January 2017 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Eastern
My husband and I are frequent cruisers and have learned that no ship is "perfect". That being said, there were not enough pluses to entice us to take this ship again..Embarkation was smooth and easy. The staff was very helpful and even though we were one of the first to arrive, there was no waiting. We chose a Cove Cabin. This being the third time we have sailed in one of these( Carnival Dream the other two times} and love being close to the water. Our cabin appeared ready. We had one soap and there was a dirty bar glass on the balcony from a previous cruiser. Our room steward gave us a card with his number on it should we need anything. Walking the floors, this ship appeared understaffed. We had a nice table in the dining room which accommodated all eight of us traveling together. The first night, the service was extremely slow...I believe it was due to the kitchen, not our servers. The two tables beside us waited every night for their food. Our seating was at six and we barely made it to the shows at 8:15. Diners were lined up outside for the eight pm seating. The food in the dining room was so-so. Somethings were delicious and some didn't even come close to hitting an ok mark. The buffets seemed to be better. I will say, that ALL of us had extremely swollen feet and ankles. They must use a huge amount of salt and/or MSG. My husband could not get his dress shoes on and that has never happened to him before. The casino was grossly filled with smoke....to the point some of us that love to play, didn't. We are use to smoke in the casinos on board ships....but NOT LIKE THIS. Our clothes, bodies and hair reeked of smoke. There seemed to be no ventilation system, at all. The shows were very good, especially Flick....I believe that was the best show we have EVER seen on a cruise ship. Bravo to the entertainment staff. Guy Fieros Burger Joint was another huge plus, also his barbeque feast...delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed the Monkey Jungle in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. It was an excellent excursion and we would do this again. Paradise Point at St. Thomas is another place we enjoyed. What a view. We will be sailing again, soon. But, not on the Magic....Aside from the shows, there were too many other minuses to entice us to sail this ship again.