1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We booked this cruise because we love Honduras and Belize and in addition our niece was meeting us in Cozumel. We had just finished up 2 weeks on Sanibel island in the gulf on the western side of florida and it was a perfect fit before ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we love Honduras and Belize and in addition our niece was meeting us in Cozumel. We had just finished up 2 weeks on Sanibel island in the gulf on the western side of florida and it was a perfect fit before heading home. , First of all everything was truly easy without any major problems from start to finish. Anxiety about boarding, and leaving where gone as everything worked perfect with no hassles. Our cabin was perfect location and for two who do not spend much time in the cabin it was just that. We did add the couples week spa pass and that made it easy to relax and shower. Dining was done on our time and after trying 4 different waiters, we hit one that his crew worked perfectly serving food on time and quickly. Adman was one great waiter. Our cabin was made by Su and he was perfect each and every day. As far as eating went, we did breakfast in room, perfect! lunch wherever, and mdr all the time and not being red meat eaters, had no desire for the steakhouse and the Italian place menu just wasn't to our desires as was the mdr. Realized early on you could look and the mdr menu and compare to see if you wanted to book specialty, but in all cases, the mdr suited us fine. The activities onship where many, the comedy was good for late night. Being not gamblers, the casino held no interest for us and was wayyy to smokey. We used the adults serenity area and watched one movie on the big screen. Our excursions where off the usual, Public beach for Grand Cayman, Henry Morgan Resort for Honduras, Viatinato for cave tubing in Belize, family gettogether in cozumel. Our CD MarQ was fun and yes we met all those that attended the meet and greet on thursday. ( wish it had been earlier but so goes life). We danced, enjoyed relaxing on the ship, and never felt crowd pressure to do or get anywhere. We would do this again and for the price we paid it was a bargain. I admit we are light drinkers so our entire bar bill was under 70 bucks! planning for the free events and bringing our own wine, along with 24 cans of sparkling soda took care of us. If anyone has a question about the Magic, I'd say relax and enjoy. Probably the only area I avoided was Guy's BBQ place as the line was long, it is only opened a short time and from the looks of the food as a BBQ lover I'd say Meh! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this ship based on the itinerary and date, with the main goal to escape winter. Our group: two 50-something couples. Overwhelming: so many American children, why were they not in school? Even the comedians had to dumb-down their ... Read More
We chose this ship based on the itinerary and date, with the main goal to escape winter. Our group: two 50-something couples. Overwhelming: so many American children, why were they not in school? Even the comedians had to dumb-down their shows (unsuccessfully, btw) for the early shows. The late shows were much better. Disney cruise line has more for adults to do than Carnival. The adult-only area frequently had children on our trip. We will cruise a different line going forward. It just wasn't FUN. Our wait staff and table were subpar the first night so we requested a move, which took about 20 minutes of our time, and we were assertive and persistent. Tip: Request items fresh and not sitting under the heat lamp if you want something warm and fresh at dinner. Guy Fieri's burgers and BBQ remain the best and freshest food on the ship. The coffee is strong, but marginal, and the cream and sugar are not conveniently located nearby. Room service didn't deliver my coffee the first morning, so I had to go ISO my first morning. The poolside movies are generally rained out this time of year, and the early time movies are generally for children. Boo! We watched Antman and all I remember are moms fussing and getting up to walk in front of us every 20 minutes to get something for their kids while dad was on his phone during the movie. The critical embarkation and disembarkation comments mentioned previously have been taken seriously and were not an issue on this trip. Kudos to Carnival for making this a quick and easy process for us. Vitamin Sea and the Supplements are a great combo group with an outstanding singer and guitar player. Otherwise, the main stage group is on par with a good high school performance with money. The tenders are a tip-based service, so bring lots of one's and five's with you. We went to 7-mile beach on Grand Cayman, and the local beach hustlers are numerous and intimidating. This is a public beach, but good luck with that. Steer clear! Otherwise, we had good luck with ship-based excursions and taxis with our own excursions. Our room was 9291, which included a balcony. This is a great room! Our steward was Sawl and she is attentive. Ruchelle in the Spa gives a pedicure like no other. I had a $50 gift coupon for the $70 service and tipped her generously. No upsell, just one hour of pure relaxation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose this cruise after a two week Eastern/Western Caribbean on Nieuw Statendam because 2 weeks is not long enough for flying from Vancouver Island and Carnival Magic was going to Belize and Roatan where we hadn't been before. We ... Read More
Chose this cruise after a two week Eastern/Western Caribbean on Nieuw Statendam because 2 weeks is not long enough for flying from Vancouver Island and Carnival Magic was going to Belize and Roatan where we hadn't been before. We also wanted to see how well Carnival did on a 7 day Caribbean Cruises as that seems to be their speciality. Like comparing Apples and Oranges but was pleasantly surprised by the calibre of food in the dinning room...very good! I really liked the way they did a long Brunch on sea days and same on later docking time, port day. Elegant night lobster was excellent; the best I've had on any ship and my server asked if I'd like 2, that also was a first. Seafood Shack Chowder bread bowl inedible; thought it was a mistake so took it back. Said that is the way they double bake them...hmmm?? Was amazed by the amount of children onboard shortly after Christmas break; even more amazed that the Lido never seem to run out of soft ice cream...just cones a couple of times. Do many of the children usually run loose all over the ship? I think they had races throughout all the cabin decks at all hours. In saying that, there were also some really fun and well manner kids too. Staff throughout the vessel were very friendly, helpful and made many efforts to remember your name even you only saw them once. Spotlight Comedy Club was easy to attend before late seating: the 'electric' Violinists in Magic Lobby were a treat that we always tried to catch. MarQ was a knowledgable Cruise Director with a great sense of humour and looked after everything in an efficient manner. Wish he could have been the CD when we did 49 days on the Splendor going around South America. Another story. Room 8273 veranda was roomy but really needs some attention; we were aghast at all the paint splatters on Deck Chairs and the room smelled like it had a really bad water problem that never dried properly...musty mildew is describing it gently. Shampoo, Body wash and a bar of soap provided; Room Steward was very friendly and kept us well stocked with towels and towel critters. Cleanliness of the ship could be improved pretty well everywhere...the general mess gets looked after fairly regularly but things like cleaning under and around items, wiping down tables more often, upholstery on chairs particularly in dining areas, etc. We missed having a couple of Ping Pong tables inside as on the Splendor; there was only one in the out door family play area...maybe this the norm? For drinks we usually had to go up to a bar as there are very few servers; bought a wine package for the dining room but had to make sure we had our coupons on hand & filled in for what wine we wanted. Was given a coupon for a free drink on the last night for after 5pm for a value of up to $9: most wine around $10.50 a glass; no Martinis under $9.95 or Tropical classics at $9.50. If you like beer & 2 basic wines...enjoy your free drink. Did a couple of ships tours...one in Nassau and one in Belize. Both fairly well organized; bit more of a zoo in Nassau as many ships in. Got a nice overview of Nassau for our first visit. In Belize we were first off the ship via tender as our tour left early for Xunantinch Mayan ruins; very long drive but was nice to see the countryside and the views from the top of the 'Temple' was amazing, could see Guatemala. Steps up very steep, narrow, with not much support to grab on; even regular guide was sucking wind...an extra hour at the ruins would have been excellent as we could have seen the palace area as well. Disembarkation was fairly organized and smooth considering the numbers of people. Main downside of trip for us, was the constant loud noise; was hard to find a quite spot including our room and balcony. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Me and my family hasnt gone on a cruise for over 7 years. Last cruise my only child, she was 3, and now with 2 more kids, and my once was only child being 11, we all decided to do a magical cruise! And let me tell you right now, it sure ... Read More
Me and my family hasnt gone on a cruise for over 7 years. Last cruise my only child, she was 3, and now with 2 more kids, and my once was only child being 11, we all decided to do a magical cruise! And let me tell you right now, it sure was magical! When we first got on the ship, the staff was SO nice and greeted us. We didnt get our luggage until 2 or 3 hours after we got on the ship. We went to go sign our children up for Camp Carnival, the staff was amazing there too(Alice and others)! My oldest started throwing a fit because she didnt want to go, turns out by the end she was sobbing because she didnt want to leave! The ship was clean, and the outdoor activities were very fun and kept us all busy! The pools were both saltwater, which was unexpected and a little dissapointing... The cabin we got was Deck 1 room 1390. It had a large window with an amazing view. I reccomend this cabin for a family of 4 or 5, its safe and larger than expected. It has 2 bunk beds, a couch/bed, a master bed, 2 bathrooms, and a LARGE closet. Not only that it has a vanity with drawers and a giant mirror with lights around it. The early dining at 6pm at the Northern Lights dining at Deck 4 had food that is popular from the port, the food is called PORT OF CALL. Everynight, they have an option of a cooked animal. I tried RABBIT, ALLIGATOR, and ESCARGO (snails that taste like mushrooms, very good). My favorite was the alligator and escargo, the rabbit I personaly did not like, but others loved it. The entertainment is beyond amazing! The services are also good too, you can get a thing called BUBBLING BOTTLES or something like that for arouond $7 a night for free drinks whenever you want. The ports are gorgous. Moms that are picture addicted, bring your camera's because this is a ONLY TIME OPPERTUNITY PICTURE TIME! I hope this helped you! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because it was a well talked about and loved cruise by many on Social Media. I have cruised out of Port of Miami in the past. The embarkation was very smooth. Arrived at port early due to early transportation drop off. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a well talked about and loved cruise by many on Social Media. I have cruised out of Port of Miami in the past. The embarkation was very smooth. Arrived at port early due to early transportation drop off. Was on the ship by 10:52am. Cruise director MarQ was good, but not the best I've seen. The ship was decent, could have been cleaner. The service was great in all areas except housekeeping. Major issue was the shower. There was a huge drainage issue creating a puddle whenever you showered. Everyday there were different issues, but we managed. The shows and bands were great. All other activities were just as Carnival promised FUN! Dining was great but after several cruises I am bored with The American Table Theme. I always like to try new items. Overall we had a great time. We are cruising on the Magic again In January 2020. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Amazing, fantastic, fun...Not sure what people complain about, your on a budget cruise. The food on the magic was amazing, the staff always had a smile on their faces and the there is always something to do. What more can you ask ... Read More
Amazing, fantastic, fun...Not sure what people complain about, your on a budget cruise. The food on the magic was amazing, the staff always had a smile on their faces and the there is always something to do. What more can you ask for? We did the western Caribbean and the we had so much fun at all the ports. We had our kids with us 4, 13, 14 and 17. The camp ocean for the 4 year old was so much fun and the camp C for the 13 and 14 year old was out of this world. They would have activities until 1am so the boys stayed out later then us. The entertainment was a little mediocre. The main show's were just ok and the comedians could of been better. They repeated shows often but they movie night every night at the pool which was awesome. And the adult only love and marriage and conquest games were so much fun. Lots of laughs on this ship Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our third cruise, second time on Carnival. I was looking for a bigger ship. Although this was bigger than the Pride, it was not like our Royal cruise a few years ago. Biggest complaint, which I will put down as still learning ... Read More
This was our third cruise, second time on Carnival. I was looking for a bigger ship. Although this was bigger than the Pride, it was not like our Royal cruise a few years ago. Biggest complaint, which I will put down as still learning cruising, was the excursions. One in Belize had to be canceled after we finally all got together, as we would not have had enough time to complete the trip before the ship sailed. We had scheduled the trip with Vacation2go. I did not realize that Carnival "Owned" the ports and only Carnival sponsored excursions were allowed in the port area. We had to walk through the port, take a taxi, get picked up by a van and taken to an assembly area to meet up with the rest of the group.We were on time but when we were all assembled the tour was running late. Our other issue was with dinning. I am now handicapped. Our room was 3 from the bow and our dinning was at the stern (literally). I did not take the electric scooter or have a wheel chair so the long walk really got to me. I am also per-diabetic and have issues eating too late. After working with the staff, we were moved to another dining room and earlier seating. We had requested to be seated with others, but ended up at a table for two. Even with these issues, we will cruise again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Cruised with the DW's family. DW and I actually planned the trip for the family as we have cruised many times before and no one else had. I haven't cruised with Carnival for several years as they had lost my loyalty. I had ... Read More
Cruised with the DW's family. DW and I actually planned the trip for the family as we have cruised many times before and no one else had. I haven't cruised with Carnival for several years as they had lost my loyalty. I had been getting frustrated with the continual cuts in service and ammenities without a drop in the price, and plus I had gained and lost the past guest party 3 times due to changes in the loyalty program and I had decided that Carnival was not earning my loyalty any longer (after cruising exclusively with them.) We had planned on getting to the port early around 10-11. Then we got a notice from Carnival indicating there were issues with a loading bridge and they pushed back our embarkation "reservation" to 1pm. We weren't too concerned about that, but at the hotel, the clerk first told me that they didn't offer shuttle service to the port anymore, even though I was literally looking at a sign on the counter saying that the shuttle service was first come, first serve... Anyway, once we got to the port around 12:30, embarkation was far easier than it has ever been. Once we got past security, there was no line and we never had to stop moving, we were guided to walk right on the ship. Lunch was typical. Some people in our party got burgers, others did the buffet. Then we split up for awhile and rejoined later to explore the ship. DW and I had bought an upgrade to a balcony for a really good price. DW was really pleased with the room overall. I noticed some significant spots of rust on the balcony, and we found some unlit incense sticks on top of the safe from a previous guest. We also had various things break during the cruise, but our room steward always got maintenance to come and fix any issue the same day. There was a big negative on this cruise; the dining room was way too warm. I like to wear a suit jacket on formal nights, but it was way too warm to do so. Even without the jacket and tie, I was still sweating a little bit due to the temperature. One night, I had a few drops of water come down on me from a vent above the table...that was unpleasant. The wait staff were better than I recall on Carnival. Maybe we got lucky, maybe there have been improvements, I'm not sure. Grand Cayman was nice; most of our party did stingray city. Getting back on board was a pain. The line wrapped around the port area and it was a 25-30 wait in line. They had said that the last tender to the port was leaving at 2:15pm...we didn't get on a tender until well after that and there was still a large line behind us. In Belize we all did Altun Ha. This was one of the worst if not the worst organized excursion I have ever been on, and this was my 10th cruise. Our tickets had us be in the theater at 8:45 (keep this in mind for a second.) Our group didn't get called to board a tender until 9:30...then we waited in the stairwell for 15 minutes to board. Once finally on land, they had us wait in line in the shopping area for at least 30 more minutes. By the time we were on the bus and moving, it was 10:45. Yes, it really took that long. Our tour guide did not do much..she talked for most of the way to the ruins and handed out picture of various Belizian things. And she did very little at the ruins when someone else took over the tour. That guy was pretty good. On another downside, after being shown a few of the ruins, we had only 25 minutes to explore on our own...not much time to do much of anything. Because of the delays, I did not get to eat lunch at the Wet Lizard like I had been looking forward to doing. I hope someone from Carnival reads this and does something to improve the tour. Very disappointed. Roatan was nice. On an interesting note, while eating breakfast a waterspout (tornado over the water) was seen a mile or two away from the ship. DW had a kick out of that. The rest of that day the weather was very nice. DW and I snorkeled on the beach. Cozumel was great as ever. Most of our party did a secret river tour on the mainland. Entertainment was alright. The shows weren't quite as good as I remember, but they were still good overall. Some of the family absolutely loved the violin players, and a few of the other musical groups as well. Talking about the food again for a bit...it took 3 times of DW ordering the warm chocolate melting cake for them to get it correct. One night it was like soup, another it was way overcooked. On the fourth time it was wrong again. Guy's Burgers were as good as ever. Guy's bbq was alright. Absolutely loved the Red Frog Pub!!! Here was one of the disappointments. I had wanted to book another cruise while on board to get the $100 of obc (if Carnival had made some improvements, which I felt they had.) When I went to ask about booking, I was told that they did not book while on board anymore. An offer would be emailed after the cruise that was "even better than it used to be." The offer was $25 of obc per person, price protection, and a free upgrade. In my personal opinion, that is not "better." Debarkation was easy. We got off the ship early due to an 11am flight out of Fort Lauderdale. We had transportation arranged in advance with SAS...they are just as good as I remember. The family loved the trip. One of them we weren't sure how much he was going to like the trip. At the end, even he said he would do another cruise!!! DW and I were quite happy that we had planned a trip that everyone enjoyed. Overall, this was a good trip. At the end, both DW and I felt that the week had flashed by. That being said, while I had a great time, there were no "wow" moments for me. Carnival has earned me back as a customer, but not enough to be exclusive with them like I used to be. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
El husbando and I celebrated our 25th anniversary by booking this cruise. This was our sixth Carnival cruise (we've sailed on the Glory, Legend and Valor) and we chose an aft, extended balcony cabin (7462) after doing a lot of ... Read More
El husbando and I celebrated our 25th anniversary by booking this cruise. This was our sixth Carnival cruise (we've sailed on the Glory, Legend and Valor) and we chose an aft, extended balcony cabin (7462) after doing a lot of research on this site. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and we both enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. This will be a long review, so the short version is that we especially liked the Ocean Plaza Deck 5 because there were lots of activities, you can get across the whole ship on that floor, and you can also walk around the whole outside of the ship. The service was good, though we've had better on the other trips, and the food was consistently good (don't miss the s'mores dessert in the dining room!). This was the third time we've done this schedule (I'm from Puerto Rico, so try to book cruises that include a stop in San Juan). Now for the more-detailed review for those of you who like to do tons of research. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived a little after 11 for an 11:30 a.m. appointment. We handed off our bags and were greeted warmly by port staff; Carnival staff gave us a card with a zone for getting on the ship. We quickly made our way inside after the usual security and passport checks (we had printed off all of the paperwork from the Carnival site, so that helped). There are two large screens on the walls showing which zones are being boarded. We were in the waiting area no more than 15 minutes when our zone was called, and were on the ship within 10 minutes (we had to wait for people in front of us to get their pictures taken, etc.). Once on the ship, we took the elevators to the Lido deck and got our first Guy's burgers. We were able to get some chairs right by the Beach Pool, and got a couple of drinks. We ate and chatted with new friends until about 2, when we meandered to our cabin. Because they now leave your sign and sail cards outside your cabin, we used our boarding pass (that we printed at home) to charge the drinks to our cabin. We also downloaded the Carnival Hub app and used it a TON on this trip. We paid for the messaging feature, but never used it because it was just the two of us; I can see how it could be super helpful if our kids had been with us. I also got the social media package and felt it was worth every penny because I could keep in touch with our kids back home through the Messenger feature. The cabin itself is very similar to every other balcony cabin we've been in. The balcony was indeed larger than a regular balcony and featured a full-size sun recliner, two chairs and a small table. I should note that we got a lot of shade on that balcony, even though there's nothing above you, except for during the afternoon after lunch. That changed, of course, once we started heading back north (and west) when we got a lot more sun. We had ordered both bottled water and some hard ciders delivered to our cabin. The fridge was empty when we arrived, so we loaded it up. Our room steward was fine. The cabin was kept clean, but he missed a few very minor things like providing additional bars of soap even when there was almost none left. His towel animals were on point! He frequently did one after his morning AND evening cleanings. He was also friendly and warm. First day at sea was uneventful. I run, so I spent some time on the outdoor track (runners can get more details here: http://lachicaruns.com/?p=3584). Dinner was good every night. Our servers were friendly, the food was good, but the service was super slow. It didn't bother us. We still made the comedians and music shows we wanted to see. We couldn't dock at Grand Turk because it was too windy. We were sad to miss this beloved spot, but completely understood it was a safety issue. Carnival automatically refunded the cost of our excursion, and we thoroughly enjoyed another day at sea. We sat in our balcony, reading and enjoying the soothing sound of the wake. Because we missed Grand Turk, we were in San Juan from (I think!) 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. This was a bonus for us because we got to see family. We spent the day visiting El Morro, had lunch at El Patio de Sam (excellent food and service, albeit slow), saw the umbrella art installation on Calle La Fortaleza, and had dessert at a new-to-us restaurant Flor de Trigo by the pigeon park. Their flan was homemade and delicious. Next couple of days were spent at St. Thomas and Amber Cove. We have been at both several times so didn't spend a ton of time in port. We shopped a bit and headed back to enjoy our balcony again. Dinner service improved (we loved Lusca in particular) at about day three. Some especially good dishes included all of the shrimp, the sea bass, the dishes inspired by the islands we visited, and the aforementioned s'mores dessert and the baked Alaska. Our anniversary was on Dec. 31 and we didn't know what to expect. There was no acknowledgment at dinner, which surprised us, but they seemed especially busy. There were hats and noisemakers on the tables, so don't worry about bringing your own. There were two gift cards in the cabin when we got back from dinner. One was for a $100 discount for jewelry that we couldn't afford and the other was for $100 toward photos that we never scheduled. Even just a happy anniversary would have been welcome and appreciated, but the cards were a nice touch. We did get a tiny (and yummy!) chocolate cake a couple of days later, which was very thoughtful. I did laundry early afternoon one day. The room was very clean and I was able to use two washers and dryers, no problem, but there were several people who came a little later and things got a bit backed up. Y'all probably know that you can charge the washers and dryers on your sign and sail card; each load was $3 (so $6 per load). I brought a few Tide pods, which worked out great. The washers took about 40 minutes; and the dryers about 50-55. The iron worked just fine. I went to guest services and shore excursions just once. Crew members at both were helpful and I didn't have to wait very long at all. Several areas on the ship were decorated for the holidays and there was a festive atmosphere. The New Year's Eve party on Lido was amazing. The place was PACKED and loud, but orderly. The countdown was super fun and the crew served complimentary champagne. It was a nice capstone to our anniversary. We never made it to the Showtime Theater, except for the "mandatory" meeting on the last sea day where they talked about debarkation. I could have just read the paperwork they left in our room, but I went just in case. There was nothing new that I didn't already know. I mentioned the comedians. We saw four and loved all of them. We were disappointed that one of them repeated the same routine for all of his scheduled performances, so we didn't go to the comedy club as often as we typically do. No big deal. I had read that you had to get tickets before each show, but we never did. The music talent was also pretty good. We especially enjoyed the Latin music (we celebrated our anniversary listening to salsa and merengue!) and a guitar/singer duo Kaleidoscope. Because this was a larger ship than the others we've been on, we noticed that there were more options for music/drinking/dancing. We went to the piano bar a couple of times, but we didn't really enjoy it as much as we have in previous cruises. I genuinely think that James Quigley ruined all piano bars for us because he was so awesome, that I still follow him on Facebook. He was amazing. I should mention that we had one of the best bar tenders on the whole trip at the piano bar. I can't recall her name but she's from Bulgaria and she was awesome. Again, we loved the Ocean Plaza and spent more time there, grabbing a drink and listening to the performers. We particularly enjoyed walking around the entire deck 5 at night. There is a spot where it was completely dark, so we spent a little bit of time stargazing. That was pretty sweet. We passed by the Barbecue place outside Ocean Plaza on Deck 5, but never tried it. It sure smelled good, though! We also noticed on our last day that there was a decent salad bar inside Ocean Plaza that I wish I had known about earlier. As for the pools, they were always very full, but they were also bigger than the pools in the other ships we've sailed on. I spent some time on deck 11 (I think!) in the pool. I liked that there was a very, very shallow area where I could sit and read. I've seen a lot of complaints about smoke smell on this ship. Yup, you will smell smoke more than on other ships. The casino smells horrible, but you can avoid it for the most part, or walk really fast. There are also several spots (at least three that I saw) outdoors for smokers, including one right under the running track, which was kind of annoying, but not enough to be bothersome. As for drinks, we don't drink much. Our entire bill for the trip was about $200, which included some drinks and a handful of toiletry purchases. El husbando especially enjoyed the frozen Margaritas; I had a pina colada, which was OK, but not great. Still very refreshing and the amount of rum was good, too. On debarkation day, we left our room at 8:30 and hung out at Ocean Plaza until they practically kicked us out at 10:30. We only brought carry on (and we still brought too much stuff!!!), so we walked out to the Carnival charter bus, which took us to Miami. The bus was clean and the driver was friendly and helpful. He had our bags outside when we got to our terminal and we didn't have any issues at all. In the end, this trip confirmed why we enjoy sailing with Carnival. There were no surprises and we felt like we got good value. I would definitely book the Magic again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Pros: The embarkation in Miami was a breeze. Carnival is usually a lower price than other lines. Carnival has good itineraries for the Caribbean. The Magic is definitely a large ship with many places to grab a drink or sit on the ... Read More
Pros: The embarkation in Miami was a breeze. Carnival is usually a lower price than other lines. Carnival has good itineraries for the Caribbean. The Magic is definitely a large ship with many places to grab a drink or sit on the deck. Carnival does a good job moving people off the ship and to their excursion or other transportation. The lines to get back on the ship after excursions were also efficient. Our family enjoyed playing the games that were out on the tables at the Red Frog Bar on 5. I did have a fish, pescado asada, which was good one night. We enjoyed some of the showcase theater entertainment and movie on the deck. We had awesome weather. Cons: Not enough bartenders because we always waited long for drinks. I just had the soft drink package and waited over 20 minutes to get a diet coke to have with lunch. The buffet lines were long, long, long, at breakfast and lunch. I called 3 different times to get a second pillow for one of the kid's beds. The beds were not really comfortable. I knew Carnival's food quality is mediocre at best, but some of the items were inedible. I had a chicken wrap that was filled with skin and gristle. I ate a lot of salad. Coming back to the ship after being gone most of the day left you with only a burger or pizza since everything else closes at 2:30. Dinner every night was cold. On night 3 before dinner, I asked the waiter to please make sure food was hot. Nope, not even close. Don't dare ask for the veggie served with another entree. No changes. Long waits for appetizers and the entree each night. They have a system and you better be ready to abide. Missing some activities due to almost 2 hours for dinner each night was not fun for the 9 and 11 year old. (I have found Royal and Princess to have much better food and be more accommodating.) I really hate the additional charges for everything such as the chat feature on carnival hub. Just price it in the cruise. The lines at guest services were too long at most times. I took my grandson to the arcade. One game worked by swiping my ship card We then swiped the ship card 5 more times on 2 different games. Nothing worked. We went directly to guest services. The woman at guest services was told about our arcade experience. She pulled up my bill and said no arcade charges are present and even gave me a paper copy at that point. I asked if the charges would show up later and insisted that all charges were up to date. So, i took my grandson back to the arcade. The next day I looked at my account on carnival hub and saw the charges were on the bill from our first and second arcade visit. I called guest services and spoke to Imen. She said she would pass the information on to someone and they would call. Guess what, no call, and charges remained. If carnival needs to cheat a retired grandma out of $13, then where else are they cutting corners. I will never choose Carnival for a cruise, life is too short. Read Less
Carnival Magic Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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