Carnival Magic September 22 2019

Carnival Magic Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 43

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Carnival Magic

6 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 22, 2019

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 2220

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Great weather, smooth sailing, same old entertainment


4 out of 5
Fairly smooth process. Good organization in the port.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We’ve been on many Carnival Cruises. The food on this ship in EVERY venue was the best I’ve ever had on a cruise ship. Specialty restaurants never disappoint, but the main dining room was fantastic every meal we had there.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The unfortunate part of Carnival is that no matter how nice the ship or great the ports, the on board activities never change. They need to change it up and do something new.


4 out of 5

These spas were the best part of the ship. Placement and temperature was perfect. But, again, cannot find someone to get you a drink.

Beach Pool

2 out of 5

Pool was always packed and worse, you cannot get someone to order a drink from.


3 out of 5
Sea Monkeys and Got Section and The Violin Trio were fantastic. Tuxeduo and Scott Lyles were average at best. The theater entertainment was terrible, and the shows are stale. Comedians were funny when they improved, but the written material was not great.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Rodioso, our cabin steward was WONDERFUL! Steakhouse staff and Manuel (last night in MDR) were great. Seaday brunch staff was horrible as usual. Tuty and Uncle Bob in the lobby bar, and Bojan in Alchemy bar were great. Kiki in the piano bar was also wonderful. It was a pleasure having them serve us.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship was very clean, and the layout was good. The casino smoke smell was truly unbearable. People smoking permeated the entire lobby and restaurant area! Truly horrible!! Carnival needs to address that issue. Common areas were maintained, however response time to a broken glass cleanup in the lobby was awful. Took over 30 minutes.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This cabin was exactly as most staterooms are in the Carnival fleet. The biggest differences for us was that 1.) you got two porthole windows and a great view at the front of the ship for an interior price. And 2.) on dream class ships they allow you to debark from the gangway in your deck if you’re on decks 1 or 2. This was the smoothest, easiest, most organized debarkation I’ve ever seen.

Ship tip

Don’t miss the specialty restaurants as the food was even better than usual, and Visit Bob and Tuty at the lobby bar and Bojan at Alchemy.

Ports of call

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
Margaritaville is a nice port but $30 US for a beer and another drink, is insane and unfair. Starting to tire of this port.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
My favorite port of the cruise. Beautifully well maintained and a fantastically well serviced stop for any cruiser.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

4 out of 5
Island was fine. Really not the best port I’ve been to, so far as activity or entertainment. Water and sand were amazing. Maybe Carnival could invest in a pier to avoid the long tendering process.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Well organized, clean cruise port. Not as nicely decorated as others and amenities are lacking (charging stations, vending).


5 out of 5
Used gangway for deck 2, the floor our cabins were on and it was the best debarkarion process I’ve ever had.
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