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Joined: 04/07/2014
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Carnival Magic

March 2017 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Western

Good but not Great

This was the 3rd Dream class ship that I have sailed on. The class is not my favorite. It is larger than most of the Carnival ships, but in my opinion, not better. In some ways I do not feel like the Dream class ships match up favorably against the Conquest class ships. The Magic has no sports bar for fans to sit in and relax while checking out what is going on in the world of sports. This was also the first cruise that I can recall that did not have a single sports trivia session. Additionally, the comedy club seems a bit smaller than those in the Conquest class. There was always a line waiting to get in and almost always was standing room only. If the actual room is not smaller, the lay-out makes it seem that way as many of the seats offer only obstructed views of the stage.

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Carnival Glory

December 2016 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Western

Good but not great

This was my 3rd sailing on the Glory over the past 6 months. The service has always been very good, with the cabin steward and dining room servers excellent. The ship itself is starting to show why it is scheduled for dry dock in February 2017. The entertainment (other than comedians) was below expectations and what I believe to be the Carnival standard, 

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Carnival Conquest

March 2014 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Western

Good, but not great

Overall, the ship was nice although the lack of a Serenity area was noticed. The food was very good and the dining room staff very friendly in meeting our expectations. In the buffet restaurant, the food was good but the staff assigned to clean the tables seemed to be a bit slower than I have experienced on other recent cruises (Carnival Liberty and Carnival Dream). The stateroom staff was friendly and efficient.


One area that lacked, based on the prioe cruises, was the entertainment. I thought that the shows (singing and dancing) in the main lounge was average at best. The comedians varied in quality with only one of four being truly funny (my opinion only).

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RMeek's Tips

Port Canaveral, Florida - This is the closest port to home - other than Tampa, and I do not like the Tampa cruise options.
George Town, Grand Cayman - In the past, this has been one of my favorite ports. The weather this time caused the scheduled excursion to be cancelled.
Tampa, Florida - Weather created a significant delay in being able to get back into port at the end of the cruise. The staff did a good job adapting to provide limited activities for the passengers while we were stuck waiting to disembark.
Carnival Paradise Carnival Paradise - This was my 10th Carnival cruise and the first on this ship. It was my least favorite to date.
Miami, Florida - I do not like Miami, but it fit my schedule better than the alternatives

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Glory cruise review - Good but not great