Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Second Mate

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4-6 cruises

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5 out of 5

Been there, but had not done that!

Sail Date: April 03, 2016

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

This itinerary was one we've done 2 years ago (Cozumel, Belize, Honduras) but several in our group had not been, so what the heck.  We did different excursions than we had done on the first trip, so that made it like new again. 

 

Cozumel was our first stop and we had booked a "Speedboat & Snorkel" excursion through Carnival.  We suspected something was up when we got our tickets and they said "4x4 Surf and Turf" but figured we would ask more questions when we got there.  We had done this exact excursion on one of our previous trips, and had recommended it to our friends.  When we arrived we were told that the snorkeling portion of our excursion had been cancelled due to weather, then we were told that the speedboats were not in use by order of the harbor master, due to rough seas. The guide said that we would instead be driving some Polaris 4x4's down to the Mayan Chocolate Factory, the down the coast to another spot for some off-roading, and eventually to the beach house where the boats were, for an included lunch.  They topped the deal with a 25% discount per person because of the last-minute changes.  All good, let's do it!  The biggest surprise of the day was the chocolate factory.  Never even thought this would be fun, much less interesting.  It was both, and very tasty.  The off-roading was a blast, as long as you don't mind being dirty.  The lunch was very good as well.  Overall, a great, memorable excursion.

In Belize we booked the Jaguar Caves ziplines.  Going in and out of the caves was very cool, and the area was very scenic, but the ziplines themselves were kind of a dud.  Unless you happen to weigh 110 lbs and no more, your chance of making it all the way across was very slim.  Translation, you get to drag yourself across to the other side.  Still fun, but not as much as just sheer speed.  The other unknown part of this excursion was the 3 hours we would spend traveling in the bus roundtrip.  Not the end of the world, but not too exciting either.  Our guide did all that he could to keep it exciting, and he was smart enough to be quiet on the return trip.

Last stop Honduras, and a lazy day on the beach was just what we needed.  We chose the beach close to the port and it was awesome.  The skylift chairs took us right from the marketplace to the beach, then with a 50 yard walk we were in for some incredible snorkeling....for hours and hours.  So much fun, and close enough to go back to the boat for lunch instead of dropping 15 bucks for a burger (especially with Guy's right there onboard).  A great day in every way, even with a little morning shower.  Highly recommended, and can't wait to go back myself.

 

We had 2 sea days on our return, so plenty of time to catch our breath and truly relax... remember relaxing....that thing we're supposed to do at some point on a vacation?  We did.  Lots of fun in the sun, and even a killer game of dodgeball on the basketball court.  As always, the Magic (my favorite ship) did not disappoint.

 

Ahoy!

 

 

 

Cabin / Stateroom
Always go balcony! Morning coffee on the balcony looking at the Caribbean sunrise is something everyone should experience.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Galveston, Texas
Great historical site...especially check out the Bishop's Palace.
Cozumel, Mexico
Check out the Mayan Cacao factory... surprisingly fun, and some of the best chocolate I've ever eaten! Super friendly people too.
Belize City, Belize
Cool place, but will definitely snorkel the next time I go.
Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Honduran coffee alone is worth the trip.

Tip

Ship is nice and fresh having just come out of dry dock. Guy's burgers and BBQ are great additions.



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