Carnival Magic Cruise Review by LEN PENNA
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Transatlantic
- Cabin Type: Balcony
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 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!