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Carnival Magic Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

3.4 out of 5
Carnival Magic

6 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 08, 2020

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9468

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Cruise started out great. But as the coronavirus issues started ramping up we started to really feel the stress of being “trapped” on a cruise ship. Carnival did a good job of not mentioning anything ever about what was happening in the outside world. Good to a point I guess, but I think they should have tried to shut down all the rumours of what might happen to us when returning to the US. Maybe they didn’t know either? But the communication was very poor from the start of the cruise. They switched a port for us but didn’t tell us. People with excursions booked from a 3rd party were scrambling to cancel.


5 out of 5
Had FTTF. Was very fast. From start to getting on board was 10 minutes. Although our room ready immediately, our luggage didn’t arrive for several hours.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Food was just OK. Been on several RC cruises and they have a much better dining room atmosphere and food is much better. Our server was ok. She basically did as very little as she could. The bread guy came around at the beginning of dinner, gave no choice of bread just put something on your plate. Not once did I get asked if I wanted a drink. Absolutely terrible wait service.

Lido Marketplace

2 out of 5

Buffet was terrible. Food was cold, very little to choose form. We decided to skip the dinning room one night because we didn’t like the options. Went to Buffet and it was the same options...only cold.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Back pool was fun. Not too loud, could usually find a chair. Main pool was busy. If you wanted music and activities this is the place to be.


5 out of 5
Entertainment was good. Simon LONDON was the CD and he was full of energy. Shows in the theatre have a lot of talented singers and dancers. The best though was Scott the piano player in Play It Again lounge. Best one man show I’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. Outstanding job!

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our room guy, Romney was very good. Room was spotless every afternoon. See my description for our dinner service. It was THE WORST we’ve ever had on a cruise ship. 1 star at best. The 4 star is for our room clerk. He was excellent.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship design is different from our past experience. Very cool ship with a great atmosphere. They worked diligently to keep it spotless. Great job by all the cleaners.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Room seemed bigger than other ships we’ve been on. Bed was comfy. Couch was NOT.

Ship tip

They are terrible at communicating what’s happening with port changes.

Ports of call

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

3 out of 5

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5


4 out of 5
We had FTTF so it helped us get off early. Other than that it’s the same as any cruise. Hurry up and wait to clear customs.

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