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Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Carnival Magic

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 04, 2018

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We're tight on our cruise budget, but we try to go once a year to unwind, so when we cruise, we choose whatever relaxes us most. Sometimes it's just a mid-afternoon nap in the cabin or a Serenity deck hammock. We get the spa package on the ship because it's the place I unwind best. A whirlpool, heated lounge chairs, and steam rooms let me unwind wonderfully. The food's always great and in small enough portions (except the buffet ;), so we come home heavier than when we arrived but filled with many great meals. My favorite excursions involve snorkeling or history, and there are plenty of each to be had.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Spa

5 out of 5

OMG! This is the best part of the cruise. This is why we seek out the Magic every time.

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Buy the spa package. Join with a group, and see if you can get a group rate.

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

4 out of 5

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

3 out of 5
We didn't buy an excursion, so we missed out on a few trips we heard from others that were good. We just hung out at the free pool. It was clean and relaxing--no high sales pressure like at the other ports. The cruise pool at Amber Cove was a nice place to take in some rays, but if you're wanting to do more than chill in the sun, look into an excursion.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
We went to Coki beach, which was crowded but had a small, decent place to snorkel. It's good for families, but there's pressure to ride with certain taxi drivers and rent beach equipment while there. If you're used to that on the Carnival port-related beaches, then it's OK.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
We did a little shopping and gave ourselves a walking tour around Old San Juan. This was our first time there, so it was fine. The next time we go, we'll probably jump in a bus/van with a local tour guide, who meets guests near the port and see specific things I'd not know were there.

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
This is another island that thrives on cruise ships porting for several hours. The beach to the left is big but crowded with constant vendors and renters looking to sell/rent you something. If you go to the beach to the right, it's less congested. Nice shops to buy souvenirs. We went on a snorkeling excursion with Papa J's the second time we went to Grand Turk, and that was fun. Got to see nice colors and features of the Caribbean Sea floor.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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