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Carnival Magic is an extra large ship, carrying 4724 passengers and 1386 crew, and sails from Port Canaveral, Florida and Galveston, Texas.

Price: $     Size: XL     Built: Aug 2010    

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So-So experience

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Nice ship.  Nice people.  Check-in & out was simple.  Activities on board were about the same as other cruises.  Cruise Director "Dr. E" was GREAT.

Both the dining room & buffet were VERY disappointing.  Poor selection in buffet, poor food quality & taste.  Dining room not up to par & taste was below standards.

Steakhouse & Italian specialty restaurants were excellent.

Casino was very smoky and uncomfortable.

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     My husband and I now go on cruises to dance and on this cruise we just loved the opportunity to do our ballroom dancing every night.  There was ample opportunity to dance before and after dinner and even after the main shows.  We especially enjoyed dancing to the music of Sweet 2 and with the group Best Sellers.  We judged the cruise higher than we might have because the dancing opportunities were so abundant.

      However, the noise in our room at 4 AM every morning woke us up.  After we complained many times, we were told our room was under the kitchen and there was a shift change at 4 AM.  The cooks were hard at work and there was nothing the cruise line could do about the noise.  They did try to compensate us in other ways, but we came home tired and exhausted from lack of sleep.  Do not book room 2405 unless noise does not bother you!

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Not like the cruises use to be.

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The ship was clean. the food and waiters were good. The lady who cleaned the room was good. Cruise director good. We have cruised 40 + times and they now charge for and back stage for free. They now charge for activities that use to be free. Use to visit the bridge and back stage free ,now $80.00.  No more midnight buffets, or ice carvings. All they do through the day is play trivia. They use to bring in new talent for the next few days at port. Now they use their dancers, cruise director and talent that stays on board all the time, except for comedy shows. some nights no show all.

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This was the Grayhound buss line of cruises

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Could not argue with the price of the cruise but you get what you pay for. The ship was very nice and clean but designed to have the most people poss. so that one always felt crowded what ever you did. The crew was as good as we ever experienced. Over-all we will not go on another Carnival cruise.

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fun in the sun

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all together a wonderful get away  lots of relaxation wonderful servicei. all around looking forward if our $ alot us to do it again ty carnivalHappythe best thing was the intertainment in the dining room the staff was great!!!!! 5*****

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love this ship

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We were unfortunately on the trip that was delayed by several hours due to a medical emergency and bad weather on the cruise before us. So started out on a bad foot anyway. I know it wasn't Carnival's fault, but they could of done something special for our inconvenience. A drink voucher or a small onboard credit. Anything to show good faith. I believe Magic is the biggest Carnival ship we've ever been on, and for the most part a very nice ship. Only complaint with the ship itself is that I didn't like the Serenity area. Too hard to get to, to cold and windy up there and didn't have it's own pool. Also hot tubs up there was not hot. Food on this ship was excellent. Most of the shows were excellent, except for comedy show. Only seen the cowboy comedian, he wasn't funny at all. Carpet in our stateroom was pretty filthy, but most the ship appeared clean. Didn't seem like as much entertainment by the pool as we've seen on most ships. But then again, several days too cool out to be out there. Another thing that was not good is the Captain Party first elegant night. In the past it was by invitation and drinks were free at it. Seems now they charge for drinks with a small discount. Seems each year we go, there are more and more cuts. I'd rather see the price of the cruise go up a little than to take more and more amenities taken away. Also, regarding dining....as always, I again will say, cruiseline needs to enforce a dress code in dining room. We dubbed this last cruise "the Walmart cruise" because of the dress of many passengers. I was disappointed they didn't even bother with white linens on the tables except on elegant nights. Yet another cut, I suppose. I would also like to comment on our cruise director, Dr. E. He was hilarious at times and has more energy than anyone I've ever seen, however, (I don't know how to put this without sounding bad), but it kind of bothered us that he talks kind of "ghetto". I'm sure he appeals to the young people but since most the ship is middle aged or older, he didn't really appeal to many. One last complaint is the wi-fi was horrible. I picked the middle package of $60 and ended up hardly using it because loading a page took forever. I know I gave many negatives, but none of it ruined the cruise, just wanted to make Carnival aware. Overall, we enjoyed our cruise. Food was excellent and enjoyed the sing and dance productions so much. Best shows we've seen. And the laser lights with them was over the top amazing. Also enjoyed the Illusionist. Carnival still has Royal Caribbean beat in almost every area.

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Beyond Expectations

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This was our first cruise and we went with my parents, they have cruised many times before so I will quote them for comparison. My Dad said these staterooms were the biggest and newest he had seen. We had the balcony view which was excellent. It has a tub with sliding glass doors. Pretty awesome room. 

 

The ship has everything you could want. Excellent dinners, good buffet lunch, sit down or buffet breakfast, 24 hours excellent pizza. The shows were beyond good - my Dad said some of the best he's seen on a ship, and we all loved them.

 

Worth every penny spent!

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Loved the ports -- Rough, rough seas

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We loved all three ports we visited on this cruise.  But the weather at sea was very rough.  High winds meant the adult area on the ship - Serenity Deck - was closed two of the three days we were sea. We had to use the hot tubs on Deck 10 and the two on deck 5 which were overrun with children and pre-teens doing cannon-balls into the hot tubs and splashing around like they were in a swimming pool. Their parent were nowhere around.   That was the most unenjoyable thing about this cruise. We were disappointed that Carnival didn't do a better job making sure the kids on the board were reined in by their parents.  

 

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Balcony cabin was really nice.  Cabin steward was excellent.  Location of our cabin (midship on Deck 8) was perfect.  Self-serve ice cream was creamy and delicious.  Staff overall very friendly, with special kudos to Mark Q on the entertainment staff -- he's a keeper!

Air quality in the casino was terrible.  I've never been on a cruise ship that was so smoky.  My husband has asthma, and he couldn't stay in the casino with me for more than a few minutes at a time.  They must do something about ventilation.

Food quality was just average.  Coffee in the Lido was way too strong -- we had to add hot water (which ran out now and then - frustrating).  Lido selections were odd at lunch and dinner.  Hotdogs were great, hamburgers dry.

There were a lot of kids on board this trip which was odd since school just started up again.  Normally, that would be fine as we all love kids, but there were some probably ages 10-15 who were unsupervised, rowdy and rude.  There was running and noise in our hallway into the early morning hours; all buttons pushed on the elevators (I witnessed this myself and heard it from five other passengers at different times); crowding into elevators in front of handicapped people; one of them broke off the ice cream handle; groups of kids sitting in the hallway late at night.  Surely Carnival has rules about unsupervised kids in dining areas, on elevators and running in the hallways?  If so, apparently nobody enforced them.

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Never again will I sail with Carnival

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The food on the buffet tasted like food I could get a Sam's or Costco, desserts tasted old and like they had been frozen. The only staff on the ship that was friendly was a few waiters in the Spotlight, and MarkQ. The only really positive thing, was the cruise director Rev. Dr. E he actually was the best cruise director I have ever met. Wish he was on Royal Caribbean and not Carnival because that is where we will continue to cruise with. 

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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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