Carnival Magic Review

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Convenient to Cruise Out of Norfolk, Va.

Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Magic
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10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Aug 2023

We cruised on the Carnival Magi sailing on Aug. 5, 2023 out of Norfolk, Va.. We had not cruised on a Carnival ship in a number of years but decided to take this cruise because it was reasonably priced and it sailed out of Norfolk, only 3 hours from our house. We drove to Norfolk and arrived at the parking lot at 10:40AM. We got in line for the bus and we were on the ship in an hour. The first night supper we ate at the buffet and while the lines were not long the selection left a lot to be desired. The first day was a sea day. We decided to eat lunch at the buffet and quickly realized that there were lines at every station, especially at the Mongolian Grill which took us about 45 minutes to get our food. We checked out the lines at the fast food places and they also had long lines. We asked one of the waiters in the dining room that night and he said there were 4600 guests on board and it appeared to be really crowded. I checked Vacations To Go website and it said that the capacity was 3690 so we understood why there were long lines. There were a lot of kids but we expected that since it was summer vacation.

One night on the dining room menu they had fillet mignon. Of all the cruising we had done we never had fillet mignon in the main dining room. The meal was very good. Another night we had veal cutlet which I never remember having on other ships. On the second formal night they served lobster and our waiter said if we wanted a second lobster we could have it at no charge. We did not do any specialty restaurants. The food and service was very good in the main dining room. In the buffet they had some of the best desserts with some great cakes.

The show in theater on day one was called 88 Keys. It was a high energy show of old songs and we enjoyed it. On day two the show in the theater was called Flick and the cast did songs from various movies. On day three they had a magician who was OK but not great. Another night we saw the show called Country Road which was alright. On another night we saw the production show called America Rocks. It was another high energy show with a lot of songs. On most nights we saw a show in the theater and then saw a comedian in the Spotlight lounge.

Cabin Review

We had a balcony cabin, deck 8 mid-ship. Other than showing signs of wear and being old it was fine. WiFi in the cabin did not work great.

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