Carnival Magic Cruise Review by eandrsmom
- Sail Date: April 2014
- Destination: Western Caribbean
Our cabins were ready much faster than expected, so we were able to begin to drop off our things after our lunch on the Lido Deck. I had prepurchased the Endless Bubbles soda cards for my older children and was told that the stickers for their Sail and Sign cards would be in our cabins when we arrived. (If they are prepurchased on RC, it is automatically printed on the Sail and Sign card.) Unfortunately, they are not left in the room, and I had to call Guest Services to find out how to get the soda stickers for the cards. I must have been on hold forever. Finally, I was told that I needed to go to the Coffee Shop on Deck 5 to retrieve them. It took me a while to find this place, being that I'd never been on the ship before and that only a few elevators were open at that time. (There are no service elevators, and some of the regular elevators were being used for luggage.) At one point, I asked a baggage handler/cabin steward for directions, and she just looked at me and didn't answer.
Our cabin boy was very friendly and efficient. I was very pleased with the half bathrooms with the bathtubs. It was a nice change from regular cabin bathrooms, and made it easier for bathing our little ones.
Our dining room staff was efficient, however the first formal night we almost ran out of time for dessert. They were ready for the late seating to come in, and we were just being served. I think that this was due to the fact that he had been assigned several large tables. Trying to get a soft drink at dinner was like pulling teeth. Most of the time we were halfway through our meal before the kids would get their sodas. The food was fair to good depending on the night. There really wasn't anything that was memorable or outstanding about the meals. There was nothing horrible except for the scrambled eggs at breakfast. We found them to be disgusting powdered eggs with a weird consistency and no flavor. They were served on the Lido deck as well as in the MDR. As far as the Lido Deck food, we found it to be mediocre at best. We still can't figure out what type of cheese they used on the pizza, it was not good. The grilled burgers and hot dogs were good and always seemed fresh. The inside buffet often had empty trays and needed to be restocked. The food didn't always look fresh, and the lines didn't always look too clean. Also, with RC, we are used to waiters working in the Lido area, offering us cocktails and soft drinks. This was not the case with Carnival. Once again, if you wanted a soda with your meal, you had to hike out to a bar to find one. We did eat in the Steakhouse one night. The food was very good and the staff efficient.
We booked our excursions with Carnival. The river tour and ruins in Belize was outstanding. The French Key excursion in Roatan was a nightmare. The tour company left us along with another family on the island, and we barely made it back to the ship. You can read my review of it on the Carnival excursion website. Cozumel was wonderful, as always.
My kids always participate in the youth programs. The younger ones liked Camp Carnival, but they said that their teachers were very hard to understand because of their thick accents. My older children did not like the teen program. They are accustomed to scheduled activities that encourage the kids to make friends and have fun. They said that there were hardly any organized activities and that it was boring.
We chose leisure debarkation and put our luggage out the night before we were due to leave. We waited for our group number and proceeded to retrieve our luggage. We were then told that they had very few luggage handlers, that they were all at lunch! We had to handle all of our bags, which were quite numerous for a family of six! Dragging them through the customs line took nearly two hours! We were travelling with other family members, including my 76 year old father, who had to handle he and my mom's bags. I have been on seven cruises, and have never experienced anything like this debarkation! If we had known that we were going to have to carry our own bags, we would have opted to keep them overnight and leave early in the morning to avoid the chaotic crowds.
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