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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami

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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
  • Day 4
    Roatan
  • Day 5
    Belize City
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Miami

Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

The best of Carnival's Fun Ship amenities, always served with a smile

Cons

Lines can be long; surprisingly few free dinner options

Bottom Line

With activities for all ages, Carnival Magic is perfect for multigenerational cruising


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We had FTTF and at 5PM our bags were not delivered yet. We found them out on a dolly in the mail hall and took them ourselves. Our room steward said we should tell customer service since we paid for that servcie and did not receive it. We ... Read More
We had FTTF and at 5PM our bags were not delivered yet. We found them out on a dolly in the mail hall and took them ourselves. Our room steward said we should tell customer service since we paid for that servcie and did not receive it. We received a call from the service manager the next day and we were refunded FTTF in full and still permitted to use all FTTF perks for the cruise duration. Carinval hub app worked great for me. Had to log out, back in a couple of times, but that was the worst of it. Southern Lights dining room-we requested a large table with strangers-first night we were in a booth alone. Neon and his crew were fantastic. Maitre D switched us to table 628, Mihaela and her assistants; Anom and Komang were our servers for the remainder of the cruise and they did not disappoint. Absolutely fabulous! Set up of ship is disjointed. I've only been on four ships, but liked the layout of this one least. Diffucult to move from floor to floor and aft to forward. In the big pucture of cruising, it's not a 'real' problem. It's just worth warning you about. Food demo at steakhouse-half hour ish. They give you samples to try of each item made and recipes to take home. Great way to sample. Shows were not as good as I'm used to. Also, timing with early dinner was kind of off. We didn't usually get out of dinner until 7:30 ish which is when the shows started-on opposite side of ship. Lip sync show was hysterical though! Basketball courts were closed during all dinner times due to their location and dining rooms-bouncing noise. This was a disappointment to my family who loves basketball. Grand Turk Rainbow Calypso Tour with Austin-If you are looking for a down to earth tour-with the reality of the island, spend the $30 pp and go inland and support the local culture/economy by purchasing a thing or two. Merchandise is similar to what you'd find in a straw market going down the road without the harassing behavior of other islands straw markets (Nassau). Free roaming donkeys, see the light house, and salt marshes. Back at ship, public beach is right there. And walk 500 yards up the beach (to the right if you are facing the ship. Left if you are facing the island), to Jack's Shack for lunch. Super friendly. Go to their website before cruise and sign up for a free rum shot. Half Moon Cay-Splurge on the $600 Beach Villa. You will not be disappointed. If that's too much money for you, find a family to split the expense with-still worth it! Shade from the sun when you want it. AC, hot tub, assorted snacks (fruit, veggies, nachos, dips/salsas) and drinks (sodas, bottled water), cooler with ice, refrigerator, towels, snorkel gear, floating mats, private bathroom with shower. We had Villa 'A' right next to Captain Jack's Bar. Perfect walking distance to grab lunch from BBQ and bring back for family. Right in the midst of the excitement with the privacy and space of the villa. Hair braiding-full head-$60, half $40, per braid $4. FYI the braiders are paid hourly as straw market employees (not Carnival employees) and not paid as the artists they are. They are totally exploited. They do not have to share their tips with the straw market though. My daughter got a full head of 66 box braids for $60 plus a $50 tip and that's still a fantastic deal. Had to skip Amber Cove and go to Nassau because of Hurricane Dorian. Excursion-Blue Lagoon Island Family Beach Day. Cleanest, prettiest island I've ever been to. $80 pp incluedes lunch and access to whole island. Dolphin, sea lion, sting ray interactions extra, but just viewing them and taking selfies-no charge. North Beach was literally empty. We were the only four there! Incredible views. Lunch was tasty too. Lunch server was a sweetheart who insisted we try the BBQ chicken-she was right! It was great and I'm not generally a BBQ chicken fan. I'd get it again. Every single staff memeber was fantastic on board the ship. Reviews that I read complained about constant lines. Thats only sometimes true and lines did move reasonably quickly. Pools always crowded. Aft pool always less crowded than mid. Club O2 was not as good as my daughter was used to. She felt the counselor didn't really do anything. For example, she shwoed up for a scavenger hunt. Counselor told kids to put themselves in groups of three. No one moved. So, no scavenger hunt happened. Several 'events' went this way and never happened. My daughter did make friends and 'hung out' with them, but no organized 15-17 teen activities actually happened. She had loads of fun despite this , but wishes activities happened. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
This was our 10th Cruise and 7th with Carnival. I have to admit we were skeptical based on reviews and our very last Carnival Cruise. Last August we cruised with Disney and was worried Carnival would fall way short based on Disney’s ... Read More
This was our 10th Cruise and 7th with Carnival. I have to admit we were skeptical based on reviews and our very last Carnival Cruise. Last August we cruised with Disney and was worried Carnival would fall way short based on Disney’s level of quality and service. To be honest we were 100% pleasantly surprised. I felt the ship was maintained well and generally very clean. I did feel our balcony cabin was OK and could have been a little cleaner in the corners. The bedding was tremendously more comfortable that other Carnival cruises. The last Carnival Cruise was miserable for sleep quality - this Cruise we slept very comfortably. One exception is we could hear EVERY in the adjoining stateroom with connecting doors (doors remained lock). There was an infant that woke us up in the adjoining room every morning at 6:00 and then we listened to their family morning conversations. We felt this ship had the most activities and places to spend time than any other Carnival ship. The sports area was great, trivia was great, on board music options was good. There was a trio of violinist who were amazing. The nightly shows were an improvement from prior cruises. They kept us entertained, but realize Carnival is not the go to ship if you are looking for theater production. Food in the dining room was very good with real top rate service. People comment the portions are small - WHAT? I can seriously eat and did not feel that way. If you must - order multiple entrees. The one complaint I would have is the lines at buffets, pizza or burritos area was long. However I believe the root cause is people hoarding and eating mass quantities of food. I watched a person eat 3 cheeseburgers, fries and a pizza in one sitting??? I actually found some people’s eating and hoarding food as being very grotesque. I am not a health snob and could lose a little weight myself. I enjoy Carnival for their lively activities. If you want a slower paced and less party atmosphere don’t cruise on Carnival. Between the price point of the cruise and the party atmosphere it does attract a different crowd. My point is don’t pay the cheapest price for a cruise and the expect the same service as the most expensive cruise. I personally would rather go on 2 or 3 Carnival Cruises than 1 Disney Cruise for the same price. However, I realize there is a service and quality difference.’ Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Ship: MS Carnival Magic Cruise: 17-25 August 2019 Itinerary: 17: Depart Ft. Lauderdale 18: Half Moon Cay, Nassau – pretty small island with not much to do unless you want to lay out on the beach all day. I took a jitney tour ... Read More
Ship: MS Carnival Magic Cruise: 17-25 August 2019 Itinerary: 17: Depart Ft. Lauderdale 18: Half Moon Cay, Nassau – pretty small island with not much to do unless you want to lay out on the beach all day. I took a jitney tour which lasted about an hour and a half. But they showed us the flora and fauna and we got to see where the island staff live. 19: Grand Turk Isle – great bus and boat tour, the guides were lively and funny and I got some great souvenirs 20: At sea – balcony time and watching movies 21: Aruba 22: Curacao 23-24: At sea 25: Arrive Ft. Lauderdale Departure Air: PHL – FTL – Spirit Airlines – godawful airline with cramped seats and no internet access and with some of the homeliest flight attendants ever. Yes, I am that shallow. We left an hour behind schedule because of rain in Florida. Stay away from Spirit Airlines at all costs. The Yugo of airlines. Hotel: Red Carpet Inn, Ft. Lauderdale – nice, reasonably priced hotel. I was only there to sleep, and while the desk staff was nice, the other staff were indifferent and rude. But the beds were quite comfortable. I also forgot my medications for my blood pressure and painkillers for my arthritic neck. I was able to get my doctors to get an eight-day supply of meds at the local CVS. So, I wasn’t really able to relax once I got to my hotel – frenzied phone calls to my insurance carrier and my CVS in Philadelphia. Totally my fault, but this isn’t the way one wants to start off one’s vacation. Return Air: FTL – PHL – American Airlines – leagues above Spirit with free snacks and soda. Bypassed the Wi-Fi packages because it was $14 for a two-hour flight. Still, it was nice to know it was available. Cabin: #2289 Cove Balcony. I bit the bullet and paid single supplement, but didn’t mind because I got a good price and I loved being close to the water. Carnival is for extroverts, but I was able to deprogram on my balcony, using it several times during the day to just chill, listen to music, and nap. My aunt and uncle were so worried that they contacted Guest Services to make sure I was okay because I wasn’t answering my door or phone because I was voiding out on my balcony. Just marvelous. The balcony needs a paint job – the rust was quite evident and my cabin carpet was worn in spots, but it’s to be expected on a huge ship like the MAGIC that carries thousands of passengers on a weekly basis. I loved the shower gel they had, but couldn’t find out who made it. Plenty of closet and drawer space for one person. Food: Carnival has really improved their game in this regard. More choice, higher quality food. Can’t understand why Berlitz always dings Carnival for their food. Lido Marketplace: my go-to place for breakfast and lunch. Lots of salad fixings (much better than on CARNIVAL VICTORY voyage to Canada in 2001). I’d like to see more cheese selections, but everything else was spot-on in terms of taste, quality and variety, especially the desserts Southern Lights Dining Room (late seating): Adi, Aisys and Sendian were our servers, they work extremely hard to provide decent service. My aunt only drinks bottled water and they kept her glass filled. I don’t drink, so they gave me extra ginger ale. Beef tenderloin was tender, as was the braised ox tongue. Did not care for the braised rabbit in puff pastry – too gamy. Still, Carnival is to be commended for taking more risks with their cuisine than they have in the past. And of course, I had the chocolate melting cake for dessert twice. Cucina del Capitano: Uncle treated us to dinner here on the fourth day. Loved it! Ordered a pappardelle pasta dish with huge shrimp and pancetta slices. We got so full we skipped dessert. Guy’s Burger Bar: Only ate here once because there was always a line. But glad I got a chance to try it after we got back from our Aruba tour and most people were still ashore. Good quality ground beef and great fixings. Blue Iguana: Got a breakfast burrito here before we embarked on our Grand Turk Island tour. Decent size and quite tasty. Again, this place was always crowded. Prime Steakhouse: Truly a dining event for our last night at sea. Thanks again Uncle Bob!! I got the NY Strip, mushroom risotto, mashed potatoes w/wasabi (yes potatoes, no wasabi!). The dinner at the Prime Steakhouse was superb, especially the dessert, which was appropriately called Dessert Art. The chef used a white board to “paint” it with fruit compote, jelled candies, custards, chocolate wafers and a huge ball of white chocolate filled with more chocolates and he added ice cream to it after breaking it open. I had to videotape it. It was very good. Caution - the food here is delicious, but quite rich. I got a bit of the agita (sp?) when we went to bed. Pros: Nice, showy décor, good food (superb at times), excellent cabin service (Kadek, thanks again, you are awesome), great itinerary, amazing massage at Cloud 9 Spa, great gym. The Sea Monkeys put on an excellent show at various venues. We also loved the ladies who played the violins in the main atrium lounge – really good music and I loved sitting there with my family, catching up, as well as striking up conversations with complete strangers. We enjoyed great tours of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Aruba and Curacao. The Bonita Beach Club in Willemstad is so nice and they make great frites cooked in truffle oil and served with parmesan and flavored mayo. Service was great. And finally, the cruise director, Simon and his assistants were brilliant and wickedly funny. Simon is right out of Central Casting. The comedians were funny too at the Spotlight Lounge. Cons: Aruba visit too long (0830-2300), Curacao visit too short (0830-1530); the latter is the nicer port, so maybe Carnival can switch it around. Canceled acupuncture consultation because they kept me waiting for 45 minutes, inappropriate behavior of some younger passengers on Lido deck – doing a disgusting dance, rubbing up against each other in front of children and old people. The DJ actually stopped playing music to admonish them for their vulgarity. Yes, I know, I am older – and GET OFF MY LAWN. Carnival’s Achilles Heel IMO is still the level of clientele that they attract. And the nickel-and-diming, endemic to the cruise industry, needs to stop. Read Less
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