Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
4

4 out of 5

Interesting Itinerary

Sail Date: August 02, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We enjoyed our itinerary to Cozumel, Belize, and Mahogany Bay.  Embarkation/Debarkation process is always the most taxing and moved very slowly through customs.  The excursions were vast and varied and we heard many couples talking favorably about them so we would do this cruise again just to try new excursions.  The dining experience on Carnival is always pleasant.  The main complaint on this cruise was the incredibly lack of speed on the internet plans--we used all our minutes just trying to connect.  All we did was to check email and messages each day for maybe 15 minutes and we burned through the plan in less than 4 days because of poor connections.  Disappointing and frustrating.  Magic is a large ship-crowded with families, and we booked late.  Being further forward would have been optimal.  Heard that the spa deck was the quietest.  Deck 9 aft wasn't always quiet, but we used music or ear plugs at night.  Very handy to the Lido!  Always appreciate the crew--efficient and expert.  Also appreciated the cruise director and his enthusiasm, but selected announcements.  One of our best cruises ever!

Food and Dining
Would love to see Kashi cereals or other healthy option as well as Greek yogurt offered at buffet.
Service and Staff
Hard working. Taking pride in their work.
Entertainment
Love the Carnival singers and dancers. We particularly enjoyed Canaan and the theater shows.
Onboard Activities Always enjoy theatre shows, lobby and pub vocalists, spa, strolling, loved the cooking demo, although 75% of it was the same as the last cruise. Missed lots of onboard time due to length of excursions.
Destinations and Excursions
12 meter America's Cup race was awesome!
Belize Xunantunich tour very interesting and informative. Mahogany Bay was beautiful--especially Tabyana Beach. Roads were barely negotiable and causes tour buses to be late back to port in Belize.
Ship Quality
Really hate walking through the smoke filled casino. Avoid it as much as possible but to get to the pub and piano bar, we must go through. Also, my husband fell and hyper extended his knee on the slick lido floor because it is mopped continuously and the humidity doesn't allow time to dry. Cabins, lobby, most decks are very comfortable. Better description of adults only decks and spaces would be appreciated.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Longest process we have ever experienced in spite of the new zoning process. Very tiring.
Cabin / Stateroom
More noisy than a forward stateroom, but just as comfortable.

Tip

The spa is top tier everything. Spend your extra money here. Ask for Shandra to do a bamboo massage. She has 9 years experience with Carnival. Take your portable drink cups for coffee and ice water.



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