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March 2016 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Western

Great Cruise Lots of Fun, but too many kids!

Loved the cruise its was lots of fun!  Only major issue was that the cruise had a lot of kids on board running around everywhere without there parents a lot of the time, which got irritating. The kids constantly took over the pools and hot tubes and would ruin the adults quite relaxation.  They would also run and shout all over the ship, which also ruined the outside movies on the top deck too.


Only other concern was that the excursions that I booked through CruiseOnly, didn't specifically inform me that the trips were not booked through the ship.  I guess I presumed that the excursions would have been book via a third party through the ship; however, the trips were a separate group that we had to get to on our own.  We should have been informed prior to purchasing the excursions that these trips would not be through the ship and we would be left behind if we were late to the ship, as the ship was not guaranteed to wait for us.  The ships crew kept continually stating that people who booked a cruise with the ship were guaranteed to get back on the boat. This caused me a few problems on the days we did trips and a little grief when we had to rush back to ship to get back by the specified time frame.  The heavy traffic day in Jamaica almost caused us to miss the boat; however, thanks to our taxi driver we made it back with only a little time left before the boat departed.


I did like the fact that the CruiseOnly excursions had less people and we were in a huge group of tourists.  It made the cruise more personal and more enjoyable as well!

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Galveston, Texas - Not much to do in Galveston. There is really nothing right by the boat in Galveston anyway. The parking by the boat was run by third parties and the parking lot we happened to chose forgot about my family and I, as well as, three other families in the back of the parking lot. It took us almost an hour to get to the boat and it should have only taken about 20 minutes at most. We had to walk across the entire parking lot to get to where they were picking people up that had just parked. The parking lot keeps making you move around to get out of the way of new cars parking because they don't always come to pick you up by your car. The moral of the story is that you need to be extremely weary of the bigger parking lots because the one we went to was definitely poorly run. One person trying to run multiple lines into the lot, flag people waiving you into spots leave without making sure that everyone has gotten onto a bus and the only person who knew what to do was the police office running security, not any of the operations personnel. Also problems with trying to get back to your car! The parking lot we chose again only had one or two small shuttles to get everyone back to the parking lot. You have to stand in a huge line of people to get on the shuttle, even though people were going back to other parking lots on different shuttles. It's much faster to walk to your car and bring the car back to pick everyone else up and your luggage. Again parking lot is not worth $70 a week. Airport parking works much better and it's cheaper. They need to buy up all the parking lots right across the street and make a multiple level parking garage that is really big and for the cruise ships only. Then every one can walk back to their car after getting off the ship and getting on the ship, except for the people getting picked up and dropped off. This is the way they do it at the port in Miami, Florida and it works much better. Also port personnel try to corral you after exiting the boat and they are useless because they tell you to go to the wrong spot and no one listens to them anyway, so people are all over the place. It's crazy when you get off the boat. Again things work much better at the port in Miami, Florida much better.

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