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Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
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A Life Changing Event - Carnival Magic Cruise Ship – 7 Day Exotic Western Caribbean

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: May 04, 2014

Research has shown that reducing stress improves your health and extends your life span. Well, Here you have it. This was my first cruise but will never be my last. Rest, relaxation, healthy eating, exercise, entertainment, being one with nature - these are a few of the experiences I had on my Carnival 7 day cruise. I have spent years traveling the states by plane, train and automobile to "take my vacation" from the hussle and bussle of my busy work and family life. If only I had known sooner about the comfort and pleasure of cruising, I would have made it my only source of vacation. Carnival Cruise Lines provides great room service - your room cleaned/straightened TWICE a day, great food - healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner, and great entertainment - the Carnival Magic has an awsome magic show, great dancers, entertainers, musicians, bands and more. The outdoor exercise area gives you a pleasant exercise experience while enjoying natures beauty. Right next to the exercise area was the sports area with a big screen TV to watch sports while enjoying a drink at the bar. The chance to play pool, table tennis and putt-putt golf is also in that area. There is the water park with fun slides to have fun with the kids. The Serenity adult area provides you a chance to enjoy quiet relaxation away from all the excitement elsewhere. In the same area is Clowd 9 Spa and fitness area for you to get a well needed and deserved massage. Shopping for jewelry, clothes, and more was also a pleasure. There is beautiful art to see and buy if you like. There is the casino area with all the table games and slot machines you would want to gamble at. The indoor entertainment was endless -  magic shows, musicians, bands, comedy and more. This is what all goes on while your on the ship. The excursions are another great story - shopping, eating, fun on the beach, snorkeling, scuba diving, playing with dolphins, sailing, para-sailing, zip-lining through the forest, exploring the underwater sea life, trips to the Mayan ruins. I will need at least 10 more Carnival 7 Day Exotic Western Caribbean cruises to enjoy all of these opportunities to enjoy and explore.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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What an awesome trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jun 01, 2014

Had a great time on the Carnival Magic, we are planning our next cruise already. I would recommend this trip for all ages. The dinning was great. The food amazing no matter where we ended up. The buffets were always plentiful. The fruit was delicious. I enjoyed several surarfree desserts that were a deligtful change. The entertainment was always enjoyable.The outside theatre movies were fun as well. Enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. A truely great expierence   

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Terrible experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: May 11, 2014

You need to notify travelers that you require their credit card with them if they need to increase their credit lines. I gave your guest services the Capital One credit card number and security code to increase my credit card. My Chase credit card had a fraud charge from Jamaica and sent me an email to confirm which I could nort responf to since I was on board your Carnival. Chase closed down my card and I could not buy anything on your ship That sucked, particularly since I gave you another card info and you refused it cause I did not have the card. Will NEVER cruise with you again. Frankly compared to other ships, the Carnival rocked and rolled and made us sick. Your entertainment was terrible and you close your casino at night.NEVER WILL BOOK WIYH YOU AGAIN.

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Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Our 2nd cruise with Carnival

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: May 04, 2014

Carnival Magic was a fabulous ship with the entire crew being so very friendly. Our Roatan, Honduras port visit was very beautiful. My wife and I zip lined for the very first time. She is 56 and I am 64 and it was most exhiliarating! When we anchored at Belize, we took Mayan Air over to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, rented a golf cart and went straight to Palapa's Bar and Grill. We snorkeled while we were there and saw beautiful tropical fish, 2 dolphin, and a ray. While there we at Grouper that was delicious and had the best conch ceiveiche I've ever had. The Belzean people are extremely friendly and the food served was very fresh. We had been to Cozumel before so we took a taxi over to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and swam and snorkled to seeing beautifully colored tropical fish. The entire staff was extreemly hospitalable and very friendly. While in Cozumel we took Vince's, Carnival staff, recommendation and my wife got a Tanzanite ring and matching earlings for an unbelievable low price. I verified the cost when we returned to the states and it is truly a remarkable savings. She is very happy with her purchase. While onboard we booked another 7 day cruise for this coming Septemeber 2014 to go to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, & Cozumel along with another couple. Once again we are counting the days until we return to Carnival Magic.

 

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Ship, Staff, Cuisine, Entertainment, Activities are the best!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014

This was my first cruise in 25 years. I took along my 13-year-old daughter.

 

We were treated like royalty. Each night, the restaurant manager Georgianna in the upstairs in the main dining room worked with the ship's chef to offer my daughter a different, delicious menu of choices matching her rather challenging vegan diet needs. She was impressed and ate each and every dish with vigor. After dinner, the daily and nightly activities were numerous and exciting.

 

Cowboy Bill, the comedian, was hilarious. Bob, the lounge singer/piano master, was entertaining, had a deep reportoire of oldies and goodies, is a great entertainer ("Holy ship, come on in!") and I, along with my brother and his pals closed the place up several nights. The theater extravaganzas including the illutionist and his crew were amazing. Capt. Antonio Marchetti commanded the entire operation with the touch of a Da Vinci. Guest Services always met me with a smile and a "yes." Ditto the hotel management pros. All were delightful folks.

 

Shore excursions were a great value,  interesting, fun and always on time. Bravo to them too. Can you tell that we had a great time. I'm already planning my next getaway, this time with my wife and daughter. Of course we'll book the Magic.

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Roatan, Honduras Ziplinning Lido Deck Water Park Lido Deck Relaxation

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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.

The dining room experience was amazing. We tried a lot of dishes that we had never eaten such as shark.

The Seaday Brunch is fabulous!



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7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 14, 2014
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 26, 2014
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 05, 2014
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