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  1. An Uber to Sullivan's Island would be the way to go. It shouldn't be too much from the port, and I highly recommend Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island for food after your Ft. Moultrie visit. Uber is super easy to get here and you'll hardly have to wait at all (especially downtown and near the cruise port, and when there's a ship in port). I don't know anyone who uses taxis. 


    If you don't want to leave the peninsula, downtown Charleston has some amazing restaurants and you could uber or take a pedicab. 

  2. If you want to go to the Steakhouse, you should go. Do not worry about what anyone else will think- what matters is if you're comfortable with it.


    If you don't want to go alone, you could wait to make a reservation, then talk to your MDR table mates on the first night and see if anyone else wants to join you there later on in the week?

  3. How was the show? Were the singers good?


    I liked it. I liked all the live music on board in general, and I found myself singing along in the show. The entertainers in general are very talented- they're performing and doing something that I can't do- and that most people can't do- and I give them credit.


    I've been to Cirque Du Soliel, Off Broadway plays, etc, so I don't compare cruise ship shows to what I've seen on land- and paid a LOT of money to see. It's worth going to see before or after dinner.

  4. Any newer updates on this?


    We cruised on the Magic June 23-30, and the Horizon was docked beside us in Grand Turk. The SkyRide was definitely open then. My husband and I secretly wished we could sneak on the ship and try it out- it looks like a blast.


    I can certainly understand why it was closed if Carnival had ANY doubts though.

  5. Casino never called my name either!


    I think you should've tried to crash that crew party :). Glad you got your pizza, and I do think that is a great area and place for a crew party. Glad Carnival did that for them. It's been a rough few weeks on the ship with them missing St. Thomas a few times and the propulsion issues, so I hope they'll get another party soon.

  6. On my last cruise on the Magic, it didn't have the numbers for Carnival to schedule one. The roll call thread was very inactive though, so I didn't expect it to make.


    On my October 2017 cruise on the Ecstasy, the M&M had maybe 10 people show. I enjoyed it- we had a great conversation with one of the entertainment staff guys as well as the hotel director. I really appreciated how they took the time to chat with us. You can go to larger meetups from another social media network, but those don't have ship staff members coming to them. The M&M always feels special.

  7. I'd love to do a New England/Canada itenerary. I live in the south and have only done Caribbean, since that's what's within driving distance for us. I've never been to NY or any of the ports on the New England/Canada cruises, so it would be all new to me. Just gotta convince the husband to go for it and let's fly to NYC!

  8. The Magic should include "America Rocks," one of Carnival's Playlist Productions. That particular show includes a live six-piece rock band.

    Here's a description of that show: Get ready to rock with this explosive song and dance spectacle featuring hits from folks like Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, The Cars, Pat Benatar and even Blondie. A live six-piece rock band amplifies the show.


    Just got off the magic and we saw this show. Can confirm there was a live band during the show.

  9. Thanks for reading along on the blog, I'm loving your comments! I hope your time on the ship was just as "Magical," although I did read your comment about St. Thomas being cancelled for you too! :mad:


    Our cruise was wonderful! I was bummed about missing St. Thomas for a bit too, but I still had a wonderful time, the best vacation I've had in a few years. I am loving your blog and reading through your Vista review now; makes me want to do a Southern Caribbean cruise!

  10. Thanks for your review. I’m new to Cruise Critic.

    We were on the same cruise and were equally bummed about St Thomas and agree that the OBC was not enough. I realize it covers the port taxes they didn’t have to pay, but what about my lost embark day including pre paying for Cheers for the lost 1st day.

    We made the best of it but had hoped Carnival would have been a little more equitable given it was their own propulsion system issue.


    I definitely think they should have reimbursed you guys more. You basically lost a day of your cruise and had the itenerary changed- plus, you had to worry about the propulsion issues on the trip. We were on the cruise after you guys and also missed St. Thomas and had the revised itenerary, but I was glad we were at least able to board on time.

  11. Thanks for your review! We were docked beside the Horizon in Grand Turk and it looked like such a beautiful ship. I was on the Magic. Now I want to go on the Horizon! I wanted to sneak onto the ship for a few minutes just to do the sky coaster ;).


    I saw John Heald's Facebook live this morning about the Groove for St. Jude and think that's really awesome, I love how viral the giving went with people donating thousands of dollars.


    Also it was really nice of you to offer to switch staterooms and Carnival to let you guys do that.

  12. I absoultely love the Indian vegetarian dishes. They change every night, too. My meat-eating husband was jealous of my Indian food both nights. I do like the root vegetables in the pie crust as well, and the spanokopita isn't too bad either for a vegetarian dish.


    The Tandoor has some good options- get the sauces on the side to spice things up. The Deli also has a wonderful tomato, mozzerella, and arugula sandwich that I liked, got it grilled and it was delicious.


    Also Guy's Burgers has a veggie burger; you just have to ask for them to make it at the counter. It takes around 5 minutes but is so worth it.


    The only vegetarian dish I didn't care for was the Masala Dosa on the breakfast menu... just wasn't a fan. But there's tons of ways to eat veggie at breakfast on a cruise. I just didn't order it again.

  13. Today was a sea day and the casino had lots of activities going on to keep their premier guests occupied this afternoon.


    10:30AM: Snowball Drawing

    12-3: Fireball Raffle (open to everyone with at least 100 points)

    4: Matilda the Cash Cow




    I spent most of my afternoon here hoping to have my name called. I didn't :(.


    I wanted to play Matilda too! I love the little song they play when they bring her out. I don't gamble, but my inlaws do and they took us on the cruise. Our names were never called either :(.

  14. :)


    I ordered the mac and cheese with bacon.




    This was just not as good as I remember. The bacon was too soggy, although that is probably a personal preference, and the noodles were just blah.


    For dessert I had the double chocolate brownie.




    The food this trip was off to a rough start at least in the dining room.


    I loved that mac and cheese- I ordered without bacon though (I don't eat pork). I actually thought the sea day brunch mac and cheese was better than that in the steakhouse.


    I did not care for that brownie so much... just didn't like the granola on the bottom. The little chocolate muffins at the sea day brunch were amazing, though.

  15. Yeah, there was never a line. 648 people in line at guys. None at tandoori. The deli also rarely had a long line.


    In fact, I didn’t encounter long lines this cruise.


    Honestly, Guy's was the only line I remember the whole cruise.


    Then I discovered the deli's fries. I also loved the tomato, mozzerella, and arugala grilled sandwich at the deli.

  16. You can now have your room serviced once or twice a day. Previously, it was always twice a day. I understand why they ask because I think some people would rather have just morning or evening, as sometimes the cabin steward might wake someone up from sleeping in or an afternoon nap. On our last trip, we didn't meet our steward until Day 3. Our room was serviced 2x a day, we weren't actually asked.


    Room service costs after 10 PM, some items cost during the day too. Some things are still free. The Taste bar is gone as well as the sushi bar (not sure when this went away because we skipped cruising for a few years to buy a home and take a land vacation, sometime between 2012 and 2017 though). Taste bar and sushi were small though, and to me no big deal.


    I noticed that the crew members seem a bit more overworked in the last couple of years. The stewards have more rooms, wait staff has more tables, etc. The service is still amazing, and they don't let it get to them (or at least, they don't show it around the guests).


    You'll still have an awesome time on your cruise! Sure, a few things have changed, but I'd rather lose a couple of small things to cut costs than pay more money for the cruise. It's still a great bang for your vacation buck.

  17. We were on the same sailing.


    I really enjoyed the Tandoor as well as the Vegetarian Indian selection in the MDR. No, I'm not vegetarian, but with the number of Indian staff members on board, I trust them to get it right ;). The sauces at the Tandoor were so good and we loved the fish on that bar as well as some of the veggie selections. Plus, there was never a line at the Tandoor.


    I hope Carnival doesn't get rid of it but I could see that happening with the lack of use, unfortunately. I never saw anyone order the Indian selection in the MDR either, but when I did people at my table said it looked good and always debated ordering it the next night (but they never did).


    I also found the Lido deck slippery, especially near the pool, and was super glad not to wake up to Cookie's announcements this morning. Seems like all the cruise directors make more announcements than they used to a few years ago, so I'm not sure if it's just him or maybe a Carnival thing.

  18. You mentioned the site that "shall not be mentioned". Now you have to walk the plank ;p


    I joined both on my last cruise and posted a few times in the CC thread.


    The last CC meet and greet I attended on my October 2017 cruise was great, though. I'll always join them on here and HOPE that they don't get canned due to lack of signups. It was small but that was better to me, you got a chance to meet people and the officers who came were super nice. At the CC meetup, my husband and I had a long chat with the hotel director. Carnival brought some snacks for us and welcomed us all, and it was a very nice gesture.


    It was really sad the CC meetup didn't make the quota for my last cruise.


    The other meetups are well, disorganized, unless someone steps up to the plate to do it. Last week, I was confused about both the meetup time and the meetup venue, since the group created an event using another time zone and the location was "Red Frog" (the ship had a Red Frog Pub on Deck 5 and a Red Frog Bar on Deck 10). The FB group itself was fun for talking pre and post cruise, though, like the CC threads usually are.

  19. Just curious...did the Indian dish come with Naan bread? If it does, I may have to bring mango chutney! Seriously, I’m crazy about Indian food!


    It did not come with Naan bread- that was the only thing missing. The tandoor had naan bread and a lot of sauces and chutneys; I don't know if they have mango specifically but they had a good selection, probably 6-7.


    The tandoor food changed each day and I think the Indian food in the MDR changes every night as well (both nights I got it, it was different).

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