedible. the anytime dining was convenient, and the Carnival Hub app worked very well most of the time. the highlights were the sit down breakfasts and the seaday brunches. the Italian restaurant was the biggest highlight of the cruise, and everything there was perfect, the waiter, I believe his name was Goran, was exceptional. our cabin was very nice, and our steward, Agung, was very good, with fresh ice all the time, and he was right on top of keeping our cabin fresh. too many smoking areas, and the casino was terribly smoky, we couldn't go there to gamble, and even passing through to another area was a bad experience. shows not good, 88 keys was below average, and the country music show was terrible. the best entertainment was the three ladies playing electric violins in the atrium, they were excellent. boarding and debarkation were smooth. we won't be traveling on Carnival any more, will have to look for a "luxury" cruise I guess. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The ugly....cannabis smoking is everywhere. Public areas balconies and my favorite...lighting up beside a family during movie night. Security are polite and ineffective. Smuggle it on and smoke until they call you Chong all cruise long. ... Read More
The ugly....cannabis smoking is everywhere. Public areas balconies and my favorite...lighting up beside a family during movie night. Security are polite and ineffective. Smuggle it on and smoke until they call you Chong all cruise long. The bad....why do some people treat their cruise in the Caribbean as a prison release party. Drunken fools during the muster drill and thereafter. The inclusive drink option is crusing cruising experiences.kids club....advertised and closed. Grand turk is a very sad place to visit ( post hurricane) we did a tour of the island and there is still lots of visual scarring The best for last...the good....the crew the food and the ship are top notch. Staff appear to be really enjoying themselves. I had absolutely no complaints about the carnival side of things....gym was clean and large. Cruise director Marq gave it his all. Great food options include burritos guys burgers.to be succinct....it was the ten percent of the passengers that act like drunken stoned fools. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Good itinerary, great weather. Ship was a little rusty and our cabin wasn’t that nice. Boarding process at Miami was much improved from my last experience. My biggest complaint was with some of the passengers. Lots of drunk and messy ... Read More
Good itinerary, great weather. Ship was a little rusty and our cabin wasn’t that nice. Boarding process at Miami was much improved from my last experience. My biggest complaint was with some of the passengers. Lots of drunk and messy people. Carnival tries to combine the booze cruise type with the family friendly type and they don’t mix. A fight broke out in the cabin next to ours at 1:30am. Do not need to expose my kids to a bunch of drunken idiots. When somebody can hardly walk it might be a good idea to stop serving them drinks. Main dining room was nice, food was good, but the cafeteria was very crowded and hard to find a place to sit down. In general lots of people lots of lines. Comedy club was really good they rotated out the comedians in the middle of the cruise so we didn’t have the same ones every night. Entertainment in the main theater was not that good. The music on the main deck was good but I was hoping for more of a Caribbean vibe, It’s the Caribbean I want steel drums. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I was visiting the gym every day 1-There was no instructor to expelling who to operate the machines and the spa manager offered me guide for 85 $ special 2- many machines was covered with dust , specially the running machine and I ... Read More
I was visiting the gym every day 1-There was no instructor to expelling who to operate the machines and the spa manager offered me guide for 85 $ special 2- many machines was covered with dust , specially the running machine and I wrote my name on the first day and the name stayed there 3- the out side windows was not clean from the first day I informed the spa manager and the guest service but nothing was done, on private talks with staff the impression is that there is short of cleaning workers , but the most important is that if a guest will operate the machine not in a write way he can have a health problem like what happened to me pain in the shoulder till now 4- the entertainment team is not professionals and almost every night there is on main board 10 floor films not dancing like a real Caribbean cruise , it’s good for families and old people 5- the security also not so professional and by mistake my wife left the ship with my card and they did not want to let her back onboard and I got her card 6- I stayed in room 1287 Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
let me start be saying this was a chartered cruise. that being said there are some things that were not carnival's fault but solely the responsibility of the group who sponsored the cruise. this review is only about carnival magic. ... Read More
let me start be saying this was a chartered cruise. that being said there are some things that were not carnival's fault but solely the responsibility of the group who sponsored the cruise. this review is only about carnival magic. the cabin was ok, our room steward was friendly and kept our room clean, however he did not do anything to our balcony which was consistently dirty. i had to wipe out chair before i could sit. the bathroom had a persistent sewer smell and the flooring had soft spots that felt like if i stepped on it wrong my foot would go through the floor. there was adequate storage space. the spa was wonderful. i had several massages and enjoyed the steam room and the Thalassotherapy Pool were great. i took advantage of the facilities almost every day of my seven day cruise. dining was ok. the lines were atrocious. on our very first day we tried the seafood shack and they were out of lobster rolls and crab cakes. how is that even possible? running out of food on the first day. it took forever to get served and to find a clean table. meals in the dining room were good. guy's burgers were great and were our go-to when lines were long at the buffet. guy's barbeque place was good too, just needed longer operating hours. service overall (drink servers, table cleaners, etc.) was slow. it usually took 30 minutes or so to get a drink and for a table to be cleared. embarkation was terrible...we stood in line for over 2 hours before we proceeded through the security area then had to wait another hour for wheelchair service. when we reached our room it was ready and keys were available in the box. disembarkation was beyond horrible. after reaching the luggage carousel it took almost three hours for our luggage to arrive. carnival staff could not tell me why there was such a delay and seemed not to care that patrons were getting angry and the area was over-crowded. lastly the next cruisers were delayed because of our disembarkation issues. news agencies were notified and carnival implied that our group was at fault for the delay. i am personally insulted by the implication. furthermore, the waiting cruisers were offered compensation for their delay in embarkation. why we were not offered compensation as we endured the same type of delay? if these delays are consistent each time this ship sails then carnival needs to review their current procedures and implement changes so that cruisers can board the ship at their appointed time. would i go again? on the carnival magic? absolutely not!!! on another newer carnival ship, possibly...but not any time soon!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We ended up being a bit late for embarkation because of airport delays, and they still let us in, which was VERY VERY much appreciated. The ship layout was a bit confusing especially the Deck 3 situation, but we managed (with a lot of ... Read More
We ended up being a bit late for embarkation because of airport delays, and they still let us in, which was VERY VERY much appreciated. The ship layout was a bit confusing especially the Deck 3 situation, but we managed (with a lot of walking). The elevators were usually very slow and crowded, so we tried to use the stairs as much as possible. We had a balcony stateroom, the size was comparable to those on other cruise ships. what i LOVED is that the bed is right next to the window/balcony so you can see great views from your bed. We were on deck 6 and it was a bit loud at night, we could here music from I don't know where and people were ALWAYS slamming the door (no holding it when they shut it so that was really annoying, but that's just people not being considerate of others). Our stateroom steward Komang was phenomenal, he made sure we were comfortable and got us everything we needed, he was always in a great mood and asking us about our day. On our first day we noticed that the shower wasnt draining properly, we told Komang and he said he would send someone right away. I told him we were going to take a nap because we were exhausted from our long travelling day and he said no problem, I'll send someone tomorrow morning. The next morning a maintenance guy came to fix it, so that was great. The dinning room staff was amazing as well and the food was great. What I didn't like is that you only have one free dinning option (the dining room) or the buffet. The buffet was very bland and pretty much always the same thing, and the line was VERY long. It's also annoying that you have to eat at your reserved time (8:15 for us) everyday. Sometimes there were activities at that time and I would have liked the option of going to diner earlier. They definitely need more dining options that are free of charge. The entertainment was ok. MarQ was great and the entertainment by the pool was awesome and funny. However we found the shows in the theater to be kind of cheesy and nothing spectacular. The comedians at the Punchliner were great, we went to a lot of shows and it was awesome. We missed one of our port days because of a medical emergency, so that sucked. the days at sea were very crowded as everyone wanted a chair in the sun, which is why im glad i had a balcony room. There is also Deck 5 with quite a lot of long chairs and it was usually not as busy as the lido deck where the pools are. Thank god for deck 5, we really enjoyed it! Overall I would say the ship needs upgrading/painting/deep cleaning, but the staff made our cruise much better. We had a good time but I wouldn't return on this particular carnival ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise was with family and they chose their favourite cruise line. We had been on the Inspiration and didn't care for the ship or experience but were ready to keep an open mind. Embarkation was swift except for some detail of ... Read More
This cruise was with family and they chose their favourite cruise line. We had been on the Inspiration and didn't care for the ship or experience but were ready to keep an open mind. Embarkation was swift except for some detail of where we were going after the cruise, which we had answered during online check-in, and which separated us from the rest of our group. Lunch was an opportunity to try Pig & Anchor, which was okay. Preference is lunch in a main dining room on embarkation day, which Carnival does not offer, and they do not offer lunch in a dining room at all - lunch is the buffet, Guy's, pizza or Mexican. The only 24-hour option is pizza, which wasn't great. The sandwich bar with grilled ham and cheese, Cubano, truffle fries, was excellent. We don't care for the dining room routine of dancing waiters and twirling napkins - our Carnival-experienced family members said that this is how waiters get promoted, so sad. Entertainment was very poor - the Hasbro game show is not a theatre show. Singers could not sing on key, singing along with recorded music and not a live band. The performer in the Red Frog Pub was best. Comedy was okay and too many people take small children to this venue when the material is not for children! Balcony cabin was excellent, room steward also very good. Loved the itinerary, booked two excursions which were well-run and worth the $$. Grand Turk was gorgeous, we rented a small car and toured on our own and that was perfect. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our 4th Carnival cruise (plus 4 Royal Caribbean, 1 Norwegian, 1 Disney). We chose this cruise for the ship amenities and the ports of call: Amber Cove, Dr; San Juan, PR; St Thomas, USVI; and Grand Turk, T&C. Embarkation was ... Read More
This was our 4th Carnival cruise (plus 4 Royal Caribbean, 1 Norwegian, 1 Disney). We chose this cruise for the ship amenities and the ports of call: Amber Cove, Dr; San Juan, PR; St Thomas, USVI; and Grand Turk, T&C. Embarkation was simple and fast. As in the past, we paid for the Faster-to-the-Fun to give us quicker access and more time onboard on our first day, but on this trip there was really no advantage. We were allowed to board at 12:00 noon, but we saw regular travellers arriving within 30 minutes, and nobody could access their staterooms until 1:30 pm. Our luggage did not arrive in our cabin around 4:30 pm. Overall there was no advantage to paying for the FTTF on this trip. The ship was in very good shape, clean, with average decor. Nothing fancy but no complaints. Unfortunately cigarette smoke was prevalent virtually everywhere onboard. It made us ill, adults and kids alike, and we spent a lot of time trying to avoid the Casino, all lounges, the Red Frog Pub, and much of the pool area due to so many smokers. While cigar smokers are relegated to a tiny area on an outer deck, cigarette smokers seem to have the run of the ship. I wish Carnival would bring their smoking policy into this century and restrict cigarette smoking to a single outside deck only, away from pools and the water park where children hang out. I suppose they'd have continue allowing smoking in casino too, given the demographics in that venue. Food at the buffet was adequate, but here are very few gluten-free or vegetarian choices. The main dining room food and service were excellent, and the Italian restaurant was very good also. One thing I could't believe was that Guy Fieri would allow his name to be used on this ships burger joint. The Guy's burgers on the Magic were absolutely disgusting. They were charred and overcooked, and dripping with grease. The floor anywhere near the serving area was slick and slippery with grease, and the greasy smoke from the grill permeated the buffet area. Yuk :( The water slides and splash area were great fun, but they were closed quite bit for safety due to high winds and rough seas. Beverage service was spotty on the Magic. On the pool deck it was virtually impossible to find a server. We had to go to the bar whenever we wanted a drink. That's fine if you can find a seat on the main pool deck, but a real pain if you are lounging two decks up by the water slides. The main lobby bar service was VERY slow, at one point taking 20 minutes to get a drink. Entertainment was, meh, just ok. The main-stage entertainers worked hard, but the singers were just average. We saw FLICK, and the choreography was confusing at best. Music on the pool deck was quite good. We liked the steel-drummer very much, and we enjoyed the Latin music by the Alchemy Bar but they need to dim the lights there so dancers don't feel like they are on display to everyone walking past. The deck parties were fun, but hey seemed a bit shorter than they used to be. After 3 or 4 obligatory line dances that was it. The cruise director and his team are very energetic, but the deck parties could be improved. At Amber Cove, DR we did the HANDS ON CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE AT CHOCAL excursion. A great alternative to hanging out the beach or the port. It was interesting to participate in planting cocoa bean and having the and harvesting and production explained (it was not harvest season), and of course we really enjoyed the final product...chocolates. Mmm, yummy. At St Thomas, USVI we did the KAYAK, HIKE & SNORKEL excursion. Kayaking in the wind was a bit challenging, but it was better than sitting on a bus tour or at a poolside bar. The hike was fun. We saw lots of hermit crabs, and the resident biologist explained the local flora and fauna. The snorkelling wasn't great due to recent storms stirring up the sand and making visibility poor, but we did see an octopus and a young barracuda. It was raining when we arrived in San Juan, PR so we opted to stay onboard. We spent only an hour at the beach in Grand Turk before returning to the ship, again due to rain. Our two kids (9 & 10 yrs) spent time at the Kids Club and really enjoyed themselves. One thing we did not like was the advertised Scavenger Hunt. No staff accompanied the kids on this hunt, they just let them go off on their own. For safety reasons we do not yet let our kids sign themselves in and out of the Kids Club on their own, so they couldn't participate in this activity. For us, the purpose of the Kid's Club is to know our kids are are having fun AND are supervised, which was not done during the Scavenger Hunt. Overall, we enjoyed the Carnival Magic and the itinerary. We would have loved the ship if only they would restrict the smoking onboard. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise to enjoy the Eastern Carib, and visit new places. I was excited to go on my second cruise, and my husband's first. We booked out a year in advance, got a nice balcony on level 2 (lower was preferred for us so we ... Read More
We chose this cruise to enjoy the Eastern Carib, and visit new places. I was excited to go on my second cruise, and my husband's first. We booked out a year in advance, got a nice balcony on level 2 (lower was preferred for us so we didn't feel the ship "roll" on higher floors, booked mid ship so we didn't feel much motion, and ended up being above the stabilizers, which sounded like canons going off from about 12:00 am - 5:00 am the first and second nights of our cruise. We were able to take naps during the day to catch up on sleep, but who wants to sleep all day while cruising?? It literally ruined our first days of vacation. Waiting at the bar for drinks, was another issue. At first, we just thought, wow, they are busy! But after hearing from other regular cruisers, who have been aboard other lines, this is abnormal. 15-20 minutes just to get waited on isn't fun. We didn't wait long in line at buffets, and the food was decent there. Loved the Blue Iguana meals, and even had the pizza delivery. Main dining was great - staff was wonderful. Food was pretty good most of the time. People complain about portions, but if you're a big eater, order double. Its allowed! Husband ordered "jumbo" shrimp, came out to regular sized shrimp, and 4 of them, as an entree. Our waiter came over and said, "what else can I get you", with menu in hand. The staff KNOW. Overall - Carnival was OK. We got a good deal, its a "budget friendly" line. Take your kids, but don't invade a hot tub full of adults - RUDE. There are pools and hot tubs all around, with other families. Also, felt like some of the time - pre-dinner and for shows, that people acted like vultures. We are all going to get dinner.. so we learned to show up 5 minutes after dinner started to walk right in. Or eating at the other places when the lines were low. Shows - get there early! Especially the comedians. They were hilarious, so filled up 15-30 minutes before the show. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I chose this cruise because I usually get out of the cold northeast in Feb.,once football season has ended.Embarkation was smooth.Debarkation &embarkation for the 2nd leg of my b2b was horrible.B2b patrons are supposed to be the last ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I usually get out of the cold northeast in Feb.,once football season has ended.Embarkation was smooth.Debarkation &embarkation for the 2nd leg of my b2b was horrible.B2b patrons are supposed to be the last ones off the ship&1st ones on for the 2nd half.Half the b2b patrons were on the gangway while the other half were still on the ship because the ship was not properly secured to the dock.Once we all finally got off & had cleared customs priorty patrons were already boarding ahead of b2b patrons.UNACCEPTABLE! I have been on CCL many times&have diamond status so I am familiar with most of the ships.Overall the ship &my interior cabin were fine,although the Magic does not have a separate sports bar.Dining was average at best, it seems like every CCl cruise I take they seem to be lowering the quality of the food.Deserts on lido deck looked appealing but the frosting had very little taste&why have they eliminated key lime pie?Entertainment was very good,the band in the plaza lounge was excellent,as was the piano player in the piano bar.Service was vetry good,with the exception being on the morning buffets on sea days or late debarkation for ports,they were understaffed.Many times it was difficult to find a Clean table while other times there was a sortage of utensils,coffee cups or coffee it self. I had been to all the ports before so I did not get off at any.As usual the strongest asset of CCl is friendliness of the staff,room stewards ,bartenders&dining staff were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was my 8th cruise, 6th with Carnival, and it was definitely the worst cruise I've been on. I booked it mostly for the itinerary and price. The boarding process was fairly straightforward and fast, although it felt like we had to ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise, 6th with Carnival, and it was definitely the worst cruise I've been on. I booked it mostly for the itinerary and price. The boarding process was fairly straightforward and fast, although it felt like we had to walk through a maze during the process- lots of up and down and around,LOL. We got to our stateroom and noticed right away that even the hallway smelled strongly of mildew/sewage/something stinky. When we got inside we noticed that the counters appeared to be dusty and there was a smear of jam on the nightstand as well as a prior occupant's bobby pins. We got hand sanitizer and wiped those surfaces down. Little did we know that it was only the beginning! Later we found a razor head in the shower right next to the new bar of soap, as well as a contact lens on the bathroom floor. There was also a smear of jam or something in the mini fridge, socks under the bed and a condom beside the lounger on the balcony. We didn't see all of these things right away or I would have gone to guest services immediately. The floor had also not been vacuumed. We didn't see our cabin steward until day 3 but we left a note asking for ice and room service breakfast menus which we didn't get for another 2 days. We had to go find him on multiple occasions to request beach towels before we went ashore and also had to track him down one day when the washcloths weren't replenished. We stayed in stateroom 8462 which was aft and was tiny due to a crew staircase taking up part of the space but the balcony was twice as big as normal. There was no room for a sofa, and my friend's bed had to be pushed next to mine in order to open the bathroom door. There was plenty of storage. The food was hit or miss in the dining room, but our team waiter Bambang was very good. The burgers at Guy's Burger Joint were amazing as always, although the lines can be long. We usually ordered room service pastries and coffee or ate at Blue Iguana Cantina (also very good, huevos rancheros, burritos or arepas). The shows weren't very good and then comedians were pretty terrible. The ports were great, we did beach escapes in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic through Shore Excursioneer, took the ferry to St John/Trunk Bay from St Thomas and took a taxi to Governors Beach in Grand Turk. Disembarkation was a breeze. We had a 10:13 am flight so did self assist and were in a taxi by 7:20 am and were at the airport in plenty of time even with the holiday rush (December 23rd). All things considered, I doubt that I would choose the Magic again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our sixth cruise with Carnival-we've not used any other company. Let's start off by saying the boarding procedure was fine and the disembarkation was tolerable. Service in all aspects was excellent but Carnival has ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise with Carnival-we've not used any other company. Let's start off by saying the boarding procedure was fine and the disembarkation was tolerable. Service in all aspects was excellent but Carnival has lessened the product. Our last cruise was two years ago and we noticed a definite downgrading in some of the dinner choices in the dining room as well as the quality of some dishes. I had to send back two meat entrees which were full of fat and muscle. Tilapia-a cheap bottom-feeder-was offered as a seafood choice one night. The quality of the nightly entertainment in the theater has deteriorated greatly. Losing the live orchestra was the first downward step and using the young singers and dancers exclusively without bringing in any outside performers just didn't cut it. On previous trips they were augmented with a hypnotist, a juggler and a ventriloquist. Two of the show themes made little sense and song selection at times seemed inappropriate and with so many more recognizable tunes available little-know songs were used as evidenced at times by the audience's reaction. There was no get-together in the theater this cruise where previous patrons could learn about new cruises and receive a complimentary beverage. As previous cruisers we were rewarded with 2 large bottles of complimentary water and 2 Carnival pins. As per last trip we were given a free drink coupon which could only be used on Day 7. We tried the clam strips at the Seafood Shack. For $5 I was given a portion of greasy bits and pieces of clam-not one strip in the serving. Oh how I long for Howard Johnsons! Correct me if I'm mistaken but this cruise featured only 4 different comics each performing six times. We sat with a lovely couple from Uruguay who spoke little English-we speak little Spanish BUT we really enjoyed each other's company. Just a shame that with the large number of Spanish-speaking guests there were no menus in Spanish available in the dining room. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We cruised from Miami on Dec. 2. We had an aft balcony. The airport check-in and transfer to the port was great. We got easily on the ship and straight to the room. It was downhill from there. My wife has asthma so tobacco smoke is a ... Read More
We cruised from Miami on Dec. 2. We had an aft balcony. The airport check-in and transfer to the port was great. We got easily on the ship and straight to the room. It was downhill from there. My wife has asthma so tobacco smoke is a deal breaker. First time on the balcony someone is smoking. According to the carnival website that is a $500 fine. We reported the people smoking. I paid the extra for a balcony that is a non smoking area I should be able to enjoy it. Guest services said that is important. Next day smoking on the balcony. Went to guest services to complain no results. Stayed away from balcony because of smoke. Thought we would try the balcony on the last day of the cruise, guy on other balcony has a cigar. Complained to guest services they basically say we have to see them. If like smoke free get an inside or Oceanview stateroom. Don't waste your money. The steakhouse was excellent far exceeded the standard dining rooms. Staff was very nice and friendly. Buffet lines were insane. Always a wait. They need to put the salad bar on the other side to keep a better flow of traffic. The Guy's bbq was great but only open for 2 1/2 hours only on sea days. There was a line nearly the length of the ship on the last sea day. Guy's burgers always had a line when open. The dive in theater was always a search for a good seat. The shows were average the theater was never full. The bands drew bigger crowds. Ports were fun. Debarkation was a joke, announcements were few and very delayed. People with early flights didn't make it to the airport in time. Luckily we had a later flight. But for me this cruise rated at the bottom for all of my carnival cruise experiences. I already had another balcony booked with carnival before this cruise. But never again. I will take my balcony cruises with a different brand. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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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