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My mom and I chose the Magic in hopes that it would offer more than Carnival cruises out of Tampa (smaller ships that can get under the bridge from the Port of Tampa). We previously cruised on the Carnival Paradise, a ship half the size of the Magic, from Tampa. We were very disappointed, and found that a 7-night cruise on the Magic was more than enough. Specifically, there was no difference in entertainment between the two ships, though we expected more of the newer and larger Magic. It basically consisted of a lot of trivia competitions, the same goofy things like the Hairy Man Competition, and either karaoke or comedy for evening fare. The karaoke machine was surprising for its lack of familiar Karaoke tunes to sing. The major show was completely inappropriate for a family (it was not marked as adult entertainment). In addition, a 9pm Halloween "Meet and Greet," also intended for all ages, allowed two women with sexually explicit costumes. Our seating at the dining room made us feel that the restaurant was very understaffed, as we did not receive our main course until others had begun to leave after completing their dessert. We did not blame the hard-working staff, but rather the cruise ship for a lack of sufficient staffing. All of the crew we met were hard-working and pleasant. Our cabin was fine, and the crew were wonderful, but the activities were below what we hoped for. Destination sites were so-so. A couple we traveled with said that there were young children running and yelling at late hours of every evening, making them wish they were on a senior cruise, as the parents did not rein their kids in. I have now been on three Carnival cruises

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Carnival Magic Cruise Review by jlmcbrien

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My mom and I chose the Magic in hopes that it would offer more than Carnival cruises out of Tampa (smaller ships that can get under the bridge from the Port of Tampa). We previously cruised on the Carnival Paradise, a ship half the size of the Magic, from Tampa.

We were very disappointed, and found that a 7-night cruise on the Magic was more than enough. Specifically, there was no difference in entertainment between the two ships, though we expected more of the newer and larger Magic. It basically consisted of a lot of trivia competitions, the same goofy things like the Hairy Man Competition, and either karaoke or comedy for evening fare. The karaoke machine was surprising for its lack of familiar Karaoke tunes to sing. The major show was completely inappropriate for a family (it was not marked as adult entertainment). In addition, a 9pm Halloween "Meet and Greet," also intended for all ages, allowed two women with sexually explicit costumes.

Our seating at the dining room made us feel that the restaurant was very understaffed, as we did not receive our main course until others had begun to leave after completing their dessert. We did not blame the hard-working staff, but rather the cruise ship for a lack of sufficient staffing. All of the crew we met were hard-working and pleasant.

Our cabin was fine, and the crew were wonderful, but the activities were below what we hoped for. Destination sites were so-so. A couple we traveled with said that there were young children running and yelling at late hours of every evening, making them wish they were on a senior cruise, as the parents did not rein their kids in.

I have now been on three Carnival cruises
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