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  1. We went on Magic at the end of July. Did not get the internet plan, so can't comment on that. In Grand Turk, we got off the ship and walked over to Jack's Shack. Much less crowded and cleaner than the beach area close to the ship, and we enjoyed watching the famous Topher and Calypso (Jack's Shack doggie mascots) playing in the sand and water. I thought about renting a golf cart and driving around the island, but with two ships docked that day, the rentals were sold out. In Amber Cove, we did an ATV ride with Marysol Tours. Highly recommend them. Their employees were wonderf
  2. If anyone has any questions, I would be more than happy to try to answer them. I do have all of the Fun Times and Kids Club pamphlets for the cruise. I just need to figure out how to upload them! Thanks for following along on my review. The Magic is a great ship, and anyone that cruises on her will have a wonderful time!
  3. Saturday - Debarkation The saddest day of our vacation We had to be out of the cabin by 8:30. We got up, got dressed, and went up to the Lido for breakfast. We took our time eating and talked about what a wonderful cruise we’d had. I told my husband that it was strange that I had not heard any tags being called in a while. I’m not sure if you just can’t hear the announcements at the buffet? Around 9:30, I told him we should start heading down to the 3rd floor. At least that way, we would be closer to the debarkation deck. We headed down, and were told to sit
  4. After the show was over, we walked out from the theater to the atrium for the balloon drop. They had a DJ playing music. They counted down from 10, and released the net. All of the balloons dropped down on us! It was so much fun. After that was over, we went and got some pizza to eat, then went to the room to pack up and get ready for bed. Yesterday, they had set up a board at Ocean Plaza with numbered tags for the luggage. They had tags for early debarkation, and late debarkation. Since we were in no rush to get off the ship, I selected late debarkation. I finished packi
  5. We had been told at the kids club that the kids would be performing during the finale of the Lip Sync Battle. They had choreographed a little routine for each age group to perform during the intermission. The Lip Sync Battle was scheduled at 7:30, but they told us that any kids that wanted to participate should be there around 7:15. So we headed down to the main theater at 7:15. Danny was super excited to participate. Ryan wasn’t sure if he wanted to do it. My kids are so different from each other! Ryan is more reserved and quiet, while Danny is super outgoing… and very loud In the e
  6. At 6:00, we sat out by the pool and watched Lego Movie 2 on the big screen. That day was kids movie day. They played the Lego Movie, and the new How to Train Your Dragon.
  7. That afternoon, they set up a table just past the pool on the Lido, with balloons. You could blow up a balloon, put a little paper inside with your name and cabin number, and put the balloon on a big net. At 8:30 that evening, they were going to drop all of the balloons down to the atrium. They would also select one of the balloons, and the winning card inside would get a Carnival gift pack.
  8. Ryan had been wanting to try the Sky Course, but every time we went, it was closed. It was either too windy, or one time it was lightning. Today, he finally got to try it. He did the course twice. The inside course is easier than the outside one.
  9. Friday – Sea Day We had reservations for the Dr. Seuss breakfast at 9:45. It costs $5 per person. When I made the reservation, they had told us to get there around 15 minutes early. We headed down to the dining room at 9:30. There was already a line of people for the breakfast. A Carnival employee was walking around checking people’s names off a list, and telling them which table to sit at. At 9:45, they started letting us into the dining room. The tables had little cards with numbers on them. We found our table and sat down. The decorations were really cute, a
  10. We then continued to drive back to the ranch. Once we got there, the photographer gave us our thumb drive with the pictures. We thanked our guides and gave them a tip, since they had done an awesome job. The tour lasted a little over three hours. We got back on the pick-up truck, and were taken back to the port. Again, we had a long walk back to the ship! By this time, we were starving. But, I had wanted to text my mom to see how things were back home. I thought I was going to have to go to the pool area to get a wifi signal, but luckily a lot of the stores in the port are
  11. We left the residence, and stopped at a hill overlooking several mountains with trees. The guide told us that they filmed Jurassic Park, Part 1 in that area. Danny was a bit disappointed. He thought he was going to see dinosaurs, not just some hills We then continued driving, and stopped at the beach again. This time, we were told we would be there for around 20 minutes, and could jump in the water. My husband and Danny got in. Ryan and I just dipped our toes! We then dried off, and continued back towards the ranch. We stopped at a second private residence. They had several anima
  12. We then continued to drive, and eventually stopped at a private residence. Again, we were offered water and soda to drink. At this residence, they showed us how they made tobaccos, and coffee. We noticed several large windmills in the area. Our tour guide told us that a large, American company had recently gone in and started installing windmills to help with the electricity in the area. There is a photographer that follows you throughout the trip. He took excellent photos, and the price was reasonable. $40 for the pictures (they give you a thumb drive with pictures of only t
  13. Thursday – Amber Cove Before the cruise, I researched things to do in Puerto Plata, which is the closest major city to Amber Cove. I thought about doing the cable ride and touring the town, but my oldest had been asking about when we could do an ATV tour for a while. I thought this would be the perfect place to do it! Carnival does an ATV tour, but my five year old was too young to do it. After checking out several companies and reading reviews online, I decided to go with Marysol Tours. They allowed Danny to do it, and they were much better priced than the Carniv
  14. Hi there! Yes, I do have the Fun Times and the kids club schedules for the 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 year olds. I'm planning to add them to the end of the review. I just have to figure out how to upload them! Simon London was our cruise director. He was a lot of fun!
  15. Thanks! You will love it, she's a great ship! There was a band playing one of the nights in the Ocean Plaza area. I recall that they had brass instruments. I know they had music in that area every night, but I'm not sure if it was the same band, or if they had different ones playing.
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