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Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
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Carnival Magic

6 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 01, 2019

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 6260

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, the cruise was okay. Did not exceed expectations but it wasn't terrible. The Carnival Hub app was amazing, user friendly and very helpful! Ports were nice and there was a variety of excursions. Subpar buffet food; but Guy Fieri's restaurants were a true treat! Cruise Director, Simon, was awesome! Loved his high energy!!! Beware, there is no indoor pool and the outdoor pools always have kids in them. Disappointed there was no "grand finale" where the staff was recognized for their hard work and able to rep their countries.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was smooth and enjoyable!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Based on prior cruise experiences, the poor configuration of food stations for buffet caused extra long lines and wait time. Food was just okay. Not much daily variety and quality was sub-par at best. The one thing that really bothered me was the way the bacon was served! Why have a server? Complete waste of resources! Purchased the soft drink package for hubby and there were too many limitations! Other cruise ships provide a tumbler for a 'TRUE' unlimited bottomless experience! Guy's restaurants saved the day! Excellent quality and taste.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Gym was nice but the added charge for classes was unexpected and a let down. Other cruise experiences on Royal Caribbean at least included a few exercise classes at no charge. Also disappointed not to find an indoor adult pool. Kids made it impossible to enjoy pool time.


4 out of 5
Shows were pretty good and entertaining. Miss the live band experience tho.

Children's Programs

no children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff was phenomenal. Very courteous, friendly and helpful at ALL times!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Appreciate the overall cleanliness of ship and major kudos for the fridge in cabins!

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
This cabin is above one of the entertainment venues. Impossible to sleep during events. This crucial FACT should be advised during booking! Size was adequate, very clean and loved the fridge.

Ship tip

DO NOT bring alcoholic beverages and be cautious of the cabin selection. Also, know there will be lots of children on board. Purchased the photo package and love the way photo hubs; however, the purchased pics were printed on glossy paper and when matte was expected. Disappointed!

Ports of call

Nassau, Bahamas

5 out of 5
Nice island with friendly locals.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

4 out of 5
Beach was beautiful. Day Your Way Excursion: Good experience and value. You should know the tour route involves several stops to allow passengers to make purchases. Restaurant stop was NOT good! Food was overpriced and even saw a roach. Not a bad thing but should be noted. Also, remember to tip the tour guides.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Highly recommend the Junkanoo Party Bus excursion! Nice beach and people.


5 out of 5
Clear instructions and very organized exit. Kudos for having customs at this point! Game changer!!!
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