Like all cruise lines Carnival is cutting back. Every cruise something else is missing in their services. In our daily paper we got warnings about Zika and they told us to wear long sleeved shirts and pants, also use insecticide with DEET. It would have been helpful to know this before we left. Also there was a warning in Honduras about criminal activity. The ship was very gaudy and needed work on it cosmetically. We enjoyed the brunch on sea days and the main dining room was good. We tried the Cucina de Capitano for lunch and weren't impressed. We went to relax and was able to do that even though my wife was very disappointed in the very old movies available in the cabin. Most of the crew were very pleasant with only a couple of exceptions. Also there was many announcements over the PA from earlier in the morning until after 10 at night. We make the best of things and don't let much ruin our vacation. We also never left the boat.
The overall appearance of the ship was clean and the crew/staff were exceedingly friendly. The activities on board included every age group, so no one was left out of the fun. The food offered, whether buffet, dining room, or specialty restaurant, were delicious. Our port stop were filled with friendly locals and staff. It was an enjoyable experience and one we will do again in the near futuer. I highly recommend this cruise, or any for that matter, to anyone.
The Carnival Magic is a nice ship. The food was good - not great. The staff was friendly, although you could tell some of them struggled with having to speak and smile . Our balcony stateroom was comfortable and was kept clean and orderly. Our room steward was illusive - we didn't meet him until three days into the cruise. The entertainment was good. Unfortunately, they don't have a show every night. One night was a complete bust with an illusionist. The next night was a different illusionist and the show was very impressive. The casino was packed virtually all of the time largely due to a slots tournament. No provision was made for the number of machines taken out of service for the tournament - which left fewer machines available for play. All in all, a nice cruise which did not exceed our expectations but did not disappoint us either.
entertainment was good. Cruise Director Dr E was awesome. Food and staff was great. Casino was just a hangout for chain smoking. Stunk so bad you didn't want to walk through and no where for a non smoker to play
We had a great time on The Magic. Really liked the layout and style of this boat. We had a great dining room staff and our cabin stewart was wonderful also. They both went out of their way to make our cruise vacation extra special.
A group of 4 family members set sail on Carnival's Magic ship. My PERSONAL opinion, Carnival earns it's right title as a "fun ship". There's always a relaxed time by the pool, with or without entertainment. Choose your time. Nightly entertainment geared toward the entire family and age groups. The food choices span the palate. The ports of call are interesting as are the excursions. Costa Maya is not a personal favorite of MINE, but I have a choice to stay on board and enjoy the time and amenities. I love cruising with Carnival. This time I chose a balcony stateroom and will not settle for anything less the next time around. Can't wait to book my 8th cruise, perhaps Alaska. Make sure to commence a diet before traveling so that you can gain it all back. Haha.
The ship was magical. We loved every part of the ship and probably didn't see it all. The shows were very nice and we really enjoyed it. The Cruise Director, Dr. E, was the BEST cruise director of all our cruises so far. He was so entertaining from morning to night. The food was just ok, except for Guy's Burgers. We had one of those almost every day....delicious! And the drinks were awesome. Our excursions were so interesting and we learned so much about the Mayan Ruins, Tequila & Chocolate. I would definitely take this cruise again.
The Magic was a very nice ship. It was clean and in all the staff was very good. There were a few things that kept it from being a 5 star rating. The were overall menu and service in the dining room. An example of this is I have never been on a cruise that beginning the 2nd night, the waiter didn't know exactly what anyone drank at the table (water, iced tea, lemonade, etc) on this cruise he/she still asked on the last night. This is a small thing but very noticeable. and smoke in the casino, was unbearable. The cabin steward was very nice and always had our cabin made up,etc. The employees on the Lido deck were great.
Of the 25 cruises I have been on it was closer to the best than the worst.
Im looking forward to going on the Vista in February to see how it compares
I wish Carnival will add some single rooms that you do not have to pay double for and have them closer to other rooms so families can travel together.
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.
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