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Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2014
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9439
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We are not cruising/all inclusive people, but needed an affordable get away. While we will likely go back to quiet beach get aways, this cruise surpassed our expectations. Dinner was far better than expected, and they were wonderful accommodating my gluten free diet. The kids (5, 7) enjoyed golf, water park, and freedom to run around. They were not keen on kids club. My 7 year old loved the ropes course (5 too short), but my 5 year old loved the arcade. What's most notable is the staff. They were truly best in class. Genuinely friendly and caring!!  We went back and forth on spending $1k for a balcony and we're not disappointed having spent the money.   The carnival magic at Christmas was very nice!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dinner was surprisingly creative and yummy, considering huge number of diners

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Fun stuff

Entertainment

Didn't use

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Seemed too structured for my kiddos

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Carnival does this so very well. Kind, attentive, sweet to our entire family.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Clean, updated

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Quiet. Very close to stern pools and dining. Balcony big enough for two to sit comfortably.

Ship Tip

The Indian fare at stern was AMAZING for ship food! Get there early for movies and expect long waits for popcorn. If choose your time dining, expect 1/2 hour or more wait for seating. Not bad, just don't wait too late for hungry kiddo's sakes.

No comment
3 out of 5
Tiny beach. Ok food. Great dolphin and manatee experience. No photos and seriously $40 for a single print.
We stayed onboard
5 out of 5
Gorgeous, lush forest. Sun ? Zip line / Eco tour was great. Carl was lovely with us and our 5 and 7 year olds.
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