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5.0

Fantastic cruise! by JenRyan

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic

We had a great experience on this cruise. Loved the itinerary, loved 5he food, loved the cruise staff. The comedy club and evening shows and trivia were biggest onboarding highlights. Really enjoyed having Guy's burgers and the Red Frog rum bar on this ship. Looking forward to our next trip on the Magic!

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4.3

Awesome cruise by cruiserlewis

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Magic

This was my 8th cruise, 2nd with Carnival. Was my 2nd favorite cruise after NCL Escape.

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4.5

Memorable Family Vacation by coowackycoo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

Overall great cruise. Cruise director MarQ was awesome.

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5.0

Our Best Cruise!!! by sueb7

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

The Magic ship is definitely our favorite so far! The crew was so energetic! I just loved the Good Morning/Evening song... Well I said good morning, I said a good morning, good morning good morning, I said a good morning! Stayed in my head for days! Loved it! We got a balcony room, amazing! Would definitely recommend! That view from waking up every morning, awesome! We mainly had breakfast in our room, so worth getting a balcony! We did the Casino and my husband won $2300! We went to the Comedy club, we danced at the dance club during the night, went to the entertainment shows which were great! The dancers are amazing! The restaurant food was delicious and the rest of the places on the ship! Great time laying out by the pools! The staff was awesome! Now, when we stopped in Cozumel, we did the Lighthouse beach safari excursion which was awesome & lovely. Would definitely recommend... In Belize, we did the Xunantunich  Mayan Ruins which was very interesting... The bus ride a little long, but still had a fun time. We climbed up all the way to the top of the Ruins! Felt a little scary! In Roatan we did the Carambola Gardens and Island tour which was lovely. Mahogany Bay port is my favorite, love it! Beautiful view & no one really bothers you at the beach. The beach is kinda secluded, big plus! I just love how they designed that port! You have the shops on one side, than you go over the bridge to the beach. We would actually move to Roatan, that's how much we love it! We really enjoyed our time on this cruise :)

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5.0

Awesome Caribbean Cruise by bryamartin

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

The Carnival Magic is a beautiful ship a we would most definitely like to sail it again.

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4.2

Another great cruise by dbvano

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Enjoyed this Western Caribbean cruise on board the Carnival Magic. This was our second time on the Magic and would cruise on her again in the future.

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5.0

7day WC turn 3 day Bahamas on Magic ,Thanks Irma. by SheanDanny

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

So glad we made it to ship after all the mess of hurricane Irma. John Heald on fb wad so helpful and encouraging. We thoroughly enjoyed Carnival and Magic and All Staff on board as well as ports freeport and nassau . #carnivalfamily

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5.0

Awesome Magical Carribean Carnival Cruise by SheanDanny

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

From Emarkation to Debarkation Magic did Not disappoint!! Our second time on her and loved Every Minute. Please everyone..have realistic expectations and you will not be disappointed either!!

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5.0

Carnival Magic is an awesome ship by danley2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Our first cruise was on the Carnival Conquest which is a smaller ship than the Magic.  We were very impressed with just how much bigger and better the Magic was to our previous cruise experience.  The water works area, the entertainment, the casino..everywhere was in great condition and impressive.  I got to try out the Redfrog Pub for the first time and enjoyed the Thirsty Frog draft beer.  We chose to select another interior cabin but this time had 2 adults and 2 teenagers all crammed in together.  This is not something I would recommend to anyone as the cabin is already small enough without additional challenges.  In hindsight, we should have booked two interior cabins to give ourselves some space.  Having read so many bad things about Belize, we decided not to take the tender ashore.  The tender takes at least 20 mins. If you are a scuba diver, Belize is a great place to dive.  We were told that there is really not much beyond manufactured tourist traps on shore at the port any going outside of that area is not considered to be safe.  We stayed on board that day and enjoyed the ship without the crowds.

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4.8

Awesome Magical Cruise 😊 by tammyjsaun

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute we were on board. Simon London was absolutely amazing!!! We ended up doing a photo shoot and Yes!! We bought them. They were absolutely the best pictures we have ever had done ❤️

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4.8

Southern Caribbean is beautiful!! by forbes13

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

The cruise was fantastic, the southern Caribbean Cruise is a must see

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Bermuda Cruise by austinandme95

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Bermuda

It was a good time , enjoyed meeting people. I would go back on this ship.

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3.0

Almost perfect cruise by Sonya27

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Overall this was a fun cruise and I don't have much to complain about. We enjoyed Cozumel, and Grand Cayman as usual. Jamaica we had a couple of issues but still had fun. The Magic was lovely as always with plenty to do and see. (No, I did not do the sky rope walk this time. Never again! LOL!)

Only true issues:  We did not see our cabin Stewart for the first two days. The food in the main dining area was good but not the best.

Happy with: The Steak House "Cowboy Steak" was the best and so worth the extra money. Seaside grill was so good and the Italian restraint was great. Really good show of illusion. (fireworks on a ship)

 

We really did enjoy ourselves. http://cruiseradio.net/episode-carnival-magic-review-passport-questions/

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Ship, Staff, Cuisine, Entertainment, Activities are the best! by texrus67

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

This was my first cruise in 25 years. I took along my 13-year-old daughter.

 

We were treated like royalty. Each night, the restaurant manager Georgianna in the upstairs in the main dining room worked with the ship's chef to offer my daughter a different, delicious menu of choices matching her rather challenging vegan diet needs. She was impressed and ate each and every dish with vigor. After dinner, the daily and nightly activities were numerous and exciting.

 

Cowboy Bill, the comedian, was hilarious. Bob, the lounge singer/piano master, was entertaining, had a deep reportoire of oldies and goodies, is a great entertainer ("Holy ship, come on in!") and I, along with my brother and his pals closed the place up several nights. The theater extravaganzas including the illutionist and his crew were amazing. Capt. Antonio Marchetti commanded the entire operation with the touch of a Da Vinci. Guest Services always met me with a smile and a "yes." Ditto the hotel management pros. All were delightful folks.

 

Shore excursions were a great value,  interesting, fun and always on time. Bravo to them too. Can you tell that we had a great time. I'm already planning my next getaway, this time with my wife and daughter. Of course we'll book the Magic.

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An Amazing ship! by dawnb1000

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

I really loved this ship, especially the Red Frog pub (you couldn't get us out of there) -- but our overall 'vacation' experience was totally messed up before we even got to the ship.  Five days before we were to set sail for our "group" cruise out of Miami on the Carnival Victory, my mother-in-law passed away. So sad. We spent hours and hours on Tuesday calling and calling and organizing and...and... only to find out the next day that my Great Uncle passed away. (when it rains it pours) Both funerals ended up being on the same day. Cry.

 

So many, many phone calls, dicussions and organizing later (with my husband's 10 other siblings), my husband and I ended up being able to still try and make the cruise (only a big deal because it was a group cruise that WE organized).  Lastly we changed our flights out of Minneapolis (closer to the funeral location) so we could still go after the funeral. Come late friday night after an emotionally tiring day we took off and headed to the Minneapolis Airport.  As it came about, there was an ice/snow storm that passed thru Minnesota (is was the end of February 2014) and there was no way to get to the airport: all roads were closed including I-35 which we neglected to find out until we got to the Minnesota|Iowa border at midnight. (our flights were at 7 am). Because of the bad storm, there were no flights available out of Des Moines or Cedar Rapids: the only two airports we could get to in time (from where we were) for a flight. So, at 4 am we let our group know that we would not be joining them on the cruise because we had no way to get to Miami.  Tired, and depressed --- we gave in to defeat. Everything that could have gone bad in 4 days--- did. 

 

Anyway, the next day we decided we were going on a cruise and re-booked for the next week (just the two of us) Carnival Magic out of Galveston.  We took our time and drove the 15 hours down to the ship (we weren't going to attempt to fly again this year -bad taste in my mouth).  This is our 4th cruise on Carnival and I have to say, my favorite ship so far.  (Destiny, Valor, Splendor & Magic).  Our absolute favorite spot was the Red Frog pub.  We spent a lot of time in here, listending to the live music, meeting new friends and drinking their signature beer (which was a really good red).  They even had bar games such as bags, a hook-on-a-palm-tree, foos ball and mini-bumper-shuffle board.  Just what we needed after a week of chaos.

 

The Magic had the best layout I've liked so far.  The pub & the ocean plaza area was a favorite --- a little extra hanging space with music.  The spotlight lounge seemed smaller than I remember --- our last cruise was the Splendor and for the first time cruising, we had a hard time getting into a show in the lounge. I liked how they extended the Piano bar out farther, which seemed to replace the martini bar on other ships (bummer) but it was nice to have more space.  The slides were a ton of fun.  Who says you have to grow up at 40-something? My husband video'd his trip thru the slides (don't know if I can post them here).  They also had an awesome sports area that I thought was really cool.  Pool table, foos ball, pingpong, golf, giant chess/checkers, bar/tvs, basketball court were the dodge ball tournaments were held and fun little hot dog stand and then this cool upper/walking course of some sort.  I couldn't try it --- I'm scared of heights, but the kids that were on the ship seemed to love it.  Another thing I liked about this ship is that around the track were work-out items that were handy. Run a few feet, do some ab work and pull ups | jog a few more feet, do some weight-machine work (or pretend). 

 

We set sail on Sunday. Tuesday was Mardi Gras and the ship had a fun little bead throwing party in the Atrium (There were a lot of people in there!) with a small parade to the Ocean Plaza followed by a party up on the Lido Deck by the pool.  The crew did a great job with this.  A fun event.  Wed. we were in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  My husband and I have been to all these destination ports before so we didn't feel the need to jump and do a bunch of excursions this time.  In Jamaica we just took the hop-on, hop-off bus around and stopped at Margaritaville for a few drinks and some swimming.  Tuesday we hit Grand Cayman where we did a Kayak and snorkeling excursion.  The guy (Jay) was great and it was a workout.  (I'm out of shape!) I ended up getting way too much sun (sunscreen washed off in the water) but I didn't complain. There isn't much sun in Iowa in the winter so I was pumped to get a winter-supply of Vitamin "D".  (although it's two weeks after the cruise now and I'm peeling & itching like no other).  Cozumel was our final stop and my only disappointment in the cruise.  With over 4200 people on this cruise, you would think that the Magic would open up --- 2 Doors to let people out and onto the port, but they did not.  1 Door, for 4200 people and I think everyone was hung over and 'slow'. For some reason, this day, this port was a mess/chaotic.  We ended up in port at 10 am and my husband and I were not able to get off the ship till 11:30!!!  It was a mess and I was a little frustrated at this.  We didn't have any plans so it shouldn't have bothered me, but for those people that this was their first time to Cozumel...just lost 90 minutes of exploration time. Ships this size need to be more prepared for this (or hang out at port 2 more hours).

 

The Ship had plenty of lounging areas. We did check out the Serenity deck a few times. This was nice (I need to get one of those round loungers for my back deck).  Really enjoyed this area ... and hot tubs (with no KIDS in them).  The area could have been bigger on this cruise because there were quite a few adults looking to 'get away' from the kids.  But even around the ship, we never had a problem finding a place to sit.  On the Valor we always had to go find fold-up-chairs and some spot to put them down in, so this was nice.  The back zone was one we tried to avoid --- except to go get amazing Deli sandwiches when we got back on board from the ports (before late dining). This used to be the adult only zones on some of the other ships, but on the Magic it seems to be the kids hangout. Some times 15 kids in a hot tub at a time (with no parents). A little too much energy back here for me.  We didn't do very many shows this time around but I heard the "WIN" I think it was called was a lot of fun.

 

The food was great, no complaints. Breakfast they had pretty much whatever you wanted and some stuff I think must accomodate other nationalities. (Not something I eat for breakfast).  I really enjoy the dinners. We were in the Southern Lights dining and our waiters were great.  Whatever we wanted we got.  I can't remember the names of everything I ate (because I think I ate the entire menu) but the prime rib was actually really good (hard to say that being from Iowa) and there was a banana dessert that was amazing.  The lobster was a tad chewy, but that has to be hard to get that just right for this many people.  Maybe this has changed, but I really missed all the wait-staff singing every night. The other ships, every night, they sang at least 1 song.  On this ship, there were quite a few days that there was no singing.  Personal preference, but I missed it. We tried the Italian place for Lunch --- that was great. (try it!!). The Deli was great (hard to mess up a deli though). Pizza was okay ... I like my hand tossed, taco (<grin>) but it made do for the nights we couldn't get out of the pub.  Surprisingly the only place we didn't eat from was the burger place up by the pool/lido deck.

 

The rooms were nice and the staff was great and helpful.  How they remember everyone's name, I have no idea --- but they do.  We have only gotten a balcony room on all the ships and they have all been just fine.  I sleep extremely well on these boats.  Because of the Bed or it's vacation or the slight rocking of the boat sways you to sleep, but sometimes it's hard to get out of bed in the mornings. Extremely comfortable.  For the most part you couldn't feel the rocking hardly at all  --- not as much as the others I have been on.  Could be a mix of things as in weather, location and the ship itself, but it is something I notice. I get highly motion-sick and need to wear the patch...and sometimes take a Dramamine on top of that -- on the Destiny we had 8|10-foot swells coming back from Cozumel--- that was a ride. Only the last night I could see that the boat was moving because our curtains were swaying and the Tv said we were doing 42 knots (or something like that), but I still couldn't feel it much.

 

My husband and I really enjoy Carnival and highly recommend this ship.  We have a Family cruise booked for next year on The "DREAM" out of New Orleans but then our next Group cruise will probably be back on the Magic.  Happy Cruising!!

 

 

 

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4.3

Best Staff ever!! by TheSoloPirate

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Magic

Great ports with a great ship and staff made for a wonderful vacation. There is not much I would change about any thing we did or the cruise. Must do

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5.0

Amazing Cruise by arvroman

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Magic

We could not have asked for a better cruise and at this point I have to say the Magic has been my favorite ship. Great food, drinks, staff, entertainment, cabins, and ports!

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4.4

Incredible! by kmpatrick726

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Amazing cruise! Lots of fun and great ports. I didn’t see or hear much from the cruise director but we also didn’t go to many nightly activities or entertainment, too tired from the long day so we chose early bedtime!

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5.0

Very fun first cruise! by giraffes08

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

I truly enjoyed this vacation cruise. Thanks to Cookie, Komang, the Violin players, and many other people who work SO hard on this ship, it was an awesome experience and I would definitely recommend it to friends and others. Thanks to all the people who work so hard on these ships in order for us to have a great vacation!

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1 year anniversary by medevack1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Magic / Destination: Caribbean - Western

We always choose Carnival for our cruise this last one was extra special because we were celebrating our 1 yr anniversary. The entire staff was amazing, the entertainment was awesome we can't wait to go again on carnival. 

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