Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Carnival Almost Gets It Right

Sail Date: September 04, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Excellent ship; well thought out functionality; Operationally very efficient - embarkation, debarkation, excursion egress/ingress, and good (but not overbearing) communication by the Cruise Director.
Plenty of amenities - could always find something to do and/or quiet space.
Serenity Deck - good concept that is frequently oversubscribed; in spite of crew members doing a good job enforcing the rules.
Smoking on-board is only real negative with this (Carnival) ship(s).

Pros: Entertainment, Itinerary, Room Steward, Ship Amenities, Ship Operation

Cons: Smoke In Hallways, Port-side Smoking Sections

Recommends Carnival Magic? Yes!

Food and Dining
Ranged from fair (lacking taste) to excellent (most of the fish dishes). No real bad meals at all. Variety of cuisines served was very good, providing a change of pace.
Ship Quality
New ship - stateroom amenities well thought out.
Cabin / Stateroom
Felt very comfortable in our balcony stateroom. Our room steward was the best - almost invisible, but always there to clean up, even on our shortest duration absences from the stateroom.
Service and Staff
Dining room staff just OK - not very engaging or personable; mostly efficient and accommodating to special requests; if you did not order a (alcoholic) drink the day before, you were not asked the next day if you wanted a drink (duh?).
Best we've experienced over 4 cruises (Celebrity and RCI).
Venice, Italy
Was somewhat disappointed in Venice - very crowded, very commercial and the "dirtiest" of all the ports we visited. Enjoyed walking around Venice in the less congested areas, though.
Don't Miss: Gondola Ride, Grand Canal Tour, St Mark's Basillica
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Beautiful place - interesting to see how the rich live (from the outside, anyway).
Don't Miss: Train tour
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

Don't Miss: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michaelangelo's David, walking Florence
Dubrovnik, Croatia
The surprise port of the trip . . . very, very nice stop.
Don't Miss: "Old City" Dubrovnik
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Don't Miss: Colliseum, Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basillica and more.
Messina, Sicily
The time in port was too short for this venue (7AM-3PM) - would like to have spent more time here.
Don't Miss: Mt Etna (to the top!) and Taormina (just beautiful!)

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