Carnival Magic Cruise Review by Pigchief
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Aft-View Extended Balcony
We were also a bit disappointed with the evening shows. The ones we had were great but they seemed to be fewer in number than we had experienced in the past.
My port ratings are really not for the port but rather for the tours we took at the port. We took tours at each port and only saw a bit of the port itself. One thing I saw on this trip was that the European tour companies know their business much better than I have experienced elsewhere.
Marseilles (4 out of 5)
This tour took us to Avignon and stopped at a winery and a candy shop. The winery gave us a very nice tasting experience, great wine and sizable samples to taste. Avignon was very interesting, especially for a Catholic who has a modicum of knowledge of church history.Savona (4 out of 5)
At this port we took a tour to Monaco and Monte Carlo. Although it was a bit of long bus ride it was worth the time to see Monaco. We toured the palace, saw the changing of the guards (not as impressive as I have seen at a Marine base) and went into the cathedral where Princess Grace is entombed.
Rome (Civitavecchia) (4.5 out of 5)
Our tour took us to the Vatican, St. Peters, and the Sistine Chapel, what more can I say. I do drop the score a bit because Rome is not the most pleasant place to visit due to crowding and traffic.
Naples (5 out of 5)
We had booked a boat tour of the Amalfi coast to be followed by a tour of Pompei. The boat tour was cancelled due to expected rough seas so we took the bus tour instead. The bus drive along the coast was beautiful and eyeopening. Just experiencing the bus ride on those narrow roads and switchbacks plus narrow streets in the villages was a treat.
Dubrovnik (4 out of 5)
I probably would have given this a 5 if it had not been for the rain. Again we had booked a boat tour that was cancelled and replaced it with a bus tour into the country side. It was interesting but would have been much better if the weather had cooperated. After the cruise we walked the wall around Dubrovnik. This was a great experience.
Venice (5 out of 5 and 4.5 out of 5 two tours)
Ah Venice. This is the one port we did see up close and personal. The ship arrived about 1 pm and stayed overnight. The first day we went into Venice on our own in the afternoon and took a gondola ride in the evening. Fantastic evening! The next day we took a boat tour of 3 islands, Murano, Burano, and Torcello. This was quite interesting. The three islands are quite different from one another.
Messina (4.5 out of 5)
Here we went to Mt. Etna. Our tour took us as high as you can safely go (2900 meters or 9500 feet). We went into craters that had erupted within the past few years and that were still releasing steam.