MAGIC'S THRUSTER FAILURES: Carnival Magic Cruise Review by LEN PENNA

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Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Barcelona
Len Stanchick, Cabin 10267:

We (4 adults/numerous cruises), sailed the Magic's recent 'Maiden Trans-Atlantic Voyage'. We were only out of Barcelona a short while, when we were notified we would have an Itinerary change due to a damaged rear thruster.

Instead of sailing to Grand Turk for a day stop, we were now going to Freeport, Bahama's for a 2 day repair stop. Repairs for the rear thruster, that (reportedly by repair crews at Freeport) had been damaged near Italy back in July. (3 months earlier!) (If this is true, this should only be considered as fraud!)

A rebate of $25 was given to our 'ship account'. Losing the Grand Turk stop, plus losing a 'sea day' for $25, & being stranded in Freeport, looking at sand piles & a container ship yard is not 'Magical'. I should add, we were supposed to debark from Freeport at 5 p/m on the 2nd day, but that was even delayed an additional 3 hrs.. We finally left at 8 p/m. We NEVER arrived at any port or left any ports More during the trip at the scheduled times. And, most of the sailing was done at nearly the ships 'posted max. speed' of 23 knots (we sailed at 21.5 - 22.5 knots most of our cruising time).

The only 'Magic' in the Magic's 'Maiden Trans-Atlantic Voyage' was we magically made it to Galveston at all. Albeit, scheduled docking in Galveston was scheduled to be at 8 a/m, but the day before we were informed it would be at 5 a/m, but then we actually docked at 6 a/m. They 'dumped us off' as rapidly as possible, (it took 1.5 hrs. from ships edge to on board the Carnival scheduled bus to airport, another 1.5 hr. trip ona bus with broken air-conditioning),obviously to prepare for the big Maroon extravaganza party scheduled later in the day. Carnival should rename this bucket of bolts the "Carnival Maybe", captained by Captain Ahab.

Maybe You'll Get There - Maybe You Won't! They got your money, they don't care then. Let the buyer beware! Never again, for me! Less

Published 11/19/11

Cabin review: 8F10267 Balcony

There is 'velcro' used around the bottom of the bed to hold the base deciration on. Many places the velcro is bare & I have sores to show the many times I 'brush-burned- my calfs, walking along it. Beds are 'less than comfortable', obviously not as conducive to good sleep as NCL or RCCL. The room TV service needs no expalnation to any who have used it. The worst I've ever come across. Loop run ad's constantly. No Capt's. or Navigators Log. never a forecast for any of the sea days, only on port days. Auto. dining program is limited to only a Main Dining Menu, and those dates list were askew. No cabin book with info. on TV, phone, room service, menu's for specialty rest's., etc.. The Carnival pens from both our cabin's mysteriously disappeared on the eve before we arrived in Galveston ... how cheap can you get. We had to borrow a pen to fill out our US Customs Dec. Forms.

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