130 Carnival Magic Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

Embarkation and disembarkation went very quick and smoothly. We had a great time. The weather was perfect, seas as calm as could be. The staff was very well trained and very attentive to everyone's needs. Interior of the ship is ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went very quick and smoothly. We had a great time. The weather was perfect, seas as calm as could be. The staff was very well trained and very attentive to everyone's needs. Interior of the ship is very nice, clean and parts were beautiful. Cabin was was very nice and like most of the ship extremely well kept. On the DOWN SIDE, the food was, in a word, BAD. Don't really expect great food on cruises, especially buffets, etc., however, this was well below standards. Buffets were always late opening, and the selection minimal. BEST for us was GUY'S BURGERS and BLUE IGUANA TACO BAR. Both pool side, fast and yummy. Having taken this cruise so close to Christmas, was actually shocked to see so many KIDS, I mean, everywhere. One last note, always get the beverage package, great deal, as all drinks are very expensive. Oh yeah, they need more bars around the main pool. Would I choose CARNIVAL again? Not sure, they seem to cater to Kids. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the value. The Magic is showing it's age in the form of rust and lots of it. As we pulled up to the ship the first thing we noticed was the rust stains on it which diminished our first ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the value. The Magic is showing it's age in the form of rust and lots of it. As we pulled up to the ship the first thing we noticed was the rust stains on it which diminished our first impression. Every ship has rust, it's part of spending your days being pummeled by salt water, but Magic has more than most. In fact as I was climbing the stairs to the waterslide the handrail bracket was pulled away do to a bracket that was completely rusted through. We liked the Magic. It felt the same to us as all of the Carnival ships albeit a little larger. The entertainment, the food, everything was similar to our prior Carnival Cruises. We did enjoy Guy's BBQ being free for lunch on sea days. The best part of this cruise was the itinerary. Half Moon is our all-time favorite, Grand Turk is also a good fit for us, and Amber Cove is just BEAUTIFUL! We were fortunate that the rough seas didn't impact any of our stops. We did notice the larger crowd when it came to tendering to Half Moon. We missed the explanation of the procedure of grabbing a zone ticket at 6:30 am and by the time we figured out what was going on we had tender 22. I think this might be a better process than having folks stand in long lines in hallways, but it led to 1/2 full tenders that loaded very slowly. I'm not convinced this is the best solution. We hate that Carnival is now allowing kids in the aft pool that used to be adults only. We used to be able to enjoy some peace back there. We decided to go up to the Serenity deck but unfortunately some big drunk redneck was SOO LOUD in the hot tub that it was anything but serene. We asked the bartender if he could remind them it's the Serenity deck but he referred us to security and eventually the guy left. We also encountered loud drunks in the Comedy club with a group of young girls carrying on during the entire show. It would appear that many folks have bought the all-you-can drink package and are intent on getting their money's worth. We saw mother and grandma carrying a young girl who was so intoxicated that she couldn't stand up without them. The Fun ship is starting to feel a little like Walmart of the Seas. Simon London was our cruise director and he did a good job with a lot of energy. His somewhat corny "Lovely Jubly!" grew on us and we found ourselves saying it after the cruise was over. All in all, the Magic was pretty much what you expect from Carnival. Good value, good food, and good entertainment along with the occasional idiot among the guests. I would like to see Carnival offer 2 drink plans including a lighter version so that some folks can enjoy some drinks without feeling like they have to down 15 drinks especially on a port day. We don't drink, but we are not anti-alcohol just anti-idiots and the current all-you-can drink program seems to be encouraging idiots! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I sailed with my hubby, son and a friend. Hubby and I were in balcony cabin 8254. The bathroom was roomy and clean, the bed was very comfortable and the balcony, although not super large, was roomy enough for the two of us to enjoy our ... Read More
I sailed with my hubby, son and a friend. Hubby and I were in balcony cabin 8254. The bathroom was roomy and clean, the bed was very comfortable and the balcony, although not super large, was roomy enough for the two of us to enjoy our morning coffee and evening wine. The very best thing about the cruise was the food, we didn't have a bad meal the entire eight days. We dined at the Prime Steakhouse the first night and if I had to do it over again, I would skip the $38 US up charge and eat at the main dining room instead, which in our case, was Northern Lights (anytime dining). Yes, it is noisier in the main than the Steakhouse, and no, the service is not as fast, but the food was just as good and we aren't too bothered with having to wait, after all, we're on vacation, what's the rush? Every night there was something different, and yes, the chocolate melting cake is every bit as good as everyone says. I had it with peanut butter on the side one night - definitely the way to go! We didn't eat at the buffet except for one meal which for buffet food, was tasty and hit the spot. My son said they made the best meatball sub he had ever eaten and considering how much he loves meatball subs, that indeed is high praise. The complimentary luncheon pasta bar at La Cucino del Capitano was a nice surprise, definitely give it a try. Of course, Guy's Burgers was a must and didn't disappoint, however, the taco salad bowl from Blue Iguana was not quite as crisp and fresh as I was hoping it would be. Guy's Pig and Anchor also did not quite hit the mark for hubby and I, a bit greasy and over the top for our taste. The entertainment is where things fall into the so-so category. There are two musicals, both seemed a bit tired and cliche, but we didn't expect too much in this department, so weren't disappointed. One of the comics in Punchliner's was terrific, the other, just okay. The atrium is bright and overdone, but magical just the same! The nightly violin players on the podium helped keep those waiting for dinner happy (and drinking, the bar was oh so handy) and in the evenings, cruise director Simon London was there to keep things hopping. Overall, the staff were terrific - friendly and very anxious to please. We did not attend any of the parties or trivia (we're balcony dwellers) so cannot comment on that aspect of the cruise. We didn't use Waterworks, nor did we swim in the Lido pool. It was crowded, but not so much that one couldn't enjoy a cool dip if that is what they wanted. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Magic, especially once she returns from her dry dock in the Spring. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I will start off by saying this was our first cruise. My wife, myself, and 4 children (21yr old, 15yr old, 14yr old, 6yr old). The ship is beautiful and truly amazing. The crew and staff were above even that. The entire crew & ... Read More
I will start off by saying this was our first cruise. My wife, myself, and 4 children (21yr old, 15yr old, 14yr old, 6yr old). The ship is beautiful and truly amazing. The crew and staff were above even that. The entire crew & staff that we encountered really went above and beyond. From the cruise director (Simon), to our dinning server (Kevin who = GOAT), to the room steward (Nurhamid =my 6 yr old just loves & misses already) to the servers in the dinning rooms, and EVEN the deck workers (Asuandojono* = Squeegees & Mops the the deck floors AFT Pool area), to the Croatian Sensation hosting bingo = gonna make it raaaaaiiin HA! Just crazy Amazing people. Seriously, hands down. When you can engage and involve everyone of ALL ages, even our 6 year old and leave an impression, that is what it is all about. Making Amazing Memories =MAM. The ship did not feel crowded, except at sea days around the pools. (everyone wanted that sun). The shows were truly amazing. The cast appears to truly love what they do. Food was just amazing. Kevin worked hard to server 14 people each night. He even got to show off his dancing skills!! This man can D A N C E y'all!! There are lots of things that you can do as a family or as a couple and really make amazing memories! If I had to pick something to complain about or suggest so you don't think I work for Carnival, because I don't. It would be how the soda setup is done for say younger children. My wife and I are not comfortable sending say our 6 year old up to a bar to get a soda. Just not logical. This is something I would recommend Carnival looking into to address or make better. At least in the areas where everyone gathers. Now at dinner time, was not an issue as your server gladly brings you or your child a beverage. Other than that, and the fact we couldn't dock in Grand Turks due to weather, this ship would be 5 stars in my book. Gave it a solid 4 because of the soda issue and the fact we truly was looking forward to snorkeling in Turks and Cacaos and didn't get the opportunity to. Thanks again Carnival. You gave afforded our family to MAM in Jan 2020!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
For us, this is our 8th cruise, third w/ Carnival. We booked a balcony on the spa deck for $980/person back in January that included spa access (lounge/hot tub/ oriental steam/ eucalyptus steam/ heated lounge chairs) for an extra $145- ... Read More
For us, this is our 8th cruise, third w/ Carnival. We booked a balcony on the spa deck for $980/person back in January that included spa access (lounge/hot tub/ oriental steam/ eucalyptus steam/ heated lounge chairs) for an extra $145- well worth it to us as we used it every morning. Ship- The Magic, for being only 8 years old looks in pretty rough shape. Lots of rust on the exterior, especially at the water line and throughout there were signs of wear. Lots of missing tiles in the spas 12th floor hot tub, large rust spot on our interior window and they definitely went ALL IN on the color green for the interior...wow!! Probably the ugliest ship we've ever sailed on. Windows in the dining room and throughout the ship were dirty and in need of cleaning. Never seen this issue on any other cruise we've been on. Departure- No issues getting on board, got processed quickly and baggage was delivered by 2pm. Dining Staff- We had 6pm in Northern Lights dining, did the buffet on Thanksgiving as we didnt want to dress up for second formal night and went to the steakhouse once. Its the service that really makes a difference, though, isn't it? That makes a cruise feel special if we are treated special at chow time. Our staff was ok, not the best, not energetic or happy but also did do their job competently and that is just the roll of the dice...whether you get a fantastic group or terrible ones or somewhere in between. Room Staff- Room was cleaned and kept up and had little interaction w/ our steward, which is fine. Food- I thought the food was some of the best we have ever had. I do feel that generally, Carnival Cruises have the best food. My only knock were the fruits- cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, apples all of it was poor. The menus were very strong w/ lots of options and my daughter fell in love w/ the Indian vegetarian dishes. Entertainment- I felt the after dinner, main stage group was a bit below average with only the one Rock & Roll show being competent. The lounge acts were fantastic, we especially loved the 3 violinists and bought their CD. Casino- We usually spend a good amount of time gambling but due to the smoking allowed in the casino, we rarely went. Maybe 30% of our normal amount. Ports- Loved the itinerary but was VERY disappointed that our power snorkel in Grand Turk did not go the wall, which is the only reason we booked it. Still fighting w/ Carnival over that one. Disembarkation- Does anyone ever have a smooth one? We're all unhappy to leave, we're getting up waaay too early, and no one knows what is going on. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We went with my life long friend, who is an avid repeat cruiser, since this was our first cruise. Overall, the trip was fantastic. Only issue we had was with some punk teenagers - that apparently were left to run wild and had NO MANNERS. ... Read More
We went with my life long friend, who is an avid repeat cruiser, since this was our first cruise. Overall, the trip was fantastic. Only issue we had was with some punk teenagers - that apparently were left to run wild and had NO MANNERS. We enjoyed the cruise so much that I've already booked 2 for 2020. All the food we had from the buffet, Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, to the MDR, to Cucina, to the Steakhouse was so super yummy. My room steward was ok, nothing spectacular. Our room 7367 was in a fantastic location between the mid and aft elevators. Met some amazing people, St. Maarten was our favorite port. Really disappointed in Grand Turk. The coffee bar staff was amazing! After the first day they knew my coffee drink perfectly and always remembered it. The casino and staff were great! The wait staff, especially Nelson, were all wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my sixth cruise- first one with Carnival, the others were on Royal Caribbean. My boyfriend and I (we are 24, almost 25) arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day before the cruise departed (we had to fly from New Jersey). Hotel in Fort ... Read More
This was my sixth cruise- first one with Carnival, the others were on Royal Caribbean. My boyfriend and I (we are 24, almost 25) arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day before the cruise departed (we had to fly from New Jersey). Hotel in Fort Lauderdale: The Tranqulio Pros: affordable, uber ride away from the airport and cruise port, walking distance to the downtown area and the beach, friendly staff Cons: room was small and felt more like an Air BnB, no phone in the room to call down to the front desk, body wash and shampoo are all in one (no separate conditioner), have to turn in your room key or you’ll get charged $25 **If you’re just staying for one night, I’d recommend. Embarkation Day: we arrived at the cruise terminal by 12pm. At first, it was frustrating figuring out where to take our luggage (we were directed to the front of the line) and had to basically walk through people to get to the right spot. However, once we found out where to drop our luggage and got in line, it was all good. The check in process went very smoothly- they scanned our boarding passes, we went through security and were on the ship by 1pm. We were supposed to leave at 3:30pm but didn't head out until 4:30pm. That night, it was very rocky and A LOT of people complained about being sea sick (probably because the captain had to travel faster so we could make it on time to the Bahamas the next day). **Take dramamine just in case- you never know if you'll have to use it. Ship and service: the main areas are clean, certain staff were friendly (we loved Tuty at the Magic Lobby bar), and our stateroom attendant (Yusep) was nice. He wrote "Happy Birthday" on our one mirror for my boyfriends birthday. I didn't request this, so thought that was a sweet gesture. The bartenders at the Red Frog Pub were not friendly and somewhat rude on our second day at sea. A women complained her beer was warm because the glass had just come out of the dishwasher, and he told her there was nothing he could do about it and walked away. I'm not sure why he just didn't give her a new one? Our waiter- Tulus was just ok. He didn't do anything that stood out to me. The lines for the Lido Marketplace are long like other reviews say, but I didn't think it took up too much of our time. It was also very easy for us to find a spot to eat, and I liked how they had booths in the buffet area. Food: I was disappointed with the food in the main dining room (MDR). The breakfast buffet food wasn't great either. However, I really enjoyed Guy's burgers, the Mexican stand, the pizza place and the deli section (all included). Ice cream was good but the dessert selection (specifically in the MDR) was sub par. I didn't like how our waiter had us order our appetizers, entree and dessert all at once (I'm used to ordering dessert after I finish my meal). Ports: Nassau- the locals who sell things at the straw market and on the streets are very pushy which got annoying. They are big on selling cigars, giving girls braids and try to get you into their store. We walked to Junkanoo beach which was easy to find. Since this is the closest beach to the ship, it was PACKED. I would recommend checking out a more private beach if you want to relax. We spent the second half of the day at Senor Frogs which was a blast. The drinks are over priced but there’s a “hype man” who made it fun. **I highly recommend taking a beach bag so you have a place to put beach towels, a wallet, sunscreen, etc. Amber Cover- this is Carnival's island that’s a cab ride away from the city. It was clean and had a restaurant, zip line, a slide, a pool with a swim up bar and shops. We stayed by the swim up bar for the entire time (got two bucket's of Presidente’s for $20 each). It was pretty crowded but fortunately, we found a good spot where we could keep an eye on our things. Grand Turk- we did the Junkanoo Party Bus excursion which I booked before the trip, on Carnival's website. We had an hour and a half to kill so we sat by the pool at Margaritaville. This was a highlight because it was really nice and relaxing. The party bus served us a rum punch that was pretty good, but lacked rum, I thought. Banks was good, and gave us a lot of info about the island as we made our way to each stop. The first was a souvenir spot (they weren't pushy at all), next was a light house (I thought we would climb it and see a cool view but it wasn’t like that). After that is the Cliff Hanger bar right next to the light house for rum tasting. This was the coolest part because you get to see where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The last stop was the “private” beach (I thought we would have the entire beach to our group but there were other tourists there). It wasn’t as crowded as the beach in the Bahamas though, and they gave us chairs with umbrellas. Debarkation Day: The night before we arrived in Fort Lauderdale, we had the option to carry off our own luggage or you could put it out by 11pm and have the crew take it off for you. We decided to take our own luggage off, and I was amazed with how smoothly it went. We left our room at 7:30am and were in an uber to the airport by 8am. Entertainment: The shows were a welcome aboard show, 88 keys, America Rocks, and Flick. I thought the welcome show and 88 Keys was ok. America Rocks was good, and Flick was my favorite. They also did Love and Marriage, Quest, a mega deck party, an all white party and there were two comedians who were funny. The nightclub- Vibe was a lot of fun. I also thought they would do more at night on the decks. **I would highly recommend this trip to people in your 20s who are on a budget looking to travel and have a good time. It wasn't overly priced, and I felt we got what we paid for. Carnival's tag line is "Choose Fun," and they definitely mean that. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Nothing is 100% so 4 stars. Well happy Halloween. Just returned from the Halloween cruise on the Magic. Halloween night was great as usual. First I will give a bit of my disappointments. Not many. 8 day cruise. One afternoon mashed ... Read More
Nothing is 100% so 4 stars. Well happy Halloween. Just returned from the Halloween cruise on the Magic. Halloween night was great as usual. First I will give a bit of my disappointments. Not many. 8 day cruise. One afternoon mashed potatoes. That’s it, we only do the buffet so maybe in the dining room. Hate the dining room because of the 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Other things to do than just sit and wait for your food. Then hopefully you will like what they bring. Food on the buffet was blah as usual. The butter needs to be changed to something different. What they did was put super thin whipped butter in a jar and you dig it out. It is so thin, (How thin is it?) It slides right off of the knife before you can get it to your plate. They supply a clean butter knife for each use. Even if you use a spoon, you then need the spoon to put it on anything you have on your plate. The knife is useless. The best way I have seen on a ship was squares of butter and you get them with small metal tongs. No foil, no mess. Now for plastic straws. What they are made of I have no idea. However it is a very bad idea. They are thick and in a short time go completely limp. Yes limp. They will hang down over the glass rim. The hole will close up completely. So you either get another, or ask for a plastic straw. My wife would not drink using it. She said the texture was disgusting. Guy’s Burgers were never hot. Just warm. Deserts were mostly cakes. Not much of a choice at all. We purchased the fish and chips. Not bad. But the next afternoon they had fish on the buffet. That was excellent. The TV in the room was a small 21”. Not a sharp picture and only one news channel CBSN. Now for the good. They now have a thin metal stirrer for your tea or coffee. They have a tiny spoon at the end. You do not toss them out. They wash them. So no wood waste as with the wood stirrer. Our room was an ocean view deck one. 1335 excellent location and it was very, very big. 4 big closets, two bath rooms. One with a commode, a shower and a sink, the other with a sink and a tub with a shower. Had a clothes line over the tub. Great for drying the bathing suits. The curtain over the window was ceiling to floor, wall to wall, a black out curtain. Real nice. The bed was super comfortable. The ship was in basic good repair. Clean and comfortable. Cool but did not freeze to death as on many other ships. All the shows were very good, one great one. Went to see 4 of the comedian’s for general audience. One was outstanding and left the ship the next day. My wife does not laugh much. With this guy. She could not stop, tears in her eyes. In the casino, I have not seen this before. They have handles about a third of the way down on the back of all the chairs. Made it so easy to pull out a chair. They were beautiful looking and very comfortable. Smoke in the casino was not bad at all. Almost un-noticed unless you sat down to someone smoking. The Deli was excellent. Something I have not seen on other ships. They always had fresh French fries. Nice golden brown straight cut. So I would get a warm Guy’s burger and go get the fry’s form the Deli. Nice! At 11:30 they had a small buffet for an hour or so. Chicken noodle soup, toasted cheese sandwiches, meat ball subs and a few other items. Very good. By the way. For the very first time on carnival, always super hot soup. Excellent. The steak house was awesome as usual. Carnival has the very best steak house out of all the cruise lines we have been on. Even the sea day brunch with the steak and eggs, excellent. Getting on was easy and fast so was getting off. Just keep walking. We left our room about 7:45 AM, they would like you out by 8:30 AM. We left our luggage in there and told the steward we would be back before 8:30 AM to get them. Not a problem. One major thing I like about deck one is the elevators. No one on them when you get it. Other than someone getting off. So when you want to get off with your carry on, so nice. This time the ship had to places to debark. Deck 2 and 3. What a great idea. I just walked up one deck instead of waiting for an elevator. We were mid ship and so was the gangway. Walked right off. So there you have it. A great cruise for a great price. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This is our 8th Carnival cruise and it was probably the best yet. Embarkation was quick and easy. Arrived at 11 and was on ship by 11:30, even though had arrival appointment for 12-12:30 . Just have your ID ready along with your ... Read More
This is our 8th Carnival cruise and it was probably the best yet. Embarkation was quick and easy. Arrived at 11 and was on ship by 11:30, even though had arrival appointment for 12-12:30 . Just have your ID ready along with your boarding passes to be scanned. Carnival holds the safety briefing inside in different areas of the ship, including the dining rooms, lounges and the main show room. It will depend on your assigned muster station. It is mandatory, they will scan at least one person's sail and sign card from each room but will ask where each member of your storeroom is and if they are visibly present, then their name will simply be electronically checked off. They will call out names of people who have not been accounted for until they show up, then they begin the briefing. The briefing itself went quickly. We watched sail away from deck 9 foward in a semi-secret location (see photo). We stayed in room 9216 which is a adjoining room but never had any issues with noise, however our balcony divider had to be wedged with a plastic bottle one very windy night as it was constantly banging. Our room steward Christian and his team were great, they cleaned our room once a day as we requested. We had the option of once or twice daily cleaning but chose only mornings. Christian was available pretty much all day so if we ever needed anything we just asked. We requested a daily filled icebucket which he never forgot. Never smelled any sewage as mentioned in other reviews on this floor, just cleaning products. I never noticed any issues with the ship itself, the crew was constantly cleaning and maintaining her thru out the cruise. We ate breakfast at the northern lights restaurant 3 times and it was very good, the buffet wasn't bad either for breakfast. Lunch mainly consisted of Guy's burgers - they are so good and usually look for our cruises based on whether the ship has a Guy's burger joint on it or not! We had downloaded the Carnival app and used it to request a table for supper because we had YTD and by the time we got to the restaurant our table was always ready. Our service team Rodren, Aarron and Richard were great, they delivered excellent service and set a high standard. They were in a section that included table 119 where we sat at or near. The app will assign you a random table so each night when when we got to the restaurant we always requested to sit in their section, which was usually accommodated. On the last night, there were no tables available in that section and were seated in a different section. Rodren and his team set a high standard so we had high expectations. The service was lacking in this other section we were sat in. It took forever to get bread or water and they never even gave us menus yet when they finally showed up they asked us what we wanted. Good thing the Carnival app shows the menus because we made our choices that way while we were waiting to be acknowledged. Entertainment was led by the Cruise Director Leigh, who was full of high energy and funny. He was probably the best CD I have every seen, the music trivia with DJ CUE was outstanding . We went to the 88 keys, America rocks and Flick shows held at the showtime theater, all were pretty good. There was one technical difficulty at one show which was quickly resolved. The best show was John Heald's marriage show that had us laughing from start to finish. The comedy club was also very good with Michael Lebovitz and Edgar Rivera, the PG and 18 + shows are basically the same except for profanity used at the later shows. We were disappointed that there were only a few nights of comedy shows as on other cruises they had them practically every night. On this cruise if you went on the first night it was a repeat the next show. Our first stop was Half Moon Cay which is a tender port, the wife and nephew had a early shore excursion and I was able to tender to with them even though I didn't have an excursion which I was happy about. We met at one of the restaurants with all the other excursions and were on the first tender out. I left them at the shore excursion kiosk on the island, grabbed all the gear and headed to the far end of the beach which is quieter and less crowded. The buffet on island was burgers, chicken and assorted salads. We left at around 3 pm and there was a line up, but found that the wait was for people taking so long washing their feet of sand at beginning of the line. There is 2 washing stations but people were only using one so go around to the other side it's much quicker. Grand Turk was our next stop. We got there at around 11 am and the Carnival Pride was also in port. They got there earlier. We booked Gibbs Cay Sting Ray Adventure thru Carnival. We again met at a restaurant and were first off the ship. By the time we got to Gibbs Cay the rays had eaten already and were not as plentiful because the Carnival pride had already been there. However we did manage to get photos with a ray. The snorkeling wasn't that great, thre arent much fish there, we have seen better. They caught fresh conch and showed us how it is taken out of the shell and we had a chance to sample a piece. There are a lot of the conch that is not as edible and that is what is fed to the rays. The excursion ended with rum punch on board only, then ended down the beach by the ship at the Reef Shark Bar and Grill where we were provided with complementary chairs, umbrellas and free shuttle back to the port. We could have walked down the beach but chose the 2 minute ride. We ate some of their food which was very good. We could have went back on the ship to eat then return to the beach but it's always good to sample the local cuisine. I believe this particular bar and grill are affiliated with Carnival, the property is big and seems to be growing. Amber Cove was our last port. We booked Damajagua waterfalls thru Ismael taxi tours. Technically it's 27 waterfalls but we only did 12, which was plenty. Because Ismael taxi is not a Carnival affiliated excursion, we had to walk 15 minutes to a meeting point outside of the port walls where we met Ishmaet at 9 am. It was a 30 minute ride down a main highway to get there. We had a wonderful day of sliding and jumping down the falls. We also were provided with a lunch which was very good. We left the falls by 1:30 and had plenty of time left to shop in port. We had to get back on the ship by 3:30. Disembarkation was quick and easy. Because we had an early flight, we received a letter in our stateroom with attached luggage tags #3 if we chose to have our bags waiting for us when we disembarked. We chose to do so and waited in the showroom and were instructed us at 8:30 that we could leave, even though our # wasn't called. We were thru customs and in taxi to airport in less then 30 minutes. Overall a great experience and I am looking forward to next year where we are considering the Magic once again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Port of call to Grand Turk. Many activities, bars and restaurants on ship. Cost was good. Drinks were awesome! Good pizza and Guys burgers. Buffet was not great and lines very long. We ate in main dining room most dinners. The smell ... Read More
Port of call to Grand Turk. Many activities, bars and restaurants on ship. Cost was good. Drinks were awesome! Good pizza and Guys burgers. Buffet was not great and lines very long. We ate in main dining room most dinners. The smell was bad at times and in certain spots one time it was horrible and I almost threw up on deck 4 passing through. Our room air conditioning worked good and room didn't smell. Loved Half Moon Cay beach as it was nicest beach I have been to beside Bermuda, so blue and soft sand like powder. Very relaxing. Amber Cove pool and Port was very nice. Grand Turk was a nice Island to ride around on golf cart butnwqs surprised at how rocky the beach was in the water hard to walk in water and had to be careful. The ship was a nice size and the cruise Director Simon was the best of any cruise I've been on. Other cruise lines we never even saw cruise director. Simon was in the middle of it all having a gtrat time along with us. Lovely Jubly!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were celebrating our 50th Anniversary with family and friends. We had 8 cabins booked and we all were satisfied with our cabins. The Magic is done up in good taste and easy to find where you want to go. Buffet was very good, no ... Read More
We were celebrating our 50th Anniversary with family and friends. We had 8 cabins booked and we all were satisfied with our cabins. The Magic is done up in good taste and easy to find where you want to go. Buffet was very good, no problems other than an occasional long line but nothing to complain about. Would be nice to have a larger variety of desserts other than the cakes. Also for breakfast, it would be nice to have donuts along with the little pastries, but all is good none the less. Dining in the dining room was very nice but being a large group, we were pretty much the last table to leave. Service was excellent as always but a smidgeon slow. We also miss HOT, HOT, HOT dance. We said the same thing the last 2 cruises. Bring them back please. We have been on several Carnival ships and always enjoyed them. Never any complaints! Entertainment is why I didn't give a 5* rating. That has gone down hill within the last couple of years. None of us were pleased. The comedian was good but it was repeated the last day. We rushed to get to the area so we could get seats to find that it was a repeat of Monday night. Therefore, no entertainment the last night was available. We want to go on another Carnival cruise but fear the same thing will happen. We always enjoyed the Vegas style shows so I guess we'll have to visit Vegas to see that again. Excursions are getting pricier every year but that is to be expected with everything these days. We were unable to visit Half Moon Cay which was a disappointment but understandable due to the hurricane. That was the main reason we booked this cruise because that was the only island we have not visited yet. They took us to Nassau instead which we've been to 6 times. LOL Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I've been on the Carnival Magic three times since Nov 2018 and have enjoyed each sailing. There are several main reasons, first being the staff is so friendly. Especially my bar service who help me drink my losses away in the casino - ... Read More
I've been on the Carnival Magic three times since Nov 2018 and have enjoyed each sailing. There are several main reasons, first being the staff is so friendly. Especially my bar service who help me drink my losses away in the casino - Kat and . Also, ask for I Kadek or Joseph in the main dining room for open-seating, they will take good care of you. Can't forget about Lito our room steward who made the towel animal zoo you see in the pic. Secondly, the common areas are massive so you are never overcrowded, including the comedy lounge, which is usually not the case on most ships. The food has always been top-level, and I enjoy food options on deck 5 away from the lido marketplace. Nice call on whomever made that decision. Third, no children allowed in the spa - yeah! Good call but I booked spa cabin 2 of 3 sailings, but 3rd cruise upgraded to suite since three of us were sharing a cabin. Suites should be allowed access, or at minimum a discounted rate. The only complaint I have is the casino has only given me one good payout and so I'm way in the deficit....ALOT (I'll own that - lol). Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had FTTF and at 5PM our bags were not delivered yet. We found them out on a dolly in the mail hall and took them ourselves. Our room steward said we should tell customer service since we paid for that servcie and did not receive it. We ... Read More
We had FTTF and at 5PM our bags were not delivered yet. We found them out on a dolly in the mail hall and took them ourselves. Our room steward said we should tell customer service since we paid for that servcie and did not receive it. We received a call from the service manager the next day and we were refunded FTTF in full and still permitted to use all FTTF perks for the cruise duration. Carinval hub app worked great for me. Had to log out, back in a couple of times, but that was the worst of it. Southern Lights dining room-we requested a large table with strangers-first night we were in a booth alone. Neon and his crew were fantastic. Maitre D switched us to table 628, Mihaela and her assistants; Anom and Komang were our servers for the remainder of the cruise and they did not disappoint. Absolutely fabulous! Set up of ship is disjointed. I've only been on four ships, but liked the layout of this one least. Diffucult to move from floor to floor and aft to forward. In the big pucture of cruising, it's not a 'real' problem. It's just worth warning you about. Food demo at steakhouse-half hour ish. They give you samples to try of each item made and recipes to take home. Great way to sample. Shows were not as good as I'm used to. Also, timing with early dinner was kind of off. We didn't usually get out of dinner until 7:30 ish which is when the shows started-on opposite side of ship. Lip sync show was hysterical though! Basketball courts were closed during all dinner times due to their location and dining rooms-bouncing noise. This was a disappointment to my family who loves basketball. Grand Turk Rainbow Calypso Tour with Austin-If you are looking for a down to earth tour-with the reality of the island, spend the $30 pp and go inland and support the local culture/economy by purchasing a thing or two. Merchandise is similar to what you'd find in a straw market going down the road without the harassing behavior of other islands straw markets (Nassau). Free roaming donkeys, see the light house, and salt marshes. Back at ship, public beach is right there. And walk 500 yards up the beach (to the right if you are facing the ship. Left if you are facing the island), to Jack's Shack for lunch. Super friendly. Go to their website before cruise and sign up for a free rum shot. Half Moon Cay-Splurge on the $600 Beach Villa. You will not be disappointed. If that's too much money for you, find a family to split the expense with-still worth it! Shade from the sun when you want it. AC, hot tub, assorted snacks (fruit, veggies, nachos, dips/salsas) and drinks (sodas, bottled water), cooler with ice, refrigerator, towels, snorkel gear, floating mats, private bathroom with shower. We had Villa 'A' right next to Captain Jack's Bar. Perfect walking distance to grab lunch from BBQ and bring back for family. Right in the midst of the excitement with the privacy and space of the villa. Hair braiding-full head-$60, half $40, per braid $4. FYI the braiders are paid hourly as straw market employees (not Carnival employees) and not paid as the artists they are. They are totally exploited. They do not have to share their tips with the straw market though. My daughter got a full head of 66 box braids for $60 plus a $50 tip and that's still a fantastic deal. Had to skip Amber Cove and go to Nassau because of Hurricane Dorian. Excursion-Blue Lagoon Island Family Beach Day. Cleanest, prettiest island I've ever been to. $80 pp incluedes lunch and access to whole island. Dolphin, sea lion, sting ray interactions extra, but just viewing them and taking selfies-no charge. North Beach was literally empty. We were the only four there! Incredible views. Lunch was tasty too. Lunch server was a sweetheart who insisted we try the BBQ chicken-she was right! It was great and I'm not generally a BBQ chicken fan. I'd get it again. Every single staff memeber was fantastic on board the ship. Reviews that I read complained about constant lines. Thats only sometimes true and lines did move reasonably quickly. Pools always crowded. Aft pool always less crowded than mid. Club O2 was not as good as my daughter was used to. She felt the counselor didn't really do anything. For example, she shwoed up for a scavenger hunt. Counselor told kids to put themselves in groups of three. No one moved. So, no scavenger hunt happened. Several 'events' went this way and never happened. My daughter did make friends and 'hung out' with them, but no organized 15-17 teen activities actually happened. She had loads of fun despite this , but wishes activities happened. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We usually cruise in the fall or winter, but were joining friends who wanted to go on this particular date. We are platinum cruisers, so embarkation was quick and our room was ready when we boarded at 11:30a.m. I won't repeat what ... Read More
We usually cruise in the fall or winter, but were joining friends who wanted to go on this particular date. We are platinum cruisers, so embarkation was quick and our room was ready when we boarded at 11:30a.m. I won't repeat what most others have said about the ship itself, but will comment on our experience this cruise. It was very hot and humid, as to be expected, everywhere. The chair hogs were out again in full force which is disappointing especially those in the shade. Chairs were empty for hours with towels. This also happened in Grand Turk with the free chairs. We went to St. Maarten, we didn't take a tour, just hung out at the port this trip. The shop keepers were annoying, we really didn't shop here because of that. A young couple with a child were stung by a jelly fish at the beach in port. All were ok. Next stop was St. Kitts. We took a tour with the ship which was great (10 Best of St. Kitts). I would recommend this tour. San Juan, we didn't tour here, just stayed at the port (tstorms hit shortly after we got off ship). Last stop was Grand Turk. We went to the beach at the port and enjoyed our day there. We've been to all of these ports numerous times, so we didn't do much mostly because of the heat and humidity. We ate in the dining room most nights (6pm). Service and food was amazing. We did have lunch on the Lido, was ok. The Deli was a bust...hard to get service, long lines. Breakfast on the Lido had long lines as well. I don't think I've seen so many long lines, maybe the time of year as we don't usually cruise when school is out. Dress code in the dining room was not enforced, not that I cared, but lots of shorts and tshirts, flip flops...not cruise casual and formal night many wore shorts and tshirts into the dining room. We didn't attend too many shows, they were just ok. We liked the Red Frog Pub, the Sea Monkeys Band on Deck 5 and the Lobby Bar. The entertainment there was pretty good. Simon London was the cruise director, very entertaining for sure. There was always lots to do if you wanted to be busy or entertained. We had a cabin on the Riviera Deck, Inside. It was good, clean and our room steward was great. No complaints except for the late night doors slamming and kids running in the hall and yelling. The cruise was nice, but there were alot of rude people, kids running through the halls late at night and long lines for food. I don't think I would cruise again in the summer and especially not when school is out. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I chose this cruise for the Ports. We first stopped over in St. Maarten, which was a very nice Port and the people were very friendly. They seem to be a little more "layed back" than some other Caribbean places. Second stop was ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the Ports. We first stopped over in St. Maarten, which was a very nice Port and the people were very friendly. They seem to be a little more "layed back" than some other Caribbean places. Second stop was St. Kitts, same atmosphere with a little more "hustle and bustle" but not to the point of being "annoying". And thirdly was Grand Turk, we always love this port. It has gotten alot of tourism. The Beaches at all of these places were just beautiful; relaxing; comfortable and calm. The Magic itself, is a big ship with room enough for everyone. It is a very "plain" looking ship. Some nice decour. The food either on the Lido Deck or one of the ship's (free)restaurants, was just Delicious. Also, we went to the Italian Restaurant(De Capitana), the service was xcellent; waiter was great and the food was "bellissimo". The Entertainment should've been much better, it lacked MotorCity; Bway shows and other Musical show. I've seen better shows on other Carnival Ships and this was the worst. But "all in all" we had a GREAT Cruise and beautiful weather all around. But the Parents should talk to their Teens before Cruising, about how to Cruise because alot of people don't know how to Cruise with other people. I will Cruise again, and I will enjoy the Cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We choose this cruise (7th cruise) because of the itinerary. We purchased FTTF, so our boarding and disembarking went very quickly. Took no more than 10min to board, and we were off the ship by 7:30 on the last day! We had a balcony ... Read More
We choose this cruise (7th cruise) because of the itinerary. We purchased FTTF, so our boarding and disembarking went very quickly. Took no more than 10min to board, and we were off the ship by 7:30 on the last day! We had a balcony cabin. Nothing wrong at all. AC worked fine. Only issue was the first nite, we ended up leaving about 8pm for dinner, so our cabin was not serviced because it was too late. Even tho we were on the 9th floor, not very much noise. Dining was great. Service in the main dining room was excellent. Even though we had read reviews of long lines, I personally didnt experience this. Could just be timing. Spent most sea days on the serenity deck. I will say, get there early if u want a cabana. Our first port (Halfmoon Cay) was cancelled because of rough seas. Next was the Dominican Republic. We did the waterfall excursion and it was one of the best experiences ever! Only issue was the tour company said not to take ur phone or camera (understandable) and that they would take all the pics u needed. We did purchase the USB they had for $55. There were literally 4 pics of each group in our group, but they were all posed pics on the trail or afterwards. Nothing on the jumps or slides. Also was told we were doing 7 waterfalls , but it was only 5. Still had a blast. Third port was Grand Turk. Snorkeling was amazing. Lunch afterwards left something to be desired. Was also disappointed with the shops at both ports. All stores seemed to be very commercialized. Same items in every store and very expensive. None of the unique & local items we gave gotten in other ports. All in all, great experience. We plan on doing the same ship & itinerary with our kids next time! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose the first check-in time at 12p. Embarkation went very smoothly - we arrived at 11:30a, and we were on the ship by 12p. We knew the buffet on the Lido deck would be mobbed on the first day, so we ate at Guy's Pig & Anchor ... Read More
We chose the first check-in time at 12p. Embarkation went very smoothly - we arrived at 11:30a, and we were on the ship by 12p. We knew the buffet on the Lido deck would be mobbed on the first day, so we ate at Guy's Pig & Anchor on deck 5 and there was no line at all. Later that afternoon we went to happy hour at the Red Frog Pub, also on deck 5. They have 1/2 price drinks on beer and Caribbean cocktails for 2 hours in the afternoon on the first day and port days. You can get a huge fishbowl drink for $10 (the Blue Bahama is excellent). Some information for first-time cruisers: I recommend bringing lanyards. The ship card comes with a hole punched in it already. You need the card for the room, to buy drinks, at the casino, & to get on and off the ship. It's so much easier to just wear it on a lanyard. You also need the card to keep the lights on in your cabin - there is a slot near the door. No one explains this to you, however, and it's not really apparent that's what it's for. We prefer to eat in the main dining room. The food is so much better than the buffet and the lines at the buffet were always long. The service in the MDR is kind of slow, but it's a much nicer experience. For lunch we ate at Guy's Burgers (great fries!) and Blue Iguana for tacos and burritos. I find the food at these stations to also be better then the buffet. I did eat once at the Mongolian Wok in the buffet and it was excellent, but it also took 45 minutes in line. The omelet station at the buffet is really good also. It's very chilly everywhere on the ship, so bring a light jacket. I'm normally very warm, but I wore a sleeveless shirt one day and I was too cold. There's a towel station near the main pool where you can exchange wet beach towels from 8am to midnight. The R-rated comedy shows were super crowded. I got to one show 45 minutes early and every seat was already taken. The PG shows were not as bad - you need to arrive 20-30 minutes early to get a seat. The chair-saving situation around the pool is very frustrating. You really need to be there by 6:30a-7a to get a lounge chair. I arrived at 7:45a on a sea day and they were all taken already. I was able to find a loveseat, and I had a view of 8 lounge chairs that had been saved. Two hours later I still hadn't seen anyone use the chairs. Apparently people save them at the crack of dawn and then go back to sleep. Be prepared to hear the phrase "Lovely Jubbly" multiple times a day. Half Moon Cay was canceled unfortunately. It looked beautiful. At Amber Cove there is no beach access at port - just a large pool. I didn't eat or drink while there due to all the news stories, but the 4 people I was with were drinking and they were fine. I haven't heard about anyone getting ill at Amber Cove. I really enjoyed Grand Turk. I walked all the way down the beach to Jack's Shack. It's located near the other, shorter pier. It's so much quieter down there and the water is much clearer than the water near the ship. It's $10 to rent an umbrella and they have great jerk chicken & free wi-fi. Walking back I couldn't believe how crowded the beach area was near the ship, and the pool area was even worse. Resign yourself to the fact that disembarkation is going to be a two-hour ordeal. What a hassle it is. Trying to get an elevator is impossible. I had to lug a very heavy, very large suitcase down 4 flights of stairs. The line for customs is ridiculous. Then there was another long wait trying to get an elevator in the parking garage. It's a shame to end a nice cruise vacation with the chaos of disembarkation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
In hindsight, booking a cruise mid-June was not the smartest if you don't LOVE 2,000 kids running around. The ship was full and lines were long for everything, that would be my only big complaint. Trying to get a deck chair, ... Read More
In hindsight, booking a cruise mid-June was not the smartest if you don't LOVE 2,000 kids running around. The ship was full and lines were long for everything, that would be my only big complaint. Trying to get a deck chair, ANYWHERE on board after 8:30am is not possible. Old ladies in their scooters are propped up saving rows for their grandkids, who are probably still in bed. Embarkation was very smooth. Got on board, got all of our instructions, and were allowed into our rooms within an hour of boarding. Luggage was there quickly too! We were on deck 1, so getting an elevator was challenging at times. Food is on deck 10, so stairs weren't any faster.. since I kept having to stop and rest. Very bummed that our first port (Half Moon Cay) was cancelled due to weather, but the crew handled it very smoothly. The cruise director Simon London was very good! He was constantly running from one activity to the next, always with a smile and still stopping to chat & greet guests. Honestly, every single staff member I encountered was awesome the entire time. Ok - the ports were something I wish I'd researched more. Unless you book an excursion, there is nothing to do in Amber Cove other than sit around another pool! It is a huge nice pool, but 4400 people fill it up quickly. At least here there are plenty of deck chairs available. Grand Turk is basically all about paying to get shade or a drink. The first 3-4 rows of covered chairs by the water are 'paid upgrades', upwards of $25 depending on which guy catches you as you walk on the beach. Food was good, not fantastic. The best spots are the burger bar and burrito/taco bar on the pool deck. Oh and 24-hour pizza is a huge hit with my kids! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Departed out of Ft. Lauderdale which I LOVE. So much easier than Miami. We live in the area so we just drove down that morning. This was our 9th Carnival cruise (gold). With two kids (13 and 6) we go for the ocean suite and it makes ... Read More
Departed out of Ft. Lauderdale which I LOVE. So much easier than Miami. We live in the area so we just drove down that morning. This was our 9th Carnival cruise (gold). With two kids (13 and 6) we go for the ocean suite and it makes priority embarkation/debarkation worth it. We bypassed all the long lines and we were on the ship in about 15 minutes. Our room was already ready by 12:30. The cabin itself was good (7277). To keep the lights on, you do need to keep a card in the slot upon entrance. I had no idea, until reading another post, that we could literally use ANY card to do this, including business cards! Ah well. Now you know! The room balcony is my favorite place on the ship. I read out there for hours. Keep in mind that on this floor (well, 6 and above), your balcony won't be directly above water. You will be looking at the edge of deck 5. Some rooms had a view of the hot tub on deck 5. I would have not enjoyed that at all, but our room just had lounge chairs and it was always quiet and didn't obstruct my view when sitting and looking out to sea. Bring a ship approved adapter so you can have more outlets. I also bring a travel fan and digital alarm clock. The muster drill was much better! We just met in a specified room based on our muster station and heard the safety instructions. No standing in rows in the hot sun on the decks! I thought the ship was clean. There's always someone cleaning something. It never felt exceptionally crowded, except the first day on the lido when everyone's scrambling for lunches. After that, I never felt overwhelmed with people. We spent most of our time near the water slides which my kids absolutely loved. We mostly had breakfast in Northern Lights (sit down) which service was VERY slow, but we kept going because it was a nice way to start the day without the chaos and heat of a Lido breakfast., We ate lunch at Guys our the taco place (or deli) which is great. We did early dining. The first couple of nights in the dining room were awful. Either they didn't take our drink order, or they did and they never came. Felt completely ignored. We even wondered if they were short staffed. Slow service. I'm talking 30 minutes to get the dinner rolls! And that's if we got to pick them. Sometimes they just handed you whatever kind without even asking you which break type you wanted. I know, it's little stuff. But we were so annoyed that for the first time, we booked a specialty restaurant (the Italian place) for the third night just hoping to get better service. The service was great at the specialty restaurant, though the location is a bit odd. I think the basketball court is right above it so there was a lot of banging. Anyway, when we went back to the dining room the 4th night, service improved greatly and for the first time, everyone at the table got their drinks! Each night after that was perfect. The food itself is very good too. I gained 7 pounds! (Currently down 4 of those pounds tho!) We never used the kids club even though I sign them up every time! I actually thought the shows were pretty good! Especially compared to the last couple Carnival cruises we've been on. The director was great (British guy), the staff was great too! Having kids, our fav was the movies at night on the deck. You can get popcorn and rent a blanket. St. Maarten: we did the Golden Eagle Catamaran tour and loved it! Very organized. Smooth ride. First stop was snorkeling. Even my 6 year old loved it. Second stop was a beach. Beautiful waters. They served a lot of beer and rum punch. The punch was awesome! Of course a few passengers over indulged (there's always a few!) but luckily they were happy drunks and nothing got too crazy. Would def do that excursion again. St. Kitts: meh. To be fair, we didn't book an excursion because the only ones that interested us, the min age was older than 6. We just walked around the port and then tried to navigate the town a bit and it was just a little too much for us. The roads/drivers made me too nervous with my younger one. I didn't find it to be very friendly there, but if we were to ever go back, I'd def book an excursion because I am interested in the history of the island. San Juan: We've been here a few times but it was the first time for my youngest. We always visit the National Historic Site. We read everything and explored. We also walked around the city/shops. It's such a cool city! We've never done an excursion here though. Grand Turk: my husband's favorite. Honestly, we just enjoy the beach/Jimmy Buffets. Bring your water shoes and snorkel. We saw the most amazing fish just swimming on their beach. Rainbow parrot fish being our fav. We want to go back to Turks for a week just to snorkel! Overall it was a great vacation and we were lucky to have amazing weather! I would def go on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Overall, we (my husband and I and my daughter and her boyfriend) had a great time. This was a 6 night cruise beginning in Fort Lauderdale with stops at Half Moon Cay, Amber Cove and Grand Turk. Our last cruise was on the Disney Dream in ... Read More
Overall, we (my husband and I and my daughter and her boyfriend) had a great time. This was a 6 night cruise beginning in Fort Lauderdale with stops at Half Moon Cay, Amber Cove and Grand Turk. Our last cruise was on the Disney Dream in 2011. The Ship/Activities: The CD, MarQ, was very entertaining. The ship was clean and we saw staff cleaning the common areas throughout the week. Our cabin was perfect (other than some really loud neighbors who liked to congregate in the hall between 2-4 a.m.). Very comfy bed, hot shower, air conditioning worked well. We had a balcony and my daughter had an inside cabin. We played Bingo, saw the Love and Marriage Show, 2 comedy shows, went to Quest, watched 1 Dive-In movie, played trivia, went to the MarQ's farewell and 90's Trivia party which was a lot of fun. We had a good time at everything. Food: We had your time dining - used the HUB app to reserve a table and there was never really a wait of any kind. By the time we got to the dining room our table was ready. Dining room food was good - one of the elegant nights filet mignon was on the menu. We ate at Guy's Burgers a couple of times - good but greasy. Didn't love the buffet but we don't care for buffet's anyway. Nothing really wrong with it, just have saw better on Disney (which you definitely pay for). We ate at the Italian restaurant and it was tasty. The 24 hour pizza was a hit with all of us. There was a line at times but it moved quickly. Ports/Excursions: Loved the beach at Half Moon Cay. The water was super clear and calm. Enjoyed just relaxing. BBQ lunch was provided - chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit, brownies and a bunch of different type salads. We took a private excursion at Amber Cove to the Damajagua Waterfalls through Iguana Mama. We had 12 people in our group and they took excellent care of us. We did the 12 waterfalls trip and afterward they provided lunch (and rum & coke). Highly recommend Iguana Mama. We did another private excursion on Grand Turk with Humpback Dive Shack. Also had a great experience. First stop was snorkeling with sting rays and then we snorkeled at a nearby reef. We saw a lot of colorful fish and really enjoyed it. Loved that they are environmentally friendly - the captain turned the boat around to pick up a floating balloon and they also don't touch the sting rays or feed them (which is illegal). The water at Grand Turk was amazing. After our excursion, we walked down to Jack's Shack for lunch and rented 2 umbrellas for the afternoon ($10 each for the umbrellas, the chairs are free). We had a really good time on the cruise. Almost all of the Carnival employees we encountered were very friendly. We definitely got our money's worth. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Overall this was an excellent cruise. The comedians and watered down drinks in the punchliner comedy club were not very good-only one was worth the time to listen to-saw him first cannot remember his name. Hint-get your drink elsewhere ... Read More
Overall this was an excellent cruise. The comedians and watered down drinks in the punchliner comedy club were not very good-only one was worth the time to listen to-saw him first cannot remember his name. Hint-get your drink elsewhere and take it in there with you! This was disappointing. The theatre was good-the singers and dancers worked very hard to deliver an awesome program. My favorite was 88 keys-this show was awesome! The food was excellent. Our room and a lot of areas on the ship were warm-could have been better air conditioning all over the ship. They had a weird set up for the lights-had to keep your sign/sail pass or a credit card in this thing on the wall for the lights to work-yea-who knew why we had no lights! LOL Gerardo, Jati and Edgar took excellent care of us in the dining room. The food was outstanding! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We booked this cruise to relax and I must say... Mission accomplished! This was our 3rd sailing with Carnival, our first on a larger ship. Overall, we had a great time! The ship did not leave until 9 pm since she was repositioning from ... Read More
We booked this cruise to relax and I must say... Mission accomplished! This was our 3rd sailing with Carnival, our first on a larger ship. Overall, we had a great time! The ship did not leave until 9 pm since she was repositioning from Miami that morning. We drove the 3.5 hours to the port. Our goal was to arrive around 3 since we had a 4:00 check-in. I was following social media for updates and saw how some people took a bus to a mall. I guess they started boarding shortly after the bus pulled away. We went straight to the port, arriving around 3:30 and were on the ship in about 20 mins. I read other reviews where people didn't have such a good time but this was the easiest boarding experience I've had so far. Our room was ready as soon as we boarded. I went straight to the shore excursion desk to pick our cabana. I was second in line and was able to get my first choice, #13. I then went to the atrium bar and ordered a celebratory glass of champagne! We did my time dining. I thought I would like the flexibility but I think I prefer late assigned dinner. Every meal in the main dining room was excellent! There was nothing we were served that disappointed. Bar service was a little slow so bring a drink with you. We ate at the Italian restaurant one night. We were a little disappointed that we were waiting at the reservation table for about 5 mins and a couple that walked up after us was assisted first (we had a reservation). The food was okay, large portions. The service was excellent. It was difficult to eat because the restaurant is in the aft of the ship and the vibration was so bad at times it looked like that scene with the water glass in Jurassic Park! My boyfriend was getting queasy and couldn't eat. We also ate in the steakhouse one night. I did not like it as much as I had thought I would but the price is great for what you get. Again, top notch service. Unfortunately, this night I was feeling queasy so that may have contributed to my lack of enjoyment. Brunch in the main dining room was my favorite! This was a Premier cruise so I understand the casino was more packed than usual. I was not a premier guest but I guess I did well enough to earn some cookies, a bottle of water and a discounted room on another cruise. I enjoyed the slots almost every night and did not lose all the money I walked on the ship with. I will say the bar service in the casino was disappointing. The actual bar only had 2 bartenders although this is a popular bar. Drink servers were few and far between. One server on the last night forgot my beer TWICE. The casino wasn't even crowded at this point. He even commented on my patience after the first time forgetting. After waiting 45 minutes and the server forgetting my drink for a second time, I told him to cancel it. I went to the bar and got a drink only to realize I was charged for the drink I never got. Eventually he gave me 2 drinks saying he owed me... so I had 3 beers. I also found the people at the cashier's desk to be short and little rude but it didn't ruin anything for me. Our room steward was exactly what we expect from Carnival. He was friendly, got us our bathrobes quickly and took care of our cabin. We requested evening service. We had a balcony cabin and the location on deck 7 was convienent. The room seemed smaller than other rooms I've had on Fantasy class ships but it fulfilled it's purpose! We enjoyed visiting Red Frog Pub! Nelsha, Lotoya and Christina are some of the hardest workers on that ship! They were always so busy but remembered our names and what we wanted. We made sure to tip often! We didn't do a lot of activities. I enjoy bingo and played as often as I could. I never won though. I also enjoyed the Lip Sync battle. We were lucky with the contestants on this sailing because the guy really put on quite the show! We went to a comedy show and just didn't find it all that funny. Comedy is a matter of taste and other people seemed to enjoy the show she put on. MarQ was the CD. He seemed very visible and approachable. I was worried the ship would feel crowded but we always seemed to be able to find a place to settle when we needed. The pool seemed crowded often but a lot of activities take place there. Overall, the Magic manages crowds well and lines move quickly. Very rarely did we feel crowded. The overall condition of the ship was clean. Someone was always cleaning something! There are a few noticeable worn spots in areas but with so many people moving through there it's to be expected. The outside was a little rusty, my boyfriend even commented on it. Fellow cruisers were nice but I think I understand more when people say Carnival is "the Walmart of the seas." Of course trashy people just seem to draw more attention to themselves but there were quite a few people on this sailing who caught my attention, if you catch my drift. Ultimately no impact on my vacation, though. We rented a Cabana at Half Moon Cay. I highly recommend getting one. We chose Cabana 13. This proved to be a good choice as the beach was super crowded but most people stayed closer to the ship. We talked to someone who had Cabana 5 and they said people were trying to use their showers and stuff but we had no problems with that. Bar service was practically non-existent at the Cabana but it was a quick walk to the bathroom and bars so not a problem. In Grand Turk we walked the short walk to Jack's Shack. We were offered horseback riding, drugs or a beach chair by a one-stop shop manned by friendly locals right off the ship. Jack's Shack lives up to the hype. Much less crowded than at the port, quick service, umbrella for $10. We also were able to watch the Pride leave port. We went to Margaritaville for a drink. Apparently someone (an adult) pooped in the pool. Luckily we didn't go in. In Amber Cove we just hung out at the port. Definitely check out the sky bar... the views can't be beat! It was beautiful! It was hard to choose a favorite port because each had something different to offer. I would do this itinerary again. We had a great time and will definitely sail Carnival again but will book another line for our next cruise just to see what else is out there. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Let me start this off by saying that we love cruising. This was our 3rd Carnival Cruise. Previously we have been on the Pride and the Conquest and we enjoyed both and decided to once again cruise with Carnival aboard the Magic. From ... Read More
Let me start this off by saying that we love cruising. This was our 3rd Carnival Cruise. Previously we have been on the Pride and the Conquest and we enjoyed both and decided to once again cruise with Carnival aboard the Magic. From beginning to end.. something was just.. off. The day of our sailing, the ship was moving from Port Miami to Port Everglades. With that being said, we pre-checked in at the airport and they said that since we cannot get onto the ship until "late in the afternoon", they would bus us to a mall and we would meet back at the drop off location and be shuttled to the terminal. There was mass confusion at the airport and the carnival staff was being so mean to one another - it was a huge disorganized mess. We FINALLY get on a bus and the bus drive has no clue where he is going or where to drop us off. What was supposed to be a 20 minute bus rider turned into 1 hour of us driving in literal circles. We finally get to the mall and had 3 hours to shop and time to meet back at the location to get back on the bus... more mass confusion. People everywhere. Police directing us, some carnival staff telling us to wait - while some staff is telling us to get on the bus. Passengers running in front of us to get on the bus. It was just mass chaos and extremely hot outside to be out there waiting. When we finally get to the terminal, it was more confusion because some people had an arrival appointment and some did not. People were RUNNING through the lines to get up the escalator to get on board. I could not believe what I was seeing. No sense of organization at all and passengers acting like children. Since embarkation was a total mess it started our cruise off on a bad note. But we were determined to still have a good time - and we did. Our cabin was small but nice enough. The cabin stewards were so kind to us and always had us laughing. The food options were awesome! We loved all the food we ordered! One thing though - although the service in the dining room was great - my appetizers were wrong on multiple occasions. I know that these things happen and I did not mind the mix up. Everyone on the staff was amazing and made the ship truly feel like home. One thing that we did not like about this ship is that it seems like there are too many people. If you did not make plans to get a lounger by the pool early.. you were not getting a chair. Lots of people were saving their seats with towels and we actually saw the rules about not saving seats being enforced which was nice because I feel like it usually isn't. Along with the chairs, if you did not plan to have your breakfast/lunch at an earlier time.. you were going to be waiting in long lines. Everything we did had to be planned around the crowds and lines. If you weren't at a comedy show 45 minutes early.. you weren't getting a seat. We bought the Cheers! drink package and at the pool .. we waited SO long for drinks that we just ended up getting up and waiting at the bar almost every time. I know this seems so "first world problem" but when you're on a cruise and in your chair comfortable.. the last thing I want to do is get up and wait. We never had that issue on any other cruise we went on. Another thing we did not like is the smoking in the casino. I don't have an issue with people smoking but there was NO ventilation whatsoever. Smoke would just sit in that area and it was terrible. We came home with all of our clothes smelling. Even if we weren't hanging out in there, we had to almost always walk through to get to our destination because of where our room was.. I feel like this is something that needs to change. Entertainment on the ship was okay.. same as last year and we were surprised to see that not much was changed so we did not go to many shows. We loved going to the piano bar and watch Rebecca play and sing! We went to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove. We loved all of the ports and the simplicity of getting on and off the ship - no lines! Disembarkation was a breeze .. we carried our bags off to catch an early flight and had no issues and waited in no lines.. All in all, after a rocky start with embarkation, we truly did have a good time. We met some great people and loved exploring this ship (lines and all!). Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Our 8th cruise and our friends first cruise. We had aft balconies on Deck 6. Warning, you WILL hear a lot of thumping from the Comedy Club below you. This was our only fault with the cruise. Yes, partially my fault for booking a room ... Read More
Our 8th cruise and our friends first cruise. We had aft balconies on Deck 6. Warning, you WILL hear a lot of thumping from the Comedy Club below you. This was our only fault with the cruise. Yes, partially my fault for booking a room above a public venue, but who knew the comedy club would sound like a night club when they weren't performing. Music was gone around 11:30-12 each night. Had a great time with our friends, enjoying our balconies together. Fortunately, we were able to open the divider between our two rooms. I didn't realize that only certain balconies can be opened to each other. We had dinner in the Main Dining Room every night, and breakfast each morning. The dress code for the MDR has definitely relaxed over the years and I even took advantage of a couple of nights to wear shorts. Food was fantastic as usual. Love the Crème Brulee! We went to a couple of the Playlist shows and enjoyed them - 88 Keys, Flick and Rock USA. The Love and Marriage show was a clunker, but that is totally dependent on the guests. There were a couple of moments that were funny, but overall disappointing. We enjoyed the Violin trio that played in the Atrium, the Acoustic duo that performed in the Red Frog Pub and Atrium and Vitamin Sea and the Supplements in the Ocean Plaza. Tried the Piano Bar one night and it was OK, but I think we were spoiled by Scott on the Sunshine a few years back and haven't found a comparable piano player since. Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze. Yes, we had FTTF and this made it better. We were on the ship before 1130 and rooms were ready. We got out luggage by 3. The only serious lines were on Embarkation day, when everyone was trying to eat lunch at about the same time. Any other day, never hade more than 3 or 4 people in any line. Pig and Anchor was good, had a Guy's Burger, Fish Tacos and a deli sandwich. We went to Magen's Bay and with 4 ships in port - NOT A GOOD IDEA. Pricey for 2 hrs at the beach. Went to Playa Chata in Amber Cover and that was great. Quiet all-inclusive resort. I was pleasantly surprised that during a Spring Break cruise that the crowds were a minimum. Serenity always had places available and it looks like everyone followed the 21+ rule. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We Missed a port so a bit disappointed. We had no issues in the others we stopped at. There are Never enough deck chairs or space in pools! There were chairs stacked up but we could never find anyone to move them for us. There ... Read More
We Missed a port so a bit disappointed. We had no issues in the others we stopped at. There are Never enough deck chairs or space in pools! There were chairs stacked up but we could never find anyone to move them for us. There were lots of activities planned every night while we were at late dinner so missed all those. (Entertainment, draws, etc) so either have to have before and after to accommodate both set dining times. Dining room was great but buffet lines and other dining places lines were long and a bit disorganized. We had a balcony mid aft. It was nice and our steward was very good. Our friend had a different one and he was wonderful to all of us. We Had no issues getting on or off. Didn’t pay for Faster to the Fun but you can still get on, you just can’t access your cabin till later. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
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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