It was okay

Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: July 01, 2014
Ship: Carnival Magic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
Faster to the fun - mixed review\, not sure that i would recommend it. Got on the ship quickly\, and our room was ready shortly thereafter\, but our first bag came along with the rest of the floor\, and one of our bags was actually delivered much later. There was no priority given at tender ports as advertised\, and the debarkation process had many\, many folks that did not have FTTF getting off the ship ahead of us.

Carnival Mastercard - onboard promotion\, promised all sorts of things. Went ahead and applied\, then didn't hear anything for several days. Talked to the customer service desk (also did not receive priority service there with FTTF)\, and was told that the info would be processed that night. Received an approval letter\, went to check that the onboard account had been switched over\, and were told that we had not been approved. Told to come back the next day (saturday)\, and the system should have been updated. It was still not resolved in the system on Saturday\, and at that point\, the bank could not be contacted as it was the weekend. Whole lot of passing the buck\, which resulted in our losing a $100 cruise credit. Oh\, but the cards came 2 days after we arrived home\, and of course now Carnival wants us to book another cruise.

Food was okay across the board\, really enjoyed the pizza place\, and the steakhouse was outstanding. Skip the Italian\, as the service was poor and the food was not nearly as good as it should have been\, plus very small portions (and i'm *not* a big eater).

Very limited entertainment on this ship. Unless you like standard shipboard offerings\, you'll probably be disappointed. I like Norwegians shows much better\, even when they have an associated additional cost. Even with all the outcry about smoking being banned\, we found that it is still allowed in many areas as well as on the balconies. Note - we are not smokers\, and refuse to go near the casino as a result. And having the casino in the middle of a

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Steakhouse is excellent\, Italian cocina not so much. Main dining room and buffets are very average\, desserts have gone downhill. Pizza place is very good\, but the sandwich bar was disappointing. How does a grilled sandwich come out soggy?


1 out of 5
Other than the standard sub-par stage offerings\, not much in the way of entertainment is offered. Rarely anyone playing in the piano bar. The adult comedy was fairly good. Recent releases playing on the seaside theatre\, but good luck getting a seat with all the chair hogs. There are signs posted against it\, but no enforcement that we could discern.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Lots of pass the buck and not my problem type response. The cruise director was less than friendly the couple of times we encountered him around the ship.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Smoky\, nasty casino in the middle of the major path between restaurants and shops is a major design issue.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Pros: Extended aft stateroom

Cons: poor organization and service

Recommends Carnival Magic? No.

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