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The rating is based on several Carnival cruises. This ship was the biggest disappointment in the Carnival Fleet. First, if you over 90, this is your ship. If your only cruising to become intoxicated, this is your ship. If you looking for a "fun" ship cruise, this ship misses it on all points. Carnival would need to build a canal into Disney World to make "the Magic" happen on this ship. Entertainment was lackluster at best. If your hooked on ear busting violins as your entertainment with a three song repartore, this is your ship.The highlight of the cruise is watching the big screen movies for entertainment, or getting so smashed you forget who you are where you are at. The casino, management does not exist as well as the casino host. Only offers slots so tight, it makes the virgin Mary look loose. You will need a lung transplant from the second hand smoke. Even the non smoking machines look like a coal burning power plant. If you're a gambler, you will notice a high percent of machines out of order. Never again, will we go on another Carnival gambling cruise offer! The buffets on a ship this large with this many people is a joke. One side open, where you will visit the deli more than the buffet. The selection makes The Old Country Buffet look like a 5 star diner. The famous "Carnival Swirls ' (ice cream, really frozen yogurt) goes unstocked or broken down more than they are up and running. Now the positives, our cabin steward was awesome, but with ship this size, it's sad he is the only one I can comment on. If this is your first cruise, it's only up from here.

Seriously Overrated

Carnival Magic Cruise Review by Doc Z

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The rating is based on several Carnival cruises. This ship was the biggest disappointment in the Carnival Fleet. First, if you over 90, this is your ship. If your only cruising to become intoxicated, this is your ship. If you looking for a "fun" ship cruise, this ship misses it on all points. Carnival would need to build a canal into Disney World to make "the Magic" happen on this ship. Entertainment was lackluster at best. If your hooked on ear busting violins as your entertainment with a three song repartore, this is your ship.The highlight of the cruise is watching the big screen movies for entertainment, or getting so smashed you forget who you are where you are at. The casino, management does not exist as well as the casino host. Only offers slots so tight, it makes the virgin Mary look loose. You will need a lung transplant from the second hand smoke. Even the non smoking machines look like a coal burning power plant. If you're a gambler, you will notice a high percent of machines out of order. Never again, will we go on another Carnival gambling cruise offer! The buffets on a ship this large with this many people is a joke. One side open, where you will visit the deli more than the buffet. The selection makes The Old Country Buffet look like a 5 star diner. The famous "Carnival Swirls ' (ice cream, really frozen yogurt) goes unstocked or broken down more than they are up and running. Now the positives, our cabin steward was awesome, but with ship this size, it's sad he is the only one I can comment on. If this is your first cruise, it's only up from here.
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Cabin 4B 2458
As stated in my review, the cabin stewart "Lester" was excellent. He deserves a better ship. Cabin was clean, no dust, well stocked and Lester was very personal.
Deck 2 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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