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Carnival Magic is an extra large ship, carrying 4724 passengers and 1386 crew, and sails from Port Canaveral, Florida and Galveston, Texas.

Price: $     Size: XL     Built: Aug 2010    

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"...I disappointed in where our table was located in the dining room and the location of the" in 66 reviews.

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Cruising in my own back yard!

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I admit I am a cruise snob! When my family decided to go on a cruise I was a little disappointed that they picked Carnival.  I thought it would be full of kids, noisy, bad food and everything else bad.  I was wrong!!!  It was just the opposite. The whole experience was wonderful. My favorite part was each night when we met the rest of the family in the dining room.  The food was excellent and the wait staff made the meal perfect.  I would not hesitate to cruise on Carnival again.  The only thing I would improve would be the entertainment.  This vacation was perfect and so easy since we were able to cruise out of Galveston.

 

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Hi, I want to start by saying that my husband and I have been traveling on Carnival Cruises since our 25th Anniversary and this year we were on the Carnival Magic which departed from Galveston on Aug 16, 2015 (Cabin 9303), It's not the first time we have traveled on this ship but it will definitely be the last time and quite possibly the last time we cruise with Carnival if we have to depart from Galveston. First, the Air Conditioning didn't seem to be working properly. We notified our Stewart who had the Engineer come check it out only to be told that this is "Standard" for Carnival. Considering we have been on Carnival Ships before, this one and others, we knew this was not the case. In the past we have been able to control the temperature in our stateroom/suite. Now that they have the control they seems to simply turn it off at night and every morning we awaken to a very hot room. Nothing else was done not even the offer of a fan.  Secondly, the food and the crew was not the best on this ship.  Seems that we as patrons we are paying the same if not more each year but the food is getting worse. When eating at the Buffet the crew never seem to come around with drinks as they have in the past. The burgers seem to have way too much soy in them now so they were very dry and the unfortunately the food offered for lunch on Sea Days was always the same and this is only a few of the issues I had with the restaurants and honestly if I had my say I would have not provided them with gratuity just as I wouldn't if I had received bad service at any other restaurant not on a cruise ship. Lastly, we were supposed to have 3 stops on this cruise, Mexico, Belize and Honduras. The Captain announced that we would not be stopping in Honduras, He claimed it was for safety reasons too windy for him to dock. I am unable to find anything online regarding a safety issue in Honduras last week. Furthermore, there were 2 other cruise ship at the Honduras port that it seem to be safe for them. Even if there was an issue why were we not taken somewhere else when this decision was made not to go to Honduras verses holding us "hostages" for 3 days at sea?

 I know that this is possible because your Sister Company (or Child Company), Princess Cruises, does it all the time when they decide it is not safe to go where originally planned. When speaking with other guest on the ship we found that Captain Antonio Marchetti has done this in the past when enough money had not been spent on the ship. So I have to wonder, was there really a Safety Issue or was Captain Marchetti simply trying to meet some quota that he and or Carnival has set. There is a contract between us and Carnival. Carnival did not fulfill their part of the agreement to make 3 stops on the 7 day cruise that we purchased. We would like to receive a partial refund for not making the stop and not just the Port Fees.  We paid $1035.44 per person for 7 days which is $147.92/day per person.  Deducting the $12.81 already received per person, we would like to receive a $135.11 per person refund for two people. This year my husband and I celebrated our 42nd Anniversary, on your Cruise Ship, and I tell you this because I want you to understand how long we have been cruising but more importantly, how displeased we are in the upkeep, or lack thereof, of the Carnival Cruise Ships that depart from Galveston, TX and if I am honest, I can't say for sure that I will be back. I am also copying the agency that we booked this cruise through in hopes, that at minimum, they will take heed to this, before booking their future customers on the Carnival Magic. Disappointed, Clifford & Joyce Sherman

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5 Days at Sea is Not What I Signed Up For

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I want to start off by saying the cruise was relaxing in itself. The staff was fabulous, our room was great, though at times during the night the air felt stifled. House Keeping, Room Service, the Wait Staff all did a great and excellent job.

The only hang up we had was that we didn't get to port in Isla Roatan. If you have ever seen it at all, you would know how big this disappointment was. Of course when you pick your cruise it's listed in the fine details that the captain can over ride or choose to abort any docking for any reason. So in our case, the winds where up and the water was choppy. He decided he couldn't fit the boat into the port. I kid you not, I could have swam to land, that's how close we got. 

So instead of 3 ports we only did 2. So I did some investigating and it seems that since the port there is so small, shallow and narrow, chances of porting there are slim. They don't tell you that before you go. So I am. 

Cozumel we have seen a dozen times and we love swimming with the Sting Rays. That made up for Belize. I had high expectation for Belize. Snorkeling was fun only the reef looks like it has taken on a lot of damage over the years. They have some small islands they have turned into little paradise getaway's. But when we went to port it was small and well, have you ever shopped at Sam Moon? Well if you have then you know that they offer knock off items at much dirt cheaper prices. All the little stores in Belize carried the same items only they tried to pass the items off as real and charge you 3x as much as Sam Moon. They really think you are a large piggy bank when you walk into Belize and they try to sell you hard on useless crap. Yes I said Crap. Cause a fake MK luggage bag should not sell for $90. But they were asking that. So my conclusion is they think we are stupid in Belize. 

So after not going to port in Roatan, our last port, the captain's gala was cancelled as he had a lot of upset patrons on board. The crew was upset as well and said a more experienced captain would have docked it but this captain was new. So do some research, because Roatan looked absolutely beautiful and we missed out. 

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Very Disappointing

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Not what I expected.  Carnival provided little information a head of the cruise, process for shore excursion debarkation was incredibly poor, one of our three port stops was cancelled because of wind (even though the Norweigan Cruise Line vessel had no problem reaching port, and the onboard internet was an overpriced waste of money (their premium service had the speed of dial-up service.

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Carnival was amazing with our Gluten Free dietary needs!

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Over all, the cruise was a fun experience.  The dinner staff was AMAZING.  Our family eats gluten free, and they were able and happy to make the same foods, within reason, gluten free!!  Even the Pizza place could make a GF pizza!

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The only thing was we didn't stop at mahogany island. Where was our dream to meet. Everything else was great . food entertamen and enbarkation and disembark

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First Time Cruiser - Will Definitely Book Again

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This was our first time to take a cruise.  We got a great deal through Cruises Only and Leslee was very helpful and informative.  We were on the phone for hours because we had tons of questions.  Leslee had no problem taking the time and effort to ensure all of our questions were answered.  The trip was amazing!  The cruise line was great and the service and staff were great as well.  We are already planning our next cruise!

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Bad cruise ever

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Bad service desk, bad excursion desk, they try to rush you because they are busy they don't care, dinner we have to wait 30min-1hour,they don't take reservation, they said they are too busy, not enough staff and table , so you have to wait,when you get in the restaurant they rush and kid out , if you have young kid don't eat at the restaurant, 

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Yes I would recommen this cruise line again. Everyone was so nice and and polite. They answered any questions you have and the stewards would always nake sure you had everything you need

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awesome family criuse

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The Carnival Magic was a awesome for the whole family. The kids begged us to let them go to the Club Ocean when they woke up. They were so excited to go every morning and asked if they could stay late. It was a worry free relaxing trip for me. There was lots of swimming and this ship was really geared for kids which took a lot of stress off me. The kids were well entertained. I just relaxed and got fat. The food was great.

I would take this cruise again in a few years.

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

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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.

Go to the lido deck bar and look for Eko and Suanatara. Tip them well and they will pour heavy and toss drinks your way. Plus they are a great pair of guys!

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