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Carnival Magic

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,211 reviews
Why Choose Carnival Magic?

Pros

The best of Carnival's Fun Ship amenities, always served with a smile

Cons

Lines can be long; surprisingly few free dinner options

Bottom Line

With activities for all ages, Carnival Magic is perfect for multigenerational cruising


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We booked this cruise, our 5th last minute, only 3 weeks from departure. I was worried about the cabins left but as it turned out, we loved it. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 which was aft and close to the elevator. It was central to all ... Read More
We booked this cruise, our 5th last minute, only 3 weeks from departure. I was worried about the cabins left but as it turned out, we loved it. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 which was aft and close to the elevator. It was central to all our favorite places! Embarkation wasn't fun as it was outside in Cape Canaveral. This was my first time waiting in a line outside the terminal. However, once we did get moving we were on the ship by 11:00 without FTTF. As always, we loved Guys, Mongolian Wok and Blue Iguana. We did utilize the Lido buffet twice for the omelet station and remarkably, the wait wasn't too bad. We did run out of strawberry yogurt day 6 and that was upsetting. OH, but the cake station during lunchtime is phenomenal! We had your time dining and never had to wait. We would arrive around 6:00 or so each night. The food was wonderful and the service was great. We both celebrated our birthdays onboard so it was special. We only booked one excursion and that was at St Thomas. Megan's Bay was nothing short of amazing. The sand, the water, the view. Amazing. There was a beach at the port at Grand Turk that was free and the people working it were helpful. There was some seaweed there so that's ick but the water was clear. Amber Cove also had a beautiful shopping area and pool right at the port that was free. San Juan was a lovely, historical city with plenty to see within walking distance of the port. We never felt scared or hassled at any of these ports. The shows were good and with the exception of one of the comedians, Just Jane or something, the comedy shows were great. The piano bar was hopping every night and the night club was as well. We enjoyed the crowded pools and the lukewarm hot tubs when we could....there were still lots of kids, even though it was late August. Debarkation was easy with self assist. We were out of there by 7:30. It was a fantastic trip and we can't wait for the Vista next year. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my first cruise. Booked it for my son's 13th birthday. My son loved it but I am sure he did not have many expectations, as I did. I was not that impressed with the ship, to me it seemed dated. The food was nothing to talk about ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Booked it for my son's 13th birthday. My son loved it but I am sure he did not have many expectations, as I did. I was not that impressed with the ship, to me it seemed dated. The food was nothing to talk about either. But the food was not why I was there, it was for the experience and the places we went to. My husband and I are earlier risers and were up every morning by 5 and watched the sun rise while we drank not so great coffee. Only milk and half & half are offered as cream for your coffee. We were able to get breakfast pretty fast and easily as we were already up. Breakfast started being served at 7:30 which kind of sucked but I understand staff need to sleep too! I always did the make your own omelet which was pretty good and so was the French toast! Lunch options were ok at best. Can not say that there was anything in particular that stood out. Although the all you can eat strawberry frozen yogurt was pretty good, it was only available every other day. Vanilla and chocolate was available every day. Guys Burger place (lido deck) for lunch was disappointing and so was his BBQ place (deck 5 and we found by accident exploring the ship and only open on sea days). I feel like my husband and my homemade burgers and BBQ is WAY better! Waiting time for lunch was not bad, but we were smart and as soon as we got back on the ship from ports we went and grabbed something while most people were still off the ship. We did the captains dinner twice and it was not that great either. Only thing that stood out to me was the Crème Brule! Dinner buffet was ok as well. The salmon was pretty good when they had it. The pizza place at the back of the ship was good but the wait in line was ridiculous. At best there was only 3 people working there, even though it is a small place they need more than 3 people because the demand was so high. There was plenty of desserts. There was an apple crisp thing and a fudge brownie thing that were both delicious but both were available one time! I did enjoy our room. We were on the lowest level with a window. Wish there was some way for the outside of the window to actual be cleaner. Maybe have some one squeegee them while at ports?? We had 2 bathrooms in our room which was awesome! One was a full bath and the other had shower and sink but it worked perfectly!! Our room steward was Krisna. He was friendly and great! We talked with him often. Our ports were Dominican Republic, Saint Thomas, Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos. My son and I were not fans out Dominican Republic. I am sure that was in part because we did not do an excursion there. My husband, son and I took a cab through town and ended going through bad parts. We did go to their rum factory and chocolate factory. That was both fun. Saint Thomas was great. We took a cap to Coki Beach and went snorkeling. The local place right on the beach where we rented our snorkeling gear at was pretty great, $5 a piece to rent and gave you dog biscuits to feed the fish. We also had some Conch fritters while at the beach. Very delicious. It was a beautiful view from the ship during the day and at night! Cab ride was kind pricey though. Puerto Rico was beautiful as well. We walked the town and had some local food there. Turks and Caicos is where it's at! We did the Ultimate Snorkeling Excursion and it was AMAZING! Our guides for snorkeling Jonathan, Lazarus and CJ were great. We got to swim with a shark and a barracuda! Despite the disappointing food, we had a great time and great experiences. Will definitely will be going on another! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We choose this ship mainly for the ports of call and knew it wasn't a new ship BUT this ship was just plain awful. This was our 3rd cruise (6 sailed total) with carnival and will be our last! For my review below, I would have stopped at ... Read More
We choose this ship mainly for the ports of call and knew it wasn't a new ship BUT this ship was just plain awful. This was our 3rd cruise (6 sailed total) with carnival and will be our last! For my review below, I would have stopped at customer service to discuss with them but every time I stopped the line was ridiculous, so I did not get a chance. Ship-Overall completely outdated smells of stale cigarette smoke everywhere. Cabin-we stayed on the 2nd floor, basic inside cabin. Whole floor smelled like mold/mildew, the smell permeated into the room. Washed all of my clothes when I got back because the smell stuck to my clothes. The a/c unit barely worked and the bed was extremely uncomfortable. We did, however, have a fantastic housekeeper! Dining/Food-we requested the anytime dining and did not get it and was given the 815 dining, so we never went to the formal dining room. The cafeteria, get ready to wait 20-30 mins in line every day for awful food, just horrible. The best food on the ship is in the cucina del capitano (italian restaurant) $15 a person and you get an app, main course, and dessert. I purchased the soda package, what a joke! They serve flat soda because they cannot give you the can of soda, they open all the cans and let them sit in the sun then pour for the next person. If you ask for the can of soda, they make a big deal about it and say they have to open it. You cannot take it to your room. Why? I just don't get it! Entertainment-Casino is fun, but couldn't take the smoke & that smoke smell is everywhere on the ship. Clubs and comedy shows were ok. Went to the lip sync battle show which was fun. I didn't attend any of the major shows because I don't really care to do so. Shore excursion options were good, but book early, many sold out. Download the carnival hub app, best way to keep up with what is going on. They also offer $5 texting via the app, best deal on the ship! Definitely helps when keeping up with friends/family members. Ports/Excursions-We did the power snorkeling in Grand Turk, awesome time! Highly recommend!! Service-Overall was good, I have no major complaints. Our housekeeper was awesome and was very accommodating! Like, I said this was our 3rd Carnival cruise and will be our last. If you are considering carnival, get on a new ship, maybe it will be better!! Read Less
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