2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Let me say I have been on other Carnival ships over the years and also other cruise lines. Across the board this cruise ship would rate last of the eight ships I have been on. The theater shows were not varied - singers and dancers were ... Read More
Let me say I have been on other Carnival ships over the years and also other cruise lines. Across the board this cruise ship would rate last of the eight ships I have been on. The theater shows were not varied - singers and dancers were high school show choir quality. Comedy shows were repeated. The ship was not easy to navigate. You had to go down decks and then back up to get from one end of the ship to the other. Public spaces, like the atrium was not large enough to hold the events. The spotlight lounge was not large enough nor designed well to hold comedy shows. Food in the dining room tasted like bad buffet food. On elegant night, the prime rib could hardly be cut with a steak knife and had zero taste. All three of us were in agreement even though we had meats at different degrees of doneness. Discovered the buffet had better desserts and had to leave the dining room and go elsewhere for dessert. Disembarkation was poorly planned and poorly executed. Even though the ship was late returning to Port Canaveral, times distributed for areas to leave the ship were before the ships arrival. This caused a mass of cruisers on the gangway deck with limited cruise line personnel to keep any resemblance of order. Services of the cabin steward and the dining room wait staff were very good. I would consider Carnival Magic a baseline cruise. Sorry to say, in reflection, I would not take the Carnival Magic cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This was a birthday cruise with my sister. The ship was great and we had a good time. I had been on the Magic before and really liked the ship. The Cruise Director was excellent probably the best of all of the cruises I have done. he was ... Read More
This was a birthday cruise with my sister. The ship was great and we had a good time. I had been on the Magic before and really liked the ship. The Cruise Director was excellent probably the best of all of the cruises I have done. he was able to entertain and work with all ages. The entertainment was great. Show every night and the comedian was very funny. Loved the piano bar, Brandon was excellent. We appreciated the Chanukah Celebration it was the first time we had that on a cruise. Really liked the Mayan Cultural tour. Our tour guide Ulysses was excellent and very knowledgeable. The main downside of the cruise was the weather. Only 2 sunny days the rest were cloudy and cold. We had not cruised in December before may not again if the weather is going to be cold. Also some people had trouble getting to the ship due to snow and bad weather. All together a great time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
The Carnival Magic was one disappointment after another. Hurricane Irma destroyed Puerto Rico and St. Thomas which we were supposed to visit. Carnival knew for a long time that we were not going to be able to visit. Yet they insisted we ... Read More
The Carnival Magic was one disappointment after another. Hurricane Irma destroyed Puerto Rico and St. Thomas which we were supposed to visit. Carnival knew for a long time that we were not going to be able to visit. Yet they insisted we were still going to St. Thomas until the last minute. I tried to cancel the cruise and even tried to move the cruise to the week after, but they wouldn't budge! I should mention we did sail one other Carnival Cruise on the Sunshine. We liked that boat and had a good cruise. The Islands they chose to replace them were - Half Moon Cay, which is a nice beach but ultimately just a private island owned by Carnival and Nassau, The least desirable destination in the Bahamas. We have already been to both these destinations and we hate Nassau. It is very dirty with military personal with guns standing around. The people of Nassau aren't very personable and are always trying to sell you something. If you do end up there visit the Atlantis water park as it is the best thing to do there. This time we chose a boat and snorkel tour. They were late, it ran short and the staff was not very personable. We will NOT get off the boat again if we end up back in Nassau. With all the destinations to visit we end up with the cheapest and closest alternatives!!! Our first stop was Amber Cove. We have never been here before and did the Deluxe Catamaran and Snorkel. The crew is what made this the best excursion of our trip. They were fun, knowledgeable and had great personalities. We also had lunch with all you can drink rum and beer. This was by far the highlight of the trip. Our next stop was supposed to be Grand Turk. This was the one Island left we looking forward too after St. Thomas and Puerto Rico were cancelled. WELL GUESS WHAT! The captain stated it was too windy to port and we would be skipping Grand Turk. WHAT??? We were on the top deck all morning and it was one of the calmest mornings we had at sea. I asked over and over why we are skipping it if there is no wind. But no one could answer. Something else was behind us skipping that island. So now our exotic eastern Caribbean turned into Amber Cover, Half Moon Cay and Nassau :( This is definitely NOT what we paid for! If you were to book this itinerary it would be a way cheaper cruise. Especially since they didn't use the gas to go to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. Things I did NOT like about the Carnival Magic. • The boat seemed run down and in need of a makeover • The boat seemed very crowded wherever you went and long lines for everything. • Both pools were small! The main pool was the smallest one I have ever seen and dominated by the kids. They were also both salt pools with tons of chlorine. • The outdoor movie screen is a joke! It is dirty with thousands of dead pixels. It's almost unwatchable. • We upgraded to have a port hole/larger room for $70. We went from floor 6 to 1 :( There were multiple times it smelled like sewage! I read other reviews about the sewage smell and I guess the comedian even does a bit about it. So I paid $70 more dollars to smell sewage! • The Hot Tubs were COLD! Like 92 degrees. I asked multiple times to turn them up. We tried every single hot tube too. I have a bad back and the heat always soothes the aches. NOT relaxing at all! • I returned from a long day in the sun and ocean ready to take a shower. When I turned on the shower, it began spraying the ceiling and splattering everywhere. They had taken both my shower heads to sanitize them. Seriously, the need to sanitize half way through the cruise??? • Most the crew seemed very robotic and did not smile. Most of them did not understand what you were asking them or just didn't know anything. There were exceptions though. Our housekeeping staff was nice and did a great job and our waitress Mary Bell was awesome. • Multiple times things did not open on time! The pool was supposed to open at 7am. I asked repeatedly about it but did not get tested and opened until after 8am. • The Customer service line was always long and they also were NOT very knowledgeable and gave me wrong information multiple times. • They put something in this food! Most of it tastes pretty good but it wreaks havoc on my digestive system. I had to stick to fruits, vegetables and the beef jerky I brought. I can come home and eat Taco Bell and McDonalds without getting diarrhea??? The breakfast selection was very limited. • TOWELS! I was very careful about my towels so that I would NOT be charged. Whenever I returned towels, they seemed confused and careless about them. Multiple times I had to point out the room number or correct the number of towels. I didn't feel like we were actually communicating. Well come to find out they tried to charge me $44 for non-returned towels. Thing I Liked about the Carnival Magic • The DR E the cruise director was a lot of fun • The entertainment was decent and better than the Sunshine • The food seemed overall better but still does something to my digestive system • Amber Cove was a blast and our catamaran/snorkeling excursion/crew were amazing. • We liked the dining staff and Mary Bell was a great waitress So after our excursions were cancelled and port fees returned, they credited our account. I assumed that that money would get refunded to the card we used and had on file. BUT I just learned Carnival sends you a check. They sent the check to my profile address which was missing my apartment number. So now they want me to wait 2 weeks and them call them back to reissue the check. Like I said, one bad experience after the other! CARNIVAL NEVER AGAIN!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
This was out first cruise ever. It was a big disappointment. The food was so-so. The main dining room had the best food. The food on the Lido deck was just so-so. The service was not outstanding. The best servers were Francis and Oka. Our ... Read More
This was out first cruise ever. It was a big disappointment. The food was so-so. The main dining room had the best food. The food on the Lido deck was just so-so. The service was not outstanding. The best servers were Francis and Oka. Our cabin steward did a good job. We ended up going to the Bahamas-Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Don't go to the Bahamas. Just not worth it. We couldn't go to St. Thomas because of the hurricanes. Couldn't go to Grand Turk as planned because of high winds-not Carnivals fault. Amber Cove is not much to see. The ship, Magic,is in need of updating. It does not "wow" you.I thought the ship was difficult to navigate around but our cruising partners thought it was better than most Carnival ships. They have been on several cruises and agreed that the ship was nothing special. The cabin was adequate. The A/C could not keep our cabin cool enough despite the lowest setting being used. Entertainment was fair. Although, the violin trio was very good. We did not travel with children. We are a married couple 56 and 57 years of age. We do not consider ourselves hard to please. We would not go again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Wanted to go on a western Caribbean cruise. These ports looked interesting. Loved our cabin, but one minor hiccup. We were directly under the weight machines and treadmills. So at 6 am like clockwork, would get woken up to pounding ... Read More
Wanted to go on a western Caribbean cruise. These ports looked interesting. Loved our cabin, but one minor hiccup. We were directly under the weight machines and treadmills. So at 6 am like clockwork, would get woken up to pounding from these machines. Elegant night at MDR sucked. I got the chicken. It was rubbery and crunchy. Two things a chicken shouldn’t ever be. I sent it back and got the pork chop. Was much, much better. Second time (day 3 of cruise) we went to MDR, got the chicken (thinking they had a really bad night the first time), nope same thing. I let Carnival’s brand ambassador know and the next night, suddenly everyone “cared” about what we ate, Yada Yada Yada. The entertainment, I felt wasn’t worth going to partake in. All except the Christmas Caroling with Santa visit. Still it seemed very abridged and not well thought out. It was at the Magic’s atrium, very cramped and crowded. I mainly went up to Mongolian Wok for lunch most days as Guys Burger was nothing to rave about, and my hubby agreed with me on this. I loved her interior, but got really annoyed with many heathy, young kids and parents taking up room in the elevators, and instead of letting those with scooters/wheelchairs/mobility aides get on in their place, oftentimes they would push in front of those same people and NOT EVEN LOOK GUILTY DOING THIS EITHER!!!! Embarkation was a breeze! However, the debarkation was a joke! No order, just chaos. Dr. E wasn’t announcing the deck numbers for those who had zones, so we just got off the ship when we wanted to. Like I said; chaos! We walked around the ports of Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Roatan. I was a little upset that they didn’t have handicap accessible tenders for Belize. You would think if they have them in Half Moon Cay, why not at Belize? And I wanted to see it, but couldn’t because of this. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Love the Magic. There were four generation, 97years old - 7 year old (both celebrating birthdays). We had two adjoining cove balconies. Steakhouse and Italian restaurants were the best as usual‼️Lots of family fun. The Islands were ... Read More
Love the Magic. There were four generation, 97years old - 7 year old (both celebrating birthdays). We had two adjoining cove balconies. Steakhouse and Italian restaurants were the best as usual‼️Lots of family fun. The Islands were tourist ready. The kids stayed with the family vs kids club, but enjoyed that also. We Really enjoyed the shows in the open magic lounge area with the right Reverend Dr. E‼️‼️ He is the best, most versatile cruise director we have had and we will be platinum on the next cruise. It was very easy to embark and debark. The staff was very attentive. Room steward, PousPa was one of the best room Stewart’s ever. She keep the room with two kids organized and clean. Was prompt in fulfilling any request we had, including opening the balcony doors between our two cabins before we left the dock so so could enjoy the port departure together. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
I cruised on the Magic on 11/25/2017 out of Port Canaveral. The Embarkation process was pretty smooth and didn't take too long at all. We had 8 in our group, and have all been on between 8-14 Carnival cruises and at least a few with ... Read More
I cruised on the Magic on 11/25/2017 out of Port Canaveral. The Embarkation process was pretty smooth and didn't take too long at all. We had 8 in our group, and have all been on between 8-14 Carnival cruises and at least a few with competing lines (RC, Princess, Norwegian, HAL). We had a fantastic time, but also observed some things that left more to be desired. The Good Stuff: Layout of the ship, deck seating, activities/shows, specialty food options, and more! The layout of the ship with the lanai on deck 5 and the additional middle covered deck 11 above lido, as well as the serenity and waterworks areas meant a lot of outside seating and a good variety of it. We were generally always able to quickly find lounge chairs and never felt overly crowded during the big days on the deck. The activities/shows were plentiful, varied, and it felt like there were good offerings for all demographics. Carnival used to film ship activities all over and replay these on stateroom TVs, but with the exception of the love and marriage show, this didn't occur on our sailing. Not a big deal, but used to be fun to watch competitions and activities that you missed. The highlight for us were the comedy shows, magic shows, and Flick. Comedy was overall pretty funny, magic shows were really engaging, and Flick (in our opinion) was really the only good show. Specialty food options Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana were very good and lines weren't too long. Even during peak times, I never waited longer than 15 or 20 minutes. The Cucina del Capitano was fantastic for lunch (seriously you HAVE to go), and the breakfast omelet stations were also good and didn't take too long on any day. The staff was great, everyone from our room steward (Defri was AWESOME!) to the casino staff impressed overall. We did our time dining and were pleased with the different sets of wait staff we had as well. Overall the service was impressive and is a major plus! Our cabins were on the 6th, 7th, and 9th decks. For the most part, we were pleased with our cabins, stewards, and the condition of the cabins. The Not so Good Stuff: Lido dining food quality and/or wait times, pizza wait times, casino disappointments, broken sign n' sail kiosks. Lido dining food was just okay. At times there were items here and there that were better, but more of it was just on-par or sub-par. Breakfast was a great example of this. Cereal, yogurt, fruit, powdered eggs, different sausages (sometimes kielbasa, wursts, etc. that seemed uncommon for breakfast), deep fried hash browns, eggs benedict, toast, and that was pretty much it. The omelet station was a plus, but it was annoying to have to wait in line to be served bacon (no more self-serve bacon/breakfast ham). I remember carnival breakfast buffets being much more expansive but this time it felt like after a few days, we were eating the same slop. Dining room breakfast was decidedly better, but with 4/6 sailing days being port days, we didn't do that very much. Additionally frustrating was the wok, the deli, and the pizza. The lines for the wok were insane, with some people waiting over an hour. The lines for the deli weren't as bad, but at times were easily 30 minutes or more. The food quality at both was very good, but wait times were out of control sometimes. Same for guy's BBQ - good food, insane wait times. The pizza wasn't quite as bad, but during the rush times, there were some long lines and unreasonable wait times. Carnival: I understand the appeal of watching someone make pizzas by hand, but during slow times, the pizza place should be making tens or hundreds of pizzas and have them ready to go on speed/baking racks. I'm sure their conveyor oven has a 5-8 minute cooking cycle, so there's no need to have looong lines and 30+ minute wait times because the guy is hand-making 3-4 pizzas at a time. Last gripe about the Lido dining room is that for dinner buffet on the lido, there was often just one line open and more than once, this meant extremely long wait times. There were 4 or 5 different times where we opted for pizza or room service instead of waiting on the lido for lunch or dinner. Lastly, the Tandoor (outside on back deck opposite the pizza) seemed out of place. We tried it once and it was fine, but how often do people eat indian food? After the first try, I walked by it many times and wasn't enticed by the various different colored bowls of stuff that often weren't labeled. Not a complaint really, just an observation. I think Carnival probably knows this, as I noticed on their newer ships, the space where the Tandoor would be are now a seafood place. Casino Disappointments: Although I don't mind the smoke really, I could understand how being forced to walk through the casino to traverse deck 5 is a downside for a lot of people. You can smell the smoke the minute you hit deck 5 and although it doesn't bother me, I can understand the negative reviews that mention this and I think it is somewhat of a design flaw that you can't really avoid it. Shuffling machines at tables: More than several times the automatic shufflers at the tables jammed, froze, had to be reset, power cycled, etc. This is a major buzzkill during a fast-paced table game and it happened enough that it felt like the machines were old or the cards were old or something. It frustrated dealers and players several times. If you want to keep your money, don't go anywhere near the claw machine, the timed stop, or the key-in-hole games -- they are total losers as we saw over and over and over and over. I'm sure those are set to pay once every x plays, so just know it's a total gamble and your skill is not really a factor. Additionally, several in our group earned the free drinks in the casino, but wait staff were few and far between and waiting 20-30 minutes to get a drink brought to you was the norm. Lastly for the casino: We were sent plates of cookies as a benefit for playing in the casino. This was just weird. The cookies were nothing special and looked like what you'd get from room service or in the Lido dining. Send me a $5 or $10 credit, send me a $5 bottle of wine, anything, but don't send people something they could order off the room service menu, just seemed odd. Three people in our group of 8 had 7500+ casino points and were a little put off that they weren't offered a bottle of wine, future cruise discounts, or the like. Not a major issue, just seemed like an area where maybe Carnival has cut back that doesn't make sense - a $10 bottle of champagne for someone donating several thousand dollars in the casino seems like a good deal for Carnival. Broken Sail n' Sign kiosks: Hour waits for the purser's desk are not reasonable. The Magic had two (to my knowledge) sail n sign kiosks and one of them was broken. We were platinum members so the short line was a big plus, but I don't understand why Carnival doesn't just have a bank of 5 or 6 kiosks to eliminate the need for the long lines at the purser's desk. At times and especially during the last night, there was an hour wait for the purser's desk for a long period of time. None of these "Not so Good" things were huge detractors from the vacation. We had an awesome time and will probably cruise with Carnival again in the future. We probably wouldn't book a Dream Class ship again, as the wait times just felt to be more than those on other ships. There were things that we noticed have been changed in the name of cutting costs. Some of these were more disappointing than others, but we also recognize the price and in our opinion we think we still get a good value for the overall cost of the cruise. We had a great time and are looking forward to the next one! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We choose this cruise to spend time with our kids and grandkids and we had a great time with them. But the poor staff seemed very overworked. Our dinners usually took at least two hours and most of that was waiting for the next course. We ... Read More
We choose this cruise to spend time with our kids and grandkids and we had a great time with them. But the poor staff seemed very overworked. Our dinners usually took at least two hours and most of that was waiting for the next course. We had many missing dishes and we just gave up asking for them. Our steward only needed to do our room once a day but even then usually forgot something. We loved being on the sea and the comedians were funny but I am not sure I would do Carnival again. The ports were western Caribbean and the weather was pleasant for all 4. We did Salsa and Salsa in Cozumel and had a marvelous time. We made 6 salsas and each was delicious. We went ashore in Belize and shopped and tried some native fruit. In Roatan we had a beach day and the kids loved it even when it rained. Costa Maya port had some great entertainment that we enjoyed. We loved watching the passengers getting back on board at each port from our nice dry cove balcony. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
First of all I was very pleased with the embarkation and disembarkation process, it is a faster process shorter lines. And instead of a cluster of people trying to get on the boat they call you by groups. I loved the ship, the cruise ... Read More
First of all I was very pleased with the embarkation and disembarkation process, it is a faster process shorter lines. And instead of a cluster of people trying to get on the boat they call you by groups. I loved the ship, the cruise Director DR, E WAS THE BEST!!!!!! we had a balcony room and it was very nice, We liked our cabin steward CHA CHA VERY ATTENTIVE . The Food was awesome, our waiter was nice and fun, Toshe and his team. I love Carnivals activities on the their ships, always a blast!! We did quite a few excursions that we booked threw Carnival , B.O.S.S underwater Scooters a must Do and we did Cave Tubing with lunch it was great as well. Guides were very fun and knowledgeable about the island very informative. One of the best Birthday trips, we were celebrating retirement, birthdays and anniversaries. We flew in early and stayed at the Residence Inn in Cocoa Beach the hotel stay was great. They have shuttles to take you to the cruise port. Dont forget the GREAT MASSAGES ON THE BOAT!!! the best Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise after canceling a Med cruise on the Vista two years ago and needed to book an alternative. This was to be an Eastern Caribbean itinerary but was changed to Western after the hurricane. We weren't thrilled with it but ... Read More
We chose this cruise after canceling a Med cruise on the Vista two years ago and needed to book an alternative. This was to be an Eastern Caribbean itinerary but was changed to Western after the hurricane. We weren't thrilled with it but we were looking forward to Honduras and Belize so it wasn't a total loss on the itinerary. Embarkation - easy and quick. We virtually did not wait in line at all for our 11:30 check in. Went up to the Pig and Anchor for lunch and hung out until the cabin was ready at 1:30. Again, easy and tasty food. The Ship - some of the areas seemed worn or dirty. Others were just being painted and looked quite good. The bathrooms always seemed to be hidden away and there was a lack of personal attention to disinfecting. Several times I was in the restroom and noticed people not washing their hands before heading to the restaurant or the casino. Yuck. The ship seemed well laid out and did not take an exceptionally long time to get from one end to the other. Elevators seemed plentiful. The lack of tablecloths in the MDR I'm sure helped with cleaning tables but the plain wood tables just seemed lackluster. The MDR was not pretty at all. The Cabin - we had a spa balcony cabin so we could access the spa saunas and thalassotherapy pool. The cabin was ok, pretty much what you would expect but the shower had a curtain which I am not a fan of. Previous cruise choices had provided showers with doors. Was happy the fridge was empty so that we could fill it with the water and soda we had. We had ordered water and the beer with cooler from the ship and it was in our room when we arrived. Good job. The bed was very comfortable and I absolutely loved the pillows. I am a bit of a pillow freak and these were excellent. The sofa was stained and we really didn't sit on it at all. Three closets provided plenty of storage. The outdoor furniture, two chairs and a table, were ok but worn. One was changed out for a new one halfway through the cruise. The spa cabins are at the bow of the ship on deck 12. It was quite nice up there and quieter. The spa itself was directly outside out hallway and then up another floor for more services. That area is very close to the Serenity adults only deck where we hung out most of the time. The Serenity area has plenty of loungers and clamshells plus a bar area and hot tub. Very nice. The food - There were a lot of choices for included food choices. I was pleasantly surprised at many of the choices which were tasty and quick. The least favorite was the buffet, always a line it seemed and breakfast was just ok. We ate at... Pig and Anchor - very good bbq and salads Deli - pre-prepared sandwiches and salads. Had the Reuben (ok), Cubano (good) and the tuna (yum). Just know that they are prepared in advance so making changes is not apparently welcome. Lines there made it a bit of a wait for food. Pizza - hubby said it was ok. Buffet - pretty good except for the lines at all times of the day. Italian restaurant for lunch (free) - very good! Choose your pasta, sauce and extras and they make it for you and deliver it to your table. MDR - a bit of a disappointment in the food. Service was excellent. Food was just ok with the exception of the lobster on dress up night. My husband and another friend both became ill after eating the beef lasagna. Appetizers were definitely the best part of the meal. Guy's burger - good burgers and lots of topping choices! Mexican restaurant for breakfast burritos - I can't remember the name of it but they were quite good as the breakfast items in the buffet didn't appeal to me all that much. Burritos were made according to your preferences. Plus a topping station. Entertainment and activities - We don't go to a lot of shows since we live in Las Vegas and see shows all the time. We did go to the comedy show one night (which I believe it was this comedians last night on the ship) and was not impressed. His use of foul language to make his performance seemingly more funny was obviously planned and not funny. Dr E. was this ships shining light. He's funny, talented and I can see why people love to have him as their cruise directors. Carnival would be crazy to have him move on. Spa activities - the sauna rooms were so nice to have available to us and we used them every day. My friend had a mani/pedi the first day and although the service was good she felt the hard sell at the end to buy additional products was a bit pushy. The spa seemed very well appointed but pricey. Service - Service in our cabin and in the MDR was excellent. Different towel animals every day in our cabin, the cabin was cleaned every morning and our steward kept ice in our bucket even though we didn't request it but we really appreciated it. Service in the MDR was excellent from our wait staff although we did have one unpleasant experience with the woman who made our table change after we were not seated with our traveling companions the first night. They had been assigned to a Northern Lights and we had been assigned to Southern. My friend and I went down to the dining room the first sea day after we dined in separate restaurants the night before to inquire about moving to one table. I don't know the name of this woman but she apparently is someone of importance in the dining room. We encountered her right outside of Southern Lights and she told us just to come to the dining room we wanted to eat in that night and they would find us a table. So, that night, we all go down to Northern Lights and she is at the podium when we walk in. We said hi and told her that we were there to have our table reassigned after we had talked to her that afternoon. Her exact words to us were, "You ladies do not follow directions. You were told to go to Southern Lights and they would seat you". Not terrible but it could have been expressed a little less condescendingly. Ports and Shore excursions - Costa Maya - having lived in Mexico and about an hour north of Costa Maya for 8 years I was looking forward to visiting. This was by far the worst port I have ever been to. Overcrowded, vendors pushing themselves in your face (and I am used to it having lived there), small beach and ridiculously high prices. Not great and we left after an hour or so. They should just take this port off of their schedule. Roatan - we had an amazing day with an excursion booked privately for Upachaya Eco Lodge. Spent the day kayaking and snorkeling at this lodge owned and operated by a woman from the U.S. Excellent. Belize - we had a great day with an excursion booked through Coral Breeze to Caye Caulker. Thoroughly enjoyable boat ride to the Caye and then wandered around this small island eating, swimming and just enjoying the laid back vibe. No pushy sales people here. Cozumel - having lived across the bay in Playa del Carmen I was very familiar with Coz. My husband was in bed with some type of apparent food poisoning as he was up the entire night before throwing up so I walked into Cozumel myself. Visited a few favorite places, had some doughnuts from the grocery store where I used to shop and some coffee from Starbucks. It was nice to get back to a place where everything was familiar. I wanted to take the ferry over to Playa but didn't want to leave my hubby for that long so I walked back to the ship enjoying the time. We were a party of two retired or semi-retired couples who cruise about once of twice a year. This was our first Carnival cruise. Some things were done pretty well and it's obviously a very fun crowd, lots of people to talk to and some great choices for food and time in the adults only area. Other things were just so-so and other lines that we have cruised on rated higher especially in the MDR. We will probably skip Carnival in the future unless the price is exceptional or the itinerary is not to be missed. 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 4.2
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 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.1

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