Carnival Magic Cruise Review by TylerTxCruiser
- Sail Date: June 2012
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the port at 10:30AM and was checked in and having lunch on the Lido deck by 11:15AM. We use Galveston Park and Cruise located across the street from the pier. Drop off your luggage on the pier with a porter, drive across the street to park and it is a short walk back to the pier to enter the terminal. I like that there is no shuttle to take.
My wife and I sailed on the Magic in March so felt we had a good knowledge about the ship itself. The food was fine, the service excellent, staff was very friendly. We were a little disappointed in the quality of the musical/dancing performances in the main theatre but the comedy shows were very funny. Only problem with the comedy acts are that they are usually in the "Spotlight Lounge" venue (aka Punchliner's) that has limited seating compared to the larger Showtime Theatre. People line up an hour before the performances to assure themselves a seat. To me, one shouldn't have to stand in line for a show on a cruise. It would be helpful if Carnival moved the comedians back to the Showtime Lounge.
Pool area had adequate lounges, small pools and a large screen (their "Dive In Theatre") where we would head up on some evenings to watch a movie.
Debarkation when we arrived back to Galveston was a easy as embarkation. Our floor's "self assist" was called at 7:55AM and we were through customs, out of the terminal and in our car by 8:30AM.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Culinary TourThe Salsa and Salsa shore excursion took us from the dock to a resort where we were set up in an open air venue (it was covered and had plenty of fans) to learn to make 7 different types of salsa and 2 different margaritas. This is a hands on experience and was great fun. The margaritas flowed freely during the entire excursion. Afterwards, the tables were cleared from the floor and the salsa dance lessons began. All in all, it was fun but limited time to enjoy the resort's pool/beach afterwards.View All 73 Culinary Tour Reviews
My only criticism of this excursion was that the transportation from the dock to the resort needs to be better planned. We waited around for about 1/2 hour before the excursion team was able to secure cabs to transport our group of 80.
Scuba - CertifiedWe took a certified 2 tank dive with Don Foster's Dive Cayman. An exceptional dive experience. Gear was in perfect condition and dive crew were very friendly and helpful. Water temperature was 83 degrees and visibility was 80 feet. Other than great coral, we saw a small nurse shark, lobster, squid, sea turtle, barracuda, lion fish and plenty species of fish.View All 31 Scuba - Certified Reviews
Beach BreakBooked the Irie Mon Beach Party excursion. A short 15 - 20 minute bus trip took us from the dock to Cromwell Beach. Noticed upon entry that the beach was "closed until 3PM" which made it private to the excursion guests. Beautiful white sand beach with lounges provided. Water was pristine! Beach umbrellas were available to rent for $6. Rum punch, sodas, fruit punch and bottled water were complimentary and readily available.View All 38 Beach Break Reviews
A lunch buffet was provided that included jerk chicken and pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, rice and peas, fruit, cookies and cupcakes. Our group thought the food was excellent.
Plenty to do at the beach. There was a climbing wall and trampoline set up in the water, areas to snorkel (They will rent snorkel gear but we brought our own) and the hosts set up numerous beach games that one may participate in. My wife followed an approximate 3 foot ray on one of her snorkel dives.