Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Absolutely Beautiful Trip!

Sail Date: July 02, 2016

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Spectacular views, very entertaining ship, & excellent staff on the Magic! I'm giving 4/5 stars simply because of the extreme rocking/swaying we had the first 3 nights. Once the rocking calmed down, there was still a definite sway everywhere on the ship, but it was tolerable since we had our ear patches. My children weren't too fond of the water park, because the slides hurt their backs, but still a fun place to hang out to get wet. We couldn't have asked for a better staff, & the cruise director (Dr. E) was outstanding! Dominican Republic was gorgeous. I HIGHLY recommend the day pass to Ocean World with the dolphin encounter. While in St. Thomas we did the Kon Tiki excursion. It was nice. We browsed Puerto Rico & enjoyed looking at their buildings, etc. Grand Turk was stunning, but extremely hot & crowded on the beach. The beach chairs to rent were taken quickly, so I would suggest booking an excursion at this port. 

Definitely a party ship, with upbeat personalities & carefree, relaxed atmosphere. We always felt welcomed & cared for. Big Smile


Cabin / Stateroom
Our steward, Gede, was amazing! He treated us as if he'd known us forever. The cabin was always perfect.
I didn't care for being at the front of the ship, because of those rough nights of rocking, it enhanced it. But, still a great cabin.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Port Canaveral, Florida
Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic
Ocean World is a fantastic place if you have kids.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
There isn't much to this port unless you do an excursion, or go away from the main area. The Kon Tiki took us to a private beach, & it was nice.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Be aware of the shopping stands right by port. This stop has a lot of interesting buildings & roads to walk around & look at.
Grand Turk Island
By far the prettiest water, but not much to do unless you have an excursion. The beach chair rentals sell out super fast, so if you keep walking past the first area, it's less crowded. So pretty here.


Because you sail for awhile before reaching the first port (& after last port), be prepared for the pools to be really crowded.
Oh! Definitely buy a lanyard for your ship card. Makes life so much easier & less worrisome of losing it.

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