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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

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Let me start this off by saying that we love cruising. This was our 3rd Carnival Cruise. Previously we have been on the Pride and the Conquest and we enjoyed both and decided to once again cruise with Carnival aboard the Magic. From ... Read More
Let me start this off by saying that we love cruising. This was our 3rd Carnival Cruise. Previously we have been on the Pride and the Conquest and we enjoyed both and decided to once again cruise with Carnival aboard the Magic. From beginning to end.. something was just.. off. The day of our sailing, the ship was moving from Port Miami to Port Everglades. With that being said, we pre-checked in at the airport and they said that since we cannot get onto the ship until "late in the afternoon", they would bus us to a mall and we would meet back at the drop off location and be shuttled to the terminal. There was mass confusion at the airport and the carnival staff was being so mean to one another - it was a huge disorganized mess. We FINALLY get on a bus and the bus drive has no clue where he is going or where to drop us off. What was supposed to be a 20 minute bus rider turned into 1 hour of us driving in literal circles. We finally get to the mall and had 3 hours to shop and time to meet back at the location to get back on the bus... more mass confusion. People everywhere. Police directing us, some carnival staff telling us to wait - while some staff is telling us to get on the bus. Passengers running in front of us to get on the bus. It was just mass chaos and extremely hot outside to be out there waiting. When we finally get to the terminal, it was more confusion because some people had an arrival appointment and some did not. People were RUNNING through the lines to get up the escalator to get on board. I could not believe what I was seeing. No sense of organization at all and passengers acting like children. Since embarkation was a total mess it started our cruise off on a bad note. But we were determined to still have a good time - and we did. Our cabin was small but nice enough. The cabin stewards were so kind to us and always had us laughing. The food options were awesome! We loved all the food we ordered! One thing though - although the service in the dining room was great - my appetizers were wrong on multiple occasions. I know that these things happen and I did not mind the mix up. Everyone on the staff was amazing and made the ship truly feel like home. One thing that we did not like about this ship is that it seems like there are too many people. If you did not make plans to get a lounger by the pool early.. you were not getting a chair. Lots of people were saving their seats with towels and we actually saw the rules about not saving seats being enforced which was nice because I feel like it usually isn't. Along with the chairs, if you did not plan to have your breakfast/lunch at an earlier time.. you were going to be waiting in long lines. Everything we did had to be planned around the crowds and lines. If you weren't at a comedy show 45 minutes early.. you weren't getting a seat. We bought the Cheers! drink package and at the pool .. we waited SO long for drinks that we just ended up getting up and waiting at the bar almost every time. I know this seems so "first world problem" but when you're on a cruise and in your chair comfortable.. the last thing I want to do is get up and wait. We never had that issue on any other cruise we went on. Another thing we did not like is the smoking in the casino. I don't have an issue with people smoking but there was NO ventilation whatsoever. Smoke would just sit in that area and it was terrible. We came home with all of our clothes smelling. Even if we weren't hanging out in there, we had to almost always walk through to get to our destination because of where our room was.. I feel like this is something that needs to change. Entertainment on the ship was okay.. same as last year and we were surprised to see that not much was changed so we did not go to many shows. We loved going to the piano bar and watch Rebecca play and sing! We went to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove. We loved all of the ports and the simplicity of getting on and off the ship - no lines! Disembarkation was a breeze .. we carried our bags off to catch an early flight and had no issues and waited in no lines.. All in all, after a rocky start with embarkation, we truly did have a good time. We met some great people and loved exploring this ship (lines and all!). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
The ugly....cannabis smoking is everywhere. Public areas balconies and my favorite...lighting up beside a family during movie night. Security are polite and ineffective. Smuggle it on and smoke until they call you Chong all cruise long. ... Read More
The ugly....cannabis smoking is everywhere. Public areas balconies and my favorite...lighting up beside a family during movie night. Security are polite and ineffective. Smuggle it on and smoke until they call you Chong all cruise long. The bad....why do some people treat their cruise in the Caribbean as a prison release party. Drunken fools during the muster drill and thereafter. The inclusive drink option is crusing cruising experiences.kids club....advertised and closed. Grand turk is a very sad place to visit ( post hurricane) we did a tour of the island and there is still lots of visual scarring The best for last...the good....the crew the food and the ship are top notch. Staff appear to be really enjoying themselves. I had absolutely no complaints about the carnival side of things....gym was clean and large. Cruise director Marq gave it his all. Great food options include burritos guys burgers.to be succinct....it was the ten percent of the passengers that act like drunken stoned fools. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We have cruised with Carnival before, on the Liberty, and our experience was very good at the time, so we thought the experience would be repeated, hence we chose Carnival again, but this time on the Magic. Totally regret our decision. ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival before, on the Liberty, and our experience was very good at the time, so we thought the experience would be repeated, hence we chose Carnival again, but this time on the Magic. Totally regret our decision. From the cabin to the food in the Lido Marketplace was all disappointing. See my cabin review for details on the cabin. As for the food in the Lido marketplace, there was no variety at all.At any given meal, there were 27 containers of salads and salad toppings. One section had literally 3 types of cold cuts and 3 types of sliced cheese. Then the actual food section had only 8 items - not much choice at all. The desserts were just cakes. No caramel pudding, etc. The fruits were standard four - water melon, cantaloupe, Honey dew and Pineapple. There was an occasional banana, apples and grapes and breakfast time. The bananas went out of stock quickly. They would not replenish it. Even food items would run short and they simply said there was no more. The placement of the food items were bad as we had to stretch to reach the farther end to grab something, so much so, it was impossible at times and we had to rely on the staff to serve us. Especially the bacon was kept out of reach. Terrible. The staff did not have smiles on their faces and they didn't look happy at all. Rarely would any of them even wish you when they crossed you. The floors in the Lido Marketplace were slippery as ice. It was very difficult to walk on. Strangely, on the last day of the cruise the floors were great. The entertainment shows like Flick was stale. We seen the exact same thing 2 years ago, on the Liberty. Their entertainment has not changed. Same shows, same mega parties, same songs. This means that if you do one Carnival cruise you have done them all. Overall, the experience was not satisfying and was more disappointing, so much so, we may never cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
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