Had a great time: Carnival Magic Cruise Review by chadsjewel

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Had a great time

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
We are a couple in our 30's on our 4th cruise-all with Carnival. Embarkation was easy as pie, as long as you got there early enough. It was 45 minutes from arrival to boarding. We arrived at port shortly before 10am and there was already a line. We were given zone 4 passes and were grabbing lunch before 11.

TIP: Head up to Lido (deck 10 on this ship)and hit the Mongolian Wok if you like that type of food. The line is the shortest on embarkation day. Its pretty tasty. Did not care for the pizza on this ship. Did not try the Tandoor place either. Also missed the bbq place near the Red Frog pub because we spent all day in the pools. The MDR service for us with your time dining was great. We usually ate at 6 and the food was always hot.

The Red Frog Pub has the cheapest beer on board and the best, in my opinion. It is a very relaxing place to hang out and although we did not order their food, we heard it was very good. There is a guitarist in there at times.

The More ship has a simple layout and although it is very large, we did not really feel crowded. The aft pool would get crowded at times. The one thing they overlooked on the Magic is an adults only pool. There are PLENTY of hot tubs on this ship! Bravo on that, Carnival. It was easy to find an empty one at any time of the day. The chair hog program enforcement is in full effect and our chairs were stickered while we watched. In the aft pool area, if you are just there to swim, put your towels and gear on the bench in the pool area, if it is all waterproof. They only sticker when the decks are getting crowded.

Our room steward was nice enough but never cleaned our room until after 8 pm at night, which was inconvenient for us. Staff were nice enough but seemed more rushed than other ships. I think its just the corner cutting and the staff is a little bit thin in certain areas.

Disembarkation was a BREEZE! Easiest ever. I wish California would take notes from Galveston. Less

Published 10/06/12

Cabin review: 4C2351 Interior

Our 4C cabin was spacious enough. There isnt room for much more in there. I think you should add more hanging hooks to the walls for purses, robes, swimsuits. Two more would be great.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We took a Carnival tour to Xunantunich Ruins and loved it. Its a long bus ride (there is a bathroom on the bus) and the bus is air conditioned. You get to see the poorness of Belize City, as well as the mountains as you go almost to the Guatemalan border. The ruins are amazing. I cannot say any more. I would schedule a Carnival excursion in this port, because the tender ride is more than 15 minutes long.

Beach Break

We headed to Mr Sanchos Cozumel Beach Club. We had reserved a hanging bed cabana, a massage, and two passes for the all you can drink and eat menu. Amazing location, beautiful water. We swam in the ocean for hours. There is plenty of shopping at the port, as well as at Mr Sanchos. It was a $15 cab ride for us to get there. That is for up to 4 people.

Mahogany Bay is very pretty. Carnival has a lot of shopping in this port, including a Harley Davidson shop, pharmacy, and tons of souvenir shops. We did not check out their beach or do the flying chair but we heard it was very nice and relaxing. We hired a private driver from Bodden Tours and he was waiting there for us, after we exited the Carnival compound and headed up the steep hill. The tour operators must pick you up at the bottom of that hill. There is a $2 taxi that will take you there as well. Carnival tours meet in the Carnival area, with big signs. We went ziplining at Mayan Jungle Canopy (LOVED it). Not scary at all and I was so afraid. We played with the monkeys and would not do it again, I dont think. We did get some photos and laughs but it is a little sketchy in those cages. Roatan has very poor areas and very beautiful beaches. We got to see both. Went to Tabyana Beach and we also ate conch fritters. The local beer isnt bad so you should try some. Salva Vida (Life Saver). We did no souvenir shopping, just picture taking.
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