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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Belize City
  • Day 5
    Roatan
  • Day 6
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Miami

Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic - Carnival Cruise Line

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

Sail Date: November 2018
The room stewards were great, our room was immaculate and always ready. The bars were fun, especially our favorite, The Alchemy, the bands were good , the comedians fun. The spa was one of the best I have been to on a cruise, but The ... Read More
The room stewards were great, our room was immaculate and always ready. The bars were fun, especially our favorite, The Alchemy, the bands were good , the comedians fun. The spa was one of the best I have been to on a cruise, but The food was just so ordinary, even in the specialty Italian place. The dining room was awful. The food was cold, poorly cooked, never as ordered and the staff for the most part were more interested in selling you a drink then they were in delivering your food. The filet mignon was one of the worst meals I have ever had on a ship. This resulted in the buffet being over crowded and not open long enough at night. We also noted that there is an awful lot of dirt and rust on the decks that we have never seen before. I have been cruising with Carnival since 1983 and was sad to see the ships being neglected so much. Not sure if they have cut down on crew, or just changed their maintenance schedule but the boat certainly didn’t shine. Read Less
Sail Date: November 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
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Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed on the Carnival Vista in October 2017 after not sailing with Carnival for years and were so impressed with the Vista we decided to sail with Carnival again. Part of this decision was based on the itinerary as well as a pretty ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Vista in October 2017 after not sailing with Carnival for years and were so impressed with the Vista we decided to sail with Carnival again. Part of this decision was based on the itinerary as well as a pretty competitive price. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise but we probably won't be sailing with Carnival again for a while especially during a holiday week. The exception to this would possibly be sailing in the Havana area of one of the Vista class ships but Carnival is really increasing the prices for those cabins since we sailed in one. More on that at the end of this review. Being that this was a cruise over Thanksgiving week we expected the embarkation process to be difficult but it was incredible. We were scheduled to board the ship between 1:00-1:30, arrived at the ship about 12:45 or so and we onboard by 1:00. Our room wasn't ready until about 2:00 but still a very impressive embarkation process. The ship was in overall pretty good condition but did show it's age in places. The decor was a bit odd at first but we got used to those funky eyeball things in the atrium. I personally liked a lot of the whimsical artwork in the stairways. The crew was constantly cleaning the ship and although I heard people complaining about the condition of the ship I thought overall it was pretty good. There were odd things about the layout of the ship though. It seemed you couldn't get anywhere without passing thru the casino which had a terrible smell of cigarette smoke. The adults only serenity area is located right next to Waterworks and is not very serene (even my 23 year old daughter thought that was odd). The entertainment was about average with the main shows being a little weak IMO. The comedians were all pretty good although one of them was simply insulting people for his comedy and just left everyone not really finding him funny. It was easy to find a seat in all venues and sight lines good regardless of where seated. The food on the ship was excellent in the main dining room but the buffet was probably the worst on any ship I've sailed on with the first two days being almost inedible. An odd thing is that the only drink available in the buffet other than water was iced tea or lemonade and both were terrible. Actually both were usually empty and would just trickle into your glass and it seemed they never were refilled. The itinerary for this cruise was really quite good and we enjoyed all of the ports. The weather could not have been any better and the ports made this a great trip for us. Amber Cove - We booked a poolside Cabana which was quite nice. Situated right by the pool as advertised, had decent AC, WI-FI (not the strongest but worked), some water toys, Hammock, our own bartender and unlimited access to the zip-line which we all did multiple times. Ended up being a good pool day. St. Thomas - Beautiful island with awesome beaches and scenery. We rented a 4 door jeep from Seashell Rentals which allowed us to tour more of the island. We ended up seeing most of the island and spent time on both Sapphire Beach and Magen's Bay Beach. We all enjoyed Sapphire much more than Magen's Bay although Magen's Bay really is a beautiful area, it was just to crowded for us although probably much better for kids. San Juan - We took a tour that we booked at the port for $25pp which turned out to be a great deal Robert was an awesome tour guide and took us to quite a few spots before dropping us off in Old San Juan. As a history buff I will have to return here with more time to explore. Grand Turk - Beautiful beach with crystal clear water. We ended up at Jack's Shack which was a pretty easy walk down the beach and we all loved this port. Jack's had good food, great drinks, good service and I even got to meet Jack as a bonus. One thing of note is that we saw sea turtles from the port side of the ship as we were getting to ready to dock. It appeared the boat was chopping up the surf and the turtles were head to deeper and calmer water...pretty cool to see! Before going into why we probably won't be sailing with Carnival for a while I would like to add that all of the crew members we met were fantastic (with the exception of the bartender at the Alchemy Bar who was an arrogant jerk). Our room Steward Jerry was a great guy and as usual worked really hard. Tommy and I Made were two waiters we met in the main dining room (anytime dining) and they were both exceptional and wow does Tommy have some dance moves!! Now for the not so good stuff.... Maybe it was just because it was Thanksgiving week but wow did this ship seem to draw some rude and entitled passengers. I couldn't believe how many of these people treated the crew and at times each other. I can't count how many times I saw other passengers drop food on the floor, ice cream, drinks, etc in the hallways, stairways and then just leave it there. At times it seemed like we were living in one those people of Walmart web pages. It also seemed like this ship had zero rules enforced at all. Everything from passengers just pushing and shoving their way out at every port resulting in huge crowds trying to get out with these same rude passengers yelling, complaining, pushing, etc. People in the dining rooms with swimwear, flip flops, baseball caps, one guy without a shirt on, etc. Then there was the buffet which is where most of the entitled people tended to hang out... once again people in the buffet in swimsuits with no shirt, barefoot, eating their food while in line and then using the utensils to scoop up more food,etc. There was also a fairly strong cigarette smoke odor on this ship and all of us noticed it right from the moment we boarded the ship with my 15 year old asking why the ship smells like smoke. The casino had a terrible cigarette smell but that's kind of to be expected but it was immediately obvious in other areas as well. The people in the adjoining balcony smoked on their balcony every night which made our balcony almost unusable at times, especially being that me wife has allergies and is very sensitive to cigarette smoke. There was also an odor of marijuana in many areas of the ship which makes you wonder how anyone could get it on board. It just kind of seemed like the crew had been instructed to simply let people do whatever they please without enforcing any rules. Another odd thing is that it seemed like the Cruise Director Malcom was almost invisible which may have contributed to the lack of rules. I didn't even know who he was until the second to last day of the cruise. Just very strange but this was his last sailing on the Magic before being moved to another ship so maybe things will improve... maybe skip whichever ship he is moving to. Then there was the final straw...debarkation. This was the worst debarkation I have ever seen and it was almost beyond belief. I was told by a crew member that Malcom tried implementing a new method for this cruise but I'm not sure if that was true. If so it was an epic failure! The process was so low and unorganized that at one point they announced they had closed the gangway due to passengers rushing the door (where was Malcom?) and by 11:00 they were only up to zone 10 (out of 31) for debarkation. Nothing was open as far as restaurants, eateries, etc as they all had closed at 8:30am and everybody was out of the cabins so there were people laying on the floor like an airport with all flights cancelled. Then at 11:30-11:45 they announced that all remaining zones could leave the ship so there was another mad rush for the gangway. Of course nobody's luggage was in the correct area so the yelling and screaming just continued into the baggage claim area where everything was just complete chaos. This was pretty much the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a very long time and was where I decided never again. I guess I should consider myself fortunate that we weren't one of the Diamond members or those that had paid for FTTF for the next cruise as we still had at least 1000+ passengers on board at 11:30 when they were supposed to be board. Ok, overall we had a good time and this was a good trip and I don't like to complain. That said, I have been on Carnival, NCL, Princess & RCCL and Carnival seems to be offering a much different product than the others. To be honest Carnival seems to be offering a much different product than they did in the past as well and with so many other options at least close to the same price point it may be a while before we return to Carnival, Read Less
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