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  1. 11 hours ago, Sue Goodreds said:

    I think it's fantastic that you made this post and are willing to do this!  I'm excited to be boarding Magic for the first time on 1/18/20.  I'm curious to see HOW long the lines are - buffet, shows, comedy club.  I know to go into it with a lot of patience - but I think seeing a visual might help.  I would also really like to see how crowded the Alchemy Bar is - that's our favorite spot!  I would also love to hear your general review of the Magic.  Thank you for taking the time to do this post for everyone.  🙂  I'm really looking forward to following it.

    We sort of recently have cruised the Magic and I was extraordinarily worried about the lines, and the only real line issue was with the buffet where the Mongolian Wok is and then the pasta station.  Otherwise, the complaints about the lines I think were a little overblown, and we sailed on a full ship 🙂 Magic is our favorite ship of all the cruise lines we've been on.


  2. We cruised on the Caribbean Princess a handful of years ago (maybe like 3 or 4?) and I was happily surprised to see a good mix of ages!  My kiddo had a ton of kids her age to play with and the pools were FILLED with kids.  We went in the fall, I don't recall it being a school holiday, definitely before Thanksgiving, so I was really expecting a subdued low key crowd.  


  3. On 11/2/2019 at 10:51 PM, slmiller99 said:

    We are taking our 1st cruise after a week at Universal and have a couple of questions. Does anyone know of a company that would pick us up at a hotel near Universal Studios and take us to Port Canaveral or should we use Lyft/Uber? Does Carnival enforce the 1 bag per person limit? We have 2 bags each because of the length of our vacation. The bags will fit inside each other once we have unpacked so we arent worried about storage space in the cabin. Thanks!!

     

    Carnival doesn't have an one back per person limit; anyone who told you that is sooooo wrong.  My kiddo always brings two bags, and then I have one 😄 do need not worry about that.

    We like to hire a private car you can hire a shuttle through Mears, or Orlando Limo Ride (all but one time we have used them they upgraded us to a limo from a towncar which is always a fun time).  We also have rented cars from the airport, but that's then an extra step going from Universal to MCO to the rental section to the port (annoying).  


  4. On 11/6/2019 at 10:09 AM, ham_bone said:

    My son is flying into Orlando (MCO) at 6pm, the evening before we cruise out of port canaveral.

    Trying to avoid a rental car and a huge Uber bill if possible.

    Can anyone recommend a hotel in Orlando with transportation to the port? 

    Or maybe a decent hotel at the port with free shuttle to the port? 

    I have never been able to find a hotel in MCO with a shuttle to PC.  When we did this, we picked a hotel in PC with a shuttle to the port, and then rented a car, it was great and much cheaper than a shuttle (and a lot less stress).  You then also have the ability to pick up last minute things which was great, we were able to pack a lot less and just pick things up at the Walmart in PC.  We stayed at the Fairfield, and it was fantastic.  


  5. On 11/11/2019 at 7:17 PM, MyTMo777 said:

    Has anyone taken a shuttle from Orlando to Miami? Wondering if anyone has a recommendation of one to use and the approximate cost. 

    Probably Mears, but this is probably very expensive.

    I was able to rent a car from FLL to TPA for $47 with Fox Rent-A-Car; I had to pay for an extra day (so instead of AM to PM on 12/29 AM to AM 12/29-12/30 even though our flight is that night) which was much cheaper than a car service or shuttle from FLL to TPA.


  6. 5 hours ago, Eli_6 said:

    Just curious.  I am wanting to take a Norwegian Fjords or Iceland cruise and this isn't a route Carnival normally takes.  (They have one, but dates don't work.)

     

    I was looking at Celebrity and had a little sticker shock.  We like to do a Havana room, Vista balcony or Suite on Carnival and a comparable room on Celebrity is at least twice the price.

    You do get a good bit more though in a suite on Celebrity.

     

    When we did Alaska, we were in a Neptune Suite on Holland America and it was by far the most wonderful suite experience; the rooms were quite similar to the Grand Suite on Carnival, BUT the service was insane, we had access to the steakhouse as a private dining room for breakfast (best breakfast ever), concierge, lounge, amazing stewards that doubled up as butlers, unlimited laundry service, in room dining from the dining rooms, basically anything we wanted, we had access to.  Things that just don't exist on Carnival.  My kid loves Carnival though, so I pay the silly amount for the suites but on other lines, once you get to the top tier suites you are getting an entirely better suite experience. 


  7. On 11/8/2019 at 12:19 AM, matymil said:

    This will be our 9th cruise coming up but 1st with our new baby. He's going to be 16 months at the time of sailing and just have a few questions for those that have sailed with babies before.

    Did you use a stroller or carrier?

    Stroller was much easier and less of a hassle.

    On 11/8/2019 at 12:19 AM, matymil said:

    Did you do a private or group table in the MDR? Also did you do the early or late dining?

    We were with my parents, my older kiddo, my sister, my brother in law, and their then 19-month old, we had a big table for us all and did my time dining; we were able to actually be sitting down and eating before the crush for the early dining. It was great for the baby.

    On 11/8/2019 at 12:19 AM, matymil said:

    Did you have your baby sleep in the bed with you or have a pack n play? (or something similar)

    Pack n' Play--so much safer, my nephew is a climber, and he would totally have never stayed on the bed.  Cabins also have to be baby proofed.

    On 11/8/2019 at 12:19 AM, matymil said:

    Did you use the nighttime baby sitting service?

    We did not... but my sister and BIL had my parents and me to watch the baby sleep, and it was fine.  When my kiddo was little (4-5) we did the baby sitting service, and it was totally fine.

    On 11/8/2019 at 12:19 AM, matymil said:

    Did you pack new outfits for everyday or do laundry on the ship?

    We packed woolite and washed anything we needed for the baby in the sink.  It was super easy and less drama than trying to do wash ourself.  We also packed a lot of baby clothes in everyone's suitcases' free space.

    On 11/8/2019 at 12:19 AM, matymil said:

    Any other advice or tips you would give to someone sailing with a baby for the first time? Thanks! 🙂

    It's going to be a fun time, but it'll also be super tiring.  Try and keep a similar schedule.  I've been traveling internationally with my kiddo since she was very small, and even now at 15 we try and keep a similar wake/sleep cycle so we don't get cranky and miserable.  Always try and nap and sleep at the same time, and if not, just be patient.  Make those memories mama! 


  8. I'm guessing if your kiddos are in the room next to yours, one is at least 21 (and can therefore totally board on their own, and if they screw that up... well... they should know better) or your partner/friend/spouse is in one room with one child and you're in the other room with the other child.  

     

    in either of these situations, they aren't going to let anyone board, they obviously wouldn't let a minor board alone, but there is no situation where a minor would be in a stateroom alone without a 21+ booked into that room.  

     

    With that said, I randomly grabbed access to FTTF last night, so it's still totally possible. 


  9. 7 minutes ago, N7786W Flyer said:

     

    What makes you say that?  I've used gift cards LOTS of times to pay for gratuities online. 

     

    Not trying to be argumentative, just curious as to what roadblock you've run into in the past that would make you come to that conclusion.

     

    Garnett

    I wish I had a good answer as to why, except that after I wrote out a step by step on how to do it, and then added a bunch of photos along the way, when it came time to pay, the only options are for credit cards and PayPal, there is no gift card place to put it in.  That's why I said that--see the attached photo 

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  10. I think it depends where you are.  Our spring break next year is early--the week that you are going away, and then a long weekend around Easter.  I think most schools outside of the northeast have spring break in March though... we are in school until June, so ours is later than the rest of the country that seems to get out in May.


  11. On 11/3/2019 at 9:16 AM, Countrygurl said:

    After cruising RCI last year, we went back to Carnival with a cruise on the Magic to St Maarten, St Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk.  After having cruised Spirit, Conquest, Glory, Vista and RCI Adventure, I think the Magic is my new favorite ship.

    My parents are HUGE RCI people... they also really love the Magic; they were trying to hop onto our trip this winter, but I nixed it, this is a do nothing kid and mom trip.  

    On 11/3/2019 at 9:16 AM, Countrygurl said:

     

    While I won’t write a full review, I will say we enjoyed the size and layout of the ship.  Guys burgers and bar-be-que did not disappoint.  The other food was just ok.  Not real good, not bad.

    I love the size, it's like just big enough to not feel crowded, but not so big like you get lost (which I've experienced on NCL and RCI).

    On 11/3/2019 at 9:16 AM, Countrygurl said:

     

    We noticed that personal service has slacked a bit in the 2 years since we’d sailed Carnival.  While it did not in any way negatively affect our enjoyment of the cruise, basically if you wanted a drink you were going to stand at the bar for it.  Wait service in Ocean Plaza, Red Frog Pub, and atrium was non existent.  Also a noticeable lack of personal service with our room attendant.  Poor Patrick just seemed to have so many cabins to take care of, we just left him to his duties and tried not to put anything additional on him.  He gets an A+ for keeping us clean and stocked with ice.  
     

    Overall a great cruise.  We enjoyed the ship and the itinerary.  Happy to be back to Carnival but will sail RCI on occasion depending on itinerary.

    Interesting about the service, but I wonder if they aren't as fully staffed during the slower seasons.  I'm interested to see how it is in a few weeks when we are on the Magic.  


  12. On 11/5/2019 at 11:33 PM, JohnMich said:

    If I purchased cruise cash is it good to use for drinks and pictures? Or would I need to purchase cruise cash bar and cruise cash pixels?

    always buy cruise cash (NOT the bar or the pixels one) and it is basically like buying a gift card for all your shipboard expenses. 


  13. 1 hour ago, azvacationgirl said:

    Yesterday I purchased social media, water and chef’s table for our cruise next week.  My card was charged, but I never received a confirmation email.  Is this normal or should I call them to confirm.

    I did this yesterday too, I did eventually get a confirmation e-mail (like 2 hours later).  I just checked, and its' still not showing up under my planner, BUT it is showing up under "Booking and Order Details."  I always print that all out (I buy a ton of cruise cash and water and stuff) and bring it with me, so if there's ever a question I have proof.  I would print out that page of your CC statement so that if there's an issue they can rectify it.


  14. 38 minutes ago, bakersdozen12 said:

    I’ve never heard of the Chef’s Table being something you can purchase ahead of time. It’s always been that you email your request and then you receive an email confirmation if it’s confirmed. They charge the cost to you S&S account the night of the dinner. 

    You can do it all through the cruise manager now; I was able to book Chef's Table, the Steakhouse, and the Italian spot on the Magic and pay for it.  It's great to not have to worry about payment later. The only thing NOT charged is gratuities.  


  15. If you didn't buy trip insurance, which you don't state that you did, then when you bought your cruise fare, you agreed to their terms, which are, if you don't cruise and cancel after a certain point in time, you don't get any refund.  

     

    You can't call them soulless for you not reading the contract you agreed to.  I am 150% certain you never thought you would need cruise insurance.  Unfortunately, without it, there's no reason they should give you anything.  


  16. You can have the exact same experience with YTD as with early dining.  When we get stuck with YTD we always go down to the dining room at the same time as the early seating, and we request the same server each night; usually after the first night of telling them you want the same table and server you do get them without having to ask.  

     

    I booked my Christmas/Hanukkah cruise around the same time you did, and neither YTD or early dining were available.  We booked really late for the holiday season.  


  17. I like to live debt-free and credit card-free, but as a single mom traveling with my (with a now teenaged) daughter, I always buy cruise cash before boarding and then give them my credit card and never worry about a huge bill, and don't have to worry about carrying a large sum of cash on my person.  I figure out how much cruise cash is needed for gratuities, bingo, about how much for drinks, specialty dinners, and then some extra for whatever the teenager wants, and then at most I'm charging 100 or so on my credit card.  It's a seriously less stressful way to vacation, I never have a huge bill at the end to worry about, and I'm not basically taking out a loan to pay for my vacation by using a credit card.  

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