Carnival Magic Cruise Review by steilkurve
- Sail Date: August 2011
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Below are our impressions of the ship, preceded by a link to a video tour of the ship that I filmed while onboard.
Highlights for us:
- Itinerary: This 12-night route takes you to gorgeous places (Portofino, Capri, Rome, Venice among others). While researching, we found few other itineraries with such an all-star port line up.
- Facilities: The ship was a perfect balance for us. It took the adults to Europe while offering diversions to the kids with the impressive water park (for a ship), rope course, mini golf, baby foot and ping pong tables, magicians in the dining room, etc.
- Food: While likely not as elaborate as other mass lines, the quality did still impress us both in the dining room and specialty restaurants. We were expecting less of Carnival.
- Value: All of this delivered at rock bottom prices. We paid more for our 7-day spring break cruise to the Caribbean than we did for 12 nights in Europe!
- Ship: We liked some of the innovative design ideas. The Lanai giving passengers a quieter outdoor area closer to the sea, the many computer stations throughout the ship idea and how all entrainment is clustered together on deck 5.
Now, there were a few things that we enjoyed a bit less.
- Crowds: Lots of people everywhere, more so than we've felt on RCI's more populated Oasis and Allure oddly enough. Finding a deck chair is especially challenging. Perhaps Carnival has crowded this class of ships with one too many extra cabins.
- Pools: While there are many hot tubs and the water park, the pools are lacking. They would either need to be larger or have an extra one. On our European cruise which is arguably less fun in the sun than the Caribbean, the pools were literally standing room only a lot of the time.
- Wear: Already worn out decking material, lighting fixtures damaged in the elevators, power outlets falling off the wall in the cabin, furniture covering showing wear, etc. After a few months only, the ship already shows wear.
Now, none of these were deal breakers for us. Just nit picks from experienced cruisers.
Would we sail a Magic-class ship or Carnival again? If we got the same kind of value, likely. For us, this was the big draw here. Outstanding ports and great entertainment for the kids, all at a great price.
If the price were higher, then we'd probably consider other options.
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