Magic of April: Carnival Magic Cruise Review by cruzin Phillis

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cruzin Phillis
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Magic of April

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
My Husband and I cruise the Carnival Magic 04/15-22/12 sailing. I have broken this review up into categories instead of days.

We arrived at the port around 1230 noon. There was traffic but it was very organized. We were able to unload our bags and make it through check in. The lines were long but they were moving. We were assign zone numbers for boarding. We made it on board at 1:30pm. We were able to go to our cabin and drop off our carry on. We were off to explore the ship.
On boarding day they will advise you to go to the lido deck for the buffet but the Italian restaurant is open as well and is free for lunch. There is no lines and no waiting. Pasta is made fresh and is very good. The Indian food bar is also open.

The fitness center is not huge but it gets the job done. Besides you are not going to spend your whole day in there. The machines were new and fitted with the latest technology.
I have read previous reviews from those complaining More about the long lines at the buffet. After this cruise there is nothing anyone should complain about. With all the options to eat, you do not have to eat the buffet. Carnival has done a great job making sure that you have dining options. with over 3600 people on board, there will occasionally be lines, however you can prevent standing in a line if you refer to your fun times which has the opening and closing time of each food venue.

Ship Overview:
The ship is very nice. deck 5 and 10 are the main decks. There are seating all around the pool area and on deck 5. The staff is very nice and they are always cleaning and smiling. The main shows are in the theater located on decks 3 and 4 and the spotlight lounge are located on deck 5 aft. The muster drill is different. Instead of standing outside in the heat, you escorted to your muster location inside the ship and the crew demonstrate to you how wear the vests. After that we were off to get a good spot for the sail away. The have kiosks that allow you to check your account on board and with draw cash out. That way you will not have to stand in line. There are computers spots located all over the ship if you feel you need to be connected to the outside world.

Food Overview:
We ate breakfast in the buffet and the main dining room. The food was great. DH ate omelets and pancakes everyday. I enjoyed the hash browns and sausage. We ate lunch in the Italian restaurant. They have a free pasta bar that cooks to order. It was very good. We ate there for 12 per person on Monday night and the food and service were great. We ate at the pizza shop, burger place,and sushi. They all were good. Most nights we ate in main dining room which was fantastic. The wait staff really makes the meal even better. There are a variety of options so you should never find yourself starving or waiting in lines. One place that stands out is the Reg Frog Pub. The food and signature beer is so good!!!! You must try this place before the cruise is over.

Entertainment Overview:
You can choose to relax and lounge around or you can choose to be active and the many things going on around the ship. We mostly lounged around the pool area during the day and saw shows and went to the vibe club at night. Make sure you get there at least 30-45 minute early so that you will have a chance to get a good seat. We played in the casino and won. We found that if you go around 2 in the morning, your chances are better. There were the usual activities around the pool area that was fun to observe. We also found comfy seating at the tides pool which is at the back of the ship. The adults only area was a very nice addition as we did not travel with kids and wanted to get away from other people children.

Over all we really enjoyed it and was sad to leave the ship. I look forward to planning another cruise with carnival on one of their other new ships!!! Less

Published 04/22/12

Cabin review: 4E9349 Interior

We had an inside cabin on deck 9 which was close to the lido deck. We were close to the elevators in the middle of the ship. There is plenty of storage space for your luggage. room does not feel crowded. The bathroom is the bathroom. Standing shower with the curtain.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We had plan to do some shopping then go back to the ship, but the rain caused us to take refuge at Fat Tuesdays which is by the pier. We had a blast. The DJ was great, the food was great and we got Yarded!!!! Did not want to leave!!!
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This is the port that my husband was dying to get back to. As Always the water and island is beautiful. The downside of it was the nickel and dime of everything. We had already been to the seven mile beach and wanted to go to a different beach like Cayman Kai. When we ask if we could get a ride there, the driver stated that it would cost a lot and that it was far away. I asked how far and he said it was 19 miles and that it would cost $100 for us. I soon realize that he goal as to get everyone to go tot the seven mile beach (which was 15 miles away and cost$4 per person), so we went. When we got there is was $2 to get in, and $10 per chair and per umbrella. This really took away from the experience that we were hoping for. Couple of people were upset because they were told that it was free to get in. We stayed about 2 hours and took a taxi back to port so that we could eat lunch. Before we got out of the taxi, the driver wanted us to pray a prayer which made us and other uncomfortable. We felt like we could not leave unless we did what he said. We ate lunch at Margaritaville which was good but very expensive because they did not explain until it was time to pay that the menu prices were 20% higher in US dollars than Cayman dollars. We were very upset by the level of service.

Distillery Tour

We have been to the beach before so we wanted to do something different. We booked an excursion through Carnival and toured Appleton estate. It was a very interesting tour and the rum tasting was very nice. The cost to buy the rum was very reasonable. Our tour guide Rhonda made the drive bearable. We re very familiar with the driving but others were not so comfortable. I would recommend this excursion!!

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cruzin Phillis
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