Carnival Magic Review

4.0 / 5.0
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A Good Time on a Crowded Magic

Review for the Bahamas Cruise on Carnival Magic
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jul 2023
Cabin: Interior

Carnival Magic was pretty good, I'd give it a B+. We, as a party of 5 (my husband, my brother and his two kids aged 12 and 15) sailed her out of Norfolk to the Bahamas for a six night cruise. It was well-priced and easy enough to get to.

Embarkation took about 45 minutes to an hour, from parking the car to shuttling to the terminal and checking in. There was a long line once parked to load the shuttles but it moved fairly quickly. Once in the terminal it went quickly enough. Express debarkation was pretty fast.


Cabin Review


Interior cabin was fine--clean, comfy bed, ample storage, everything worked and shower in particular was nice and hot. Midship was good, didn't feel much motion.

Port Reviews


I liked Bimini. Beautiful beach at end of cruise ship pier, with restrooms and food trucks, and presumably rental chairs (just laid out a towel!). Also walked to Radio Beach (though 99% of folks rent a golf cart or taxi to get there). Couple miles but some funky bars/cafes to check out along the way--liked Ebbie's in particular (can sit over water and drink Kaliks or Sands beers and get some fried conch).


Nassau has nice new port facilities. Walked to Junkanoo Beach and Arawak Cay for some fish fry. At the Cay, most food starts up around 11/1130am. Liked Goldie's for cracked conch (can sit over water here and see folks preparing the conch and sea turtles in the water) and had some good Kalik Mango Radler (mango beer) at The Conch Pearl bar. Also walked up to Queen's Staircase but not that interesting. Worth seeing Parliament Square area.


Industrial port but has some shops right at the port. Almost everyone takes excursions or you can take a shuttle or taxi to get to some beaches (note most are 20 minutes away or longer). Brother and kids did Pirates cove excursion, and my husband and I just took a shared shuttle and ended up at same beach anyways (though must pay $12 per person to get into beach). Pirates cove was ok--crowded but lots of services there (chair rentals, bar, snacks, etc).

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