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Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 04, 2011
Ship: Carnival Magic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago

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).

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
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.


5 out of 5
Best we've experienced over 4 cruises (Celebrity and RCI).

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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?).

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
New ship - stateroom amenities well thought out.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.
3 out of 5
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
5 out of 5
Beautiful place - interesting to see how the rich live (from the outside, anyway).
Don't Miss: Train tour
5 out of 5
The surprise port of the trip . . . very, very nice stop.
Don't Miss: "Old City" Dubrovnik
5 out of 5

Don't Miss: Colliseum, Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basillica and more.
5 out of 5
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!)
5 out of 5

Don't Miss: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michaelangelo's David, walking Florence

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

Cons: Smoke In Hallways, Port-side Smoking Sections

Recommends Carnival Magic? Yes!

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