Great 8-day Magic cruise

Carnival Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Carnival Magic

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 18, 2020

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 2269

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

One of the best cruises we have done. Great crew. The entertainment, food and drinks were all excellent.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Uber dropped us at Port Everglades (Terminal 4) at 11:00 AM. Through security and onboard by 11:30. (Our arrival appointment time was 12:00 to 12:30.)

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent food and service in the main dining room (late seating). Our head waiter was outgoing and fun. Steakhouse and Cucina both worth the upcharge. Lido buffet was okay but the layout could be improved.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Ropes course and waterslides were fun. Can get crowded around the pools on sea days but we could always find a lounger on deck five near one of the hot tubs.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The shows in the main theater were good. We really enjoyed Flick. Comedy shows were always packed. Get there 30 minutes early if you want a seat. Good entertainment in the piano bar and the Red Frog Pub.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Best room steward we have ever had. Twice a day service.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Some of the carpet and furniture is showing some wear and tear.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Standard inside cabin. Convenient location just one floor down from the atrium.

Ship tip

Skip the Lido buffet breakfast and eat breakfast and Sea Day Brunch in the main dining room. Much better food.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
We spent a day riding the water taxi. Relaxing and informative way to see Fort Lauderdale.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Beautiful beach with fine white sand. We walked to the lagoon and the horse ranch just to look around.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
We did the Hop-on, Hop-off tour with ANS Tours (booked on Trip Advisor). It's a nice 2 hour tour of the island for $21pp. Then beach time after.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Highly recommend the West Side beach hopping tour from Irie Tours. In the evening we walked to a cool bar called 27 Live to see a blues band.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Had nothing planned in Aruba but found a 2 hour bus tour for $25pp right off of the ship. Nice way to see the island for first time visitors.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We were worried about making our 11:50 AM flight out of Miami. Turns out we didn't need to worry. We did self assist debark at 6:30. Walked right through customs and caught an Uber. Arrived at MIA at 7:33AM.
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