First time cruiser and now I'm hooked!: Carnival Magic Cruise Review by FineAlee

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First time cruiser and now I'm hooked!

Sail Date: February 2014
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
I've read many positive and negative reviews here and while there were minor problems throughout the week, they were typical of travel and the overall experience was excellent.

We were traveling as a group of 10 and chose early dining as our daily meet-up. The Southern Lights dining experience was incredible and Reynaldo and his crew took excellent care of us. They remembered our likes and dislikes and engaged us in a friendly manner throughout the week. The food was mostly good-to-superb and the Didja selection each day was fun!

I enjoyed the shows in the Showtime theater and endured the constant opportunity to play Bingo because it paid to arrive early and secure a seat. We also went to the comedy club twice for the family-friendly version and it was really funny one of those times and tolerably funny the other time. It was a little disconcerting how they filled and emptied the room so purposely between shows. We usually went directly after dinner and would have More stayed through several shows and probably ordered more drinks, but it seemed there was an urgency to order and then hurry up and clear the room.

The casino was surprisingly nice for its' size. I put up with the smoke in the smoking section because of the slot machine selections and it was only really bad once. Drink service was good.

Our cabin was much larger than we expected for a interior on the 6th deck. Everything was spotless and our beds extremely comfortable. There wasn't any noise issues, but our steward wasn't especially attentive. He did improve over the course of the week; maybe it was the fog-related late embarkation that threw everything off in the beginning.

The relaxation areas were nice; the serenity deck was large and well appointed and located with a perfect view. The waiting area at the spa was very nice. One problem with the spa area of the ship was trying to find your way in and out of the area. They need more signs at the elevators that go only to that area.

Overall the experience was fabulous. There were weather-related issues at the beginning and end of the trip, but that gets filed under unexpected-vacation-sidetracking. I'm hooked on cruising now and would definitely go on the Magic again when time permits. Less

Published 03/16/14

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