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4.7

Amazing cruise by thaddaway

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Magic

Loved it and are planning to book again as soon as we can

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4.5

adults & 4 kids. Overall it was a great cruise. The casino was very Smokey - more than any cruise we’ve ever been on. Disembarkation was a nightmare! by mammamc

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

I’d definitely go on this cruise again but will avoid the casino and schedule a later departing flight.

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4.7

Carnival Magic 2019 by WCamacho

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

Fantastic time on the Magic! Good entretainment, deliciius food and nice crew also magnificent CD.

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4.1

Wonderful by maguilar6323

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

This is my first cruise for seven days with a family of six and we had a great time!

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4.8

I had a fabulous time!! So much to do!! The crew was fantastic as welll!! by sarahann4

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

Everything about our cruise was amazing. My favorite part of it was the crew, food, activities and our last stop which was Cozumel. I was honestly more excited about Belize but was extremely disappointed. Paid to go to a beach but it wasn’t even a beach it was a pool that they put sand around and the WiFi never seemed to work

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4.3

Amazing! by Dahn

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

This was our first cruise and we are hooked! Can't wait to go again... Carnival does an aging job of keeping you entertained! Food is off the hook and even though the dining room is fabulous you have to try the restaurants... They are over the top!

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4.1

Magic is Magic! (Sail date 7/28) by lislander

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

I loved this cruise sailing on Carnival Magic. It was just about perfect. The staff are awesome. Ports beautiful. I hope to be back soon!!

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4.8

“Magic” vacation! by Jami11

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

What fun, big, beautiful ship. The crew was very happy and helpful. Food was great as well as entertainment. Stops were amazing!

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4.7

One of the Best Cruise I have been on !! by Blake75

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

Carnival is always great, providing great service. Every crew member is always so kind and they remember your name, I am always happy when I book a Carnival cruise!

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16th Birthday Celebration Cruise by KatKat59

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

There were four of us on this 8-day Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise that consisted of two teenage girls, one who was celebrating her 16th birthday.  We parked at the Park-n-Cruise parking service where the people were very friendly and helpful.  We left out of Port Canaveral with travel to Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk.  The embarkation went smoothly - they moved the crowds very quickly - no problems and this cruise was sold out, so, you can imagine the number of people trying to board the ship!  Our room was on the Lido deck (10234), an interior room that felt like a sardine can once we all were in there.  There was limited space to get ready and we were always in someone's way.  Next cruise we will definitely take the size of room into consideration.

The room service was exceptional. Our room steward Komang and his partner were always available and kept our room stocked with bath and beach towels.  On our daughter's 16th birthday, they decorated the room and delivered a cake that I had ordered prior to sailing...she was thrilled when we entered the room!  They always greeted us with a friendly disposition.  The food on the cruise was exceptional wherever we dined and we tried to eat everywhere on the ship!  The Lido Marketplace is where we ate breakfast everyday because there was something for everyone - omelets, eggs/bacon, French toast/waffles/pancakes, fresh fruit, cereal and the list goes on.  It was great to sit by the window and have a wonderful breakfast as a family...very peaceful.  The coffee bar is a "must stop by".  The café latte was the best and the milk shakes were made with whole milk and ice cream - yum.  Guy's Burger Joint was great too!  At night we ate in the dining room.  My daughters liked to dress-up for dinner and feel like they were at a five star restaurant every night (me too).  We were assigned the Your Time Dining which worked out for us because we never can get ready by a certain time.  We were assigned a beeper on two separate nights which was a bummer, especially, when you want to be seated when you arrive.  The first two nights, our dining servers were exceptional and the food was delicious.  The next two nights, I don't know what happened, but, something was off.  Our servers were slow, we had no water to drink initially and my husband ordered a drink for our daughter (virgin Pina Colada) and it never arrived.  The second night there were no other tables occupied around us and the servers were someplace else...we felt like we were on a deserted island.  Luckily, at the half way point of our cruise, the dining service improved, but, nothing like the exceptional service of the first two nights.  As far as the onboard entertainment, the nightly show time events were really good.  My daughters enjoyed the singing and dancing that was provided nightly.  The onboard live musicians were very talented and so were the comedians.  We enjoyed the Bold Brass Sounds with Bell FX and followed them around the ship just to hear them play.  Another group was String Classics with Kudos Strings that played modern music on violins - loved them!  All of the live musicians were talented.

The Lido deck parties were fun.  The entertainment director, Dr. E, was the life of the party.  He was definitely entertaining and kept the crowd moving to the music.

The only negative thing I have to say about the onboard activities/entertainment is the pools are way too small for the amount of passengers onboard.  My daughters never got into the pool because they were packed.  I think there were approximately nine spas on the ship and half of them were unavailable at any given time.  I don't know if it was because of chemicals being added or maintenance, so, we didn't get to enjoy them because there was "no room at the inn".  I did play bingo and some of the onboard games while at sea while my family relaxed elsewhere.  With bingo, they advertised a large bingo cash win and once you were playing they announced you could only win this in 49 numbers or less.  During the entire cruise, no one ever one the big prize.  I think the bingo shouldn't be advertised as "$5000 Jackpot Bingo $", but, rather "Win $5000 Jackpot Bingo in 49 Numbers or Less".  One other thing - shopping. This ship was going to the Caribbean and the gift shop had trinkets from Mexico.  I understand the Carnival Magic sails to Mexico too, but, come on, we are going to the exotic Caribbean!  The t-shirts for the ports we travelled to were only available on the second cruise day and the day before the cruise ended, otherwise the shirts were from other ports of call Carnival cruises to. Also, I would liked to had more onboard shopping venues, but, I realize there is only so much room for shops.  Another point to make, the decorating on this boat was beautiful - from the colors, lighting, flooring, to the decorations on the walls!  We felt like we were in luxury everywhere we turned.  The full screen movie theater on the Lido deck was great for the girls and they played current movies liked John Wick 2, Passengers, etc.  The chairs were comfortable to watch the movies in and popcorn was provided...it was like you were at the drive-in.  At one of the ports, they decorated the chairs on the Lido deck with towel animals...a lot of effort and so cute.

The weather wasn't that great at the beginning of our 8-day cruise, so, in Aruba the water was a little choppy.  (Aruba is beautiful and relaxing.)  We still went snorkeling and had a great time.  Afterwards the charter we were on, provided a BBQ lunch on a deck that overlooked the ocean.  Two thumbs up on this excursion.  Our next port of call was Curacao.  We didn't sign-up for any excursions at this port because it was my daughter's 16th birthday and we thought we would enjoy the day and shop (her favorite thing to do).  We were all disappointed in this choice.  The shops seemed to all carry the same items at the same price, in addition to, hovering over you while you were looking.  Needless to say we hurried back to the ship to enjoy the rest of our day. Two thumbs down on this one.  Our last stop was Grand Turk and we signed up for the Horseback Riding and Beach excursion.  We all expected to go ride horses and then return to the beach for some relaxation by the water.  Needless to say that didn't happen.  We arrived at the booth about thirty minutes before the assigned time of 10:30 and waited.  All the other excursions had left and we were the last ones there.  Keep in mind the ship arrived at 8:00AM and we are due back on the ship by 3:30PM (not too much time in port).  The excursion rep loaded us on the bus with me thinking we are going to ride because it is hot now.  Wrong.  We were driven to a beach bar where we got off and were told we would be called when it was time to go horseback riding.  We waited for 1 1/2 hours.  My family and I didn't want to get in the water because (1) we were afraid we wouldn't hear the call to go ride from the beach, and (2) we didn't want to be wet to go ride a horse.  Our feeling was they wanted us to spend money on drinks and food at their bar was why the delay was so long.  When we finally went to ride it was great and we were able to take the horses in the water.  I just think that this excursion should of taken us to ride - which is what we all expected - and then to the beach.  Because of the order we did things in, I was only able to take a couple of pictures of the beach and load back on the ship.  One thumb down on this excursion.  Lastly, the internet service.  All I can say it was very slow.  Initially we purchased the social media package and for some reason my daughters couldn't get on Snapchat which was advertised as being part of the package.  No one could explain why.  We then decided towards the end of the cruise to utilize the Premium package to access websites.  The website wouldn't even load...kept spinning.  The other people around us were waiting too.  I don't know if it was the weather or what (extremely overcast) that was interfering with the satellite feed or not.  Two thumbs done on this one.  Overall, I would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting to go to the Caribbean.  My family enjoyed the cruise and the time we spent together making memories.

 

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Carnival Magic by lori5602

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

Nice cruise. Cruise director was exceptional.  Called him Dr. E  fun, organized, full of energy, positive found myself smiling every time he spoke. The entire crew was happy, helpful and kind. One of the best cruises I've taken

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Amazing by twestes

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

My favorite part of the cruise on Carnival Magic was sitting on the balcony with my husband and just relaxing as we watched and listened to the ocean.

We loved the staff. They were so very helpful and friendly. They anticipated our every need. Our server each night at dinner, Henry would literally run up to the lido deck just so that I could have my milk with dinner.  He was so fantastic. I was ill and couldn't make it to dinner for 2 nights and Henry inquired about me. 

Our room steward, Yusep was the best. He would always be at our beckon call.

Always chatting with us and asking if we were gonna make memories. 

Loved the Islands and the people on them.

The ship was gorgeous.

The only thing that was a little disappointed with was that there was very little seafood and not alot of variety of seafood .

I would still recommend cruising on this cruiseline and on the MAGIC.

 

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Carnival the cruise line for fun by PatsyTittle

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

I've cruised on multiple lines Celebrity, Holland American, Royal Carribbean and Carnival.  Carnival is definetly the line for fun, always something to do.  However I have issues with the way they handle photo purchases, should be some sort of package deal.  Also a reminder to guests purchasing alcohol that they will have to carry it off the ship on there own. In addition the showtime theatre did not have much in the way of entertainment except a couple of nights. Also closing the buffet in the afternoon is an issue for the folks that take excursions and get back after 2:30 to eat, that was also an issue on boarding day, we arrived early but by the time we got aboard there was no food to be had.

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Loved the ports -- Rough, rough seas by ksouza

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

We loved all three ports we visited on this cruise.  But the weather at sea was very rough.  High winds meant the adult area on the ship - Serenity Deck - was closed two of the three days we were sea. We had to use the hot tubs on Deck 10 and the two on deck 5 which were overrun with children and pre-teens doing cannon-balls into the hot tubs and splashing around like they were in a swimming pool. Their parent were nowhere around.   That was the most unenjoyable thing about this cruise. We were disappointed that Carnival didn't do a better job making sure the kids on the board were reined in by their parents.  

 

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4.9

Senior Trip! by sydneyltaylor

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

Absolutely amazing! Other than the storm on the last day, the weather was perfect (not that anybody can help the storm lol). There is so much to do on this ship that we always had something to do. The food is amazing and they have different specialty buffets every day which was awesome! I recommend this ship to everyone!

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What an awesome trip by race21cals

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

Had a great time on the Carnival Magic, we are planning our next cruise already. I would recommend this trip for all ages. The dinning was great. The food amazing no matter where we ended up. The buffets were always plentiful. The fruit was delicious. I enjoyed several surarfree desserts that were a deligtful change. The entertainment was always enjoyable.The outside theatre movies were fun as well. Enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. A truely great expierence   

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Fun Cruise on a Fun Ship by Trottea8

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

I choose this rating for many reasons. This was my first cruise, and with all of the recent issues with Carnival, I was concerned, but from the moment I reached the airport to the time I disembarked the boat, I felt extremely well treated and pleasantly surprised. To start, the cruise was very affordable compared to similar boat sizes. The boat had a ton of activities, with a nice ropes course, fun water slides, and great adults only areas. We were sold on the 1 week spa pass, and it was certainly worth its cost. While not always AMAZING, the food was at least decent, and usually excellent. Lunch always had several options, and I particularly enjoyed the option of indian, stir fry, or burritos. Dinner always had pretty good options, and some nights it was absolutely delicious, particularly a few steak dishes, and the seafood. A few nights they missed a bit on seasoning or cooking time, but I always was able to find something. The staff was always kind, engaging, and willing to help. The cruise shows were very good, especially the magic shows and comedy shows. I felt like the cruise was ran well, my needs were met, and if there were issues, they were dealt with accordingly and promptly. I would certainly go on this boat again.

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4.2

Quick getaway by 41pearl

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

Easy boarding and leaving the ship. Food was average for a cruise as well as dining room service. Stage shows were very good. Plenty of seats available at pool, shows, bars. Even the elevators were easy to use. Halfmoon Cay was a BIG disappointment. Carnival should be ashamed of themselves and try spending a little $ to improve the facilities. I would NOT return to the island. It was comparable to being in a big tourist beach on labor day. Much to crowded and we were the only ship visiting at the time.

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3.7

Is it magical? by Liono2020

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

Less crowded experience I believe this is the best time to go. Everyone has to get tested before they can get on the ship.

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4.7

Best cruise yet! by merlez

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

Last sea day was a little rainy, but it didn't matter we had a great time on board and off. Service was incredible the other guest were so kind and amiable and Simon London is the best Cruise director ever. Loved this Magic cruise. It lived up to its name!

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