Carnival Magic

3.8 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: XL     Built: Aug 2010    

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

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Wedding Cruise

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Our first impression was tarnished by the rude staff during check in at the port. We were with a wedding party of about 40 and the cruise coordinator was attempting to keep us all together as we were to board priority for the wedding. One particular worker was continually telling the group to "not stand here" or "keep moving" when we were all doing exactly as the Carnival coordinator asked us to do to keep us together. We were there way earlier than everyone else and hardly any other passengers were there yet to board so her attitude towards us was completely uncalled for. 

Our cabin stewards were by far the worse crew we have experienced with Carnival. Cabin being skipped for cleaning or nightly turndown even though we were gone early for excursions and dinner. 

That is really our only complaints that made us unhappy about our cruise that could be corrected by making staff aware of the issues.  

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
3 out of 5

Mediocre!

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My husband and I are frequent cruisers and have learned that no ship is "perfect". That being said, there were not enough pluses to entice us to take this ship again..Embarkation was smooth and easy. The staff was very helpful and even though we were one of the first to arrive, there was no waiting. We chose a Cove Cabin. This being the third time we have sailed in one of these( Carnival Dream the other two times} and love being close to the water. Our cabin appeared ready. We had one soap and there was a dirty bar glass on the balcony from a previous cruiser. Our room steward gave us a card with his number on it should we need anything. Walking the floors, this ship appeared understaffed. We had a nice table in the dining room which accommodated all eight of us traveling together. The first night, the service was extremely slow...I believe it was due to the kitchen, not our servers. The two tables beside us waited every night for their food. Our seating was at six and we barely made it to the shows at 8:15.  Diners were lined up outside for the eight pm seating. The food in the dining room was so-so. Somethings were delicious and some didn't even come close to hitting an ok mark. The buffets seemed to be better. I will say, that ALL of us had extremely swollen feet and ankles. They must use a huge amount of salt and/or MSG. My husband could not get his dress shoes on and that has never happened to him before. The casino was grossly filled with smoke....to the point some of us that love to play, didn't. We are use to smoke in the casinos on board ships....but NOT LIKE THIS. Our clothes, bodies and hair reeked of smoke. There seemed to be no ventilation system, at all. The shows were very good, especially Flick....I believe that was the best show we have EVER seen on a cruise ship. Bravo to the entertainment staff.  Guy Fieros Burger Joint was another huge plus, also his barbeque feast...delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed the Monkey Jungle in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. It was an excellent excursion and we would do this again. Paradise Point at St. Thomas is another place we enjoyed. What a view. We will be sailing again, soon. But, not on the Magic....Aside from the shows, there were too many other minuses to entice us to sail this ship again.  

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Great Staff, Great Food, Great Fun

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Schultz was such a great cruise director from the minute we arrived to the minute we left he made you comfortable and want to have fun.

Our dinner experience with our wait staff, Joselito, Santosa, Iuri by far made our trip so enjoyable that we would couldn't just wait to have dinner with them. They were so professional, yet had such great personalities and sense of humor. We loved every minute and thought they were the best staff ever. 

Entire ship was so clean and our rooms were cleaned 2x a day. 

From start to finish we enjoyed every minute on this cruise and would definitely recommend this cruise to our family and friends.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Carnival Magic

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Wonderful trip-skip the Italian restaurant and Amber Cove.

Ship is so pretty and clean and there is a lot to do.

Loved our cruise director, Schwartz.

Big Smile

If you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary check before you leave for the cruise that your decorations will be put up when you want them put up in your room-had a little issue with that and also did not get my cruise credit.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Fun, fun, fun!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We went with friends on this cruise last week, first time on the Magic.  The boat was good, the interior Deck 1 room was good, the comedy and music shows were good, gambling was good to hubby(but not me).  Service was good, except for the casino wait staff.  Even though we tip extra, it was hard to get a drink.  One person was very rude to my husband.

We bought the drink package, which turned out to not be a good deal for us.  Probably a 5-day package would be okay, but day 6 and 7, we were tired of it!

The food in the dining room was not nearly as good as what we got elsewhere on the boat.  Service was so-so, and the food was pretty bland.  Go with the burger bar, pizza or the Tandoori!

I went to the excursion presentation and won a snorkeling tour in St. Thomas!!!  Unfortunately, we already had plans there, so I gave it away. We did several excursions, none of which were Carnival booked.  Found better deals online.

I like Carnival, but think we might try another line next time.

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

No good

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The room stink like mildew and was very hot. From day 1 I had a fan.  I Complain about I was itching and to check for bed bugs. They change sheets and I was better. I have to wash all my clothe because of the smell of meldew when I got back from the cruise.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Cabin and Food

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Our room was ice cold when we entered it.  I tried to adjust the thermostat but it would only blow cold air.  I notified our steward and he replied "no heat".  I assumed it was just temporary because we were still in port.  On the afternoon of day two, we could no longer stand the ice cold stateroom.  We complained again and a ship person came and measured our room temperature at 70 degrees.  She notified an electrician and he said it would be repaired in an hour or so.  The room was warm that evening.

 

We found the food on this cruise not as good as the food we have experienced on past cruises.  There were not as many main entrée items as we would have liked.  The entrees we did choose were just mediocre.  We were really disappointed in the quality of the main courses. We have sailed on Carnival in the past and the food was always good, not this time.  In the future, I think we will book with Princess or Royal Caribbean.

 

The one positive experience was our room steward "Tom" Utomo and the female attendant "Lu".  We were in stateroom 1412.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Family Vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

We just spent a week on the Magic and it was AWESOME!  Everything from the service to the accommodations to the ports to Schwartz! 

Schwartz has amazing energy and tirelessly led us on our most enjoyable family vacation to date!  Love you the most, Coast to Coast!

Our favorite group was the Strings Trio!  They were amazing!!!  Should be on the big stage, maybe on the Players night off?

My only concern would be the shows in the evening: they were well-planned, well-executed, (Flick was our favorite) and the cast obviously worked very hard to put together a flawless program.  My only comment would be that they were not very family (ages 14 and under) friendly.  My 12-year old voluntarily covered his eyes, he was embarrassed.  Maybe a rating for the shows in the daily program? 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

AMAZING SHIP GREAT HELPFUL WORKERS, AVAILABLE FOOD NICE ENTERTAINMENT.THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WERE READILY AVAILABLE THE EXCURSIONS WERE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE OF US WHO WANTED IT.THINGS TO DO ON THE SHIP POOLS. ABUNDANT LOUNGE CHAIRS.,ADEQUATE FOOD AND VARIETY .ENJOYED GUYS BURGER AND THE BARBEQUE ON BOARD .

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Disappointing Changes

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

I was very disappointed when the cabin steward came to me and asked whether I wanted my room cleaned morning or night. I have always had the room cleaned twice a day.  I never saw him again for  the entire cruise.  I asked him three times the first day for ice twice a day.  I received ice when the room was cleaned but never twice a day.  I thought I was paying for cleaning and I didn't think ice was that big a deal, but I was very upset. You used to ask if they called you by name.  I guess now they never even have to see you .When I returned home I asked the travel agent about this new idea.  He said I could have refused to pay the gratuity and I should have gotten my room cleaned twice a day if that was what I had asked him to do.  I have a returning cruise and I will insist that my room is cleaned twice a day.

The other disappointing event I encountered was the Your Time Dining.  I always have picked that because my husband is handicapped and we can get a table for two by a window.  He cannot stand in a line very long because of his disability.  This time there was a line around the elevators every night.  To get into the dining room near the front of the line you had to arrive forty-five minutes before the door opened.  There was one group of forty people who insisted that they were first no matter what and just took over the lines.  They would push people out of the way and bring their group to the front.

I love cruising and I always go on Carnival.  This was my first disappointing cruise because of those issues.  Please correct them.

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The Atlantic Deck features the Main Lounge, photo gallery, library, second floor of the main dining rooms, internet cafe, conference room, the Warehouse...

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Triumphsurvivor
Contributor Level: Second Mate

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

Angela152
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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.

keywest1
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Try the cove balcony.

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Price

XL

Size

Aug 2010

Built

4724

Total Passengers

3.41

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1845

Total Cabins

38

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