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  1. Watermelonqueen99 is back with another review! Right now we're sitting at the airport, and yet again the female TSA agent got to second base with me, I got tested for explosives residue AGAIN, and all I've had to eat today is half a dry, burned Auntie Ann's pretzel dipped in some plastic fake cheese because FLL has a serious lack of eating establishments and the few decent ones are packed. There's a baby crying and a lady who won't stop cackle-laughing. So, for right now, I'm just holding this spot! I'll be back tomorrow evening with my first installment!
  2. Let me first say that we are not new to cruising...this will be our 22nd cruise. Granted it has been a couple of years since we cruised on Carnival and I am having a serious Senior Moment. Ok, so maybe mid Senior moment as I am only in my mid 50's. Anyway, we are on the Magic in November. I read on these boards that your sail & sign key will be in your mailbox at your cabin. This is where the "senior moment" is coming in as I can't quite grasp this concept. On our previous 21 cruises, you get your room key when you check in. You do the "bong" to get on the ship and then you are good to go. So, if your card is at your cabin and the cabins are not ready for a couple of hours after your board.... 1 - how do you get on the ship? 2 - how do you order drinks? Our routine is that we get on the ship. Head to the pool. Grab a drink and relax! Our vacation starts when we get our first cocktail by the pool If you are an early boarder, whether it is your tier status, suite guest or FTTF, you could realistically be on the ship for a couple of hours until the cabins are ready. Someone please help....I know it is not a big deal and we will have a great time as always, but my brain is hurting trying to figure this out. Thanks!
  3. Hello all! Have a cruise coming up on the Magic in 41 days and I am just trying to plan some stuff out. I have completed the check in process and my "scheduled" check in time is 12-12:30; however I know that I can check in early since I purchased FTTF. My inquiry is if anyone knows how early they will allow folks into the port. I have a fairly early flight that lands at 8:30 AM the day of the cruise and instead of having to Uber somewhere to just sit for an hour, I would like to head to the port as soon as I get my bags picked up at the airport. Any information would be great! Thanks!
  4. My husband and I are novice cruisers- one cruise last summer on the Allure of the Seas. We'd be cruising with 3 teens and a preteen, 2 rooms (unless we get a great deal on 3). Has to be certain dates so the ones that work as of now are: Legend out of Tampa- ports are Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize, Cozumel Magic out of FL- half moon cay, grand turk, amber cove Glory out of NOLA- Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel Prices are similar although the Magic is a day less. Ports are most important to my husband (and I know they can reroute us with no notice), ship is more important to me. Keep the kids in mind as well. Anyone have suggestions on which to do? I've read so many reviews my eyes are crossing. Pros/cons of any or all of these ships or ports? I know all of these will be a step down from Allure but also half the price (and no RC cruises fit our dates and are similar in price).
  5. Carnival Magic Review This was our first time aboard the Carnival Magic – and it’s my new favorite! It didn’t feel crowded, even with a nearly sold-out sailing. Great itinerary. So much to love! Quick facts: June 22 - June 30 (8-day cruise) Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Oranjested, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; 3 days at sea Family of four - two adults, two teens (14 & 17) Two cabin types Active when in port Foodies There’s much to describe so instead of a long narrative, I’m just going to break it down by areas. Embarkation Parking: Self-parking at Port Everglades is great. It’s $20 per day. It took my husband a little bit to figure out how to get to the entrance of the garage after he dropped us and the luggage off up front. Close to the entrance so it didn’t take him long to walk from the truck to the gate. Porters: We had been given embarkation time of 1:30 – 2:00 pm. We arrived at 2:30 pm. The porters stopped taking luggage at 2 pm which meant we would have to carry all our luggage onboard – and who wants to do that?! We had our SCUBA gear with us (and I may have packed 2 bags too many 😊) so didn’t want to haul all that around. I persisted with the port personnel and one older porter agreed to help. Just as we were getting ready to enter the terminal, a tour bus arrived – not sure why porters will just stand around and not help passengers because they’re done at 2 pm. Documentation/Getting on the ship: All went smoothly! Digital checking-in makes it quick, too! Our keys were waiting in the mail holder at each stateroom. Muster Drill: Loved that we didn’t have to stand outside in the muggy heat! We were assigned to the Showtime Theater. Actually, both 12042 and 11231 were assigned to the Showtime Theater, different levels. 😊 Cabins This year we decided that the kids (ages 14 and 17) would have their own room. We were able to get a balcony on Deck 12 (12042) and an interior room on Deck 11 (11231). The stairs are right by the rooms so easy access. My daughter and I were assigned to 11231 and my husband and son were assigned 12042. Well, those were the official assignments. My husband and I stayed in the balcony room (I requested an extra key for this room) and my son stayed with his sister and received an extra key to that room. Not a problem. Both rooms are considered Cloud 9 Spa rooms which means adults have full access to the Spa amenities, such as the Thalassotherapy pool, thermal suites, sauna, steam rooms, etc… You also get a complimentary Elemis scrub kit (one per Spa stateroom) and these rooms are given Elemis shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion. These products are wonderful! Cabin 12042 (see photo) – Balcony room that was very comfortable. A new feature for us was the use of a key card to keep the lights on in the stateroom. The light switch will not work without a key card (or any card) being inserted in a slot next to the front door. A good way to save energy. Balcony had two chairs and a small table. This is where we kept our snorkeling/dive gear. Bathroom is still cramped so I mostly used the showers in the spa instead (much better – large and terrific shower heads with strong water pressure). They also have several blow dryers in the spa bathrooms – great for getting ready. No electric plugs by the bedside so make sure to bring an extension cord or two. There is a small fridge and a safe box. There are three small drawers and three closets. Our room steward, Athikom, was very nice and kept things tidy. Decorations o Yes, we decorated our room and door. I used Command Strips and magnets, but did see many decorated stateroom doors that used tape. o Winner: Dry erase board – we kept a “Cone Count” – still talking about it. Bought it at the Dollar Tree. Used one Command Strip to hold on the door. (see photo) Cabin 11231 – Typical interior room, except it included the Spa amenities mentioned earlier -- complimentary Elemis scrub kit (one per Spa stateroom) and Elemis shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion. These products are wonderful! Just down the hallway is access to the Spa and Serenity area elevator (single, blue glass elevator) – this is separate from the general elevators. Also includes a small fridge and a safe box. · Alicia was the steward and she was fantastic. Example: Just as our debarkation number was called my daughter realized she had left her card in the room (two hours earlier). I went over to talk to Alicia and she had it waiting for us. 😊 More coming soon!
  6. This is my first post. I have been using this site for years to do research and it’s much appreciated. Here’s my two cents on my most recent cruise. We chose this cruise for our ten year anniversary trip. We liked the itinerary and the six days worked well for our schedule. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day prior and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel. We have stayed here before cruises in the past. It’s a nice clean hotel and is right at the entrance to the port so it’s a very short taxi ride. We left the hotel around noon and were on the ship within about 30 minutes. Smooth embarkation. We are not the type to be the first people on board the ship and I think this helps as we have not waited in lines for the last several cruises. Half Moon Cay was our favorite stop. We slept in and hopped on a tender after the crowds died down. This beach is beautiful. We found two chairs pretty easily and spent a few hours in the water. The water is crystal clear and the beach is some of the nicest sand you will find. Carnival has done a great job with this island. The one big complaint is getting back on the ship. We went back to the tender about an hour and a half before the all aboard time and found an extremely long line. We waited in line for well over an hour before getting onto a tender. I know there’s only so many tenders, but standing in the blaring sun for that long is a real downer after a great day. Carnival needs to at least put up some shades along the long path people line up on. Next stop was Amber Cove. We booked the Terracross Off-road Adventure through Carnival. Melvin our tour guide did a great job and this was an enjoyable excursion. We are experienced off-roaders and I will admit there was times it was a little annoying when stuck behind a first timer. But I knew that from reading the reviews. I give this excursion 4 out of 5 stars. One thing to note at this stop is that it didn’t seem like there was anything to walk to other than the typical cruise shops. Last port was Grand Turk. We had been to this port once in the past and was aware of the decent beach and areas right off the ship. We booked a cabana through Carnival at the Margaritaville pool. This was a nice relaxing day. The cabana was nice with cold A/C and a comfortable couch. Service was good and the food and drinks were just ok. Typical of these type of places. We had late dining, which we prefer. The only issue is that you miss most of the shows. We don’t mind as we don’t really care to go to them anyway. Our waiters were the best we’ve ever had. We absolutely loved the layout of this ship and what it had to offer. By far our favorite yet. We spent a lot of time on deck 5 and found ourselves in the Redfrog Pub often. Naomi is an amazing acoustic performer, and she is often in there performing. This cruise had an interesting crowd for some reason. We have been on several Carnival cruises and expect to see all different classes on board. This cruise was particularly low. I can’t quite figure it out. I know Carnival has no control over who pays to take their cruises. There was several occasions where my time was disturbed by disrespectful people. There was a very loud cabin above us. It sounded like they were letting their kid jump off the bed repeatedly. A couple nights this continued after midnight. Then there was a cabin two doors down from us. They partied in their cabin with loud music and numerous people several nights. I’ve never understood partying in a small balcony cabin. There is so many places on a ship that you could have completely to yourself if that’s what you’re looking for. I saw security there at least once, and that was nice to see actually. I have also never smelled so much marijuana on a cruise. We have smelled it on probably every cruise we have ever taken, but this seemed to be everywhere. Then there was the announcements. We love to sleep in on our cruises. Especially when we get the chance to leave our son at home. I don’t think sleeping until 10am is unreasonable on a vacation. For some reason the cruise director, Simon, loved to make announcements at 9am. Although they are in the hallway, they are impossible to sleep through. Carnival loves using their loudspeakers. It’s often to tell you something that 90% of the cruisers don’t care about. On night 3 or 4 we were woken by two announcements about ten minutes apart over the loudspeakers in the hallway at 4am. They were announcing a persons name and asking he call guest services. Then about fifteen minutes later they did it again two more times. This time they blasted it through the speakers in every room in the ship. I can only imagine these poor people that had kids sleeping. I understand someone was probably worried about someone, but come on Carnival. This is unacceptable. We all know the guy is passed out drunk somewhere or is in someone else’s room having fun. There was no reason for this. Overall all, I had some serious disappointments with this trip but we still had a great time. This was our 10th cruise. 8 on Carnival, 2 on Princess. We are at a point that we intend on cruising twice a year, as we did this year. Unfortunately, I need a break from Carnival. I was really looking forward to getting that platinum status in the next few years. I’m afraid my wife is set on being religious Princess cruisers after this. We shall see, perhaps we return down the road
  7. I will be taking a 6 night cruise in February and have never sailed from Port Everglades. The itinerary shows the ship returns at 8 am. I am looking at a 12:00 flight. DOes anyone know if the ship usually does get in at or before 8? Or what time you usually can be off the ship?
  8. We just got off of our first Carnival Cruise. We loved it! We had a cove. I am now attempting to book a cove and an interior next to it. The only options are rooms #2354 & 2348. Both are under the galley and the reviews for the rooms next to them are horrible. Has anyone stayed in these rooms or have tips for dealing with the galley noise? I feel like I am crazy for spending $3000 on a vacation where I may not get to sleep. I really want to stay on 2 but I need my room to be across from my kids and this is the only option.
  9. Can anyone who has been on Magic recently tell me if there's anywhere to get sushi onboard? I've read different answers when searching online, and the Carnival website doesn't list anything, but it also doesn't show the sushi bar that is on Liberty, so I don't quite trust it. Would love to hear from someone who was onboard recently!
  10. I am wanting to book Cucina for my cruise in September on the Magic but I want to do it on the second formal night. I just really do not care for that menu. Anyone know which night is the second formal night on the Magic's six day cruises? Thanks in advance.
  11. Last time I was on the Magic we docked at about 5am. Everything I got from Carnival is saying around 8am. Just trying to figure out the best time to grab a rental car and drive to Port Canaveral to jump on the breeze.
  12. I am curious about the aft facing cabins on the Magic. For those in the know, are they all the same width and length (not the wrap arounds). If not, which is best in your opinion? Thanks!
  13. What is the Sushi setup on Carnival Magic? I read a blog post from June saying Sushi was FREE? That doesn't sound right to me. Do they have a dedicated sushi bar or is it a cart setup at certain times? Does anyone have a menu?
  14. I am looking at a cruise for March 2019, and I have decided on an Eastern Caribbean to Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. The itineraries are both the same, with the Breeze leaving on Saturday from Port Canaveral, and Magic leaving on Sunday from Miami. Total difference between the two cruises is $260 (including airfare). What would you do?
  15. Good Morning - Just getting around to putting a review together of our cruise on the Magic May 11 - 19. Will try to get updates uploaded over the next couple of days but will start with getting to Fort Lauderdale and then on to the cruise. Happy to answer any questions anyone may have and will do my best to answer them. We are a couple from the D.C. area travelling without any additional cruisers or children, so I am going to be unable to answer anything related to children's activities! Day 1 Travel Day & Background This was our 10th or 11th cruise, have forgotten the exact number, and our 7th on Carnival. This was our first time on the Magic. My wife and I chose this cruise based on the itinerary and were not disappointed with our choice. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day early from the D.C. region and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express – Cruise/Air Port location on 17th street. We were able to find the hotel pick up area at the airport and were on our way to the hotel in less than 10 minutes. One note, the owner of this hotel has another hotel nearby (Four Points by Sheraton) and two vans, one for each hotel, so while the van might have the Holiday Inn Express logo and phone number on the side it won’t go to that hotel unless it is dedicated to it. We had issues with calling the hotel to get a pick up, kept getting disconnected, but the driver decided that he would take us anyways even though he was driving for the other hotel. The hotel has an old section and a new section, I strongly recommend getting in the new section as it was bright, modern, and where the pool and breakfast area were. The old section reminded me of a slasher movie setting and seemed really dated and somewhat gross. The hotel is great if you want to be able to walk to restaurants and a Publix grocery to pick-up last-minute items. Overall the hotel was good for the price. More coming later.......
  16. Just booked a cruise on the Magic for September 6-12 of next year going to Amber Cove, Grand Turk, and Half moon cay Bahamas. Anyone done this particular cruise (I’ve never been to any of these ports) and how do y’all like the Magic? I’ve previously been on the Dream (same class) in 2016, and the Conquest just a few weeks ago. we are on deck 2 ocean view. Curious about that as well cause I’ve never been below deck 6, I like being able to feel the ship rock, can you feel it that low? I’m so excited!!
  17. My husband and I are sailing on the Magic in December and one of our port stops is Aruba. I looked through the ship excursions and none of them jumped out at me. What would you recommend doing while we're there? This is my first time to Aruba.
  18. Hello those of you who have had Cove balconies can you please give me the cabin numbers of any that are the best for being quiet with no smells and those that are to be avoided.
  19. I know there's no Bonsai Sushi or Bonsai Sushi Express on the Magic. Can anyone verify if there is any location on the Magic to obtain/purchase sushi? Do they possibly carry it in the Lido? Thanks for any insight.
  20. My upcoming May 2020 Magic cruise out of Miami looks like a reposition cruise for the ship. Dropping off passengers in Fort Lauderdale to end their cruise then moving to Miami were I will be boarding. Ship is not scheduled to depart Miami until 9pm. So my question is what time will i be able to board the ship? Has anyone gone threw this and know how long it takes. No sense in flying in early or getting a room for the night if i cant board until 2pm? Who wants to sit in a terminal all morning waiting on the ship.
  21. Which of these is least crowded/best ship? Just got off Sunrise and way too crowded. The cabin adds on Sunrise stressed her too much. Many feel the same. Thanks for addressing the choice between the three.
  22. Does anyone know who it is? If they have any youtube videos or social media participation? My wife and I are sailing on the Magic in a few months and I'm just "researching" the ship and ports we are going to. thanks!
  23. Can someone tell me, is the wifi on the social plan a lot slower then the other two plans?
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