Sail Date: March 2019
We left from Miami. They were not following any boarding zones. I heard that customs held up letting people off the ship before us. So the line to board was long but it went fairly quickly. We enjoyed the ship. Water slides and ... Read More
We left from Miami. They were not following any boarding zones. I heard that customs held up letting people off the ship before us. So the line to board was long but it went fairly quickly. We enjoyed the ship. Water slides and ropes course were fun for kids. Pools were never too crowded but hot tubs were. Food was all pretty good. There were long lines on the lido deck. Guys burger line moved quickly. Pizza line did not. They could use one or two more workers there. Two just isn't enough. We had great service in the main dining room and enjoyed our meals each night. We also enjoyed breakfast and brunch in the main dining room. We had great weather and enjoyed our time on the 4 islands. Getting on and off the ship was easy. The only carnival tour we did was to the ruins in Belize since they are so far away. Everything else we did on our own. Overall we had a good time on the ship. I wouldn't do spring break again since its more expensive and a bit more crowded. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
It was fun until time to get off the boat. That was slow and tedious The dinning room service and food were very good and an enjoyable experience. The room service was always on time. They now charge for items that were includied it ... Read More
It was fun until time to get off the boat. That was slow and tedious The dinning room service and food were very good and an enjoyable experience. The room service was always on time. They now charge for items that were includied it n the past. The shows and comedy where very entertaining. The late night snack have become less. The pizza lines were too long but got 5 bucks you can get delivered anywhere on the ship which was nice. Overall nice but they are cutting back from previous years The bar service was good and the room stewards were very attentive. The cabin was distrust upon arrival and when we contacted the room staff they came quickly and cleaned and dusted everything. The turn down service was nice too The show room always had a nice place to sit and good sound system. The comedy club and piano bar err two of my favorite things to visit Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My family has been on a couple Carnival cruises before this one. I've broken up the main categories into subsections. Go straight to the bottom for a review of the Cheers drink package. [Ship] Although the Magic is one of ... Read More
My family has been on a couple Carnival cruises before this one. I've broken up the main categories into subsections. Go straight to the bottom for a review of the Cheers drink package. [Ship] Although the Magic is one of Carnival's larger ship sizes many of the places people like to congregate for shows or activities are easily accessible and packed close together so you don't have to travel long distances in order to get where you want. Having a bigger ship also means more fun activity options are available and despite having more people on-board you won't find most locations are overly crowded by any means. [Cabin] The cabin sizes are relatively small, however they have everything you need for sleeping arrangements, decent bathrooms, and good shelf/cupboard space. Realistically, if you're living out your cruise to the max you won't be spending much time in the cabin other than changing/sleeping. I will say that the furniture could use an update. [Dining] Any of the sit down dining options on-board the Magic are delicious. I definitely recommend making reservations for any of the "non-included" dinner options like the steakhouse or the Italian restaurant as they were amazing and well worth it. One thing to note if you ever order steak- request your rarity one step above what you normally would. More than once on our last cruise a medium rare request would come out almost entirely red. Guys Burger Joint and the Pizzeria were very tasty. [Entertainment and Activities] Lots and lots of options here. You would have a difficult time not being able find something interesting going on every hour from the early morning all the way until very late (1-2 AM). The musicians are very talented, the comedians always have the crowds in stitches. Important to note that the pools are generally quite busy. Adults have a pretty easy out by just going to the 21 and over Serenity deck (no pool but a couple good tubs) where its not as bad and nice to meet new people. We didn't have any kids in our party but it was easy to see that there were a number of activities each day catered towards kids and youth that were fun and engaging. [Service] The staff aboard our Carnival Magic cruise were excellent. Always helpful, and very professional. The staff working behind the bars and at eateries were especially amazing when it came to being efficient and polite even during very busy times. We didn't encounter many long lines and when we did, they moved at a good pace. Cleaning services were great as well. When people were done eating and left plates/cutlery out in the main eating areas they were always cleaned up quickly and effectively. Cabin stewards were very kind and did a great job keeping cabins tidy and restocking towels, toilet paper etc. [Ports and Shore Excursions] Our ports were Grand Cayman, Roatan (Mahogany Bay), Belize and Cozumel. Tenders were required for Grand Cayman and Belize. We did excursions on the first two and I heavily recommend the ATV Jungle Tour as it was very fun and the local staff that brought us around were incredible. Belize and Cozumel we just walked around the port areas and did some shopping. The Belize port was not the greatest. It required a tender to reach and it was effectively just a small compound with a lackluster selection of shops. It absorbed more time and energy to visit than it was probably worth rather than just saving for Cozumel the next day. Cozumel was fantastic and had so much more to view and explore. There's generally more than enough time to get done everything you want to do at each port and we found ourselves even returning to the ship a bit early a couple days. [Cheers Drink Package] Yup. This has its own category because it ended up being one of the bigger annoyances of our cruise experience. So a no-frills summary of the drink package goes as follows: for about $56 USD per day for each adult in your room, you get up to 15 alcoholic (unlimited non-alcoholic) drinks per person each day. On average that means having about at least 8-9 drinks a day gets you your moneys worth. Honestly a great deal and as we tend to start our days with Irish coffee and coast through the day on cold beers it was a no-brainer to try it out. In the end we saved a tonne of money by using this package but here is the annoying part. If you do hit 15 drinks on any given day, you aren't allowed to purchase any more alcoholic beverages for the remainder of the day. It makes perfect sense to limit the number of "included" drinks per day, but then not to restrict the customer from wanting to purchase additional drinks for regular charge. Anybody who doesn't get the drink package is allowed to buy any number of alcoholic beverages that they want, for the entirety of every day. Even if it's supposed to be a deterrent for those sharing their included drinks with non-Cheers people it really wouldn't work because the non-Cheers people could just take over and buy drinks afterwards anyways. All it does is inconvenience the groups of people who go all in on the drink package. Overall review of the drink package- definitely worth it if you're a heavy drinker or enjoy sipping on cocktails all day long, but Carnival really has to change their policy on post-limit drink purchasing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Our 8th cruise and our friends first cruise. We had aft balconies on Deck 6. Warning, you WILL hear a lot of thumping from the Comedy Club below you. This was our only fault with the cruise. Yes, partially my fault for booking a room ... Read More
Our 8th cruise and our friends first cruise. We had aft balconies on Deck 6. Warning, you WILL hear a lot of thumping from the Comedy Club below you. This was our only fault with the cruise. Yes, partially my fault for booking a room above a public venue, but who knew the comedy club would sound like a night club when they weren't performing. Music was gone around 11:30-12 each night. Had a great time with our friends, enjoying our balconies together. Fortunately, we were able to open the divider between our two rooms. I didn't realize that only certain balconies can be opened to each other. We had dinner in the Main Dining Room every night, and breakfast each morning. The dress code for the MDR has definitely relaxed over the years and I even took advantage of a couple of nights to wear shorts. Food was fantastic as usual. Love the Crème Brulee! We went to a couple of the Playlist shows and enjoyed them - 88 Keys, Flick and Rock USA. The Love and Marriage show was a clunker, but that is totally dependent on the guests. There were a couple of moments that were funny, but overall disappointing. We enjoyed the Violin trio that played in the Atrium, the Acoustic duo that performed in the Red Frog Pub and Atrium and Vitamin Sea and the Supplements in the Ocean Plaza. Tried the Piano Bar one night and it was OK, but I think we were spoiled by Scott on the Sunshine a few years back and haven't found a comparable piano player since. Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze. Yes, we had FTTF and this made it better. We were on the ship before 1130 and rooms were ready. We got out luggage by 3. The only serious lines were on Embarkation day, when everyone was trying to eat lunch at about the same time. Any other day, never hade more than 3 or 4 people in any line. Pig and Anchor was good, had a Guy's Burger, Fish Tacos and a deli sandwich. We went to Magen's Bay and with 4 ships in port - NOT A GOOD IDEA. Pricey for 2 hrs at the beach. Went to Playa Chata in Amber Cover and that was great. Quiet all-inclusive resort. I was pleasantly surprised that during a Spring Break cruise that the crowds were a minimum. Serenity always had places available and it looks like everyone followed the 21+ rule. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my 12th Carnival cruise and 16th cruise overall. We loved this ship and had a wonderful time. Embarkation was very smooth as I am now platinum and so we basically arrived at the port at 11:30 and practically walked on the ... Read More
This was my 12th Carnival cruise and 16th cruise overall. We loved this ship and had a wonderful time. Embarkation was very smooth as I am now platinum and so we basically arrived at the port at 11:30 and practically walked on the ship. Our aft balcony was perfect. We had cabin 9474 as each end of deck 9 and deck 8 have balconies that are much wider than the middle balconies. I booked this cabin over a year in advance as the other end was already booked. We also like to be under the lip of the lido as we prefer a shaded balcony. The hallway is typically quite quiet at the back as well as the only people walking by have cabins in the back. Our stateroom Heri and his assistant Edison were wonderful. The room was clean and very comfortable. My sons had their own inside cabin which was also nice. The ship itself was very similar to the Carnival Breeze and Dream which we loved so I knew that I would like the layout of this ship too. Upon Embarkation, it is ½ happy hour at the Red Frog pub. We also ate at the Guys BBQ as we knew that would be lined up on sea days. It was yummy. The food was excellent. We eat at the main dining room every night. We noticed this crowd to be a lot less casual than other cruises which made the MDR very quiet and the Lido busier at night when we walked through. Each to their own as that is why they have the option. Breakfast in the MDR as well was excellent. Lunch we enjoyed Guy’s burgers and a burrito. We love the deli for a late night snack and very a very late night snack, at 11:30 they would put out some food including a very delicious chicken noodle soup. The ports were all good. We stopped at Amber Cove, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. Puerto Rico was by far our favourite. If you are walking to the fort, I recommend the path along the ocean as the views of the wall and ocean were incredible. You will see dozens of beautiful feral cats along the way as well. The sign says that they are captured, fixed and then returned and fed. They weren’t friendly but very sweet to see. The passengers on this voyage seemed like they were from all very different walks of life. They ranged from the very casual to very fancy. Everyone was friendly, polite and courteous. There were lots of kids on this voyage and they were also polite and courteous. My sons were in Circle C and O2 which they loved. They have moved up from the days of Camp Carnival (they are one cruise away from platinum). The youth workers are always wonderful. You would see packs of teenagers walking around together and again they were always respectful. Sometimes we would get a glimpse of my own teens in the groups. The shows were all very good. The singers on this voyage were better than some other ones. We loved all the show but are not a big fan of Flick which other seem to love so my opinion shouldn’t stop others from seeing or enjoying. Comedians were hilarious. Arrive early as it is hard to find a seat right before it starts. John Heald was on this cruise which was so nice to meet him and get my picture with him. Vito the Captain was so friendly and personable. He had no problem posing for a photo with my son and I in Grand Turk. MarQ is wonderful. He is one of my favourites so far and we have sailed with him twice. You can tell that he really loves what he does and wants everyone to have a great time. He was around a lot and so much fun! Debarkation was easy as again, I am platinum. We heard rumblings from our Facebook page that there was an incident in customs and that there was a big delay getting off the ship after us. My only complaint and I know this may sound ridiculous to some is that Carnival eliminated NBC, CBS and ABC on the stateroom TV’s. Now I know that we do not cruise to watch TV but in the morning I like to watch a bit of the Today Show or Good Morning America and at night, I like a bit of the news or evening talk show as well. They have a news channel (not CNN) that is very boring. Other channels are Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network for the kids, HGTV and Food Network. I wish Carnival would bring back NBC, CBS and ABC. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I loved this cruise so much. They have an amazing circle c leader, Georgia, she has the humor as a teenager so she gets our jokes. She also lets us have our free time and doesn’t make us do the scheduled activities. She was super nice to ... Read More
I loved this cruise so much. They have an amazing circle c leader, Georgia, she has the humor as a teenager so she gets our jokes. She also lets us have our free time and doesn’t make us do the scheduled activities. She was super nice to us all and was awesome. I would like to see her on my next cruise because she got me into dancing with her when I didn’t want to, but they made me happy. She told me she has been part of carnival for about 2 months and I think she is already a pro. Kids 12-14 will definitely enjoy her on any boat she goes on. MarQ, the cruise director gets everyone pumped up, singing, and dancing at anytime you may see him. The food is amazing and the people are so nice to you. If you want to sleep in, all you have to do is put the snooze sign up and the stewardess won’t bother you. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise for its value, ship size and itinerary. Now, if you read a lot of the reviews, you are expecting to board the Pinta or Santa Maria or a slave Ship. I was kinda expecting grumpy crew members and long lines. We in face ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its value, ship size and itinerary. Now, if you read a lot of the reviews, you are expecting to board the Pinta or Santa Maria or a slave Ship. I was kinda expecting grumpy crew members and long lines. We in face found the opposite. Embarkation was smooth as silk. Great people working. The ship is lovely. There was nothing that didn’t work. The buffet was great. We never Waited once. The food was not Ruths Chris Steakhouse, but I was not paying those type prices. We enjoyed every meal. The Northern Lights dining room was fabulous. Food was wonderful. Our servers were on the ball and from the first night remembered our names. Cabin steward kept room tip top. Spacious and always clean. It was amazing to watch the Captain walk around the ship talking to the guests. He was out inspecting several times. He runs a great ship In the Dominican, we did the Monkey Jungle excursion and loved it. In San Juan we went to the Rain Forest...beautiful. We had always tried to book our shore excursions on our own before and this time did both of them through Carnival and it was much easier. Debarkation in Miami was the easiest ever. Very Nicely done Carnival. I have made a decision to never read someone’s review that is less than 4/5. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We cruise regularly and overall liked the Magic. Embarkation in Miami was a little delayed but overall we weren’t bothered by it knowing we were going to have a Guy’s burger as soon as we got on! . We were also pleasantly surprised to ... Read More
We cruise regularly and overall liked the Magic. Embarkation in Miami was a little delayed but overall we weren’t bothered by it knowing we were going to have a Guy’s burger as soon as we got on! . We were also pleasantly surprised to see that the pig and anchor BBQ was also on embarkation day as well as days at sea. That’s also awesome. This was my first time cruising gluten free and went to talk to the dining room. They took really good care of me in the dining room every night! At the end of dinner I would order gluten feee for the next night. For lunches, guys burgers offer gluten free buns or you can get it without a bun. The Buffett was clearly labeled gluten free for some items which were questionable. It was great. The pizza gluten free was crispy and good and usually takes an extra 5 minutes. Since we were on an Ultra cruise we hung out in the casino most nights. It was a lot of fun. The casino had a variety of machines and tables. The crowds weren’t too bad and the waitstaff and casino dealers were personable and experienced. Our teenage kids really enjoyed the shows and comedy hour even though they saw the comedians act on another ship. This time they sang karaoke and had a good time with other teens. . Our cabins were comfortable and clean. The common areas were also comfortable and clean. It was our second time on this boat, and our third time doing the shark ray alley excursion with the stop at Caye Caulker in Belize. The first time I took it on Princess, the tender came right to the ship. The boat was a Two deck enclosed catamaran. Plenty of room and a pleasant ride. The second time was with Carnival and that was good. A pleasant day. This last time—— awful. We started the day taking the tender and waiting in the dock for 45 minutes in the light rain. Then this little crappy looking speedboat pulls up and they proceed to cram 50 people aboard. There was no room and it was severely overcrowded. They had us put on our life jackets and proceeded to drive us into the storm at 40 miles per hour. There was no cover on the boat, just a Bimini top. It was rough, bumpy, cold and the rain hurt. Visibility was zero. Everyone had their heads down and trying to cover. The captain had a cloth over his face and kept trying to wipe his eyes to see yet we were going fast. If we hit debris, or a sand bar someone in that overcrowded boat could have been severely hurt. I’ve been in this excursion in the rain before. I’m not blaming the weather . I’m blaming the Exotic tour company and Carnival for picking a captain who had blatant disregard for our safety and did not have the correct boat for the tour. So for 45 minutes everyone on the boat was miserable, beat up and cold. We get to the reef to snorkel and the crew says ok over the side. So getting 50 people on and off the boat in a current not fun. Same thing at the shark sandbar. By the time we got to Caye Caulker I couldn’t wait to get off. Then they come around basically telling everyone that the only place to eat is the Lazy Lizard and to fill out our lunch requests which we have to pay for. No way! I’m not paying 20 dollars US for chicken at the lizard when 1 block in is all kinds of better food for 1/3 of the price. But the other people on the excursion who have never been there before didn’t know any better and they got suckered. The whole excursion was misleading. It was clear all they cared about was money. We walked all over and never was approached by people selling stuff. They were all over the people off the boat at the lizard restaurant. If you booked this tour, ask whether it’s the Exotic tour company. Avoid them. RIP OFF!!! The next time I’m in Belize if carnival won’t tell me the name of the tour company, I won’t take the tour. I’ll probably book it myself Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My family and I went on our 4th Spring Break cruise on the Carnival Magic. We left from Miami. We left on a Sunday and parking at the cruise terminal took forever as it was at capacity from all the ships that had let on Saturday. Once ... Read More
My family and I went on our 4th Spring Break cruise on the Carnival Magic. We left from Miami. We left on a Sunday and parking at the cruise terminal took forever as it was at capacity from all the ships that had let on Saturday. Once parked, we basically walked on the ship. We had FTTF and went right to our room to drop off our carry on bags. Our Sign and Sale cards were already there and our room was already ready. We were on the Lido deck, our favorite location. We walked out and got our first Guy's Burger with no lines at all. After exploring the ship we had our muster in the theater (inside muster, yay!) We had the sail away party and then went back to our room. Our bags ere there and we unpacked. The kids went up to the sports deck where they hung out most of the cruise while sailing. We cruise for the ports and had stops in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. Our first sea day we played on the ship, played our only Bingo game and ate at Guys Smokehouse BBQ which was delicious. In Grand Cayman we had a private car and brought our own snorkeling gear and snorkeled Cemetery Beach and Macabuca and then dined at a local restaurant. Roatan, we went with Rony's tours and had a driver who gave us a tour of the island, visited Manawakie Park where we had sloth and monkey encounters and ate waterfront. Belize we did an incredible shark/ray alley snorkel trip with Coral Breeze. This was a highlight of the trip. And Cozumel we went with Tours Plaza and had a driver take us to El Mirador and Punta Sur where we enjoyed the gorgeous beach and saw wild crocodiles. The CD, MarQ was very good as was the fun staff. We played a lot of trivia and games with the fun staff and enjoyed most of the shows. We only went to one comedy show with the kids and it wasn't too funny. The comic said he had a hard time doing PG shows... Anytime dining was great. We had a wonderful waiter, Juanito, that we requested every night. We never had a wait for a table and the food was always good. We ate once in the Italian restaurant, and it the service was awful. We had long waits between ordering and courses and dirty dishes were left on our table forever. No one even came to offer us dessert and we left. I would have given them 5 stars except for the bad service in this extra charge restaurant. Disembarkation was also super fast with FTTF. We basically took our bags and walked off the ship. Overall we totally enjoyed our Carnival Cruise yet again. The best value and friendliest crew. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We Missed a port so a bit disappointed. We had no issues in the others we stopped at. There are Never enough deck chairs or space in pools! There were chairs stacked up but we could never find anyone to move them for us. There ... Read More
We Missed a port so a bit disappointed. We had no issues in the others we stopped at. There are Never enough deck chairs or space in pools! There were chairs stacked up but we could never find anyone to move them for us. There were lots of activities planned every night while we were at late dinner so missed all those. (Entertainment, draws, etc) so either have to have before and after to accommodate both set dining times. Dining room was great but buffet lines and other dining places lines were long and a bit disorganized. We had a balcony mid aft. It was nice and our steward was very good. Our friend had a different one and he was wonderful to all of us. We Had no issues getting on or off. Didn’t pay for Faster to the Fun but you can still get on, you just can’t access your cabin till later. Read Less
Carnival Magic Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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