Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Second Mate

7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

best yet

Sail Date: August 18, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

i have cruised carnival many many times and i would have to say this by far was one of the best experience with carnival i have had
food has improved though i find the desserts in dining room boring and not innovative at all
on lido deck your cooking staff really has no idea how to carve meat as my husband who is a chef noted
meat was dry and tough since carved wrong way
at times salad was brown wilted and to me not edible
i love all the new eating areas especially the tandoori area
what happened to sushi? very disappointing
i would highly recommend a noodle house that offers pho which is a vietnamese soup
thai food is yummy like their bbq pad thai a noodle dish
etc etc and some of their drinks like thai ice tea with boba
the prime steak house was exceptional in atmosphere service and of coursethe food. well worth the price of admission
the posts were wonderful except the fact that in cozumel we didnt port at the international port like we did last yr which now we had to incur taxi fees to and from our all inclusive day at el cid and the shopping area isnt as contained as it was at international pier
jamaica we opted to do not excursions due to the time required to get to the destinations like dunns river falls the appleton plantation etc etc
the round trip bus helped but a little pricey
peter and sara were extremely informative and helpful
great follow up on their part
after talks made it very personal for each person waiting to speak with peter
a little disappointing that after a while couldnt find them
we did the spa experience for the most part worth it many days there was no aroma therapy as expected and the spa staff seemed unconcerned about it.
i would prefer to not be committed to daily but a package where you get to chose your days or include a massage instead of the spa
the aroma pool to me was never warm enough had to always tell staff
towels only by pool in there and not near saunas
our room 11256 was really nice too
i feel that if you get a suite you should be able to smoke a cigar on the balcony unsure why that restriction is there when you can smoke in other balcony rooms

we left a piece of luggage on the shuttle and we were unable to contact anyone til monday and that i found to be extremely frustrating for us since we had to fly home to california and have no reassurance about the bag

galveston port easy to navigate on ad off the ship
debarkation was a snap

i was watching a movie in the evening and what was very annoying and disruptive was the cruise directors announcements which stopped the sound each and everytime. besides that with his accent it made it even more difficult to understand him
many many guests were exasperated by the time the movie ended with all his interruptions
popcorn at bar should be more readily available as well as peanuts pretzels at the bar
liquor prices were comparable to port prices
i find your jewerly was much higher
i purchased a guess watch and there were no discounts what so ever on this watch brand
your perfume and make up has changed not necessarily for the better
you used to have a whole section of guess pocketbooks and accessories
why dont you carry a brand called parazul?
now that there are no cruises left for us out of galveston we now have to go even further to miami
this was our second cruise on magic
i am a gold member and looked foward to becoming platnium for my next cruise but now you have changed that guideline very disappointing for me
you should grandfather gold members to keep their business

overall we had a relaxing vacation
unfortunately these ports the weather wasnt ideal but that is to be expected during hurricane season

thank you for asking my opinion

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
desserts need improvement as well as carved meats
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
used to be alot more happening on the deck
Destinations and Excursions
jamaica destinations too far from port
Galveston, Texas
easy access
Montego Bay, Jamaica
didnt do excursions due to distance to them
George Town, Grand Cayman
sting ray city worth it but not rum point beach food outrageously expensive
Cozumel, Mexico
did all inclusive at el cid worth it


your new salad bar on deck 5 a gem
keep the yogarts going
maybe you should have cookies out for late nite snakcs
pizza this year seemed to have improved

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