4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise for our ten year anniversary trip. We liked the itinerary and the six days worked well for our schedule. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day prior and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel. We have stayed here before ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our ten year anniversary trip. We liked the itinerary and the six days worked well for our schedule. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day prior and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel. We have stayed here before cruises in the past. It’s a nice clean hotel and is right at the entrance to the port so it’s a very short taxi ride. We left the hotel around noon and were on the ship within about 30 minutes. Smooth embarkation. We are not the type to be the first people on board the ship and I think this helps as we have not waited in lines for the last several cruises. Half Moon Cay was our favorite stop. We slept in and hopped on a tender after the crowds died down. This beach is beautiful. We found two chairs pretty easily and spent a few hours in the water. The water is crystal clear and the beach is some of the nicest sand you will find. Carnival has done a great job with this island. The one big complaint is getting back on the ship. We went back to the tender about an hour and a half before the all aboard time and found an extremely long line. We waited in line for well over an hour before getting onto a tender. I know there’s only so many tenders, but standing in the blaring sun for that long is a real downer after a great day. Carnival needs to at least put up some shades along the long path people line up on. Next stop was Amber Cove. We booked the Terracross Off-road Adventure through Carnival. Melvin our tour guide did a great job and this was an enjoyable excursion. We are experienced off-roaders and I will admit there was times it was a little annoying when stuck behind a first timer. But I knew that from reading the reviews. I give this excursion 4 out of 5 stars. One thing to note at this stop is that it didn’t seem like there was anything to walk to other than the typical cruise shops. Last port was Grand Turk. We had been to this port once in the past and was aware of the decent beach and areas right off the ship. We booked a cabana through Carnival at the Margaritaville pool. This was a nice relaxing day. The cabana was nice with cold A/C and a comfortable couch. Service was good and the food and drinks were just ok. Typical of these type of places. We had late dining, which we prefer. The only issue is that you miss most of the shows. We don’t mind as we don’t really care to go to them anyway. Our waiters were the best we’ve ever had. We absolutely loved the layout of this ship and what it had to offer. By far our favorite yet. We spent a lot of time on deck 5 and found ourselves in the Redfrog Pub often. Naomi is an amazing acoustic performer, and she is often in there performing. This cruise had an interesting crowd for some reason. We have been on several Carnival cruises and expect to see all different classes on board. This cruise was particularly low. I can’t quite figure it out. I know Carnival has no control over who pays to take their cruises. There was several occasions where my time was disturbed by disrespectful people. There was a very loud cabin above us. It sounded like they were letting their kid jump off the bed repeatedly. A couple nights this continued after midnight. Then there was a cabin two doors down from us. They partied in their cabin with loud music and numerous people several nights. I’ve never understood partying in a small balcony cabin. There is so many places on a ship that you could have completely to yourself if that’s what you’re looking for. I saw security there at least once, and that was nice to see actually. I have also never smelled so much marijuana on a cruise. We have smelled it on probably every cruise we have ever taken, but this seemed to be everywhere. Then there was the announcements. We love to sleep in on our cruises. Especially when we get the chance to leave our son at home. I don’t think sleeping until 10am is unreasonable on a vacation. For some reason the cruise director, Simon, loved to make announcements at 9am. Although they are in the hallway, they are impossible to sleep through. Carnival loves using their loudspeakers. It’s often to tell you something that 90% of the cruisers don’t care about. On night 3 or 4 we were woken by two announcements about ten minutes apart over the loudspeakers in the hallway at 4am. They were announcing a persons name and asking he call guest services. Then about fifteen minutes later they did it again two more times. This time they blasted it through the speakers in every room in the ship. I can only imagine these poor people that had kids sleeping. I understand someone was probably worried about someone, but come on Carnival. This is unacceptable. We all know the guy is passed out drunk somewhere or is in someone else’s room having fun. There was no reason for this. Overall all, I had some serious disappointments with this trip but we still had a great time. This was our 10th cruise. 8 on Carnival, 2 on Princess. We are at a point that we intend on cruising twice a year, as we did this year. Unfortunately, I need a break from Carnival. I was really looking forward to getting that platinum status in the next few years. I’m afraid my wife is set on being religious Princess cruisers after this. We shall see, perhaps we return down the road. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I chose this cruise for the Ports. We first stopped over in St. Maarten, which was a very nice Port and the people were very friendly. They seem to be a little more "layed back" than some other Caribbean places. Second stop was ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the Ports. We first stopped over in St. Maarten, which was a very nice Port and the people were very friendly. They seem to be a little more "layed back" than some other Caribbean places. Second stop was St. Kitts, same atmosphere with a little more "hustle and bustle" but not to the point of being "annoying". And thirdly was Grand Turk, we always love this port. It has gotten alot of tourism. The Beaches at all of these places were just beautiful; relaxing; comfortable and calm. The Magic itself, is a big ship with room enough for everyone. It is a very "plain" looking ship. Some nice decour. The food either on the Lido Deck or one of the ship's (free)restaurants, was just Delicious. Also, we went to the Italian Restaurant(De Capitana), the service was xcellent; waiter was great and the food was "bellissimo". The Entertainment should've been much better, it lacked MotorCity; Bway shows and other Musical show. I've seen better shows on other Carnival Ships and this was the worst. But "all in all" we had a GREAT Cruise and beautiful weather all around. But the Parents should talk to their Teens before Cruising, about how to Cruise because alot of people don't know how to Cruise with other people. I will Cruise again, and I will enjoy the Cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Embark was chaotic with suitcase and people drop off from Ft Lauderdale. I have no idea how someone has not been hit by a car. Disembark was great- easy peezy. Because we are VIFP members- we stick with Carnival- however the loyalty ... Read More
Embark was chaotic with suitcase and people drop off from Ft Lauderdale. I have no idea how someone has not been hit by a car. Disembark was great- easy peezy. Because we are VIFP members- we stick with Carnival- however the loyalty program is fair at best. They could learn a ton from Omni or Southwest Loyalty programs. The crowd was shady. The neighbor staterooms partied all night (no problem there) and thought it was hilarious to scream and knock on doors around 3AM. Then other stateroom residents would get angry and scream at them. I was sure a fight was about to break out any moment. Constant cursing. Las Vegas felt more kid/teen friendly than the cruise ship. The excursions are awesome. We did Monkeyland in the Dominican Republic, Snorkeling in Grand Turks, and beaching at Half Moon Cay. All wonderful. The shows were great but I had to miss a lot of them due to a late dinner. The staff are awesome. Our stateroom attendants Gede was always smiling and speedy quick at cleaning the room. Mudiantara and Komang were awesome dinner attendants. They were incredibly observant and catered to our personal preferences incredibly well. They deserve a bonus. I will absolutely miss them. The cruise ship director was also great. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Largest cruise of 4 that I have been on and big disappointment. I thought there would be more pools and there was several things in pictures on sight that was not available. Food was great as well as all of the staff. They always answered ... Read More
Largest cruise of 4 that I have been on and big disappointment. I thought there would be more pools and there was several things in pictures on sight that was not available. Food was great as well as all of the staff. They always answered our questions and concerns Room was hot but may have been due to we was right under the LIdo deck which is open floor plan with door opening and closing all the time. Ports were all great and we never had any issues with directions for shops and other things. We did do and excursion in Amber Cove. We was under the impression we would be doing close to 27 waterfalls and jumps. we only got to do 7. The group leaders were awesome but when you pay for that money you want to do it all. Also no where was we told closed shoes for the waterfalls and we all wore Chacos and then had to rent 4 pairs for $8 a piece. We traveled with a 16 and 20 year old. Not a lot for the 16 bc they can not get into a lot of the clubs. I will do another cruise but I will go back to a smaller ship..More personal and fun.But if just looking to lay out and relax this ship will meet your needs. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was a very relaxing cruise -- mostly stayed on the ship as I've been to the Caribbean's many times. I was very disappointed with the food. I am a picky eater but normally when cruising I stick closely to the Blue Iguana ... Read More
This was a very relaxing cruise -- mostly stayed on the ship as I've been to the Caribbean's many times. I was very disappointed with the food. I am a picky eater but normally when cruising I stick closely to the Blue Iguana Cantina Burrito bar. That didn't work out so well as the shrimp was very salty. Needless to say, that was off my list for the duration of the 8-day cruise. Overall, I thought the food was poor. The customer service was poor as well. I realize that it can get difficult, I feel, with the staff. Having back to back cruises to tend to and having to keep that godforsaken smile plastered on your face at all times -- I understand that. Thank God for Guy's Burger Joint. I normally don't eat hamburgers but did in this situation. The hamburgers are superb. I ate one everyday. But as far as Carnival Magic, that has gone down as the worst Carnival cruise ship for food and customer service. I did have my gratuities returned, which is a first for me. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Dear Carnival, My husband and I recently enjoyed an 8 day cruise on the Carnival Magic’s. We have been long time cruisers on Carnival as well as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Celebrity. I wanted to share our recent ... Read More
Dear Carnival, My husband and I recently enjoyed an 8 day cruise on the Carnival Magic’s. We have been long time cruisers on Carnival as well as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Celebrity. I wanted to share our recent experience. We left on Saturday, June 22 from Fort Lauderdale. We drove to the port from Orlando. Parking and our embarkation was incredibly easy. We sailed through security and before we knew it, we were on our cruise. Our room was 2264 located on the second deck. We easily found our room and it was ready for our vacation. The room itself, was in good shape. The temperature was fine and the room was waiting for us. However, the table in front of the couch had leftover jelly smeared on it. A quick wipe with a wet towel and I was able to clean it off. We took some time to explore the ship before the Muster drill. We went up to the buffet where we found the lines were not long, the food was hot, and there was plenty of seating. We grab a quick meal of the roasted turkey which was moist and tasty. After we had our snack we went back down to our room to prepare for the Muster drill. The Muster drill was uneventful other than the fact people were coming into our assigned area through multiple doors so it got a little confusing but people were respectful and the employees were terrific. Our first night we ate dinner in the specialty steak restaurant. It was fabulous. I had the surf and turf and my steak was cooked perfectly. The lobster was very flavor and dessert was amazing. We had the dessert they prepare at your table. After dinner, we meandered to the casino. That’s where things got a little dicey. The casino is overwhelmingly smokey. We asked about the non-smoking area and were pointed to a small area of slot machines. This was a huge disappointment. We may not be big gamblers but we do enjoy spending some time in the casino after dinner for a few hours. Even when we were sitting in the non-smoking area, people that were smoking would come over and stand behind us. There has to be a better solution. Whether it’s a better filtration system, or a larger non-smoking area, or better enforcement, something really needs to be done. Just as I believe smokers have rights, non smokers also should have rights to be free of second hand smoke. The next thing we encountered that was problematic was the next day when we were at the private island Half Moon Cay. We got up as usual, showered, packed for the beach, and went upstairs to grab a bite to eat. We saw the lines of people waiting to leave. After making some inquiries we found out we needed to get a ticket for the tender. We went down to grab our tickets and were informed it was going to be at least an hour before our number was called. I understand the purpose of crowd control and trying to move large amounts of people from a ship to an island however, my suggestion would be, the day prior to going into the private Island, all interactions with the guests should end with please make sure you go down to get your tender tickets to the private island. Whether it’s interaction with the room steward, waiter or waitress, or spa, they should all be informing the guests of the need of picking up their ticket first thing in the morning. We ended up staying for the majority of the day on ship and enjoying the pool, slides, and spa. In the mid afternoon we did meander to the island for a quick bite to eat and check out the amenities. Another thing that we found odd was the Captain Morgan‘ shipwreck Bar. My husband was thrilled since he drinks Captain Morgan, however, when he asked for a Captain Morgan and Coke, he was told they didn’t carry it. Very curious since the name Captain Morgan is prominently displayed at the bar. Again, just like the casino, as we were sitting in the lounge chairs by the beach we were assaulted with smokers all around us. I would recommend an area be set aside for those of us who don’t want to sit by smokers. We had the late seating at 8:15, and that was the only time available for us. Because of the late seating, never did eat in the dining room for dinner. Most of the time we ate at the buffet. We found the food there to be quite acceptable. There was always something available and plenty of seats. One day we ate lunch on the 5th floor at the barbecue. While it smelled wonderful, the food was pretty bland. Basically my husband and I were not impressed. Seasoning and marinades need to be punched up a bit. However, the burger joint on the 10th floor was wonderful. The french fries and full of flavor and and the fixins bar was terrific. We ate at the Italian restaurant the last night on the ship. It was average at best. I wouldn’t recommend spending the money to eat there. The Calamari was so chewy, the meatballs didn’t have much flavor and while the spaghetti was okay I would think they could make home made pasta for the specialty restaurant. We found the crew on the Magic so accommodating and professional. We enjoyed the cruise director Simon London. He always had a smile on his face and laughter in his voice. We had a great time at the promenade parties. He had a way to bring everyone watching the festivities together for a few good laughs. We had great anticipation of the Glow party but we were so disappointed. We anticipated a fun dance party with a lot of lively 90’s music and dancing. What we found was a let down. It seemed like every dance needed to choreographed with the crowd and in between the dancing, they would crowbar in the lip-synch and other contests. We stayed for about 45 minutes before we had enough. You could take a page out of NCL’s glow parties. Several mornings we ate breakfast in the Southern Lights dining room. The breakfast was wonderful. Good food and the servers were a chatty fun group My husband and I joined the spa. We took full advantage of the amenities. This was money well spent. We both also indulged in massages. Both our massage therapists were attentive to our needs. I am so glad we decided to do that. I would single out Elma and the staff as making our cruise so enjoyable. The only detractor was the towel hampers would slam shut when people put their dirty towels away. A rubber bumper, similar to one’s used behind a hanging picture frame would solve that problem. These cost less than $5.00 and the issue is resolved. Sea days were tough on board. First the deck was scorching hot. You could not walk anywhere on board without shoes. Secondly, the boat is in dire need of more pools. I refused to enter either pool. It was so jammed packed with guests you had to ask people to move out of the way so you could get into the pool. It truly was a bath with friends but skivvy as best. The only way to cool down was to take advantage of the showers. Another thing lacking any sense was not having a towel area on the back of the boat. To get a towel you had to walk through the dining room to the middle pool deck. It is such an easy fix. The ship itself was okay but in need of some TLC. There was a lot of rust to the eye and it needs a really good cleaning. Every window was dirty and hard to see through. Whether it was in the dining room(s), buffet, pool desk(s) or any other area with windows, the windows were filthy. While sitting in the deck I wanted to order 2 drinks in the specialty cup (shark) to bring home for friends. We were told they ran out of specialty shark cups around 1:00. Such a shame and clearly the specialty cups were a hit. Opportunities lost for people to spend money. While unpacking I realized I had forgotten a pair of the bottoms of my tankini. I went down to the shops and was unable to find anything. Actually the selection of women’s bathing suits was limited at best. One would think the shops on a cruise ship would be prepared and outfitted with bathing suits (all sizes). This is a revenue stream you are missing out on. Our take always: Positive – staff was amazing, food was very good, ports were fun, rooms and bed were comfortable, Dine in Theater, comedians, embarkation and debarkation, Spa Detractors – casino, tenders, 90’s Glow Party, pools, hot decks, lack of towels, general cleanliness, smoking Bottom line I would take the Carnival Magic again but I think attention to detail and the trip would have been a home run. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
This is my second Carnival Cruise, first on Magic. We had a group of 21. Where do I begin? We sailed on June 16th. The pros, the service people work hard, the balcony cabin was nice but (see cons), food was decent, white hot party and ... Read More
This is my second Carnival Cruise, first on Magic. We had a group of 21. Where do I begin? We sailed on June 16th. The pros, the service people work hard, the balcony cabin was nice but (see cons), food was decent, white hot party and mega deck party were fabulous fun and cruise director Simon was awesome. Negatives - ship is poorly designed. Having the majority of the food choices at the same place as the popular pools is just dumb. It caused mobs to gather in one location. They are incredibly understaffed and expect too much from their employees who work hard but can’t meet the demand for service causing long waits for everything. We got the soda package, note that we would never do it again! No soda machines or souvenir cup like RCCL provides. Have to order from the bar which means a 20 minute wait. Frozen drinks are no longer frozen when they finally get to you, food often lukewarm at best. We had four connecting balcony rooms with the intention to have partitions unlocked for one large party balcony except the partitions don’t fold back so they either block your window or your door and they bounce around keeping you up all night. No night service on cabin like we had with RCCL. No real theatrical shows for family to enjoy, Iike Mamma Mia on RCCL’s Allure. (Yes we are spoiled by and love RCCL as is obvious by our comparisons). On board Shops were uninspired, casinos non smoking machines were overrun with smokers with no one enforcing the rules. Seriously in this day and age how difficult is it to implement a non smoking casino? Trust me people will still gamble! Amber Cove was a pleasant surprise (though none of us drank due to the recent death toll}, Grand Turk was disappointing. Have to walk a bit to get away from the water filled with limestone and the locals rob you blind on chairs and umbrellas (free ones are at the ugliest part of the beach and fill quickly) and locals were smoking weed around Cruise families, unbelievable the lack of respect for those providing tourism income, nephew offered cocaine while walking thru one of the shops. Unfortunately bad weather made us skip half moon cay which was disappointing but understandable. We had a great cabin steward, Ricky. However I need to make one last note on a Carnival team member named Brandon. We unfortunately had him as host for trivia several times and for karaoke, regardless how many times he was told he could not be heard, he would not speak up instead just was in his own world oblivious on how to engage guests. At the end of the trip there was delay in getting off boat causing unsafe conditions near elevators. He was clearly given a task to clear areas near elevators, again using his low voice he half heartedly tried to advise people then immediately said I give up and walked away. I don’t say this ever but he should be fired. His arrogance was beyond words. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We choose this cruise (7th cruise) because of the itinerary. We purchased FTTF, so our boarding and disembarking went very quickly. Took no more than 10min to board, and we were off the ship by 7:30 on the last day! We had a balcony ... Read More
We choose this cruise (7th cruise) because of the itinerary. We purchased FTTF, so our boarding and disembarking went very quickly. Took no more than 10min to board, and we were off the ship by 7:30 on the last day! We had a balcony cabin. Nothing wrong at all. AC worked fine. Only issue was the first nite, we ended up leaving about 8pm for dinner, so our cabin was not serviced because it was too late. Even tho we were on the 9th floor, not very much noise. Dining was great. Service in the main dining room was excellent. Even though we had read reviews of long lines, I personally didnt experience this. Could just be timing. Spent most sea days on the serenity deck. I will say, get there early if u want a cabana. Our first port (Halfmoon Cay) was cancelled because of rough seas. Next was the Dominican Republic. We did the waterfall excursion and it was one of the best experiences ever! Only issue was the tour company said not to take ur phone or camera (understandable) and that they would take all the pics u needed. We did purchase the USB they had for $55. There were literally 4 pics of each group in our group, but they were all posed pics on the trail or afterwards. Nothing on the jumps or slides. Also was told we were doing 7 waterfalls , but it was only 5. Still had a blast. Third port was Grand Turk. Snorkeling was amazing. Lunch afterwards left something to be desired. Was also disappointed with the shops at both ports. All stores seemed to be very commercialized. Same items in every store and very expensive. None of the unique & local items we gave gotten in other ports. All in all, great experience. We plan on doing the same ship & itinerary with our kids next time! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose the first check-in time at 12p. Embarkation went very smoothly - we arrived at 11:30a, and we were on the ship by 12p. We knew the buffet on the Lido deck would be mobbed on the first day, so we ate at Guy's Pig & Anchor ... Read More
We chose the first check-in time at 12p. Embarkation went very smoothly - we arrived at 11:30a, and we were on the ship by 12p. We knew the buffet on the Lido deck would be mobbed on the first day, so we ate at Guy's Pig & Anchor on deck 5 and there was no line at all. Later that afternoon we went to happy hour at the Red Frog Pub, also on deck 5. They have 1/2 price drinks on beer and Caribbean cocktails for 2 hours in the afternoon on the first day and port days. You can get a huge fishbowl drink for $10 (the Blue Bahama is excellent). Some information for first-time cruisers: I recommend bringing lanyards. The ship card comes with a hole punched in it already. You need the card for the room, to buy drinks, at the casino, & to get on and off the ship. It's so much easier to just wear it on a lanyard. You also need the card to keep the lights on in your cabin - there is a slot near the door. No one explains this to you, however, and it's not really apparent that's what it's for. We prefer to eat in the main dining room. The food is so much better than the buffet and the lines at the buffet were always long. The service in the MDR is kind of slow, but it's a much nicer experience. For lunch we ate at Guy's Burgers (great fries!) and Blue Iguana for tacos and burritos. I find the food at these stations to also be better then the buffet. I did eat once at the Mongolian Wok in the buffet and it was excellent, but it also took 45 minutes in line. The omelet station at the buffet is really good also. It's very chilly everywhere on the ship, so bring a light jacket. I'm normally very warm, but I wore a sleeveless shirt one day and I was too cold. There's a towel station near the main pool where you can exchange wet beach towels from 8am to midnight. The R-rated comedy shows were super crowded. I got to one show 45 minutes early and every seat was already taken. The PG shows were not as bad - you need to arrive 20-30 minutes early to get a seat. The chair-saving situation around the pool is very frustrating. You really need to be there by 6:30a-7a to get a lounge chair. I arrived at 7:45a on a sea day and they were all taken already. I was able to find a loveseat, and I had a view of 8 lounge chairs that had been saved. Two hours later I still hadn't seen anyone use the chairs. Apparently people save them at the crack of dawn and then go back to sleep. Be prepared to hear the phrase "Lovely Jubbly" multiple times a day. Half Moon Cay was canceled unfortunately. It looked beautiful. At Amber Cove there is no beach access at port - just a large pool. I didn't eat or drink while there due to all the news stories, but the 4 people I was with were drinking and they were fine. I haven't heard about anyone getting ill at Amber Cove. I really enjoyed Grand Turk. I walked all the way down the beach to Jack's Shack. It's located near the other, shorter pier. It's so much quieter down there and the water is much clearer than the water near the ship. It's $10 to rent an umbrella and they have great jerk chicken & free wi-fi. Walking back I couldn't believe how crowded the beach area was near the ship, and the pool area was even worse. Resign yourself to the fact that disembarkation is going to be a two-hour ordeal. What a hassle it is. Trying to get an elevator is impossible. I had to lug a very heavy, very large suitcase down 4 flights of stairs. The line for customs is ridiculous. Then there was another long wait trying to get an elevator in the parking garage. It's a shame to end a nice cruise vacation with the chaos of disembarkation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
In hindsight, booking a cruise mid-June was not the smartest if you don't LOVE 2,000 kids running around. The ship was full and lines were long for everything, that would be my only big complaint. Trying to get a deck chair, ... Read More
In hindsight, booking a cruise mid-June was not the smartest if you don't LOVE 2,000 kids running around. The ship was full and lines were long for everything, that would be my only big complaint. Trying to get a deck chair, ANYWHERE on board after 8:30am is not possible. Old ladies in their scooters are propped up saving rows for their grandkids, who are probably still in bed. Embarkation was very smooth. Got on board, got all of our instructions, and were allowed into our rooms within an hour of boarding. Luggage was there quickly too! We were on deck 1, so getting an elevator was challenging at times. Food is on deck 10, so stairs weren't any faster.. since I kept having to stop and rest. Very bummed that our first port (Half Moon Cay) was cancelled due to weather, but the crew handled it very smoothly. The cruise director Simon London was very good! He was constantly running from one activity to the next, always with a smile and still stopping to chat & greet guests. Honestly, every single staff member I encountered was awesome the entire time. Ok - the ports were something I wish I'd researched more. Unless you book an excursion, there is nothing to do in Amber Cove other than sit around another pool! It is a huge nice pool, but 4400 people fill it up quickly. At least here there are plenty of deck chairs available. Grand Turk is basically all about paying to get shade or a drink. The first 3-4 rows of covered chairs by the water are 'paid upgrades', upwards of $25 depending on which guy catches you as you walk on the beach. Food was good, not fantastic. The best spots are the burger bar and burrito/taco bar on the pool deck. Oh and 24-hour pizza is a huge hit with my kids! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This is our third time on the Magic, and as always it was great. Honestly this has been one of the best cruises we have ever taken. We did miss Half Moon Cay due to the weather conditions, and that was a disappointment. But that's ... Read More
This is our third time on the Magic, and as always it was great. Honestly this has been one of the best cruises we have ever taken. We did miss Half Moon Cay due to the weather conditions, and that was a disappointment. But that's the risk you take when booking a cruise that goes there. We decided to make the best of it, and spent the day playing trivia and Bingo. We were upgraded to a spa cabin, which was nice. We especially enjoyed the heated pool in the spa. The only drawback to our cabin is lack of closet space. I didn't know when we upgraded that it is a handicapped cabin. So, our bathroom was huge, and very nice, but very little room for our clothes. The cabin itself is very roomy. The entertainment staff on this ship is wonderful. We had a great time at every activity. I played and won trivia so many times Maddie, the trivia lady, knew me by name. I can't say enough about our waitstaff. We had early dining in the Northern Lights dining room. On the first night, my husband didn't order dessert. When the waitress asked why, he told her that he doesn't eat very many sweets. And that they no longer serve the only cake he really likes in the dining room, Black Forest cake. A few minutes later, the hostess Daria comes to our table. She asks my husband about the Black Forest cake, and he told her its no big deal, just the cake that he always used to get. The next night, she comes to our table and tells us that on the last sea day she has a surprise in store for him. The last sea day, they bring him his very own Black Forest cake! I thought that was such a wonderful surprise, that definitely went above and beyond typical service. We hadn't book an excursion for Amber Cove yet. When we got off the ship, we walked through the gift shop and there is a shore excursion stand just outside of it. We talked to the man in charge and chose a short excursion that went to town, toured the church and town square, stopped by the beach for pictures, and then stopped at the fort for a few minutes. We also went to a gift shop, and watched a man make cigars. The guide had told us that the tour would be around 2.5 hours. We left at 10 and got back at exactly 12:30. We spent the rest of the day at the port, in pool. At Grand Turk, we walked to Jack's Shack and spent the day relaxing. Overall it was a nice, relaxing vacation. I am already planning the next one! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
in 40 cruises this was the worst. if you have allergies DON'T GO ON THIS SHIP. even though we had notified the ta and the ship and the dining staff they couldn't get the food right for my grandson who has severe allergies. on ... Read More
in 40 cruises this was the worst. if you have allergies DON'T GO ON THIS SHIP. even though we had notified the ta and the ship and the dining staff they couldn't get the food right for my grandson who has severe allergies. on other cruises there was no problem. the service was horrible in the dining room for both dinner and breakfast. excursions were ok we did a private one in st. martin . getting off the ship was crazy. we didn't go to the lecture as we are experienced cruisers they told us there were no more luggage tags available. we should walk our luggage off. a joke as my son had a baby and 2 kids and 8 pieces of luggage. I was very perturbed at the counter and they finally found some tags. the sports area was terrific. the rope course and the golf etc. were all together so the adults could watch the kids doing activities so that was good the shows were ok. ship was fairly clean. main problem was the service Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Departed out of Ft. Lauderdale which I LOVE. So much easier than Miami. We live in the area so we just drove down that morning. This was our 9th Carnival cruise (gold). With two kids (13 and 6) we go for the ocean suite and it makes ... Read More
Departed out of Ft. Lauderdale which I LOVE. So much easier than Miami. We live in the area so we just drove down that morning. This was our 9th Carnival cruise (gold). With two kids (13 and 6) we go for the ocean suite and it makes priority embarkation/debarkation worth it. We bypassed all the long lines and we were on the ship in about 15 minutes. Our room was already ready by 12:30. The cabin itself was good (7277). To keep the lights on, you do need to keep a card in the slot upon entrance. I had no idea, until reading another post, that we could literally use ANY card to do this, including business cards! Ah well. Now you know! The room balcony is my favorite place on the ship. I read out there for hours. Keep in mind that on this floor (well, 6 and above), your balcony won't be directly above water. You will be looking at the edge of deck 5. Some rooms had a view of the hot tub on deck 5. I would have not enjoyed that at all, but our room just had lounge chairs and it was always quiet and didn't obstruct my view when sitting and looking out to sea. Bring a ship approved adapter so you can have more outlets. I also bring a travel fan and digital alarm clock. The muster drill was much better! We just met in a specified room based on our muster station and heard the safety instructions. No standing in rows in the hot sun on the decks! I thought the ship was clean. There's always someone cleaning something. It never felt exceptionally crowded, except the first day on the lido when everyone's scrambling for lunches. After that, I never felt overwhelmed with people. We spent most of our time near the water slides which my kids absolutely loved. We mostly had breakfast in Northern Lights (sit down) which service was VERY slow, but we kept going because it was a nice way to start the day without the chaos and heat of a Lido breakfast., We ate lunch at Guys our the taco place (or deli) which is great. We did early dining. The first couple of nights in the dining room were awful. Either they didn't take our drink order, or they did and they never came. Felt completely ignored. We even wondered if they were short staffed. Slow service. I'm talking 30 minutes to get the dinner rolls! And that's if we got to pick them. Sometimes they just handed you whatever kind without even asking you which break type you wanted. I know, it's little stuff. But we were so annoyed that for the first time, we booked a specialty restaurant (the Italian place) for the third night just hoping to get better service. The service was great at the specialty restaurant, though the location is a bit odd. I think the basketball court is right above it so there was a lot of banging. Anyway, when we went back to the dining room the 4th night, service improved greatly and for the first time, everyone at the table got their drinks! Each night after that was perfect. The food itself is very good too. I gained 7 pounds! (Currently down 4 of those pounds tho!) We never used the kids club even though I sign them up every time! I actually thought the shows were pretty good! Especially compared to the last couple Carnival cruises we've been on. The director was great (British guy), the staff was great too! Having kids, our fav was the movies at night on the deck. You can get popcorn and rent a blanket. St. Maarten: we did the Golden Eagle Catamaran tour and loved it! Very organized. Smooth ride. First stop was snorkeling. Even my 6 year old loved it. Second stop was a beach. Beautiful waters. They served a lot of beer and rum punch. The punch was awesome! Of course a few passengers over indulged (there's always a few!) but luckily they were happy drunks and nothing got too crazy. Would def do that excursion again. St. Kitts: meh. To be fair, we didn't book an excursion because the only ones that interested us, the min age was older than 6. We just walked around the port and then tried to navigate the town a bit and it was just a little too much for us. The roads/drivers made me too nervous with my younger one. I didn't find it to be very friendly there, but if we were to ever go back, I'd def book an excursion because I am interested in the history of the island. San Juan: We've been here a few times but it was the first time for my youngest. We always visit the National Historic Site. We read everything and explored. We also walked around the city/shops. It's such a cool city! We've never done an excursion here though. Grand Turk: my husband's favorite. Honestly, we just enjoy the beach/Jimmy Buffets. Bring your water shoes and snorkel. We saw the most amazing fish just swimming on their beach. Rainbow parrot fish being our fav. We want to go back to Turks for a week just to snorkel! Overall it was a great vacation and we were lucky to have amazing weather! I would def go on this ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
I have cruised with Carnival 3 times in the past 19 years. On June_2018 we took the Magic leaving Fort Lauderdale. The food quality at the buffet was very disappointing, menus were repeated over and over. We tried the assigned restaurant ... Read More
I have cruised with Carnival 3 times in the past 19 years. On June_2018 we took the Magic leaving Fort Lauderdale. The food quality at the buffet was very disappointing, menus were repeated over and over. We tried the assigned restaurant once and it was hell, server was messing out order all the time, the food took over 1 hour to be served and even like that, ti came out wrong again. There was also poor entertainment, theater's stage was supper small. Main pool was very often without music. Room's carpet was not clean, bathroom sick clogged, refrigerator making loud noise non-stop. The room's attendant was OK but my 2 requests were never fixed. We were supposed to have a KING bed but all they had were 2 super small personal bed put together. Why offering KING when they know that is not an option?! We had a balcony room, the roof in the balcony was extremely rusted, the door to the balcony had the door lock broken, night lamp also falling apart. Mid ship, deck 11 had very comfy seats with cushions but sadly they were assigned for smokers only... seriously? Smoking section should be assigned to the back side of the ship so the smoke doesn't get anywhere else, it was disgusting passing thru so many areas and having to smell that. The casino's cigar smell was so strong that you could smell it outside of it, they need some serious extractors in there. I got charged me for a protection plan I didn't sign-up for and refused to refund my money, they took the prepaid gratuities' money toward the protection and charged me gratuities again and refuse to adjust my folio. They failed to provide proof of the protection plan policy claiming I added it. I called several times and all they say is SORRY, asked to speak with CEO and they refused too. THEY ARE STEALING MONEY FROM ME AND REFUSE TO COOPERATE ... NEVER AGAIN WILL CRUISE WITH CARNIVAL! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We had the Spa Balcony and as when we took a shower the whole bathroom floor flooded. The dining sitting arrangement was bad. They had us seated back where the help was going in and out. They should never put a table bake in a corner ... Read More
We had the Spa Balcony and as when we took a shower the whole bathroom floor flooded. The dining sitting arrangement was bad. They had us seated back where the help was going in and out. They should never put a table bake in a corner away from all diners. The waiter took 15 minutes to come to our table just get water. We had to ask for water for the table. We were always the last to leave. It took the 2 hours or more to complete our Dinner. This is unacceptable. Door were not open when arrive for dinner. We had 15 minutes wait. All the food was dreadful except for your assigned dinner arrangement. If you didn't eat dinner or at the hamburger cart by the pool you be out of a meal. The breakfast buffet always had raw bacon. I did eat at the WOK and got sick. After the cruise my Grandaughter said she eaten there and go sick also. I have been on Carnival in pass years (before 2008) and have never had a bad experience. I became a Gold member of Carnival during this time. We use to only do New Ship each year. I just started cruising again and this was the first time on Carnival since 2008 and it was BAD. When we went get snack after 9:00pm we all ordered a Ruben sandwich and ask for extra cheese and they stated that they couldn't"t give us any Swiss cheese but American cheese. Everyone knows a Ruben sandwich only takes Swiss cheese. The roast beef was so tough like rubber we couldn't it. We laugh and through tin the trash. The pizza was like cardboard. The pool was always filled with kids. No pool for only adults. I don't know what happen to this Carnival cruise line but they're not how I remember. I will never cruise with Carnival unless I get a real good deal on Newer Ships. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
The rating is based on several Carnival cruises. This ship was the biggest disappointment in the Carnival Fleet. First, if you over 90, this is your ship. If your only cruising to become intoxicated, this is your ship. If you looking for a ... Read More
The rating is based on several Carnival cruises. This ship was the biggest disappointment in the Carnival Fleet. First, if you over 90, this is your ship. If your only cruising to become intoxicated, this is your ship. If you looking for a "fun" ship cruise, this ship misses it on all points. Carnival would need to build a canal into Disney World to make "the Magic" happen on this ship. Entertainment was lackluster at best. If your hooked on ear busting violins as your entertainment with a three song repartore, this is your ship.The highlight of the cruise is watching the big screen movies for entertainment, or getting so smashed you forget who you are where you are at. The casino, management does not exist as well as the casino host. Only offers slots so tight, it makes the virgin Mary look loose. You will need a lung transplant from the second hand smoke. Even the non smoking machines look like a coal burning power plant. If you're a gambler, you will notice a high percent of machines out of order. Never again, will we go on another Carnival gambling cruise offer! The buffets on a ship this large with this many people is a joke. One side open, where you will visit the deli more than the buffet. The selection makes The Old Country Buffet look like a 5 star diner. The famous "Carnival Swirls ' (ice cream, really frozen yogurt) goes unstocked or broken down more than they are up and running. Now the positives, our cabin steward was awesome, but with ship this size, it's sad he is the only one I can comment on. If this is your first cruise, it's only up from here. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Nice cruise for the most part. The itinerary was great. I had been to all islands except Curacao. What a beautiful island!!! I purchased shore excursions for Aruba and Curacao. I was a little disappointed with the excursion for Aruba ... Read More
Nice cruise for the most part. The itinerary was great. I had been to all islands except Curacao. What a beautiful island!!! I purchased shore excursions for Aruba and Curacao. I was a little disappointed with the excursion for Aruba which was called Top 10 Best of Aruba....we just couldn't figure out the top 10 from the excursion. I loved the excursion in Curacao which was called See and Sea. The underwater part of it was amazing!! My cabin was fine and we had a great cabin steward (Gloria). I did not care for the food too much on this cruise. I discovered the Mongolian Wok for the first time and fell in love with it as a lunch offering. The service in the main dining room for dinner was quite slow except when I sat with a particular waiter (Ismail) and his assistants. When I sat with them, service was fast and efficient. When I sat with others, it was extremely slow and I would watch the food come out and sit for long periods of time before actually served to people. Embarkation was easy because our check-in was done at the airport when we went to the Carnival stand for our transport to the ship. That was my first time experiencing an airport check-in. When we got to the ship, we were directed to the holding area for priority members and embarking began shortly thereafter. Disembarking was quite chaotic. We had zone 1 but zone 2 and 3 were called when we were called. The luggage area was completely overwhelmed with people and the line for customs was excruciatingly long. I was told that as a result, Carnival did not call 3 zones at a time after that. Overall, it was a good cruise. The Magic is an okay ship but not my favorite. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Overall, we (my husband and I and my daughter and her boyfriend) had a great time. This was a 6 night cruise beginning in Fort Lauderdale with stops at Half Moon Cay, Amber Cove and Grand Turk. Our last cruise was on the Disney Dream in ... Read More
Overall, we (my husband and I and my daughter and her boyfriend) had a great time. This was a 6 night cruise beginning in Fort Lauderdale with stops at Half Moon Cay, Amber Cove and Grand Turk. Our last cruise was on the Disney Dream in 2011. The Ship/Activities: The CD, MarQ, was very entertaining. The ship was clean and we saw staff cleaning the common areas throughout the week. Our cabin was perfect (other than some really loud neighbors who liked to congregate in the hall between 2-4 a.m.). Very comfy bed, hot shower, air conditioning worked well. We had a balcony and my daughter had an inside cabin. We played Bingo, saw the Love and Marriage Show, 2 comedy shows, went to Quest, watched 1 Dive-In movie, played trivia, went to the MarQ's farewell and 90's Trivia party which was a lot of fun. We had a good time at everything. Food: We had your time dining - used the HUB app to reserve a table and there was never really a wait of any kind. By the time we got to the dining room our table was ready. Dining room food was good - one of the elegant nights filet mignon was on the menu. We ate at Guy's Burgers a couple of times - good but greasy. Didn't love the buffet but we don't care for buffet's anyway. Nothing really wrong with it, just have saw better on Disney (which you definitely pay for). We ate at the Italian restaurant and it was tasty. The 24 hour pizza was a hit with all of us. There was a line at times but it moved quickly. Ports/Excursions: Loved the beach at Half Moon Cay. The water was super clear and calm. Enjoyed just relaxing. BBQ lunch was provided - chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit, brownies and a bunch of different type salads. We took a private excursion at Amber Cove to the Damajagua Waterfalls through Iguana Mama. We had 12 people in our group and they took excellent care of us. We did the 12 waterfalls trip and afterward they provided lunch (and rum & coke). Highly recommend Iguana Mama. We did another private excursion on Grand Turk with Humpback Dive Shack. Also had a great experience. First stop was snorkeling with sting rays and then we snorkeled at a nearby reef. We saw a lot of colorful fish and really enjoyed it. Loved that they are environmentally friendly - the captain turned the boat around to pick up a floating balloon and they also don't touch the sting rays or feed them (which is illegal). The water at Grand Turk was amazing. After our excursion, we walked down to Jack's Shack for lunch and rented 2 umbrellas for the afternoon ($10 each for the umbrellas, the chairs are free). We had a really good time on the cruise. Almost all of the Carnival employees we encountered were very friendly. We definitely got our money's worth. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This is my husband and I's 7th cruise together, my 8th. We LOVE cruises and this one was probably our favorite. It was the biggest ship we have ever been on (even though they are all set up the same). I was really nervous about ... Read More
This is my husband and I's 7th cruise together, my 8th. We LOVE cruises and this one was probably our favorite. It was the biggest ship we have ever been on (even though they are all set up the same). I was really nervous about lines/cleanliness etc based on reviews I read before I left, but this was by far a great vacation and fantastic ship. We flew into Fort lauderdale the day before and stayed at the La Quinta inn and suites. They have a free shuttle that picks you up from the airport and takes you to the hotel. Expedia, however, lost our hotel booking and after an hour of the front lady going back and forth with Expedia, it was resolved. The hotel upgraded us to a suite for the mix up. We took an Uber from the hotel to the shuttle the next morning. Getting on the ship: Embarkation was extremely smooth and efficient. We almost instantly got on the ship even though we were early. We grabbed lunch at Guy's burger and found a set of seats under an umbrella outside. The day everyone was getting on the ship was the busiest of any of the days and had the longest lines. They weren't even that long though! I read some other reviews of 45 minute long lines throughout the cruise.... I'm not sure what they were trying to wait for because we didn't experience anything like that. Ship: Great ship. More modern than the other ships we have been on, so that was nice. The lanai on deck 5 was pretty great! Clean and well maintained. There are a ton of hot tubs on this ship! Dining: We had anytime dining and showed up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30. We used the app to reserve our table. This was our first cruise using the app and it is such a GREAT addition. We would reserve it in our room and by the time we walked to the dining room, our table was ready. We always requested to sit by ourselves and it was always honored. Food was always great and prompt. I even had a few odd requests like an additional side of mushroom risotto or extra plantain chips that was used as a garnish for a dish (so delicious!) - and they would always bring them to me. Also - if you're new to cruising, know that you can order multiple things. I usually would get 2 appetizers. Shimp cocktail and a salad, or a salad and xyz. Food: We usually order room service the night before for the coffee and some fruit in the morning but this was the first cruise we didn't do this regularly. We are usually early risers and so when we ordered room service - the coffee was stale/burnt and it just wasn't worth the hassle of trying to make sure we were up and dressed. That's another big thing about ordering room service - they come INTO your room to set down your order. I have made the mistake of not being fully dressed when answering the door. So fair warning! - I WISH I WOULD HAVE TRIED THE OMELET STATION SOONER! I tried it on the day we got off the ship and it was SOOOO good. - I ordered 24 bottles of water before we got on the ship for $10? and it was delivered to our room when before we arrived. Best decision ever, as I hate the taste of tap water on the ship. Specialty coffee: Grab a latte on level 5. They are priced well and well made. Make sure you go on the first day and get the punch card. If you end up getting 1 drink a day, you'll get your last one free. You can use the punch card for multiple people too. Entertainment: We LOVE going to the comedy shows but the shows need to be held in bigger venues. I'm not kidding when I say, we had to show up an hour beforehand if we wanted any choice in seating. The place is full 30 minutes prior. We loved the shows though. Make sure you go to the Love and Marriage show. I will say this, there were quite a few dead times on the ship. Compared to 7-9 years ago, I feel like they have cut back on things to do in general. This has nothing to do with the Magic specifically though. If you JUST started cruising though, you would know no difference. We usually go back to the room and take naps during the dead times. Our last cruise with Carnival, they had a magician on board. That would have been a great addition to the Magic. No pun intended haha Service: As usual, we had great service. There was one incident with people under us having a bose speaker that was vibrating our balcony from how loud it was playing. Carnival handled it quickly and in a professional way. I read other reviews of crew members being mean or acting like they don't care..... again... not sure how that is possible. Staff was always fantastic, no matter where we were on the ship. Ports: Half moon cay + Amber Cove + Turks and Caicos HMC - this was our 3rd visit to half moon cay but by far our best visit.... simply because this time, we brought our own inflatable rafts. I went to 5 below before our trip and bought 2 rafts. We unfolded them and blew them up and floated for hours. Everyone around us kept asking where we rented them from. It was the best $5 we ever spent! Make sure you get off the ship early so you can have your choice of a chair and bring plenty of sun screen. Drinks on the Island are pretty expensive as well even though they sell a ton. Amber Cove- This was our first time we visited Amber Cove. I'm glad we booked an excursion because just like Freeport and a few other ports, if you don't book something, there would be nothing to do. We did the waterfall of damajargua (spelling?). It was an amazing excursion and was ran extremely well. We brought our Gopro to take videos and pictures, but they did a good job at taking pictures/video that are available to purchase. I believe it was $50? I would highly recommend the excursion. Turks and Caicos - this was our second time here and we didn't book an excursion, so we just ventured around the shops for a bit and then enjoyed the pools on the ship while everyone was off the ship. We also were the only ship in all the ports all week, so it was awesome that we weren't crowded! WARNING WARNING - GETTING OFF THE SHIP! I am SO glad we didn't book early flights. Getting off the ship when the cruise ended was the worse de- embarkation we have ever experienced. They kept stopping everyone because the gangways, customs were backed up. We didn't get off the ship until 11 am. The worst part is that THEY SHUT OFF THE WATER AT 9 AM. That means you couldn't flush toilets, get water to drink, wash your hands etc. There were still a ton of us on the ship, so I found this extremely frustrating. You had to be out of your room by 8:30 am, so there were hundreds of people just waiting anywhere they could. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our first cruise, and couldn't believe what a great ship this was. Started at embarkation from FLL, an absolute breeze and were on ship in about 20 mins. Headed straight for food, and then to the red frog pub for drinks. ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and couldn't believe what a great ship this was. Started at embarkation from FLL, an absolute breeze and were on ship in about 20 mins. Headed straight for food, and then to the red frog pub for drinks. Balcony cabin aft on deck 7 was great (apart from noise of neighbours slamming door, oh and smoking weed on his balcony) Food was always great - big fan of guys burgers where we ate a few times. Food in MDR was always great, though sometimes not overly warm which was more due to the room temperature more than anything else. We also ate in the steakhouse, which was amazing food and the best steak I've ever had. Also booked the italian restaurant for our last night which again was lovely food, and really big portions. We didn't purchase the drinks package, but did make use of happy hour when we could catch it. Spent our sea days up on Serenity deck which was nice - but be warned it can be really hot up there as not a lot of shade about. I booked a pedicure in the spa, but it wasnt a great experience - mainly due to staff being quite rude and not interested in interacting with customers at all! All in all I don't think there is anything else i could fault about our cruise, staff and room steward were all lovely. I would definitely book to go on this ship again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Overall this was an excellent cruise. The comedians and watered down drinks in the punchliner comedy club were not very good-only one was worth the time to listen to-saw him first cannot remember his name. Hint-get your drink elsewhere ... Read More
Overall this was an excellent cruise. The comedians and watered down drinks in the punchliner comedy club were not very good-only one was worth the time to listen to-saw him first cannot remember his name. Hint-get your drink elsewhere and take it in there with you! This was disappointing. The theatre was good-the singers and dancers worked very hard to deliver an awesome program. My favorite was 88 keys-this show was awesome! The food was excellent. Our room and a lot of areas on the ship were warm-could have been better air conditioning all over the ship. They had a weird set up for the lights-had to keep your sign/sail pass or a credit card in this thing on the wall for the lights to work-yea-who knew why we had no lights! LOL Gerardo, Jati and Edgar took excellent care of us in the dining room. The food was outstanding! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
we had never been on Carnival, and this was a 9 day cruise, so we decided to give it a try. we traveled with our son and daughter in law, had adjacent cabins. what was good was we had the steward open the door between balconies and were ... Read More
we had never been on Carnival, and this was a 9 day cruise, so we decided to give it a try. we traveled with our son and daughter in law, had adjacent cabins. what was good was we had the steward open the door between balconies and were able to all enjoy the balcony together. did not enjoy the food, every seafood dish I tried was fishy, even the fried oyster appetizer and the lobster tail--inedible. the anytime dining was convenient, and the Carnival Hub app worked very well most of the time. the highlights were the sit down breakfasts and the seaday brunches. the Italian restaurant was the biggest highlight of the cruise, and everything there was perfect, the waiter, I believe his name was Goran, was exceptional. our cabin was very nice, and our steward, Agung, was very good, with fresh ice all the time, and he was right on top of keeping our cabin fresh. too many smoking areas, and the casino was terribly smoky, we couldn't go there to gamble, and even passing through to another area was a bad experience. shows not good, 88 keys was below average, and the country music show was terrible. the best entertainment was the three ladies playing electric violins in the atrium, they were excellent. boarding and debarkation were smooth. we won't be traveling on Carnival any more, will have to look for a "luxury" cruise I guess. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
The ugly....cannabis smoking is everywhere. Public areas balconies and my favorite...lighting up beside a family during movie night. Security are polite and ineffective. Smuggle it on and smoke until they call you Chong all cruise long. ... Read More
The ugly....cannabis smoking is everywhere. Public areas balconies and my favorite...lighting up beside a family during movie night. Security are polite and ineffective. Smuggle it on and smoke until they call you Chong all cruise long. The bad....why do some people treat their cruise in the Caribbean as a prison release party. Drunken fools during the muster drill and thereafter. The inclusive drink option is crusing cruising experiences.kids club....advertised and closed. Grand turk is a very sad place to visit ( post hurricane) we did a tour of the island and there is still lots of visual scarring The best for last...the good....the crew the food and the ship are top notch. Staff appear to be really enjoying themselves. I had absolutely no complaints about the carnival side of things....gym was clean and large. Cruise director Marq gave it his all. Great food options include burritos guys burgers.to be succinct....it was the ten percent of the passengers that act like drunken stoned fools. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Took this cruise with my daughter-in-law for some fun and relaxation. We couldn't get on the this until 4 P.M. due to the fact of the ship repositioning from Miami, but no problem we just did some fun things in Ft. Lauderdale until ... Read More
Took this cruise with my daughter-in-law for some fun and relaxation. We couldn't get on the this until 4 P.M. due to the fact of the ship repositioning from Miami, but no problem we just did some fun things in Ft. Lauderdale until time to board. Right onto the ship, right to the cabin. We upgraded to a balcony two days before sailing and everything was switch but a few items, but our cabin steward, K2, fixed these thing quickly. Room was always kept clean. We only got the evening turndown service which worked fine. I really don't know why so many people complain about the food. I have been on many cruises and the food in the MDR was the best I have ever had. There are plenty of places to eat and we went to evening meal at the MDR everynight. We had a great table lots of fun. Our waiters really knew how to dance. The shows were great. The only thing I can say is the seats in the balcony are very close and if you have bad knees, like me, set on the main floor or ouch. The casino is a little to smoky, but we played anyways. I will admit it did get to me a couple of times and effected by throat, but I lived. The casino workers were all very friendly and I didn't do bad in the casino, brought back what I took, so this was a win. The pools looked crowded on sea days. I can't do the sun any longer, breaks me out, but it looks like everyone was enjoying the pool that went. Cruise director Markq, was great. One the best I have seen. If you go to Amber Cove, be prepared the walk off the pier is long, but there are Pedicabs that will transport you for a tip. We gave $10 each way. Coming back it is the best $10 we spent, because we were tired. Took a shore excursion, Outback Adventures on Amber Cove and would highly recommend it. The ship was very clean, I don't know what the people that says it isn't is looking at. Go have an open mind and have fun. This is the reason to go on a cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We booked this cruise to relax and I must say... Mission accomplished! This was our 3rd sailing with Carnival, our first on a larger ship. Overall, we had a great time! The ship did not leave until 9 pm since she was repositioning from ... Read More
We booked this cruise to relax and I must say... Mission accomplished! This was our 3rd sailing with Carnival, our first on a larger ship. Overall, we had a great time! The ship did not leave until 9 pm since she was repositioning from Miami that morning. We drove the 3.5 hours to the port. Our goal was to arrive around 3 since we had a 4:00 check-in. I was following social media for updates and saw how some people took a bus to a mall. I guess they started boarding shortly after the bus pulled away. We went straight to the port, arriving around 3:30 and were on the ship in about 20 mins. I read other reviews where people didn't have such a good time but this was the easiest boarding experience I've had so far. Our room was ready as soon as we boarded. I went straight to the shore excursion desk to pick our cabana. I was second in line and was able to get my first choice, #13. I then went to the atrium bar and ordered a celebratory glass of champagne! We did my time dining. I thought I would like the flexibility but I think I prefer late assigned dinner. Every meal in the main dining room was excellent! There was nothing we were served that disappointed. Bar service was a little slow so bring a drink with you. We ate at the Italian restaurant one night. We were a little disappointed that we were waiting at the reservation table for about 5 mins and a couple that walked up after us was assisted first (we had a reservation). The food was okay, large portions. The service was excellent. It was difficult to eat because the restaurant is in the aft of the ship and the vibration was so bad at times it looked like that scene with the water glass in Jurassic Park! My boyfriend was getting queasy and couldn't eat. We also ate in the steakhouse one night. I did not like it as much as I had thought I would but the price is great for what you get. Again, top notch service. Unfortunately, this night I was feeling queasy so that may have contributed to my lack of enjoyment. Brunch in the main dining room was my favorite! This was a Premier cruise so I understand the casino was more packed than usual. I was not a premier guest but I guess I did well enough to earn some cookies, a bottle of water and a discounted room on another cruise. I enjoyed the slots almost every night and did not lose all the money I walked on the ship with. I will say the bar service in the casino was disappointing. The actual bar only had 2 bartenders although this is a popular bar. Drink servers were few and far between. One server on the last night forgot my beer TWICE. The casino wasn't even crowded at this point. He even commented on my patience after the first time forgetting. After waiting 45 minutes and the server forgetting my drink for a second time, I told him to cancel it. I went to the bar and got a drink only to realize I was charged for the drink I never got. Eventually he gave me 2 drinks saying he owed me... so I had 3 beers. I also found the people at the cashier's desk to be short and little rude but it didn't ruin anything for me. Our room steward was exactly what we expect from Carnival. He was friendly, got us our bathrobes quickly and took care of our cabin. We requested evening service. We had a balcony cabin and the location on deck 7 was convienent. The room seemed smaller than other rooms I've had on Fantasy class ships but it fulfilled it's purpose! We enjoyed visiting Red Frog Pub! Nelsha, Lotoya and Christina are some of the hardest workers on that ship! They were always so busy but remembered our names and what we wanted. We made sure to tip often! We didn't do a lot of activities. I enjoy bingo and played as often as I could. I never won though. I also enjoyed the Lip Sync battle. We were lucky with the contestants on this sailing because the guy really put on quite the show! We went to a comedy show and just didn't find it all that funny. Comedy is a matter of taste and other people seemed to enjoy the show she put on. MarQ was the CD. He seemed very visible and approachable. I was worried the ship would feel crowded but we always seemed to be able to find a place to settle when we needed. The pool seemed crowded often but a lot of activities take place there. Overall, the Magic manages crowds well and lines move quickly. Very rarely did we feel crowded. The overall condition of the ship was clean. Someone was always cleaning something! There are a few noticeable worn spots in areas but with so many people moving through there it's to be expected. The outside was a little rusty, my boyfriend even commented on it. Fellow cruisers were nice but I think I understand more when people say Carnival is "the Walmart of the seas." Of course trashy people just seem to draw more attention to themselves but there were quite a few people on this sailing who caught my attention, if you catch my drift. Ultimately no impact on my vacation, though. We rented a Cabana at Half Moon Cay. I highly recommend getting one. We chose Cabana 13. This proved to be a good choice as the beach was super crowded but most people stayed closer to the ship. We talked to someone who had Cabana 5 and they said people were trying to use their showers and stuff but we had no problems with that. Bar service was practically non-existent at the Cabana but it was a quick walk to the bathroom and bars so not a problem. In Grand Turk we walked the short walk to Jack's Shack. We were offered horseback riding, drugs or a beach chair by a one-stop shop manned by friendly locals right off the ship. Jack's Shack lives up to the hype. Much less crowded than at the port, quick service, umbrella for $10. We also were able to watch the Pride leave port. We went to Margaritaville for a drink. Apparently someone (an adult) pooped in the pool. Luckily we didn't go in. In Amber Cove we just hung out at the port. Definitely check out the sky bar... the views can't be beat! It was beautiful! It was hard to choose a favorite port because each had something different to offer. I would do this itinerary again. We had a great time and will definitely sail Carnival again but will book another line for our next cruise just to see what else is out there. Read Less
Carnival Magic Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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