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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We are Gold on Carnival ( almost platinum ) so we have sailed on carnival many times. Port Canaveral is an easy departure location for us in FL so this is why we like it. The ship is just typical carnival layout with a few changes. They ... Read More
We are Gold on Carnival ( almost platinum ) so we have sailed on carnival many times. Port Canaveral is an easy departure location for us in FL so this is why we like it. The ship is just typical carnival layout with a few changes. They put the Italian restaurant on the upstairs area of the Lido Buffet which makes the seating area in Lido more crowded unfortunately. The Spa is maybe one of the nicest features on this ship, it has a big soaking tub and good sauna and steam rooms. But the upsells in the spa are pressure sales big time. E.g. hair treatment was $329 ( not cheap ). The shows were lacking, and for about 1/2 of the songs it was clearly a lip sync. The female dancers were pretty “chunky” and the lads lifting them were clearly struggling. It did not feel like a cabaret at all. The vocals were often off-key also. The best show is the last one Rock-n-roll. The decor in the ship Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We take Carnival every year, this was my least favorite ship that we've ever went on. It was hot all over the ship, the cabins were miserable hot, and every guest that I spoke with stated the same. The bars, hallways, you would be dressed ... Read More
We take Carnival every year, this was my least favorite ship that we've ever went on. It was hot all over the ship, the cabins were miserable hot, and every guest that I spoke with stated the same. The bars, hallways, you would be dressed up to have a great night and sweating your butt off all night. It's not a very pretty ship, just kind of blah. The people who work on it were awesome like always. We personally would never go on this ship again. There was not a lot of entertaining on the days at ship , just lots of trying to sale you something, mainly the spa. The children on this ship were out of control, just all over the place. Parents weren't watching them and the staff wouldn't do anything. There is no adult only pool so expect to get water constantly kicked in your face and drink. Couldn't even play put put golf, the kids were sitting all over the course just running wild, while their parents were off not caring. My husband who is law enforcement and I save up all year for this , and what a let down this year. Oh and I always pay gratuities up front, all of them make you feel guilty for not giving them more once you're on the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Yearly family vacation, and this year we chose a cruise. Everything from the entertainment staff all the way down to our state room was great! We took an Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise, and all ports of call were incredible. We visited ... Read More
Yearly family vacation, and this year we chose a cruise. Everything from the entertainment staff all the way down to our state room was great! We took an Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise, and all ports of call were incredible. We visited Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. In Amber Cove, we spent our time at a few shops and at the pool that is right off the ship once you walk down the pier. In St. Thomas we took an awesome snorkeling excursion to Christmas Cove. Our snorkel guide Jodi was so knowledgeable about the particular reef and sea life we encountered. Captain Jay and Cory were very friendly and knowledgeable as well. In San Juan, we toured the city a little by foot. This port of call was a little more difficult to navigate if you didn’t understand the port map you were given, because you had to walk or taxi away from the port to really find shopping. We will definitely add an excursion for this port of call next time. Lastly, we went to Jack’s Shack in Hrand Turk. About a 15 min walk down the beach from the ship, or a $4 per person taxi ride. Water was beautiful, and playing with all the island dogs made it that much better. Beach chairs are free here, and umbrellas were $10 for the duration of your stay (worth if in our opinion, because the sun was out in full force the day we were there). On our way back to the ship, we stopped at the pool at Margaritaville and also did a little shopping! Would love to cruise this same itinerary again someday!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I was on sabbatical for the month of September and after my first cruise in April (4-day Carnival Liberty) I decided to go on a 7-day cruise on a larger ship. My mom and sister joined me and my daughter and 3 of us had a blast; one was a ... Read More
I was on sabbatical for the month of September and after my first cruise in April (4-day Carnival Liberty) I decided to go on a 7-day cruise on a larger ship. My mom and sister joined me and my daughter and 3 of us had a blast; one was a downer. We drove in from Atlanta the night before and unfortunately I stayed up until 6AM playing on my phone so I started our trip off tired (big mistake, never again). My mom wanted to go last minute shopping in the morning so we got to the terminal around 2pm. We had to take our luggage onboard which was a PAIN because we had sodas in tow but the upside was our room was ready when we boarded. When we boarded we thought our fridge was broken but we later learned that when they dock they power down the boat so it sometimes takes a few hours for everything to cool down again. Because we were so late getting on the taco place was closed but Guy's Burgers was open and we loved their fries. There was no line at the terminal 2pm so if you want to ensure you can get into your cabin upon arrival and have a short line, arrive at 2pm. The ship was really nice. During my early morning runs I saw the employees doing maintenance like painting, mopping, and fixing other random things. The layout of the ship was hard to get used to, the maps by the elevators were life savers, although I didn't mind the walk as I was eating every 15 minutes. Our wait staff was too nice to us and literally stuffed us full. Our head waiter was Robert from Thailand, assistant waiter was Lee from Zimbabwe, and the runner was Jason (I forgot where he was from). These guys were extra nice to us so we gave them a little extra cash tip on the last day. They were so attentive Lee knew me and a lady in the table next to us wanted an actual melting cake. All of our "melting cakes" thus far were fully cooked no lava. On the last night before he even asked for our desert orders he came over with a huge smile on his face and says "I saw these two and I said I got to have them. I don't know who they are for but I got to have them." It was so divine, and even though I was stuffed the lava was still delicious. Robert and Lee always made sure to give me an extra desert so I could take to my daughter as she always left dinner early to see the movie. The food in the dinning room was hit or miss but definitely still better than typical wedding food. I did not try any of the oddities, maybe next time. Guys Burgers had really good fries. They taste homemade from real potatoes. I don't eat beef so I did not have any burgers but I did ask for cheese on my fries and they always obliged. Every night before bed I got a specialty pizza. By the end of the cruise the guy remembered me and my order, number 4 no Gorgonzola add mushrooms. Put some salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and oregano on that baby and it is delish. Guy's BBQ place is meh. What ruined it for me was the Velveeta mac n cheese. Seriously soft cheese in your mac is for toddlers. The greens were good and the chicken was also cooked well and I liked all of the sauces. The sweets station was also meh. How can something so pretty be so flavorless. Oh and I have to give a WARNING the sausage in the buffet is pork not chicken. The taco place serves chicken sausage as well as the main dinning. In the mornings the employees sing and dance through out the whole buffet area, that was a nice touch. They also walk around and serve you drinks. OH also they serve different drinks in the AM verses PM, the Guava juice is only served in the AM so fill up while you can! The lines for all of the foods were reasonable given the number of people. I never waited long for Guys Burgers, the pizza place had its busy hours and if you have a brain you can figure it out pretty quickly when to and when not to go and Guys Pig and Anchor is only open on sea days and the line was long but not unreasonably, they kept it moving. The cruiser director Cookie was AWESOME! He was so nice and attentive. Super funny guy. My only compliant is he didn't talk as much as Donkey over the loud speaker so I missed a number of activities like the Chocolate Buffet. I saw 2 of the 5 shows. The country show was really well done and Flick was... lets just say... interesting. I also participated in the Clue Mystery which was really fun. I went to most of the comedy shows. The adult shows did get full but sometimes they allowed us in and we had to stand. The Spot Light Lounge was FREEZING. Like extra cold. The movie selection was really good for the dive-in; my only complaint is they start the movie before the sun went down so it was hard to see. Vibe club was very nice and the DJ was dope. The kids club surprisingly had a fair amount of kids in attendance even though it was September. The service on the boat was AMAZING. I was greeted most of the time when walking by any employee. The hotel service desk was responsive. We were just blown away at the customer service we received. Just hands down amazing. I will say the spa employees kept to themselves unless they were soliciting. I was in the gym every day and found it odd that everywhere else on the boat the employees were happy and helpful but not in the spa/gym. We went to Cozumel - We did the chocolate factory tour. The tour it self was educational but the chocolate we made was yucky. The chocolate spa kit I bought is amazing. I smell like chocolate all day. I recommend this tour Belize - We did the city tour and rum tasting - It was kinda lame. I would recommend taking a taxi to the shops inside the city and walk up and down the street to shop with the locals. However this tour I would not recommend. Roatan - We did zip lining here instead of snorkeling and loved it. I went upside down. Our guides were super cool and very nice. The only thing I don't like is that we had to tip. I feel like companies should charge a price that enables them to pay their employees adequately. I don't want to walk away from an experience thinking the person who served me is not going to be able to feed his family that night because I forgot cash. This whole tipping situation really needs to stop. It is unfair to the hard working employees. I recommend this tour. Costa Maya - We were only here until 1pm so we didn't have an excursion. The port is setup very nice. They have a pool with swim up bar and a bird sanctuary. I loved this cruise and want to encourage everyone to pre-pay your gratuities and DO NOT reverse them at the end. Those tips go to every service person on board. The person cleaning the bathrooms and vacuuming the floors. There are plenty of behind the scenes employees who also get a piece of the gratuities. So don't be a jerk, just pay the tip. If you received bad service let the hotel director know or let Carnival know when you complete the survey. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Check in was easier than I thought it was going to be no problems and no issues getting onto the ship. We went straight to out room because we didnt arrive early morning we took our time and it seemed to pay off no waiting to check in and ... Read More
Check in was easier than I thought it was going to be no problems and no issues getting onto the ship. We went straight to out room because we didnt arrive early morning we took our time and it seemed to pay off no waiting to check in and the room was ready. I had booked an interior on the 11th deck, I wasnt looking forward to the room 11275 but I was really pleased, I was travelling with my daughter 13 years old and had ordered a room with bunk beds but they were extremely comfortable and I had no problems sleeping. It was classed as an accessible room (wheel chair) and it was a lot bigger than other bunk rooms. It was perfect and the bathroom was HUGE. The burger place was lovely food, Im not a fan of burger and chip meals but you could have lived on them for a week if there was nothing else it was the best burger and fries I have eaten 11 out of 10. My daughter loved them for her afternoon snack. I didnt eat them everyday. Nice staff as well. Breakfast sit down menu meals were also nice but it seemed a bit hectic like the staff had too kuch to do and too many tables to deal with. Food was nice and well presented. Ask for a table on your own with family it doesnt take long for them to call you. Evening sit down meal the food was also lovely but boardering on being cold I have to eat hot hot food so a little on the cooler side for me but it was lovely. Staff again seemed to be in training so our head waiter had a lot on his plate training and lots of tables to deal with. One thing you wont go hungry on this cruise ship. I dont think I can complain at all about the food. Alcoholic drinks are very very expensive and im glad I dont drink alcohol I had about 3 Gins a cocktail and 2 shots at dinner. EXPENSIVE No point in my buying the drinks package though because I wouldnt drink $60 dollars of drinks in a week never mind a day. Ports visited Amber Cove, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk next time I go I think I would book a tour for san Juan as it wasnt my thing the shopping and walking plus by this day I was so tired with everything. I think a day on the ship was in order so we came back early went to the cabin ordered a film and room service just to have a break from rushing and racing. The afternoon was nice just to relax for 3 hours on the bed lights down TV and a snack. Batteries were re charged by 8pm and ready to go again for another week. Ordering movies on the TV was easy and reliable and you can watch the film as many times as you like which was good just for noise in the room when your getting ready to go for evening meal as this was the only time really we spent in the room apart from sleeping. The internet package was so so bad, I couldnt use it for anything and we ordered the 2nd highest but it was bad bad bad. We couldnt get in touch with family at home and they couldnt get in touch with us. 7 days phone and internet free. This needs addressing that you can use the internet at least some part of the 7 days. I totally understand your in the middle of the sea and some areas might not have internet BUT 7 DAYS ?????? The pools really need to be bigger they are very small and always full its not enjoyable just to cool off on sea days and its salt water as well so for me and my daughter the pools were very disappointing. Pools are a big thing for everyone on holiday and I have cruised before with bigger pools. Ash trays need to be available in the smoking areas I appreciate the spaces that are on the cruise for smoking the areas were plenty and comfy and you could nearly always find a seat BUT where are the ash trays everytime I had to use someone elses on a different table or ask. You dont want to flick ash or the lit end onto the floor it s dangerous. Movies shown on deck 11, the screen really needs replacing lot of pixels missing and bad quality, Movies were very very good choices BUT seating is very hard to find and thats not because it was full of people watching the films it was full of people sleeping, children on 2 chairs asleep and parents asleep all down one side of the smoking area, the same people every film. One film we really wanted to watch and couldnt find any seats at all that evening as we had late dining which was very slow to get us to the movie on time. I wasnt keen on the entertainment staff I felt they used it more of their own holiday than it being a job to entertain guests. Very little interaction from a lot of the staff. Maybe that was me looking in from a far but I watched them and this cruise didnt seem interactive it felt like look at me I can do this. All in all I will give our cruise 8/10 my daughter and I really enjoyed it. I would cruise with them again its as my friends said more a Butlins cruise than a luxury cruise. I think im in the middle Butlins not really, luxury NO. Where is the in between. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We booked this cruise, our 5th last minute, only 3 weeks from departure. I was worried about the cabins left but as it turned out, we loved it. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 which was aft and close to the elevator. It was central to all ... Read More
We booked this cruise, our 5th last minute, only 3 weeks from departure. I was worried about the cabins left but as it turned out, we loved it. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 which was aft and close to the elevator. It was central to all our favorite places! Embarkation wasn't fun as it was outside in Cape Canaveral. This was my first time waiting in a line outside the terminal. However, once we did get moving we were on the ship by 11:00 without FTTF. As always, we loved Guys, Mongolian Wok and Blue Iguana. We did utilize the Lido buffet twice for the omelet station and remarkably, the wait wasn't too bad. We did run out of strawberry yogurt day 6 and that was upsetting. OH, but the cake station during lunchtime is phenomenal! We had your time dining and never had to wait. We would arrive around 6:00 or so each night. The food was wonderful and the service was great. We both celebrated our birthdays onboard so it was special. We only booked one excursion and that was at St Thomas. Megan's Bay was nothing short of amazing. The sand, the water, the view. Amazing. There was a beach at the port at Grand Turk that was free and the people working it were helpful. There was some seaweed there so that's ick but the water was clear. Amber Cove also had a beautiful shopping area and pool right at the port that was free. San Juan was a lovely, historical city with plenty to see within walking distance of the port. We never felt scared or hassled at any of these ports. The shows were good and with the exception of one of the comedians, Just Jane or something, the comedy shows were great. The piano bar was hopping every night and the night club was as well. We enjoyed the crowded pools and the lukewarm hot tubs when we could....there were still lots of kids, even though it was late August. Debarkation was easy with self assist. We were out of there by 7:30. It was a fantastic trip and we can't wait for the Vista next year. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my first cruise. Booked it for my son's 13th birthday. My son loved it but I am sure he did not have many expectations, as I did. I was not that impressed with the ship, to me it seemed dated. The food was nothing to talk about ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Booked it for my son's 13th birthday. My son loved it but I am sure he did not have many expectations, as I did. I was not that impressed with the ship, to me it seemed dated. The food was nothing to talk about either. But the food was not why I was there, it was for the experience and the places we went to. My husband and I are earlier risers and were up every morning by 5 and watched the sun rise while we drank not so great coffee. Only milk and half & half are offered as cream for your coffee. We were able to get breakfast pretty fast and easily as we were already up. Breakfast started being served at 7:30 which kind of sucked but I understand staff need to sleep too! I always did the make your own omelet which was pretty good and so was the French toast! Lunch options were ok at best. Can not say that there was anything in particular that stood out. Although the all you can eat strawberry frozen yogurt was pretty good, it was only available every other day. Vanilla and chocolate was available every day. Guys Burger place (lido deck) for lunch was disappointing and so was his BBQ place (deck 5 and we found by accident exploring the ship and only open on sea days). I feel like my husband and my homemade burgers and BBQ is WAY better! Waiting time for lunch was not bad, but we were smart and as soon as we got back on the ship from ports we went and grabbed something while most people were still off the ship. We did the captains dinner twice and it was not that great either. Only thing that stood out to me was the Crème Brule! Dinner buffet was ok as well. The salmon was pretty good when they had it. The pizza place at the back of the ship was good but the wait in line was ridiculous. At best there was only 3 people working there, even though it is a small place they need more than 3 people because the demand was so high. There was plenty of desserts. There was an apple crisp thing and a fudge brownie thing that were both delicious but both were available one time! I did enjoy our room. We were on the lowest level with a window. Wish there was some way for the outside of the window to actual be cleaner. Maybe have some one squeegee them while at ports?? We had 2 bathrooms in our room which was awesome! One was a full bath and the other had shower and sink but it worked perfectly!! Our room steward was Krisna. He was friendly and great! We talked with him often. Our ports were Dominican Republic, Saint Thomas, Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos. My son and I were not fans out Dominican Republic. I am sure that was in part because we did not do an excursion there. My husband, son and I took a cab through town and ended going through bad parts. We did go to their rum factory and chocolate factory. That was both fun. Saint Thomas was great. We took a cap to Coki Beach and went snorkeling. The local place right on the beach where we rented our snorkeling gear at was pretty great, $5 a piece to rent and gave you dog biscuits to feed the fish. We also had some Conch fritters while at the beach. Very delicious. It was a beautiful view from the ship during the day and at night! Cab ride was kind pricey though. Puerto Rico was beautiful as well. We walked the town and had some local food there. Turks and Caicos is where it's at! We did the Ultimate Snorkeling Excursion and it was AMAZING! Our guides for snorkeling Jonathan, Lazarus and CJ were great. We got to swim with a shark and a barracuda! Despite the disappointing food, we had a great time and great experiences. Will definitely will be going on another! Read Less
Carnival Magic Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.5 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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