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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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We drove to Tampa to visit a few favorites on the way to our Carnival Miracle cruise departing Sunday, Dec. 30th. We always arrive the day before a cruise to make certain we arrive on time. We booked a Park and Cruise hotel for the 29th, ... Read More
We drove to Tampa to visit a few favorites on the way to our Carnival Miracle cruise departing Sunday, Dec. 30th. We always arrive the day before a cruise to make certain we arrive on time. We booked a Park and Cruise hotel for the 29th, arranging for transport to the port the following morning. On the 30th, the hotel informed us that fog was delaying inbound ships, and Carnival texted us at 9:00 am confirming the situation and telling us they would provide an update at 11 am The hotel was fully booked that night and told us we had to check out by 11:00 am. since they had no restaurant in the area, and they assured us the port had several, we took their bus to the port, along with all our baggage. The port was closed. No food, water, shade, or restroom facilities, and no way to check your baggage. The 2 pm update noted that the port was closed, and asked passengers not to come. No provision was made for those of us already there After many other updates, the Miracle arrived about 7 pm, but existing passengers would need to disembark before we could begin to board. Still no food, water, or restrooms. At about 8:30, Carnival allowed us to check our baggage and enter the terminal, where we could be seated while waiting for boarding. We had booked a suite, so we had priority boarding. By 9:30 pm or so, we could finally get on the ship, although most staterooms were still not ready, and baggage had not been delivered. At least we had shade, water, food and bathrooms! Our last bag was delivered to our suite after 1:00 am on the next morning. It was 1:30 before we finished unpacking. I cannot imagine how long it would have taken our bags to arrive if we did not have priority baggage with our suite! The balance of the cruise was actually fairly nice. Weather was good. On board food was OK, although the main dining room used the same menu almost every day. The New Year's Eve balloon drop in the atrium was so crowded we did not actually see a balloon. The ship dropped anchor so far out at Belize that the tender ride was a 45 minute experience. Disembarking at other ports was much less of an issue. The comedians were actually quite good, but the Mad Hatters Ball was too small for the crowds. Go early to get a seat. Carnival gets high marks for their windows. They are abundant in public areas, as are seating arrangements. Anyone could find a quiet corner for a conversation or reading a book. The casino on board also deserves special mention. It is quite roomy, and not nearly so smoky as on other ships. The casino staff is very good about checking for drink orders. Carnival turned our seven day cruise into a six day cruise. Now the bad part is Carnival plans no compensation for the meals we had to purchase blocks away from their terminal. As Elite cruisers with other lines, our cruise with Carnival was sort of an experiment to see if we wanted to add them to our mix of cruise lines. Carnival's lack of concern about our security and comfort speaks volumes. I should also mention I am a Carnival stockholder. I am now not surprised at Carnival's dismal forecasts and stock performance. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
My family had decided to celebrate Christmas on a cruise each year, instead of exchanging gifts. This is our second year on Carnival and we had a wonderful time. My only complaint was tendering. The process appeared to be very unorganized ... Read More
My family had decided to celebrate Christmas on a cruise each year, instead of exchanging gifts. This is our second year on Carnival and we had a wonderful time. My only complaint was tendering. The process appeared to be very unorganized and delayed. On our second day of tendering, I understand the rough seas played a part in the delays, however, communication with the passengers could've been better Our dinner service was always fabulous, thanks to Bernice. There were always many food options available. Guy's Burger Joint was always delicious, and the burrito spot was a slightly healthier option. There's always something to do on the ship, and my 13 year old daughter had the time of her life. She made a bunch of new friends on the first day at Circle C, and was kept busy the entire cruise. Between the adult only area, and the many pools and hot tubs, my husband and I had plenty of alone time. Overall the cruise was a success, and we look forward to next Christmas. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was my 8th cruise, 6th with Carnival, and it was definitely the worst cruise I've been on. I booked it mostly for the itinerary and price. The boarding process was fairly straightforward and fast, although it felt like we had to walk ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise, 6th with Carnival, and it was definitely the worst cruise I've been on. I booked it mostly for the itinerary and price. The boarding process was fairly straightforward and fast, although it felt like we had to walk through a maze during the process- lots of up and down and around,LOL. We got to our stateroom and noticed right away that even the hallway smelled strongly of mildew/sewage/something stinky. When we got inside we noticed that the counters appeared to be dusty and there was a smear of jam on the nightstand as well as a prior occupant's bobby pins. We got hand sanitizer and wiped those surfaces down. Little did we know that it was only the beginning! Later we found a razor head in the shower right next to the new bar of soap, as well as a contact lens on the bathroom floor. There was also a smear of jam or something in the mini fridge, socks under the bed and a condom beside the lounger on the balcony. We didn't see all of these things right away or I would have gone to guest services immediately. The floor had also not been vacuumed. We didn't see our cabin steward until day 3 but we left a note asking for ice and room service breakfast menus which we didn't get for another 2 days. We had to go find him on multiple occasions to request beach towels before we went ashore and also had to track him down one day when the washcloths weren't replenished. We stayed in stateroom 8462 which was aft and was tiny due to a crew staircase taking up part of the space but the balcony was twice as big as normal. There was no room for a sofa, and my friend's bed had to be pushed next to mine in order to open the bathroom door. There was plenty of storage. The food was hit or miss in the dining room, but our team waiter Bambang was very good. The burgers at Guy's Burger Joint were amazing as always, although the lines can be long. We usually ordered room service pastries and coffee or ate at Blue Iguana Cantina (also very good, huevos rancheros, burritos or arepas). The shows weren't very good and then comedians were pretty terrible. The ports were great, we did beach escapes in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic through Shore Excursioneer, took the ferry to St John/Trunk Bay from St Thomas and took a taxi to Governors Beach in Grand Turk. Disembarkation was a breeze. We had a 10:13 am flight so did self assist and were in a taxi by 7:20 am and were at the airport in plenty of time even with the holiday rush (December 23rd). All things considered, I doubt that I would choose the Magic again. Read Less
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