147 Carnival Magic Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

first of all lets get a couple of things set right.... If you are worried about how long it take to get on a ship maybe you shouldnt get on the ship cause you wont have a good time. The embarkation process was seemless, as in, we got to ... Read More
first of all lets get a couple of things set right.... If you are worried about how long it take to get on a ship maybe you shouldnt get on the ship cause you wont have a good time. The embarkation process was seemless, as in, we got to the port dropped off luggage and went through customs got on the ship. putting one foot in front of the other helped. We went down to Guy's Pig and Anchor which is open on first day and sea days, it was top quality!! All food we had was great and the best part about cruising is if you didnt like something you can order something else. Some tips to make your journey better. This is a 9 year old ship, its been in salt water for 9 years it is bound to have some wear. if you want perfect go on a brand new ship it will be twice as much and i am sure you will still find something to complain about. The food is great, yes it might get a little cold when its been sitting there in the buffet for more than 10 minutes but that involves science and I want to keep this simple. Guys Pig and Anchor is great if you want to get there when it opens on sea days be there 11:40am even though opens at 12pm this way you can enjoy nice fresh food. Tacos at Blue Iguana are delicious make sure you try them. Guy's Burger joint is legit!!! I had way to many... The Ringer was my favorite. Trivia is fun!!! there are two types of trivia the one in Ocean Plaza and the one in Magic Bar area in the atrium which is more interactive. heck I was sober and still took my shirt off to Right Said Fred...not my tank top that ..no body needed to see but so much fun!! Simon London is a great Cruise Director and has an amazing positive vibe which is infectious. The ships crew work several months with minimal time off so give them a break and dont judge if they are having a slightly off day, as their slightly off day is still better than your best day if you are judging them. Dont set expectations high. review the on board options, these guys have 24 hr pizza, good quality at that, and bars open til midnight except the casino bar thats open til "late" and you have a room to sleep in. That worked for me, focus on things you like and try when possible travel with other people besides you other half as there will be things you wanna do that they dont and vice versa. I like naps my wife doesnt. Spend time at the Alchemy Bar their drinks are great and service is quality.. remember they are creating something not pouring a whiskey and coke so its not a 5 second process. Bring 2 ply toilet paper!!! if you have been pampering yourself for years you will need it they only have 1 ply on the ship. Dont take life too seriously let yourself be happy its amazing how wonderful the cruise will be if you just let go. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We got off the Magic 1 week ago, and we had an amazing time! We were on a 6-day sailing with stops in Nassau, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. This was my third cruise, 2nd with Carnival. Embarkation was very smooth. We had a check-in time ... Read More
We got off the Magic 1 week ago, and we had an amazing time! We were on a 6-day sailing with stops in Nassau, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. This was my third cruise, 2nd with Carnival. Embarkation was very smooth. We had a check-in time of 12:30-1. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn (decent place with a bar/restaurant) and took the free 10:00 shuttle to the cruise port. We arrived at about 10:30 and were on the ship at 11:30. Would have been sooner, but I had an issue with my Passport and had a hold-up at Guest services (maiden name on passport, married name on booking). There were no lines to wait in for us. We went to Guy's Smokehouse for lunch and hit up the Red Frog pub happy hour to stock our fridge for the week. Half-off beers and Carribean Cocktails. They let you keep the beers sealed! Our first stop was Nassau. We decided to walk around on our own and go check out the Queen's Staircase. It was about 6 blocks away, and it was kind of shady in places. Once we got there, it felt safe. It was a cool place to check out. There was a fort at the top of the hill we also walked around for free. It was about $1.50 to go inside. This was our least-favorite port. If we come here again, we will book an excursion or get a cab to a beach. The next day was a sea day. We ended up finding chairs at the main beach pool and hung out there for most of the day. If you leave your chair unattended, they place a sticker on your stuff with a time on it. After 45 minutes, they remove your stuff. Our next stop was Amber Cove, and we loved it! The port is beautiful. We did the 27 Damajuaga Waterfall/Zipline Combo excursion. We booked on Black Friday weekend, so it was 10% off. We had an absolute blast! For the waterfalls, dress ready to go. We wore swimsuits under athletic-type clothes and water shoes. I also wore goggles because I have contacts. I finally learned toward the end that I had to hold them on, or they slip off when you hit the water. We got off the bus (left all of our stuff on the bus with the driver) and had a 40-ish minute hike. This was definitely a workout, but not too terrible. They gave us a water to bring with us, and we had several breaks. Once we got to the first waterfall, the adrenaline kicked in! We had to turn around and climb down a steep ladder, turn around, and start sliding! It was fast-paced. We slid down 5 or 6 natural rock slides and floated through some really cool canyons. I was worried about hurting my butt, but it wasn't an issue at all for me. After the waterfalls, we walked back to the bus. We didn't have time to change into dry clothes, which I had thought we would. The bus is open and really windy, so that helped. We got to the ziplining place and got right out to get our harnesses on. We were still damp, but it wasn't a huge deal. The only thing I changed was my shoes. Ziplining was SO cool... Through the jungle/mountains and one went over a river. 6 or 7 different lines. It was a blast. The guys working with Mega Adventures were great and funny! After ziplining, we ate right there. Food was good! We also drive through some D.R. villages and got a feel of their culture. A lot of poverty for sure. Highly recommend this excursion! We had about 1.5 hrs after our excursion, so we walked around for a bit, then found a spot at the pool. The port area is beautiful! They have free water slides, and unlimited ziplining for $20. We talked over to the Amber Cove sign and got some pictures. The pier is long, so don't wait till the last minute to get back onboard. Our next port was Grand Turk. We weren't really sure where we wanted to go, we just knew we wanted a beach day. We headed left from the pier, and most of the free chairs were already taken. Get off early if you want a shot at these! We ended up walking a ways down the beach and ended up at Jack's Shack. The chairs were for a tip, and umbrellas were $10. We had SO much fun here. Perfect white sandy beach and crystal clear water. Beware- the drinks here are strong! You can get a free rum shot if you sign up online. They had beach volleyball, snorkeling equipment, and more. Heard that there wasn't a ton to see in the area for snorkeling. We had a perfect beach day! The food on the ship was great! We ate at the main dining room every night. Our friends went to the steakhouse one night and loved it. We had the 6:00 early dining which was in the Southern Lights dining room (8:00 seating was obviously right after). The Northern Lights dining room was all Your Time Dining. Food and service was excellent!! We also loved Guy's Burgers, Guys Smokehouse, Blue Iguana (for breakfast burritos and taco salad), pizza and of course icecream. We definitely ate way more than we needed, and it was all amazing! We had an Oceanview Deluxe room 1371. It had plenty of space for 3 of us. Loved the second bathroom with a sink and tub. There is so much to do on this ship. We really enjoyed the piano bar, theater shows, comedy, trivia dance parties in the atrium, mega deck party, etc. We watched a movie during the day while eating a Guy's burger. We soaked in a hot tub on deck 5 that hung over the side. Love and Marriage show is hilarious. We had the perfect mix of relaxation and fun. Disembark was very smooth. Our flight wasn't until 1, so we left our room at 8:15 and had a sit- down breakfast at Southern Lights dining room. Got off the ship at about 9:30 and got an Uber to the airport for $13 for 3 off us. One in our group got seasick on the first night, but got some meds from the medical room and felt good the rest of the trip. Everything else was smooth! No funky smells like some other reviews I've read. The cruise director Simon London was great! Lovely Jubley! Love Carnival and the atmosphere on the Magic! Can't wait till the next one! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was only our 3rd total cruise in the past 27 years, so we are not "regulars". Our traveling party consisted of my wife and I (mid-50's) and 2 adult children (ages 21 & 23). Embarkation was quick and easy, even ... Read More
This was only our 3rd total cruise in the past 27 years, so we are not "regulars". Our traveling party consisted of my wife and I (mid-50's) and 2 adult children (ages 21 & 23). Embarkation was quick and easy, even without FTTF. Our arrival window started at 1:00 pm, but we got there a half hour early and were able to get on board at that time. It only took about 15 minutes, and it moved quickly. We went straight to the maitre'd to request a change to early dining instead of late dining. He took our information, and said there were a lot of requests for that change, so we wouldn't know until the next day. To our surprise, we were moved to early dining that next day! Our cabin was a Cove Balcony on the 2nd deck, and we loved it! The ship is pretty big, but we figured out where everything was fairly quickly. It rarely felt overcrowded as I was expecting. Plenty of elevators and very short wait times most of the time. Employees were always friendly, especially the workers cleaning the ship, guest services and restaurant staff. The food was good, as expected. We ate breakfast in the dining room a few times and loved the choices. Breakfast buffet offered plenty of choices. BlueIguana Cantina made real good breakfast burritos. We ate lunch at Guy Fieri's Burger Joint, Guy's Pig & Anchor Barbecue, and the BlueIguana. Burgers and fries were amazing, the barbecue was delicious with the best sauces I have ever had, and the burrito's were outstanding. Dinners in the dining room were very good. Portions are not large, but that was fine with me. Our wait staff were excellent and could not do enough for us. They made us feel like we were best friends. The entertainment on board was excellent. We attended the shows in the theater each night and were impressed with the singer/dancers. The comedy club shows were overcrowded, as we had to stand for half of them. The comedians were decent. The events hosted by the cruise director were the most fun of anything. Simon the cruise director was outstanding, and his Fun Squad were awesome too. 80's and 90's music trivia in the atrium area was incredible. Our ports were Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. We chose to simply lay out on the beach at Half Moon Cay and thoroughly enjoyed it! An absolutely beautiful beach. The food at lunch was good, and the drinks were even better! For Grand Turk, most of our party did the power snorkel, rays and beach excursion. They really liked it! I was scheduled for whale watching, but found out it was cancelled when I got off the ship due to rough seas. That stunk, but I made it a beach day with the ship right in front of me. For Amber Cove, we all did the excursion that included the waterfalls of Damajagua and zipline. We loved both of them and would do them again. We are already looking into cruising again this time next year with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise to go to Turks & Caicos we had a great time! All employees were so nice and the food was amazing! Simon London and the fun squad are very good at their jobs as well as housekeeping and dining staff!! We got on ... Read More
We chose this cruise to go to Turks & Caicos we had a great time! All employees were so nice and the food was amazing! Simon London and the fun squad are very good at their jobs as well as housekeeping and dining staff!! We got on in Fort Lauderdale and stayed a few days before getting on the ship at the Lago Mar Resort also a great place to stay. We did most activities on the ship as well as excursions at all of the stops. Our room was great the food was great the entertainment was great! The violin players were amazing!! The trivia parties in the lobby each night were also super fun I highly recommend going to them. Nevlin was our waiter int the southern dining room. The weather was great it was sunny & 80 every day with a light breeze. This was our first carnival cruise and we were skeptical given the few times this company has made the news but we had nothing but a great time and would sail carnival again!! The magic is getting to be an older ship but with that in mind it is in good shape for that. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I like to start my review clarifying that I had a great cruise experience like always carnival is my favorite cruise company the crew members on this ship we’re amazing the entertainment was excellent Simon London and all his staff team ... Read More
I like to start my review clarifying that I had a great cruise experience like always carnival is my favorite cruise company the crew members on this ship we’re amazing the entertainment was excellent Simon London and all his staff team did the best my room and all the ship was incredible clean at all the times but the ship was in very poor condition the last night in my room a water leak on the roof wake me up the paint on most parts of the ship needs to be repainted in general the ship needs lots of updates once again this review is to make clear that I love cruising with carnival is just that I was disappointed by the way the company is keeping this enormous 3000 people cruise ship I hope the company do something about this condition matter and find a solution very soon thanks Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We sailed on the six-night itinerary to Amber Cove, Grand Turk, and Nassau on December 15 as an early Christmas present to ourselves (side note: at $680 for a suite, it was a steal). The Magic is a lovely ship—this was our second time ... Read More
We sailed on the six-night itinerary to Amber Cove, Grand Turk, and Nassau on December 15 as an early Christmas present to ourselves (side note: at $680 for a suite, it was a steal). The Magic is a lovely ship—this was our second time cruising on this ship, and I wouldn't hesitate to book a third. I've noticed that other reviews include a lot people complaining that it's run down, but I didn't notice anything looking shabby. To the contrary, staff are constantly cleaning, polishing, painting—doing everything they can to keep the effects of a lifetime at sea at bay. It was our first time staying in a suite, and I have to say, it was absolutely, 100% worth the money. The bathroom is a REAL bathroom, complete with jetted tub and double sinks. There was also a dressing room area with a door between the cabin and the bathroom, affording a bit of extra privacy when getting ready. There was storage for days, and I swear, we even had extra glassware. Our steward, Julio, went above and beyond. We had some pretty nasty weather one night, causing the ship to rock and roll (enough that our bathroom door was slamming and glassware was clinking), and my daughter got really seasick. We made good use of the trash can that night. Anyway, I did my best to clean it up, but you know. Puking kid + small room = Big Mess. I called him to let him know, and he had the place spotless by the time we got back from breakfast. And he left her a bag of cookies with a sweet note. Being a suite guest also made embarkation a breeze—we were pretty much ushered through an empty terminal while the less lucky masses waited in long lines. Debarkation was much the same. In short: if you can swing a suite, do it. You won't regret it. Food ranged from just fine to really good. I am not a buffet person—in fact I hate them with every fiber of my being, especially in the morning, when I have not had coffee and am forced to deal with hordes of people—but they were fine. There did seem to be less of a selection than there used to be, but what there was was enjoyable. I highly recommend the omelet station in the morning. Also, head to the back of the buffet rather than hovering at the front—there's generally more seating back there. The Northern Lights dining room was uniformly delicious. I don't know what people are complaining about—there was filet mignon, prime rib, lobster, and plenty of other fancy dishes, but you could also get more "ordinary" food like fried chicken and salmon. We had Your Time dining, which worked really well—I hate being locked in to a specific time. When we wanted to eat, we reserved a table in the app, and it was generally ready by the time we got there. The servers treated my daughter like a queen—one even cut up her prime rib for her (she's almost 11). It was pretty hilarious. We also did the Chef's Table, which was an amazing experience. There were seven main courses (as well as a few appetizer courses), and each one was artfully presented and exquisitely prepared. The sous chef played host and told us a lot about how their operations work, in addition to describing the food. Side note: it's in the main galley, so there's some pretty good people watching. Activities: we didn't really use the pools. They're too dang crowded, but nice, if hanging out in a sea of people is your thing. The water park area is pretty fun, and the shows were decent. We're pretty low key in general, so we didn't do a whole lot of "participating," if you know what I mean. The Cloud 9 spa thallasotherapy area (I just murdered the spelling) was amazing. Quiet, relaxing, and totally zen-like. I only made it up there once (kids. sigh.), but thoroughly enjoyed the two hours I got to myself. The ports were nice. We just hung out at the pool at Amber Cove, and if you ignored all the drunk people, all was well. The waterslides are also pretty amazing. In Nassau we did the Dolphin Experience at Blue Lagoon, which I highly recommend. It was great fun, and is certified by the humane society (pretty rare for an attraction like this). The dolphins seemed truly happy and the trainers seemed to love their jobs. Plus, the island is ridiculously beautiful. And in Grand Turk, we sat on the beach. It was 80 degrees and sunny in December, the water was that beautiful turquoise color, and you could even snorkel. What else do you need? All in all, it was a highly enjoyable vacation and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Magic to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Just got off an elite cruise 12/9/2019.It was a wonderful experience.2 bottles of Grey Goose waiting in my cabin on arrival.Welcome cocktail party with Roberto the Elite casino host.There were activities for Elite guests almost every day ... Read More
Just got off an elite cruise 12/9/2019.It was a wonderful experience.2 bottles of Grey Goose waiting in my cabin on arrival.Welcome cocktail party with Roberto the Elite casino host.There were activities for Elite guests almost every day in the casino.Every day we got a gift of cookies or a gym bag,paper weight,chocolate covered strawberries,phone chargers,and a fruit basket. We were treated to a shore excursions of our choice in Turks an Caicos.Our parking was paid for because we drove there.There was a plaque on our cabin door saying we were Elite guests. We are already platinum so the platinum upgrade for the cruise really didn't affect us. The fifth day there was an Elite cocktail party where the hors d huerves were better than an upscale wedding with an open bar. It was a wonderful experience that you should not miss it you get invited.try it you will love it. The cabin was always kept clean and wasn't dated.could use some more drawer space. Food in the Lido buffet was just OK but the Italiain restaurant food was good in Cucina del Capitano. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I read all the review that I could find about the Carnival Magic, some of them worst than others. That being said, I went on this vacation with an open mind and low bar. Let me tell you that was the best thing I could have done and I was ... Read More
I read all the review that I could find about the Carnival Magic, some of them worst than others. That being said, I went on this vacation with an open mind and low bar. Let me tell you that was the best thing I could have done and I was not disappointed. My friends and I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the day before we embarked and stayed at a Hampton Inn which had free airport shuttle and $10 per person transport to the cruise terminal. The hotel was so/so and I would not stay there again. We ended up taking an Uber, which from the hotel to the cruise terminal was less than $20 for an UberXL. From the time of being dropped off by our Uber to getting on the ship, only took 12 minutes. Way to go Port Everglades! Our cabin was amazing. We booked a cove balcony as I've been in one before and I would certainly do it again. People mentioned in some reviews about a sewage smell and we only experienced it in the hallway between rooms 2298-2280 for less than 24 hours, I believe on the third day. It was strange because once you got to our room which was 3 doors down, the hallway smelled fine. Nothing was ever noticeable in our room. Ilham, our room steward, meet us on the first day and asked when we wanted turn down service. Ilham and his assistant were on top of their game. Every time I would walk by them in the hall they would great me and ask me how my day is going. We brought soda onboard and left the extras for them because they were that wonderful. The food on the ship was amazing and I would highly suggest going to the dining room every night to eat. I went with a couple of friends and each night they ordered two entrees because they couldn't decide what to eat. Our waiter, Marvin, and bus boy, Luis, where down to earth and I could not have asked for better wait staff. Guy's Burger are wonderful and I could have had those for every meal. The buffet was so-so, typical buffet food and at one point I went to the Mongolian place and it took 30 minutes of waiting in line to get my food. Pizzeria was never a disappointment and I suggest #4 which is the Formaggio. Simon London, our cruise director, was EVERYWHERE. He is hilarious and all the shows he hosted had a huge crowd. I highly, highly recommend the Love and Marriage show. We sat toward the front and we were crying because we were laughing so hard. Simon was certainly kept on his toes with some of those answers. I also recommend going to the decade trivia in the atrium. It's not really trivia as much as it's a huge sing-a-long and the CD bringing out guests from the audience to participate. In some of the reviews, I was reading the was no Quest scavenger hunt, but on our ship there was. Unfortunately, we were not able to attend because it was extremely late at night (I believe 2330) and we had to be up early the next day to be one of the first off the ship for our excursion. Our piano bar player, Scott, was another fantastic entertainer. The first night we stumbled upon the piano bar by accident and every night thereafter, we spent there because it was that much fun. The Fun Squad on our ship worked really well together and with our Cruise Director. For some of the events they were scripted, but you could tell they were going off script because they would be laughing on stage. Our favorite port was Half Moon Cay. People say there is not good snorkeling there, but that a bunch of crap. They obviously did not try hard enough. If you walk all the way to the end of the beach (its a pretty far walk), there is fantastic coral with huge fish. I would only recommend this if you're a strong swimmer though, the current can be a little strong. The downside of this port is it's a tender port. I had to wait in line for about 35-45 minutes to get a number for the tender. Perks of waiting though, is you are one of the first people off the ship and it feels like you have the beach to yourself, especially if you keep walking away from the crowds. Hopefully Carnival will start building a pier for Half Moon Cay. I did not like Grand Turk at all. So much so, I would not go on another cruise to that port. We had an excursion there, but it was cancelled because not enough people signed up for it. We ended up making our way down to Jack's Shack. That place was nice, but the drinks were overpriced. If you go here, may sure you bring your water shoes with you because the beaches are rocky and full of sea weed. Amber Cove was beautiful. My friends kept singing the theme song to Jurassic Park. We booked a tour through Iguana Mama for the Damajagua Falls. I would HIGHLY recommend the company for an excursion. We were only able to do 7 of the 27 falls because of drought in the area, but they gave us a reimbursement and told us up front about the situation. We did not spend much time in port itself, but there are many shops. If you've made it this far, thank you. Overall, I would recommend this ship and would sail her again. If you go in not expecting a whole lot, you will have a wonderful time. There are many activities on board and you need to try each of them out. If you don't like it, simply leave, there are other activities. The Carnival Magic will not let you down. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Room 6338 on the Carnival Magic September 22 - September 28, 2019 Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise 6 Day. Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove Dominican Republic Husband and Wife Cruise First off let me just say, the ... Read More
Room 6338 on the Carnival Magic September 22 - September 28, 2019 Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise 6 Day. Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove Dominican Republic Husband and Wife Cruise First off let me just say, the Carnival cruise lines gets too many negative reviews. Our trip started out with arriving at Ft. Lauderdale at 10:30 we boarded the ship after check in immediately around 11:30. The buffet elevators were programed to take you directly up to the Buffet which is on deck 10. We ate at Guys Burger and went to the bar to order a drink. We tried to get to our room which was 6338 and our luggage was outside of our room and badge keys were in the mail box. I AM NOT KIDDING YOU. We were able to unpack and situated. This trip made us Platinum Cruisers and when we opened the door there were two lanyards on the bed and 2 pins with a letter of thanks. Very classy Carnival! I have read where people say some nasty things about Carnival doing this because it's cheap. Shame on you, it cost a lot of money for things like this and a company to show their appreciation. I am not a princess and I appreciate things like this. Elevators were crowded but you’re on vacation with a lot of other people who want to have fun. This is where you manners should prevail. The elevators time was about 10 minutes to get into one. Because we stayed on the 6th floor we would run down the steps to the casino to the 5th floor. We are also Premier Member's (Casino Spenders) and received little gifts every day. LOVED IT. First thing I did was go out on the balcony. I tried before to find a review about the room and could not find one so I will take the time to explain it as best that I can. The balcony is on the 6th floor looking down at the outside shower and the Jacuzzi was to the right of it. I really didn't think too much about it because I planned on being in the casino most of the time. However, there was only one incident where about 8 teen agers were in the Jacuzzi getting on one another shoulders goofing around and splashing water all over the place. This went on about one hour with swearing between each other and making out. I eventually called 911 and reported it. The security guard was up and walked the floor and told them there was a complaint made by the passengers, they told the guard we were all laughing at them and going along with it. The Security Guard remained firm and told them to stop it. After the guard left they started to yell at us all for ratting them out. The boat was just leaving port from Half Moon Cay and they wanted to know why we were all out on the decks (Where are these parents?) Finally they left, Thank God. I do not blame Carnival because the parents should be more responsible with their kids especially teenagers. They still can still get into trouble regardless of where it is. With this being said, I do think that nobody under 18 years of age should be in the Jacuzzi’s without adult supervision. The buffet was really good which surprised me. We do not attend the sit down dining because it takes too long for us. Out of all of the other ships, Freedom, Valor, Liberty, Glory and Conquest this was a better buffet. Very tasty. The deserts were not that sweet which made you not want to overdo it. That was a good thing because it’s amazing to see how people just gorge themselves on the food. The casino was outstanding. I love the bigger ship because it gives you a lot more machines to play on. Even when the nights were really crowded you can find a machine to play. And yea the smokers are really bad. I had one lady that always seemed to be sitting next to me just smoking and blowing it my face without playing the slots. No problem I would just move to another machine. The machines let you play with wins and on the last day my husband won almost $1,200.00 which was very cool.  There were vapors on the boat but the casino employees would catch them and remind them there is not vaping on the boat. Our room Steward was so wonderful and attentive we always had ice in the room and the room was clean and not smelly like some other people have complained about. I did not smell anything on the ship other than good food and cigarette smoke. Also, the crew were amazing they were always working so very hard on keeping the ship clean. I know that this is a long review but Carnival does not get enough good reviews!!! I cannot wait to book another trip on the Dream, Horizon and eventually the new. Dismemberment was the best I have ever had. This guy should be a trainer in keeping things organized and staying right there to direct people to keep doing the same things that other people were doing. Usually there is no leadership and people crowd the hall way and there is congestion everywhere. NOT THIS TIME. Thank you Carnival Cruise lines you are the best and hope to see you soon!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our very first cruise. Didn’t no exactly what to expect and was nervous at first. Everything turned out beyond what I could have asked for. The ship is huge with 2 pools (wished they were a little bigger) but both very nice. The ... Read More
This was our very first cruise. Didn’t no exactly what to expect and was nervous at first. Everything turned out beyond what I could have asked for. The ship is huge with 2 pools (wished they were a little bigger) but both very nice. The service was great. The dinning room was definitely my families favorite with our 3 favorite servers that we continued to request the entire cruise (Gede Arnawa, Ketut wiranan, and Nant) Arnawa was our favorite!! Very outgoing and went beyond what we could have asked for. Always making us laugh and all around a fun guy!! Danced with him at dinner a few times too haha. He was a highlight on our cruise. Some of our favorite places to eat lunch were guys burgers (so yummy) and pig and anchor (boyfriend loved this and I did too) Our favorite bartender was Keke she was amazing! She knew how the make the best bloody Mary’s and very friendly! The cheers drink package was definitely worth every penny. Drinks are about 10$ so we took full advantage of the drink package!! The entertainment was great! The comedy quest show was hilarious! One of our favorites. Simon was our cruise director and he went above and beyond with entertaining everyone. He had a white night party, and 80s party both which were very enjoyable. The last day he did a balloon drop! Was soo cool! The ports that we visited where half moon cay (water crystal clear, my favorite) Turks and cacios, and amber cove. 3 absolutely beautiful ports. In half moon was a perfect beach day and visiting the pirate ship bar! Turks and Caicos we rented a golf cart and rode around the island. Got to visit margaritavillie jacks shack, and more! Amber cove we did zip lining shore excursion. Loved the excursion. Only downfall they didn’t tell you everything you needed to have to be prepared for excursion (shoes, very long shorts, etc) would I go on a cruise again?! Omg yes in a heartbeat!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This is our third time on the Magic, and as always it was great. Honestly this has been one of the best cruises we have ever taken. We did miss Half Moon Cay due to the weather conditions, and that was a disappointment. But that's ... Read More
This is our third time on the Magic, and as always it was great. Honestly this has been one of the best cruises we have ever taken. We did miss Half Moon Cay due to the weather conditions, and that was a disappointment. But that's the risk you take when booking a cruise that goes there. We decided to make the best of it, and spent the day playing trivia and Bingo. We were upgraded to a spa cabin, which was nice. We especially enjoyed the heated pool in the spa. The only drawback to our cabin is lack of closet space. I didn't know when we upgraded that it is a handicapped cabin. So, our bathroom was huge, and very nice, but very little room for our clothes. The cabin itself is very roomy. The entertainment staff on this ship is wonderful. We had a great time at every activity. I played and won trivia so many times Maddie, the trivia lady, knew me by name. I can't say enough about our waitstaff. We had early dining in the Northern Lights dining room. On the first night, my husband didn't order dessert. When the waitress asked why, he told her that he doesn't eat very many sweets. And that they no longer serve the only cake he really likes in the dining room, Black Forest cake. A few minutes later, the hostess Daria comes to our table. She asks my husband about the Black Forest cake, and he told her its no big deal, just the cake that he always used to get. The next night, she comes to our table and tells us that on the last sea day she has a surprise in store for him. The last sea day, they bring him his very own Black Forest cake! I thought that was such a wonderful surprise, that definitely went above and beyond typical service. We hadn't book an excursion for Amber Cove yet. When we got off the ship, we walked through the gift shop and there is a shore excursion stand just outside of it. We talked to the man in charge and chose a short excursion that went to town, toured the church and town square, stopped by the beach for pictures, and then stopped at the fort for a few minutes. We also went to a gift shop, and watched a man make cigars. The guide had told us that the tour would be around 2.5 hours. We left at 10 and got back at exactly 12:30. We spent the rest of the day at the port, in pool. At Grand Turk, we walked to Jack's Shack and spent the day relaxing. Overall it was a nice, relaxing vacation. I am already planning the next one! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This is my husband and I's 7th cruise together, my 8th. We LOVE cruises and this one was probably our favorite. It was the biggest ship we have ever been on (even though they are all set up the same). I was really nervous about ... Read More
This is my husband and I's 7th cruise together, my 8th. We LOVE cruises and this one was probably our favorite. It was the biggest ship we have ever been on (even though they are all set up the same). I was really nervous about lines/cleanliness etc based on reviews I read before I left, but this was by far a great vacation and fantastic ship. We flew into Fort lauderdale the day before and stayed at the La Quinta inn and suites. They have a free shuttle that picks you up from the airport and takes you to the hotel. Expedia, however, lost our hotel booking and after an hour of the front lady going back and forth with Expedia, it was resolved. The hotel upgraded us to a suite for the mix up. We took an Uber from the hotel to the shuttle the next morning. Getting on the ship: Embarkation was extremely smooth and efficient. We almost instantly got on the ship even though we were early. We grabbed lunch at Guy's burger and found a set of seats under an umbrella outside. The day everyone was getting on the ship was the busiest of any of the days and had the longest lines. They weren't even that long though! I read some other reviews of 45 minute long lines throughout the cruise.... I'm not sure what they were trying to wait for because we didn't experience anything like that. Ship: Great ship. More modern than the other ships we have been on, so that was nice. The lanai on deck 5 was pretty great! Clean and well maintained. There are a ton of hot tubs on this ship! Dining: We had anytime dining and showed up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30. We used the app to reserve our table. This was our first cruise using the app and it is such a GREAT addition. We would reserve it in our room and by the time we walked to the dining room, our table was ready. We always requested to sit by ourselves and it was always honored. Food was always great and prompt. I even had a few odd requests like an additional side of mushroom risotto or extra plantain chips that was used as a garnish for a dish (so delicious!) - and they would always bring them to me. Also - if you're new to cruising, know that you can order multiple things. I usually would get 2 appetizers. Shimp cocktail and a salad, or a salad and xyz. Food: We usually order room service the night before for the coffee and some fruit in the morning but this was the first cruise we didn't do this regularly. We are usually early risers and so when we ordered room service - the coffee was stale/burnt and it just wasn't worth the hassle of trying to make sure we were up and dressed. That's another big thing about ordering room service - they come INTO your room to set down your order. I have made the mistake of not being fully dressed when answering the door. So fair warning! - I WISH I WOULD HAVE TRIED THE OMELET STATION SOONER! I tried it on the day we got off the ship and it was SOOOO good. - I ordered 24 bottles of water before we got on the ship for $10? and it was delivered to our room when before we arrived. Best decision ever, as I hate the taste of tap water on the ship. Specialty coffee: Grab a latte on level 5. They are priced well and well made. Make sure you go on the first day and get the punch card. If you end up getting 1 drink a day, you'll get your last one free. You can use the punch card for multiple people too. Entertainment: We LOVE going to the comedy shows but the shows need to be held in bigger venues. I'm not kidding when I say, we had to show up an hour beforehand if we wanted any choice in seating. The place is full 30 minutes prior. We loved the shows though. Make sure you go to the Love and Marriage show. I will say this, there were quite a few dead times on the ship. Compared to 7-9 years ago, I feel like they have cut back on things to do in general. This has nothing to do with the Magic specifically though. If you JUST started cruising though, you would know no difference. We usually go back to the room and take naps during the dead times. Our last cruise with Carnival, they had a magician on board. That would have been a great addition to the Magic. No pun intended haha Service: As usual, we had great service. There was one incident with people under us having a bose speaker that was vibrating our balcony from how loud it was playing. Carnival handled it quickly and in a professional way. I read other reviews of crew members being mean or acting like they don't care..... again... not sure how that is possible. Staff was always fantastic, no matter where we were on the ship. Ports: Half moon cay + Amber Cove + Turks and Caicos HMC - this was our 3rd visit to half moon cay but by far our best visit.... simply because this time, we brought our own inflatable rafts. I went to 5 below before our trip and bought 2 rafts. We unfolded them and blew them up and floated for hours. Everyone around us kept asking where we rented them from. It was the best $5 we ever spent! Make sure you get off the ship early so you can have your choice of a chair and bring plenty of sun screen. Drinks on the Island are pretty expensive as well even though they sell a ton. Amber Cove- This was our first time we visited Amber Cove. I'm glad we booked an excursion because just like Freeport and a few other ports, if you don't book something, there would be nothing to do. We did the waterfall of damajargua (spelling?). It was an amazing excursion and was ran extremely well. We brought our Gopro to take videos and pictures, but they did a good job at taking pictures/video that are available to purchase. I believe it was $50? I would highly recommend the excursion. Turks and Caicos - this was our second time here and we didn't book an excursion, so we just ventured around the shops for a bit and then enjoyed the pools on the ship while everyone was off the ship. We also were the only ship in all the ports all week, so it was awesome that we weren't crowded! WARNING WARNING - GETTING OFF THE SHIP! I am SO glad we didn't book early flights. Getting off the ship when the cruise ended was the worse de- embarkation we have ever experienced. They kept stopping everyone because the gangways, customs were backed up. We didn't get off the ship until 11 am. The worst part is that THEY SHUT OFF THE WATER AT 9 AM. That means you couldn't flush toilets, get water to drink, wash your hands etc. There were still a ton of us on the ship, so I found this extremely frustrating. You had to be out of your room by 8:30 am, so there were hundreds of people just waiting anywhere they could. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our first cruise, and couldn't believe what a great ship this was. Started at embarkation from FLL, an absolute breeze and were on ship in about 20 mins. Headed straight for food, and then to the red frog pub for drinks. ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and couldn't believe what a great ship this was. Started at embarkation from FLL, an absolute breeze and were on ship in about 20 mins. Headed straight for food, and then to the red frog pub for drinks. Balcony cabin aft on deck 7 was great (apart from noise of neighbours slamming door, oh and smoking weed on his balcony) Food was always great - big fan of guys burgers where we ate a few times. Food in MDR was always great, though sometimes not overly warm which was more due to the room temperature more than anything else. We also ate in the steakhouse, which was amazing food and the best steak I've ever had. Also booked the italian restaurant for our last night which again was lovely food, and really big portions. We didn't purchase the drinks package, but did make use of happy hour when we could catch it. Spent our sea days up on Serenity deck which was nice - but be warned it can be really hot up there as not a lot of shade about. I booked a pedicure in the spa, but it wasnt a great experience - mainly due to staff being quite rude and not interested in interacting with customers at all! All in all I don't think there is anything else i could fault about our cruise, staff and room steward were all lovely. I would definitely book to go on this ship again Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Took this cruise with my daughter-in-law for some fun and relaxation. We couldn't get on the this until 4 P.M. due to the fact of the ship repositioning from Miami, but no problem we just did some fun things in Ft. Lauderdale until ... Read More
Took this cruise with my daughter-in-law for some fun and relaxation. We couldn't get on the this until 4 P.M. due to the fact of the ship repositioning from Miami, but no problem we just did some fun things in Ft. Lauderdale until time to board. Right onto the ship, right to the cabin. We upgraded to a balcony two days before sailing and everything was switch but a few items, but our cabin steward, K2, fixed these thing quickly. Room was always kept clean. We only got the evening turndown service which worked fine. I really don't know why so many people complain about the food. I have been on many cruises and the food in the MDR was the best I have ever had. There are plenty of places to eat and we went to evening meal at the MDR everynight. We had a great table lots of fun. Our waiters really knew how to dance. The shows were great. The only thing I can say is the seats in the balcony are very close and if you have bad knees, like me, set on the main floor or ouch. The casino is a little to smoky, but we played anyways. I will admit it did get to me a couple of times and effected by throat, but I lived. The casino workers were all very friendly and I didn't do bad in the casino, brought back what I took, so this was a win. The pools looked crowded on sea days. I can't do the sun any longer, breaks me out, but it looks like everyone was enjoying the pool that went. Cruise director Markq, was great. One the best I have seen. If you go to Amber Cove, be prepared the walk off the pier is long, but there are Pedicabs that will transport you for a tip. We gave $10 each way. Coming back it is the best $10 we spent, because we were tired. Took a shore excursion, Outback Adventures on Amber Cove and would highly recommend it. The ship was very clean, I don't know what the people that says it isn't is looking at. Go have an open mind and have fun. This is the reason to go on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was my 12th Carnival cruise and 16th cruise overall. We loved this ship and had a wonderful time. Embarkation was very smooth as I am now platinum and so we basically arrived at the port at 11:30 and practically walked on the ... Read More
This was my 12th Carnival cruise and 16th cruise overall. We loved this ship and had a wonderful time. Embarkation was very smooth as I am now platinum and so we basically arrived at the port at 11:30 and practically walked on the ship. Our aft balcony was perfect. We had cabin 9474 as each end of deck 9 and deck 8 have balconies that are much wider than the middle balconies. I booked this cabin over a year in advance as the other end was already booked. We also like to be under the lip of the lido as we prefer a shaded balcony. The hallway is typically quite quiet at the back as well as the only people walking by have cabins in the back. Our stateroom Heri and his assistant Edison were wonderful. The room was clean and very comfortable. My sons had their own inside cabin which was also nice. The ship itself was very similar to the Carnival Breeze and Dream which we loved so I knew that I would like the layout of this ship too. Upon Embarkation, it is ½ happy hour at the Red Frog pub. We also ate at the Guys BBQ as we knew that would be lined up on sea days. It was yummy. The food was excellent. We eat at the main dining room every night. We noticed this crowd to be a lot less casual than other cruises which made the MDR very quiet and the Lido busier at night when we walked through. Each to their own as that is why they have the option. Breakfast in the MDR as well was excellent. Lunch we enjoyed Guy’s burgers and a burrito. We love the deli for a late night snack and very a very late night snack, at 11:30 they would put out some food including a very delicious chicken noodle soup. The ports were all good. We stopped at Amber Cove, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. Puerto Rico was by far our favourite. If you are walking to the fort, I recommend the path along the ocean as the views of the wall and ocean were incredible. You will see dozens of beautiful feral cats along the way as well. The sign says that they are captured, fixed and then returned and fed. They weren’t friendly but very sweet to see. The passengers on this voyage seemed like they were from all very different walks of life. They ranged from the very casual to very fancy. Everyone was friendly, polite and courteous. There were lots of kids on this voyage and they were also polite and courteous. My sons were in Circle C and O2 which they loved. They have moved up from the days of Camp Carnival (they are one cruise away from platinum). The youth workers are always wonderful. You would see packs of teenagers walking around together and again they were always respectful. Sometimes we would get a glimpse of my own teens in the groups. The shows were all very good. The singers on this voyage were better than some other ones. We loved all the show but are not a big fan of Flick which other seem to love so my opinion shouldn’t stop others from seeing or enjoying. Comedians were hilarious. Arrive early as it is hard to find a seat right before it starts. John Heald was on this cruise which was so nice to meet him and get my picture with him. Vito the Captain was so friendly and personable. He had no problem posing for a photo with my son and I in Grand Turk. MarQ is wonderful. He is one of my favourites so far and we have sailed with him twice. You can tell that he really loves what he does and wants everyone to have a great time. He was around a lot and so much fun! Debarkation was easy as again, I am platinum. We heard rumblings from our Facebook page that there was an incident in customs and that there was a big delay getting off the ship after us. My only complaint and I know this may sound ridiculous to some is that Carnival eliminated NBC, CBS and ABC on the stateroom TV’s. Now I know that we do not cruise to watch TV but in the morning I like to watch a bit of the Today Show or Good Morning America and at night, I like a bit of the news or evening talk show as well. They have a news channel (not CNN) that is very boring. Other channels are Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network for the kids, HGTV and Food Network. I wish Carnival would bring back NBC, CBS and ABC. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I loved this cruise so much. They have an amazing circle c leader, Georgia, she has the humor as a teenager so she gets our jokes. She also lets us have our free time and doesn’t make us do the scheduled activities. She was super nice to ... Read More
I loved this cruise so much. They have an amazing circle c leader, Georgia, she has the humor as a teenager so she gets our jokes. She also lets us have our free time and doesn’t make us do the scheduled activities. She was super nice to us all and was awesome. I would like to see her on my next cruise because she got me into dancing with her when I didn’t want to, but they made me happy. She told me she has been part of carnival for about 2 months and I think she is already a pro. Kids 12-14 will definitely enjoy her on any boat she goes on. MarQ, the cruise director gets everyone pumped up, singing, and dancing at anytime you may see him. The food is amazing and the people are so nice to you. If you want to sleep in, all you have to do is put the snooze sign up and the stewardess won’t bother you. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
As a 6 -8 cruise a year veteran, I understand that folks get jaded over time and forget to appreciate the little things that make a cruise awesome. Reading reviews that imply that someone had an awful cruise because the bread wasn't ... Read More
As a 6 -8 cruise a year veteran, I understand that folks get jaded over time and forget to appreciate the little things that make a cruise awesome. Reading reviews that imply that someone had an awful cruise because the bread wasn't warm, or they used hot stones in their massage when they didn't prefer them, makes me thankful that I'm not in the "what can I find wrong" mode quite yet. I loved the Magic. The crew, customer service, cruise director, were excellent. As is always the case, approaching them with a big smile and a spirit of appreciation is always essential. The Thalosotherapy spa is amazing. Not only were we in there at least 3 times a day, but we immediately booked another spa room on the Magic when we got off (leaving next week). The Italian restaurant is awesome and we ate there three times. The food and service in the MDR were above average and there was no wait for anytime dining. Over 100 nights on Carnival, and a few dozen on other cruise lines, and I've yet to have a bad day cruising. Guess we're just lucky. I'm not sure that you're allowed to post a review without any complaints on this board, but hopefully it won't get banned. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Overall loved the ship. Embarkation smooth. Cabin lovely. Extended cabin aft. on the curve so a little larger. Underneath lido so had a roof when it rained. A little noise from folks dragging chairs but not a deal breaker. Steak ... Read More
Overall loved the ship. Embarkation smooth. Cabin lovely. Extended cabin aft. on the curve so a little larger. Underneath lido so had a roof when it rained. A little noise from folks dragging chairs but not a deal breaker. Steak House was fabulous as always. Italian restaurant nice ambiance way too much food for me. We could have split an entree and been full. didn't use the dining room at all as the menu was not appealing to us at all and we are not picky eaters. No vairety. Staff was great. olivia from fun squad an absolute hoot. We had so much fun with her and Adriann. would sail on Magic again. Not overly fond of the Miami port but not a deal breaker. All the staff was friendly from buffet to bartenders to cleaning staff. The girls at coffee bar were the hardest workers I have seen. The first show (Western) left me flat but the second Rock one was terrific. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Me and my family hasnt gone on a cruise for over 7 years. Last cruise my only child, she was 3, and now with 2 more kids, and my once was only child being 11, we all decided to do a magical cruise! And let me tell you right now, it sure ... Read More
Me and my family hasnt gone on a cruise for over 7 years. Last cruise my only child, she was 3, and now with 2 more kids, and my once was only child being 11, we all decided to do a magical cruise! And let me tell you right now, it sure was magical! When we first got on the ship, the staff was SO nice and greeted us. We didnt get our luggage until 2 or 3 hours after we got on the ship. We went to go sign our children up for Camp Carnival, the staff was amazing there too(Alice and others)! My oldest started throwing a fit because she didnt want to go, turns out by the end she was sobbing because she didnt want to leave! The ship was clean, and the outdoor activities were very fun and kept us all busy! The pools were both saltwater, which was unexpected and a little dissapointing... The cabin we got was Deck 1 room 1390. It had a large window with an amazing view. I reccomend this cabin for a family of 4 or 5, its safe and larger than expected. It has 2 bunk beds, a couch/bed, a master bed, 2 bathrooms, and a LARGE closet. Not only that it has a vanity with drawers and a giant mirror with lights around it. The early dining at 6pm at the Northern Lights dining at Deck 4 had food that is popular from the port, the food is called PORT OF CALL. Everynight, they have an option of a cooked animal. I tried RABBIT, ALLIGATOR, and ESCARGO (snails that taste like mushrooms, very good). My favorite was the alligator and escargo, the rabbit I personaly did not like, but others loved it. The entertainment is beyond amazing! The services are also good too, you can get a thing called BUBBLING BOTTLES or something like that for arouond $7 a night for free drinks whenever you want. The ports are gorgous. Moms that are picture addicted, bring your camera's because this is a ONLY TIME OPPERTUNITY PICTURE TIME! I hope this helped you! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
El husbando and I celebrated our 25th anniversary by booking this cruise. This was our sixth Carnival cruise (we've sailed on the Glory, Legend and Valor) and we chose an aft, extended balcony cabin (7462) after doing a lot of ... Read More
El husbando and I celebrated our 25th anniversary by booking this cruise. This was our sixth Carnival cruise (we've sailed on the Glory, Legend and Valor) and we chose an aft, extended balcony cabin (7462) after doing a lot of research on this site. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and we both enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. This will be a long review, so the short version is that we especially liked the Ocean Plaza Deck 5 because there were lots of activities, you can get across the whole ship on that floor, and you can also walk around the whole outside of the ship. The service was good, though we've had better on the other trips, and the food was consistently good (don't miss the s'mores dessert in the dining room!). This was the third time we've done this schedule (I'm from Puerto Rico, so try to book cruises that include a stop in San Juan). Now for the more-detailed review for those of you who like to do tons of research. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived a little after 11 for an 11:30 a.m. appointment. We handed off our bags and were greeted warmly by port staff; Carnival staff gave us a card with a zone for getting on the ship. We quickly made our way inside after the usual security and passport checks (we had printed off all of the paperwork from the Carnival site, so that helped). There are two large screens on the walls showing which zones are being boarded. We were in the waiting area no more than 15 minutes when our zone was called, and were on the ship within 10 minutes (we had to wait for people in front of us to get their pictures taken, etc.). Once on the ship, we took the elevators to the Lido deck and got our first Guy's burgers. We were able to get some chairs right by the Beach Pool, and got a couple of drinks. We ate and chatted with new friends until about 2, when we meandered to our cabin. Because they now leave your sign and sail cards outside your cabin, we used our boarding pass (that we printed at home) to charge the drinks to our cabin. We also downloaded the Carnival Hub app and used it a TON on this trip. We paid for the messaging feature, but never used it because it was just the two of us; I can see how it could be super helpful if our kids had been with us. I also got the social media package and felt it was worth every penny because I could keep in touch with our kids back home through the Messenger feature. The cabin itself is very similar to every other balcony cabin we've been in. The balcony was indeed larger than a regular balcony and featured a full-size sun recliner, two chairs and a small table. I should note that we got a lot of shade on that balcony, even though there's nothing above you, except for during the afternoon after lunch. That changed, of course, once we started heading back north (and west) when we got a lot more sun. We had ordered both bottled water and some hard ciders delivered to our cabin. The fridge was empty when we arrived, so we loaded it up. Our room steward was fine. The cabin was kept clean, but he missed a few very minor things like providing additional bars of soap even when there was almost none left. His towel animals were on point! He frequently did one after his morning AND evening cleanings. He was also friendly and warm. First day at sea was uneventful. I run, so I spent some time on the outdoor track (runners can get more details here: http://lachicaruns.com/?p=3584). Dinner was good every night. Our servers were friendly, the food was good, but the service was super slow. It didn't bother us. We still made the comedians and music shows we wanted to see. We couldn't dock at Grand Turk because it was too windy. We were sad to miss this beloved spot, but completely understood it was a safety issue. Carnival automatically refunded the cost of our excursion, and we thoroughly enjoyed another day at sea. We sat in our balcony, reading and enjoying the soothing sound of the wake. Because we missed Grand Turk, we were in San Juan from (I think!) 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. This was a bonus for us because we got to see family. We spent the day visiting El Morro, had lunch at El Patio de Sam (excellent food and service, albeit slow), saw the umbrella art installation on Calle La Fortaleza, and had dessert at a new-to-us restaurant Flor de Trigo by the pigeon park. Their flan was homemade and delicious. Next couple of days were spent at St. Thomas and Amber Cove. We have been at both several times so didn't spend a ton of time in port. We shopped a bit and headed back to enjoy our balcony again. Dinner service improved (we loved Lusca in particular) at about day three. Some especially good dishes included all of the shrimp, the sea bass, the dishes inspired by the islands we visited, and the aforementioned s'mores dessert and the baked Alaska. Our anniversary was on Dec. 31 and we didn't know what to expect. There was no acknowledgment at dinner, which surprised us, but they seemed especially busy. There were hats and noisemakers on the tables, so don't worry about bringing your own. There were two gift cards in the cabin when we got back from dinner. One was for a $100 discount for jewelry that we couldn't afford and the other was for $100 toward photos that we never scheduled. Even just a happy anniversary would have been welcome and appreciated, but the cards were a nice touch. We did get a tiny (and yummy!) chocolate cake a couple of days later, which was very thoughtful. I did laundry early afternoon one day. The room was very clean and I was able to use two washers and dryers, no problem, but there were several people who came a little later and things got a bit backed up. Y'all probably know that you can charge the washers and dryers on your sign and sail card; each load was $3 (so $6 per load). I brought a few Tide pods, which worked out great. The washers took about 40 minutes; and the dryers about 50-55. The iron worked just fine. I went to guest services and shore excursions just once. Crew members at both were helpful and I didn't have to wait very long at all. Several areas on the ship were decorated for the holidays and there was a festive atmosphere. The New Year's Eve party on Lido was amazing. The place was PACKED and loud, but orderly. The countdown was super fun and the crew served complimentary champagne. It was a nice capstone to our anniversary. We never made it to the Showtime Theater, except for the "mandatory" meeting on the last sea day where they talked about debarkation. I could have just read the paperwork they left in our room, but I went just in case. There was nothing new that I didn't already know. I mentioned the comedians. We saw four and loved all of them. We were disappointed that one of them repeated the same routine for all of his scheduled performances, so we didn't go to the comedy club as often as we typically do. No big deal. I had read that you had to get tickets before each show, but we never did. The music talent was also pretty good. We especially enjoyed the Latin music (we celebrated our anniversary listening to salsa and merengue!) and a guitar/singer duo Kaleidoscope. Because this was a larger ship than the others we've been on, we noticed that there were more options for music/drinking/dancing. We went to the piano bar a couple of times, but we didn't really enjoy it as much as we have in previous cruises. I genuinely think that James Quigley ruined all piano bars for us because he was so awesome, that I still follow him on Facebook. He was amazing. I should mention that we had one of the best bar tenders on the whole trip at the piano bar. I can't recall her name but she's from Bulgaria and she was awesome. Again, we loved the Ocean Plaza and spent more time there, grabbing a drink and listening to the performers. We particularly enjoyed walking around the entire deck 5 at night. There is a spot where it was completely dark, so we spent a little bit of time stargazing. That was pretty sweet. We passed by the Barbecue place outside Ocean Plaza on Deck 5, but never tried it. It sure smelled good, though! We also noticed on our last day that there was a decent salad bar inside Ocean Plaza that I wish I had known about earlier. As for the pools, they were always very full, but they were also bigger than the pools in the other ships we've sailed on. I spent some time on deck 11 (I think!) in the pool. I liked that there was a very, very shallow area where I could sit and read. I've seen a lot of complaints about smoke smell on this ship. Yup, you will smell smoke more than on other ships. The casino smells horrible, but you can avoid it for the most part, or walk really fast. There are also several spots (at least three that I saw) outdoors for smokers, including one right under the running track, which was kind of annoying, but not enough to be bothersome. As for drinks, we don't drink much. Our entire bill for the trip was about $200, which included some drinks and a handful of toiletry purchases. El husbando especially enjoyed the frozen Margaritas; I had a pina colada, which was OK, but not great. Still very refreshing and the amount of rum was good, too. On debarkation day, we left our room at 8:30 and hung out at Ocean Plaza until they practically kicked us out at 10:30. We only brought carry on (and we still brought too much stuff!!!), so we walked out to the Carnival charter bus, which took us to Miami. The bus was clean and the driver was friendly and helpful. He had our bags outside when we got to our terminal and we didn't have any issues at all. In the end, this trip confirmed why we enjoy sailing with Carnival. There were no surprises and we felt like we got good value. I would definitely book the Magic again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Was on this cruise as part of a baseball camp/cross cultural game experience. I have cruised many times with both Carnival and Norwegian and have also cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean. This ship has the most pleasant and ... Read More
Was on this cruise as part of a baseball camp/cross cultural game experience. I have cruised many times with both Carnival and Norwegian and have also cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean. This ship has the most pleasant and accommodating staff that I have come in contact with in quite some time. They were all very welcoming throughout the course of the week unlike some ship reviews which have stated the staff appeared worn out and miserable. The food was also very tasty and the wait staff at our 8:15 seating were very accommodating. The buffets as usual were very crowded during peak times and even the dining room for breakfast had a wait. My cabin steward was excellent. Room kept in great condition, ice left as requested with towel animals further beautifying the cabin everyday. Didn’t see any of the shows in the main theatre but found the live music to be outstanding. Attended the Quest which was definitely R rated, and also experienced one comedian that was very good and another who should be fired. Arrived at around 1:30 and the lines moved briskly. Debarkation to the various ports was frustrating because people refused to follow directions and created traffic jams on the stairs and corridors as one person tried to stay a step ahead of the other person while at the same time trying to keep their group together. This brought things to a crawl. People did much better when we disembarked in Miami. The Magic as a ship is mid sized not too small but not so large that you become exhausted going from one end of the ship to the other. I would certainly go on the Magic again should it visit some ports that I have not experienced. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Our first cruise was on Carnival Magic. Even though I have nothing to compare it to, it has set the standard on what I will expect. We chose this cruise because it fit in my work schedule and was a good price. With 5 in my family we ... Read More
Our first cruise was on Carnival Magic. Even though I have nothing to compare it to, it has set the standard on what I will expect. We chose this cruise because it fit in my work schedule and was a good price. With 5 in my family we were on deck 1 with an ocean view room. The room seemed small at first with all of our luggage out, but after everything was put away it fit is nicely. The steward met us shortly after to introduce himself and find out about the family. From that point on he called us all by our names. He left towel animals for us each day, which the kids loved. We ate at the steakhouse on the first night, which was great. Not many took advantage of the free bottle of wine. Service and food was great. The fun started right away, the sail away party was in full swing after the safety briefing. The CD, MarQ, was constantly full of energy and seemed like he had clones because he was all over the ship hosting events and keeping everyone smiling. The shore excursions were fun, and let us experience new things. One of ours lasted a little long and the ship waited for us to return shortly a problem. Everything on the ship was well kept, everything was always cleaned even if it seemed like it didn't. I did notice that they emptied and cleaned the pools every night. We really enjoyed the movies at night on the lido, catching at least one a night. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We went on this cruise for our honeymoon and had an amazing time!! This was our first cruise ever and I’m so glad we chose this ship! Embarkation and debarkation were so easy and hassle free. Got on and off the ship very quickly and with ... Read More
We went on this cruise for our honeymoon and had an amazing time!! This was our first cruise ever and I’m so glad we chose this ship! Embarkation and debarkation were so easy and hassle free. Got on and off the ship very quickly and with no problems. The food was AWESOME and all the staff were incredibly friendly and kind. Guys burgers, smokehouse and Mongolian wok were our favorites... out of this world good!!! Our servers in the dining room and staff that made up our room... very personable and such great people!! Our ports & excursions were a blast. Only thing that lacked was the comedy club... wasn’t as funny as we would have liked but wouldn’t defer us from sailing on this ship again. Cruise director MarQ was super nice, funny and made the cruise sooo much fun!! We had extremely beautiful weather and no rough water which made for smooth sailing throughout the whole week! I would definitely recommend this cruise ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My wife and I sailed with our son, who turned 2 on December 1, 2018, on the Carnival Magic’s December 2, 2018 sailing to Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. This review will give a synopsis of our experience. We live in ... Read More
My wife and I sailed with our son, who turned 2 on December 1, 2018, on the Carnival Magic’s December 2, 2018 sailing to Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. This review will give a synopsis of our experience. We live in Coconut Creek, Florida, which is just north of Ft. Lauderdale. We arrived at the Port of Miami at just before 12:30 PM on December 2nd. Embarkation was a breeze and we were on the ship by 1:00 PM. When we boarded the Carnival Magic, we went straight to Guy’s Barbecue, having read that the lines are very long on sea days. My wife and I loved the pulled beef while my son loved the mac and cheese. Unfortunately, this was the only time that we were able to enjoy Guy’s Barbecue on this cruise. After having lunch at Guy’s Barbecue, we registered our son in Camp Ocean. Carnival is the only major cruise line that will accept a 2 year old in their children’s program. Camp Ocean reminded us a lot of our son’s Montessori school. We can’t say enough good things about the staff. They seemed to genuinely care for the children. For those that are wondering, they give all parents of young children an old Nokia phone to call in case of an emergency. With the exception of the one day that my wife and I went on a ship-sponsored excursion in St. Thomas, my son spent about 3 hours a day on our cruise in Camp Ocean. One final great feature of Camp Ocean is that they let you wait with your child in the children’s area while waiting to disembark. After enrolling our son in Camp Ocean, we went to our cabin, a Deluxe Oceanview on Deck 1. We spent more time in our cabin, due to my son’s nap and sleeping schedule, than we did on previous cruises. The extra space and sink and bathtub came in handy with a toddler. I would book this cabin category again. We had most of our breakfasts and lunches on the Lido Deck. While I tried Guy’s Burgers early in the cruise, I preferred the Blue Iguana Cantina for breakfast and lunch. We also went to the complimentary pasta bar in the Italian restaurant once for lunch during our cruise and took our son to the Dr. Seuss Breakfast, which we recommend even for guests without children. All of our dinners were had in the Northern Lights dining room. Our server, Auth, was excellent. My son can get antsy and Auth made sure to get his meal out very quickly. We were usually in and out in under an hour. Our meals ranged from fair to good. While we did not go to any of the shows at night, there seemed to be a lot of activities onboard the Carnival Magic. Our cruise director, MarQ, was very visible and seemed to enjoy interacting with the guests. We did, however, take our son to the Build-A-Bear workshop (I bought my son a shark), the Dr. Seuss Seuss-A-Palooza, and the going away party in the Magic Atrium on the last night. My son had a very good time. The Carnival Magic is in very good condition and has top notch facilities. For example, my wife and I enjoy working out. We found the gym equipment to be in excellent shape. We also spent a lot of time together in the Serenity and with my son in the Magic Atrium. The only design flaw we found is that you have to walk through the smoke-filled casino in order to get anywhere on Promenade Deck. This cruise had a perfect itinerary for traveling with a young child. In Amber Cove, we stayed within the port area and took our son to the children’s splash area and water slides. My son loved going up and down the slides. In St. Thomas, we left our son in Camp Ocean when we went on a ship-sponsored snorkeling excursion on a catamaran to Buck Island. The unlimited Rum Punch after we went snorkeling with endangered sea turtles was the icing on the cake to a great excursion. In San Juan, we took our son to the El Morro and then walked back through Old San Juan. In Grand Turk, we walked along the beach to Jack’s Shack. The turquoise blue water was breathtaking. My son loved playing on the beach. Disembarkation was the worst part of our cruise. Unfortunately, CDC chose to do an inspection on the day we disembarked. To compound matters, the Allure of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, Norwegian Getaway, Disney Magic, and Carnival Horizon were also in port. We were not able to get off the ship until 10:00 AM. However, once we were off the ship, we quickly got our bags and went through customs. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted some place warm. We loved the staff in the dining room immensely. They went above and beyond to make our cruise so very enjoyable. Roxani Sanchez Cervantes, I Made Sudita, and Christian Salazar were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted some place warm. We loved the staff in the dining room immensely. They went above and beyond to make our cruise so very enjoyable. Roxani Sanchez Cervantes, I Made Sudita, and Christian Salazar were our main servers. We also had Dwiputra and Joseph who were awesome. They gave us superior service and made us feel like family. Malcolm the cruise director was awesome also. I am not sure when he slept because he was always out and about. The entertainment was great! We went to the show to hear the music every night. All of the food at all of the locations was delicious. We loved sitting in our chairs on our balcony as we were sailing. We liked the map and the route we could watch on the TV with speed info. We enjoyed the shopping at our ports and especially liked walking all over San Juan, Puerto Rico to soak up some of the history there. Read Less
Sail Date November 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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