Another nice time on Magic. BUT........

Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 36

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5
Carnival Magic

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 26, 2017

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6474

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

All in all Magic is a nice clean ship. Very friendly staff. I also was up $60 in the casino. I'd sail on her for a 3rd time as well. I do like to try other ships out of Canaveral like the Sunshine. So I will look for a cruise on her if not. Good ole Magic will do. PLEASE NOTE Its a cruise ship and not your living room and go with the flow and have fun. ALSO in my opinion as I stated before never ever an aft balcony!


4 out of 5
Port Canaveral was very easy to board. The hotel shuttle dropped me off at 0930. My boarding time was 1230. I got in at 1000 and was on board by 1115. Cabin ready at 1300 hrs.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The main dining room I did once on the first eloquent night. I wore nice slacks, dress shoes and a nice LLBean shirt. Two guys at my table dressed like slobs. The family that was at my table dressed nice. The food was mediocre at best. Know worries though. It also only took 45 minutes to sit, served and eat. That was nice and not long nor rushed.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
I only did the aft pool. It was crowded but not to bad. Had a nice time and also the kids were pretty well behaved.


3 out of 5
I went to half of the first Production show. I didn't care for a bunch of Cowboys singing. Not interested.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All the staff were very nice and went out of their way to do their jobs with smiles.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
This is my second time on Magic and she was in good shape and very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
UGG! Never again will I book an aft balcony. The room was of nice size and the balcony offered a nice view. Unfortunately the rail folds inward and cuts out a lot of space and also people from the Lido deck and other balconies can look right into mine unless I was tucked under the canopy. The worst part of it was I could hear the VIBE nightclub from 1030 Pm till 0130 in the Am. Totally horrible. I am not a complainer but on the 4th night I called and complained a bit. They sent a crewmember to listen and he agreed it was no acceptable. Nothing was done about it. It got louder. The next day I was given a 3 day spa pass. I didn't ask for anything but it was nice of them.

Ship tip

Never book an aft balcony deck 6. Yes, my fault for booking late and it was the only balcony left. Now I know why.

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

4 out of 5
I stayed at the Comfort Inn. 4th time there. Very nice and a free shuttle with park and cruise. Stayed 3 nights. Go to the Sandsbar 5 blocks up the road on the beach. Good place with locals and good food and drink.

Oranjestad, Aruba

3 out of 5
Desolate. I did not take one of those open air buses with sweaty people. Gross. LOL.... A local who is licensed offered a tour for 5 people for $25. Air-conditioned mini van. His name is Willie. Well worth it for $25 and two hours.

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5
Very nice tourist area. Plenty of shops right off the dock. Very nice.

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
Always a simple fun time. GO to Jacks Shack. He is from Boston. Good food and beer, Kind of pricy but nice. Also walk... Do not take a cab. Just take a left on the beach for about 1/4 mile and he is right there on the beach in full view of your ship.


4 out of 5
Very easy. Self assisted. Off the boat by 8 am. Breezed through Customs.
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