1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This was a chartered cruise adventure and i plan to address my issues with that group as well but many problems that i had personally made me want to go home by day 3 of a 7 day adventure. My cabinmates mainly kept our cabin clean prior ... Read More
This was a chartered cruise adventure and i plan to address my issues with that group as well but many problems that i had personally made me want to go home by day 3 of a 7 day adventure. My cabinmates mainly kept our cabin clean prior to service coming in but i was disappointed to see that an obvious makeup spill on my bunk stayed all week which let us know that bedding not changed. Food service lines were ridiculous and menu selections were bad. Dining room service was slow/2 hours to completely get our meals which caused us to miss shows. The entertainment venues were hot and air conditioning was also scarce in other parts of the ship. Mostly, this was an all-adult cruise that we had always had the option of hot tubs 24/7. The pools/hot tubs all shut down at 8p. Embarkment was a nightmare! It took 3 hours to find my final piece of luggage and i embarked in the first group. I loved the casino but smokers and poor ventilation made it difficult for me with my asthmatic condition Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
This was my first cruise. While staying in the first dek my Stateroom Steward made my staying amazing . We were at Orlando the date before departure. Embarkation and disembarkation went smooth. The places visited (excursions) ... Read More
This was my first cruise. While staying in the first dek my Stateroom Steward made my staying amazing . We were at Orlando the date before departure. Embarkation and disembarkation went smooth. The places visited (excursions) transportation and eating was great. The activities , specially movie time was great. Love the comfortable sitting. Also, the eating areas, restaurants, pools, gym, we're impresive. The accommodations along the ship we're well distributed. All the ship services were great , service personnel were remarkable. We knew how to get along in the ship and all our questions were answered thanks to our Steward that was always there to help. Thanks to the great 7 great , magnificent days. The only thing I did not actually like was disembarkation in Belize. Actually there was no port to get in and we had to take these small boats not comfortable at all. Will like in a future no far away this can be taken care of . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Turned out to be very good cruise and very interesting, diverse group of old and new friends. Captain Vito was wonderful, friendly and courteous to all. DJ Cookie is one of the best new entertainers to enjoy. Absolutely hilarious, ... Read More
Turned out to be very good cruise and very interesting, diverse group of old and new friends. Captain Vito was wonderful, friendly and courteous to all. DJ Cookie is one of the best new entertainers to enjoy. Absolutely hilarious, Cookie that is! :) First time I have not eaten every day on the Lido deck! Food was great for breakfast in the Main Dining Room with meeting and enjoying new friends. Did the Italian restaurant twice and enjoyed to the fullest. The waitresses and waiters sang both times; first time was way to loud but did enjoy and the second time was just right (sound). Other than an embarrassing incident by a guest, really enjoyed the restaurant. The Chef dinner was good but would have preferred to be in a private room, not the galley....hard of hearing and sounds bouncing off the walls (left early). Enjoyed Steakhouse so much couldn't eat breakfast! Did not have to order from Room Service and did not have ice cream.... All-in-all would cruise again on the Magic with or without same friends. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
First of all I was very pleased with the embarkation and disembarkation process, it is a faster process shorter lines. And instead of a cluster of people trying to get on the boat they call you by groups. I loved the ship, the cruise ... Read More
First of all I was very pleased with the embarkation and disembarkation process, it is a faster process shorter lines. And instead of a cluster of people trying to get on the boat they call you by groups. I loved the ship, the cruise Director DR, E WAS THE BEST!!!!!! we had a balcony room and it was very nice, We liked our cabin steward CHA CHA VERY ATTENTIVE . The Food was awesome, our waiter was nice and fun, Toshe and his team. I love Carnivals activities on the their ships, always a blast!! We did quite a few excursions that we booked threw Carnival , B.O.S.S underwater Scooters a must Do and we did Cave Tubing with lunch it was great as well. Guides were very fun and knowledgeable about the island very informative. One of the best Birthday trips, we were celebrating retirement, birthdays and anniversaries. We flew in early and stayed at the Residence Inn in Cocoa Beach the hotel stay was great. They have shuttles to take you to the cruise port. Dont forget the GREAT MASSAGES ON THE BOAT!!! the best Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Chose this cruise as part of a crochet cruise. We had a group of about 100 on board, with daily meetings in the conference space. With only 1/2 the conference center available to us (Park West was permanently in the other side), it was a ... Read More
Chose this cruise as part of a crochet cruise. We had a group of about 100 on board, with daily meetings in the conference space. With only 1/2 the conference center available to us (Park West was permanently in the other side), it was a bit crowded using tables with all of us working, but it was manageable. The cruise was originally an Eastern Caribbean but got rerouted to the Western route after hurricanes flattened all the eastern ports. We were on a back to back, so got to go to all the same ports twice. This review covers both weeks. Cabins: Our first week cabin was an upgrade - an exterior view cabin on Deck 1. Carnival had offered us the upgrade for $70. The cabin felt much more spacious than our usual interior, with enough space for a couch (pull out), and the porthole right above the gangplank - fantastic for people watching. The cabin also had two bathrooms - with the second one having a "bathtub" that might fit a small pre-teen for soaking and a sink (no toilet). However, it made a fantastic shower, and it was nice having the two rooms. Ship Info: Holds about 4700 people, but didn't feel massive. On sea days the Lido deck got crowded (as always), but there was always quieter space elsewhere. Smoking areas - a definite drawback on this design. The casino is smoking and open to the interior in both the 10-story closed atrium and the inside of deck 5. That left no place un-smoked. The Vibe nightclub on 5 is also smoking, and when in operation, the doors are left open. If you have issues with smoke, this may be a problem for you - our group avoided the nightclub after the first 10 minutes. Entertainment - not much to say here, as I skipped a lot of it. My favorite hangout was the Red Frog Pub on 5, next to the nightclub. The music there is predominantly country, and was mostly ignored by the patrons (good music, just not hitting the right mix for that gang). Reportedly the piano bar was fantastic, but I never got over to it. The various entertainers on the Ocean stage on 5 were ok, but nothing I found memorable. There was a classical duo performing in the atrium some evenings that was quite good, but more often it was over-amped singers or DJs. Dining - the Pig and Anchor Smokehouse is FANTASTIC!!! Too bad it's only open on embarkation and sea days - the lines were long but worth the wait. On Lido, Guys burgers were always a big hit, as was the Blue Iguana tacos. For lunch, the Mongolian Wok did a great mongolian grill, but the pathetic ventilation required lungs of steel to be anywhere near it due to the burning peppers - find a friend who can't smell, and has solid lungs to fix you a bowl and eat it elsewhere. The buffet was, well, Carnival's buffet - solid, reasonable variety, but not something to dance about. The Deli is open 11-11 and offers pre-made sandwiches that are heated up in ovens (no longer panini-pressed). They were able to offer me gluten-free rolls for the sandwiches which were fantastic. Outside the Tandoor indian station makes a great selection of kabobs and curries daily - well worth the stop in (they also know and can tell you whats in each dish if you have allergies). The pizza was apparently fantastic for the regular pizza, but the gluten-free crust (as with most GF crusts) tastes more like cardboard than anything else. The pasta bar on 11 was excellent - my preferred choice most days. You select the pasta you want, and the toppings and they're delivered to you. This restaurant was never over-crowded when I went, which provided a nice respite from the hordes. Dinner I had in the main dining room each night. The selection in the American Table is considerably more limited than some other lines but adequate - 4 main dishes plus a vegetarian curry plate most nights, with 6 or so appetizers to pick from. There's also "standard" items including grilled chicken (rubber - don't bother), pork chop (good), and flat iron steak (good) every night as choices or you can splurge and spend $20 for lobster or fancier steaks from the steak house (I didn't). The food was well prepared, but if you have food allergies, BEWARE! This was my 6th/7th cruise with Carnival, and I have never had to worry about getting hit with allergens before. There were three of us at the table with allergies (we consolidated the allergy gang week 2 at one table), and it was a game of "how are they going to try to kill us now" every course. On previous cruises, Carnival has done a fantastic job assisting me - usually with the maitre d' taking the order and checking. This now falls on the way overworked wait staff - who have apparently no training or understanding about the menu and allergies. The final dessert course was the home run - each of the three of us was served a dessert (chef's choice) that contained the first allergen on each of our lists. This put a severe damper on our experience, although we did turn it into a game (and we spoke to the head chef multiple times - each time, the offenses got worse). Embarkation was superbly smooth, as was disembarkation at Canaveral. We showed up at the appointed time, and moved swiftly through the various lines and onto the ship. Onboard, I found plenty of places to hang out with my fellow crocheters - although we congregated on 5 near the pub and at the back of Lido most times due to the delightfully damp weather the first week and the stiff breezes the second week. The chairs and couches are adequate, but get uncomfortable after the first hour or so throughout the ship. Ports: Cozumel - it was pouring rain week 1, so I stayed on board. The second week, we had reservations at Mr Sanchos' Beach Resort (the romance package, with chairs, a cabana and massages for two). We brought another couple along to share the cabana etc, and the four of us declared it was the best excursion ever - go for the grilled shrimp, best any of us had ever had. Belize - Week 1 we had a ShoreTrips excursion to the Belize Zoo and Altun Ha. Unfortunately, a tropical depression decided to form, so we had a monsoon during the entire excursion, for which we were unprepared. The zoo was fascinating, although the cats were smarter than the tourists - they stayed inside and dry. The tapir and monkeys made the trip worth it. Given the state of the ground, about 1/2 the group, including us, decided to skip the ruins and head back to port. Apparently the deluge stopped once they got to the ruins, letting loose a plague of insects (of course, it's a rain forest..), but everyone enjoyed it. Belize Week 2 - Carnival excursion Reef Snorkel and Starfish Island. Great excursion - they take great care to make us all feel safe snorkeling, and the rum punch flows liberally *after* the snorkel. The reef is beautiful, and many interesting things were seen. Starfish Island is 100% beach with a pay bar, and a hamburger stand, neither of which we took advantage of, choosing to sit in the comfy chairs and couches under the awning and read. The trip back to the ship featured entertainment by the catamaran crew, and was fantastic - worth the excursion fee by itself. (And that's not the free rum punch talking - I was drinking pure water, having taken Dramamine... the entire boat was rocking with most of the folks dancing along with the crew). Roatan - Week 1 - had reservations at little french key, but the tropical depression had followed us so we skipped it. I stayed on board while my wife shopped the port. Week 2 we both shopped the port - good way to kill an hour. Others headed for the attached beach for sun. Beware, though - I saw at least one port shop taking peoples passports over to the credit card machine with the passport pages open, and a burnt out light above it - possibly being photographed for duplication (although I may be overly suspicious) - don't let them get their paws on your ID, and use drivers licenses as ID for safety. Costa Maya - Week 1 - the depression was headed for Florida, leaving us with a nice clear day. Walked the port shops and back to the ship. This is a VERY short stop, so didn't do anything much. Week 2 we took advantage of the Carnival Beach excursion for $40 and were transported to a nice beach with free drinks, and beach chairs. Pleasant enough, except it got rainy, so we headed back relatively early. Probably would skip this stop in future. This was our 5th or 6th time on the Western Caribbean circuit, so we'd done much of the stuff before, and our light excursion schedule is a result. Cabin Week 2 - 7434 - Interior. Like every other interior :D Small, but only there to shower, change & sleep. Overall review summary - nice ship, well laid out. Only awkward routing - can't get fore to aft on 3, and on 5 the smoker (casino) is not bypassable so to get to 3rd floor Southern Lights cross on 4. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
This cruise was taken based upon a group vote of various cruise lines and itineraries. We had a group of 46 on board, embarkation was fairly quick and smooth. Staff was friendly and helpful. We had an interior cabin on deck just below pool ... Read More
This cruise was taken based upon a group vote of various cruise lines and itineraries. We had a group of 46 on board, embarkation was fairly quick and smooth. Staff was friendly and helpful. We had an interior cabin on deck just below pool deck, do not recommend that again as when they would move chairs around at night you could hear it in the room. Cabin was a decent size for an interior, about a foot of room on either side of bed to walk around. The shows in theater were good, mostly musicals of some sort. Comedy was ok, but not that funny. There didn't seem to be as many activities on Lido deck as I thought there would be, but the overall amount of things to do seemed to be good. Service was excellent, I was really surprised the staff wasn't as pushy with selling drinks as they had been in the past. Really liked that. Loved DR.E as cruise director, he was awesome other than one disappointment. One thing our group as a whole was upset about was the Cruise Critic Meet N Mingle party we sort of didn't have. Our group attended, but didn't see any of the others that had enrolled there. There were two ladies from housekeeping, and no one else at first. One officer showed after a bit, and another gentleman, they left to go find Dr. E as he was the one that was supposed to "head up" the meeting from what we were told. He never showed, nor did anyone ever come back to let us know what was going on. I called down from the meeting room before we all left to Guest Services, and they said they would see if they could find him but nothing was done. Later that day I went down to Guest Services, and they brushed it off saying that our party was only from 5:30 to 6 pm. I explained that yes, we knew that but that someone was supposed to be there and no one was. They just said they were sorry and that there was nothing they could do. We were NOT happy campers/cruisers at this point feeling let down as we have been to other Cruise Critic parties and enjoyed them. I think the best thing about this cruise for one, was the Guy's Burger Joint. My husband ate there every day. We did finally get to try the Barbecue place of his, and surprisingly weren't too thrilled with it. For one, it's not open every day, and only for a very short period of time. The food there was just ok, nothing to write home about like we were expecting. The pool on the Lido deck was quite small, but the hot tubs on the sides were very nice sized. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, just not our most enjoyable one on Carnival. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
The ship is laid out well. Highly recommend the spa pkg - enjoyed the heated tile beds and steam rooms. Food was very good. We sampled the following food venues: Tandoor, buffet, Pig & Anchor, pizza, Guys Burgers, dining room ... Read More
The ship is laid out well. Highly recommend the spa pkg - enjoyed the heated tile beds and steam rooms. Food was very good. We sampled the following food venues: Tandoor, buffet, Pig & Anchor, pizza, Guys Burgers, dining room (dinner & breakfast), Blue Iguana Cantina, room service (breakfast) - we enjoyed all of them! Wish they had more available time for Pig & Anchor as it is only on sea days for about a 2 hour window. Drinks were great and not watered down. The dining room staff had good and bad days - sometimes service was a bit slow. However, they were always pleasant and fun. Lots going on all the time. Enjoyed the décor and our cruise director: Reverand Dr. E. The sail away party was lots of fun. Disembarkation was a bit disorganized. They provided information that seemed like it would work well, but they did not stick to it which let to confusion and quite a few "bottle-necks" on the way off the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Dining was good. Comedians was very good but rest of the other entertainment not so good. Smell of sewage was real bad. Embarkation and disembarkation was very very slow. Very crowded but it was Super Bowl 2017 Cruise. We ... Read More
Dining was good. Comedians was very good but rest of the other entertainment not so good. Smell of sewage was real bad. Embarkation and disembarkation was very very slow. Very crowded but it was Super Bowl 2017 Cruise. We had an Oceanview cabin on the first floor. Never again will I ever stay on first floor of any ship again. The noise was terrible and not from above but from below. Beating and banging all the time. Hard to sleep sometimes. The smell after just one day coming up through the shower drain and sink drains, toilet also was very bad. I have very sensitive smell. Which is bad on my part. Even though there was pros and a lot of cons I will still continue to cruise just not Carnival Magic.. My husband and I are frequent cruisers & this was our first time on the magic. Out Steward Raul was the best. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
The Northern Lights dining area service was not up to our normal expectations. Staff seemed overwhelmed at times and getting seating for a large group was near impossible. We waited hours that is correct more than an hour for a table ... Read More
The Northern Lights dining area service was not up to our normal expectations. Staff seemed overwhelmed at times and getting seating for a large group was near impossible. We waited hours that is correct more than an hour for a table multiple nights. The food was also sub par. The meat was overcooked and the food luke warm at best. Service at the bar areas and other common areas was great but not in the Northern Lights Dining rooom. We also noticed a strong "sewage" odor on all floors in the aft ship area including the rear common area. Staff either are used to it or were ignoring it as they never responded to complaints or offerred solutions. Ship activities seemed plentiful but in every common area that we tried to enjoy a quiet drink the music was VERY loud. I even complained a couple of times with the staff stating that this was normal so everyone could hear. I couldn't hear myself think! Read Less
Carnival Magic Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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