A wonderful cruise overall with some amazing ports

Carnival Magic Cruise Review

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Carnival Magic

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 15, 2020

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7320

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Carnival did an amazing job hosting us for 8 days. The ports were the best! The ship had everything we needed. I would sail the Magic again in a heartbeat!


4 out of 5
We had Faster to the Fun and were on the ship by 11 AM although there was not much organization at the port. The extra health paper that we needed to fill out was off in the corner without proper signs and no one let us know we needed to fill it out until after we were in line to board. Still, we got on right when Faster to the Fun guests were called to board.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
There was some amazing food on our ship. The Steakhouse was amazing. The MDR had many yummy options daily. Guys Burgers was just as great as everyone said it would be. The Chocolate Extravaganza at the buffet was so yummy. I have never seen so many chocolate cakes in one place! The buffets left something to be desired at lunchtime but was very good at breakfast time.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The Alchemy Bar was THE place to go for a pre-dinner drink. Every drink was a masterpiece and the bartenders didn't disappoint. The Red Frog Pub was also a great place to hang out on a daily basis.


4 out of 5
The country show was superb. The performers had the whole theater singing and dancing to the music. The comedians were so funny. Everyone seemed to giggle for each joke.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our room steward, Laura, did a great job getting us what we needed everyday and keeping our room clean. The bartenders in the Alchemy Bar were amazing!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship could really use a refurbishment but it has everything we wanted and needed. The only drawback is not being able to walk all of the way back through deck 3 to get to the Southern Lights Dining Room because of the galley. We figured out the layout really quickly and the maps by the elevators really helped. I saw people cleaning all the time which made a great impression, but the ship does still really need to go into dry dock for some issues.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our adjoining balcony cabin was a good size. We really enjoyed keeping the adjoining door open during the day. Also, after our room steward opened up the partition between our balconies, we had so much more space. The ned was comfy and we had plenty of space.

Ship tip

Make sure you do your research about all there is to do on this amazing ship ahead of time.

Ports of call

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Beautiful island and beach day. The weather was nice and warm and sunny. The day was too short in port, though.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Embarkation and debarkation were stressful but it's a beautiful city and port.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Aruba had such amazing weather and natural beauty. We took a private excursion throughout the island. Eagle Beach had gorgeous water.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
This was such a gorgeous port. We took an excursion to Mambo Beach and the Curacao Distillery. Mambo Beach is stunning! The weather was perfect

La Romana, Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
This port was beautiful. We really enjoyed the music they played for us all day and especially at sail away. We went to Monkeyland. This was definitely the best excursion we could have picked. The monkeys jumped from tree to tree and person to person. It was so much fun! We got to see so much beautiful countryside on the way to it and in the mountains.


4 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Monkey at Monkeyland Mambo Beach
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