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About Moonstruck705

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Chattanooga, TN
  • Interests
    CRUISING, Baking, Reading, Going on adventures with my fetching husband & our three rowdy puppie
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Roatan <3
  1. KW/C, no doubt! Caveat: my hubs and I were super nervous on it first cruise (funny to think back on that now ha) and we wanted a cruise where the ports were not so far away... so we did Nassau/Freeport on a 5-day. It was underwhelming, although we loved the ship and our time together. The ports in both places are small and not very impressive. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. Hi all! DH and I booked an ocean suite on the Sunshine on the 12/14 sailing. Question for anyone who has done a Sunshine suite recently - do the balconies only have chairs or a chair/1 lounger combo? DH loved having a plunger on our Magic suite balcony. Most videos I’m finding show chairs only but are also a bit dated (2012/2014). Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  3. Yes totally! There are so many perks. The ship is less crowded, so it’s a great time to use the pool and hot tubs. The food lines are shorter. We always build that in on cruises, because there is often a port we’ve been to or we don’t really care much to explore (read: Belize, for us). Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. DH and I almost always use a cruise-length spa pass when available. We enjoy the spa heated loungers and steam rooms every day and doing so has become a part of our cruising ritual. One thing I’d add, though, is that it depends on the itinerary. We sailed on 7-day Magic Eastern with four days in port and we had excursions at each port. That cruise, we did not utilize the spa as much and I regretted getting the pass a bit — we did it enjoy it on sea days and one port day in afternoon — because of the expense v use. I also agree that Magic spa is not my fave, although I thought it was fine. I love the Dream spa and my absolute fave was the Splendor. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. On Magic a few weeks ago, our room steward gave us a card with his info on it and we used that in the light switch. Just a paper business card. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. Yes @ Margaritaville! I was very surprised. We hit the John Glenn side of the beach first because of the crowds and there were rocks everywhere under the water. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. To be honest, I was not impressed with the service. The drinks were fun and the vibe was always good but the servers were meh. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Teknoge3k: I ate so many Guy’s burgers I am ashamed to admit the number! Ha :) My first ship with Guy’s ... such a treat! The menu that night was a factor in our selection of Steakhouse night 4. I will say that the next night we weren’t thrilled about dinner in MDR and it ended up being my fave meal (except lobster) - portobellos with spinach and butternut squash. I have done FTTF before, esp if cruise has tender ports. We didn’t this time and expected to wait. We probably did just get lucky :) Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. The Who: DH (age 30), baby brother (age 28), my parents in-law, and me (age 30). The Where: 7 day Eastern Caribbean aboard the Carnival Magic (Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, & Grand Turk) Cabin: Ocean Suite 7355 The in-laws enjoyed an aft balcony on Deck 6. Dining: Your Time in the Northern Lights Overall? I would love to sail on the Magic again. Embarkation was smooth! We arrived at port around 10:30 and were on board by 11:30. Our suite was ready for us when we arrived on the ship. I’ve read others have had different experiences with suites being available at embark, but everyone at port indicated such to us. We were thrilled! We booked a suite because my brother joined us and we wanted the extra space with three people. I hope to sail in a suite again, although for only two people it is hard to justify the expense, to me. We loved the bigger balcony. The tub was so-so...I’d prefer a regular shower. My in-laws were not pleased with the aft, and we agreed it was not ideal. My MIL uses a scooter and it was a long “commute” to the aft. More than that, though, the price you pay for aft gets you very little extra space. There’s not much shade in the back of the ship. Also, it’s difficult to see the ports when you’re headed into a new spot. DH and I are canceling our aft balconies for Christmas/NYE after seeing theirs. Would not recommend. The Magic is an awesome ship. Red Frog Brewery is so cool, as are Guys and Blue Iguana (seriously, get a breakfast burrito!). I loved the Alchemy Bar. Ketut and his team served us dinner every night, and he also worked in the Tides bar during the day. We loved him. He learned our ordering habits and took superb care of us. I highly recommend his team to future dining guests. Our CD was “cousin” Cookie. He annoyed me, at first, but by the end I was a believer. He made me laugh and also showed great compassion during a few on-board medical emergencies. Impressive. I watched a few of his shows in the atrium and just loved them. The spa was beautiful. We enjoyed a spa pass, although with such a busy itinerary, we didn’t use it as much as I’d like. It was my fave spa (compared to Dream & Splendor). Steakhouse dinner On our fourth night we hit the steakhouse. Having dined on other ships with excellent service, the Magic was a bit of a let-down. This steakhouse is small and the servers seemed very awkward. We were rushed at times, and then neglected. The new menu is fun, though. The chocolate sphere was pretty gross - a puddle of chocolate. My in-laws did the art dessert and that was very fun! Cheers! We opted in. It was my bro’s first cruise so he wanted to sample everything. We definitely got our money’s worth. Casino — seemed small-ish to me. Not sure if that’s the case. I prefer the Dream or Splendor casino. Ports: Amber Cove - DH and I did a resort VIP excursion last time at this port, so we decided this time we would stay in port and have a pool day :) It was very relaxing. St. Thomas - we headed to Sapphire Beach while the in-laws stayed in port and shopped. We booked through Carnival and that was a MISTAKE. The transportation getting to the beach was absolutely insane, driving way too fast over mountain roads and hitting debris. The beach itself was beautiful; I recommend water shoes. We found our own cab back to port and ate the cost. That was fun, though, because they took us through Charlotte Amalie and we saw more of the island. San Juan - my fave port of the trip. The entire fam took a taxi to Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Magical. There’s a small cost ($7 pp) to enter the fort and look around. Then we walked to Barrachina, home of the pina colasa, for food and cocktails. Grand Turk - this was my fave port on my last cruise but I was bummed this time. We arrived in port in the early afternoon so the beach and pool were very crowded. The pool area has limited seating; areas were designated “reserved” and subject to a $35 charge for two chairs. We wandered for a bit but couldn’t find anywhere to settle in and just went back to the ship. Any tips are appreciated! Upside: Horizon was in port with us and it was exciting to see the new ship. I’m happy to answer Magic questions. :) Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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