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Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Carnival Magic

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 27, 2019

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 1438

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

While researching we saw lots of mixed reviews and I have 100% confidence in my choice of this cruise. Nothing could have been better aside from planning further ahead so we could budget more! You really get the full experience though with the initial included price. The staff makes you feel comfortable and ensures you have an amazing time. The food was FANTASTIC! Both my husband and I are picky eaters and we never went hungry or turned our nose up at quality. I would reccomend this cruise to good friends and family!

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Boarded the ship seemlessly. Staterooms available by 1:30. Bags to our room by 4. Be aware of time differences if you planned on going to your room and changing.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
0 complaints. Excellent quality. Never ate at buffet or specialty dining. Highly recommend blue iguana.

Play it Again Piano Bar

5 out of 5

So fun every night with awesome drinks.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pools and hot tubs tend to be crowded. If you want a quiet place to relax the chairs on the side of deck 5 get excellent sun with less crowds. Wish there was an adult only pool though.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We had fun every night! Look through the fun times or the hub app and pick at least 1 thing :)! Personal favorites were trivia, the piano bar, and the comedy shows!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone knew us by day 2. We really felt taken care of.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The layout was a little confusing as a first time cruiser and ther was some obvious wear in places in our stateroom (cosmetic, nothing major) overall a great ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Size was small. Just big enough for 2 sharing 1 king bed. The bed was super comfy. The shower water didn’t like to stay in our shower much so be aware if you have clothes etc on the floor they will get wet. Lots of storage!,

Ship tip

Get a shared table at breakfast! It’s a great way to meet new people!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida Did not visit port

We only boarded and got off here, we didn’t visit miami

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

3 out of 5
We went to the pool at the port and it was just okay. I’d book an excursion or stay on the boat next time.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
We booked a snorkel excursion through Sunfari tours and it was so much fun! Very reliable and communicative.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
The port my husband loved! We toured the Bacardi factory then hiked up San Juan hill! I’m more of a beach gal but my husband loved the history. Very easy to tour on your own.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Walked to the end of the beach to Jacks Shack, less crowded with free chairs. Gorgeous waters and beach. Again, easy to navigate on your own.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
So quick and painless!
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