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  1. I have kind of a stupid question. Does anyone know if when the ship docks is the port side always facing the port or does it depend on how the ship is "parked"? My son really wants to see the port as we pull in. Thank you in advance
  2. Can my cruise experience be enhanced by sailing on one ship over another? What tangible activity/experience will be improved? I understand that crew will change after Covid-19. But with that in mind, I have listed/ranked, ship provided experience with preferences that can guide your discussion. Once again, thank you for your critique. Entertainment 1. The Punchliner Comedy Club is the most important experience for us. We enjoy a laugh late at night prior to retiring for the evening. We prefer the rated R comedy. Can you comment on the comedians on each ship? 2. The Stage Shows is the next important experience for us. We enjoy the Rock and Roll shows after dinner. We tend to sit on the second row and immerse ourselves in the action. Can you comment on the quality and impact of stage performers on each ship? 3. Karaoke is the another important experience for us. We enjoy watching fellow cruisers butcher songs. The host and venue makes or breaks the experience for us. Can you comment on the karaoke venue and host on each ship? 4. Casino, does any Carnival ship still have a Poker Tournament with cards instead of a computerized table? Dining 1. The Main Dining for dinner in with set dining is the most important dining experience for us. We enjoy an engaging waiter and quality food. In the past, we enjoyed a decent cut of steak and a tasty chicken breast. Does the food quality vary by ship? 2. Guy’s Burger Joint and Blue Iguana Cantina have been a tasty experience for lunch. Does the food quality vary by ship? 3. Does Carnival still offer a dining room breakfast? Does it depend on the ship? Does any ship offer something above and beyond what another ship doesn’t offer?
  3. Always a head scratcher......What day to book the Steakhouse. I know the first night out is too crazy, and don't want to miss the formal night.....too much to do on last night. What's a good night to do the SteakHouse and not miss out on something grand in the dining room?
  4. Considering a Spa Balcony on the Magic- deck 12... is the balcony covered? Also, I've found one picture and it appears the front is open a bit- wondering about privacy & wind issues. I'm aware this cabin shares a wall with the gym, but I don't believe that will be an issue for us. Any pictures or information will be greatly appreciated!
  5. Has anyone ever had a balcony on the Magic on the Lido deck? Was it noisy or otherwise undesirable?
  6. Today was the day i was to start my 6 day Magic Cruise from Miami. We had priority boarding and a case of water waiting for us in the room. This was our 2nd cruise on the Magic in a year. I MISS CRUISING !!! 3 ports and 2 days at sea. Shows, Dinner, Casino and being pampered for a week. I MISS CRUISING !!!. I hope a few others of you will add your thoughts. Matt
  7. I’m looking at a cove balcony aboard the Magic on deck two, but I’m concerned about noise because it’s under the main lobby. Do you hear a lot of noise from the theater, dance floor and both dining rooms?
  8. Anyone have the Fun Times for the Magic 8 day that goes to Half Moon, Grand Turk, Aruba, and Bonaire? TIA
  9. Does anyone know if the Grand finale Slot Tournament June 6 2020 Magic has been rescheduled or Cancelled ?
  10. Originally won a seat for blackjack on the may 9 cruise on the magic which I was not going to be able to make, with the corona virus that cruise is cancelled of course, sent an email to ocean players club asking when it was rescheduled to. Turns out it is now the October 18 sailing of the Breeze out of Fort Lauderdale , 6 days. If you are thinking of rescheduling you have to contact them by April 9, only three days left !! Hopefully this helps other blackjack tournament seat winners !!!!!
  11. We’ve sailed the Sunshine and the Horizon. Given canceled Radiance, we are now looking at several options. Magic out of NYC 2021 looks like a good option for us- given that my husband and I are trying to vacation sans child, and we do not want to sail during her school vacations- it looks like we are putting this off for another year. Also, not a deal breaker, but are there refrigerators in the inside cabins? How are the beds?
  12. DW and I are booked to sail on the Magic out of Miami on August 1st. This itinerary is reversed from previous sailings we have done. As such, we are not certain which nights would be the "formal" nights on the ship and we are hoping for some assistance so that we can plan out restaurant reservations. The itinerary is as follows: DAY (1) Miami; (2) @sea; (3) @sea; (4) Aruba; (5)Curacao; (6) La Romana,DR; (7) Amber Cove,DR; (8) @sea. Any assistance from the well traveled masses is greatly appreciated.
  13. Husband , myself and another couple ( lifelong friends) flew to FLL 2 days prior to embarkation. We stayed in a Air B and B - two bedroom apartment about 10 minutes from the downtown Las Olas Blvd. area. In the past we have always stayed at FL Beach, so I was a bit skeptical about this. No need to worry- the place was wonderful! Clean and tidy in a quiet residential area . We were a ten minute walk from Southport Raw Bar and a 20 min walk to the heart of Los Olas Blvd and the Riverwalk. And the price was a FRACTION of the price of just one night lodging at FL beach! There also was an IHOP, a Walgreens, and a Starbucks a 5 min walk from the apartment. Uber to Los Olas Blvd ( when we didn’t feel like walking) was 4$ one way. Uber to the beach or the big Galleria Mall was about 10$ each way. Uber from FLL airport was 20$ for an XL. The morning of the cruise dawned bright and sunny! We walked to Starbucks for a light breakfast and then to Walgreens to get our 12 pack of Diet Coke and big bottle of sunscreen. We like to travel with carryons only so we just wait and buy anything over 3 fluid oz when we a get to our destination. Uber to the cruise port came right on time at 1130 . We had the best driver . He was from Venezuela and talked about coming to America 7 years ago and how horrible things in Venezuela were and are. He works 2 jobs here and stated - “ USA is 100% perfect compared to Venezuela. People here don’t understand how good they have it”. Amen! Embarkation was very very smooth, we didn’t have a suite or Faster to the Fun, but it took maybe 15 min tops to get thru all the checkpoints. We did have to fill out a health questionnaire because of the Corona virus issues that were beginning to be an issue. We walked into the beautiful green atrium lobby and felt as if we were back home! Our most recent cruises were on RC and MSC and this was our 7th Carnival. We definitely feel like Carnival provides the best all around service and amenities and ports for the price. This was our first time sailing on the Dream class of ship, so we enjoyed exploring a bit before we went to lunch at Guys Pig and Anchor deck 5- very good BBQ! At 130 our cabins were ready. We had side by side balcony rooms on Deck 8 Mid- right by the Atrium glass elevators. We loved this location! It was so convenient to the Lido and the atrium activities. We used the stairs alot, but it was nice to have the xtra set of elevators right near our room as well! Activities: loved the Dive In movies, the nightly entertainment and the comedians! Simon London the cruise director is phenomenal- he was everywhere and interacted so well with all age groups. The piano bar entertainment was excellent. The violin trio in the atrium- excellent. The entertainment each night and day in the atrium was so well attended with each level ringed with people enjoying the music, dancing, trivia, etc going on below. We especially loved the huge cantilevered hot tubs on deck 5- there was always room in them. After muster drill we went watched sail away as we soaked and enjoyed the view- just fabulous. Food : The options on this ship were wonderful. Guys burgers, Blue Iguana taco place, Pizza, 24 hour soft serve, Deli, buffet, Italian restaurant above the buffet, the steakhouse, and of course the dining room! We tried all of the above! Main dining service was fine -we ate there every night but one, service was timely and we loved the choices. We ate lunch twice in Italian restaurant ( it’s free for lunch and a great respite from the buffet crowds) . Steakhouse once ( phenomenal), Sea day brunch twice( slow but excellent) Guys burgers ( many times) , Iguana once for breakfast ( so good) Pig and Anchor twice . Ran out of time and stretchy pants to eat at Deli! Lol. Oh we also ordered room service pizza for $5 which was delivered very fast from a super friendly employee at 1 am! Ports: Half Moon Cay: (Bahamas)the white powder beach! The crystal clear water! The island buffet! The little trails! We loved HMC. The only thing we didn’t like, and we will try to tweak this next time. Is how long it took to get back on a tender to the ship, to get off the island. I have never in any of my cruises waited in line as long as I did on half Moon Cay trying to get back to the ship. It was terrible. It was like being at an amusement park in endless lines to get on the brand new roller coaster that just opened. Zig zag lines back and forth for at least 45 minutes. It was about 2pm when we went to get in line and last tender was 3 pm. So maybe next time we will try to get one of the first tenders off the ship onto the island and leave earlier to get back on the ship… Grand Turk: ( Turks and Caicos) Gorgeous and easy and cheap! No excursion needed. We went away from the crowds to the right of the pier and got a clamshell and 4 loungers on the beach right by the Grand Turk sign!! It was the perfect place to spend the day. Snorkeling was fab and the shops and restrooms were right behind us! The beached whale bar had great drinks and snacks and lots of beautiful scenery. We loved this day! Amber Cove( Dominican Republic): We woke up in the morning just as we were sailing into Amber Cove- wow! This very moment was worth the entire price of the cruise. Amazing scenery right from our balcony. Our friends went to the dolphin excursion thru Carnival and loved it! We went into Amber Cove and “hiked” up to the SkyBar to see awesome views of the port and have a drink. Then we watched the zip liners, and walked down to the pool area. By this time it was about noon and the pool was packed with every chair taken. So we shopped and walked around port, read about the history, and my husband went back on the ship while I shopped some more- we also loved our day! We went for a swim in the ship pool back on board. Debarkation was very smooth. We did Self, and the whole process took about 45 min. We spent the day at FL beach on the main strip enjoying the sun and restaurants ( even with our luggage) until it was time to Uber to the airport. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Magic. Of course great weather really helps, but the entire ship experience for us was wonderful - especially when you consider the price point . The entire ship was spotlessly clean, public restrooms every time, hand hygiene very much encouraged and maintained at all times. A cruise ship in my opinion is one of the safest public places because they KNOW how to clean and what to do to help prevent mass outbreaks- the cruise industry has been so focused on this for so long. Stay strong everyone. We all WILL sail again❤️
  14. Hi I'm looking for the recent fun times for a 8 day southern Caribbean, grand Turks, aruba, bonaire, half moon cay. Thanks
  15. We were booked on the Radiance transatlantic sailing in June which has inevitably been cancelled. Looking for a cruise in 2021 we see that Magic is scheduled for a transatlantic in May. We've looked at the photos in the Cruise Critic review of the ship and the interiors look very dark. The design theme on board looks a bit weird, like the atrium came from the set off a scary movie or theme park ride. All dark green with bloodshot eyes stirring down at everyone. The itinerary appeals but the decor of the ship is off putting. Can anyone who's sailed on Magic share their thoughts please. Thanks
  16. Does anyone know if the Breeze or the Magic got to Grand Turk? Or did they also bypass it for Nassau?
  17. Cruise was great but the Virus problem definitely affected the cruise and it certainly was not the same as my other 22 Carnival cruises. Grand Turk would not allow any passengers from the ship to enter the island and we were docked in port for a few hours while they reviewed the matter. In the end, the Magic left the port. I did get flu like symptoms for about the last 3 days of the cruise. Yesterday I went to see my doctor and he says I do not have symptoms of the virus but only of the flu which is very similar. I understand that there were some other people on the ship who had the same flu like symptoms. Food was very good and for the first 4 days, I ate well. After that sparingly. During the last 4 days, all food was handed out individually by a server and you could not help yourself to any thing except the drinks. They did not want you to touch any of the utensils. I don't think most people realize the extent of the problem being faced by the Cruise Lines. We sailed out of Port Everglades and there were about 5 other large cruise ships in the port. It was announced that we had over 4,000 passengers. Multiply that by 6 and we have a grand total of 24,000 passengers leaving the ship and also another 24,000 boarding the ship for a grand total of 48,000. There were also about a dozen or more freighters so let's add another 1,000 for a grand total of 49,000. Then there is Cape Canaveral just North of us with cruise ships. Just a few miles South is Miami with probably even a bigger total. A few blocks from the Port Everglades and you have the airport to add to the problem. Now let's add all the ports from the other states. As you can see, this is an impossible situation to resolve and is probably too late anyway. And that was just Saturday so you can add the other days of the week which may not be as large a figure but still adding to the problem. Do I have the answer? No! Not much of a review because of the virus problem, but it certainly has an effect on every thing taking place on the cruise. Getting on, getting off (maybe!), eating, available ports, on and on it went. Just hope we can get though this problem without any future problems. Got a cruise scheduled for 2021 and 2022 and I am not sure what to expect.
  18. Anyone know which dining room the Your Time Dining uses?
  19. Just back from Carnival Magic Leap Day cruise. All in all, a great cruise. Cabin 9256 balcony--great location. Quiet for the most part. A little noise from neighboring cabins using their outdoor voices in the hallway, particularly the last night. Embarkation was a breeze. We bought FTTF due to early flight out of MIA, so needed to be off ship in Port Everglades quickly. We were onboard by 10:45. Cabin wasn't quite ready, but that's understandable due to being onboard so early. We didn't meet our cabin steward until midway through cruise. We were only given morning service--no choice given. We were fine with that, but wish we had at least met steward and been given a choice. Cabin was kept very clean--no complaints about that at all. Toilet wouldn't flush on second day, but that was due to plumbing problems on deck above. It was quickly fixed. On the third day we came back to a terrible sewer smell, but that disappeared in about five minutes. That was the extent of our issues. We heard cruisers on deck 10 complaining about plumbing problems lasting for most of cruise. We ate most of our evening meals in MDR, and we thought food was really good. Lido buffet seemed to have fewer choices than on previous cruises, but there was plenty of food to keep us happy. Guy's Burgers was, as usual, heaven on earth for DH. Pig and Anchor BBQ was delicious. We were disappointed with the Seaday Brunch menu changes, but the Aft deck BBQ sandwich was absolutely delicious. Coffee bar was inconsistent this time compared to our other cruises. When Florin made the drinks, they were spot on, but otherwise it was hit and miss and the misses were sometimes pretty bad. Room service coffee is usually great, but not this time. Playlist performers were somewhat disappointing. "Flick" was probably our least favorite show of all we have seen. America Rocks was entertaining, but the vocals weren't that great. We only caught one comedy show. The first female comedienne was really funny, but she left in St Maarten. Weather was very windy and chilly until we got to St Maarten. Our port days were all very nice weather. Tortola was one of our favorite ports of all time, and we enjoyed St Maarten. We have been to San Juan several times, and can see the progress made since we sailed on the second cruise out after the hurricanes. Skipping Grand Turk was a disappointment, but totally beyond control of Carnival. Glad to hear the two passengers in need of evacuation were gotten off the ship, however that was accomplished. We were given $100 per person refundable OBC, which was incredibly generous IMO since Carnival had no control over the situation. Crew worked very hard to keep everyone happy and entertained. I know that updates were not as timely as we would have liked, but after learning that they were fighting to even get the pax in need of medical services off the ship, that is totally understandable. We were all safe and sound, so the captain/crew were handling things as they should have. I was disappointed in the behavior of several of our fellow cruisers over the situation , but most handled things with a good attitude. Simon London is now one of our favorite CDs. Always out and about and full of energy, and didn't feel the need to be on the intercom any more than necessary. We sailed with friends we "met" on the old Funville forum. We have emailed daily for 7 years, and finally met in person. We had the best time ever, and this cruise will be remembered as the best ever!!!! We did the early FTTF disembarkation carrying off our own luggage. It went smoothly. We had Carnival transfers to MIA, and arrived in plenty of time for our 12:25 flight.
  20. We were on the Sunrise in September and there was a new brunch menu that we didn’t care for, does anyone know if this is fleet wide? More specially asking about the Magic. thanks!
  21. Currently on the Magic. Supposed to dock around 10:30. We arrived about 10. It’s now 12:15 and we have not been granted access to debark. CD and Captain have both made announcements. The last announcement was by the Captain saying they were having talks with the local government and the CD was on the phone with Carnival Corp in Miami. Spotty internet as expected. Anything in the news yet?
  22. We just returned on Saturday from a 6 day on Magic. There were some things that Carnival did really well and others, not so much. Embarkation - We had the 12:00 to 12:30 check in time. Our shuttle from our hotel only had the 10AM slot open, so we took that. Arrived at the port and it was crazy with passengers just getting off the ship. We went to check in and it went very quickly and efficiently. I believe we were aboard around 11AM. Dining - We immediately went to the barbeque on deck 5. there was no line and plenty of seating. the food was good. We ate our breakfasts in the main dining room. Food and service were always good. Went to the Italian place one day for lunch. Very good! We did Guy's for lunch one day. Good burgers and fries. The rest of the days we were in port. Never did eat at the buffet except for the chocolate extravaganza. What's not to like? We ate dinner in the Northern Lights dining room. We had assigned early seating. This normally takes place in the Southern Lights dining room, but I emailed the maitre'd and asked to be seated as mid ship as possible as we have some in our group who are sensitive to movement. I was very pleased he placed us in the mid ship dining room. However, the meals were very hit or miss. Some nights the food was excellent and others just average. Our waiter Joseph and his assistants were excellent! Room -- We had a mid-ship balcony. Our steward asked if we wanted morning or evening service. I asked for both and he accommodated us with stellar service and attitude! Entertainment -- This is where Carnival seemed to falter. We had four different shows but with the same cast. The Carnival singers and dancers were OK, but seemed to be trying too hard. A lot of screaming instead of singing. The quality is just not up to the standards of other cruise lines we have sailed. The Comedy club was good! Saw two different comediennes and enjoyed them both. The Love and Marriage show is always a hoot! Ports - LOVE Half Moon Cay. Grand Turk was good, although we didn't get a chair at the beach. The locals were charging $50 for 2 chairs with umbrellas. We found spots at the pool and enjoyed that. We stayed on the ship at Amber Cove. Just felt that lounging on the ship would be less hassle and more relaxing. Disembarkation -- Did self assist. We were at the airport by taxi at 7:30. Overall thoughts. - I can't say I didn't enjoy our cruise. I just think we're more in tuned for a more upscale experience in dining and entertainment. I still think Carnival gives you the biggest bang for your buck, but you do get what you pay for. I'm ready to try Princess and see how it compares. if there's something I didn't mention and anyone has questions, I'd be happy to answer.
  23. Happy Hump Day, So what would you pick I would love some input, raves and rants on these ships please! Summer Cruise for a family of 5 (2 adults, 13yr, 10yr and 6yr old) We don’t have to pay for flights because we live in central Florida. We don’t mind visiting the same port again. We are pretty laid back and just enjoy the cruise and we usually explore on our own. Carnival Horizon: 8 day cruise Miami, 2 sea days, Aruba, Bonaire, La Romana, Amber Cove, sea day $400 more One room: Family Harbor Suite Mid ship deck 1 We have been to Amber Cove. Carnival Magic: 8 day cruise (we have been on the breeze) Miami, 2 sea days, St Marteen, St Kitt, San Juan, Grand Turk, sea day $400 cheaper 2 rooms: One porthole and one door down a ocean view. Front of the ship.. like first rooms on the 1st deck. We have been to Grand Turk and PR Thank you!
  24. I’ve browsed some reviews but most don’t have the info I’m looking for. My husband and I sailed carnival once 7 years ago on the Freedom. We didn’t love it. Food and entertainment were not as good as we’re used to with NCL. We are looking to cruise the Carnival Magic in August with our 4 year old. Is the Magic a good ship for kids? Has the food gotten any better in 7 years? [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  25. I was just watching my local news when they made the announcement. We will get a Carnival Ship for 5 yrs namely the Magic. 12 cruises at this point. Not sure of the exact schedule but I will definitely be taking a trip. https://www.13newsnow.com/article/life/norfolk-makes-a-five-year-deal-with-carnival-corporation/291-12573b7b-b5e2-4d71-b08f-c9a20cb64d66
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