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8 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

8 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 3
    Grand Turk
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Aruba
  • Day 6
    Curacao
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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: 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 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
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