4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This is our third time on the Magic, and as always it was great. Honestly this has been one of the best cruises we have ever taken. We did miss Half Moon Cay due to the weather conditions, and that was a disappointment. But that's ... Read More
This is our third time on the Magic, and as always it was great. Honestly this has been one of the best cruises we have ever taken. We did miss Half Moon Cay due to the weather conditions, and that was a disappointment. But that's the risk you take when booking a cruise that goes there. We decided to make the best of it, and spent the day playing trivia and Bingo. We were upgraded to a spa cabin, which was nice. We especially enjoyed the heated pool in the spa. The only drawback to our cabin is lack of closet space. I didn't know when we upgraded that it is a handicapped cabin. So, our bathroom was huge, and very nice, but very little room for our clothes. The cabin itself is very roomy. The entertainment staff on this ship is wonderful. We had a great time at every activity. I played and won trivia so many times Maddie, the trivia lady, knew me by name. I can't say enough about our waitstaff. We had early dining in the Northern Lights dining room. On the first night, my husband didn't order dessert. When the waitress asked why, he told her that he doesn't eat very many sweets. And that they no longer serve the only cake he really likes in the dining room, Black Forest cake. A few minutes later, the hostess Daria comes to our table. She asks my husband about the Black Forest cake, and he told her its no big deal, just the cake that he always used to get. The next night, she comes to our table and tells us that on the last sea day she has a surprise in store for him. The last sea day, they bring him his very own Black Forest cake! I thought that was such a wonderful surprise, that definitely went above and beyond typical service. We hadn't book an excursion for Amber Cove yet. When we got off the ship, we walked through the gift shop and there is a shore excursion stand just outside of it. We talked to the man in charge and chose a short excursion that went to town, toured the church and town square, stopped by the beach for pictures, and then stopped at the fort for a few minutes. We also went to a gift shop, and watched a man make cigars. The guide had told us that the tour would be around 2.5 hours. We left at 10 and got back at exactly 12:30. We spent the rest of the day at the port, in pool. At Grand Turk, we walked to Jack's Shack and spent the day relaxing. Overall it was a nice, relaxing vacation. I am already planning the next one! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This is my husband and I's 7th cruise together, my 8th. We LOVE cruises and this one was probably our favorite. It was the biggest ship we have ever been on (even though they are all set up the same). I was really nervous about ... Read More
This is my husband and I's 7th cruise together, my 8th. We LOVE cruises and this one was probably our favorite. It was the biggest ship we have ever been on (even though they are all set up the same). I was really nervous about lines/cleanliness etc based on reviews I read before I left, but this was by far a great vacation and fantastic ship. We flew into Fort lauderdale the day before and stayed at the La Quinta inn and suites. They have a free shuttle that picks you up from the airport and takes you to the hotel. Expedia, however, lost our hotel booking and after an hour of the front lady going back and forth with Expedia, it was resolved. The hotel upgraded us to a suite for the mix up. We took an Uber from the hotel to the shuttle the next morning. Getting on the ship: Embarkation was extremely smooth and efficient. We almost instantly got on the ship even though we were early. We grabbed lunch at Guy's burger and found a set of seats under an umbrella outside. The day everyone was getting on the ship was the busiest of any of the days and had the longest lines. They weren't even that long though! I read some other reviews of 45 minute long lines throughout the cruise.... I'm not sure what they were trying to wait for because we didn't experience anything like that. Ship: Great ship. More modern than the other ships we have been on, so that was nice. The lanai on deck 5 was pretty great! Clean and well maintained. There are a ton of hot tubs on this ship! Dining: We had anytime dining and showed up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30. We used the app to reserve our table. This was our first cruise using the app and it is such a GREAT addition. We would reserve it in our room and by the time we walked to the dining room, our table was ready. We always requested to sit by ourselves and it was always honored. Food was always great and prompt. I even had a few odd requests like an additional side of mushroom risotto or extra plantain chips that was used as a garnish for a dish (so delicious!) - and they would always bring them to me. Also - if you're new to cruising, know that you can order multiple things. I usually would get 2 appetizers. Shimp cocktail and a salad, or a salad and xyz. Food: We usually order room service the night before for the coffee and some fruit in the morning but this was the first cruise we didn't do this regularly. We are usually early risers and so when we ordered room service - the coffee was stale/burnt and it just wasn't worth the hassle of trying to make sure we were up and dressed. That's another big thing about ordering room service - they come INTO your room to set down your order. I have made the mistake of not being fully dressed when answering the door. So fair warning! - I WISH I WOULD HAVE TRIED THE OMELET STATION SOONER! I tried it on the day we got off the ship and it was SOOOO good. - I ordered 24 bottles of water before we got on the ship for $10? and it was delivered to our room when before we arrived. Best decision ever, as I hate the taste of tap water on the ship. Specialty coffee: Grab a latte on level 5. They are priced well and well made. Make sure you go on the first day and get the punch card. If you end up getting 1 drink a day, you'll get your last one free. You can use the punch card for multiple people too. Entertainment: We LOVE going to the comedy shows but the shows need to be held in bigger venues. I'm not kidding when I say, we had to show up an hour beforehand if we wanted any choice in seating. The place is full 30 minutes prior. We loved the shows though. Make sure you go to the Love and Marriage show. I will say this, there were quite a few dead times on the ship. Compared to 7-9 years ago, I feel like they have cut back on things to do in general. This has nothing to do with the Magic specifically though. If you JUST started cruising though, you would know no difference. We usually go back to the room and take naps during the dead times. Our last cruise with Carnival, they had a magician on board. That would have been a great addition to the Magic. No pun intended haha Service: As usual, we had great service. There was one incident with people under us having a bose speaker that was vibrating our balcony from how loud it was playing. Carnival handled it quickly and in a professional way. I read other reviews of crew members being mean or acting like they don't care..... again... not sure how that is possible. Staff was always fantastic, no matter where we were on the ship. Ports: Half moon cay + Amber Cove + Turks and Caicos HMC - this was our 3rd visit to half moon cay but by far our best visit.... simply because this time, we brought our own inflatable rafts. I went to 5 below before our trip and bought 2 rafts. We unfolded them and blew them up and floated for hours. Everyone around us kept asking where we rented them from. It was the best $5 we ever spent! Make sure you get off the ship early so you can have your choice of a chair and bring plenty of sun screen. Drinks on the Island are pretty expensive as well even though they sell a ton. Amber Cove- This was our first time we visited Amber Cove. I'm glad we booked an excursion because just like Freeport and a few other ports, if you don't book something, there would be nothing to do. We did the waterfall of damajargua (spelling?). It was an amazing excursion and was ran extremely well. We brought our Gopro to take videos and pictures, but they did a good job at taking pictures/video that are available to purchase. I believe it was $50? I would highly recommend the excursion. Turks and Caicos - this was our second time here and we didn't book an excursion, so we just ventured around the shops for a bit and then enjoyed the pools on the ship while everyone was off the ship. We also were the only ship in all the ports all week, so it was awesome that we weren't crowded! WARNING WARNING - GETTING OFF THE SHIP! I am SO glad we didn't book early flights. Getting off the ship when the cruise ended was the worse de- embarkation we have ever experienced. They kept stopping everyone because the gangways, customs were backed up. We didn't get off the ship until 11 am. The worst part is that THEY SHUT OFF THE WATER AT 9 AM. That means you couldn't flush toilets, get water to drink, wash your hands etc. There were still a ton of us on the ship, so I found this extremely frustrating. You had to be out of your room by 8:30 am, so there were hundreds of people just waiting anywhere they could. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our first cruise, and couldn't believe what a great ship this was. Started at embarkation from FLL, an absolute breeze and were on ship in about 20 mins. Headed straight for food, and then to the red frog pub for drinks. ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and couldn't believe what a great ship this was. Started at embarkation from FLL, an absolute breeze and were on ship in about 20 mins. Headed straight for food, and then to the red frog pub for drinks. Balcony cabin aft on deck 7 was great (apart from noise of neighbours slamming door, oh and smoking weed on his balcony) Food was always great - big fan of guys burgers where we ate a few times. Food in MDR was always great, though sometimes not overly warm which was more due to the room temperature more than anything else. We also ate in the steakhouse, which was amazing food and the best steak I've ever had. Also booked the italian restaurant for our last night which again was lovely food, and really big portions. We didn't purchase the drinks package, but did make use of happy hour when we could catch it. Spent our sea days up on Serenity deck which was nice - but be warned it can be really hot up there as not a lot of shade about. I booked a pedicure in the spa, but it wasnt a great experience - mainly due to staff being quite rude and not interested in interacting with customers at all! All in all I don't think there is anything else i could fault about our cruise, staff and room steward were all lovely. I would definitely book to go on this ship again Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Took this cruise with my daughter-in-law for some fun and relaxation. We couldn't get on the this until 4 P.M. due to the fact of the ship repositioning from Miami, but no problem we just did some fun things in Ft. Lauderdale until ... Read More
Took this cruise with my daughter-in-law for some fun and relaxation. We couldn't get on the this until 4 P.M. due to the fact of the ship repositioning from Miami, but no problem we just did some fun things in Ft. Lauderdale until time to board. Right onto the ship, right to the cabin. We upgraded to a balcony two days before sailing and everything was switch but a few items, but our cabin steward, K2, fixed these thing quickly. Room was always kept clean. We only got the evening turndown service which worked fine. I really don't know why so many people complain about the food. I have been on many cruises and the food in the MDR was the best I have ever had. There are plenty of places to eat and we went to evening meal at the MDR everynight. We had a great table lots of fun. Our waiters really knew how to dance. The shows were great. The only thing I can say is the seats in the balcony are very close and if you have bad knees, like me, set on the main floor or ouch. The casino is a little to smoky, but we played anyways. I will admit it did get to me a couple of times and effected by throat, but I lived. The casino workers were all very friendly and I didn't do bad in the casino, brought back what I took, so this was a win. The pools looked crowded on sea days. I can't do the sun any longer, breaks me out, but it looks like everyone was enjoying the pool that went. Cruise director Markq, was great. One the best I have seen. If you go to Amber Cove, be prepared the walk off the pier is long, but there are Pedicabs that will transport you for a tip. We gave $10 each way. Coming back it is the best $10 we spent, because we were tired. Took a shore excursion, Outback Adventures on Amber Cove and would highly recommend it. The ship was very clean, I don't know what the people that says it isn't is looking at. Go have an open mind and have fun. This is the reason to go on a cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was my first time at the Carnival cruise, I always go by Royal Caribbean or Norwegian.. I was mad at the first day with the delay and all the mess while we were waiting to board, but as soon as we understand the problem and how ... Read More
This was my first time at the Carnival cruise, I always go by Royal Caribbean or Norwegian.. I was mad at the first day with the delay and all the mess while we were waiting to board, but as soon as we understand the problem and how Carnival Magic treat us everything change because they were so nice and polite , always ready and willing to help us..and once we were aboard it was so beautiful and amazing .I am very surprise with the attention and good service from the crew.. at the Restaurant I always will remember them they were so nice .. I love the show time please never change those good and amazing shows .. people like Daria, Floyd, Charles , Dary and much more always will be in my heart they were so nice with us during the whole trip.I also love the Spanish music at night Just please could you leave for every night during the trip it was really fun Spanish people love to DANCE. The cabin was always clean and at the time of disembarkation was nice and smoothly everybody was happy and the crew did a very good job to made the process fun and nice... I really love all the entertainments .. I love this Ship i really recommended Carnival Cruise to everybody,, the food is amazing , and delicious . the whole trip was just perfect. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my 12th Carnival cruise and 16th cruise overall. We loved this ship and had a wonderful time. Embarkation was very smooth as I am now platinum and so we basically arrived at the port at 11:30 and practically walked on the ... Read More
This was my 12th Carnival cruise and 16th cruise overall. We loved this ship and had a wonderful time. Embarkation was very smooth as I am now platinum and so we basically arrived at the port at 11:30 and practically walked on the ship. Our aft balcony was perfect. We had cabin 9474 as each end of deck 9 and deck 8 have balconies that are much wider than the middle balconies. I booked this cabin over a year in advance as the other end was already booked. We also like to be under the lip of the lido as we prefer a shaded balcony. The hallway is typically quite quiet at the back as well as the only people walking by have cabins in the back. Our stateroom Heri and his assistant Edison were wonderful. The room was clean and very comfortable. My sons had their own inside cabin which was also nice. The ship itself was very similar to the Carnival Breeze and Dream which we loved so I knew that I would like the layout of this ship too. Upon Embarkation, it is ½ happy hour at the Red Frog pub. We also ate at the Guys BBQ as we knew that would be lined up on sea days. It was yummy. The food was excellent. We eat at the main dining room every night. We noticed this crowd to be a lot less casual than other cruises which made the MDR very quiet and the Lido busier at night when we walked through. Each to their own as that is why they have the option. Breakfast in the MDR as well was excellent. Lunch we enjoyed Guy’s burgers and a burrito. We love the deli for a late night snack and very a very late night snack, at 11:30 they would put out some food including a very delicious chicken noodle soup. The ports were all good. We stopped at Amber Cove, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. Puerto Rico was by far our favourite. If you are walking to the fort, I recommend the path along the ocean as the views of the wall and ocean were incredible. You will see dozens of beautiful feral cats along the way as well. The sign says that they are captured, fixed and then returned and fed. They weren’t friendly but very sweet to see. The passengers on this voyage seemed like they were from all very different walks of life. They ranged from the very casual to very fancy. Everyone was friendly, polite and courteous. There were lots of kids on this voyage and they were also polite and courteous. My sons were in Circle C and O2 which they loved. They have moved up from the days of Camp Carnival (they are one cruise away from platinum). The youth workers are always wonderful. You would see packs of teenagers walking around together and again they were always respectful. Sometimes we would get a glimpse of my own teens in the groups. The shows were all very good. The singers on this voyage were better than some other ones. We loved all the show but are not a big fan of Flick which other seem to love so my opinion shouldn’t stop others from seeing or enjoying. Comedians were hilarious. Arrive early as it is hard to find a seat right before it starts. John Heald was on this cruise which was so nice to meet him and get my picture with him. Vito the Captain was so friendly and personable. He had no problem posing for a photo with my son and I in Grand Turk. MarQ is wonderful. He is one of my favourites so far and we have sailed with him twice. You can tell that he really loves what he does and wants everyone to have a great time. He was around a lot and so much fun! Debarkation was easy as again, I am platinum. We heard rumblings from our Facebook page that there was an incident in customs and that there was a big delay getting off the ship after us. My only complaint and I know this may sound ridiculous to some is that Carnival eliminated NBC, CBS and ABC on the stateroom TV’s. Now I know that we do not cruise to watch TV but in the morning I like to watch a bit of the Today Show or Good Morning America and at night, I like a bit of the news or evening talk show as well. They have a news channel (not CNN) that is very boring. Other channels are Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network for the kids, HGTV and Food Network. I wish Carnival would bring back NBC, CBS and ABC. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I loved this cruise so much. They have an amazing circle c leader, Georgia, she has the humor as a teenager so she gets our jokes. She also lets us have our free time and doesn’t make us do the scheduled activities. She was super nice to ... Read More
I loved this cruise so much. They have an amazing circle c leader, Georgia, she has the humor as a teenager so she gets our jokes. She also lets us have our free time and doesn’t make us do the scheduled activities. She was super nice to us all and was awesome. I would like to see her on my next cruise because she got me into dancing with her when I didn’t want to, but they made me happy. She told me she has been part of carnival for about 2 months and I think she is already a pro. Kids 12-14 will definitely enjoy her on any boat she goes on. MarQ, the cruise director gets everyone pumped up, singing, and dancing at anytime you may see him. The food is amazing and the people are so nice to you. If you want to sleep in, all you have to do is put the snooze sign up and the stewardess won’t bother you. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise for its value, ship size and itinerary. Now, if you read a lot of the reviews, you are expecting to board the Pinta or Santa Maria or a slave Ship. I was kinda expecting grumpy crew members and long lines. We in face ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its value, ship size and itinerary. Now, if you read a lot of the reviews, you are expecting to board the Pinta or Santa Maria or a slave Ship. I was kinda expecting grumpy crew members and long lines. We in face found the opposite. Embarkation was smooth as silk. Great people working. The ship is lovely. There was nothing that didn’t work. The buffet was great. We never Waited once. The food was not Ruths Chris Steakhouse, but I was not paying those type prices. We enjoyed every meal. The Northern Lights dining room was fabulous. Food was wonderful. Our servers were on the ball and from the first night remembered our names. Cabin steward kept room tip top. Spacious and always clean. It was amazing to watch the Captain walk around the ship talking to the guests. He was out inspecting several times. He runs a great ship In the Dominican, we did the Monkey Jungle excursion and loved it. In San Juan we went to the Rain Forest...beautiful. We had always tried to book our shore excursions on our own before and this time did both of them through Carnival and it was much easier. Debarkation in Miami was the easiest ever. Very Nicely done Carnival. I have made a decision to never read someone’s review that is less than 4/5. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
As a 6 -8 cruise a year veteran, I understand that folks get jaded over time and forget to appreciate the little things that make a cruise awesome. Reading reviews that imply that someone had an awful cruise because the bread wasn't ... Read More
As a 6 -8 cruise a year veteran, I understand that folks get jaded over time and forget to appreciate the little things that make a cruise awesome. Reading reviews that imply that someone had an awful cruise because the bread wasn't warm, or they used hot stones in their massage when they didn't prefer them, makes me thankful that I'm not in the "what can I find wrong" mode quite yet. I loved the Magic. The crew, customer service, cruise director, were excellent. As is always the case, approaching them with a big smile and a spirit of appreciation is always essential. The Thalosotherapy spa is amazing. Not only were we in there at least 3 times a day, but we immediately booked another spa room on the Magic when we got off (leaving next week). The Italian restaurant is awesome and we ate there three times. The food and service in the MDR were above average and there was no wait for anytime dining. Over 100 nights on Carnival, and a few dozen on other cruise lines, and I've yet to have a bad day cruising. Guess we're just lucky. I'm not sure that you're allowed to post a review without any complaints on this board, but hopefully it won't get banned. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise for the best bang for the buck and other positive reviews for this ship and the cruise director. This was our second cruise and first with Carnival. Overall we are very happy with Carnival and had no real issues. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the best bang for the buck and other positive reviews for this ship and the cruise director. This was our second cruise and first with Carnival. Overall we are very happy with Carnival and had no real issues. We thought there was more food options included and available with Carnival vs royal carribean. My wife also won us a shore excursion and some jewelry. We also thought all the crew and staff were way more upbeat than Royal Caribbean staff. We would go on this ship again. Pros: Guys burger joint and Pig and Anchor barbecue. The omelets in the buffet area. The breakfast in the formal dining room. MarQ the cruise director was great as a cruise director! A number of hottubs were available. The violinists and a few singers were excellent. We had no problems with embarkation or deembarkment. Cons: The all day pizzeria: pizzas were good but it seemed like they could never keep up with the demand (only one spot) and there was always a line. Some of the desserts were a bit bland or tasted off like the peanut butter cream cake that tasted more coconut. While we never had problems finding room in a hot tub at times they were a bit lukewarm. So I have absolutely nothing wrong with peoples lifestyle choices and this evidently was a LGBT friendly cruise but we had a couple incidents specifically with the LGTB crowd. One female couple was making out in the hottub we were in even with other people in it. On another night while listening to the violinists in the main atrium, Another female couple blatantly and obnoxiously started making out in the middle of the floor for several minutes even with many poeple around. Numerous people were uncomfortable and left the entertainment. My point is this behavior is not courteous and acceptable regardless of the type or age of the “couple”, it’s not like it was in some corner or in their room. Ports: Grand Cayman- we won a shore and land excursion. Semi submersible boat to a tour bus around the island, to the sea turtle aquarium then Hell. Probably would not have booked this trip ourselves. We then had a little bit of time to go snorkeling at Eden Rock just about a 10 minute walk from the tender access. Water was nice Roatan- our favorite port. We did the Dolphin swim and snorkel at Anthony Keys. Absolutely worth the money (Though it was about $30 more through the cruise line and there were no openings through the resort...funny) this was everything the other reviews had said and wished we could stay longer. We were also suprised that as we drove the stark difference in housing from very poor to very expensive in a short distance and not much in between. Belize city- least favorite port. Did rendezvous case spectacular snorkel and lunch. Overall good other than swimming with a big group of people was a bit frustrating and the lunch part was pretty weak. We then went back to ship and to the port to shop. Not impressed at all with that area and would advise people to just stay on the ship unless an excursion. Cozumel- did the all inclusive Paradise beach getaway not through the cruise line. A bit more people eventually on the property than at Nachi Cocom 8 years ago. The food was excellent as well as the drinks. Also saw lobster, ray, and eel which I didn’t see snorkeling elsewhere. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Magic was my second cruise and is an easy ship to find your way around. I wish they would use better signage for all the washrooms on board. It was difficult to find washrooms on any floor even after your told where they are.( It’s not ... Read More
Magic was my second cruise and is an easy ship to find your way around. I wish they would use better signage for all the washrooms on board. It was difficult to find washrooms on any floor even after your told where they are.( It’s not a big deal, but many others had the same problem.) We had a balcony cabin and our stateroom service was great. Su made sure everyone was comfortable and we had everything needed. If not, you only need to ask and there there to help you Diningroom service was awesome. Loved these guys. I don’t know how the servers remember everyone’s name but they do. They were very friendly, efficient and never made you feel rushed. We were always told to relax and take our time. They saw me at the lido deck having tea in the morning and seen that I liked honey instead of sugar. It was at my table that night for dining, along with a pot of tea. It was so considerate of them. The dancing they do was fun to watch every night, and brought a tear to your eye on the last night. Entertainment was amazing. MarQ, the cruise director, is hilarious. You will LYAO. Theatre shows are really good and worth seeing every night. They get the audience involved in game shows like The Newlywed Game. Again hilarious. They might ask you what one of your spouses friends you could see yourself with. Haha, Very talented group of entertainers. Songs from the 50’s, 60’s 70’s,80’s,90’s to sing along with . They leave no generation out. Singing and dancing they do is fabulous, a must see. Easy on / off the ship for excursions and embarkation/ disembarkation went very smoothly. Highly recommended, but don’t go if you don’t want to have some fun and share some laughs. If you do, then this ship is for you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall loved the ship. Embarkation smooth. Cabin lovely. Extended cabin aft. on the curve so a little larger. Underneath lido so had a roof when it rained. A little noise from folks dragging chairs but not a deal breaker. Steak ... Read More
Overall loved the ship. Embarkation smooth. Cabin lovely. Extended cabin aft. on the curve so a little larger. Underneath lido so had a roof when it rained. A little noise from folks dragging chairs but not a deal breaker. Steak House was fabulous as always. Italian restaurant nice ambiance way too much food for me. We could have split an entree and been full. didn't use the dining room at all as the menu was not appealing to us at all and we are not picky eaters. No vairety. Staff was great. olivia from fun squad an absolute hoot. We had so much fun with her and Adriann. would sail on Magic again. Not overly fond of the Miami port but not a deal breaker. All the staff was friendly from buffet to bartenders to cleaning staff. The girls at coffee bar were the hardest workers I have seen. The first show (Western) left me flat but the second Rock one was terrific. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
After my wife and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on Carnival Fascination in 2015, we were ready to jump back into it. After weeks of research, we finally settled on Carnival Magic with the seven day Western Caribbean itinerary, this ... Read More
After my wife and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on Carnival Fascination in 2015, we were ready to jump back into it. After weeks of research, we finally settled on Carnival Magic with the seven day Western Caribbean itinerary, this time with our three children. I was a bit nervous about bringing our gaggle of kids with us, but they were so sad about not going with us the last time. I was very impressed from the get go about everything this ship had to offer. We were dropped off at the terminal by our Uber at 12:00 and were onboard at 12:30. The food was incredible. For a ship capable of holding 3000+ people, there were minimal lines. The other passengers were super nice ("Where you from?"). The cruise director MarQ was exceptionally friendly and made all the activities fun and entertaining. Of course, I'm sure you want to know what needs to be worked on, so here are the few areas I believe that could use improvement or just a heads up so there's no surprises: Embarkation: We made the faux pas of putting our boarding passes away after having them being inspected three times already. The final agent that was directing people to the boarding gangway apparently felt the need to make a public display of our ignorance, yelled at us to get our passes back out, and made us stand to the side while another 20 people walked past us before she would let us past. A bit embarrassing and unneeded in my opinion. Whatever, no biggie. Elevators: This is probably the biggest annoyance I had on the ship itself. There are three elevator lobbies (not including the atrium elevators), each with four or six elevators. Abandon all hope if all the elevators were on the top and you were on the bottom because you can bet that the elevator would have to make multiple stops before it would pick you up. Once you were on it, it will stop three to five times, letting people off and on (making it super full in the process). Bottom line, count on waiting five to ten minutes at a minimum to get from top to bottom during a busy part of the day. Not much Carnival can do about it, and I would definitely not call this a deal breaker, because everything else was so amazing. Just a heads up so you won't be surprised. First Elegant Night: We waited about 30-40 minutes for a table. Nothing too crazy but some of the other passengers were upset about it. I didn't particularly care, but just a heads up. Besides those very minor things, we had literally no complaints. Our family all had an amazing time, and seeing our six year old daughter gradually become familiar with the ship was entertaining in and of itself (Day 6... "I'm going to get ice cream and pizza on the Lido Deck... come on sissy!" as she grabs her older sister). Highly recommend!!! Read Less
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
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
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
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Was on this cruise as part of a baseball camp/cross cultural game experience. I have cruised many times with both Carnival and Norwegian and have also cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean. This ship has the most pleasant and ... Read More
Was on this cruise as part of a baseball camp/cross cultural game experience. I have cruised many times with both Carnival and Norwegian and have also cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean. This ship has the most pleasant and accommodating staff that I have come in contact with in quite some time. They were all very welcoming throughout the course of the week unlike some ship reviews which have stated the staff appeared worn out and miserable. The food was also very tasty and the wait staff at our 8:15 seating were very accommodating. The buffets as usual were very crowded during peak times and even the dining room for breakfast had a wait. My cabin steward was excellent. Room kept in great condition, ice left as requested with towel animals further beautifying the cabin everyday. Didn’t see any of the shows in the main theatre but found the live music to be outstanding. Attended the Quest which was definitely R rated, and also experienced one comedian that was very good and another who should be fired. Arrived at around 1:30 and the lines moved briskly. Debarkation to the various ports was frustrating because people refused to follow directions and created traffic jams on the stairs and corridors as one person tried to stay a step ahead of the other person while at the same time trying to keep their group together. This brought things to a crawl. People did much better when we disembarked in Miami. The Magic as a ship is mid sized not too small but not so large that you become exhausted going from one end of the ship to the other. I would certainly go on the Magic again should it visit some ports that I have not experienced. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our first cruise was on Carnival Magic. Even though I have nothing to compare it to, it has set the standard on what I will expect. We chose this cruise because it fit in my work schedule and was a good price. With 5 in my family we ... Read More
Our first cruise was on Carnival Magic. Even though I have nothing to compare it to, it has set the standard on what I will expect. We chose this cruise because it fit in my work schedule and was a good price. With 5 in my family we were on deck 1 with an ocean view room. The room seemed small at first with all of our luggage out, but after everything was put away it fit is nicely. The steward met us shortly after to introduce himself and find out about the family. From that point on he called us all by our names. He left towel animals for us each day, which the kids loved. We ate at the steakhouse on the first night, which was great. Not many took advantage of the free bottle of wine. Service and food was great. The fun started right away, the sail away party was in full swing after the safety briefing. The CD, MarQ, was constantly full of energy and seemed like he had clones because he was all over the ship hosting events and keeping everyone smiling. The shore excursions were fun, and let us experience new things. One of ours lasted a little long and the ship waited for us to return shortly a problem. Everything on the ship was well kept, everything was always cleaned even if it seemed like it didn't. I did notice that they emptied and cleaned the pools every night. We really enjoyed the movies at night on the lido, catching at least one a night. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We went on this cruise for our honeymoon and had an amazing time!! This was our first cruise ever and I’m so glad we chose this ship! Embarkation and debarkation were so easy and hassle free. Got on and off the ship very quickly and with ... Read More
We went on this cruise for our honeymoon and had an amazing time!! This was our first cruise ever and I’m so glad we chose this ship! Embarkation and debarkation were so easy and hassle free. Got on and off the ship very quickly and with no problems. The food was AWESOME and all the staff were incredibly friendly and kind. Guys burgers, smokehouse and Mongolian wok were our favorites... out of this world good!!! Our servers in the dining room and staff that made up our room... very personable and such great people!! Our ports & excursions were a blast. Only thing that lacked was the comedy club... wasn’t as funny as we would have liked but wouldn’t defer us from sailing on this ship again. Cruise director MarQ was super nice, funny and made the cruise sooo much fun!! We had extremely beautiful weather and no rough water which made for smooth sailing throughout the whole week! I would definitely recommend this cruise ship! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife and I sailed with our son, who turned 2 on December 1, 2018, on the Carnival Magic’s December 2, 2018 sailing to Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. This review will give a synopsis of our experience. We live in ... Read More
My wife and I sailed with our son, who turned 2 on December 1, 2018, on the Carnival Magic’s December 2, 2018 sailing to Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. This review will give a synopsis of our experience. We live in Coconut Creek, Florida, which is just north of Ft. Lauderdale. We arrived at the Port of Miami at just before 12:30 PM on December 2nd. Embarkation was a breeze and we were on the ship by 1:00 PM. When we boarded the Carnival Magic, we went straight to Guy’s Barbecue, having read that the lines are very long on sea days. My wife and I loved the pulled beef while my son loved the mac and cheese. Unfortunately, this was the only time that we were able to enjoy Guy’s Barbecue on this cruise. After having lunch at Guy’s Barbecue, we registered our son in Camp Ocean. Carnival is the only major cruise line that will accept a 2 year old in their children’s program. Camp Ocean reminded us a lot of our son’s Montessori school. We can’t say enough good things about the staff. They seemed to genuinely care for the children. For those that are wondering, they give all parents of young children an old Nokia phone to call in case of an emergency. With the exception of the one day that my wife and I went on a ship-sponsored excursion in St. Thomas, my son spent about 3 hours a day on our cruise in Camp Ocean. One final great feature of Camp Ocean is that they let you wait with your child in the children’s area while waiting to disembark. After enrolling our son in Camp Ocean, we went to our cabin, a Deluxe Oceanview on Deck 1. We spent more time in our cabin, due to my son’s nap and sleeping schedule, than we did on previous cruises. The extra space and sink and bathtub came in handy with a toddler. I would book this cabin category again. We had most of our breakfasts and lunches on the Lido Deck. While I tried Guy’s Burgers early in the cruise, I preferred the Blue Iguana Cantina for breakfast and lunch. We also went to the complimentary pasta bar in the Italian restaurant once for lunch during our cruise and took our son to the Dr. Seuss Breakfast, which we recommend even for guests without children. All of our dinners were had in the Northern Lights dining room. Our server, Auth, was excellent. My son can get antsy and Auth made sure to get his meal out very quickly. We were usually in and out in under an hour. Our meals ranged from fair to good. While we did not go to any of the shows at night, there seemed to be a lot of activities onboard the Carnival Magic. Our cruise director, MarQ, was very visible and seemed to enjoy interacting with the guests. We did, however, take our son to the Build-A-Bear workshop (I bought my son a shark), the Dr. Seuss Seuss-A-Palooza, and the going away party in the Magic Atrium on the last night. My son had a very good time. The Carnival Magic is in very good condition and has top notch facilities. For example, my wife and I enjoy working out. We found the gym equipment to be in excellent shape. We also spent a lot of time together in the Serenity and with my son in the Magic Atrium. The only design flaw we found is that you have to walk through the smoke-filled casino in order to get anywhere on Promenade Deck. This cruise had a perfect itinerary for traveling with a young child. In Amber Cove, we stayed within the port area and took our son to the children’s splash area and water slides. My son loved going up and down the slides. In St. Thomas, we left our son in Camp Ocean when we went on a ship-sponsored snorkeling excursion on a catamaran to Buck Island. The unlimited Rum Punch after we went snorkeling with endangered sea turtles was the icing on the cake to a great excursion. In San Juan, we took our son to the El Morro and then walked back through Old San Juan. In Grand Turk, we walked along the beach to Jack’s Shack. The turquoise blue water was breathtaking. My son loved playing on the beach. Disembarkation was the worst part of our cruise. Unfortunately, CDC chose to do an inspection on the day we disembarked. To compound matters, the Allure of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, Norwegian Getaway, Disney Magic, and Carnival Horizon were also in port. We were not able to get off the ship until 10:00 AM. However, once we were off the ship, we quickly got our bags and went through customs. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Price of cruise was very reasonable. Food was very good at all the venue that I ate at. Food in main dining room very good. Service was excellent I had anytime dining and was seated at my table, served apps, main dish, desert and was out ... Read More
Price of cruise was very reasonable. Food was very good at all the venue that I ate at. Food in main dining room very good. Service was excellent I had anytime dining and was seated at my table, served apps, main dish, desert and was out in about an hour. Room steward was fantastic. Keeped room cleaned, vacuumed and ice bucket filled everyday. Everyone from Carnival that I contact with were always happy with a smile on their face and always greeted me and asked how I was doing. Great job Carnival. Shows in the theater were really good especially the rock music show. The comedians were all very good, probably the best I’ve seen so far on any cruise and this was my 33rd. I did not go on any excursions because I have been to all these places many times before. Over all it was a very enjoyable cruise Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Fabulous crew, great ship and loved the way the entire entertainment crew responded to changes in the schedule. The itinerary needed to be changed because of the weather - which is beyond the ship's control - and the crew ... Read More
Fabulous crew, great ship and loved the way the entire entertainment crew responded to changes in the schedule. The itinerary needed to be changed because of the weather - which is beyond the ship's control - and the crew responded admirably. Our first port was Cozumel and all went as scheduled. The weather was a little rough for our stop in Belize, with the tenders really rocking in the waves. The next morning, we were supposed to dock at Roatan and the captain tried, but could not dock safely, so the decision was made to make it another sea day. Within an hour, the crew put together alternate plans and entertainment and dining options that provided lots of choices. The comedians who were supposed to board, couldn't make it so that opened up another night of karaoke! Later that night, we got word that the water shuttles couldn't operate in Cayman, so we re-routed once again back to Cozumel to allow us a much needed chance to touch terra firma. The comedians (Russ Nagel and Manny Oliveira) caught up to us and the schedule was shifted to pack their 10 shows into the remaining 2 nights. They were fabulous! We received credits for the missed port charges and a 25% future cruise credit - which frankly, I thought was most welcome, but not necessary. I have dietary restrictions and spoke with the maitre d' on embarkation to make arrangements. Each night, I reviewed the next day's menu with our waiter and the special meals hostess and the kitchen came through with wonderful selections based on the regular menu. Bottom line: we had a great time. If you are taking a cruise, be flexible. Mother Nature can be fickle. Every cruise company and ship will run into weather related disruptions. How they respond to these disruptions is how a good crew differentiates itself. The captain and cruise director on board Carnival Magic came through with flying colours, in my humble opinion. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted some place warm. We loved the staff in the dining room immensely. They went above and beyond to make our cruise so very enjoyable. Roxani Sanchez Cervantes, I Made Sudita, and Christian Salazar were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted some place warm. We loved the staff in the dining room immensely. They went above and beyond to make our cruise so very enjoyable. Roxani Sanchez Cervantes, I Made Sudita, and Christian Salazar were our main servers. We also had Dwiputra and Joseph who were awesome. They gave us superior service and made us feel like family. Malcolm the cruise director was awesome also. I am not sure when he slept because he was always out and about. The entertainment was great! We went to the show to hear the music every night. All of the food at all of the locations was delicious. We loved sitting in our chairs on our balcony as we were sailing. We liked the map and the route we could watch on the TV with speed info. We enjoyed the shopping at our ports and especially liked walking all over San Juan, Puerto Rico to soak up some of the history there. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We went on our first cruise with Carnival not really knowing anything much about Carnival since we had cruised with other cruise lines. We went as a family group of about 15, including 5 children, ranging from 2 to 11 (one of the children ... Read More
We went on our first cruise with Carnival not really knowing anything much about Carnival since we had cruised with other cruise lines. We went as a family group of about 15, including 5 children, ranging from 2 to 11 (one of the children had a disability). The ship was very clean, well maintained and the staff was wonderful. None of our group had any complaints. The waiters at dinner were so great to all of us. They made the children so comfortable. It is hard for children especially age 2 to sit a long time at dinner but the waiters were so entertaining and the kids had fun. The food was great always a nice selection on entrees from which to choose. Our stateroom was clean and replenished with necessities at all times. We were never without towels, water or ice. The entertainment was really great. The shows and the comedians were very entertaining. I give this trip a big thumps up. I plan to go on Carnival again. 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 3.9
Family 4.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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