Carnival Magic Cruise Review by Jacwlyn
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior with Picture Window (obstructed views)
Embarkation went very smoothly. We arrived at the port around 1045 and went to the FTTF line and checked in. We were asked to wait about 20 minutes prior to being called to board. My last cruise was in 2015 and some things have changed: 1) Our cruise cards were not given to us upon check in. Instead, passengers now receive their sign and sail cards when their rooms are ready via the mailbox in front of your stateroom. They are in a sealed envelope. Passengers can use their boarding passes to board the ship and make purchases until they get to their rooms after 130pm. 2) They no longer take your picture as you board the ship (though they did have a photographer on the Lido deck taking pictures if you wanted to.) As we had FTTF, our rooms were ready upon arrival. We stayed in 6203, which was located on the front of the ship on Deck 6. The window looked out to the front of the ship, which was different. Occasionally, people would walk by so we needed to be mindful about keeping the curtains drawn. This room had two beds which cold be combined to form a king. We never had any issues with noise or hearing the waves crashing against the front of the ship. Our only complaint was that it was not cool enough in the room. We would have preferred it to be a bit cooler. We also noticed this in other common areas of the ship. I hope this was a fluke thing and not Carnival's way of cutting back.
We had early dining, which was at 6. As there were 4 people in our party, we were pleasantly surprised to have a booth for 4. The first night we were not impressed with our dining room team. We were the last to be served each course and our drinks often ran dry. The waiter forgot two appetizers that my sister ordered and required reminders by the second night. As I had never experienced this before (this was cruise #15 for me), I decided to speak with the hostess and the maitre'd. They assured me that things would be rectified- and they were. At no time did we incur any glitches in the dining room thereafter. During the course of our cruise we had made reservations at the steakhouse and at Cucina del Capitan. The steakhouse was excellent with respect to the food and the service. We were very disappointed with the dessert. Carnival has taken cheesecake off of the steakhouse menu! We ordered what we were told was going to be a special creation by the chef.....it was awful. At Cucina del Capitan the food was very good as was the service. Once again, the dessert was a bit lacking. Carnival apparently changed the menu at this restaurant as well..no cheesecake and no tiramisu.
Our cabin steward, Arthur was excellent and catered to our every need. He serviced our room twice per day. The cruise director, Cookie, was also great and was very entertaining. He was always very visible and accessible to the passengers.
We enjoyed all 4 ports with Grand Turk being the best, and the last. We rented a cabana at Margaritaville for the day. It included air conditioning and a small refrigerator for out use. We also had a server, who took excellent care of us. I believe her name was Stacy. She made sure the food and the drinks were flowing!! The beach and the water were beautiful. We did not use the pool. I only wished that we cold have stayed there a bit longer as they time there seemed to go so fast!
Prior to that we were in Puerto Rico. We had previously purchased a day pass at the Marriott. It was nice and worth the money. We also did a little shopping as well. I have been to Puerto Rico before and would not feel bad if I never went again.
Our second port was St. Thomas. We booked a snorkeling excursion through Carnival and thoroughly enjoyed it. We booked the Turtle Bay Snorkeling Trip. We took a catamaran to Buck Island and snorkeled. We got to see a good bit of marine life and had a very enjoyable day in the water.
While we were docked in Amber Cove (DR), my sister and I did not book any excursions. We got off the ship to shop in the immediate area at the end of the gangway. After we shopped we returned to the ship to spend time by the pool and to try some of the other eateries that are typically too crowded when everyone else is on board. Guy's Burger Joint was delicious!!! We also ate at the Blue Iguana. Unfortunately, we never made it to the Red Frog Cantina, as we were busy doing other things.
We enjoyed the activities that were offered such as: bingo, trivia, the comedy shows, and the Q & A with Cookie. In addition, to my sister and I, we also had my 22 year old daughter and her 19 year old friend with us. We all thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and would definitely choose Carnival and this ship again. I would also recommend purchasing the Cheers program. I never had to worry about how high my bar bill was getting and was able to pretty much drink whatever I wanted the entire time.
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