22 Carnival Magic Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Embarkation and disembarkation went very quick and smoothly. We had a great time. The weather was perfect, seas as calm as could be. The staff was very well trained and very attentive to everyone's needs. Interior of the ship is ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went very quick and smoothly. We had a great time. The weather was perfect, seas as calm as could be. The staff was very well trained and very attentive to everyone's needs. Interior of the ship is very nice, clean and parts were beautiful. Cabin was was very nice and like most of the ship extremely well kept. On the DOWN SIDE, the food was, in a word, BAD. Don't really expect great food on cruises, especially buffets, etc., however, this was well below standards. Buffets were always late opening, and the selection minimal. BEST for us was GUY'S BURGERS and BLUE IGUANA TACO BAR. Both pool side, fast and yummy. Having taken this cruise so close to Christmas, was actually shocked to see so many KIDS, I mean, everywhere. One last note, always get the beverage package, great deal, as all drinks are very expensive. Oh yeah, they need more bars around the main pool. Would I choose CARNIVAL again? Not sure, they seem to cater to Kids. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Passengers were kept lined up outside the entrance. Loyalty Program Protocols were ignored at the time of embarking and by Guest Services. Ports staff were very rude, as they attempt to keep people in line while blocking people who ... Read More
Passengers were kept lined up outside the entrance. Loyalty Program Protocols were ignored at the time of embarking and by Guest Services. Ports staff were very rude, as they attempt to keep people in line while blocking people who claimed to have special privileges based on Loyalty Program of the Cruise Line. Guest Services staff, seems to be unable to deal with issues related to Loyalty Program protocols. They have four staff people (during rush time) for Blue, Red and Gold passengers; and only One Staff person to handle Platinum, Diamond and Rush to Fun (who are mostly inexperienced cruisers with lots of questions and problems. Holding that line for long period of times. Toilets malfunction in our stateroom for day one. Finally we had a flooded bathroom. Corridors were dirty. Food -same one-as in every ship. Salads were stales and moldy. Embarkation as disembarkation (it happened again) was a nightmare. Felt like corralled cattle by the elevators. Wonder why we continue to booked with them. Well, not every ship is the same. Just bad luck this time. Bazinga! Read Less
Sail Date November 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 had the Spa Balcony and as when we took a shower the whole bathroom floor flooded. The dining sitting arrangement was bad. They had us seated back where the help was going in and out. They should never put a table bake in a corner ... Read More
We had the Spa Balcony and as when we took a shower the whole bathroom floor flooded. The dining sitting arrangement was bad. They had us seated back where the help was going in and out. They should never put a table bake in a corner away from all diners. The waiter took 15 minutes to come to our table just get water. We had to ask for water for the table. We were always the last to leave. It took the 2 hours or more to complete our Dinner. This is unacceptable. Door were not open when arrive for dinner. We had 15 minutes wait. All the food was dreadful except for your assigned dinner arrangement. If you didn't eat dinner or at the hamburger cart by the pool you be out of a meal. The breakfast buffet always had raw bacon. I did eat at the WOK and got sick. After the cruise my Grandaughter said she eaten there and go sick also. I have been on Carnival in pass years (before 2008) and have never had a bad experience. I became a Gold member of Carnival during this time. We use to only do New Ship each year. I just started cruising again and this was the first time on Carnival since 2008 and it was BAD. When we went get snack after 9:00pm we all ordered a Ruben sandwich and ask for extra cheese and they stated that they couldn't"t give us any Swiss cheese but American cheese. Everyone knows a Ruben sandwich only takes Swiss cheese. The roast beef was so tough like rubber we couldn't it. We laugh and through tin the trash. The pizza was like cardboard. The pool was always filled with kids. No pool for only adults. I don't know what happen to this Carnival cruise line but they're not how I remember. I will never cruise with Carnival unless I get a real good deal on Newer Ships. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
Overall loved the ship. Embarkation smooth. Cabin lovely. Extended cabin aft. on the curve so a little larger. Underneath lido so had a roof when it rained. A little noise from folks dragging chairs but not a deal breaker. Steak ... Read More
Overall loved the ship. Embarkation smooth. Cabin lovely. Extended cabin aft. on the curve so a little larger. Underneath lido so had a roof when it rained. A little noise from folks dragging chairs but not a deal breaker. Steak House was fabulous as always. Italian restaurant nice ambiance way too much food for me. We could have split an entree and been full. didn't use the dining room at all as the menu was not appealing to us at all and we are not picky eaters. No vairety. Staff was great. olivia from fun squad an absolute hoot. We had so much fun with her and Adriann. would sail on Magic again. Not overly fond of the Miami port but not a deal breaker. All the staff was friendly from buffet to bartenders to cleaning staff. The girls at coffee bar were the hardest workers I have seen. The first show (Western) left me flat but the second Rock one was terrific. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
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, hubby and I, chose this cruise because the price was right. There was nothing special about this cruise. The food was OK, the service was OK , the activities were average as well. Embarkation was easy because we were early so ... Read More
WE, hubby and I, chose this cruise because the price was right. There was nothing special about this cruise. The food was OK, the service was OK , the activities were average as well. Embarkation was easy because we were early so getting on board was a piece of cake. Disembarkation was what they are,.... just sit back and let it happen, you'll get off sooner or later. The biggest problem is getting the scooter on the elevators. Most people wait their turn, but sum cut the scooter off and we have to wait for the second, third or even forth to come along. The price was very good for what we got. Being older folk, Hubby and I played golf, trivia, people watched read and ate. We went off ship at all ports for a look around. My husband is in a scooter and we couldn't find accomadations for it on shore excursions. All the staff was very helpful with the scooter. I highly recommend anyone with walking problems to take their scooter or rent one from the ship. They do fit snuggly in a regular inner room. There is no need to spend extra for a big room unless you prefer it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Have done 20 C. cruises, old ships and new, and this by far was unacceptable. The embarkation, cabin, service and food were all fine. The CD was terrible. He did the safety drill, taking 50 minutes and making light of it. He spoke in ... Read More
Have done 20 C. cruises, old ships and new, and this by far was unacceptable. The embarkation, cabin, service and food were all fine. The CD was terrible. He did the safety drill, taking 50 minutes and making light of it. He spoke in various voices and tones, it was silly, and for new cruises, I am sure they did not aborb or understand the seriousness of this event. He spoke far too frequently during the day and for extended amounts of time. Minimal activies both day and evening. Trying to promote more products is annoying. The first two evening shows were poor quality. Loud and the lights were so intense, one could barely look at the stage from the balcony. The third show was great. 88 Keys. The pool b.r. (Tides Pool) was always filthy. I know it is used by many, but they need to keep more help in that area to maintain sanitation. Help in the Lido seemed less, the people were working very hard and so pleasant, but could not keep up with the crowd. So many rude people expecting the help to pick up after them. I loved all the workers. So kind and polite. Bristo and Kesia were great servers and take their job seriously. Good interaction with customers. Many kids, over 700 during the school year, and not under control. Debarkation was great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
After 14 sailings over three years we decided to try a Carnival cruise to see why so many people say they love Carnival Cruises. After this cruise it will be difficult to find my wife and me on another Carnival cruise. The embarkation went ... Read More
After 14 sailings over three years we decided to try a Carnival cruise to see why so many people say they love Carnival Cruises. After this cruise it will be difficult to find my wife and me on another Carnival cruise. The embarkation went well and on time and the balcony cabin on deck 9 was well chosen. We stopped at the buffet and that's when it began to go downhill. All 4 stations at the Lido Lounge were open and each one had at least 20 people waiting in line to get to the start. This happened every day of the cruise at breakfast because not all 4 stations would always be open. The line for made to order omelets was set in the middle of the two buffet stations and for those who took the omelet, they would then have to get in the back of the line to get the rest of their food such as potatoes, bacon, or sausages. Then get back to their seats and enjoy a cold breakfast. Why Carnival has their buffet set in their manner is a question mark. In order to get what you want you still had to slowly work your way through the line past the salads station, the cheese and sandwich meats station, past the soup station, to finally get to the main course station. Then the disappointment sets in to find that only 4 or 5 different choices were available to choose from. My wife who does not care for foods that are marinated or seasoned had the worst of it and was confined to mostly bread and butter to choose from. We did eat at Guy's hamburgers a lot and did enjoy that because it was good. We did not have any improvement by eating at Northern Lights because she ordered Salmon with no seasoning which the waiter said was no problem and when it arrived it had seasoned butter on it which the waiter said was normal even when ordered without seasoning. They took it back and brought her Salmon finally with no seasoning, but by then I was done eating so we could not enjoy our meal together. Needless to say the food choices on this ship was less then desired. The ice cream station was well received and visited often. The pizza station was of poor quality with the crust very thin and not baked completely, plus the cheese was watery and poor tasting. We went there only once. The pools were small and had no steps for elderly entry. Also, the hot tubs were located outside the pool area around the edges of the ship. No way to enjoy the tub and dip into the pool. The entertainment was good but not exceptional. Carnival has only their own entertainment troupe of singers and dancers which were good and entertaining, but a person can only enjoy so many songs by the same group. The live music band from other cruise lines was missed by us. The adult comics were very poor and not too funny. You couldn't understand them because they spoke too fast or enunciated poorly. We knew that foul language would be part of their act, but when a comic relies completely on the F word then he should look at his routine closer. But finally, something good. This cruise director Dr. E was fabulous. He was funny and entertaining. He kept the audience amused and informed. His energy went into the crowd and filled the room. The debarkation also went well and was organized. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Selected this cruise because of the itinerary and to meet up with friends who work on the Magic. We have never been to Amber Cove so this is why we selected this itinerary. Absolutely loved the pool area at Amber Cove. Didn't leave ... Read More
Selected this cruise because of the itinerary and to meet up with friends who work on the Magic. We have never been to Amber Cove so this is why we selected this itinerary. Absolutely loved the pool area at Amber Cove. Didn't leave the pool area because of the threat of rain for the day but will definitely be going back there. The all day zip line and water slide was great for the kids and was not that expensive, ($ 20.00 I think for all day. ) Having been on over 20 Carnival cruises we never tried the chef's table due to being hesitant about my wife's food allergies. On board through a friend of ours we met one of Carnival's executive chefs that were sailing on the ship. He assured us that the allergies would not be a problem so we tried the chef's table. What an amazing experience, everything was great and the atmosphere was fantastic. As always we had several dinners in the Steakhouse. The food as always was terrific and the service was 5 star. Late night after the comedy shows we wrapped up the evening at the Alchemy bar. Although I wish they would keep it open later than midnight. Too old to be going to the night club. The Comedy club was great but as I said after being on so many cruises, we have seen most of the comedians on Carnival but they are still funny. Yes you still have to exit the club between shows and get back into the line to enter for the next show. The shows on the Magic this trip were never full unlike other cruises where there were standing room only. We usually do not go to the production shows but our friends told us to go see Flick. What a great show, glad we saw it. Cabin was a balcony on deck 9, just your typical balcony, haven't really got use to the 1 time room cleaning so may pick to have the room serviced in the evening than in the morning. Being Platinum, embarkation and debarkation was easy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We picked this cruise because we wanted to experience Turks & Caicos and we picked the Magic because we wanted to try a cove balcony. Both more than met our expectations. We met people on this cruise who were repeating this same ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we wanted to experience Turks & Caicos and we picked the Magic because we wanted to try a cove balcony. Both more than met our expectations. We met people on this cruise who were repeating this same itinerary as last year because they liked it so much and we may just do the same. Carnival doesn't tell you, but at Amber Cove (lst port) and Grand Turk (last port), there are huge swimming pools available for cruisers just when you get off the ship. We didn't know this at Amber Cove, but luckily someone told us about the pool & chairs at Margaritaville in Grand Turk so we were prepared. It was so much fun at Margaritaville. Two shows not to miss are 88 Keys and the rock show on the last night. Both were excellent. The burgers and fries at Guy's are so good. We didn't care for the food at the Italian restaurant, but the food in the Northern Lights Dining Room was good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Booked Cabin 7363 Ocean Suite, for our 30th Anniversary. Room was great best we ever stayed in hands down. Food was good in the everywhere with the exception of the main dining room. We have been over seas for the last 4 years so we ... Read More
Booked Cabin 7363 Ocean Suite, for our 30th Anniversary. Room was great best we ever stayed in hands down. Food was good in the everywhere with the exception of the main dining room. We have been over seas for the last 4 years so we haven't cruised for 5 years. the main dining room has changed a lot. it used to be the best place to go and eat on the ship. I think those days are over, they keep pushing the wine menu that cost and the stake menu that cost, What happen to all inclusive? The food was no where near as good as it use to be also, we went one time and did not return during the entire cruise. the other eating places on the ship were great. As all ways the employees of Carnival were great during the entire cruise. Priority boarding went very good but priority disembarking the the ship did not fell like priority at all. With all that said, we had a great time and would happily cruise on Carnival Magic again. We had a great 30th Anniversary because of this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise because of the dates and ports to visit. We always try to visit at least 1 new port every time we cruise. We had a group of 7 this time, most of us in our 50's, one 75 and 1 was 19 (our son). We had a blast and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the dates and ports to visit. We always try to visit at least 1 new port every time we cruise. We had a group of 7 this time, most of us in our 50's, one 75 and 1 was 19 (our son). We had a blast and were pleasantly surprised that there were not more drunks being obnoxious all over! Many families and people of all ages. We have sailed from Port Canaveral many times and it usually goes very smooth. We stayed overnight in Cocoa Beach and our hotel has park and cruise guests processing in and out down to almost perfect timing. There were many of us departing on a cruise that day. Embarkation went quite smoothly. Once we were allowed onboard, we found that the dining room was opening in about 10 minutes so we waited for that vice going to the Lido, which is usually quite hectic and confusing. We ate most of our meals in the dining rooms vice the Lido due to allergies and just enjoying not having to stand in lines or fight for a drink. Guy's burgers were great and most of the dining room food was good, hot or at least very warm. Sometimes some of the choices were not to my liking but mostly because of my allergies, but our waitstaff was great. was a bit disappointed with the "American Table theme tho. They memorized our names immediately and were very helpful even when they were so busy. We did hate walking thru the casino due to the smoke, but otherwise, we were not bothered by smokers very much. We played a lot of trivia which we always enjoy. Always a good time. Most of the service in all areas of the ship was pretty good. We had a cabin (handicapped accessible) in the spa area of deck 11 and that was great! Our son, 19, hung around with someone from the group part of the time and by himself the rest of the time but said he really enjoyed the cruise. Meals were always fun and we loved all the kids thinking my husband was Santa (he is actually)!! so many little ones had their vacations made by "Santa" taking a photo with them or talking with them. We have sailed a variety of the lower priced cruises and still enjoy most of our Carnival ones. The Military reception was really great and informative, and Schwartz was a great cruise director! Was not impressed with the shopping expert. She was long winded and repeated information too many times. We didn't do excursions in every port, but 3 of us did the Monkey Jungle in the Dominican Republic and had a blast. Then we 3 also went snorkling in Grand Turk and it was fun too, but getting dropped off on the beach and having to find our way back to the port area was NOT fun. I had a really hard time walking in the sand and ended up using my scooter for the rest of the time onboard due to pain in my knees and ankles from walking in the sand. The crew on the boat was very good and helpful, highly recommend the Ultimate Snorkling adventure and the Monkey Jungle. We would go again on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
While on the Carnival Magic we had excellent service in the Southern Lights Restaurant or dining room Poncholo, Ida and Johnathan were the best team I have ever experienced. They not only served, but they were so courteous and were ... Read More
While on the Carnival Magic we had excellent service in the Southern Lights Restaurant or dining room Poncholo, Ida and Johnathan were the best team I have ever experienced. They not only served, but they were so courteous and were complete gentlemen at all times. If I could have, I would have taken any or all of them home with me. A very good experience in the Dining Room. What a great Team they made. The entertainment in the Piano Lounge with MUSIC AND MAGIC were the best I have ever heard. They should be out on their own making CDs. The food was quite an experience also. The hamburger station with Guy's Burgers was outstanding. I hope Guy's Burgers will open in more areas of the country. The pizza was a good experience also. Open 24 hours a day, so if you missed the Restaurant you could always grab a pizza. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was the third cruise in recent years and by far our worst experience. The boat was over crowded and nearly impossible for handicapped personnel to access an elevator to move between decks particularly in conjunction with excursions, ... Read More
This was the third cruise in recent years and by far our worst experience. The boat was over crowded and nearly impossible for handicapped personnel to access an elevator to move between decks particularly in conjunction with excursions, meals or any other significant on board events. This may well be our last cruise with Carnival. The quality of meals was also poor ... even in the assigned seating dining locations. Menu selections were limited with several day after day offerings as well as skimpy portions. The serve crew was great but could not make up for the lacking and inadequacies of the kitchen. On the final day at sea, lunch was only served in the buffet area and lido deck kiosks ... ever try to access an area with a mobility scooter where over 3000 people are trying to get lunch during a 2 hour window ... not viable!?!?! Our cabin maintenance was also marginal at best. Towels were exchanged and beds turned down daily/nightly bit our balcony area was never touched by the steward as we watched a bottle cap for 3 days before it "disappeared" on the next to last night only to be replaced by breakfast food (cheerios) and some type of broken glass shards. Further, used drinking glasses were not replaced for 4 of the 7 days. All in all, this cruise was only enjoyable at all due to 1.) being with family and 2.) seeing new ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was the first Carnival cruise for my husband and myself. We have cruised primarily with Princess and last with Royal Caribbean. We are 65 and went on this cruise with friends and relatives. We drove to Cocoa Beach, FL and stayed ... Read More
This was the first Carnival cruise for my husband and myself. We have cruised primarily with Princess and last with Royal Caribbean. We are 65 and went on this cruise with friends and relatives. We drove to Cocoa Beach, FL and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express for one night with their park & cruise program. It was great. We ate supper at Captain J's seafood restaurant; excellent food. We did the breakfast buffet at Holiday Inn Express, checked out and took the free shuttle (plus tips) to the port. We had purchased the FTTF (highly recommend it), so we (first timers) went to the head of the line, checked in and got on the ship about 11:30 am. Our room was ready, so we dropped our many bags and went exploring and to find lunch. We just showed our cards with the FTTF seal to the crew who were getting the rooms ready in the hallways. One of our bags arrived in mid-afternoon, but the other one was very late, about supper time. We had lunch at Guy's burgers, very good and great fries (I usually do not care too much for fries). First night supper was in the Steakhouse. We all had surf & turf. The food was very well prepared and delicious. We splurged and had the cheesecake for dessert. It was huge and the best I've every had. I could not eat it all. Yes, the food was great, but for $70 plus $15 tip, I'm not sure it is worth it to me. Breakfast we ate in the Lido Marketplace (buffet). We liked the omelets. The food was good. Lunch we mostly ate in the Lido buffet also. I am not impressed with their lunch selections at all. No decent salad bar. Long lines could be improved with better organization. We used the soft serve ice cream every day. We had seaday brunch in the dining room. It was okay; not really better than buffet. We tried the Guy's BBQ once. My husband loved it. I thought it was only okay. We found the salad bar (?) on deck 5 on the last day; only okay. I also tried the sandwiches on deck 5 (okay). We did not try the pay-for desserts and ice cream on deck 5. Supper (except for the first night) we ate early seating in the dining room. We had excellent waitstaff and very good food. We tried things that we have never had before (escargots, frog legs, rabbit etc.). We enjoyed our friends company and never went hungry. We enjoyed the dancing waiters, new for us. We only saw one dancing/singing show, one magic illusionist show, and one comedy show. We are used to seeing a show every night, but often the only show was scheduled for 10 pm. We were too tired by then. The Welcome Aboard show the first night was at 10:15 pm and we were bushed. This was one of the few places I was disappointed with Carnival for. My husband used the aft pool every day. This middle pool was too crowded and too loud music for our tastes. I tried to sit in the shade or sometimes in the sun. We also liked the aft bar. We purchased the soda package for both of us, just to ease the trouble of getting soft drinks. You do have to pay tax in port. the last day hubby tried the slides and loved them; he wished he had tried them sooner. Debarkation was a mess. We checked a couple of bags (zone 1 because of FTTF). We found that we could wait on deck 3 in the theater because we had FTTF. Other people were told to wait on other decks. We were called and checked out without much trouble. We took the free shuttle back to our car at Holiday Inn Express and were on the road by 10:20 am. AMBER COVE - Got ready and looked out the window; it was pouring cats & dogs. We waited until it stopped and walked in to Amber Cove. Looked in a couple of shops; the jewelry look pretty. I sat on a chair under an umbrella (for small sprinkles) while hubby enjoyed the pool and water slide. It was not crowded since we were the only ship there and the weather was messy. Glad I did not get a beach excursion. We took one of the free bicycle taxis back to the ship for $5 tip. Long walk on the pier, so worth it. ST. THOMAS - We went on a Sonny Liston tour of the island. He was interesting. He drove us to several sightseeing spots for pictures, then dropped off people at Megan's Beach. The rest of us he dropped in town for shopping. We walked around, ate lunch in Greengo's Cantina; it was excellent. We later had an ice cream cone and waited for our vehicle in a park. He picked us up and returned us to the ship. SAN JUAN - We did an excursion with Old San Juan excursions about touring the old town and fortresses. We went to the larger fort and walked around. The traffic was terrible due to a military presentation that day, so we were unable to tour the small fort. We went to a church instead. I liked it (probably better than another fort). We returned to the ship for lunch. It was not and the streets were crowded. GRAND TURK - We enjoyed the beach (got sunburned). The water was delightfully cool. We had lunch at Margaritaville, prices are too be expected. The salad was excellent (margarita not so much). $52 for lunch and drinks for two. We had a great time and would definitely consider a Carnival cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are two Carnival gold status grannie cruisers and love embarking out of Galveston for Texas convenience. We signed in for a Cruise Critic meeting, however it apparently never happened, or at least we found no notice of it. Back ... Read More
We are two Carnival gold status grannie cruisers and love embarking out of Galveston for Texas convenience. We signed in for a Cruise Critic meeting, however it apparently never happened, or at least we found no notice of it. Back in 2011 we had the pleasure of the Magic’s maiden cruise out of Barcelona. With Magic reaping five years of wear and tear, we expected differences. One thing is clearly obvious — the company has made a number of cutbacks. Perhaps this is true of all of their fleet. This trip: No wine pairing, which we looked forward to on past cruises No welcome back party with cocktails, appetizers, or extras for frequent past cruisers No tours offered through the kitchen galley (that we saw anyway) No more itemized paper bills under the door for Sail and Sign card charges. Seems you now have to check TV personal account for that No pillow top chocolates We noticed hefty charge for bottled water placed in the room although we left it untouched. (Our cabin ice bucket was well serviced.) Most mixed drinks were about $10. Overall Magic’s decor (freshly out of dry dock?) was appealing and was kept sparkling by the hard working, always cleaning crew. Eighth floor balcony cabin - almost identical to 2011 Magic cruise, and assigned room steward was efficient although rarely visible. There was little personal interaction. Still found creative towel critters. Our Northern Lights Upper early seating table was extremely microscopic with no view. Our request to switch to the Southern Lights was approved, and we next found ourselves at a large round table for eight, however no one else ever joined us. We missed meeting and chatting with fellow travelers. We were very disappointed in the food quality. The service was painfully slow. Sometimes it took almost two hours to reach the dessert course. By then it was too late to find a decent seat for showtime. Elegant night lobster was the best! I highly recommend selecting the dining room with come at your convenience hours. Maybe the service is not so incredibly slow. Finally we gave up on the dining room assignment and ate at buffets on the deck. We did try the Italian pasta restaurant and the pizza stand. For breakfast we loved the omelet line. On past cruises we always enjoyed Tea Time. Shock! These were below expectations. The assigned area was far too small and crowded. The waiters didn’t have room to push snack carts around, selections were far less, plus any tea bags, except Lipton, carried an additional fee on Sail and Sign. Shows were awesome. The dancers, costumes, and props were Las Vegas quality. The magician was good. We did think laser lighting was excessive (almost blinding) though. A couple of comedy acts were entertaining, however we found space once again too tight and so crowded with standing room only that we had to leave. Is that poor planning or what? We hung out some at the piano bar, a fun diversion. The casino was typical. Slot machines arrangement was tight as was pay off (rigged?) and we didn’t hear of anyone who actually won. It was very smoky, loud and crowded. Photo booths/ options were MORE than numerous! Wall displays made it difficult to locate pictures, and each routine 50 cent glossy print was priced around $20. a piece. It seemed fewer were selling, so looks like plenty of wasted paper, ink, and photographer effort. Back to the cruise: We’ve experienced the Eastern route before but enjoyed these port stops as much as ever. Going anywhere in Mexico now is scary! The April 10-17 weather was great. While in Key West we opted for the Hop On Hop Off bus. Carnival’s excursion price was actually cheaper than advertised discounts online, so we were glad we waited to book with Carnival. In Freeport we walked in the tourist enclave and soon returned to the ship. We found online suggestions for hopping a Nassau taxi (about $5. per person including tip) over to the Atlantis Resort for several hours. It is luxurious, impressive, and a high dollar spot! Lots of cruisers had the same idea and went in spite of loud speaker cautioning from the ship. Of course we popped into the free Atlantis casino, which was expansive, amazing and supposedly the largest in the Caribbean. (My companion won about $300.) If we return to Nassau, we will definitely repeat that adventure. Originally we thought we’d visit their famous aquarium, however tickets were in the $40. per person range, so we nixed it. After the fact we regretted not visiting it. In the future we will likely go on Carnival again. It depends on port stops mainly. We will also be investigating other lines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The Carnival Magic had very poor entertainment. One person was the MC and he was boring. Jokes were bad and you couldn't understand what he was saying half the time! The food was fair and the portions were so small that you would ... Read More
The Carnival Magic had very poor entertainment. One person was the MC and he was boring. Jokes were bad and you couldn't understand what he was saying half the time! The food was fair and the portions were so small that you would have to order multiple dishes just to get a few spoons full! The Ahi Tuna appetizer was a joke! It was1 inch x 1/2 inch in the middle of a plate! They only offer you coffee or lemonade for meals at the buffet. I got acid reflux and it went into my lungs and caused a very bad infection and bronchitus. We didn't do any trips because I was sick all the time. All we did was go ashore and come back. All I saw were the ports! I had to go to the doctor and have breathing treatments every day. When I got home I was sick for 6 weeks. The insurance they sell is a joke. You have to get your other insurances at home to write a letter saying that you aren't covered for the drugs and medical care. Only problem medicare doesn't write notes and neither does Silverscript a medicare insurance. So how do you get the money back? The lines getting to the ship were not organized. Many of the staff would not put up the flag for the next in line until they felt like it. I have been on other cruises more organized. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Carnival Magic, April 26, 2015 Before I begin my review, I want to caution everyone to inspect your luggage carefully at disembarkation. My husband’s expensive Heys suitcase was cracked on the bottom and I did not notice it until a ... Read More
Carnival Magic, April 26, 2015 Before I begin my review, I want to caution everyone to inspect your luggage carefully at disembarkation. My husband’s expensive Heys suitcase was cracked on the bottom and I did not notice it until a day or so later. Carnival does not accept responsibility unless you report it at the mob scene that they call debarkation. You should also be aware that the porters there are not Carnival employees – keep that in mind!! Now, down to business: my husband and I are disabled and rely on EMV’s to get around (I have a degenerative bone disease, he’s got Diabetic neuropathy and can’t walk far.) Because of this, my review is for the disabled cruiser. Our cabin, 10202, is an accessible cabin, however it was at the end of a narrow hall and we had difficulty getting through the doorway, especially at night when our cabin steward would turn the lights off. It was mid-week before he remembered not to. There was enough room for our scooters. There were two 15” closets for hanging garments and one with shelves in addition to the few drawers at the ever-smaller vanity. Bring hangers, there are never enough! It took a while to get the room safe re-set and a working remote; and that first night, our bed was never turned down. Forget chocolates, they’re a thing of the past. A huge thanks goes to Paul from the Philippines – my husband got a new tux for this cruise and forgot to try on the pants, which weren’t hemmed! I got a sewing kit from the shops, shortened them with a nail scissors, and Paul loaned me some scotch tape so I could tape them up and hem them. He was a lifesaver! Elevators were the challenge of our week – it was common to wait over 30 minutes, many times much longer, to get an elevator, even one going the opposite direction. We were almost late for the Muster Drill because of it – however we couldn’t get there anyway. It was at Station 4A, on the upper floor of the Showtime Theatre and there was a flight of stairs blocking the entrance. All those using EMV’s were in the same situation, and we just listened. It was a blessing, however, since we got to listen to the Assistant Cruise Director spout the rules and regs of an emergency as though she was auditioning to be a call girl, pleading with her John. I don’t know if it was a joke, but it was tasteless. Normally, they let EMV’s leave early, to get first dibs at an elevator, but we weren’t quick enough and it was almost time to sail before we made it back to the Lido Deck aft. That’s where we met our M&M group! Sailaway just isn’t the same without live music -- another cutback from Carnival and a theme of the cruise. We had Early Seating on the main floor of the Southern Lights Dining Room, Table 623. Only one bank of elevators is accessed it, and we waited every mealtime, both before and after, to get one. One lady (?) was so intent on getting into one (where I’d already waited for 35 minutes) that she climbed over me and my scooter as I was halfway in, with my husband on my tail, and blocked our way so that she and her party could get in. Four, yes, four, large adults followed her. Apologize? No! I was tempted to run her down, but I was on good behavior that first night. ..later on in the week, I may have! Elevators and the size and lack thereof were another theme of the trip! So was cheap. We were pleasantly surprised by the food – it was excellent and Tomas and his crew were very attentive to our needs. We liked it enough that we rarely went into the Lido Marketplace, which remained very crowded with few tables available. We had breakfast in S.L. every morning, and they sat us in the lower area. Day 2, 3, and 4, we had a wonderful waiter, “Edward from Indonesia.” His name is the same as my husband’s and we enjoyed chatting with him. Breakfast the rest of the week was hit-or-miss and they never did get our orders right. “Cuchina” was great for lunch, better than the Marketplace, which remained very crowded. Hint: bring some root beer with you, so you can make root beer floats with the delicious soft-serve ice cream! Yummy! We held our M&M event on Day 2 and had a great time. Our thanks to B. Solis from Carnival for providing the Spotlight Lounge and a cash bar; and to John Heald for providing some goodies to raffle off. We had a Grab Bag themed “What I Always Take on a Cruise” and had some laughs and steals. We also did a kids’ Grab Bag since there were lots of kids present. It was a great way to meet the folks we’d been corresponding with in the months before the cruise! If you’ve never signed up on Cruise Critic for a Meet & Mingle event, do. It’s a good way to get to know your fellow cruisers and you can get some tips on shore excursions, etc. You can also read reviews written by cruisers. We chose this itinerary because of the ports. We love Key West and have visited there many times. We did a Conch Train shore excursion through Carnival here because it showed as accessible and the CT site indicated that they had trains that would accommodate EMV’s. Wrong. We had to leave our scooters there, so we couldn’t use the hop on/hop off feature to explore Key West’s other sites. They were supposed to park them in the courtyard, however when we returned, they were in the same spot they were when we left them. Never again. We still love Key West however, and this was the only accessible tour offered. Freeport: I’ll never forget the sight that greeted us as we sailed into Freeport’s Harbor. There sat the Celebration – the first Carnival Ship we sailed on, now the Grand Celebration. We checked out the shops nearby, but there weren’t many of them. If you want to buy something and think you’ll wait to get it til you’re on your way back, don’t. Many items are in short supply and the kiosks close early. We waited 45 minutes to get a cab to Port Lucaya and its casino and Marketplace – it cost $40 plus tax for the round trip. We returned early, a good thing, because we waited over 1-1/2 hrs. to get another cab, and barely made it back in time. We won’t return to Freeport. The Marketplace is a repeat of the shops you see all over the Caribbean, saying Bahamas instead. Lucaya is a long ride from the industrial port, and the scenery is drab. Leaving Magic for shore excursions is a challenge because of the design of its ramp – it hangs an EMV up in the middle and you have to stand while they lift it over the hinged area. It’s hard on the EMV but there’s no other alternative. Carnival is not prepared for them! In Nassau, we waited to leave because it rained. Once we finally got an elevator, it was a short ride to the shopping district and we enjoyed browsing. We were anxious to see the famous straw market and disappointed to find it a series of small shops all selling the same things which they assured you were made in the Bahamas. My totes both had a Made in China sticker inside. We still had a good time and enjoyed chatting with the Bahamian women. I’m only sorry that there were no accessible excursions because I’d have liked to see more of Nassau. However after our experience with cabs in Freeport, we decided not to chance it. The last two days were sea days and the weather was nice. We’d hoped to go up onto the Serenity area but it was full and there were no seats available. I yearned for RCCL and their wonderful solarium for adults!!! That said, there weren’t a large number of kids on this sailing and they behaved well, as did the adults! I have great memories of a few wonderful souls who gave up their place in line so that we could get into an elevator before them. They were out-numbered by the other but stand out as Angels in my book! In summary, my impression is that Carnival is cutting every single corner it can and still call itself a cruise line. All the things that were once a cherished part of a cruise are now gone…pillow chocolates, turn-down service, midnight buffet, formal night – only three men wore tuxes this sailing -- and people at your beck and call…all gone. Yes, you can go get a waiter to take your drink order, but it’s not the same. As a disabled cruiser, it’s much more difficult to navigate their ships. The seating in the buffet area is not nearly enough – and it would appear that some folks are choosing to occupy those seats during the day because there aren’t enough of them in the open areas, especially when the weather is iffy. ADA seats in the Spotlight Theatre are way at the back and in the doorway so you have people all around you talking and you can’t see or hear. We did enjoy the female comedienne at the Spotlight Lounge although we were seated at the back of the room. You don’t get a copy of your Sign and Sail account on the last day, and the folks at the Purser’s Desk are not nearly as pleasant as they should be – I overheard several conversations with others that were just plain rude. They were first-time cruisers and didn’t know how things operate on a ship – don’t be rude because these folks don’t know. They did seem to be putting a halt to saving deck chairs however. Do you recall on Day one when we gave our drinks carryon to the porter who assured us it would be fine? It was…until we got a letter on our 2nd day out that our bottles were being held hostage until the end of the trip. I went down to Guest Services and was told that I should have known better than to give that suitcase to a porter, I was out of luck until the end of the cruise. I told her that the wine was for us to celebrate our 47th Anniversary (which Carnival knew and never even recognized) and that the porter knew that, yet said he could take it. It was not uncorked or opened. I just shook my head and left, but amazingly, it reappeared a day later. Disembarkation was a 3-1/2 hour nightmare. Again, elevators just weren’t to be had. We finally went up to the 12th floor one at a time and waited there outside the spa. Once our group was called and we got an elevator – 45 minutes, it sped up a bit, but when we got to the luggage area, it stalled. The Carnival Rep that my husband asked about getting a porter told him to “go wait in that line like everyone else.” I was astounded and told him to wait and I’d wait for him near the luggage. An hour and fifteen minutes later, he got to the front of the line and was chastised about waiting in line when he should have gone to the front. Do these people have any knowledge about how things work during disembarkation?? Are they the same ones that work during embarkation? If so, there’s a major glitch here - how can they be so good during embarkation and so bad when people leave?? Once we finally did get a porter, we got out of there in a hurry. He was great and so was the person in the garage. We were on our way in less than 10 minutes. It would haunt us later. Since I always overdo on a cruise, it’s often up to a week before I unpack anything other than perishables and this trip was no different. When I unpacked my husband’s suitcase, I found that it had a 6-inch crack on the bottom. It is common at debarkation that you don’t touch your luggage, especially when you’re disabled. Well, when I contacted Carnival informed me that unless you tell Carnival AT DEBARKATION of damage, Carnival has no liability and they are sorry but looking forward to welcoming you to one of their FUN SHIPS again. I checked with the other folks who sailed with us and over a dozen of them had found unsuspected damage to their luggage – and only one saw it at debarkation. informed me that the porters are not Carnival employees so there is no liability. How slick is that???!!!! Did we have fun? Of course we did. We weren’t going to let elevators, ignorance or anything else stand in our way. We have another cruise planned for December sailing out of San Juan. This time it’s on the Celebrity Summit. The money I saved on Carnival was eaten up by ruined luggage, misrepresented shore excursions, time spent waiting to get an elevator and over-priced cabs. Celebrity and RCCL take much-better care of their disabled travelers. It will have to be one whale of a deal before I sail on Carnival again…like free. Heck, come next week, they are even doing Gold VIFP members out of a party in favor of a drink on the last day of the cruise. Gee, golly-whiz, Carnival, that’s really big of you – and BTW, thanks for the bottle of water! UN-believable. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We spent Sat. night with a friend in Galveston and were able to get to the ship earlier than we ever have. At 10:15 we were worried that we might be too early, but things worked out beautifully. We parked at EZ Cruise, took their shuttle ... Read More
We spent Sat. night with a friend in Galveston and were able to get to the ship earlier than we ever have. At 10:15 we were worried that we might be too early, but things worked out beautifully. We parked at EZ Cruise, took their shuttle over to the ship, dropped off our bags then headed into the terminal for a flawless check-in. We were actually up on the Lido enjoying lunch by 11:15. After some exploring, we went to our cabin and enjoyed a quick nap before our bags arrived. Although the Magic wasn't the biggest ship we've sailed on, it felt like it. I don't think I've ever done so much walking to get somewhere on a ship. And although walking isn't bad and I do enjoy walking, this ship would probably not be a good choice for physically impaired or very elderly people. There always seemed to be lines, no matter where you were. And as strange as this may sound, many times I felt rather "closed in" because of partitions...inside as well as outside on open decks in some areas. The two main dining rooms seemed to be very different...Southern Lights more elegant and traditional for a cruise ship main dining room, and Northern Lights more contemporary with an almost casual air, and open to public view thru windows from two different halls. We had early seating in the Southern Lights and enjoyed the dining experience there. One thing that can really make or break the dining room experience is your table mates, and ours were fabulous. Our service was mediocre and the food was good. I can't say that the food was outstanding, but I certainly managed to find something every night that I thoroughly enjoyed. They didn't offer escargot at all and even tho I was quite disappointed, they did offer lobster, for which I was very glad. You could check menus any time on your interactive TV, as well as check your Sign & Sail account and access many other helpful things, including ordering from room service. I must say I was quite surprised by the dining room dress code, or lack thereof. Shorts are allowed in the dining room at night, and I saw many people who I felt were really under dressed to be in that particular venue. Formal night is now called Elegant Night on the Magic, and even tho many did dress quite elegantly, many did not. One area that may go unnoticed is the Lanai. It's an outside area on deck 5, and right outside the Northern Lights dining room there's a lovely quaint sitting area with small tables & chairs, as well as a hot tub. It's a rather private area, even tho it's out on an open deck. It's a great area not to be missed. Then there's the Serenity area, the adults only section with big double hammocks, huge round double loungers, as well as other loungers & seating, 2 hot tubs, and a bar...well of course, they're everywhere! This was a very popular area and every time I walked thru there it was pretty well full. There is no charge to enjoy this area. Photographers hound you constantly to take your picture, but surprisingly bar staff did not drive us crazy trying to sell drinks. The decor of the Magic was typical Carnival, gaudy; some places more so than others. That's really just the public areas; the cabins were very tasteful and pleasing to the eye...except the orange vanity stool. The cabins have pretty nice hair dryers that actually blow hard and get hot, but you still have to hold your thumb on the button. The down side is that they are in a drawer at the vanity and take up valuable storage space for things like make-up. Less than 1/4 of the drawer is available for storage and it's a very small area and not much will fit in there. Closet storage is ample and bathroom shelves are more than adequate to handle bathroom articles. I did not like the hangers in the closet at all. I'm sure they were designed for getting the most out of the space available, but they were quite a nuisance. The Magic has more elevators that I've ever seen on a cruise ship. Many are panoramic glass elevators overlooking the atrium, but those are very small. We never had to wait long at all for an elevator, no matter what floor we were on. There were plenty of hot tubs and located in many different areas. The casino is strategically located on deck 5 where you have to walk thru it going just about anywhere on that deck. The smoke is staggering, but the nice thing is that there is a nice wide tiled walkway thru it. You don't have to weave thru the slot machines, dodge the gamblers or stumble over chairs. We didn't think they offered a very good variety of slot machines, and they certainly didn't seem to pay well. One thing that's very interesting on the Magic is the computers and WiFi hot spots. They aren't just located in the library or internet cafe, they are all over the ship. Of course that makes them very accessible to many people, but some are located in very public areas with no privacy. The Magic's library is the smallest, most "nothing" library I've ever seen on a cruise ship. I walked thru it several times and there were hardly any books on the shelves... just empty bare shelves. This ship has self-serve guest laundry facilities with irons & ironing boards. The one on my deck (deck 2) was busy all the time. It was conveniently located directly in the middle of the ship on the port side. Cost is $3 per wash & $3 per dry. If you have only bills, there is a change machine in there to get quarters. The TV in the cabin is mounted to the wall, but it doesn't swivel. You can't see it at all from the dressing table, only from the sofa or bed. So when I was doing my hair or putting on make-up, all I could do is listen to the TV; couldn't watch it. I was pleased with the variety of channels we got; several movie channels, several news channels, the 3 major networks, and quite a bit more. And the reception was amazingly clear and reliable. The bathrooms are typical cruise ship bathrooms...small. The showers have those awful clingy curtains instead of the nice round plastic doors. They had dispensers on the wall with shampoo and shower gel, but no hair conditioner. Our cabin was located at the very front of the ship on deck 2. It proved to be a very, very noisy location when coming into port, docking and leaving port. They had music playing in the halls, which was rather bothersome. The show theatre is quite beautiful and the seats are amazingly comfortable, at least on the lower level. (Most show theatres have notoriously uncomfortable seats.) There was an abundance of leg room, and convenient little oval tables spaced about 5 or 6 feet apart all along each row. The theatre was directly above our cabin but we didn't have any problem with noise there. The down side to the theatre was that there were great big gold pillars located throughout the theatre and many, many seats had completely blocked or partially blocked views of the stage, which made for a tremendous number of wasted seats in there. I'd rate the entertainment as OK. There weren't many singers but there were lots of dancers. The dancers were very good, the singers not so much so, but overall I'd rate that part of the entertainment as only OK. We didn't go to all the other shows, but got mixed reviews from our table mates at dinner. Several shows were pretty late and we just couldn't stay up to go. The outdoor movie screen was nice. They didn't have as many movies out there as I would have liked, but they showed concerts and other things that I'm sure were entertaining to others. Some kind of "noise" was always going on outside by the pool. The on-board shops were typical of what I've seen on most other ships; in a circle around the atrium on deck 5. They seemed to always be crowded, and always lines to pay for your purchases. Prices were typical of any cruise ship, and they did have some good "sales" on many things. The one shop that I thought was kind of "far out there" is the Cherry on Top...a candy store. It's just loaded with all kinds of candies you can imagine, and I was amazed at the number of people in there spending money. With all the sweets, ice cream and such on the ship which are free, I can't believe that it would be a money-making thing, but there sure were lots of people buying the sweet stuff. The miniature golf course was quite unique. Each individual hole is different from most, which I really liked, but the thing that made the course so unique is that it's double-deckered. Holes 1-6 are on one level (deck 12) and holes 7-9 are on the deck right above. In that same area were other fun activities also. Soft-serve ice cream machines are located on the Lido, strategically placed around where the buffet meals are served. They are open 24 hours. Hot chocolate machines are located where the coffee machines are and it's very good. On the Lido there are a number of eating venues. Hamburgers were served at the Grille, outside near the Beach pool (mid-ship), and they were truly outstanding (and I'm not a big hamburger lover). Grab some fries there too and put some queso dip on top and you have quite a yummy lunch. At this same location every morning, it is a made-to-order omelet station. Pizza is located just opposite there, on the same end of the pool. The Mongolian Wok was a very popular place, located inside in the Lido Marketplace. They offered many choices for made-to-order Chinese food, and it was always very crowded. The Burrito Bar was outstanding and the Deli had extremely good sandwiches & wraps. I found no potato chips served anywhere. The gym was nice and well equipped, but it seemed rather "closed in" to me. It was smaller than I would have thought for a ship this size. All the equipment is dark, the carpet is dark and the ceiling is low. It just didn't have an open and airy feel about it. To get to the gym you go into the spa on deck 12 forward, down the hall, and thru a set of glass doors on the right. Our debarkation was wonderful. We did the self-assist and were in the first group to be called (7:30). They stagger the deck numbers and call them at 15-minute intervals. According to the debarkation information sheet given to us, decks 1, 2 & 12 at 7:30; decks 6 & 11 at 7:45; decks 7 & 9 at 8:00 and decks 8 & 10 at 8:15. Then the "regular" debarkation began at 8:30 and the zones were called every 15 minutes also. Ours was perfectly flawless and we were in our car and pulling out of the parking lot before 8:00. Our cruise on the Carnival Magic was very nice, and we accomplished the purpose for which we went, and that was total relaxation and doing almost nothing. It wasn't a truly outstanding experience, but it was definitely very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
My wife and I, along with her brother and sister-in-law, sailed from Galveston to Key West, Freeport, and Nassau, the Bahamas. This was our third Carnival cruise. We had previously sailed on the Victory to San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. ... Read More
My wife and I, along with her brother and sister-in-law, sailed from Galveston to Key West, Freeport, and Nassau, the Bahamas. This was our third Carnival cruise. We had previously sailed on the Victory to San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Marten; on the Conquest to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Both trips were enjoyable except our cabin on the Conquest was under a loud conveyor belt that was quite noisy. Carnival gave us both a $200 dollar refund for our two nights of torture after midnight. We had a adjoining balcony state rooms and really enjoyed them. I had read the reviews about the Magic trip and was sometime pleasantly surprised, sometimes not. The boarding was fine. We arrived early and had no problems getting through the lines and on board. We had a luncheon after arriving at our state room and got settled in fairly quick. I am an insulin-dependent diabetic and had my supplies with me. I asked about using the cabin icebox and the steward was most helpful. He said they were supposed to wait until after six o'clock, when the ship was under way, but he immediately opened the refrigerator and allowed me to put my insulin inside. He also made it a point to remember our first names and used them throughout the trip. First Class. I had read that the ship was crowded and you could very seldom find deck space, shade or sun. NOT SO! I have picture after picture of the decks completely deserted. The ship was clean and the crew fairly pleasant. Many did not seem to speak English but made an effort to be police. Our cabin was adequate except for one seemingly significant point (to me). There was only one 120a box in the whole cabin, and it wasn't in the bathroom. It was tight to the left of the dresser and two plug-ins competed for camera, computer,and cell phone battery charging, and my shaver. I brought a plug-in, not a battery operated one. The balcony was nice enough. Not large, but who needed large? It was adequate to throw left-over bread to the sea gulls that abounded in the ports we attended. Great camera shots. The food. I read another review here that said how great it was. It was monotonous. We usually ate on the Lido buffets. Two buffets that were opposite each other, but had the same food. Both had almost exactly the same food each day. The variation was whether the main meat was turkey, beef or pork. On the last day, just before we left ship, my brother-in-law told me to close my eyes. He said "tell me what food we have served, and in order." I laughed because he and I both knew that I could tell him what was being served, in order. And for some reason, each time I put noodles on my platter, because they were good, I always left lots of room on the end of the platter for the main meat being served. Each time the server would slice off a thin piece of meat and place it on the top of my noodles. Ignoring the blank back of the platter. I wanted to say something to him because I thought he was just being insulting, but I don't think English was his first or second language. Just for drill, we ate twice in the formal dining room. One breakfast to get hot eggs, and once for lunch, where the Club sandwich was the best choice. You could wait in line at the Lido buffet for made-to-order omelets but then you had to go back into the buffet line for the rest of your breakfast, or do it the other way around. When we arrived at Key West, my wife and I took the city tour bus hop on, hop off. This was a great value. (I read the reviews.) We got on and off several time. Some of the stops, like the butter fly house, cost extra, $10 or so, but were well worth it. The $12 for Earnest's house and gardens didn't turn us on, so we just took pictures on the fly. There was a small acre or so place on the beach when you make a right hand turn that really caught our eye. Actually my wife's bathroom needs. She developed a stomach virus after boarding and it lasted all the trip. My brother-in-law and I felt squamous most of the trip,but in fairness, his wife had no problems at all. Anyway, we entered the small park-like entrance and asked if he sold water and did they have a bathroom. He said "no" they didn't sell water, but he had free water. Then he gave us a map to show us where the bathroom was. Really nice gentleman. Of course we gave a donation to the museum. Went to Freeport the next day, Wednesday. Took the tour bus around the city. I had noticed that there wasn't much to look at from the ship, but we went down to the shopping area and I bought a conch shell painted with 2012 and "Magic" with a ship on it. Appreciated the fact that it had been modified so that it could be blown and make a loud noise. My only purchase of the trip. We caught our bus at noon and proceeded to take a tour of all the residences on the island, and a few industrial locations. We stopped at one small "straw" hut flea market, and later one very nice, and expensive flea market in a more affluent area. I got tired of walking and waited for the others at a vacant bench. My wife purchased a few items for friends. Overall, a very poor choice of tours. But I'm thinking it was the best available. Next to Nassau. I had read the reviews and decided to do what most of them suggested. Pick a direction and walk. While walking out, my brother-in-law got into a discussion with a taxi driver. He was offering to take our group of four somewhere for $15. Brother-in-law thought that was too high and said, "we'll think about it." I had been paying more attention and knew the taxi driver was saying $15 for each traveler, or $60 for a short trip. Shish. We walked around for an hour or so and then beat a hasty retreat to the Magic. Later that day I had a conversation with another Magic guest. He said they had gone to the Atlantis area and one of their beaches. He said they had paid over $300 and got bored within an hour and a half. In fairness, I don't know how many were in his group, but he was not a happy camper. I spoke with lots of the ship-mates and asked them how they liked their trip. Most responded negatively. One said she had been on numerous cruises, and I forget how many, but she had been on two this year alone. She said she would pick another cruise line next year. I'm thinking that Carnival has lost sight of what made them the largest cruise liner in the world. Anyway, I have tried to be comprehensive and honest, and let you, and Carnival, know that this was our last Carnival trip. Wade   Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
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 4.0
Family 4.5 4.0
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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