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Carnival Magic Cruise Review

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Reviews: 4
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Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
Carnival Magic

5 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 21, 2021

Ship: Carnival Magic

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8462

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review summary

If you are a scuba diver, Carnival is not your cruise line. We prefer Royal Caribbean (most RC ships have a dive shop on board), but we booked this cruise because we were desperate to cruise after the long pandemic. We enjoyed the trip and felt safe with all the vaccination and testing requirements.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
We didn't really know what embarkation would be like in the age of Covid, but we showed our documents and everything went smoothly. We were on the ship after a brief wait, then off to find our muster station. We had our own private muster presentation which was basically just showing us how to don the life vests. Two minutes later we were on our way to grab a cocktail!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We thought the food was generally pretty good. One night we got some fish that smelled not -so-fresh and overcooked shrimp, but everything else we enjoyed. Service in the dining room was exceptional and very fast. With decreased occupancy, we always got a table right away and never had to wait.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

4 out of 5
I was impressed by the production show in the theater, "Flick". It was much better than the last time I had seen a show on Carnival, though it would have been better with a live band. With the exception of one of the lounge singers, other entertainment was good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was very clean, with better public spaces than on prior Carnival ships we sailed. The ship decor can be a little garish, but that's being picky.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
We really liked the extended balcony and would recommend these corner balcony cabins.

Ship tip

It was so nice sailing with reduced occupancy on the ship. No crowds, except when trying to board the tenders to get to and from Half Moon Cay.

Ports of call

Bimini, Bahamas

3 out of 5
If you don't book an excursion through Carnival, expect a long walk from the dock before you can actually find a taxi or other transportation. Again, Carnival offered NO scuba diving excursions, but thankfully we were able to arrange some diving with a local dive shop on the island.

Nassau, Bahamas

2 out of 5
Nassau gets a low rating because Carnival offered no scuba diving excursions and due to our arrival and departure times, we were unable to schedule a dive trip with the Stuart Cove's in Nassau.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

2 out of 5
This was our least favorite day of the cruise. Our arrival was delayed by several hours so then it was "hurry up and wait" experience trying to get off the ship. Royal Caribbean's private island is so much easier and enjoyable. The lines and heat waiting to get on the tender boats really make this call unpleasant. We did some snorkeling on our own, ate lunch, then returned to the ship.

Port Canaveral, Florida

4 out of 5
Getting to and from the port was easy and convenient.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
We kept all our luggage with us so we were able to disembark quickly. Customs used facial identification, so it was a breeze.
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