February 2017 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Eastern
"Schwartz - Love you... Love you more!"
Second cruise on the Magic in eight months. Love the ship, the crew, the itinerary and our fellow passengers.
There were some significant differences since last May. Scheduled check-in was a boon. When you go online you can select the time you want to check in, they offer times beginning at 11:00 a.m. in half hour blocks. You can arrive later, but you cannot enter the terminal earlier than your scheduled time. Makes for less confusion and chaos.
The Hub app is marvelous! Deck plans, downloadable Fun Times for the entire week that will even alert you to upcoming events you mark as favorites. The app is free and does NOT require you to purchase anything. Put your phone on airplane mode and your connected to the ship's wi fi. There IS charge if you want wifi for social connection.
You can add the chat feature to connect with others who have signed up for it. Chat is only a one time charge of $5.00 for the entire cruise. No more walkie-talkies or highlighters, yippee.
This was our best, most memorable cruise EVER, partially due to the fact that we went (unofficially) as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Passengers and crew alike treatedus quite well.
Schwartz,; the cruise director, was awesome. He was everywhere, engaging as many folks as possible. A large part of our success was due to his constant referral to Santa whenever he saw us (which was often).
There were a few snags as can be (or should be) expected with so many people trying to accomplish a common goal. (Dining, embarking and disembarking, going to shows, etc)
We met so many wonderful, gracious and helpful people, it was truly a memorable