676 Carnival Magic Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

We have cruised with Carnival before, on the Liberty, and our experience was very good at the time, so we thought the experience would be repeated, hence we chose Carnival again, but this time on the Magic. Totally regret our decision. ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival before, on the Liberty, and our experience was very good at the time, so we thought the experience would be repeated, hence we chose Carnival again, but this time on the Magic. Totally regret our decision. From the cabin to the food in the Lido Marketplace was all disappointing. See my cabin review for details on the cabin. As for the food in the Lido marketplace, there was no variety at all.At any given meal, there were 27 containers of salads and salad toppings. One section had literally 3 types of cold cuts and 3 types of sliced cheese. Then the actual food section had only 8 items - not much choice at all. The desserts were just cakes. No caramel pudding, etc. The fruits were standard four - water melon, cantaloupe, Honey dew and Pineapple. There was an occasional banana, apples and grapes and breakfast time. The bananas went out of stock quickly. They would not replenish it. Even food items would run short and they simply said there was no more. The placement of the food items were bad as we had to stretch to reach the farther end to grab something, so much so, it was impossible at times and we had to rely on the staff to serve us. Especially the bacon was kept out of reach. Terrible. The staff did not have smiles on their faces and they didn't look happy at all. Rarely would any of them even wish you when they crossed you. The floors in the Lido Marketplace were slippery as ice. It was very difficult to walk on. Strangely, on the last day of the cruise the floors were great. The entertainment shows like Flick was stale. We seen the exact same thing 2 years ago, on the Liberty. Their entertainment has not changed. Same shows, same mega parties, same songs. This means that if you do one Carnival cruise you have done them all. Overall, the experience was not satisfying and was more disappointing, so much so, we may never cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was my first time at the Carnival cruise, I always go by Royal Caribbean or Norwegian.. I was mad at the first day with the delay and all the mess while we were waiting to board, but as soon as we understand the problem and how ... Read More
This was my first time at the Carnival cruise, I always go by Royal Caribbean or Norwegian.. I was mad at the first day with the delay and all the mess while we were waiting to board, but as soon as we understand the problem and how Carnival Magic treat us everything change because they were so nice and polite , always ready and willing to help us..and once we were aboard it was so beautiful and amazing .I am very surprise with the attention and good service from the crew.. at the Restaurant I always will remember them they were so nice .. I love the show time please never change those good and amazing shows .. people like Daria, Floyd, Charles , Dary and much more always will be in my heart they were so nice with us during the whole trip.I also love the Spanish music at night Just please could you leave for every night during the trip it was really fun Spanish people love to DANCE. The cabin was always clean and at the time of disembarkation was nice and smoothly everybody was happy and the crew did a very good job to made the process fun and nice... I really love all the entertainments .. I love this Ship i really recommended Carnival Cruise to everybody,, the food is amazing , and delicious . the whole trip was just perfect. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Although embarkment was rough, it was an overall great experience. The ship before us caused us to be delayed for several hours (which wasn't normal). We got over that pretty quickly once we had a yummy cocktail in hand. My husband ... Read More
Although embarkment was rough, it was an overall great experience. The ship before us caused us to be delayed for several hours (which wasn't normal). We got over that pretty quickly once we had a yummy cocktail in hand. My husband and I ate at the steakhouse the first night which was AMAZING! The food and service was outstanding. There were long lines for the buffet so we ate at the dining room every other night which was also outstanding. We were in and out with happy bellies. We bought the drink package (recommended!) and therefore spent a lot of time at the pool and casino bar. The bartenders were fun, outgoing and friendly! Especially Tuty, back pool bar! We got a couples massage and I got a facial. Both incredible. There are plenty of jacuzzi's on ship. Oh, and the MUSIC! The music was AMAZING! Such good talent! Comedy shows were fun and so was the Lip Sync battle on the last night. I, obviously, have many compliments to pay to this ship. My one complaint would be the pools. I was hoping for larger pools or an adult only pool. I am ready to book another trip on this same ship! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My family has been on a couple Carnival cruises before this one. I've broken up the main categories into subsections. Go straight to the bottom for a review of the Cheers drink package. [Ship] Although the Magic is one of ... Read More
My family has been on a couple Carnival cruises before this one. I've broken up the main categories into subsections. Go straight to the bottom for a review of the Cheers drink package. [Ship] Although the Magic is one of Carnival's larger ship sizes many of the places people like to congregate for shows or activities are easily accessible and packed close together so you don't have to travel long distances in order to get where you want. Having a bigger ship also means more fun activity options are available and despite having more people on-board you won't find most locations are overly crowded by any means. [Cabin] The cabin sizes are relatively small, however they have everything you need for sleeping arrangements, decent bathrooms, and good shelf/cupboard space. Realistically, if you're living out your cruise to the max you won't be spending much time in the cabin other than changing/sleeping. I will say that the furniture could use an update. [Dining] Any of the sit down dining options on-board the Magic are delicious. I definitely recommend making reservations for any of the "non-included" dinner options like the steakhouse or the Italian restaurant as they were amazing and well worth it. One thing to note if you ever order steak- request your rarity one step above what you normally would. More than once on our last cruise a medium rare request would come out almost entirely red. Guys Burger Joint and the Pizzeria were very tasty. [Entertainment and Activities] Lots and lots of options here. You would have a difficult time not being able find something interesting going on every hour from the early morning all the way until very late (1-2 AM). The musicians are very talented, the comedians always have the crowds in stitches. Important to note that the pools are generally quite busy. Adults have a pretty easy out by just going to the 21 and over Serenity deck (no pool but a couple good tubs) where its not as bad and nice to meet new people. We didn't have any kids in our party but it was easy to see that there were a number of activities each day catered towards kids and youth that were fun and engaging. [Service] The staff aboard our Carnival Magic cruise were excellent. Always helpful, and very professional. The staff working behind the bars and at eateries were especially amazing when it came to being efficient and polite even during very busy times. We didn't encounter many long lines and when we did, they moved at a good pace. Cleaning services were great as well. When people were done eating and left plates/cutlery out in the main eating areas they were always cleaned up quickly and effectively. Cabin stewards were very kind and did a great job keeping cabins tidy and restocking towels, toilet paper etc. [Ports and Shore Excursions] Our ports were Grand Cayman, Roatan (Mahogany Bay), Belize and Cozumel. Tenders were required for Grand Cayman and Belize. We did excursions on the first two and I heavily recommend the ATV Jungle Tour as it was very fun and the local staff that brought us around were incredible. Belize and Cozumel we just walked around the port areas and did some shopping. The Belize port was not the greatest. It required a tender to reach and it was effectively just a small compound with a lackluster selection of shops. It absorbed more time and energy to visit than it was probably worth rather than just saving for Cozumel the next day. Cozumel was fantastic and had so much more to view and explore. There's generally more than enough time to get done everything you want to do at each port and we found ourselves even returning to the ship a bit early a couple days. [Cheers Drink Package] Yup. This has its own category because it ended up being one of the bigger annoyances of our cruise experience. So a no-frills summary of the drink package goes as follows: for about $56 USD per day for each adult in your room, you get up to 15 alcoholic (unlimited non-alcoholic) drinks per person each day. On average that means having about at least 8-9 drinks a day gets you your moneys worth. Honestly a great deal and as we tend to start our days with Irish coffee and coast through the day on cold beers it was a no-brainer to try it out. In the end we saved a tonne of money by using this package but here is the annoying part. If you do hit 15 drinks on any given day, you aren't allowed to purchase any more alcoholic beverages for the remainder of the day. It makes perfect sense to limit the number of "included" drinks per day, but then not to restrict the customer from wanting to purchase additional drinks for regular charge. Anybody who doesn't get the drink package is allowed to buy any number of alcoholic beverages that they want, for the entirety of every day. Even if it's supposed to be a deterrent for those sharing their included drinks with non-Cheers people it really wouldn't work because the non-Cheers people could just take over and buy drinks afterwards anyways. All it does is inconvenience the groups of people who go all in on the drink package. Overall review of the drink package- definitely worth it if you're a heavy drinker or enjoy sipping on cocktails all day long, but Carnival really has to change their policy on post-limit drink purchasing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
It was fun until time to get off the boat. That was slow and tedious The dinning room service and food were very good and an enjoyable experience. The room service was always on time. They now charge for items that were includied it ... Read More
It was fun until time to get off the boat. That was slow and tedious The dinning room service and food were very good and an enjoyable experience. The room service was always on time. They now charge for items that were includied it n the past. The shows and comedy where very entertaining. The late night snack have become less. The pizza lines were too long but got 5 bucks you can get delivered anywhere on the ship which was nice. Overall nice but they are cutting back from previous years The bar service was good and the room stewards were very attentive. The cabin was distrust upon arrival and when we contacted the room staff they came quickly and cleaned and dusted everything. The turn down service was nice too The show room always had a nice place to sit and good sound system. The comedy club and piano bar err two of my favorite things to visit Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We left from Miami. They were not following any boarding zones. I heard that customs held up letting people off the ship before us. So the line to board was long but it went fairly quickly. We enjoyed the ship. Water slides and ... Read More
We left from Miami. They were not following any boarding zones. I heard that customs held up letting people off the ship before us. So the line to board was long but it went fairly quickly. We enjoyed the ship. Water slides and ropes course were fun for kids. Pools were never too crowded but hot tubs were. Food was all pretty good. There were long lines on the lido deck. Guys burger line moved quickly. Pizza line did not. They could use one or two more workers there. Two just isn't enough. We had great service in the main dining room and enjoyed our meals each night. We also enjoyed breakfast and brunch in the main dining room. We had great weather and enjoyed our time on the 4 islands. Getting on and off the ship was easy. The only carnival tour we did was to the ruins in Belize since they are so far away. Everything else we did on our own. Overall we had a good time on the ship. I wouldn't do spring break again since its more expensive and a bit more crowded. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We cruise regularly and overall liked the Magic. Embarkation in Miami was a little delayed but overall we weren’t bothered by it knowing we were going to have a Guy’s burger as soon as we got on! . We were also pleasantly surprised to ... Read More
We cruise regularly and overall liked the Magic. Embarkation in Miami was a little delayed but overall we weren’t bothered by it knowing we were going to have a Guy’s burger as soon as we got on! . We were also pleasantly surprised to see that the pig and anchor BBQ was also on embarkation day as well as days at sea. That’s also awesome. This was my first time cruising gluten free and went to talk to the dining room. They took really good care of me in the dining room every night! At the end of dinner I would order gluten feee for the next night. For lunches, guys burgers offer gluten free buns or you can get it without a bun. The Buffett was clearly labeled gluten free for some items which were questionable. It was great. The pizza gluten free was crispy and good and usually takes an extra 5 minutes. Since we were on an Ultra cruise we hung out in the casino most nights. It was a lot of fun. The casino had a variety of machines and tables. The crowds weren’t too bad and the waitstaff and casino dealers were personable and experienced. Our teenage kids really enjoyed the shows and comedy hour even though they saw the comedians act on another ship. This time they sang karaoke and had a good time with other teens. . Our cabins were comfortable and clean. The common areas were also comfortable and clean. It was our second time on this boat, and our third time doing the shark ray alley excursion with the stop at Caye Caulker in Belize. The first time I took it on Princess, the tender came right to the ship. The boat was a Two deck enclosed catamaran. Plenty of room and a pleasant ride. The second time was with Carnival and that was good. A pleasant day. This last time—— awful. We started the day taking the tender and waiting in the dock for 45 minutes in the light rain. Then this little crappy looking speedboat pulls up and they proceed to cram 50 people aboard. There was no room and it was severely overcrowded. They had us put on our life jackets and proceeded to drive us into the storm at 40 miles per hour. There was no cover on the boat, just a Bimini top. It was rough, bumpy, cold and the rain hurt. Visibility was zero. Everyone had their heads down and trying to cover. The captain had a cloth over his face and kept trying to wipe his eyes to see yet we were going fast. If we hit debris, or a sand bar someone in that overcrowded boat could have been severely hurt. I’ve been in this excursion in the rain before. I’m not blaming the weather . I’m blaming the Exotic tour company and Carnival for picking a captain who had blatant disregard for our safety and did not have the correct boat for the tour. So for 45 minutes everyone on the boat was miserable, beat up and cold. We get to the reef to snorkel and the crew says ok over the side. So getting 50 people on and off the boat in a current not fun. Same thing at the shark sandbar. By the time we got to Caye Caulker I couldn’t wait to get off. Then they come around basically telling everyone that the only place to eat is the Lazy Lizard and to fill out our lunch requests which we have to pay for. No way! I’m not paying 20 dollars US for chicken at the lizard when 1 block in is all kinds of better food for 1/3 of the price. But the other people on the excursion who have never been there before didn’t know any better and they got suckered. The whole excursion was misleading. It was clear all they cared about was money. We walked all over and never was approached by people selling stuff. They were all over the people off the boat at the lizard restaurant. If you booked this tour, ask whether it’s the Exotic tour company. Avoid them. RIP OFF!!! The next time I’m in Belize if carnival won’t tell me the name of the tour company, I won’t take the tour. I’ll probably book it myself Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My family and I went on our 4th Spring Break cruise on the Carnival Magic. We left from Miami. We left on a Sunday and parking at the cruise terminal took forever as it was at capacity from all the ships that had let on Saturday. Once ... Read More
My family and I went on our 4th Spring Break cruise on the Carnival Magic. We left from Miami. We left on a Sunday and parking at the cruise terminal took forever as it was at capacity from all the ships that had let on Saturday. Once parked, we basically walked on the ship. We had FTTF and went right to our room to drop off our carry on bags. Our Sign and Sale cards were already there and our room was already ready. We were on the Lido deck, our favorite location. We walked out and got our first Guy's Burger with no lines at all. After exploring the ship we had our muster in the theater (inside muster, yay!) We had the sail away party and then went back to our room. Our bags ere there and we unpacked. The kids went up to the sports deck where they hung out most of the cruise while sailing. We cruise for the ports and had stops in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. Our first sea day we played on the ship, played our only Bingo game and ate at Guys Smokehouse BBQ which was delicious. In Grand Cayman we had a private car and brought our own snorkeling gear and snorkeled Cemetery Beach and Macabuca and then dined at a local restaurant. Roatan, we went with Rony's tours and had a driver who gave us a tour of the island, visited Manawakie Park where we had sloth and monkey encounters and ate waterfront. Belize we did an incredible shark/ray alley snorkel trip with Coral Breeze. This was a highlight of the trip. And Cozumel we went with Tours Plaza and had a driver take us to El Mirador and Punta Sur where we enjoyed the gorgeous beach and saw wild crocodiles. The CD, MarQ was very good as was the fun staff. We played a lot of trivia and games with the fun staff and enjoyed most of the shows. We only went to one comedy show with the kids and it wasn't too funny. The comic said he had a hard time doing PG shows... Anytime dining was great. We had a wonderful waiter, Juanito, that we requested every night. We never had a wait for a table and the food was always good. We ate once in the Italian restaurant, and it the service was awful. We had long waits between ordering and courses and dirty dishes were left on our table forever. No one even came to offer us dessert and we left. I would have given them 5 stars except for the bad service in this extra charge restaurant. Disembarkation was also super fast with FTTF. We basically took our bags and walked off the ship. Overall we totally enjoyed our Carnival Cruise yet again. The best value and friendliest crew. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise for its value, ship size and itinerary. Now, if you read a lot of the reviews, you are expecting to board the Pinta or Santa Maria or a slave Ship. I was kinda expecting grumpy crew members and long lines. We in face ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its value, ship size and itinerary. Now, if you read a lot of the reviews, you are expecting to board the Pinta or Santa Maria or a slave Ship. I was kinda expecting grumpy crew members and long lines. We in face found the opposite. Embarkation was smooth as silk. Great people working. The ship is lovely. There was nothing that didn’t work. The buffet was great. We never Waited once. The food was not Ruths Chris Steakhouse, but I was not paying those type prices. We enjoyed every meal. The Northern Lights dining room was fabulous. Food was wonderful. Our servers were on the ball and from the first night remembered our names. Cabin steward kept room tip top. Spacious and always clean. It was amazing to watch the Captain walk around the ship talking to the guests. He was out inspecting several times. He runs a great ship In the Dominican, we did the Monkey Jungle excursion and loved it. In San Juan we went to the Rain Forest...beautiful. We had always tried to book our shore excursions on our own before and this time did both of them through Carnival and it was much easier. Debarkation in Miami was the easiest ever. Very Nicely done Carnival. I have made a decision to never read someone’s review that is less than 4/5. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 3rd cruise, all on Carnival. Our first cruise was on the Breeze in 2015 and we liked the layout of the Breeze, and the Cove balcony room. That was one reason for choosing the Magic. This was our first time in the Western ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise, all on Carnival. Our first cruise was on the Breeze in 2015 and we liked the layout of the Breeze, and the Cove balcony room. That was one reason for choosing the Magic. This was our first time in the Western Caribbean. We flew to Miami on Saturday, March 2nd. We rented a car from Budget and had made a prepaid reservation. I cannot recommend Budget. Once we arrived at the rental office, at the airport, we had to wait in line for over and hour and 20 minutes before getting up to the counter. During the time waiting, my wife watched the other rental company counters and the average time to wait in line, get help, and be headed to the garage to pickup your car was just over 15 minutes. After we got our paperwork we headed to the car and went to leave the garage. Were sent back by security because the clerk at the counter wrote, and verbally told us, the wrong car we were assigned. Had to go back, park the car and then get the correct car. By the time we left the rental garage it took 2 hours. When we went to the cruise only passenger Budget office downtown on Sunday, we again had to wait about 40 minutes to turn I the car. Then the Budget shuttle to the cruise port was another over 1 hour wait in line since the shuttle held only about 12 people/luggage and there were almost 45 people in line. We took a cab to the port instead to arrive at our assigned boarding time. Embarkation was smooth. We were on the ship in about 20 minutes. We liked the Magic. Lots of variety in places to eat. Overall the food was good. The ship was reported to be sold out for our cruise but it really did not feel that way. A few times my wife commented she didn't think the ship was full. We had a cove balcony state room. We like the cove balcony. It's on deck 2 so you are close to the water. The balcony is slightly larger (10 square feet) but is very private. And you don't hear any noise other than the sound of the water. Our room steward was Maynor. He did a nice job, was friendly and kept the room in good order. Room was clean when we arrived and kept that way all week. No noise at night so good sleeping. Room temperature was good. We had assigned time dining in the Northern Lights Dining Room, 6pm. Our waiters were Archie, Sonny and Henry. After the first night we were always addressed by our first names. How they remember I don't know. They were friendly and did an excellent job. We had dinner in the dining room every night and enjoyed it. Went to the comedy club a few nights. Entertainers were good. Went to the main theater a couple nights. Really enjoy the marriage game night. The other shows were okay. Not great, but entertaining. One thing I would like to see is more opportunities to dance, especially ballroom dancing. Only one night did we find music being played we could actually dance to. Not that the music was bad, it just wasn't dance music. Ports of call were Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. Being our first time in the Western Caribbean, all the ports were new to us. We took a island tour in Grand Cayman. Enjoyable. in Roatan we rented a cab and driver for the day. $40 per person and there were 4 of us. We had the cab for the day, go where we wanted, stop where we wanted and stay as long as we liked. The only problem was our driver was suppose to be English speaking, but he had a very limited English vocabulary. So trying to get questions about the island and life there was difficult. But we did enjoy the day and were back to the ship well before we needed to be. In Belize we did a Carnival excursion to the Lamani Mayan Ruins and Riverboat adventure. I would highly recommend this excursion. Well worth the money. The bus ride to the boat location was nice as it gave us a chance to see the countryside. The boat trip to the ruins was enjoyable. The ruins tour was very interesting. Very good guides with lots of knowledge about the ruins and the history of the Mayan people. In Cozumel we took a taxi downtown and did some shopping. Enjoyed the day and no rushing since we simply did some walking and shopping. Debarkation was quick. We had an afternoon flight out of Miami so had plenty of time to eat breakfast on the ship before walking off. Took a little longer to exit as customs was a little slow, but not bad. One note, on debarkation day my brother went down to the lower deck to pickup the couple bottles of alcohol we purchased at Grand Cayman. He had to wait in line for over 45 minutes to get the alcohol. He said people who had early flights were very upset and almost yelling at others. I wasn't down there to experience it, only what my brother told me but he said it was not a pleasant experience. Carnival used to deliver your alcohol to your room the night before you arrived back at home port. You could then pack it into your luggage. I wish they still did that. Overall the cruise was pleasant. Ship was nice, staff was friendly and polite, food was good and the weather was great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We just got back from our 7 night Western Caribbean on Carnival Magic. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the evening before, and made a poor choice of staying at the Days Inn on Broward ave(stay away!), and took an Lyft to Port of Miami. We had ... Read More
We just got back from our 7 night Western Caribbean on Carnival Magic. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the evening before, and made a poor choice of staying at the Days Inn on Broward ave(stay away!), and took an Lyft to Port of Miami. We had a group of 13 people, ages from 5 to 71 years, so we took 4 different cars. We arrived at the port about 20 min prior to the assigned boarding time and there was NO line! It was awesome! We were able to get through security with no problem and onto the ship within 15 minutes! It was awesome! Last year for the Vista there was a huge line plus we had to wait inside to be called and then it was still another line to board, so this was fantastic! Once on board we went through the traditional photo opp, lunch and then right to our rooms, 6243, 6245, 6247, 6453, & 6455. They were ready by 1:30pm, and even some of our luggage was waiting, with the rest delivered within the hour. Our steward Ganda was great! He was happy to see us each day and we struck up many hallway conversations through the week about our adventures, and was very quick to replace pool towels or full fill requests we had left by notepad. We prebooked excursions with local companies via the internet.... it saved us so much money! Our first stop was Grand Cayman and we booked a private boat charter with Discount Excursions. It was $700 for the day, it says for 4.5 hours but it was all day. It ended up being $55 pp plus tip. We had 2 guides whose names escape me now, that took us to 3 places. We went to Stingray city to pet, kiss and feed them. Since we only had 13 people we didn't feel rushed or over crowded, despite the fact that there were at least 10 other boats(most with large groups) also anchored there. We were probably there for about 45 min to an hour. Next we headed to Starfish beach. It was a nice secluded beach, though only 2 starfish to be found. We spent about 45 minutes just wading in the water, letting kids play and taking pictures, then we headed to Rum Point beach. It has a couple (seriously overpriced, like $14 for 1 drink) food & drink huts with tables, beach chairs, volley ball court.... but our boat couldn't go to the dock since it was privately owned do we had to drop anchor about 50 feet off shore and swim/ walk up. Lots of seaweed/ocean grass in the area so not a great experience. Definitely a stop we would say is not worth going. Almost anything else would have been better. Though while we were up exploring, my mom stayed on the boat with my niece who was snorkeling and she had several stingrays swimming with her and even let her give them belly rubs... we weren't anywhere near stingray city where they are used to people feeding and petting them. It was a great opportunity for her. And the guides went out to find a conch to chop up and mix with something to make a little snack for those who wanted to try it. Overall the day was a good experience and worth the $, I do wish our guides would have played music or had drinks to offer. Next excursion was at Mahogany Bay in Roatan. We used Dilbert Tours. Chris and Charles were fantastic. They took us to a sloth & monkey sanctuary where we held and petted a female sloth while a male was above us thoroughly taken with my 6'9 brother in law(maybe he thought he was a tree to climb on). Then we went into the capuchin monkey pen that had 2 brothers in it. They leaped, climbed, playfully bit and tried to steal things from us all. We tried to hold & pet them but they are quite wriggley! Then we were given some history of Roatan as well as some interesting info on some plants there. From there 4 of the 13 of us went ziplining! The others stayed below at a open air restaurant/ bar while we hit 16 lines in about 40 min. IT WAS EXHILARATING! First time for me so I had a racing heart, but pushed passed it and leaped off! Ernie & Bert(I think it was actually Pete, but we joked about it so thats who he was to us) were experts and dardevils! The 2nd to last line there was a malfunction on my gear so Bert/Pete had to come pull me back in and swapped mine for his. After we finished ziplining (they had someone snapping pictures the whole time with us, so for $30 we got about 75 digital pictures) we headed to West end beach. It was right by town and wasn't the sprawling beach i imagined but was ok. I could have done without the ladies begging to have braids in our hair, man on drugs trying to sell us his paintings or the other ladies selling us on a beach chair. Overall Dilbert Tours runs a great business. We told them we would rather skip the chocolate & rum factory tour and they took us to a grocery store instead & helped us shop for some snacks & drinks for the day. Thanks to Michael the owner of Dilbert, we were able to save $ on this excursion by prepaying and taking advantage of discount tickets to monkey/sloths, so each person only paid $28 for monkey sloth beach tour and the 4 of us zipliners only cost an additional $15! Fantastic for a full day and lots of fun! Belize was our last planned excursion and we did Cave tubing with Raul. We had only done this by email and had not put any money down. Raul picked us up just outside port terminal, gave us a rich history on Belize on the way to the caves. Once there they fitted us w/head gear, tubes & life jacket. They carried the kids tubes along with my 71 year old mom & friend. They did a great job educating us as we walked though the rain forest before coming to the mouth of the caves. We got all hooked together and they began to pull us through the caves. It was about 45 min plus some extra float time after we exited caves and floated back to where our rainforest hike began. Then off to an open air tiki hut style restaurant for our lunch that was included. It was chicken, rice, homemade potato salad & small green salad. Then back to the van for our hour ride back to the port. Great experience for all! We had no plans in Cozumel so it was a free for all. Back on the ship each night we had great service & food in the main dining with Asmara, Pande & Melody. MarQ our cruise director was fun and quick witted, and though he wouldn't let my sister & I join the hair chest contest with our hair man swim suits, we did get to be judges. I think i gained 7lbs that week from all the delicious food! The kids enjoyed Camp Ocean and especially the Water works area. Our 5 year old asked if we could live on the ship! We wished they would run some of the trivia, scavenger hunts & games more often and also they ran a couple things like balloon drop event and some shows at times that late diners couldn't make it to. The Magic is showing wear & tear and maybe could use a week of refurbishing on some little things like worn woodwork, maybe some fresh carpeting but overall its a great ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise for the best bang for the buck and other positive reviews for this ship and the cruise director. This was our second cruise and first with Carnival. Overall we are very happy with Carnival and had no real issues. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the best bang for the buck and other positive reviews for this ship and the cruise director. This was our second cruise and first with Carnival. Overall we are very happy with Carnival and had no real issues. We thought there was more food options included and available with Carnival vs royal carribean. My wife also won us a shore excursion and some jewelry. We also thought all the crew and staff were way more upbeat than Royal Caribbean staff. We would go on this ship again. Pros: Guys burger joint and Pig and Anchor barbecue. The omelets in the buffet area. The breakfast in the formal dining room. MarQ the cruise director was great as a cruise director! A number of hottubs were available. The violinists and a few singers were excellent. We had no problems with embarkation or deembarkment. Cons: The all day pizzeria: pizzas were good but it seemed like they could never keep up with the demand (only one spot) and there was always a line. Some of the desserts were a bit bland or tasted off like the peanut butter cream cake that tasted more coconut. While we never had problems finding room in a hot tub at times they were a bit lukewarm. So I have absolutely nothing wrong with peoples lifestyle choices and this evidently was a LGBT friendly cruise but we had a couple incidents specifically with the LGTB crowd. One female couple was making out in the hottub we were in even with other people in it. On another night while listening to the violinists in the main atrium, Another female couple blatantly and obnoxiously started making out in the middle of the floor for several minutes even with many poeple around. Numerous people were uncomfortable and left the entertainment. My point is this behavior is not courteous and acceptable regardless of the type or age of the “couple”, it’s not like it was in some corner or in their room. Ports: Grand Cayman- we won a shore and land excursion. Semi submersible boat to a tour bus around the island, to the sea turtle aquarium then Hell. Probably would not have booked this trip ourselves. We then had a little bit of time to go snorkeling at Eden Rock just about a 10 minute walk from the tender access. Water was nice Roatan- our favorite port. We did the Dolphin swim and snorkel at Anthony Keys. Absolutely worth the money (Though it was about $30 more through the cruise line and there were no openings through the resort...funny) this was everything the other reviews had said and wished we could stay longer. We were also suprised that as we drove the stark difference in housing from very poor to very expensive in a short distance and not much in between. Belize city- least favorite port. Did rendezvous case spectacular snorkel and lunch. Overall good other than swimming with a big group of people was a bit frustrating and the lunch part was pretty weak. We then went back to ship and to the port to shop. Not impressed at all with that area and would advise people to just stay on the ship unless an excursion. Cozumel- did the all inclusive Paradise beach getaway not through the cruise line. A bit more people eventually on the property than at Nachi Cocom 8 years ago. The food was excellent as well as the drinks. Also saw lobster, ray, and eel which I didn’t see snorkeling elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Magic was my second cruise and is an easy ship to find your way around. I wish they would use better signage for all the washrooms on board. It was difficult to find washrooms on any floor even after your told where they are.( It’s not ... Read More
Magic was my second cruise and is an easy ship to find your way around. I wish they would use better signage for all the washrooms on board. It was difficult to find washrooms on any floor even after your told where they are.( It’s not a big deal, but many others had the same problem.) We had a balcony cabin and our stateroom service was great. Su made sure everyone was comfortable and we had everything needed. If not, you only need to ask and there there to help you Diningroom service was awesome. Loved these guys. I don’t know how the servers remember everyone’s name but they do. They were very friendly, efficient and never made you feel rushed. We were always told to relax and take our time. They saw me at the lido deck having tea in the morning and seen that I liked honey instead of sugar. It was at my table that night for dining, along with a pot of tea. It was so considerate of them. The dancing they do was fun to watch every night, and brought a tear to your eye on the last night. Entertainment was amazing. MarQ, the cruise director, is hilarious. You will LYAO. Theatre shows are really good and worth seeing every night. They get the audience involved in game shows like The Newlywed Game. Again hilarious. They might ask you what one of your spouses friends you could see yourself with. Haha, Very talented group of entertainers. Songs from the 50’s, 60’s 70’s,80’s,90’s to sing along with . They leave no generation out. Singing and dancing they do is fabulous, a must see. Easy on / off the ship for excursions and embarkation/ disembarkation went very smoothly. Highly recommended, but don’t go if you don’t want to have some fun and share some laughs. If you do, then this ship is for you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted a ship with the newer waterworks for the kids and the itinerary looked good. Overall everything was great. Embarkation- They have this down pat. We were sitting still in a line for about 10 minuets ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted a ship with the newer waterworks for the kids and the itinerary looked good. Overall everything was great. Embarkation- They have this down pat. We were sitting still in a line for about 10 minuets just before we were able to get on the boat, but it really was a breeze. Just make sure you have all your documentation ready to go. We stayed in 7358- an ocean suite (OS). We chose this because it was all four of us staying in a cabin and my youngest boy is special needs. I like to have just a little extra footage in the room. The bathroom has a little more room too. Really the only upside I see to the suite vs. a balcony is a little more room- but not a whole lot more. I definitely wouldn't pay for it if the kids weren't with. Room was ready for us when we boarded. It was fairly clean. Our room steward was nice and did a good job. We have had others that have been more personable, but really no complaints. We were bummed that a stuffed animal of my sons seemed to have gotten mixed up in the sheets and was never seen again. We checked with our steward, guest service who checked with laundry etc. but it was never found. At least he was lost in a happy place:) Food- we are not picky eaters. We are always just happy not to have to cook for ourselves. There really is something for everyone on this ship. The dining room food was always excellent and I ordered two entrees on prime rib night:) Dining room staff was a little bit slower then what we have experienced in the past, but not bad. I love that they had my iced tea with lemons ready to go each night after night 1. Entertainment / Activities- we went to most of the shows in the theater and they were good. The singers and dancers on the ship are truly talented. The cruise director was funny and seemed to actually enjoy his job. The deck party was was fun- the staff did their best to lead the crowd. My son and I had so much fun dancing together. Kids programs- My older boy (12) did the Circle C program. He met several friends and wanted to hang with them most nights. We would let him go with them after dinner. There were some organized activities that they all would participate in. I used the Hub app to be able to message him and to keep tabs on what he was doing. That form of communication is not perfect though. He would not always get my messages. I did not like this as I wanted to know where he was all the time. It's a tough age- he wants a little freedom, but I want to make sure hes safe and not being a bother to other passengers. We did sign my younger one up for his program too, but he wanted to stay with us the whole time. He only stayed there a very short time. Ports- nice stops. I have just come to the conclusion that I do not like ports that you have to take a water taxi to. It takes up more time and more lines. The Magic- We like the bigger ships. More food options and things to do. The only time we really stood in lines was getting on and off the boat and at the buffet at prime time for breakfast or lunch and the lines usually move pretty fast. My kids LOVE the 24 hours ice cream and pizza. We ended every night with both before bed:) My kids liked the waterworks, but surprisingly only spent time there once. We did the mini golf, which was a fun thing to do together. We also all did the sky course. They has a blast doing this- dangling over the ocean:) Debarkation- Again- they know what they are doing. Very smooth process. We had no problem getting off the ship and finding our luggage that we had set out the night before. I definitely would recommend this cruise- relax, go with the flow and have fun! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Just off the Magic a day ago, had a "great time." Points I wanted to mention: 1) service in dining room and cabin was excellent, very friendly, all our needs met 2) check-in was shockingly quick, have cruised 20+ times, ... Read More
Just off the Magic a day ago, had a "great time." Points I wanted to mention: 1) service in dining room and cabin was excellent, very friendly, all our needs met 2) check-in was shockingly quick, have cruised 20+ times, never had an embarkation like this, met right at door at pier building and had our boarding passes scanned and walked right onto ship, arrived about 10:30 and not sure if that had anything to do with it or not 3) food was wonderful in both dining room and buffet and other venues, went to BBQ on embarkation before the entire ship knew about it - only open on sea days so best time is during embarkation 4) Italian restaurant at lunch time is superb, you make your choice of pasta/sauce/etc.and are served, was wonderful 5) we were in cabin 12018 an Inside Cabin with a sideways layout - it was very spacious - I would suggest it was larger than the typical inside cabin - is three cabins down from gym but did not hear any dropping weights, etc. 6) music on ship was 'just' ok for us and that is why I am giving it four stars as opposed to five 7) also one thing Carnival has not yet perfected is turning the twin beds into a king without the mattresses not moving apart during the night and you end up with a space in the middle by morning 8) oh yes, the cakes offered at lunch time are absolutely wonderful, the best ever 9) I feel the Atrium was very dull and rather drab, other parts of ship nicer. Think that is what I wanted to hit in this review, thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, looking forward to next one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My family (immediate, aunt, uncle, cousins, etc.) and friends all went on this cruise recently and it wasn't like a normal Carnival cruise. Usually on Carnival, there are so many things to do and so much entertainment that you have a ... Read More
My family (immediate, aunt, uncle, cousins, etc.) and friends all went on this cruise recently and it wasn't like a normal Carnival cruise. Usually on Carnival, there are so many things to do and so much entertainment that you have a hard time deciding what to do. On this cruise, there was limited entertainment - only a few shows and comedy seemed to be the highlight of every night. The comedy shows were good, but were also repeats a lot of the time and since this was the only thing going on most nights, there wasn't another option so we actually saw a few repeat shows. There was also a lot missing in terms of the normal pool activities and day at sea events. This seemed very strange to my family and I because Carnival ships are known as the "fun ships". We told our friends who were first-time cruisers to set the bar low with this experience because it was not like a normal cruise. Also, Carnival has changed their returning cruiser program and no longer has the same benefits. I was very disappointed to find that instead of being invited to the cocktail party, my brother and I both only received a free drink coupon. This was disappointing because this was our 6th cruise with Carnival and we usually get to go to the cocktail party, so to go backwards from this within a rewards program seems very strange. The ship was very nice, loved Guys burger bar, the rum bar, and all the different themed restaurants and lounges. Really liked the different hot tub areas and the slides were really fun as well. Loved that the bar had a happy hour with $10 fish bowls and had a lot of fun playing bags on one of the lower outside decks. Comedy lounge had the best bartender that makes exceptional chocolate martinis! The worst part of this cruise however, was the fact that they decided to do construction/cleaning on our balcony. One of the nights, we came back to a letter saying they would be doing PAINTING on our balcony the next day. Next day came and went, didn’t really notice anything so we thought, “oh nice, they must have been quick, no real inconvenience”. Nope, wrong. The following day, with no letter notifying us of anything more to be done, we were woken up to someone jackhammering outside our window. Like in the window frame. Apparently, they were stripping the paint/rust and repainting. This took a good amount of the day and was so loud we had to leave our room. Carnival may have notified us of "painting" one of the days, but this was more than painting and their notice was for the wrong day. This kind of construction should have been done during dry docking or at least in between cruises, when no one is paying extra money for a balcony room for their vacation. Highly annoying and disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
After my wife and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on Carnival Fascination in 2015, we were ready to jump back into it. After weeks of research, we finally settled on Carnival Magic with the seven day Western Caribbean itinerary, this ... Read More
After my wife and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on Carnival Fascination in 2015, we were ready to jump back into it. After weeks of research, we finally settled on Carnival Magic with the seven day Western Caribbean itinerary, this time with our three children. I was a bit nervous about bringing our gaggle of kids with us, but they were so sad about not going with us the last time. I was very impressed from the get go about everything this ship had to offer. We were dropped off at the terminal by our Uber at 12:00 and were onboard at 12:30. The food was incredible. For a ship capable of holding 3000+ people, there were minimal lines. The other passengers were super nice ("Where you from?"). The cruise director MarQ was exceptionally friendly and made all the activities fun and entertaining. Of course, I'm sure you want to know what needs to be worked on, so here are the few areas I believe that could use improvement or just a heads up so there's no surprises: Embarkation: We made the faux pas of putting our boarding passes away after having them being inspected three times already. The final agent that was directing people to the boarding gangway apparently felt the need to make a public display of our ignorance, yelled at us to get our passes back out, and made us stand to the side while another 20 people walked past us before she would let us past. A bit embarrassing and unneeded in my opinion. Whatever, no biggie. Elevators: This is probably the biggest annoyance I had on the ship itself. There are three elevator lobbies (not including the atrium elevators), each with four or six elevators. Abandon all hope if all the elevators were on the top and you were on the bottom because you can bet that the elevator would have to make multiple stops before it would pick you up. Once you were on it, it will stop three to five times, letting people off and on (making it super full in the process). Bottom line, count on waiting five to ten minutes at a minimum to get from top to bottom during a busy part of the day. Not much Carnival can do about it, and I would definitely not call this a deal breaker, because everything else was so amazing. Just a heads up so you won't be surprised. First Elegant Night: We waited about 30-40 minutes for a table. Nothing too crazy but some of the other passengers were upset about it. I didn't particularly care, but just a heads up. Besides those very minor things, we had literally no complaints. Our family all had an amazing time, and seeing our six year old daughter gradually become familiar with the ship was entertaining in and of itself (Day 6... "I'm going to get ice cream and pizza on the Lido Deck... come on sissy!" as she grabs her older sister). Highly recommend!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We booked this cruise because we love Honduras and Belize and in addition our niece was meeting us in Cozumel. We had just finished up 2 weeks on Sanibel island in the gulf on the western side of florida and it was a perfect fit before ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we love Honduras and Belize and in addition our niece was meeting us in Cozumel. We had just finished up 2 weeks on Sanibel island in the gulf on the western side of florida and it was a perfect fit before heading home. , First of all everything was truly easy without any major problems from start to finish. Anxiety about boarding, and leaving where gone as everything worked perfect with no hassles. Our cabin was perfect location and for two who do not spend much time in the cabin it was just that. We did add the couples week spa pass and that made it easy to relax and shower. Dining was done on our time and after trying 4 different waiters, we hit one that his crew worked perfectly serving food on time and quickly. Adman was one great waiter. Our cabin was made by Su and he was perfect each and every day. As far as eating went, we did breakfast in room, perfect! lunch wherever, and mdr all the time and not being red meat eaters, had no desire for the steakhouse and the Italian place menu just wasn't to our desires as was the mdr. Realized early on you could look and the mdr menu and compare to see if you wanted to book specialty, but in all cases, the mdr suited us fine. The activities onship where many, the comedy was good for late night. Being not gamblers, the casino held no interest for us and was wayyy to smokey. We used the adults serenity area and watched one movie on the big screen. Our excursions where off the usual, Public beach for Grand Cayman, Henry Morgan Resort for Honduras, Viatinato for cave tubing in Belize, family gettogether in cozumel. Our CD MarQ was fun and yes we met all those that attended the meet and greet on thursday. ( wish it had been earlier but so goes life). We danced, enjoyed relaxing on the ship, and never felt crowd pressure to do or get anywhere. We would do this again and for the price we paid it was a bargain. I admit we are light drinkers so our entire bar bill was under 70 bucks! planning for the free events and bringing our own wine, along with 24 cans of sparkling soda took care of us. If anyone has a question about the Magic, I'd say relax and enjoy. Probably the only area I avoided was Guy's BBQ place as the line was long, it is only opened a short time and from the looks of the food as a BBQ lover I'd say Meh! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this ship based on the itinerary and date, with the main goal to escape winter. Our group: two 50-something couples. Overwhelming: so many American children, why were they not in school? Even the comedians had to dumb-down their ... Read More
We chose this ship based on the itinerary and date, with the main goal to escape winter. Our group: two 50-something couples. Overwhelming: so many American children, why were they not in school? Even the comedians had to dumb-down their shows (unsuccessfully, btw) for the early shows. The late shows were much better. Disney cruise line has more for adults to do than Carnival. The adult-only area frequently had children on our trip. We will cruise a different line going forward. It just wasn't FUN. Our wait staff and table were subpar the first night so we requested a move, which took about 20 minutes of our time, and we were assertive and persistent. Tip: Request items fresh and not sitting under the heat lamp if you want something warm and fresh at dinner. Guy Fieri's burgers and BBQ remain the best and freshest food on the ship. The coffee is strong, but marginal, and the cream and sugar are not conveniently located nearby. Room service didn't deliver my coffee the first morning, so I had to go ISO my first morning. The poolside movies are generally rained out this time of year, and the early time movies are generally for children. Boo! We watched Antman and all I remember are moms fussing and getting up to walk in front of us every 20 minutes to get something for their kids while dad was on his phone during the movie. The critical embarkation and disembarkation comments mentioned previously have been taken seriously and were not an issue on this trip. Kudos to Carnival for making this a quick and easy process for us. Vitamin Sea and the Supplements are a great combo group with an outstanding singer and guitar player. Otherwise, the main stage group is on par with a good high school performance with money. The tenders are a tip-based service, so bring lots of one's and five's with you. We went to 7-mile beach on Grand Cayman, and the local beach hustlers are numerous and intimidating. This is a public beach, but good luck with that. Steer clear! Otherwise, we had good luck with ship-based excursions and taxis with our own excursions. Our room was 9291, which included a balcony. This is a great room! Our steward was Sawl and she is attentive. Ruchelle in the Spa gives a pedicure like no other. I had a $50 gift coupon for the $70 service and tipped her generously. No upsell, just one hour of pure relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Chose this cruise after a two week Eastern/Western Caribbean on Nieuw Statendam because 2 weeks is not long enough for flying from Vancouver Island and Carnival Magic was going to Belize and Roatan where we hadn't been before. We ... Read More
Chose this cruise after a two week Eastern/Western Caribbean on Nieuw Statendam because 2 weeks is not long enough for flying from Vancouver Island and Carnival Magic was going to Belize and Roatan where we hadn't been before. We also wanted to see how well Carnival did on a 7 day Caribbean Cruises as that seems to be their speciality. Like comparing Apples and Oranges but was pleasantly surprised by the calibre of food in the dinning room...very good! I really liked the way they did a long Brunch on sea days and same on later docking time, port day. Elegant night lobster was excellent; the best I've had on any ship and my server asked if I'd like 2, that also was a first. Seafood Shack Chowder bread bowl inedible; thought it was a mistake so took it back. Said that is the way they double bake them...hmmm?? Was amazed by the amount of children onboard shortly after Christmas break; even more amazed that the Lido never seem to run out of soft ice cream...just cones a couple of times. Do many of the children usually run loose all over the ship? I think they had races throughout all the cabin decks at all hours. In saying that, there were also some really fun and well manner kids too. Staff throughout the vessel were very friendly, helpful and made many efforts to remember your name even you only saw them once. Spotlight Comedy Club was easy to attend before late seating: the 'electric' Violinists in Magic Lobby were a treat that we always tried to catch. MarQ was a knowledgable Cruise Director with a great sense of humour and looked after everything in an efficient manner. Wish he could have been the CD when we did 49 days on the Splendor going around South America. Another story. Room 8273 veranda was roomy but really needs some attention; we were aghast at all the paint splatters on Deck Chairs and the room smelled like it had a really bad water problem that never dried properly...musty mildew is describing it gently. Shampoo, Body wash and a bar of soap provided; Room Steward was very friendly and kept us well stocked with towels and towel critters. Cleanliness of the ship could be improved pretty well everywhere...the general mess gets looked after fairly regularly but things like cleaning under and around items, wiping down tables more often, upholstery on chairs particularly in dining areas, etc. We missed having a couple of Ping Pong tables inside as on the Splendor; there was only one in the out door family play area...maybe this the norm? For drinks we usually had to go up to a bar as there are very few servers; bought a wine package for the dining room but had to make sure we had our coupons on hand & filled in for what wine we wanted. Was given a coupon for a free drink on the last night for after 5pm for a value of up to $9: most wine around $10.50 a glass; no Martinis under $9.95 or Tropical classics at $9.50. If you like beer & 2 basic wines...enjoy your free drink. Did a couple of ships tours...one in Nassau and one in Belize. Both fairly well organized; bit more of a zoo in Nassau as many ships in. Got a nice overview of Nassau for our first visit. In Belize we were first off the ship via tender as our tour left early for Xunantinch Mayan ruins; very long drive but was nice to see the countryside and the views from the top of the 'Temple' was amazing, could see Guatemala. Steps up very steep, narrow, with not much support to grab on; even regular guide was sucking wind...an extra hour at the ruins would have been excellent as we could have seen the palace area as well. Disembarkation was fairly organized and smooth considering the numbers of people. Main downside of trip for us, was the constant loud noise; was hard to find a quite spot including our room and balcony. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Amazing, fantastic, fun...Not sure what people complain about, your on a budget cruise. The food on the magic was amazing, the staff always had a smile on their faces and the there is always something to do. What more can you ask ... Read More
Amazing, fantastic, fun...Not sure what people complain about, your on a budget cruise. The food on the magic was amazing, the staff always had a smile on their faces and the there is always something to do. What more can you ask for? We did the western Caribbean and the we had so much fun at all the ports. We had our kids with us 4, 13, 14 and 17. The camp ocean for the 4 year old was so much fun and the camp C for the 13 and 14 year old was out of this world. They would have activities until 1am so the boys stayed out later then us. The entertainment was a little mediocre. The main show's were just ok and the comedians could of been better. They repeated shows often but they movie night every night at the pool which was awesome. And the adult only love and marriage and conquest games were so much fun. Lots of laughs on this ship Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our third cruise, second time on Carnival. I was looking for a bigger ship. Although this was bigger than the Pride, it was not like our Royal cruise a few years ago. Biggest complaint, which I will put down as still learning ... Read More
This was our third cruise, second time on Carnival. I was looking for a bigger ship. Although this was bigger than the Pride, it was not like our Royal cruise a few years ago. Biggest complaint, which I will put down as still learning cruising, was the excursions. One in Belize had to be canceled after we finally all got together, as we would not have had enough time to complete the trip before the ship sailed. We had scheduled the trip with Vacation2go. I did not realize that Carnival "Owned" the ports and only Carnival sponsored excursions were allowed in the port area. We had to walk through the port, take a taxi, get picked up by a van and taken to an assembly area to meet up with the rest of the group.We were on time but when we were all assembled the tour was running late. Our other issue was with dinning. I am now handicapped. Our room was 3 from the bow and our dinning was at the stern (literally). I did not take the electric scooter or have a wheel chair so the long walk really got to me. I am also per-diabetic and have issues eating too late. After working with the staff, we were moved to another dining room and earlier seating. We had requested to be seated with others, but ended up at a table for two. Even with these issues, we will cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Cruised with the DW's family. DW and I actually planned the trip for the family as we have cruised many times before and no one else had. I haven't cruised with Carnival for several years as they had lost my loyalty. I had ... Read More
Cruised with the DW's family. DW and I actually planned the trip for the family as we have cruised many times before and no one else had. I haven't cruised with Carnival for several years as they had lost my loyalty. I had been getting frustrated with the continual cuts in service and ammenities without a drop in the price, and plus I had gained and lost the past guest party 3 times due to changes in the loyalty program and I had decided that Carnival was not earning my loyalty any longer (after cruising exclusively with them.) We had planned on getting to the port early around 10-11. Then we got a notice from Carnival indicating there were issues with a loading bridge and they pushed back our embarkation "reservation" to 1pm. We weren't too concerned about that, but at the hotel, the clerk first told me that they didn't offer shuttle service to the port anymore, even though I was literally looking at a sign on the counter saying that the shuttle service was first come, first serve... Anyway, once we got to the port around 12:30, embarkation was far easier than it has ever been. Once we got past security, there was no line and we never had to stop moving, we were guided to walk right on the ship. Lunch was typical. Some people in our party got burgers, others did the buffet. Then we split up for awhile and rejoined later to explore the ship. DW and I had bought an upgrade to a balcony for a really good price. DW was really pleased with the room overall. I noticed some significant spots of rust on the balcony, and we found some unlit incense sticks on top of the safe from a previous guest. We also had various things break during the cruise, but our room steward always got maintenance to come and fix any issue the same day. There was a big negative on this cruise; the dining room was way too warm. I like to wear a suit jacket on formal nights, but it was way too warm to do so. Even without the jacket and tie, I was still sweating a little bit due to the temperature. One night, I had a few drops of water come down on me from a vent above the table...that was unpleasant. The wait staff were better than I recall on Carnival. Maybe we got lucky, maybe there have been improvements, I'm not sure. Grand Cayman was nice; most of our party did stingray city. Getting back on board was a pain. The line wrapped around the port area and it was a 25-30 wait in line. They had said that the last tender to the port was leaving at 2:15pm...we didn't get on a tender until well after that and there was still a large line behind us. In Belize we all did Altun Ha. This was one of the worst if not the worst organized excursion I have ever been on, and this was my 10th cruise. Our tickets had us be in the theater at 8:45 (keep this in mind for a second.) Our group didn't get called to board a tender until 9:30...then we waited in the stairwell for 15 minutes to board. Once finally on land, they had us wait in line in the shopping area for at least 30 more minutes. By the time we were on the bus and moving, it was 10:45. Yes, it really took that long. Our tour guide did not do much..she talked for most of the way to the ruins and handed out picture of various Belizian things. And she did very little at the ruins when someone else took over the tour. That guy was pretty good. On another downside, after being shown a few of the ruins, we had only 25 minutes to explore on our own...not much time to do much of anything. Because of the delays, I did not get to eat lunch at the Wet Lizard like I had been looking forward to doing. I hope someone from Carnival reads this and does something to improve the tour. Very disappointed. Roatan was nice. On an interesting note, while eating breakfast a waterspout (tornado over the water) was seen a mile or two away from the ship. DW had a kick out of that. The rest of that day the weather was very nice. DW and I snorkeled on the beach. Cozumel was great as ever. Most of our party did a secret river tour on the mainland. Entertainment was alright. The shows weren't quite as good as I remember, but they were still good overall. Some of the family absolutely loved the violin players, and a few of the other musical groups as well. Talking about the food again for a bit...it took 3 times of DW ordering the warm chocolate melting cake for them to get it correct. One night it was like soup, another it was way overcooked. On the fourth time it was wrong again. Guy's Burgers were as good as ever. Guy's bbq was alright. Absolutely loved the Red Frog Pub!!! Here was one of the disappointments. I had wanted to book another cruise while on board to get the $100 of obc (if Carnival had made some improvements, which I felt they had.) When I went to ask about booking, I was told that they did not book while on board anymore. An offer would be emailed after the cruise that was "even better than it used to be." The offer was $25 of obc per person, price protection, and a free upgrade. In my personal opinion, that is not "better." Debarkation was easy. We got off the ship early due to an 11am flight out of Fort Lauderdale. We had transportation arranged in advance with SAS...they are just as good as I remember. The family loved the trip. One of them we weren't sure how much he was going to like the trip. At the end, even he said he would do another cruise!!! DW and I were quite happy that we had planned a trip that everyone enjoyed. Overall, this was a good trip. At the end, both DW and I felt that the week had flashed by. That being said, while I had a great time, there were no "wow" moments for me. Carnival has earned me back as a customer, but not enough to be exclusive with them like I used to be. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My family had decided to celebrate Christmas on a cruise each year, instead of exchanging gifts. This is our second year on Carnival and we had a wonderful time. My only complaint was tendering. The process appeared to be very unorganized ... Read More
My family had decided to celebrate Christmas on a cruise each year, instead of exchanging gifts. This is our second year on Carnival and we had a wonderful time. My only complaint was tendering. The process appeared to be very unorganized and delayed. On our second day of tendering, I understand the rough seas played a part in the delays, however, communication with the passengers could've been better Our dinner service was always fabulous, thanks to Bernice. There were always many food options available. Guy's Burger Joint was always delicious, and the burrito spot was a slightly healthier option. There's always something to do on the ship, and my 13 year old daughter had the time of her life. She made a bunch of new friends on the first day at Circle C, and was kept busy the entire cruise. Between the adult only area, and the many pools and hot tubs, my husband and I had plenty of alone time. Overall the cruise was a success, and we look forward to next Christmas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Price of cruise was very reasonable. Food was very good at all the venue that I ate at. Food in main dining room very good. Service was excellent I had anytime dining and was seated at my table, served apps, main dish, desert and was out ... Read More
Price of cruise was very reasonable. Food was very good at all the venue that I ate at. Food in main dining room very good. Service was excellent I had anytime dining and was seated at my table, served apps, main dish, desert and was out in about an hour. Room steward was fantastic. Keeped room cleaned, vacuumed and ice bucket filled everyday. Everyone from Carnival that I contact with were always happy with a smile on their face and always greeted me and asked how I was doing. Great job Carnival. Shows in the theater were really good especially the rock music show. The comedians were all very good, probably the best I’ve seen so far on any cruise and this was my 33rd. I did not go on any excursions because I have been to all these places many times before. Over all it was a very enjoyable cruise Read Less
Sail Date November 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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