Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Teen and tween loved it. It was OK for me.

Sail Date: July 12, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

There is something for everyone on a cruise. At first the "spring break" party atmosphere was a little too much, but you just have to remove yourself from it. The smell of booze around the main pool was gross. The main negative I had was traveling on a schedule. The ports were my favorite part but we had to cut our day short and start heading back to the ship by 3:00 or so. It was stressful because they will leave you! Our only bad day was when carnival was not organized with debarking everyone on the first port. We stood in line for 45 minutes and missed our snorkeling excursion. Carnival crew should've diverted the line to other open gang planks, but we didn't know there were faster exits. If you book an excursion through a 3rd party, you're screwed! No gaurentee, no refund, no waiting for you! Carnival catered to their shore excursion guests, the rest of us felt like 3rd class passengers.

Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Lesson learned- book excursions through cruise line only. You have no compensation otherwise. So disappointed that we wasted a day on Cozumel. Am hoping we can get a refund through skymiles because it was out of our control to debark in s timely manner. The 2 emergency numbers we were given did not work either! Bad experience!!
Ship Quality
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Missed our tour because of long line to debark in Cozumel. Was very disappointed that it took 45 minutes for is to get off the ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
Balcony still seemed small for a cabin of 4.
Galveston, Texas
Cozumel, Mexico
Don't book a 9:30 excursion here! The port is tight to debark, there is customs to go through and a taxi line if you need one. We missed our excursion on this port. In line forever!!
Belize City, Belize
The lamanai ruins was over priced and over rated. 1 hour van ride 1 hour boat ride- very expensive and not that impressive. Go snorkeling.
Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Most beautiful and safest of a 3 ports. Would return for sure. Mayan dive shop on the west end is superb!


The Behind the Fun Tour was impressive. Very informative.

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