Carnival Magic Western Caribbean by AUTiger72: Carnival Magic Cruise Review by AUTiger72

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Carnival Magic Western Caribbean by AUTiger72

Sail Date: September 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
Our first cruise from Galveston on the Carnival Magic was smooth sailing all the way. Embarkation and debarkation were flawless with smiling, helpful employees, bags were delivered to our staterooms in a timely fashion and the whole process was quick and easy. Our balcony stateroom was a bit smaller than on Norwegian and Princess, but we still had enough room to move around and there was plenty of storage. There was a lack of refrigerator storage for our wine, due to the mini bar items for sale stored there. Our stateroom was kept clean and neat for the entire cruise.

We dined in the Northern Lights anytime dining room each night with Todor and his team as our wait staff. They were fun to talk to and did a great job. The food was good and we enjoyed the variety. During the day, we ate in the marketplace buffet (ok, considering the vast amounts of food prepared). The pizza was pretty good; the barbeque served on sea days was good.

The entertainment was overall pretty More good. The piano bar was weak, as were the comedians. However, the shows were better than expected, especially the magician. We spent very little time in the casino, but it was big and busy. The Red Frog pub was fun.

The pool areas were fun; we spent our sea days at the aft pool on deck 10.

We only went on one Carnival excursion in Montego Bay. It was a catamaran snorkeling trip. Lots of fun, but getting off the ship was terrible. Only one doorway to get off the ship, making the line tremendously long. The other 2 ports were no problem with multiple exits. We booked our own excursions in Grand Cayman (Stingray City with Moby Dick Tours) and in Cozumel (Nachi Cocom resort). I recommend both. Moby Dick Tours did a fantastic job and Nachi Cocom resort is a great place to unwind and just enjoy the beach.

All in all, our first time on a Carnival ship was a pleasant experience, especially in light of Carnival's past problems. The Magic was big enough to not feel crowded and there were enough activities to please everyone. Less

Published 09/16/13

Cabin review: 8A6427 Balcony

Our cabin was 6427. A bit smaller than Norwegian and Princess, but still enough room to move around. The balcony was also smaller than the other 2 cruise lines. Our cabin was midship over the karaoke bar. It really didn't bother us, although we did hear some BAD singing! Our room was also across the hall from a crew door with a sign that said Chemical room. Again, it wasn't loud or bothersome. The refrigerator was locked due to the mini bar items there, and it took 2 days to catch up with the steward to get it unlocked so we could chill our bottle of wine. The cabin was kept clean and neat by our steward and there was enough storage space.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Nachi Cocom Beach Club

We were looking for a nice beach to relax and enjoy the ocean and Naci Cocom Beach Club was the perfect place. Nachi Cocom is a about a 10 minute taxi ride from the port. The guests are limited in number, so the beach and pool are not over-crowded. (You must prepay online and have an entrance ticket with you.) The large pool has a swim-up bar, and a hot tub. The beach has plenty of palapas and lounges. The ocean bottom is sandy and the water is clear, warm and calm, making it easy to swim. Guests have an assigned waiter for drinks and food orders. All food and drink is included in the price, making it a good deal.

Stingray Swim

Our Stingray City tour was booked with Moby Dick Tours, an outstanding company. We booked online, received an email confirmation, giving us instructions on where to meet at the port. We joined a small group of about 20 for a trip to a marina where we boarded the boat. We snorkeled at a beautiful reef, then joined the other boats at Stingray City. Our crew educated us about the stingrays, as we fed, petted, held and kissed these beautiful creatures! This was the highlight of our cruise. I highly recommend Mark and his crew at Moby Dick Tours.

Catamaran Tour

Friendly crew, catamaran docked right behind the ship. Snorkeling equipment was in good shape. We expected to go farther out from shore to snorkel, but we were quite close in. However, there was plenty of coral to see, as well as fish, etc. They stopped by Margaritaville for a few minutes, before returning to the ship.

The only negative was the length of the tour. I would like to have sailed longer.

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