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Carnival Magic

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What people said about this ship:

"The dining room service and food were way below par." in 37 reviews.

"This was my third Carnival cruise but my first on Carnival Magic." in 21 reviews.

"They forgot my husbands order several times and the food was better on the Lido deck." in 19 reviews.



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Trumphsurvivor
Second Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Isle of roatan, Belize, and Cozumel

Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Sep 07, 2014

Magic is a wonderful ship,and  has many more amenities than the triumph . My only complaint has to do with the food. The lido buffet was not what I would call wonderful and is open for shorter periods of time and opens later for breakfast than we were used to on the triumph. We are early risers and had to wait a couple of hours to get some breakfast. Not a big deal for most folks, but we enjoy eating breakfast and watching the sun come up. The lunch and dinner selections seemed to be heavily italian, although they did have a few other things. This was the first cruise that I got bored with the meals. The mdr was great as usual. We went to the steakhouse one night and that was wonderful.  The wait staff throughout the ship was excellent as usual.

  If you go to roatan and belize, be sure to book excursions, While they are beautiful places with some great things to do, the ports are pretty lacking, so I wouldn't plan on hanging out at the port for the day. We had a hard time finding something to eat in roatan when we returned from our excursion. the only food we found was some really overpriced appetizers in a bar on the beach. Its possible we missed something, but was surprised that there were no restaurants.

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Magic anchored in Belize Roatan

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Can't wait to go again.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Sep 28, 2014

We went when there were not a lot of children aboard, which is what we wanted.  The ship is a great one for families, with the serenity section where no one under 21 is allowed.  It was a perfect getaway, not an extremely elaborate ship, but new and well maintained. Its a FUN SHIP.  Tho we didn't partake of the nightly movies on the Lido deck, the ones they showed were recent and well chosen.  

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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The Ship That Sailed

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Sep 14, 2014

Wonderful, wonderful week! Perfect weather, smooth sailing, surprisingly comfortable bed, great shower, good food & plenty of it; super friendly staff & guests! - a great week. The Song-Dance-Magic show was Vegas quality! The shows and contests on Lido deck were fun & light-hearted.  Could've done without the stop at Jamaica, sorry to say, but the people were rude & some on our bus experienced a thief..... but really enjoyed Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The Caribbean is unbelievably beautiful and visiting it on board the ship or off is SO relaxing and fun.  I do highly recommend this trip and we're looking forward to booking our NEXT Carnival cruise!

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mkldkr
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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First Galveston Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Sep 07, 2014

If driving, reserve your parking ASAP. Covered parking is limited.

25+ cruises on 5 cruise lines.

As for the cruise. Stayed in a Spa Balcony stateroom, third stateroom from the front of ship. The Magic is one of the larger ships and has a very nice layout. We never got the felling that we had to walk from one end of the ship to the other, although we did. With over 3000 guest we did not experience crowds.

The ship was clean and our stateroom was well kept. Enjoyed  the Spa a couple of times. 

We endured the life boat drill in the theater, sat in the most uncomfortable seats that were flat bottoms and straight up backs. Last trip to the theater. Keeping in mind that Carnival is a Fun Ship, the food was very good.

Will cruise this ship again.

 

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gary689
Purser

Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Typical Enjoyable Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Sep 07, 2014

This was my18th Carnival cruise, second on the Magic. Embarkation was easy.Left on time. The overall cruise was typical. The buffet food is always the same. I was disappointed that they have not yet added the new Guy's hamburger station.The main dining room was good. Using the flexible dining time was nice. The food selection was average, most meals were very good. The only complaint on dining was 2 very loud, rude diners using very inappropriate language in a family setting. The waiters heard them but said nothing. One night the assistant took my left over spoon and gave it to another member of our party to use.

   The casino was large, good variety of slot machines. They were not generous,of course. The main showroom productions were pretty good. However, the magic show was big on production and slight on magic. The later evening comedians ranged from so-so to hilarious. The shopping and excursion seminars never change, nor the watch and jewelry "sales".  The candy store was fantastic.

   The staff was nice. Room attendants efficient.

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We had good service in all the dining areas we ate in. We ate breakfast every morning in the Marketplace, had lunch either in the Marketplace or at the Deli and ate dinner in the formal dining room every night. Service was exceptional.

If you get up early, order room service to tide you over until the lido or mdr opens.

race21cals
Third Mate

The dining room experience was amazing. We tried a lot of dishes that we had never eaten such as shark.

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Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014
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