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8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

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

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    St. Maarten
  • Day 5
    St. Kitts
  • Day 6
    San Juan
  • Day 7
    Grand Turk
  • 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
This was our 3rd cruise, all on Carnival. Our first cruise was on the Breeze in 2015 and we liked the layout of the Breeze, and the Cove balcony room. That was one reason for choosing the Magic. This was our first time in the Western ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise, all on Carnival. Our first cruise was on the Breeze in 2015 and we liked the layout of the Breeze, and the Cove balcony room. That was one reason for choosing the Magic. This was our first time in the Western Caribbean. We flew to Miami on Saturday, March 2nd. We rented a car from Budget and had made a prepaid reservation. I cannot recommend Budget. Once we arrived at the rental office, at the airport, we had to wait in line for over and hour and 20 minutes before getting up to the counter. During the time waiting, my wife watched the other rental company counters and the average time to wait in line, get help, and be headed to the garage to pickup your car was just over 15 minutes. After we got our paperwork we headed to the car and went to leave the garage. Were sent back by security because the clerk at the counter wrote, and verbally told us, the wrong car we were assigned. Had to go back, park the car and then get the correct car. By the time we left the rental garage it took 2 hours. When we went to the cruise only passenger Budget office downtown on Sunday, we again had to wait about 40 minutes to turn I the car. Then the Budget shuttle to the cruise port was another over 1 hour wait in line since the shuttle held only about 12 people/luggage and there were almost 45 people in line. We took a cab to the port instead to arrive at our assigned boarding time. Embarkation was smooth. We were on the ship in about 20 minutes. We liked the Magic. Lots of variety in places to eat. Overall the food was good. The ship was reported to be sold out for our cruise but it really did not feel that way. A few times my wife commented she didn't think the ship was full. We had a cove balcony state room. We like the cove balcony. It's on deck 2 so you are close to the water. The balcony is slightly larger (10 square feet) but is very private. And you don't hear any noise other than the sound of the water. Our room steward was Maynor. He did a nice job, was friendly and kept the room in good order. Room was clean when we arrived and kept that way all week. No noise at night so good sleeping. Room temperature was good. We had assigned time dining in the Northern Lights Dining Room, 6pm. Our waiters were Archie, Sonny and Henry. After the first night we were always addressed by our first names. How they remember I don't know. They were friendly and did an excellent job. We had dinner in the dining room every night and enjoyed it. Went to the comedy club a few nights. Entertainers were good. Went to the main theater a couple nights. Really enjoy the marriage game night. The other shows were okay. Not great, but entertaining. One thing I would like to see is more opportunities to dance, especially ballroom dancing. Only one night did we find music being played we could actually dance to. Not that the music was bad, it just wasn't dance music. Ports of call were Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. Being our first time in the Western Caribbean, all the ports were new to us. We took a island tour in Grand Cayman. Enjoyable. in Roatan we rented a cab and driver for the day. $40 per person and there were 4 of us. We had the cab for the day, go where we wanted, stop where we wanted and stay as long as we liked. The only problem was our driver was suppose to be English speaking, but he had a very limited English vocabulary. So trying to get questions about the island and life there was difficult. But we did enjoy the day and were back to the ship well before we needed to be. In Belize we did a Carnival excursion to the Lamani Mayan Ruins and Riverboat adventure. I would highly recommend this excursion. Well worth the money. The bus ride to the boat location was nice as it gave us a chance to see the countryside. The boat trip to the ruins was enjoyable. The ruins tour was very interesting. Very good guides with lots of knowledge about the ruins and the history of the Mayan people. In Cozumel we took a taxi downtown and did some shopping. Enjoyed the day and no rushing since we simply did some walking and shopping. Debarkation was quick. We had an afternoon flight out of Miami so had plenty of time to eat breakfast on the ship before walking off. Took a little longer to exit as customs was a little slow, but not bad. One note, on debarkation day my brother went down to the lower deck to pickup the couple bottles of alcohol we purchased at Grand Cayman. He had to wait in line for over 45 minutes to get the alcohol. He said people who had early flights were very upset and almost yelling at others. I wasn't down there to experience it, only what my brother told me but he said it was not a pleasant experience. Carnival used to deliver your alcohol to your room the night before you arrived back at home port. You could then pack it into your luggage. I wish they still did that. Overall the cruise was pleasant. Ship was nice, staff was friendly and polite, food was good and the weather was great. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Relatives wanted to go Carnival. Guy Fieri burgers were EXCELLENT!!!!!! Dining room food and service, breakfast and dinner was excellent!!! The comedy saved us. Kathleen Dunbar had us roaring our guts out, with her PG and Xrated ... Read More
Relatives wanted to go Carnival. Guy Fieri burgers were EXCELLENT!!!!!! Dining room food and service, breakfast and dinner was excellent!!! The comedy saved us. Kathleen Dunbar had us roaring our guts out, with her PG and Xrated shows. Motown dance trivia was excellent. Strangers shouted out the answers to people who needed help identifying the songs and we all got in our old grooves and moves. Embarkation was very quick and smooth. The pools were so tiny - we are not Olympic swimmers but none of us [out of 10] went in the pools except me for 5 minutes, in the whole week. Our complaints were the entertainment was disappointing. The entertainers could dance very good and they put in a lot of effort; but the singing was strained at times, music was unknown/poor. Their director should start over. It even caused fights in our group - nothing else to do so people stayed...but others wanted to leave. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise because I usually get out of the cold northeast in Feb.,once football season has ended.Embarkation was smooth.Debarkation &embarkation for the 2nd leg of my b2b was horrible.B2b patrons are supposed to be the last ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I usually get out of the cold northeast in Feb.,once football season has ended.Embarkation was smooth.Debarkation &embarkation for the 2nd leg of my b2b was horrible.B2b patrons are supposed to be the last ones off the ship&1st ones on for the 2nd half.Half the b2b patrons were on the gangway while the other half were still on the ship because the ship was not properly secured to the dock.Once we all finally got off & had cleared customs priorty patrons were already boarding ahead of b2b patrons.UNACCEPTABLE! I have been on CCL many times&have diamond status so I am familiar with most of the ships.Overall the ship &my interior cabin were fine,although the Magic does not have a separate sports bar.Dining was average at best, it seems like every CCl cruise I take they seem to be lowering the quality of the food.Deserts on lido deck looked appealing but the frosting had very little taste&why have they eliminated key lime pie?Entertainment was very good,the band in the plaza lounge was excellent,as was the piano player in the piano bar.Service was vetry good,with the exception being on the morning buffets on sea days or late debarkation for ports,they were understaffed.Many times it was difficult to find a Clean table while other times there was a sortage of utensils,coffee cups or coffee it self. I had been to all the ports before so I did not get off at any.As usual the strongest asset of CCl is friendliness of the staff,room stewards ,bartenders&dining staff were excellent. Read Less
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