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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
For us we learned on this cruise that perhaps 8 days is a bit too long. The pros of this cruise and ship first. Pros: Well planned layout that allows for Forward and Aft movement without the need to go up or down a flight on a ... Read More
For us we learned on this cruise that perhaps 8 days is a bit too long. The pros of this cruise and ship first. Pros: Well planned layout that allows for Forward and Aft movement without the need to go up or down a flight on a particular deck - nice departure from other ships, hand washing / sanitizing stations outside of all food areas in addition to the hand sanitizers was awesome (now if only we can get everyone to freaking use them!), Steakhouse 555 was fantastic!, also loved the addition of the Bonsai sushi and other offerings, pour your own beer station is genius!, the in room flat screen tv's are nice and the additional electrical outlet behind the tv is helpful, the room 2297 was large and convenient to the elevators. This was out first Christmas cruise and I enjoyed the decorations, spirit and festive atmosphere of the Sunshine. Trivia was fun, Jackson Rayne was good, and the Comedians were funny, Miles more than Biggerstaff. Cons: the ship was filled with kids who by day 2 had developed friendships and a pack mentality that resulted in damage to the elevators, food plates left in the stairways, halls and elevators, teens entering the Serenity (adult only) areas and being loud and obnoxious to the point of movies not being heard, pool time cut short and an overall awful experience, I blame the parents first and foremost for giving these teens full reign to run around a secured ship, but the running up and down the halls and talking loudly at all times to include the middle of the night was abhorent, especially since I paid for my vacation and these brats were riding their parents dime, guest services was notified during the R rated showing of Kingsmen at mignight that some of us adults wanted to watch, they advised would send security. Security never came, the teens refused to leave the clamshells on the Serenity deck, continued to talk so loud that the movie could not be heard to the point we (adults) all left. The activities planned were fun, but their timing and locations were not well thought out. Selling Bingo cards during the middle of Harry Potter Trivia on an already packed to capacity Ocean 5 Plaza and asking paid customers to remove themselves from the seating at the alchemy bar when it was already standing room only in the middle of the activity in order for staff to sell bingo cards to a line of people that stretched from the Alchemy Bar to the Casino was ludicrous - either a popular trivia/activity on sea day should be held in the Liquid or Limelight Lounges or schedule one activity in a heavily populated area at a time, and have a contingency plan for the other activity if your original place is filled to capacity - not sure if this is the cruise director (Lee)'s fault or what but we ran into this off and on the whole cruise - standing room only for popular activities that were being hosted in areas clearly too small for the demand. I would like to see a heavier security presence throughout the ship and a faster response when needed. I believe a heavier security presence would deter out of control teens. Speaking of which, we witnessed several teens drinking alcohol on this ship. First time I've seen blatant drink consumption and provision by Carnival for teens. The food provided by The American Table is almost virtually the same across the fleet and for this cruiser, it is no longer enjoyed. This menu needs to be rotated and changed amongst the fleet as a whole and frequently. The buffet food is fine, although having a large variety of types of food on the buffet would be appreciated. e.g. one section Asian, Mexican, American comfort, etc. . . each day. Debarkation was a cluster due to the delay getting to port. For those who purchased FTTF being told to meet with our luggage at a particular time to a deck level that then required us to go one below to line up our luggage with the folks who had plane tickets was awful. FTTF should have been assembled either with Platinum and Diamond or separately elsewhere and never should have been asked to assemble in an area that resulted in further delay and upset having to carry luggage down stairs in order to line it up. In addition FTTF should never have been lumped with folks with flights, as FTTF paid extra for the privilege of debarking BEFORE others regardless of their flight plans. FTTF this trip was only a bonus for embarkation and was too over priced for just that. Not being able to dock in St. Kitts was disappointing, however understandable but the 7.10 credit was insulting. I paid to visit St Kitts on this trip and should have been credited an amount commiserate with being unable to do so, whether that means refunding the cost of an entire day or an amount close is acceptable, but a credit for less than a damn drink was really laughable. In addition, free drink coupons or dinner at an additional cost restaurant should be offered to guests when these inconveniences, delays etc happen. Overall our experience was good, but would have been better if there hadn't been so many little annoyances during the trip. Grand Turk, San Juan and Amber Cove were all lovely, just too short. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We had a small window of time in which this cruise fit perfectly. Our 18 and 20 year old (young adult) children accompanied us. Separate cabins 7 AFT 12/28/17-12/31/17. We live in Florida and cruise often. We have been on Carnival, ... Read More
We had a small window of time in which this cruise fit perfectly. Our 18 and 20 year old (young adult) children accompanied us. Separate cabins 7 AFT 12/28/17-12/31/17. We live in Florida and cruise often. We have been on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Norwegian. Also, Disney when the kids we younger and even 'The Big Red Boat'...This itinerary was only to Nassau as expected, but the weather was good and we know our way around and had a nice lunch and shopping. If you've never been a trip to the Atlantis is obligatory and enjoyable. We like the Chef's table for adventure in food; Carnival's baseline food quality great overall is heads and shoulders above others in similar and even higher classes of cruise lines. The accommodations are above adequate and the service is very good. We LOVE THE COMEDY!! 10 shows/3 nights... Jim Brick ROCKS! This is a starter ship for those that have never cruised or a quick trip for the that just want to getaway. A good value and a place to find fun and relaxation in a casual atmosphere. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise for the price and number of days to go to The Bahamas. Overall, the cruise was excellent! The service we received for all categories was top notch, the 2-tank dive excursion in Nassau was excellent, the food for the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the price and number of days to go to The Bahamas. Overall, the cruise was excellent! The service we received for all categories was top notch, the 2-tank dive excursion in Nassau was excellent, the food for the most part was great, and the atmosphere on the ship was great as well. Our room steward Camelo was top notch!! He even helped my tie my tie on formal night since I had forgotten how to do it! I only have 2 small complaints, and they are: 1. some areas of the ship tend to have a strong septic tank smell (which can be common on older cruise ships). 2. The drink package limits people to 15 drinks. As far as the second complaint, I can see where some people really need to have that limit when drinking liquor. However, for people who drink beer only, 15 drinks for an entire day really isn't that much. This is especially true if you take a nap in the middle of the day and basically reset yourself. The other cruise ships offer TRULY unlimited drink packages, so people like myself don't get caught up worrying if we are going to reach our limit towards the end of the night. I personally feel like Carnival needs to go the same route as the others in that category. As far as food goes, the highlights were Guy's Burger Joint, Pizza Pirate, Emile's on Lido deck, and Mongolian Wok (within Emile's). The main dining room was okay for formal night and had great service, but we like to have the convenience of grab-eat-and-go, like what you get at Guy's and Emile's. The pizza at the back of the ship was VERY good, and open 24 hours! Beware of lines after all of the other restaurants close though! We did not do the steakhouse option, but heard that the food and service is very good there. I would have liked to have tried the Blue Iguana, but we just never made it there to try the food. We purchased the Faster to the Fun package, so embarkation went very smooth. We also like having priority at the service desk like the Diamond and Platinum cruisers, which can tend to get very busy. It is very much worth it to purchase Faster to the Fun! We go to know some of the bartenders and would like to give a special shout out to Rustam, our favorite at the Versailles Pool Bar!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
6 day-Easter Caribbean Room 6363, 8A Balcony Overall Rating of The Cruise 4 out of 5 Embarkation: This is the second half of a B2B Cruise. After visiting TSA in baggage area, the escalators were reversed and 27 of us made our way ... Read More
6 day-Easter Caribbean Room 6363, 8A Balcony Overall Rating of The Cruise 4 out of 5 Embarkation: This is the second half of a B2B Cruise. After visiting TSA in baggage area, the escalators were reversed and 27 of us made our way back thru the tunnel and boarded the ship. In the atrium Carnival had a picture made with all of us and provided an open bar for about 15 minutes prior to the 1st new guests arriving. Our Daughter and Son-n-Law were among the 1st. Rate the entire process 4. of 5. Room 6363, 8A Balcony: Room ready and our stuff was moved for us by our new room steward Aris. We packed our bags in our old room, leaving the hanging clothes in the closet Aris made the move happen while we were down stairs doing the TSA stuff. This room is a “L” shaped room with a long balcony two chairs and one recliner. Did have one-night stand beside the bed and a refrigerator. I believe that Carnival Sunshine has the biggest showers of any ships in the fleet. This is the best 3A Stateroom ever had. Rate steward services 4.5 of 5 Dining Room: Sunset Lower 6:00 PM, table #149 Head Waiter Rolando, Team Waiter I Made and Assistant Team Waiter Rafalando . There was a roving Matri d’ named Julisa from Peru who made it to our table frequently. She confirmed we were satisfied with the same location as first half of our B2B. The overall waiter staff performed well no real complaints. Rate the service 4 of 5 Steak House: Mezzanine Deck 4, unique location when you compare it to most other Carnival ships. We selected the 2nd night to take advantage of the complementary or ½ price wine sale. At first our server had to go and confirm the benefit with his Manager. When he returned he tried to make us feel he was doing us a favor by allowing us to take advantage of the advertised discounted rate. If this had been our first time to the Steak House the outcome may have been different. I elaborated on this so others will be aware of the advertised benefit and insist on it. The overall meal was what we expected and interaction with the server was minimal. Food was good just can’t call it exceptional Rate this 3.5 of 5 Bonsai Sushi: Mezzanine Deck 4, across from thee steak house. We dropped in without making reservations and had to wait for about 10 minuets for a table. Waited at the steak house bar across the hall very convenient. DW and I had thee boat on a Ship and it was more that two should eve eat. Highly recommend to anyone. Rate 5 of 5 Entertainment: Lee the Cruise Director pulled a good one on this cruise and I really liked it. At the start of the sail away party we had a little competition with the Carnival Valor as it sailed away. “Fun” Didn’t visit the shows as much as we did on the 1st half f the B2B. Special mention goes out to the Alchemy bar on this ship. It is very close to what the original Alchemy bar stood for, special drinks concocted to meet your induvial taste. Great job Dejan the Alchemist. Ports of Call: NASSAU: Nassau is the first place I ever had Conch Salad and is has become a must every time we return. We debarked and walked down Bay street to the Tiki Bikini Hut, the beach was rather crowded so we set at the bar and enjoyed the open air environment while savoring some adult beverages. After that we continued our stroll down the beach toward Gone Fishing Beach Bar & Grill. Time for the Conch Salad and other delicacies, this is where the locals go. Now there are about 10 little food places and I can’t remember the names, blame it on the adult beverages. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and service, the waiter was kind enough to get us a cab for our return trip to the port. Recommend this little outing to anyone porting in Nassau. Rate this port 4.5 of 5 Amber Cove: This was second time to port in Amber Cove on the B2B. The Family decided to repeat our last week’s pool day. I enjoyed my book, the sun and the pool a little shopping. If you enjoy relaxing around the pool this is your kind of place. Rate 4.5 of 5 Grand Turk: This is always a great port. Debarked and shopped for my DW’s favorite lotion. DW was able to get some of the lotion she had ask for when were there last week. Out front to the taxi area and call our favorite driver Tony Fulford, he gave us a private tour of the island the second time so the kids could get the overview. We stopped in Cockburn Town and had a bear “ I-AIN GA-LIE” and the “Grilled fresh lobster” good stuff it a must do when in Cockburn Town. After the tour Tony dropped us off at Jacks Shack had to visit “Topher the Beach Dog and enjoy the beautiful beach. Love this island. Rate this port 5 of 5 Debarkation: Sad day after 14 days on the Carnival Sunshine. We waited in the Limelight Lounge until they came and got us. Quick walk off ship and bags were waiting. Son-in-law grabbed a porter who expedited us thru TSA and to our waiting AAA Transportation to Merritt island Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Chose this cruise due to cancellation of similar cruise to hurricane ravaged cruise to eastern Caribbean. Turned our to be a very comfortable and relaxing cruise. Took granddaughter along and was a joy being with her. She just couldn't ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to cancellation of similar cruise to hurricane ravaged cruise to eastern Caribbean. Turned our to be a very comfortable and relaxing cruise. Took granddaughter along and was a joy being with her. She just couldn't get used to having something to eat at most any time of day or night. Never seen her appetite so big. Smooth ride most of time and no long lines for dinner. Enjoyed this one tremendously. Grandaughter went on several excursions and enjoyed each one. Thanks to Carnival for the free steak dinner at the specialty restaurant. Food excellent as well as the atmosphere. Enjoyed the entire cruise , the service and the food were the best. Would go on the Glory again if have the opportunity to do so. Did not make any of the shows but heard they were great. Won jackpot on slot machine which made my trip quite enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We were in Orlando for a conference and thought to add a short cruise when it finished. We thought the entertainment on the ship was fantastic, with almost too many excellent options to choose from. We thought the ships decor was ... Read More
We were in Orlando for a conference and thought to add a short cruise when it finished. We thought the entertainment on the ship was fantastic, with almost too many excellent options to choose from. We thought the ships decor was vary dated and guessed it was build in the late 70s or early 80s. Surprised to find out it was launched in 2005 and refitted in 2011. The wear and tear on the ship from use is very evident. We noted that there seemed to be something broken frequently throughout the ship. We treated ourselves to the balcony room. We thought the room was very spacious and could easily accommodate 4 guests. The beds were twin converted to queen/king and a pull out sofa. The sofa is vinyl which made it somewhat uncomfortable, but easy to clean. We found the shower annoying as the curtain did not stay within the shower lip, so there was frequently water all over the floor. We primarily ate in the dining room for dinner. The food was okay, with some port of call special each night. Guy's Burger Bar was a great option. We did not try the BBQ restaurant. Please note that it was not allergy friendly (my husband found it difficult to easily locate gluten free selections). The only food option after 10PM is the pizza place with two staff working and crazy long lines or 1 ice cream machine that may or may not have spoons, dishes or cones. I cannot say enough good things abouts the number of entertainment options. We loved the Dive-In Movie and Punchliner Comedy Club. We had a late dinner seating and always missed the stage show. There never seemed to be sufficient wait staff working to keep tables cleared and service stations maintained. The staff were friendly and tried their best. We did not do an excursion and just walked around port in Nassau. Next time I will either stay on the ship or book an excursion. The ship provided a safety warning not to leave the port area. The shopping in this area are all store the can be found anywhere. The "local" handicrafts all seem to be mass produced in China. We did the snokelling excursion on Princess Cay which was very nice and we thought excellent value for money. We would definately do this cruise again as a cheap and easy holiday. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Let me say I have been on other Carnival ships over the years and also other cruise lines. Across the board this cruise ship would rate last of the eight ships I have been on. The theater shows were not varied - singers and dancers were ... Read More
Let me say I have been on other Carnival ships over the years and also other cruise lines. Across the board this cruise ship would rate last of the eight ships I have been on. The theater shows were not varied - singers and dancers were high school show choir quality. Comedy shows were repeated. The ship was not easy to navigate. You had to go down decks and then back up to get from one end of the ship to the other. Public spaces, like the atrium was not large enough to hold the events. The spotlight lounge was not large enough nor designed well to hold comedy shows. Food in the dining room tasted like bad buffet food. On elegant night, the prime rib could hardly be cut with a steak knife and had zero taste. All three of us were in agreement even though we had meats at different degrees of doneness. Discovered the buffet had better desserts and had to leave the dining room and go elsewhere for dessert. Disembarkation was poorly planned and poorly executed. Even though the ship was late returning to Port Canaveral, times distributed for areas to leave the ship were before the ships arrival. This caused a mass of cruisers on the gangway deck with limited cruise line personnel to keep any resemblance of order. Services of the cabin steward and the dining room wait staff were very good. I would consider Carnival Magic a baseline cruise. Sorry to say, in reflection, I would not take the Carnival Magic cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This was a birthday cruise with my sister. The ship was great and we had a good time. I had been on the Magic before and really liked the ship. The Cruise Director was excellent probably the best of all of the cruises I have done. he was ... Read More
This was a birthday cruise with my sister. The ship was great and we had a good time. I had been on the Magic before and really liked the ship. The Cruise Director was excellent probably the best of all of the cruises I have done. he was able to entertain and work with all ages. The entertainment was great. Show every night and the comedian was very funny. Loved the piano bar, Brandon was excellent. We appreciated the Chanukah Celebration it was the first time we had that on a cruise. Really liked the Mayan Cultural tour. Our tour guide Ulysses was excellent and very knowledgeable. The main downside of the cruise was the weather. Only 2 sunny days the rest were cloudy and cold. We had not cruised in December before may not again if the weather is going to be cold. Also some people had trouble getting to the ship due to snow and bad weather. All together a great time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We cruised the Magic on a back to back, 2, 7 days cruises cruise starting 12/9! The first week we went west,(Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mohagony Bay, and Belize)! The second week, east(Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Nassau, and Freeport)! ... Read More
We cruised the Magic on a back to back, 2, 7 days cruises cruise starting 12/9! The first week we went west,(Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mohagony Bay, and Belize)! The second week, east(Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Nassau, and Freeport)! The first week was cold, rainy, and unfortunately the Magic doesn't come equipped with a sliding roof which I thought I'd never want until this cruise! The second week weather improved, but we caught colds from the poor weather on week 1, so we mostly stayed on the ship away from others, a lot of room service, eating at times when others weren't around, and by the 4th day we felt a lot better! The ship, the entertainment, the food was great, especially the steak house, what a GREAT STEAK, mine was a NY Sirloin=great, my wife got the 5th something wagu(?) which wasn't so good, dry, stick with the NY Sirloin! This was our 3rd cruise on the Magic in the last 6 months, so we are quite knowledgeable of what we like, and not so much! The Steak House, and Cuchino Del Capitano Rest. are great dinner choices if you don't mind paying extra! At lunch the Cuchino is free with pasta dishes you choose. The buffet and dining room once again served good food with very good service! Guys burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Guys BBQ on sea days, were all very good, hard to think anyone could disagree! We cruised the 2 weeks, and they were totally different,,,, The crowds the first week was much older then the second week! Guess schools were out by Dec 16! We chose a spa balcony the first week, and a interior with a window in front of the ship the second week. As I stated earlier, the first week's weather was cold and rainy, the second week's weather was warmer and sunnier! The first week twice we had to change course for medical emergencies, the first one we returned to port after 1 1/2 hours to let someone off with medical problems, then we had to alter course on our way back to Port Canaveral on day 6 to let some people off in Key West for medical problems! Hopefully all are well! The second week went as planned, except for some loud bangs and tremors on the first day out of port coming from the front of the ship! Others on our deck stated it was just the waves(NAH, they don't cause the decks and walls to move, and the weather wasn't that bad) later a crew member told us it was likely the anchor hitting against the side of the ship(?, don't think so) We went to guest services to complain/let them know something wasn't right, never found out what was wrong, but the noise/banging/deck tremors disappeared the rest of the cruise!-)) With all the good/great we experienced, there were a few minor problems,,,, We got to see 2 disembarkations, and gotta say, Carnival needs to do a better job of policing the cruisers who refuse to follow instructions/times! It took several hours to get to the first call of a deck for those who had their luggage taken the day before, all because half the ship showed up to leave well before they were called, causing the long lines! If you show up early, Carnival should be there to show you the stairs, and tell you SEE YA LATER! Getting on the ship was great, very organized, totally different from leaving! Carnival's handling of Back to Back guests was great, far better then the other cruise lines we've done them on! We were brought to a restaurant near the Deck 3 exit, there was a Continental mini buffet set up with breads, pastries, muffins, coffee, tea, and juices! When the ship was empty, we were given our new room cards, then they walked us all down together to meet customs for a quick security check, then we all went back on the ship to be met with mimosas and free pictures of the Back to Back group! The pics showed up in our cabin a couple days later! Dr E the cruise director once again showed during the 2 weeks he is one of the best, gotta think 25% of the cruisers pick the Magic cause he's there! Always entertaining, always funny! Another minor improvement we'd like to see changed on the Magic, they are slow to open the showroom, whether its for the safety briefing, or for a show, and it causes very long lines out into the atrium, and it seems so unnecessary! OPEN THE DOORS EARLIER!-)) Next for us is a Back to Back on the Carnival Conquest in January, hope its similar to our 3 trips on the Magic! Read Less
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