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19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
First the pros: VERY inexpensive cruise Easy access from JAX airport to the port Fastest check-in I have ever experienced Musical entertainment was good Dinners were good to very good Evening Dining room service was good ... Read More
First the pros: VERY inexpensive cruise Easy access from JAX airport to the port Fastest check-in I have ever experienced Musical entertainment was good Dinners were good to very good Evening Dining room service was good Salad bar in the cafeteria style dining was good and fresh Burgers from the pool grill were very good Room attendants did a good job Nassau port was easily accessible – easy walk to town. Good beaches, good restaurants and shopping. Now the cons: Desperately needs refurbishing - Major entertainment is marginal at best – mostly game show type events – no shows. Shops were very small with very little merchandise Breakfast dining room staff was not very good Breakfast food in the dining room was marginal The “Sunday Brunch” was the same food as any other day Rooms really needed updating – the dresser drawers would hardly open, closet doors didn’t close – just OLD Not very many room amenities – no hair dryer, no hair conditioner, no lotion, no ice bucket Port of Freeport was almost inaccessible - in the middle of nowhere – at least 10 miles from town and when you got to town there wasn’t much to do or see. Disembarkment process was AWFUL. They encouraged us to carry our own luggage to get off faster. We stood around the hallways of the ship for about an hour - then once we got off the ship we had to wait in a “snaking” line for almost another hour to get through immigration and customs. Very poorly planned. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Food A. To many people to serve at one time at buffets. B. Disappointed because Guy's famous Bar-B- Que was only opened for one day of the entire 5 days and for 2 and a half hours at that. Never did get to sample his wonderful ... Read More
Food A. To many people to serve at one time at buffets. B. Disappointed because Guy's famous Bar-B- Que was only opened for one day of the entire 5 days and for 2 and a half hours at that. Never did get to sample his wonderful prepared pork we had heard about. His hamburgers were the best I have ever tasted in my life. Loved his fries also. C. We had anytime dining. We have chose this concept for the past 4 cruises. Well it did not work for us this time. We had a wait of 1 hour and 5 minutes to get seated the last evening for our dinner. When we did the early or late dining in the past we never had to wait over 15 minutes. This caused us to miss an activity we had planned on attending. Islands We loved Amber Cove. The sight seeing tour was worth every penny and more. We took this cruise because we wanted to visit Grand Turk. We have been to Nassau in the Bahamas at least 6 times and wanted see different islands. Well we were unable to dock and was rerouted of course to Nassau. I was heart broken It is a beautiful ship and well tended too. Someone was always cleaning something. That was a big deal with me. The workers on board were very friendly and went above and beyond their duty to help you with any needs you had. Entertainment The performers were the best of the best. I loved every minute of each show. The CRUISE DIRECTOR was the most wonderful guy I have ever met. DR. J was so funny and had you eating out of the palm of his hand. I hope by Thanksgiving next year , some things change for the better concerning issues with dining. But I want to return to the Carnival Magic ship for the 7 day cruise only if DR. J is still aboard in November of 2017. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
This was a great time and great memories!! Food was good, entertainment was good! Ship was clean, staff was friendly!! It did get crowded on at sea day but there was places to go that wasn't so crowded. We got up early every day and walked ... Read More
This was a great time and great memories!! Food was good, entertainment was good! Ship was clean, staff was friendly!! It did get crowded on at sea day but there was places to go that wasn't so crowded. We got up early every day and walked the ship when it was quite. Truly a great trip! This was my parents first trip and they loved it. Dinner was very good in the dining room. Lunch could get crowded on the lido deck but we would have a cocktail and wait the crowd out. On Nassau we did a Segway rides and it was awesome!! Worth every penny and so much fun, our guides were fantastic!!!! We got the cheers drink package and that was worth it as well, we saved money doing it that way. My parents and I would defiantly do Carnival again, it was great trip and we enjoyed it! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
There was a party of 11 of us.I choose this cruise because it would be a quick one for my grands before school started back. My grands are ages 15 - 8. Our first day I never met the room steward. I had to call for ice to use for my ... Read More
There was a party of 11 of us.I choose this cruise because it would be a quick one for my grands before school started back. My grands are ages 15 - 8. Our first day I never met the room steward. I had to call for ice to use for my insulin. He bought me a bucket with a hole in it and when we returned from dinner ice had melted and the floor was wet,the counter and the water had ran in one of the drawers and clothes got wet.He never came to do the room that night. Me and my granddaughter had to try and pull the beds down.He bought the complimentary bottles of water and didn't even bother to put the labels on them just layed them down on the table. Besides all of this they had a great time. The two girls went to Camp Carnival and they enjoyed it. Everyone enjoyed Dive in movies at night.Our wait team in the DR was excellent.The food was decent.We had an inside on the 10th floor upgrades had been made to that room.The Dr. Seuss breakfast was good.We enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because it was convenient and sailed out of Charleston. It only took about an hour to board and start our vacation. That was probably the smoothest embarkation we've ever had. The first thing that struck me was the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was convenient and sailed out of Charleston. It only took about an hour to board and start our vacation. That was probably the smoothest embarkation we've ever had. The first thing that struck me was the number of Children. My wife and I have children of our own and never thought it would be a good idea to cruise with kids. This definitely proved to be t the case. It almost seemed as though at some points, the children outnumbered the adults. The ship is older but still in good condition and our room was fine. We opted for a balcony ( which I would highly recommend ) and were very happy . This was out 4th Carnival cruise and it seems as though the cabin service has been lacking on the last two especially. Don't get me wrong, everyone was very friendly, but it just seemed as though it was very different from previous cruises. One thing we definitely noticed was the lack of bartenders and pool wait staff. We had the all inclusive drink package and again on our previous cruises, it seemed as though service was much faster and more attentive. it also seemed as though one it was known you had the drink package, the response was less than attentive. The entertainment was good, We love the comedy shows and Karaoke bar. But again, there were a great deal of kids in the Karaoke bar and seemed as though there was no parental supervision. The ports were ok, Nassau was much better than Free Port and I would not recommend even getting off the boat in Free Port. Overall of course we had a good time and love cruising, but we may have to consider another cruise line in the future to reduce the child factor. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We left from Port Canaveral on Thursday morning. We got to the Port about 10:15 a.m. and parked at the port. Parking was easy and literally at the ship. Perfect way to start a vacation. We had booked Faster to the Fun and there was no ... Read More
We left from Port Canaveral on Thursday morning. We got to the Port about 10:15 a.m. and parked at the port. Parking was easy and literally at the ship. Perfect way to start a vacation. We had booked Faster to the Fun and there was no line for us to check in when we got there. We waited about twenty minutes inside and then got called to board our ship. Faster to the Fun was a great option for us. We were one of the first on the ship, our rooms were ready when we got on the ship and our luggage was there just a few minutes after we walked in. Our room had a king size bed that was two twin beds that were pushed together. If there was too much movement on the bed they would start pulling apart but what can you expect. Our bathroom was small but one night when we were running late for dinner and two of us fit in there to shower and get ready at the same time. Plenty of closet space. I love that there was real t.v. on so we had something to put on when we went to sleep. Our housekeeping was perfect. Always on time and knew us by name. We really did appreciate the top rate service. Next up Lido deck for drinks and food. The bars were already busy and the lines were already long. We were only in our rooms long enough to drop of our carry on. The lido deck was not a fun place to be ever on that ship. It was packed full from the moment we arrived until the moment we got off the ship. Many people saving deck chairs. Most of the time probably 50% of the chairs were just being saved. The lines for the buffets were always long and it did take forever to get our lunch each day. Breakfast was not as bad but could be long too. Serenity deck was wonderful and I loved the bar and was usually able to find a chair there. I sat in the whirlpool with a drink and watched the Bahamas get closer and closer. Probably one of the best parts of my trip. Noel in the Casino bar was amazing. He knew us by name and would make anything we asked him to. The machines were all working from what I could tell and it was a good experience all around. Our Dinner staff was amazing and I wish I could request them for every cruise we go on. Special orders, drinks, Can I try this, they were always willing to go above and beyond the service we would have expected. The food was good and we were all able to find something we liked each night. I did order the lobster one night even though it was an extra twenty dollars. I feel like it should be included one night. I enjoyed the dancing and just fun vibe of the dining room. We went to the comedy club one night. I did not really find the comic funny but many did. We had to sit in the back of the club and the waitress would not even look at us when we tried to order a drink. I would have liked to have a drink to enjoy with my show but it's ok I could have walked to the casino and got one from Noel if I really needed one. Nassau was a nice little port. We visited the straw market to buy a few goodies to take home. Walked down to the beach by Fat Tuesdays and swam in the public beach that was not very crowded and was really beautiful. We ended up swimming with three manatees. Overall we had a wonderful three day vacation. Carnival Victory is an older ship but the staff works really hard to keep it clean. One thing I noticed was a lot of people on the ship to party. While we were all on vacation to have fun, the lady trying to pole dance in the casino was a little distasteful. There was a fight on the Serenity deck Where a man hit a woman and knocked her into the whirlpool. Then the woman's boyfriend/husband jumped in and the two guys went at it for a good 8-10 minutes before anyone showed up to stop them. I am hoping by choosing a longer cruise on a bigger ship there will be more people there to relax and less there to just party. But we did have a great time and I would do it again and again if given the chance. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2016
We leave near Charleston, so we chose this cruise because the port is so close. The ship is a bit dated but still nice. This was our first cruise so I was a bit shocked at how tiny the rooms are. It was tight even for just the 2 of us. ... Read More
We leave near Charleston, so we chose this cruise because the port is so close. The ship is a bit dated but still nice. This was our first cruise so I was a bit shocked at how tiny the rooms are. It was tight even for just the 2 of us. Boarding was a bit confusing once on the ship, but we stopped someone and they directed us where to go. Plenty to do aboard, many bars and shops. My biggest complaint was the food. I always heard cruise ship food was so good so this was a HUGE disappointment. The food looked beautiful, but was truly almost inedible. The eggs at breakfast were powdered, and we tried the buffet and the dining room and they even used powdered eggs for the omelets. I ended up eating a bagel for breakfast every morning. I'm not really that picky but this food was just awful. We had beautiful steaks for dinner and literally only ate a couple bites...they just tasted bad. It wasn't even that the food was bland...it was just bad tasting food, Im guessing just low quality? I would've been happier with canned Chef Boyardee Ravioli. We tried lots of different things and really didn't enjoy any of our food at all. I ended up eating bread mostly as it was the only thing that tasted pretty good. Even the desserts weren't very good. I'm not sure where they get the food from but man 5 days of bad food really put a damper on things. The pizza was even not very good. I had a Ruben and that is the only thing I think I had that I actually ate all of it. I will say the staff in the Lido dining room were great and we really enjoyed them singing and dancing. They really made it a special and fun experience. Also cruising to the Bahamas in February is not ideal..we booked a snorkeling excursion not realizing that the water would be absolutely freezing! We did do an ATV excursion in Freeport and that was the highlight of our cruise. Overall we had a good time. But our next cruise we are trying a different line in hopes the food will be better. This ship is an older one and the main pool is not very big. Lots of hot tubs in other areas of the ship though. The gym was decent. Treadmills,and weights, some free weights even. We also had somewhat rough seas and you could really feel it on this ship! Would not travel this particular ship again. Read Less
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