Second Carnival cruise - a different experience

Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 51

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Carnival Magic

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 26, 2019

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 2407

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Except for getting sick, very nice cruise with few complaints. As stated, prefer smaller ship with less passengers and crew. Enjoy getting to know crew which is more difficult when they have so many to attend to. Overall, staff/crew friendlier on first cruise but still many exceptional people working for Carnival who deserve to be pointed out.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Inspite of large numbers of people, went smoothly, quickly and very efficient.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Our first cruise was on a ship half the size of the Magic and we found the food better in the dining room and buffet area of the smaller ship. Perhaps it had something to do with the number of people who had to be fed. We’ve decided to stick with smaller ships from here on.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Enjoyed shows, Magic Lobby music events with DJ and cruise director, casino and loved Serenity.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Shows very good. Excellent DJ Cue and cruise director Leigh. They worked great together and were a lot of fun. They really knew how to work a crowd. Went to piano bar - found it dull. Went to trivia contests - they were fun and interesting.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
This is the area we feel Carnival excels. It’s your staff that brought us back a second time and will keep us coming back. First, I must comment again on ship size and staff attention compared to smaller ship but there were certainly several who deserve special recognition. I want to start with our wait staff. We were assigned to Southern Lights dining room. There were six of us. Our head waiter Agus and his team of Eloyd and Fon were great! They greeted us every night with smiles, friendly talk and excellent service. They never forgot our names and made us feel well taken care of. Not an easy task in such a busy dining room. Loved their almost nightly dance performances. Fon was the sweetest young woman who greeted us nightly with her bright and beautiful smile and happy face. Loved her! Agus was impressive and very efficient as well as friendly and attentive. Eloyd was kind and very helpful. Seems every time we looked up he was there tending to our needs or just checking on us. A very impressive group and we were happy to be assigned to them. We also ate in the same dining room for breakfast and encountered two exceptional young waiters, Joseph and Subrato. Not only excellent at their job but kind, friendly and pleasant. We marvel at how these people can be so nice when they are all so busy. We also met a young man, Jovan in the buffet area, who went the extra mile for us. While cleaning our table, he offered to get us something to drink or be of service in any way he could. Never had that happen before. We were impressed and felt he deserved special recognition. Our stateroom steward, Piyada was nice and kept our room in perfect condition and always in a timely fashion. She checked with us frequently and we were all pleased.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Similar to first ship just bigger. Took a bit of doing to get bearings. Appeared clean and neat. Could be coincidence that out of the six of us four came home very sick with viral infections. Not blaming ship’s cleanliness, just mentioning it.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Was concerned about being on such a low deck. Room was a bit smaller than first but comfortable and efficiently laid out. Only real complaint was noise. Clanging and banging sounds were heard on and off through the night - almost very night. Don’t know if it was due to being so low on ship. Will avoid that low of a deck again.

Ship tip

Pick a room higher up on deck. Don’t miss going to Serenity, be sure to enjoy the dining room service and food.

Ports of call

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
We go only on Carnival sponsored excursions. Had a tour and beach day with lunch. Enjoyed it very much.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Toured the St. Kitts highlights and fort. Very interesting, informative and enjoyable. A gorgeous island.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Did rainforest tour. Beautiful scenery, excellent and informative tour driver. Walked around old San Juan. A lovely city filled with history and beautiful buildings.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Had another beach day with lunch. Breathtaking beach and waters. Very enjoyable, delicious lunch, unlimited drinks and island music. A very pleasant day for all.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Seamless and easy. Had a flight to catch. We were off early and got to airport with plenty of time.
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