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What people said about this ship:

"We ate in the dining room most of our nights -- I ca n't say enough about our wait..." in 39 reviews.

"Will take that into consideraton before booking another Carnival cruise." in 22 reviews.

"tho we did n't partake of the nightly movies on the lido deck , the ones they showed were recent and well chosen." in 19 reviews.



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acpotok
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Cruise summary

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

We have actually taken this cruise before and sailed on the Magic 4 or 5 times.  What was disappointing this time frankly, was the staff.  Many seemed to have some sort of chip on their shoulder (pointed it seems against Americans).  At the casino, for example, (where I actually won so that is not the problem), the dealers were caustic towards some of the players.  On two occasions, people got up and left the table.

The staff with the biggest problem seemed to be from the Ukraine and some (but by far not all) from Romania.  Perhaps troubles at home caused the problem

The dinner service was not very good and the food was average, at best.  NOt sure if we will do Carnival again or not.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

4 out of 5
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Once on Board

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

I rate the cruse overall as very good, but there were moments of frustration.

The biggest problem was during the boarding procedure. Both Lynn and I required wheelchair assistance to board.  I called a few days prior to departure to ensure that requirement was known. I was assured there would be wheelchairs available on a fist come first served basis.

When we checked in we were assigned boarding zone ONE, and told we were number 3 on the list for wheelchair assist. When the zones were called to board there was no wheelchair for us nor the other couple ahead of us who were also in zone ONE. In fact we sat there until the last boarding zone was called and still no assistance. We constantly checked on the status of the promised assistance and repeatedly told there were no chairs available.

We did not take our own chair as we only needed assistive getting on board and did not want our chairs cluttering up the room.

After much probing, two chairs arrived. This was one short, but I was the least handicapped so I elected to struggle up the endless gangway. Even though we were assigned to boarding group one we were the last people on board! Talk about feeling NEGLECTED! There never was any attempt to explain why the list was not used to ensure better control of the boarding. No one even trided to mske up for the inconvenience.

After we were safe on board all went well. We enjoyed the cruse, and all the personnel were friendly and went out of their way to help us.

Upon return one of my bags was missing, or at least not where it should have been. I strongly suggest more research and creative thought be put into baggage sorting at the port to make it easier for people to find the bags (Perhaps by room number).

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depecaut
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 out of 5
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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

We have traveled on this ship from the time it left Barcelona till now but no more!  They now nichel and dime you to death!  They do not tell you there is now a 3% fee every time you use your card for anything.  They are offering shore excursions for way more than they cost direct.  They had a full day Atlantis for $179.00 yet when you got there it was $125.00.  The food has really dropped in quality.  One evening you could not get anything after 9:30.  The crew is getting smaller and smaller.  If you smoke you used be able to on one side of the pool.  Not now!  They make you go upstairs ad you can not see the kids in the pool without getting up and going over to the railing to look.  So much for relaxing for the parents.  Was not informed about the no smoking on the balcony.  You have 2 places on the whole ship. I am sure non- smokers do not care but a lot of smokers where on too!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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kstellhorn
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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Trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

Extra work on my part to get early dining, which was approved on second day late afternoon. Food service was very slow in dining room and some daily events like sail away get together on liddo deck was 15 minutes and guess the name of a few songs.

It gave the appearance of reduced staff and activities compared to past cruises.

Our wait staff in the dining room was great, we even started requesting her [Millka] table for breakfast

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

5 out of 5
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The Perfect Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

The waiters in the Southern Lights Dining room are the best, 100% perfect The customer service people were so helpful to catering to my friend that was in the wheelchair so she was included with us. Carnival Cruise line is the best way to vacation and relax and most of all enjoyed all the picture's stop taking so many its hard to choose 

. Thank God we were blessed with these memories that will last a lifetime.

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

5 out of 5
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My 1st cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

Being this was our 1st cruise we didn't know what to expect.  Getting on seemed like it took forever but once on it was awesome.  The staff on board were all friendly and willing to help.  The food in the resteraunt was ok.  But there was always other places to eat.  The alcohol package was to expensive will not do again.  There is no way a person can drink 15 drinks.  So if there are 2 adults you have to drink 30 drinks and costs you double.  Getting off went as expected as I was in the military.

Cruise Photos

cute little thing was left on our bed

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

4 out of 5
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Good value

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

This was a great vacation, hard to beat for the price, we paid $360 per person for an interior cabin. The ship was clean and well maintained, it didn't feel too crowded, as there was always somewhere to go on board. The ports varied for us, Mahogany Bay was so-so, but we were in the rainy season, so that may be a factor. Belize was a hassle, as you had to use a taxi boat to get there, and the process took a long time. Cozumel was beautiful, great shopping and lots of fun places nearby. The food was plentiful, and the service was good. I wouldn't say that every night was a gourmet culinary experience, and after seven days I got tired of the food. Overall, it was a great value and we would do it again.

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cande
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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Thanksgiving Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Nov 23, 2014

Ship and facilities were very nice and well maintained.  The crew was awesome especially our personal steward and plenty of activities to keep you busy.  Unfortunately we chose to cruise the week of Thanksgiving not realizing the ship would be full of children.  The pools and hot tubs were overflowing with kids; no designated ones for adults except one hot tub at forward end of boat. Water in hot tubs dirty and not hot.  Lines for casual dining were long and had to wait sometimes as long as 30 minutes to eat.  Food was good and plenty but not as good as some other cruise ships.  Weather did not cooperate with us either and we missed one of three ports which was also a disappointment.  So all in all I would say just an average cruise on a very large ship.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 out of 5
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Great Fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Nov 16, 2014

This was our 3 trip on the Magic and second time for these ports!  We love Honduras and Cozumel is our favorite port.  We havent been off the boat in Belize, so am not going to say anything about it.  Our stewards have been the very best and on this cruise Irhar made our trip the best yet.  We love the steakhouse and make our reservations before we leave port.  We will do this trip again.

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pclepp
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 out of 5
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my carnival magic cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Magic | Sail Date: Nov 02, 2014

Big Smile

this was our second carnival trip on the magic just loved it.  we tried another cruise line and it did not comcompare  carnival had better food entertainment  and best of all wonderful beds

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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.

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

race21cals
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The dining room experience was amazing. We tried a lot of dishes that we had never eaten such as shark.

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