60 Carnival Magic Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

It’s so many negative things that I can say about this ship from the interior to the exterior. It’s a old ship, the carpet was dirty, the hallway stink very bad. The food was cold and out of order. We had more fun on the islands than ... Read More
It’s so many negative things that I can say about this ship from the interior to the exterior. It’s a old ship, the carpet was dirty, the hallway stink very bad. The food was cold and out of order. We had more fun on the islands than we did on the ship. I will say that I won $100 at the casino, and that was the highlight of my trip. Happy anniversary to me and my husband! The cruise Director Simon was great, very informative and funny. The staff seemed rehearsed and like a puppet, some spoke some didn’t. Everyone working for tips, also looking for tips. Went out on excursion paid a lot of money up front only to get on the island and the prices were a lot cheaper. Got the spa package and it was always either down, or over crowded a waste of money., i got a mani and pedi broken nails and chipped polish that they wouldn’t fix. Never ever again Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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
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
My husband and I were on the Carnival Magic for the second time (first was August 2018). We took this cruise to celebrate both our 45th birthday. This was our 11th cruise, 10 with Carnival and 1 with RCCL. Overall ship maintenance. ... Read More
My husband and I were on the Carnival Magic for the second time (first was August 2018). We took this cruise to celebrate both our 45th birthday. This was our 11th cruise, 10 with Carnival and 1 with RCCL. Overall ship maintenance. 1. The most important issue (I think) comes from the A/C system! We've been roasting in our cabin, mislead by the guests service who called maintenance even though, that we learned later, they knew it wouldn't be fixed. Other passengers complained about it too and we all been told the problem would be fixed the next day but never happened. There were also some public areas where the A/C was barely to not working at all. Again, when people complained they were told that there was no problem! 2. This ship is way more rusty than all other ships we've been on, regardless of the class and age (we've been on Fantasy class, Conquest class and Dream class). 3. Throughout the week we could smell sewage odor in differents part of the ship. The first evening it was stronger in the Atrium and when guests service crew were asked about it they pretended not to smell anything and reply they would send someone to spray with air freshener! 4. Windows were so dirty that we couldn't take pictures through it. In the past we could see crew members hanging around the ship at every port of call to clean the windows and ship. By the amount of grime accumulated it seems like it's been a while since they did. 5. In the Lido dinning room, over the tables, there is air vents with nothing to prevent dirt from falling. Food and drink... 1. We noticed a very big decrease in the quality of the food. I'm not saying the food was not good but the quality and taste in general wasn't what we normally see with Carnival. On the other hand we tried the steakhouse for the first time and it was amazing! 2. The water available on the Lido from the drink fountains tasted terrible and the limonade was way too strong. We've been drinking the ships water and limonade since our first cruise and never experienced something like that. 3. For the first time on any of our Carnival cruises, the service in the dinning room was average, at best. We experienced on our previous cruises excellente and personnalized service but on this particular one we felt neglected and rushed. Housekeeping 1. Our stateroom stewart was really nice and was doing a great job. When we told her about the room temperature she managed to find us a fan despite being rare due to the large number of cabins with A/C issues. She even wrote a special note on the mirror for our birthday. 2. From the public restrooms to the dinning rooms and the corridors, everything was really clean. Entertainment and activities 1. The playlist production team was fantastic. It was their first week on the Magic and we couldn't notice any hesitation or discomfort between them. 2. The Cruise Director, Leigh, was doing a great job. He is enthusiastic and easy to approach. 3. We tried to go to the Punchliner comedy club 2 or 3 times but the club was already packed 30 minutes prior to the show or the line up to get in was so long we coudn't get in. Ports of call 1. Half moon cay, as always is a nice stop. It's a perfect beach and relaxation day. The only thing I would say is there is not enough umbrellas. 2. Grand Turk was also really great. It's a really great place for people who enjoy snorkeling without spending big money on an excursion. 3. Amber Cove is a beautiful place with a pretty nice pool area. There is 2 waterslides that you can access for free and a zipline for which you have to pay. In conclusion, I do not recommend the Magic until it has undergone major work. As for the ports of call, if you enjoy a lot of beach and pool these places are for you! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Room 6338 on the Carnival Magic September 22 - September 28, 2019 Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise 6 Day. Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove Dominican Republic Husband and Wife Cruise First off let me just say, the ... Read More
Room 6338 on the Carnival Magic September 22 - September 28, 2019 Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise 6 Day. Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove Dominican Republic Husband and Wife Cruise First off let me just say, the Carnival cruise lines gets too many negative reviews. Our trip started out with arriving at Ft. Lauderdale at 10:30 we boarded the ship after check in immediately around 11:30. The buffet elevators were programed to take you directly up to the Buffet which is on deck 10. We ate at Guys Burger and went to the bar to order a drink. We tried to get to our room which was 6338 and our luggage was outside of our room and badge keys were in the mail box. I AM NOT KIDDING YOU. We were able to unpack and situated. This trip made us Platinum Cruisers and when we opened the door there were two lanyards on the bed and 2 pins with a letter of thanks. Very classy Carnival! I have read where people say some nasty things about Carnival doing this because it's cheap. Shame on you, it cost a lot of money for things like this and a company to show their appreciation. I am not a princess and I appreciate things like this. Elevators were crowded but you’re on vacation with a lot of other people who want to have fun. This is where you manners should prevail. The elevators time was about 10 minutes to get into one. Because we stayed on the 6th floor we would run down the steps to the casino to the 5th floor. We are also Premier Member's (Casino Spenders) and received little gifts every day. LOVED IT. First thing I did was go out on the balcony. I tried before to find a review about the room and could not find one so I will take the time to explain it as best that I can. The balcony is on the 6th floor looking down at the outside shower and the Jacuzzi was to the right of it. I really didn't think too much about it because I planned on being in the casino most of the time. However, there was only one incident where about 8 teen agers were in the Jacuzzi getting on one another shoulders goofing around and splashing water all over the place. This went on about one hour with swearing between each other and making out. I eventually called 911 and reported it. The security guard was up and walked the floor and told them there was a complaint made by the passengers, they told the guard we were all laughing at them and going along with it. The Security Guard remained firm and told them to stop it. After the guard left they started to yell at us all for ratting them out. The boat was just leaving port from Half Moon Cay and they wanted to know why we were all out on the decks (Where are these parents?) Finally they left, Thank God. I do not blame Carnival because the parents should be more responsible with their kids especially teenagers. They still can still get into trouble regardless of where it is. With this being said, I do think that nobody under 18 years of age should be in the Jacuzzi’s without adult supervision. The buffet was really good which surprised me. We do not attend the sit down dining because it takes too long for us. Out of all of the other ships, Freedom, Valor, Liberty, Glory and Conquest this was a better buffet. Very tasty. The deserts were not that sweet which made you not want to overdo it. That was a good thing because it’s amazing to see how people just gorge themselves on the food. The casino was outstanding. I love the bigger ship because it gives you a lot more machines to play on. Even when the nights were really crowded you can find a machine to play. And yea the smokers are really bad. I had one lady that always seemed to be sitting next to me just smoking and blowing it my face without playing the slots. No problem I would just move to another machine. The machines let you play with wins and on the last day my husband won almost $1,200.00 which was very cool.  There were vapors on the boat but the casino employees would catch them and remind them there is not vaping on the boat. Our room Steward was so wonderful and attentive we always had ice in the room and the room was clean and not smelly like some other people have complained about. I did not smell anything on the ship other than good food and cigarette smoke. Also, the crew were amazing they were always working so very hard on keeping the ship clean. I know that this is a long review but Carnival does not get enough good reviews!!! I cannot wait to book another trip on the Dream, Horizon and eventually the new. Dismemberment was the best I have ever had. This guy should be a trainer in keeping things organized and staying right there to direct people to keep doing the same things that other people were doing. Usually there is no leadership and people crowd the hall way and there is congestion everywhere. NOT THIS TIME. Thank you Carnival Cruise lines you are the best and hope to see you soon!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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 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
This was our 4th Carnival cruise (plus 4 Royal Caribbean, 1 Norwegian, 1 Disney). We chose this cruise for the ship amenities and the ports of call: Amber Cove, Dr; San Juan, PR; St Thomas, USVI; and Grand Turk, T&C. Embarkation was ... Read More
This was our 4th Carnival cruise (plus 4 Royal Caribbean, 1 Norwegian, 1 Disney). We chose this cruise for the ship amenities and the ports of call: Amber Cove, Dr; San Juan, PR; St Thomas, USVI; and Grand Turk, T&C. Embarkation was simple and fast. As in the past, we paid for the Faster-to-the-Fun to give us quicker access and more time onboard on our first day, but on this trip there was really no advantage. We were allowed to board at 12:00 noon, but we saw regular travellers arriving within 30 minutes, and nobody could access their staterooms until 1:30 pm. Our luggage did not arrive in our cabin around 4:30 pm. Overall there was no advantage to paying for the FTTF on this trip. The ship was in very good shape, clean, with average decor. Nothing fancy but no complaints. Unfortunately cigarette smoke was prevalent virtually everywhere onboard. It made us ill, adults and kids alike, and we spent a lot of time trying to avoid the Casino, all lounges, the Red Frog Pub, and much of the pool area due to so many smokers. While cigar smokers are relegated to a tiny area on an outer deck, cigarette smokers seem to have the run of the ship. I wish Carnival would bring their smoking policy into this century and restrict cigarette smoking to a single outside deck only, away from pools and the water park where children hang out. I suppose they'd have continue allowing smoking in casino too, given the demographics in that venue. Food at the buffet was adequate, but here are very few gluten-free or vegetarian choices. The main dining room food and service were excellent, and the Italian restaurant was very good also. One thing I could't believe was that Guy Fieri would allow his name to be used on this ships burger joint. The Guy's burgers on the Magic were absolutely disgusting. They were charred and overcooked, and dripping with grease. The floor anywhere near the serving area was slick and slippery with grease, and the greasy smoke from the grill permeated the buffet area. Yuk :( The water slides and splash area were great fun, but they were closed quite bit for safety due to high winds and rough seas. Beverage service was spotty on the Magic. On the pool deck it was virtually impossible to find a server. We had to go to the bar whenever we wanted a drink. That's fine if you can find a seat on the main pool deck, but a real pain if you are lounging two decks up by the water slides. The main lobby bar service was VERY slow, at one point taking 20 minutes to get a drink. Entertainment was, meh, just ok. The main-stage entertainers worked hard, but the singers were just average. We saw FLICK, and the choreography was confusing at best. Music on the pool deck was quite good. We liked the steel-drummer very much, and we enjoyed the Latin music by the Alchemy Bar but they need to dim the lights there so dancers don't feel like they are on display to everyone walking past. The deck parties were fun, but hey seemed a bit shorter than they used to be. After 3 or 4 obligatory line dances that was it. The cruise director and his team are very energetic, but the deck parties could be improved. At Amber Cove, DR we did the HANDS ON CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE AT CHOCAL excursion. A great alternative to hanging out the beach or the port. It was interesting to participate in planting cocoa bean and having the and harvesting and production explained (it was not harvest season), and of course we really enjoyed the final product...chocolates. Mmm, yummy. At St Thomas, USVI we did the KAYAK, HIKE & SNORKEL excursion. Kayaking in the wind was a bit challenging, but it was better than sitting on a bus tour or at a poolside bar. The hike was fun. We saw lots of hermit crabs, and the resident biologist explained the local flora and fauna. The snorkelling wasn't great due to recent storms stirring up the sand and making visibility poor, but we did see an octopus and a young barracuda. It was raining when we arrived in San Juan, PR so we opted to stay onboard. We spent only an hour at the beach in Grand Turk before returning to the ship, again due to rain. Our two kids (9 & 10 yrs) spent time at the Kids Club and really enjoyed themselves. One thing we did not like was the advertised Scavenger Hunt. No staff accompanied the kids on this hunt, they just let them go off on their own. For safety reasons we do not yet let our kids sign themselves in and out of the Kids Club on their own, so they couldn't participate in this activity. For us, the purpose of the Kid's Club is to know our kids are are having fun AND are supervised, which was not done during the Scavenger Hunt. Overall, we enjoyed the Carnival Magic and the itinerary. We would have loved the ship if only they would restrict the smoking onboard. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise for a sibling/extended family getaway. We flew from Houston and chose the Carnival bus for the transfer from the airport. At the airport Carnival personnel directed us to a Carnival desk where we got our boarding ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a sibling/extended family getaway. We flew from Houston and chose the Carnival bus for the transfer from the airport. At the airport Carnival personnel directed us to a Carnival desk where we got our boarding passes and transfer receipt for to and from the ship. The bus was prompt and the trip was fine. At the ship luggage was loaded without our having to touch it. Boarding was what we expected. Our balcony cabin was ready before the appointed time. Checked luggage was delivered promptly. In the cabin a hinge was broken on one closet door. The mirror in the bathroom was deteriorated, there were two holes in the couch and the locking device on the balcony door was broken. We called guest services and were promised quick repairs. They never came. Exterior maintenance of the ship was needed. Our cabin steward, Komang, introduced himself right away. He was one of the best cabin stewards we have ever had. (we have been cruising 40 years) The safety drill went smoothly and was not stressful as some are. Folks in the casino were friendly and helpful to new players. The dining room crew was very nice, except for Evelyn, in charge of seating, who needs and attitude adjustment. Bohan came to our rescue and arranged fro us to have a nightly table for 12. He oversaw things and our dining room experience was a highlight because of him. The food was average for cruising except for the lobster which was done to perfection. Entertainment in the theater is standard Carnival, one troupe performing for the entire cruise. Not bad but very repetitious. The ports were fine. We had been to Porto Rico and St Thomas before and really enjoyed The Dominican and Grand Turk. Debarkation was smoother than we expected but the transfer back to Miami airport was a bit stressful. Overall we had a good time and will sail with Carnival again, as we have many times before, but not on the Magic. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We went on this cruise for our honeymoon and had an amazing time!! This was our first cruise ever and I’m so glad we chose this ship! Embarkation and debarkation were so easy and hassle free. Got on and off the ship very quickly and with ... Read More
We went on this cruise for our honeymoon and had an amazing time!! This was our first cruise ever and I’m so glad we chose this ship! Embarkation and debarkation were so easy and hassle free. Got on and off the ship very quickly and with no problems. The food was AWESOME and all the staff were incredibly friendly and kind. Guys burgers, smokehouse and Mongolian wok were our favorites... out of this world good!!! Our servers in the dining room and staff that made up our room... very personable and such great people!! Our ports & excursions were a blast. Only thing that lacked was the comedy club... wasn’t as funny as we would have liked but wouldn’t defer us from sailing on this ship again. Cruise director MarQ was super nice, funny and made the cruise sooo much fun!! We had extremely beautiful weather and no rough water which made for smooth sailing throughout the whole week! I would definitely recommend this cruise ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We love this ship and Carnival Cruise line. This trip had new destinations and traveled from a new port. We went in November 2018 and loved playing the Craps electronic game. This was a highlight. We were disappointed they removed this ... Read More
We love this ship and Carnival Cruise line. This trip had new destinations and traveled from a new port. We went in November 2018 and loved playing the Craps electronic game. This was a highlight. We were disappointed they removed this game. We played real craps and this was much harder to win and ended up losing a lot of money. We switched to slots. Carnival considers the casino as being too parts, slots and tables. If you play on the tables you don't receive any points for the slots. When we played the electronic craps game this was considered to be part of the slots. In the casino you are awarded points at the slots, and 1,500 points you are awarded free drinks. The metrics for free drinks at the tables are opaque. All of the money lost at craps (close to $2,000) didn't count for anything. I will not play on the tables again. I can't blame anyone but myself for my terrible luck at the craps table. The dealers are wonderful. I just wish the points would translate to the slots. I think of the casino as one casino not two parts that make up one casino. Now the problem with the slots is a little more severe. About 20% of the time when you check out of a slot machine the game does not put the money back on your card. Therefore, every time you leave a machine you need to make sure you got your money. The first time this happened, I left $40. on the machine. I brought it to the attention of the slots staff and they informed me another player got on the machine and took my money. They told me the person spent $5.00 of the money and stole $35.00. They refunded me $35.00 and I lost the $5.00. I assume they got the money back from the thief. After noticing how many failures these machines have, I think it is incumbent on the casino to rectify the problem. The customer should not have to pay for this engineering problem. It is not clear if the slots staff recognizes this as a major problem. I spoke with management and they returned the $5.00 and apologized (very happy with staff). I spoke with a customer about my experience and she told me she lost about $40.00 on the slots herself, but, she didn't realize until the next day. This problem must happen all of the time. I have no idea if this is Carnival wide or simply related to the Magic. Finally, the exit off of the ship was really bad. I think my wife and I got off after half of the guests got off the ship (therefore, our experience was not the worst). It was about 10:30 when we got off the ship. It was utter chaos in the port terminal. Miami International Airport is 10 times better organized. I don't know if the blame belongs to Carnival or the Port of Miami. I think since Carnival is a customer of the Port then they need to shoulder most of the responsibility. If their vendor (the Port of Miami) is incapable of providing proper customer service, then they need to fire them. Of course the last shuttle for parking was long gone before we got to the curb (last shuttle leaves at 10:45). It took us more than 20 minutes to get our two bags of luggage and another 10 minutes to go through customs. I would love to make this solemn vow to never darken the door step of the port of Miami again. We already booked our next cruise out of port Canaveral (Carnival Breeze) and will probably Cruise on Carnival Sunshine out of Fort Lauderdale in November. I will cruise another cruise line before going to Miami again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I chose this cruise because of the 4 different ports and because it fell withing my birthday. I really loved amber cove because it had a pool and bar as well as activities and zip lining. I don't have much to say about st ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the 4 different ports and because it fell withing my birthday. I really loved amber cove because it had a pool and bar as well as activities and zip lining. I don't have much to say about st Thomas.really a bore if you don't have excursions. Puerto Rico is my culture so it was great to see San Juan as a tourist, i had some traditional Puerto rican food and piraguas. My birthday was spent at grand Turk with the most beautiful beach view of the ships, Margarita and an awesome DJ. I would def book another cruise in December because of the Christmas theme most of all. I took my 15 month old which caused me to be extremely tired by the time nightlife rolled around. There is NOTHING to do for under 2 year olds at all not even a swimming pool so I will not be cruising again until he is 2. just a heads up parents! Food was amazing and so was our steward and even for being on deck 1 everything was greatly accessible. Cruise director MarQ was amazing!!!!! Activities were all fun and family friendly. Great dining and a host of different foods. Unbelievably affordable for the 5 of us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because it was our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we wanted to get away to celebrate. This was our 6th Carnival Cruise. We had a balcony room on the Lido Deck. The ship itself is similar to the Breeze which we have ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we wanted to get away to celebrate. This was our 6th Carnival Cruise. We had a balcony room on the Lido Deck. The ship itself is similar to the Breeze which we have sailed on twice, but it does seem a little more tired looking. The colour scheme of green seemed a bit dated. But, after a while you don't even notice. Breakfast - we did breakfast in the lido Restaurant every day. Choices were good, food was great and no issues except one day we literally stood in line for 40 minutes - I timed this due to another review. But this was only one day - rest of the time was fine and we probably just went at the wrong time with people wanting to eat before getting off the ship. Lunch - Choices were great and plentiful with Guys Burgers, the Burrito place, the deli or the Lido Marketplace. Enjoyed. Dinner - We had late dining and they were a bit messed up here and we had reserved a table for two months before, due to it being our 25th Anniversary. They had us seated with another couple. We politely explained the situation and they moved us to a temporary table for the first night and said it would be fixed for night 2. On night 2, the table they suggested was not great either but they quickly remedied this with a nicer table we had for the balance of the cruise. So, while a hiccup, they were quick to try and help. Faster to the Fun - we did purchase this and it was worth it for quick Embarkation, special guest services line, our room was ready when we boarded at 11:30 and one of three luggages showed up quickly. The other 2 were slower than most others without FTTF, but the pluses outweighed this. We had priority debarkation also. Entertainment - we enjoyed a movie on the deck one night. The violin players in the atrium were amazing and we enjoyed very much. Frankly, as we had late dining at 8:15, by the time you were finished dinner, it was hard to make the later shows. So we didn't go to any of them and I can't comment. I think next time we will opt for "Your time dining" as 6:00 is a bit early. On sea days, the deck entertainment is always fun. Rooms - Everything was basically fine but the beds are probably ready for new mattresses - not the most comfortable. Shower was good, storage good. Fridge does not get very cold - you will need to get ice to chill anything. Also, other reviewers mentioned that the air conditioning is not great and rooms are warm. This is true to some degree - while it was not terribly warm in the rooms - you couldn't get the room cooler if you tried and if you were a person that perspires easily, this could be an issue for you. Two complaints....there were two things about this cruise that were very disappointing. One was the Steak House which I booked for the night of our anniversary. The staff could not have been more uninterested. While our reservation had stated the occasion, they had no idea and seated us at a table for two that had another couple literally 12" from our table. Was impossible not to hear their entire conversation and was rather awkward for us to discuss anything privately. Additionally, on the other side, they seated a party of about 20 people and proceeded to put most of their attention to this large party. We were handed the menus two minutes after sitting down and they wanted our orders about two minutes later. The steak was very mediocre and the baked potato was dry and served with a teaspoon of sour cream. We were rushed and barely acknowledged. They brought a half glass of sparkling wine but they were giving that to everyone. It was not a great experience and I wish we had just gone to the main dining room where our waiters would have acknowledged the occasion more. Definitely not worth $38 per person - the setup on this ship is very crowded, tables too close together...lighting is quite bright and decor is pretty ugly. Complaints to guest services only got us forwarded to the Steak House and it took two visits to guest services and two days to get any response, a phone call from a junior who wanted another full explanation and suggested that because we "ate the steak", we were out of luck and no compensation would be offered. She also claimed they brought us a cake with a candle (they did not!) and took the work of the staff over ours. It was fruitless to complain and we got no refund. My advice - skip the steakhouse and go to the Italian restaurant. That was amazing and well worth the $15 per person. No more steak house for us. The other negative was "Dreams" photography. We were just getting regular photos done on photo night when we were asked if we were celebrating anything. We said yes, our 25th Anniversary and next thing you know, the photographer was introducing us to a girl he described as the ship's best photographer. She wisked us away to another level where she had a private studio area behind a curtain. She spent the next 20 minutes taking photos of us and set up an appt. for the next night to view the photos. I knew right then these were not the typical photos and there would likely be an outrageous cost. When we showed up for the appt, she had prepared a "Photo Book" and musical slide show which basically had the same photos repeated over and over with different "frames". As I do video editing in my profession, it was not a very impressive show. There were maybe 15 photographs of which 3 or 4 were good. In any case, the photobook, slide show, and digital photos will cost you $2,400. There were varying degrees of what you could get for amounts of $1,800, $1,200, $800 - crazy. We had no idea what we got suckered into here. We ended up taking 2 - 8 x 10's with no digital for $99 and we could not pick up until late on the last night of the cruise. When we showed up, she could not be more rude and was giving all her attention the the people that bought the big expensive packages. She practically threw the bag with the photos at my husband. When I got home and looked at the two pictures more closely, one had big marks through it. Anyway, just be ware of this. Overall though, this was a very fun and relaxing vacation and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Too much to type everything out. Condensed down: Ship was dirty everywhere-never ate at a clean table besides dinner Workers rude besides a few (we were not rude or disrespectful to any employee) Lines to eat were insane 45 min+ ... Read More
Too much to type everything out. Condensed down: Ship was dirty everywhere-never ate at a clean table besides dinner Workers rude besides a few (we were not rude or disrespectful to any employee) Lines to eat were insane 45 min+ wait ALWAYS Drink machines always out-if not out there was a line and tiny cup that needed refill after 2 sips Dinning food was not good (that staff was great though) Lines to get back on boat were ridiculous and even though they had multiple gangways set up, they would close some. Never made sense to me. Disembarkation was a joke We will never sail Carnival again. We met several other people who experienced similar things to us. They said Carnival was their least favorite cruise line. We went on Royal last year and they are nothing alike. So if you have been disappointed by Carnival on your first cruise. Try another line. This is just a basic overview of our dislikes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We take Carnival every year, this was my least favorite ship that we've ever went on. It was hot all over the ship, the cabins were miserable hot, and every guest that I spoke with stated the same. The bars, hallways, you would be ... Read More
We take Carnival every year, this was my least favorite ship that we've ever went on. It was hot all over the ship, the cabins were miserable hot, and every guest that I spoke with stated the same. The bars, hallways, you would be dressed up to have a great night and sweating your butt off all night. It's not a very pretty ship, just kind of blah. The people who work on it were awesome like always. We personally would never go on this ship again. There was not a lot of entertaining on the days at ship , just lots of trying to sale you something, mainly the spa. The children on this ship were out of control, just all over the place. Parents weren't watching them and the staff wouldn't do anything. There is no adult only pool so expect to get water constantly kicked in your face and drink. Couldn't even play put put golf, the kids were sitting all over the course just running wild, while their parents were off not caring. My husband who is law enforcement and I save up all year for this , and what a let down this year. Oh and I always pay gratuities up front, all of them make you feel guilty for not giving them more once you're on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Yearly family vacation, and this year we chose a cruise. Everything from the entertainment staff all the way down to our state room was great! We took an Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise, and all ports of call were incredible. We visited ... Read More
Yearly family vacation, and this year we chose a cruise. Everything from the entertainment staff all the way down to our state room was great! We took an Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise, and all ports of call were incredible. We visited Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. In Amber Cove, we spent our time at a few shops and at the pool that is right off the ship once you walk down the pier. In St. Thomas we took an awesome snorkeling excursion to Christmas Cove. Our snorkel guide Jodi was so knowledgeable about the particular reef and sea life we encountered. Captain Jay and Cory were very friendly and knowledgeable as well. In San Juan, we toured the city a little by foot. This port of call was a little more difficult to navigate if you didn’t understand the port map you were given, because you had to walk or taxi away from the port to really find shopping. We will definitely add an excursion for this port of call next time. Lastly, we went to Jack’s Shack in Hrand Turk. About a 15 min walk down the beach from the ship, or a $4 per person taxi ride. Water was beautiful, and playing with all the island dogs made it that much better. Beach chairs are free here, and umbrellas were $10 for the duration of your stay (worth if in our opinion, because the sun was out in full force the day we were there). On our way back to the ship, we stopped at the pool at Margaritaville and also did a little shopping! Would love to cruise this same itinerary again someday!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked this cruise, our 5th last minute, only 3 weeks from departure. I was worried about the cabins left but as it turned out, we loved it. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 which was aft and close to the elevator. It was central to all ... Read More
We booked this cruise, our 5th last minute, only 3 weeks from departure. I was worried about the cabins left but as it turned out, we loved it. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 which was aft and close to the elevator. It was central to all our favorite places! Embarkation wasn't fun as it was outside in Cape Canaveral. This was my first time waiting in a line outside the terminal. However, once we did get moving we were on the ship by 11:00 without FTTF. As always, we loved Guys, Mongolian Wok and Blue Iguana. We did utilize the Lido buffet twice for the omelet station and remarkably, the wait wasn't too bad. We did run out of strawberry yogurt day 6 and that was upsetting. OH, but the cake station during lunchtime is phenomenal! We had your time dining and never had to wait. We would arrive around 6:00 or so each night. The food was wonderful and the service was great. We both celebrated our birthdays onboard so it was special. We only booked one excursion and that was at St Thomas. Megan's Bay was nothing short of amazing. The sand, the water, the view. Amazing. There was a beach at the port at Grand Turk that was free and the people working it were helpful. There was some seaweed there so that's ick but the water was clear. Amber Cove also had a beautiful shopping area and pool right at the port that was free. San Juan was a lovely, historical city with plenty to see within walking distance of the port. We never felt scared or hassled at any of these ports. The shows were good and with the exception of one of the comedians, Just Jane or something, the comedy shows were great. The piano bar was hopping every night and the night club was as well. We enjoyed the crowded pools and the lukewarm hot tubs when we could....there were still lots of kids, even though it was late August. Debarkation was easy with self assist. We were out of there by 7:30. It was a fantastic trip and we can't wait for the Vista next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We did a back to back Cruise leaving on 4th Aug If long queues for food, overcrowded swimming pools, woeful organisation, rude staff, and constant sales pitches are you thing, then carnival magic is for you Let’s start with ... Read More
We did a back to back Cruise leaving on 4th Aug If long queues for food, overcrowded swimming pools, woeful organisation, rude staff, and constant sales pitches are you thing, then carnival magic is for you Let’s start with food.... the minimum amount of time we’ve had to wait in line for the breakfast buffet was 30 minutes. Yes 30 minutes for a lousy piece of bacon and undercooked sausage. This is solely down to the woeful organisation and layout of the food selection. (I.e only one dish of bacon, pancakes out at a time meaning waits every time they are replenished). Other far bigger ships manage the buffet sections with far greater efficiency, and when fed back to the buffet supervisor, the standard carnival ‘we don’t give a crap’ response was given. The seated restaurants are much better however stop serving breakfast at 10am meaning you have a choice between decent food and a lay in. When evening food has been served in the restaurants, the quality of service has been average at best. I believe this is largely down to the mandatory gratuity scheme that carnival run ...( in other words passengers tips that are automatically charged to their cabins are used to subsidise their lousy wages) meaning the restaurant staff effectively have no incentive to offer the fantastic service we have experienced with other cruise lines. On three occasions bread was not been served until the main course, and on a further four occasions we had to sent food back due to it arriving at our table cold. On the ‘formal’ nights, and I use the word formal very loosely the seated restaurants are also chaotic (the restaurants still allow those in beachwear to sit alongside those who followed the dress code). On both occasions we were given a buzzer and informed there was a 40 minute wait .... again this is clearly a ploy to drive people to the bar / casino. When we were finally permitted to enter the restaurant, it was 50% empty with numerous tables sitting empty. We counted 10 tables in our vicinity that were empty for 15 minutes despite the huge queues outside..... again this is down to pure and simple woeful organisation. After flagging this to management a simple nonchalant shrug was given with clearly no desire whatsoever for things to neither change nor improve. Moving on to the ship.... like most big cruise ships, it is adequately equipped with many facilities and the cabin comfort and size was comparable with other cruise lines. What isn’t compatible however is the sheer volume of passengers carnival have dumped into on place at one time. There are literally queues for everything, not just the food queues mentioned above, but everything.... shows, bingo, toilets, you name it, there’s a queue. Beyond this, for some inexplicable reason, there are only 2 swimming pools on board. Yes there are hot tubs, and there are the water slides, but if laying by the pool and dipping in to cool down is your thing, then The Carnival Magic is not for you. The pools are both very small and throughout the day are literally standing room only.... in fact that is an understatement, you are more like a tin of sardines standing shoulder to shoulder with other guests due to their being nowhere to move. Other similar sized ships have 4 or 5 pools which are much more adequate Grand Turk - given the short pier at Grand Turk, only one small gangway was available at the front of the ship... No bright spark at carnival had foreseen that up to 6000 people exiting the boat at the same time down one single staircase might not be the best idea. . cue absolute chaos and downright dangerous activity. For 40 minutes we were wedged in on a staircase from all angles, children were crying, the elderly had no place to rest, and even myself as a fit young male struggled to breath at times. People got very heated at the officers waiting at the gangway, only to once again be greeted by the standard nonchalant carnival shrug. Escalations - thorough the trip, we raised several bits of feedback with ‘management’, eventually going to the front desk. Lloyd in the northern lights restaurant was useless, the chap in the Lido buffet no better. As for Joseph from Haiti on the front desk, it would’ve been more helpful to have spoken to a dog. Our case eventually got escalated to Joseph Ballesteros a ‘supervisor’ who promised to resolve our issue and update us accordingly. If you count doing precisely nothing as resolution, then he did a tremendous job. 48 hours after being promised a response, we still hadn’t heard a thing meaning we then had to once again chase up the useless front desk. Eventually we spoke to Ana one of the managers at guest services who was somewhat more helpful. Despite this we were promised a letter with a case number so that we could pick up our issues when we got back home. Naturally in true Carnival fashion this didn’t arrive ... we then had to queue for over 90 minutes to talk to Guest Services (we’d given up calling after spending 60 minutes on hold) Other points; The constant ‘ding ding’ announcements..... these just get incredibly annoying especially given that on most places on the ship you have absolutely no idea what the person is saying. 99% of the time these are just a lame sales pitch. The casino - several of the ‘grabbing’ machines were not replenished between cruises giving the false impression that prizes had actually been won that voyage. (Ie slots for $2500 were left empty suggesting the prize had been won). At best this is misleading, at worst, downright fraudulent. Lemonade dispensers - it’s amazing how the ‘pressure keeps going’ on the free dispensers, but there’s no such issues with the paid for drinks. Tour in Belize - turned up at 9:30 as stated. We were told to be seated until tour was called. We waited 15 minutes and were then told the tour had been already called prior to us arriving. This resulted in us arriving late to the tour and nearly missing the coach. Smoking - whilst I appreciate the need for certain smoking areas, it is incomprehensible for this to be permitted inside the ship like in the Casino. As an asthmatic, I find this deeply off putting and grossly offensive. 90 minute queue to speak to guest services on the final sea day... but only 3 out of the 5 counters were manned. Was assured a response to the complaint via letter but still not received - so far been stuck in the call queue for over an hour as the queue for the reception desk is still around 90 minutes! Woken up by hoovering on 3 occasions after midnight Disembarkation a farce. Guest services had told us coach was at 9:30 to the airport so we organised early disembarkation luggage tags which stated disembarkation between 8:15 and 9am. Got to 9:40 before our tags were even called to disembark, but by this point we had been informed that the airport coaches are ongoing meaning that once again, incorrect info had been given by guest services. In summary - you’d get better Customer Service in prison than you do on the Carnival Magic. Even when things go wrong there is absolutely 0 appetite to put things right. The fact the queue for Guest Services was 90 minutes throughout the final day absolutely exemplify the apathy in which Carnival treat their customers. Never ever again will I be stepping on a Carnival ship. And now for the good points; The Cruise Director Cookie is excellent and an excellent host. Sadly the rest of the ‘fun squad’ are not so excellent. In fact I’ve seen better hosts at McDonalds. The Shows have been good and some really great talent on show from the theatre productions. The comedy club was excellent, and Manny oliviera in particular was hilarious. The host on the other hand was woeful and clearly way out of her depth at this level. The ports of call were excellent and all beautiful in their own unique way. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We sailed out of Port Canaveral and the embarkation was the fastest that I have ever experienced. I have NO COMPLAINTS about the embarkation or debarkation, both went smoothly and I give Carnival props for streamlining their process. I ... Read More
We sailed out of Port Canaveral and the embarkation was the fastest that I have ever experienced. I have NO COMPLAINTS about the embarkation or debarkation, both went smoothly and I give Carnival props for streamlining their process. I can't say enough good things about the service and our room staff. Robert was amazing and deserves nothing but good things to be said about him and his crew. He was simply amazing. All of that being said...This was our second time on the Magic and the difference between the first and second cruise was significant. We were in cabin 9212 and I will be honest, the cabin looked like the aftermath of a frat party - dented walls, shabby and worn furniture...our little table was broken and the hair dryer barely worked at all. The bed that my husband and i shared kept separating and one or both of us would wake up in the crack between the two twin mattresses...and lastly, our room was so hot, we could barely stand it most nights. This cruise was our anniversary cruise so suffice it to say, the room already being hot created a choice between being intimate and being comfortable - LOL - Sorry if that is TMI, but really the room was that hot and it put a damper on what was supposed to be a second honeymoon type of vacation. I heard similar complaints from other cruisers about their rooms being hot, so it wasn't just us. In fact, the entire ship, except for the spa, was hot. I actually wondered if the AC was having issues or if Carnival had cut back on AC usage to save money? I don't know but it was pretty uncomfortable. The food was basic Carnival fare...nothing spectacular but not terrible either. We don't cruise with Carnival for the food, we book with them because it's the most economical choice when cruising with kids/family etc...it's pretty much the Walmart of cruising so we have no delusions or expectations of luxury. We pretty much know what we're going to get. Overall - the ship was ok. I was not impressed with the Eastern Caribbean at all. We've always done the Western Caribbean and will go back to that if we book with Carnival again. The one highlight of our vacation was the hot stone massage that we booked in the spa - it was amazing. Too bad it was pretty much the only highlight of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had a really great time on our recent cruise. I'm sure I'll miss a lot of things, but in my review I hope to highlight the main highlights and the few lowlights. The highlights: 1. Our room. We were in 12011, a ... Read More
We had a really great time on our recent cruise. I'm sure I'll miss a lot of things, but in my review I hope to highlight the main highlights and the few lowlights. The highlights: 1. Our room. We were in 12011, a spa-level balcony room. The room was nice and clean (many thanks to our most excellent room steward Kristian). We enjoyed being surrounded by the quiet spa activities. Absolutely no unwelcome noises. It was also really nice to be able to use the sauna, hot tub, gym, and large showers right around the corner. The latter help to make the evening dinner prep most efficient with easy access to another shower. 2. Cruise director. Jonathan "Cookie" Adams was an amazing host. Funny, warm, well-spoken, and, in the couple of instances where we interacted with him in a more private setting, he came across as a top-notch human being. He is the total package. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in Hollywood some day soon. If you're choosing between two cruises and one of them has Cookie as the CD, go with Cookie! The other member of the Fun Squad (i.e., entertainment staff) were really good too. 3. Southern Lights Dining room. We really enjoyed our regular 8:15PM dinner. Our waiters I Made, Jenkins, and I Putu were amazing... Hard-working, courteous and prompt. The maître d, "007" (the guy legit called himself "007"), couldn't have done a better job. 4. Tacos and Burgers. The tacos and burgers on the Lido deck in the afternoon were really good. I wish they alter the hours of the tacos a little so that we would have had more chances to get them on days when we were at port. 5. Alchemy Bar & Cheers Package. The rate for the Cheers package was $52 per person per day. It included up to 15 alcoholic beverages and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages (sodas, coffee, water, etc). The Alchemy Bar served up amazing cocktails @ $11 each. So if you think you can take down 5 per day, then the Cheers package is a good idea. Shout out to the Alchemy Bar staff (Nathan, Raunak, Natalya & Ivan) - awesome job and hope to see you guys again. 6. Overall cleanliness and appeal of the ship. Imagine 4,000+ people having a week-long party at your house. Man, if that happened at my house, then I'd just take a bulldozer to it because it would be ruined forever. Well, Magic... Not like that at all. The crew work like ninjas all the time to keep it nice and clean so that the party can go on without a hitch. 7. Room service. Being able to request fresh coffee and a little food to be delivered (at no additional cost) every morning was clutch. The lowlights: 1. Cucina del Capitano. We paid extra to eat at the Italian restaurant on our last night. Mistake. The entire restaurant had an awful vibration, presumably due to its location on the ship, and the food was not as good as the Southern Lights dining room. 2. Waterfalls of Damajagua in the Dominican Republic. We think they waaaaay overbooked that excursion because we spent about a quarter or our time in line at the top of the hill waiting in line to get into the water. This excursion would have been great if we got what we paid for. 3. Dearth of pools and hot tubs. We felt like there should be another pool on the ship. All of the pools were always full of kids. It would have been nice to have another one for adults in the serenity area. Friends of ours had a room on the sixth floor (#6338) and didn't like that the hot tub on the fifth floor right under their balcony was usually full of noisy people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We were interested in seeing the recovery efforts on these islands sense last years hurricane all seemed to be back to normal. We didn't venture out to far so I'm sure there are trouble spots out there. About the Magic. Great ... Read More
We were interested in seeing the recovery efforts on these islands sense last years hurricane all seemed to be back to normal. We didn't venture out to far so I'm sure there are trouble spots out there. About the Magic. Great service great food in main dining room. The buffet was adequate but not that good a lot of the food was cold when it should have been hot. Salads were fresh the watermelon was amazing. Guys Burger joint excellent. We were disappointed to find we had to pay for room service after 10 pm. Never saw that coming. The shows were great Cookie' the cruise Director, was entertaining and the casino was packed. Mostly because of the Black Jack tournament. They have a cool Craps slot machine I wasn't very lucky on it this trip but it still was fun. ALL SHIPS SHOULD HAVE ONE OF THESE!. Excursion we only did one. It was the ATV beach adventure was great. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Great time on an amazing ship with outstanding staff! Great ports! The cruise director (Cookie) was top notch on his game. Guest Services (Ana Maria) went above and beyond to meet our needs or answer any questions that we had. The ... Read More
Great time on an amazing ship with outstanding staff! Great ports! The cruise director (Cookie) was top notch on his game. Guest Services (Ana Maria) went above and beyond to meet our needs or answer any questions that we had. The Excursion Desk was very helpful in helping us to plan for activities in the ports that we didn't do an excursion in. The Shopping expert (Bonnie) really met our needs in regards to what we were shopping for in port and directed to where to find the items. our Room Stewer (Lorenio)t was always on top of his game making sure everything in our room was cleaned and respected our privacy. He also took imediately took care of anything that we requested promptly. Southern Lights dining provide us with an excellent bar expert (Dusan) in helping us to pick out some different drinks. Kateryna from the Southern Lights Dining Room was always cheerful and happy to see us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We are diamond plus members for RCCL, but got tired of same ports. Carnival had 2 ports we never visited, so we thought we’d give it a go. Embarkation:. Since we had no status, I thought embarkation would be nightmare. ... Read More
We are diamond plus members for RCCL, but got tired of same ports. Carnival had 2 ports we never visited, so we thought we’d give it a go. Embarkation:. Since we had no status, I thought embarkation would be nightmare. Couldn’t have been easier. We had “appointments” for boarding, (11:00-11.30, 12:00-12:30). Could not board if you were early. Had to wait longer to board if you were late. How come this was never thought of before! From suitcases drop off to enjoying first Fosters on board: 15 minutes! Cabins: Nothing stood out about the cabins. Always booked balcony room. Difference? You chose either morning or afternoon service from attendant. Really! I checked off ‘both’ which was an option. We’d give our attendant a C: never introduce himself to us: I had to seek him out on first day. Meals: we always chose late seating. Southern Lights dining room. Try to get into the center dining room. All the pics shown on website is from center room. We had table by the windows. Felt like we were not part of the ‘entertainment’ from servers. Also very dark. Food was very good, but I’m not too picky. Servers always attentive. Always had my dinner cocktail without wait. Casino: we are players. It was PACKED every night until around 10:30-11:00. Full of smokers, so it you don’t smoke, either tolerate it or don’t go. Relatively small casino compared to the bigger boats. Crew: new cruise director. Always introduced himself as C-C-C-C-Cookie. Yes, with a stutter. Got very aggravating after the second day. Loved staring into a camera. Very loud when entertaining with the microphone. Had better cruise directors. Pools: main pool was small and hard to get a chair during sea days. Very loud. Use aft pool: quiet, soft music. Easier to get a chair. Also had 2 whirl pools, but usually became ‘kiddie’ pools after a while. Just outside LIdo Marketplace. Has tables and chairs outside so you can eat there as well. Pizza is served there also. Their pizza is tomato paste on a cracker, but there is always a line and moves very SLOW. I think I missed something there. There is also coffee and juice served there. Good place to get either and bring it back to room in the morning. Go to Serenity. For adults only. Similar to Solarium on RCCL. The bars that have entertainment are small. Nothing special Disembarkation was difficult in only we had to be out of our room by 8:00. Last passengers to leave had to be off the boat by 9:45, but marketplace was open. Getting off was just as breezy as gettin on. Overall I was surprised. I expected a rowdy and loud crowd. If anything, it was a slightly middle age crowd. Despite it’s deficiencies that I mentioned, now knowing what I know, I would go again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We were with a very large group (65 people!) and chose this cruise because our Travel agent got us an amazing deal. I talked my family into all going. It was my husband and I's first big trip as we went very close to home on our ... Read More
We were with a very large group (65 people!) and chose this cruise because our Travel agent got us an amazing deal. I talked my family into all going. It was my husband and I's first big trip as we went very close to home on our honeymoon. My parents had taken my little sister and I out of the country to the Bahamas when we were about 15 and 13 but our significant others had never seen the ocean before! I can not say enough good things about our first cruise. The Magic certainly spoiled us! We were all nervous that it was a larger ship but even though there were clearly more people on the ship we never felt crowded or pushed around not even on port days getting off the ship! Food was delicious! I will recommend starting your morning with some room service, a nice little relaxing wake up call. Guys Burger (AMAZING) and Blue Ignuana (TACO SALADS!) are a requirement to get everything out of your cruise. The nights we went to the main dining room were fantastic but we had late dining and sometimes felt we were missing out on stuff we wanted to do so we went to the buffet or 24 hr pizza. I will say our waiters were great. We weren't huge fans of our main waiter because he seemed more preoccupied with the tables that were tipping him very high nightly and kind of ignoring us. His assistant waiters were literally amazing. I got very sea sick (because I'm stupid and didn't plan ahead) and they gave me some Ginger Ale for free because I was MISERABLE. My husband is a big beer drinker (think wine obsessed woman and he's at the same level). He LOVES the Red Frog Pub Ale and always got giddy when the group of us went to sit and relax at the Pub and got a beer tower. This was a better deal plus we got to enjoy some Karaoke and people watching ;-) Casino was great and my parents (not too much of a gambler myself) enjoyed themselves so much. Service at the machines for drinks was perfect. While they gambled we normally ran around to the arcade which left us wanting. Seemed some machines weren't working properly but the air hockey table worked great for the 4 of us! We also enjoyed getting a drink at the casino bar and walking by the staircase and listening to the live music in the Atrium. For our Ports: Amber Cove- we enjoyed ourselves at the swim up bar but the water was COLD! If you have kids there is so much to do at this port! But being as we were all adults if we went back to Amber Cove we would do an excursion. Truthfully with our more recent cruises we actually overlook all cruises with this port... St. Thomas- this island was on my mom's bucket list. We got tricked by the taxi tourist trap lol. We walked down the port and saw taxis that had "Tour of St. Thomas" DO NOT FALL FOR IT! So expensive and we didn't see anything. Instead we were driven around the island to places that paid the driver extra to bring us there to try to get the bus to buy from them. THEN he told us he wouldn't drop off our group where we wanted to go because it wouldn't be fair to the rest of the group (made sense and we were 100% ok with it) BUT another passenger tipped him extra and he diverted us all to take him where he wanted to go. Annoying. Maegens Beach (I apologize for my atrocious spelling) was perfect. Perfect beach and the story behind it was so cool. San Juan- All 6 of us recommend you going to this port! We were all in love with it. Just the people and the area. 10/10. We toured the Forts and learned the history and then walked around the port area and tried some local food and really just enjoyed the port. We cannot wait to go back. Grand Turk- Literally the most relaxing places on Earth! We got off the ship ran over to see the John Glenn monument (Being from Ohio and wanting to be an astronaut when I was younger this was super important to me). We swam in the ocean almost all day. I will tell you one main thing from this port. WEAR WATER SHOES!!! There is a large reef which does not feel good on the feet. I read a review that warned us so we were all very prepared. Water was clear and the sand was white. There is a bar onsite which has a pool and music. We stopped in for a drink and it looked like a blast! There were some locals on the beach selling Rum punch and coconuts filled with coconut water and Malibu rum (very cheap and truthfully amazing!) Sea Days were great! MAKE SURE TO READ THE DAILY TIMES! You don't want to miss out on something because you didn't know about it. Comedians were great but get there ahead of time...there WILL be a line. Dive In Movies were great FYI bring a blanket on the ship with you (just a small one) we were banking on them having some on deck and they always ran out before we got there. If you are going with a group I have a good tip we got from our cruise director the first day! Download the HUB app before you go. You can use this for free on the ship. It helps you set reminders and such for when things you were interested were starting. We paid $5 extra per room to get the chat option on our app which let us communicate with one another and really touch base. The Magic is a large ship and while no one can get lost...you can miss each other passing. I will tell you our service was incredible. We had great servers, our Room Steward was INCREDIBLE, bartenders were great, and service on deck for drinks was perfect. I really felt like we were the only people they were helping and that was so not the case lol Remember to be kind and while they take some of the service into account with your bar tab and then the gratuties in the $12.$$ a day these don't get passed to those great employees who worked hard to make your vacation perfect. FYI get to know your waiters and room steward. We took extra time to get to know them and their appreciation showed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Had been on the Magic for the Halloween cruise and had such a nice time that we booked another on the same ship. We found the dining room to be fabulous. Great meals and the wait staff is the best that we had ever experienced. We went to ... Read More
Had been on the Magic for the Halloween cruise and had such a nice time that we booked another on the same ship. We found the dining room to be fabulous. Great meals and the wait staff is the best that we had ever experienced. We went to the steak house and it is well worth the money. I was not impressed with the Italian restaurant. Our food was not great, poor service and not well trained. The waiter did not know the difference between white and red wine. The comedians were funny and the bands were all great. Our favorite was the violin trio. Our cruise director was Dr. E. He is great in the evening and does a wonderful job with the name that tune. I was not impressed with his singing in the morning, however many people thought that was hilarious. We missed Amber Cove due to high winds. Went to Secret Harbor in St. Thomas, always a fun quiet spot. Sangria in San Juan and of course Jacks Shack in Grand Turk. They have the best jerk chicken for $10 and $4 beers. We are platinum and could have gotten off the ship at 7:45 but chose to relax and have breakfast and let a few people clear out of the ship. Left the ship around 9:00 and was through customs and in our truck by 9:30. Awesome ship and a very positive and happy crew. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Carnival Magic Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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