We had a wonderful Western Caribbean cruise last week. There were 8 of us. The following are my thoughts and my thoughts only.
The ship: the Magic was beautiful. We always saw someone cleaning. Most venues were easy to access. There were some lines, but we learned fast which venues and times to avoid.
The crew: we met our steward soon after they opened the rooms on embarkation day. That was the last time we saw him. Don't get me wrong, I dont have to have daily interaction with our steward. I just found this unusual. I chose evening service and that was fine.
We ran into some chair hogging on our last sea day. Chairs were saved with a flip flop for well over two hours. We complained to a crew member who did not want to do anything. She finally said she would put a sticker on the chairs, but the clock would start over at 40 minutes. I said never mind. They showed up 1/2 later and took their flip flops having never used the chairs! WTH?
Other cruise members were extremely friendly and helpful. I am waiting on a hip replacement so I used a knee scooter and a cane to get around. The crew was so helpful. One morning I had an officer get me a bowl of grits. I didnt ask, he offered. We bought a spa pass so we spent a lot of time in the spa. The spa personnel were friendly and attentive. I can't say enough about the thelossotheropy pool-heaven. My husband bought me a message for Christmas. It was wonderfu! Guess what!? She didn't try to sell me anything!
The food and dining. Ugh. I wish I could have some better things to say. We ate in the MDR most nights. The service was good, the food, not so much. The quality has really tanked. We had some good dishes, but it was hit or miss. We ate at the Italian restaurant one night - meh. I got linguini and clams, it was way too salty. My husband got the fettuccini alfredo, he said it was ok. Twice during the height of breakfast, they decide to clean the coffee machines. No coffee for breakfast! Because of my mobility issues, it was easier for us to eat breakfast on lido. They were constantly running out of food. One day they would run out of French toast. Another day, they would run out of eggs Benedict. (I always get this because I can get a real egg without having to go to the omelette line). They ran out of potatoes a couple if times. The answer was always the same "it'll be 10 minutes". They know its breakfast time, I would think they would have a back up. But, oh well, I survived.
The high spots were Guy's, always a crowd pleaser. Blue Iguana, and Tandoori. The pizza was ok.
Entertainment. Like i said, I had mobility issues so we only saw one show, it just wasn't worth the hassel. We saw Flick. We enjoyed it. We tried to get into a comedy show. Again, it was just too crowded for me to try to get in.
Anyway, like I said, we had a wonderful cruise. We are already planning our next one.
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