Carnival Magic Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Not bad but not great

Review for Canada & New England Cruise on Carnival Magic
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soonerfan007
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023
Traveled with children

8 day out of Norfolk Va. parked car with asphalt lots ( park air) in Chesapeake. Brad was very easy to engage for info. Vans started running early and took traffic headache away. Terminal easy and friendly folks to get onboard , maybe 25 min with a 1135 boarding time. Food. Nothing special. Outback better than steakhouse the one night we went. Guys burgers good and busy. Guys bbq- expected much more smoke flavor than delivered. Ate twice and same results- filling but it’s not worth long waits unless they fix the smoke flavor. Wok good. Seafood lobster roll - great. Breakfast buffet- limited bacon - I mean gone quick and not replenished. Ham is processed;maybe for elderly diets. Same each day. Lunch - lots of choices but nothing over the top anymore. Dinner same. Main dining - don’t bother with strip steak on everyday “ free” menu. Grab a sandwich instead. A1 couldn’t save this tough meat. Tried the filet for $23. More - pass. Best meal is prime rib and potato. Soups are really good. Lobster tail - lol about the length of your index finger. Ask for two or grab a burger too. We did breakfast sea day brunch twice - steak eggs is a smaller version of the dinner strip. Fried chicken breading had a “ tv dinner” taste. Wok is good - u can pas on the hot seasoning and ask for soy/teriyaki sauces only. Lido deck casino smoky- 4th deck casino quiet clean air and always able to sit at bar for a drink. Serenity area quiet. Lgbtq gatherings each day at alchemy bar. Ships in house band very loose with adlib of song words during performances in plaza. Motown music in night club -PACkED room 55 min later DJ rolls into Elex rap etc and place is empty. Ships capt or entertainment director failed to read the ship. I would bet less than 200 people total out of couple thousand were younger than 25. Did same thing on pool deck - people dancing to music - then clock strikes one hour and switch to something else - nobody dancing. Read the room carnival! Trivia tournaments everyday 30 min and then nothing. Comedians 8 day cruise and seen one show you’ve seen all shows. Karaoke in red frog - dead. No speakers for music outside frog that worked - just silence. Wanna watch sports - use your dvr. Lots of available spaces to put up screens but no. Frog pub has three with limited views. None outside ? No screens in common sitting areas- No screens in any of the outdoor bars sitting areas lanais etc wasted op. Bring a laptop or tablet with ur own movies- in room channels very very limited. Kids will get bored. Had to ask for bed pad fir wife - bedding just too firm . Room was cleaned etc everyday with new towel animals - great room steward ! Carnival app easy to use and nice to track storm with NHC access but charging $5. To chat really necessary? 18% tip added to everything. Room service no longer free and limited menu. Dress up - elegant attire- is a joke. Not even closely enforced. Shorts tees hats spandex all of it allowed. No dress code for the club as well. Flip flops are ok. Ports- San Juan dropped in down town. Amber cove - touristy need water shoes. Grand Turk - need water shoes!

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