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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!

JAM PACKED - but great service

Carnival Magic Cruise Review by jle0971

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Upper/Lower
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!
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Interior Upper/Lower
Cabin 1A 1298
Cabin was always clean - I never saw the room stewards but it seems the minute I left my room, I came back to a clean space every time! Room is tomb-dark at night with no window, but that was good for me!
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