November 2015 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Western
Our first cruise. We were hesitant about so much, but it turned out to be much ado about nothing. Cabin was great (for first-timers, plug your card into the slot at the door to turn your lights on!) and balcony was a must. Ours was on 6 just above the hot tub -- great to hear that bubbling water, and no one was ever too loud or obnoxious.
Lido food was just OK but certainly plentiful. Desserts were disappointing. White pizza and BBQ on deck 5 at lunch was good. Don't bother with the drink package unless your sole goal is to be drunk the whole time. We drank a good bit, including a bottle of wine at dinner 2 nights, and our bar bill was under $300. Would have been $700 if we had gone with the package. Dining room was fun -- tried escargot and frogs legs, had great lobster too. Service was slow and not very attentive, but staff was very friendly.
Would recommend Sunset Beach resort for a day in Jamaica if you just want to relax at a beautiful beach resort. We never went to the pool -- just the beach. Rum drinks were small but good. Lunch was not great. We never had anyone wait on us at the beach, though. Don't go out on your own in Montego Bay if you've never been there before -- it's dangerous and scary.
Isla Passion beach day in Cozumel was nice -- food was good and tequila drinks were too. We never had anyone wait on us at the beach here either. Hammocks in the water were great, but take bug spray -- I have more than 3 dozen sand flea bites on my arms and legs that are driving me crazy still.
Carnival was the way to go for our first cruise. Shows were fun, presentations were helpful, movie on Deck 10 was fun, trivia was fun, casino was fun, adult-only Serenity deck looked great, though there was no seating available when we went up there.
Finally, cruise director Dr. E was great.