Carnival Magic Cruise Review by jasmine_cruise_yeah
- Sail Date: May 2019
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
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.
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