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Amazing family vacation

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Amazing family vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jul 18, 2015

Went here with my family and we are very pleased with Carnival. First time cruisers here so we didn't know what to expect and they blew us away with the quality of food, the service, and the shows. Friendly people everywhere and plenty of activities to go around. We already booked our next cruise so you know the impact it had on us.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jul 18, 2015

Wonderful cruise! Great for kids and adults. The only complaint is the floors on the Lido deck( where you eat) were way too slick and I saw several people fall. Be careful tennis shoes or water shoes did Not help. Other than that it was a great cruise!!!!

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Teen and tween loved it. It was OK for me.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2015

There is something for everyone on a cruise. At first the "spring break" party atmosphere was a little too much, but you just have to remove yourself from it. The smell of booze around the main pool was gross. The main negative I had was traveling on a schedule. The ports were my favorite part but we had to cut our day short and start heading back to the ship by 3:00 or so. It was stressful because they will leave you! Our only bad day was when carnival was not organized with debarking everyone on the first port. We stood in line for 45 minutes and missed our snorkeling excursion. Carnival crew should've diverted the line to other open gang planks, but we didn't know there were faster exits. If you book an excursion through a 3rd party, you're screwed! No gaurentee, no refund, no waiting for you! Carnival catered to their shore excursion guests, the rest of us felt like 3rd class passengers.

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Great Service for Gluten-Free Guest

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2015

My husband and I had the best time on the Carnival Magic. I had cruised before and found it to be just as wonderful as the Princess Cruise. The crew members were incredibly friendly and remembered our names, even though we rarely had the same server twice. I was a little nervous to go on the cruise after having to go Gluten-free because everyone knows that the food is the best part! However, I got to pick out my food for the following day off the same menu as everyone else and I ate better than I have eaten in years. I even got a yummy chocolate melting cake every night because it was my favorite. I felt they went above and beyond for my diet and I got gluten-free bread at the same time my husband got his. We were just blown away by it all. We came home raving about it and had the time of our lives. Just remember, if you go to Belize, you should really do an excursion because the port itself is not very pretty with little to do. Honduras with the monkeys was SO FUN!! We just loved it all. We highly recommend it and I give this rating with no reservations.

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Fantastic experience!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2015

My wife has been on the Carnival Magic before and told me how wonderful the ship was and how much fun she had on the cruise so my expectations were set pretty high.  The ship was in wonderful condition and our balcony room on the Spa level was just delightful.  We spent way too much money in the Spa but we both really enjoyed the massages, the facials (my first ever) and even the two accupuncture sessions.  The service was great and the food was also very good. If you want to avoid the temptations of the buffet, you can get breakfast in the dining room and can also enjoy lunch in the Italian restaurant for no extra charge.  We had dinner one evening at the Steak restaurant and it was very, very good.  We will be back!

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2015

the excursions were good, the one in cosumel was the one we liked least   we selected it to snorkel and spent way too little time in the water and too much time driving to the lunch that was dissapointing

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ship's Band?

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2015

We havent cruised in 7 years and cruised for our 35th anntversary on the Magic for 7  days.  Unfortunately, we had late seating for dinner which I will NEVER do again.  We were able to go to 1 show in the evening (Dancing with the cast? really?)  The band and dancers had no shows planned and the theatre was occupied by Bingo!!!  The food in the formal dining was as good as we remembered but the food on the LIdo deck was bland at best and unappetizing.  In other words, the things we expected were not up to expectations.  That said, the balcony stateroom was very nice and 2 of the 3 acoustic performers were good and pleasant to listen to.  The shore excursions were fun (you've got to feed the iguanas in Roatan!)

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Mohagony Bay Roatan was the BEST

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2015

Excellent from the crew members to the entertainment to the children's program was awesome!! I really enjoyed Jonathan Adam's he was one of the entertainer directors he was awesome made it really fun and one of the BEST twerkers I have ever met!! Lol. If you have small children stay away from the polls that separate the lines. MY five year old put his foot on the rope and the pole came down and split his head open about an inch wide... he only had to get three stitches... so please watch your children around the polls.. Thank God it happened Friday night and the cruise was over Sunday morning so thank God for Kids Carnival he had a blast there.. kept his mind off the water slides...

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Awesome ship for family trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2015

We are a family of 4 (mom, dad, 8 yr old boy, 7 yr old boy) and this cruise was fantastic for us!  The kid-focused activities are plentiful, and we didn't even enroll them in Camp Carnival (the 'daycare' on the ship.)  The water slides are fantastic, mini-golf was fun, the ropes course is outstanding, and the Suess at Sea activities were a huge hit.  There is always food available (even in the buffet, the downtimes between meals were short) and the staff on board was excellent.  I highly recommend this cruise for anyone looking for a fantastic family vacation.  We did the Western Caribbean route, but any route would be just fine - we didn't do it for the ports as much as for the activities on board.  The ports were just an extra bonus, and truthfully, we didn't stay long in the ports, as we enjoyed some time on the ship without as many people there! :) 

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Overall It Was A Pleasant Trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jun 14, 2015

The staff at Carnival were excellent.  They went above and beyond to ensure we were having a great time.  Absolutely loved our April and our waiter, Richard.  The people at Guest Services, however, were not very friendly or helpful. 

There was some bad weather that required the order of our ports to be flipped around, which may be why all of our excursions felt so disorganized.  I was disappointed with the amount of time we had to spend in Jamaica and Grand Cayman.  It really felt like we waited in line to get off the boat, waited in line to get to our excursion and three hours later we were waiting in line again to get back on the boat.  The staff at all of our excursions were excellent, especially Reuben in Mexico.  He was friendly, funny, and entertaining, he made cave experience!  

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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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