November 2014 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Western
The ship is great, the room was spacious and clean. The buffet was pretty much the same thing every day, every meal. Sometimes both sides were stocked with food, but one side had signs saying it was closed. The sit down dinners were delish. The staff were helpful and fun. The coffee is terrible, unless you like REALLY strong coffee. All the other drinks were really expensive. The pools were small, but there were plenty of hot tubs. The activity area with mini golf, water slides and such were great. All the shows we wanted to see were at 10PM, way too late for us early birds. It would be a good idea to tape them & play them back in the morning for the early birds to see. In fact there really wasn't anything for early birds, except food.
The ports of call were WAY too short 8am-3pm mostly. Every excursion we went on there were way too many people and not enough time to enjoy what was there. The printed and video information on ship was all about selling you on the trip & not enough about what you would need or what was available, lockers, changing rooms, money for pictures, food & drinks. Many of the stops have lost the island feel and become too commercial. On the beach you expect to hear steel drums or reggia, not rap or hip hop.