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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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Carnival Magic

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,231 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: October 2018
We chose this cruise for its destinations and liked the size ship it was. We chose a lower cabin because we had talked to people who enjoyed being closer ro the water even though the balcony view is a little restricted by the over opening ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its destinations and liked the size ship it was. We chose a lower cabin because we had talked to people who enjoyed being closer ro the water even though the balcony view is a little restricted by the over opening in the hull around the balcony. Port of Miami: Awesome organization, no waiting in line if you checked in on line your keys were in your room. we were priority boarding at 12:00 so we walked in, went through security and directly onto the ship. Boarding: Went directly on no delays at the ship rooms weren't available until 1:45 (really 2:00) and since your room key was in the room you couldn't go early. Used boarding pass for cocktails until then. Plenty of space at bars but unfortunately they only had one football game on all the TV's at both the Casino and Red Frog Pub Bars and everyone was mad. The staff told us they are not allowed to change channels its controlled below. Cabin 2275: DO NOT ACCEPT THIS CABIN, when we got near our cabin the corridor stunk and its was coming from the cabin! When we went it it was unbearable, opened the door to the balcony to find it was worse outside. Guest services said they could not even consider charging us until after the muster drill and it was too late to get off the boat. We were charged after to a good room 2369, but why makes us so upset instead of fixing an obvious problem. Dining: check times closely they open and close promptly regardless! Food service staff were not at all service oriented. They brag about having the Guy Fieri hamburger and barbecue places. These used to be great but now they precook so much food its just dried out. The food on the buffets again is severely overcooked, restaurants OK, Pizza great as usual. My key note here is that the staff ( for the most part) just didn't care they just through the food out. Entertainment: Good but again so uncoordinated and irritating. Except the Casino Staff and bar who were all over customer service! Shore Excursions: Be early, remember if you need breakfast they won't open until exactly 7:00 even if your tour is 7:15 like we had. Get something the night before to take with you. Shops: well organized and entertaining. Departure: Get ready for aggravation due to lack of their coordination! I have never seen so many upset people and a staff that could care less. This ship has great potential, but Carnival allows the captain to establish their ships operating philosophy and in this case efficiency for the staff is their only focus, not the customers satisfaction. This is evidenced throughout the ship except in the Casino. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Too much to type everything out. Condensed down: Ship was dirty everywhere-never ate at a clean table besides dinner Workers rude besides a few (we were not rude or disrespectful to any employee) Lines to eat were insane 45 min+ ... Read More
Too much to type everything out. Condensed down: Ship was dirty everywhere-never ate at a clean table besides dinner Workers rude besides a few (we were not rude or disrespectful to any employee) Lines to eat were insane 45 min+ wait ALWAYS Drink machines always out-if not out there was a line and tiny cup that needed refill after 2 sips Dinning food was not good (that staff was great though) Lines to get back on boat were ridiculous and even though they had multiple gangways set up, they would close some. Never made sense to me. Disembarkation was a joke We will never sail Carnival again. We met several other people who experienced similar things to us. They said Carnival was their least favorite cruise line. We went on Royal last year and they are nothing alike. So if you have been disappointed by Carnival on your first cruise. Try another line. This is just a basic overview of our dislikes. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
--- Wild West Show --- 1. State room was beat up (Counters/Bathroom fixtures drain) – Sheets with holes worn through. 2. Pot Smoking every morning and night on board (NOT what I want my child to smell and question). 3. Drunk ... Read More
--- Wild West Show --- 1. State room was beat up (Counters/Bathroom fixtures drain) – Sheets with holes worn through. 2. Pot Smoking every morning and night on board (NOT what I want my child to smell and question). 3. Drunk folks pounding on many cabin doors from 3-5am 4. Used condoms on door handles and floor (NOT ideal for my child to see and question) 5. 1st Emergency Heart Attack Life Flight Emergency – Due to the lack of medical knowledge facility oxygen! 6. 2nd Emergency Another life Emergency – Due to drug overdose! 7. Long wait times to access Service Desk and buffets. Positive items – Service spot one for the cabin steward and Dining Room Staff. Created case number while on the ship & contacted customer service next business day. Offered $50 credit. Carnival is not the 'Family' type cruise line it once was. I will not recommend any travelers with children to consider Carnival. Sorry. Read Less
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