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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Carnival Magic

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great Ship Layout

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Really liked the ship layout .  .  . so many places to sit, sip, and converse.  Deck 5 was particularly delightful.  Lots of sunny and shady spaces outside.  Close to frequent entertainment spots.  The Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Q spots was a nice surprise.

 

Food was generally excellent.  Dining room service was, for the most part superior.  Had two nights of questionable service, same wait team.  Staff dining room dances are fun, but did interfere with dining.  One night our meal was just delivered at "dance time."  Prime ribs cold by the time it was over.  Not necessary every night. Guy's Burger Joint was incredible .  .  . really top quality burgers, super fries, quick service.  A hot spot.

 

Staff was excellent.  Very friendly, upbeat.  Willing to converse,  Fun aspect of the cruise.  Magic gets an A+ for cleanliness.  No evidence of neglect.

 

Cruise Director was very enthusiastic, but a bit of a pain.  Too many loud P.A. announcements, mostly reiterating bulletin stuff.  Usually interrupted entertainers.

 

Entertainment was mixed.  "Duos" made it seem that they were trying to save dollars.  No real instrumental group.  Usually a singer and a guitar or organ player.  Polite appreciation, but not too much enthusiasm. Piano Bar player lacked charisma and playing ability.  Very mechanical. Earlier cruise on Sunshine had marginal piano bar guy, too.  The shows were mixed too.  One was excellent, others, so-so.  Good talent.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

What's happened to Carnival?

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My wife and I are frequent cruisers since the kids have graduated taking one about every 9 months.  We started with Carnival because of the kids and are nearing the sought after Platinum level and the perks that go with it.  Must say that after the 7 days on the Magic last week we are doubting we will ever go on another Carnival cruise again.  First the good things;  The Alchemy Bar is a jewel and one of the best concepts for a bar on any ship that I have ever been on.  We also enjoyed the piano bar and the comedy club.  The buffet on the Lido deck is generally above average and usually never crowded.  The ports of call were excellent and the only reason my rating was as high as it was because... it is a known fact that Carnival has cut way back on anything that costs them to do, the result is a sub par cruise.  The dining room is just plain bad.  We did your time dining and we always had a minimum 30 minute wait to get in and when you get there the dining room is half empty and the service is horrible because of the understaffing.  Food ranges from excellent to dog food quality, halfway through the cruise we gave up on the dining room and ate at the specialty restaurant one night and the buffet.  The shows were pathetic and sparse with no live bands anymore, a cost cutback.  I have never been on a cruise ship in which the entertainment was so bad.  The smoking on this ship, especially on the casino was also so bad that we got to the point that we could not go in or get near it or on the 12th deck.  The layout of this class of ship is bad and getting from one place to another can be a maze and require you to go up one floor to get down to the same floor especially on the 3rd level.  The service in general like dining or your stateroom is below par because of staff reductions which is the point of going on a luxury cruise liner, which Carnival has apparently decided to down grade themselves to a going out of business cruise liner.

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1 out of 5

Loud and crowded

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This cruise was the worst. People would place towels on chairs and reserve them. In most cases the chairs would remain empty for hours. We even experienced people fighting over chairs.The noise on the Lido deck was oppressive. The D.J. was loud and obnoxious, especially with my two children around. There was literally no Island music. Just a constant blaring of Hip Hop and Justin Beeber. Even at the Port of Calls there was loud rap music and believe it or not, more Justin Beeber. The lines at the food court were long and constant. The food was plentiful but low quality. On other cruises we have taken, there were nightly shows , shown at two times. Here we had an occasional comedy hour usually at 11PM. This will be my last carnival cruise. On a positive note, the wait staff and room stuarts were friendly and accommodating

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

A Great Time!

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You will not be disappointed with this cruise!  The Cruise Director, Dr. E, was so engaging and entertaining.  The shows were absolutely top notch in every way - world class singers, exceptional choreography, and dazzling technology, and the food was quite good.  The only slight negative is the limited beverage options before having to pay (no soda or alcohol inclusive) and the constant bombardment of wares that they were trying to sell on board.  Overall, it was an amazing time and I highly recommend it.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Carnival Magic

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The ship was just Okay

Nice Room

Needed better Music

Kids running in the hall, and loud music can be heard inside the Cabin.

Better food selection for Buffet & Long Lines

Casino has to much smoke needs better ventilation

Valet Laundry Service Horrible.. They need better training

The Burgers were Awesome !! 

 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Awesome Week!!!!

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Our cruise director was amazing. He made the cruise. The food, wait staff, room Stewart's, and everyone involved made it unforgettable. The shows were spot on.

Will be doing it again.

Garland Rowe

New Bern,NC

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Not my favorite

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

Destinations were great, but I was very disappointed with the shows.

Also  now instead of cleaning our room twice a day they only cleanonce.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Winter cruise

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We left on Saturday. Sunday was an at sea day. We are Roman Catholic and take our Sunday Mass obligation seriously. On Monday, we met 2 Catholic Priests on board (there were a total of 4 on board) and yet not one was given a space to hold a service or allowed to advertise for a Sunday Mass. But every day in the "daily cruise schedule" the LGBT community were able to advertise for their nightly meeting. Or "Friends of so and so" meet in room…" I was discouraged that the same respect was not given to our Priests, who could have offered a service to many people on board, for one hour on one Sunday.

 

I enjoyed the ports. In Amber Cove we rented ATV's through the Carnival's excursions. The people were lots of fun.  We also did the zip-lining in St. Thomas, with the "Tree Limin Extreme Zipline company" (through the ship) That was awesome and I highly recommend it.

 

Not too excited about the food or general care of the ship. We usually cruise Royal Caribbean, and we will continue with RC in the future!

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Great time and awesome cruise director

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

our cruise had all great parts.  the shows were awesome, the cruise director was a hit with everyone. our room was great, service by our room steward not so good.  we ordered an anniversary bubbly, strawberries and 2 carnival glasses. he took a glass and would not bring It back. I asked him and he ignored me. we no have one glass???  but over all food was ok, very clean decks and ship

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Love, love, love

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No improvement needed. What is not to love!!!  It is a wonderful way to travel, see all kinds of ports along the way and never lift a finger.  There is no better vacation than a cruise.  The only thing I would do different next time is book a balcony cabin.   We've never done that and would love that feature.  But as far as service a cruise can't be beat!!!

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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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