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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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Carnival Magic

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,222 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

Sail Date: September 2018
I am a solo cruiser now.Really hard to pay double sometimes.Had an interior spa cabin.Carnival is usually my last choice.The timing was right for this one.I am Platinum, so got on quickly. It seems Carnival has the longest lines for ... Read More
I am a solo cruiser now.Really hard to pay double sometimes.Had an interior spa cabin.Carnival is usually my last choice.The timing was right for this one.I am Platinum, so got on quickly. It seems Carnival has the longest lines for everything.I am not sure why.On other ships it's more organized.Hundreds of people at the buffets etc...That's why I like staying aboard on port days.At least the gym is never packed.Carnival can give Vegas a run for it's money.Meaning all the overweight people and smokers.The higher the cruiseline, the better in shape. There is always something to do on Carnival.They have the best activities.I find the staff friendly, but apathetic. Tried breakfast in the dining room twice.Left both times, because the line was too long.I do admit I have Zero patience though.The spa has been very relaxing.Have used the heated chairs the most.The only sauna is in the men's locker area.It is same sex, so don't need a suit.Not that it matters.Hardly anyone ever in there.I wish Carnival would do more for single cruisers.At least Royal gives double points. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Our friend was in slot tourney. Steak house was amazing, extra $ for going there. Italian restaurant was ok for little money. Casino was always packed, which was expected. Ashtrays in casino are gold, and hard to find.....slow on ... Read More
Our friend was in slot tourney. Steak house was amazing, extra $ for going there. Italian restaurant was ok for little money. Casino was always packed, which was expected. Ashtrays in casino are gold, and hard to find.....slow on wait staff.....only 1 learned my name, and I tip for every drink. Clean ship, great room steward! I got my ship on a stick/thingie on a dingie/vessel on a tressel, to add to my fleet at home. Over all great cruise. The area where they do trivia is between casino and coffee bar. Smoke lingers, the blenders from both areas make it very noisy and hard to hear. There is no longer a cigar bar or sports bar. Sports "bar" is at bar in casino, makes it very crowded above the casino crowd. The photographers were not friendly, or helpful. We decided not to do any photos. I tried to donfacoal recognition to find the military group photo, never did find it, because it wouldn't recognize me. I would not do this ship again, unless I was in a tournament, but I will continue to cruise with Carnival! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I'll try to keep this short and sweet for you TL;DR folks. Day One: Embarkation did not go without a hitch. Carnival did not print "Priority" on our boarding papers (my wife and I are presently Platinum), so we were sent to ... Read More
I'll try to keep this short and sweet for you TL;DR folks. Day One: Embarkation did not go without a hitch. Carnival did not print "Priority" on our boarding papers (my wife and I are presently Platinum), so we were sent to the regular line. After talking to a customer service rep we got that little Snafu fixed. After that boarding was a breeze. Cabins were still not available when we boarded so up to Lido was the plan for a possible snack. All of Lido was busy as you'd expect. Muster drill was as expected, at least they don't show that terrible video that both RC and Celebrity use. At dinner we had Yves and if you get her as your waitress, you're in for a treat. She's very friendly and efficient. Too bad we didn't get seated in her section for the rest of the cruise, but saw her daily at breakfast. Day Two: Day at Sea. Just took it easy, rode the water-slide and hung out in their splash-zone with our cousins and their kids. Day Three: Costa Maya, we rode ATVs and my wife hit a tree. Not just glanced a tree, but hit it head on. She's fine, but she did knock a crown loose. Luckily her cousin had some super glue available which is holding nicely until she can see her dentist. Plus we got to see a guy walking down the road wielding a machete. I really hope he was simply on his way to/from work. Day Four: Mahogony Bay, Honduras. A nice stop, we did the Horseback and Beach excursion. My horse, Chanel (but she calls herself Diabla Meurta) was a well trained girl who really likes to stomp in the ocean. I learned a fun fact, horses like bananas including the peels. Day Five: Belize. Belize concerns me and our family, so none of our party got off the boat. Plus it was a tendering stop which adds all kinds of complexity to getting ashore. Day Six: Cozumel. No excursions, but just walking around and shopping. I had a pretty good Mango Daiquiri from Fat-Tuesday. Day Seven: Day at Sea. More relaxing. Day Eight: Debarkation went smoothly, however customs went rather slowly. BTW, MCO (Orlando's Airport) has some of the slowest security I've ever encountered. It took nearly an hour to get though even with all lanes manned and open. Side Notes: *Imade was our Cabin Steward, excellent service. He supports 36 cabins which in itself is a full time job. *Both Yves and Thomas are excellent in the main dining room. *Guy's Burgers, you can't go wrong. Line on Day One was wrapped around the corner, lunch on Day Seven was walk-up and order. No wait. *Pizza place Lido/Aft always good. *Swirls (soft serve) was open every time I walked by. *Bar service, my wife got an insanely strong Long Island Iced Tea. I think I'm still feeling its affects. *Shopping, typical cruise stuff. *Casino, I live in Vegas so the casino was nothing special to see. They were constantly busy though. This was Magic's last cruise out of Port Canaveral, she moved to Miami after our trip. Read Less
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