I really enjoyed Carnival Magic transatlantic cruise. I am not a big person on food but look for the extras a ship can offer, and this ship supplies it all. I think their gym was excellent, and the spa was fantastic as well. If you are going to use these facilities,I suggest getting a spa cabin. It was great,all i had to do was walk down hall and gym right there, and one floor up was the steam rooms and sauna. i would skip-out of evening diner sometimes, and go to workout and then steam rooms(really cool designed one red and other blue) and sauna..talk about relaxing, and never crowded. For me having a comfortable robe on and and relaxing in the serenity area was the best,and I didn't have to go across the ship, so it was very convenient.
The ships layout was better then I expected with easy access in and around the ship, but i think it also depends on where you get your cabin. 10,11,12 good if you like to do more outside.ie; and enjoy outdoor pool and activities, evening movies with popcorn or a drink at the bar and various bands playing throughout the day;otherwise, deck five is where a lot of people hung out. During the day,deck five has a variety of indoor activities ,such as, trivia and memory games. Also on deck five was the Red frog pub was nice. The musician playing there was talented, friendly and played some request. Also, the piano bar was always eventful and fun times. The dance club is very innovative, and you can't help but have fun.
Picking the right cruise at the time you desire is so important. I selected the longer cruise during school times, because I wanted a more older relaxingly take it easy cruise. The transatlantic cruise was not full so lots of open space, and I never felt crowded. It was so nice to be able to walk around the ship and find plenty of open areas just to sit down and enjoy the view and serenity of the sea. I like that Carnival added the hot tubs on deck the sides five. It was awesome just to sit in a hot tub as you sail and just enjoy the view of the sea. It takes far away from outside world. Usually, the hot tub was at good temperature warm to slightly hot,but I asked the lady that would make her rounds to raise temperature which she did, and came back to ask if it was better. The Cruise director and crew were fun, and really tried their best each day. They really put in a lot of effort to keep people of all age groups entertained. The age group which I figured on for a transatlantic cruise was older 30+, mostly in 50 to 60 range. No kids running with mounds of ice cream, but after doing the ropes and going down the water slides , I felt like at times I was in a summer camp for adults. To me there is nothing like getting away from hustle and bustle of everyday life even if its for a short time and relaxing on a cruise, just looking out over water as you feel the sea breeze hits your face and breathing in the fresh ocean air. I don't feel the need to be entertained all the time, the enjoyable thing and beauty of a cruise is to take in the sights that you can't get taking a train,plane,nor automobile. Some great sunsets after a relaxingly day at the sea. Yes, there is smoking in parts of the casino and designated parts of the ship, but I found that people adhered to the guidelines. I am not big into slot machines but if there plenty in the casino. I went to the casino area mainly to catch a game on ESPN, and talk to people I met earlier while walking around the ship. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and easy to talk with. Of course, you have the guys that have been drinking beer all day and then want to talk politics, and I am sure there wives are happy that they did not have to hear them for awhile. The cool thing about this cruise was that you had people from all over sailing, and not from just one region, so very diverse.