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: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Some dissapointments

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Favorite was room service, did not like whenever we were told that they were out of certain foods, activities were hard to time. just like the cruise itself don not like being asked to do things that I already did.150 words are a lot this is all i really want to say why have to do more 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Entertaining Cruise - Never a Dull Moment

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

Having 4 ports of call in 4 days kept us busy, and when we weren't exploring exciting new places, we were enjoying the abundance of activities on the ship.  The Serenity Deck (for 18+) and spa were a great escape from the younger passengers on board while at sea.  Food was good, service was wonderful and shows were entertaining.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very good family cruise

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Our family of four (two teenagers) took this cruise for Spring Break.  We really enjoyed it.   We had two Spa level rooms.  I enjoyed being so close to the exercise room since I exercise every day.  My wife and I used the steam rooms, sauna and thalassotherapy pool pretty much every day and enjoyed them a lot.  The kids loved the ropes course, basketball, and sports square activities.  The shows were the best we have seen on a Carnival cruise ship.  We enjoyed every one of them.  The food was the best we have had on a Carnival ship.  The beef was particularly good!  Every steak we had was cooked perfectly.  As for the negatives, our room steward may be the least attentive we have ever had.  He was just "okay."  And Carnival has to find a way to stop people from "reserving" deck chairs for hours without using them.  On our last sea day I went on the deck at 7:45 am to relax in the morning sun and literally every chair on the Lido deck and above was reserved with a towel, beach bag or something similar.  I counted and there were only about 20 other people actually on the deck.  Crazy.  Overall, though, we think the Magic may be our favorite Carnival Ship so far (I believe we have been on 6 of them).  And the Spa level rooms are worth the extra money, assuming you want to exercise and go to the spa.

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

Carnival Tragic

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We chose the eastern Caribbean  cruise as we had never been on this coast before and I was looking forward to a relaxing fun stress free party time but should have known it was not going to be, as when we got there the line  was long  and once  you got past the checkpoint, you had to ask where to go as you could have ended up in a very long line, know one seems to be paying attention, once on board it was the same way as I am used to someone as soon as I get  on board to be offering me a umbrella vacation drink to get the party started, nothing happening but chaos, went and found cabin which was a joke for the price we paid,  but unpacked carry on and went to look for the sail away party which had people standing around and drinking but nothing like the sail away parties of past where the cruise director has everyone up and dancing and doing the usual old dance numbers like cha cha , cupid shuffle, bunny hop, the ones where everyone drinking or not gets involved , you know like the times when you are leaving port and waving goodbye to the other ships and people.

It just was not the good carnival party ship as I recall from previous times and other reviews so it is very u unlikely that I will ever cruise carnival again . 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

disappointing

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

We always had to wait in line to eat.  And up to 20 minutes.  The lay out of the food did not make sense therefore adding to the length of the line.  Shows were disappointing.  Smoke from casino penetrated into other rooms.  Pools were small.  Long line for ropes course.  Food was not great.  I have cruised 7 times and this by far was the worse experience.  Not sure if it was carnival or this ship. I am not cruising on carnival again.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Loved the ship..but what happened to service?

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We LOVED the carnival magic..my husband had never been on a carribean cruise and I had been on many,,but not at these ports of call..and I decided to do Canival..and that was a great choice..as I found out that I was actually a GOLD member,,I got a pin..free drink the last day and a bottle of water that never got delivered..mainly cuz my room steward only came in the morning and that was it..we had a choice of morning or evening..he did a great job and made us great towel animals..lol..but no turn down service..chocolates are gone..no special treats..that stunk..as far as the ship and the crew and cleanliness..excellent..no complaints at all..except the cruise director..he talked too much..too fast and although we saw him around..he was always on the intercom..singing..and at the end of the cruise he was trying to sell his iTunes version of his song..OMG..i will never get that song outta my head..lol..he should slow down

the food was great..except 1 meal for me..i LOVED the burritos.excellent service..and delish..my husband loved guys burgers..the bbq spot..hardly open and RUDE workers..especially the big tall guy..we didn't even get bbq sauce..we flew outta there..the lido was crammed every morning..typical..room service 3 times..and they forgot us once..lol..but they brought it up when we called

the service at the dining room is lacking..there use to be a few people at a table..not anymore..no linens..no individual service although the girl once cut the meat off my ribs..lol..plates not removed promptly or even when needed sometimes..u filled your own water..just really lacking the quality of service u use to get..now brunch is excellent and they really cater to you..and its not that I want to be treated hoity toity..but when I ask for water and they pour some out of a bottle from the next table and the ice is melted..its like..I need to say //sorry for the inconvenience!lol..they had a magician who basically went to the same table next to us every night and never turned to us or engaged us..really weird..and we were a nice table..lively happy people..lol..i cant say anything bad about our room..or the decorations..beautiful..service desk..fantastic people..shore excursions..very helpful..they need more older things.. for older people..stairs can be treacherous for them..and I saw some people struggling on shore excursions..value for your money/pretty good..Id go to Puerto rico again..i guess id visit all the ports again but id like to see other ports too..we loved the trip and the transfers to and from the airport and check in and check out were like BUTTER..oh..and hit the Italian resteruaunt..excellent food..15 a piece..steak house is too expensive and u can get steak at the dining room..oh..the music..the shows..the violins..the jazz..the comedy club..wonderful..but why is karaoke in the corner of a small pub?when they had it in the lounge it was packed..so they need to re visit that too//overall a great tripHappy

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Carnival Magic

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Carnival Magic Eastern Caribbean cruise overall was a wonderful experience especially at the port sites.  The Carnival Magic ship however was not the nicest/newest ship we have been on, it was a bit aged and showed from the rust displayed throughout the ship. The cleanliness of the rooms/bathrooms were not as I desired as our bed sheets were never changed out, our floors were barely vacuumed, and bathroom door was not whipped down the entire cruise. The food was mediocure and not the highlight for sure. The best restaurants were Guys Burger Joint and the Pizza palor that was open 24hrs. The seas were a bit rough due to storms circling the Caribbean during our vacation, other than a little rain here and there we could not complain.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

7 Day Caribbean Cruise

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

My favorite part was spending time with my granddaughter and watching her reaction to new experiences. 

 

As for suggestions: As with all Ships it would be wonderful if the Casino's were totally non-smoking.  I heard other passengers complain about how smoky it was and I am allergic to tobacco so it is always problematic for me.  . 

I would like to see ships that cater to kids especially be totally non-smoking. 

 

It would also be nice if cruise lines had some sort of retractable wind breakers as it can be so windy on deck that it becomes uncomfortable to sit out.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

They need to be able to control passengers better

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This is my 5th crusie and I am not sure if it is because of the time of year we took this one or what the situation was but the younger adults and children were out of control.  Consistently running up and down the halls up and down the stairs.  It was awful.    

 

Food in the dining room was good but it seems like the food is getting worse on every cruise.   Main dining room staff was good like usual but the buffet was awful and also the lack of after bar food was not good.   The room service menu was very limited and the only things that sounded appetizing were items they wanted to charge you for and those were not even all that good.   The bar staff was fine but inconsistent and limited.  My wife asked for the same exact drink almost every time and it came back to her in different ways.  She would ask for a Greygoose and soda and two lemons tall.  She would get it in a short glass with a lime, short glass with one lemon, tall glass with no fruit, tall glass with a lime instead and every so often would get it right.

 

Carnival doesn't seem to care about making sure their passengers stay well because I saw a 10 year old kid up at the water dispenser sitting their slowly filling up his water bottle one piece of ice at a time and just standing in front of area and people having to go around them and then once he filled it with ice he stuck his bottle right on the spout.   There were 3 buffet attendents that came around and saw him doing this and didn't say anything.   The lack of sanitzer dispensers was there and a lot of them were empty all too often.  I liked other cruises that actually had people standing at the start of the line and spraying peoples hands.   Of course after getting home we are now both sick after hearing several people hacking the last few days on the ship and not covering up their mouths.

 

Also I know they have signs about not saving deck chairs but they need to install some sort of method to stop people from doing so.  We went out at 10:00 am after eating breakfast and we could barely find any chairs and they were all occupied with not people but towels and people did not come back for quite some time over an hour.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

My family had a great time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

the cruise was great. Although I have yet been to a part of Dominican that we actually enjoyed, We did do a monkey Jungle excursion in amber Cove that I would highly recommend.  It was great fun for my family of 4 (2 daughters ages 6 and 10). St Thomas was beautiful as always but definitely disappointed that Megan's bay isn't so much a private beach anymore. We never got off the ship in San Juan and had a wonderful beach day in the grand Turks. The ship was unusually rocky but the food, entertainment and kids camp was perfect as always! 

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The Promenade Deck features the Main Lounge, the Fun Shops of Carnival, Casino, Casino Bar, Internet Cafe, the Lanai, Outdoor Promenade, Ocean Plaza,...

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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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The Spa Deck features staterooms in category 8S and 4S, as well as the Cloud 9 Spa, fitness center, Carnival Waterworks, Carnival Seaside Theatre, splash...

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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.

akaGrandmaJo
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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