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  1. cindik

    Magic or Horizon

    Both have Southern Caribbean itinerary. The Magic sails from FLL, the Horizon from Miami. Magic ports are HMC, Grand Turk, Curaco, and Aruba. The Horizon sails to Grand Turk, La Romania, Curaco. and Aruba. Looking at Dec. 2019. Please help me decide! The prices are similar.
  2. ctsharpie05

    Carnival Magic

    New to Carnival (and have only been on one cruise previously). We will be sailing on the magic. My phone and IPAD are too old to download the HUB app. Can I make ressies for the MDR in person and will the daily activities be delivered, on paper, to the stateroom? Basically, will not having the HUB app be an issue?
  3. wenocancer2

    Just off the Magic

    Hello All, I want to start out by saying this review is my opinion. Someone may have been right next to me on the same cruise and have had a totally different experience based on their likes/dislikes. This is my perspective and I’m just stating my opinion in hopes it will help fellow cruisers with ideas or answers to questions or concerns they may have. On this sailing, it was my husband and me, my daughter (21), my son (18) and my sister and brother-in-law. Embarkation: We received notice the day prior that they would be fixing one of the gangways so all assigned arrival times would be delayed by one hour. We had 12:30, so now we had 1:30. My husband and I are Platinum so no worries. We didn’t have a choice of arrival times with our shuttle from our hotelm so we ended up getting to the port at 12:30 any way and walked right on. We were able to take our kids into the priority line even though they had their own cabin and are adults. My sister and her husband went in the regular line and actually got on the ship before us. Oh well. Ship: I loved it! Thought the décor was awesome. Full of Caribbean blues and greens--just what I like. It made all the areas bright and tropical to me. Loved it all. Now, what I didn’t like was that we had a balcony on Deck 8 and the smoking deck was below us. Many, many times when we were on our balcony, we could smell smoke. Also did not like that on this type of ship, you are looking down at a deck, not the water from the balcony. This also means that people on that deck (which includes hottubs) can look up at you on your deck. Gone are the days of going out on you balcony in your underwear or less! My love of the décor outweighed the negatives though, so no problem. Sure there is wear and tear in areas around the ship, but nothing bad at all and staff was very good at cleaning up. Staff: Loved MarQ, the cruise director. Upbeat and full of joy and seemed to really care. On the last night in the lobby after the lip sync battle, he was performing and found a lost little girl. He didn’t miss a beat in his ability to look after this girl while looking for her parents and entertain the rest of us. Seems like a real good guy. Lots of energy. We had Your Time Dining and the wait staff was very attentive as well. Some delays, but they are busy, so I don’t complain. I’m there to relax so resting between courses is sometimes a welcomed opportunity. I will say we were (like many people are) disappointed with the attire allowed in the dining rooms. Especially baseball caps. Really? My son even suggested that one level of the dining room be for those not dressed appropriately, and the other level for those who are. I just really don’t need to see your long underarm hair in your tank top while I’m eating my filet mignon. Food: Not disappointed at all. But again, it is such a welcome to not have to cook or cleanup for meals that honestly, it doesn’t take much to impress me. It was a joy to watch my kids try different things and discover new tastes. We ate lunch at the Italian restaurant, which was good. Simple, but good. We also had dinner at the steakhouse one night. Fantastic! Entertainment: This is really all dependent on your taste and style. I didn’t see all performers, but the violin trio was great. The piano bar (Greg the Piano Guy, I think) was good, but kind of a one-trick-pony. All the songs kind of started to sound the same. The dancers and singers were definitely not what they used to be. First thing to do to improve it would be to increase the number of dancers. You should not be able to watch a show and think to yourself “Hey, where is that other male dancer?” because you know there are 8 and that’s all you got. Singers were fine. Nothing to write home about, but they did their best. We had seen the shows before, so after the second time watching the same 8 people on the stage, we stopped going. Ports of Call: Belize-In our opinion, if you don’t have an excursion planned, it doesn’t really pay to go ashore. They don’t want you venturing out beyond the shopping area at the pier so it was like walking in a small area of shops that was way too crowded. We have been to Belize before and did an excursion and that was fine. Wouldn’t get off the ship without one planned on any future cruises. Cozumel-Been there several times. We were at a different pier this time. It was fine, spent the day shopping right at the pier and at Senior Froggs. Had to do some walking to get there, but that was not a problem for us. Grand Cayman-We did the Escape Room on our own and had a blast. We love those! It is totally within walking distance and they were all ready for us and even let us start early because we got there early. I would recommend Locked Inn Escape Room to anyone who wants to try it. We just e-mailed them and set everything up. After that we went to Royal Palms. Crowded but nice. Much smaller than I expected, but was a beautiful afternoon, none-the-less. Roatan-Fabulous! Couldn’t have loved this more! We spent the day at Infinity Resort, which we booked ourselves as well. Kenny our driver took us all around the island which was like driving through a rainforest. Just gorgeous. The resort was beautiful. Exactly like the website looks. We all had massages at the Tranquility Spa right within the resort. Glorious! Best massage I ever had. My kids went out snorkeling on the reef. That was their favorite part of the cruise. Of all their cruises actually. My daughter said she would even consider visiting this resort directly. I think that summarizes most of what I wanted to capture. If you have any questions about what I wrote or anything on Magic, don’t hesitate to ask!
  4. Kshecruiser0524

    Setting Sail on Magic

    We are going on the Magic in just three weeks! I would love to hear what everyone thinks of this ship. What were your favorite things to do? Anything we should avoid or that people didn't like? Tips, tricks, favorite spots? I would love to hear it all. We are so excited!
  5. DebbieMo

    Magic Funtimes?

    Anyone have recent fun times for Magic? Looking for the food section on 1 sea day and 1 port day but would love to see the entire Funtimes if possible. I did google and most recent I found was from April 2018 but I’m looking for one within the last 3 months. TIA
  6. akmom1heck

    Magic to Sensation

    In 2017 my family took a spring break cruise on the Magic for my son's senior year of high school. Well, 2020 is my daughter's senior year and we are looking to go again. The only cruises I can find that fit our spring break timeline are on the Elation and the Sensation. The Sensation is to places we haven't been yet. My question is, will my family be disappointed by an older ship since their first experience was on a newer one?
  7. valandemmy

    January Movies on Magic

    Trying to see if there are any movies to plan for. Thanks,
  8. ctsharpie05

    Carnival Magic Questions

    I know when you fly your passport has to match your booking 100%. Well, carnival keeps cutting off the last letter of my husband's first name on our booking. Will this be an issue? I can go in and edit it, it will show up, I hit save, and it disappears again. Also, are there printers on the Magic? I will need to print my airline boarding passes while on the ship.
  9. rtucker0123

    Carnival magic & events

    I'll be on the Carnival magic in about a week here I was wondering if anyone who has sailed on it recently knows if there is a all white party? I'm trying to find out if I need to bring (buy) a white dress
  10. richbum

    All Things Magic

    Hello everyone....We are getting ready to book a cruise on the Magic...and I am having a hard time finding information. I have found a couple of reviews....but any hints, tricks, or whatever about the magic would be helpful....I want the good, bad and ugly!!! We have cruised once on Carnival...but our friends are cruise virgins..... Thanks in advance......
  11. Can anyone confirm if lunch is still served in the Italian restaurant free of charge? Much appreciated!
  12. Hello everyone! I guess now that the Cruise bug has bit me, I should go ahead and start posting and not just lurking 🙂 My wife and I have sailed on the Legend, Freedom, and Conquest, and now have a May 11 trip planned on the Magic in a Junior Suite. I have heard some great things about this ship, and am really hoping our favorite cruise director (Malcom) will be on it as well. As for my questions for those who have sailed recently on the Magic: 1. Do all of the cabins have the new-fangled power switch at the door to control the power in the room (requires a card)? 2. I read a review on here about the Punchliner on Magic requiring "tickets". Is that true, or is it first-come-first-serve like the other ships we've been on? 3. I noticed they have a pool table on board (AWESOME)! Is there a charge? Do they hold any tournaments? That's all for now - I am CERTAIN i will be posting some more, plus doing what I can to contribute to some of the "answering" too 🙂 Thanks in advance!
  13. Wondering if any recent Magic cruisers can help. My DH was watching a review of new things on Carnival in 2018 and came across a 'Family Zone' for dining on Embarkation day. At the time of the video I think it was being tested on one Valor or Liberty, and I am wondering if it still exists and has moved fleet wide. We're sailing on the Magic in March and are always looking for a quieter option for lunch. As a side note, we love the Italian restaurant for lunch on Embarkation day, so if 'family zone dining' isn't a thing, we always have that option for a quieter lunch. Thanks!
  14. Some people are saying the second floor on the magic smells bad. Is that true? If not what floor were you on?
  15. Hi, is there sushi bar in Carnival Magic? Interweb have some pictures dated May 2018 showing sushi bar on deck 5. Maybe same as salad bar? Can anyone confirm that? Or do we have to make pre orders from Fun Shop?
  16. Hello all I've checked for the behind the scene tour for my upcoming Magic cruise May 25. I do not see it listed in the excursions? Is this still offered? Is there a certain time I need to check for this tour? Thanks
  17. On magic in March. I was reading information and tips, but was wondering if it's true that there half off specials at Red frog pub and casino bar for very limited time. Any recent cruisers? Thanks
  18. CruisingMom77

    Carnival Magic, 2020

    Anyone who tried MSC and believes that Carnival is better than MSC? If so, why? We were on the MSC Divina last year (7 night Eastern Caribbean), tried Disney (5 night Western Caribbean) 4 years ago. We loved both, but Disney is now way too expensive for our budget. We truly enjoyed the Eastern Caribbean on the Divina. But we mainly cruise for the itinerary. No loyalty to any of the cruise lines (yet). Looking at 2020 cruises the 8 night Southern Caribbean on the Carnival Magic out of Miami looks especially tempting to us. We are a family of three. Our son will be 10 years old around that time. Is the Carnival Magic family friendly? How is the food? Family activities? How are the pools?
  19. I am considering Carnival Magic 7 days to Caribbean in February for my husband, myself and kids ages 3 and 4. I am currently looking at cove balconies in Deck 2. I have not been able to find the legend to understand what those symbols next to the cabin numbers mean - specially the black square. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  20. Let me know if you have any questions on the ship or the ports. Cruise went to Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan and Cozumel. Few thoughts... * Yes, the internet is as bad as everyone says it is. Verizon Travel pass is such a great alternative when in port. * Did private tours in both Belize and Roatan, felt safe at all times. Highly recommend Manawakie Park in Roatan to see Sloths and Monkeys. * Overall experience, service, food, entertainment was good, not great. Overall an enjoyable cruise but not a lot of Wow moments. * Ship did have some smell in the halls as many others report previously. * Pig and Anchor decent food, main point here is 2 lines, don't stand in the long one, go to the other side. * Disappointed that the Sports Court closes everyday from 5:30-10:30, right above Cucina. * Guys and Blue Iguana are always great! * Lito my room steward was amazing!! * Did a Junior Suite for the 1st time (room 9205), it was amazing!! We usually travel 3 in a standard room. Benefits aren't over the top but space and layout was priceless. 9205 is very front and easy access to the "hidden" public space on that deck. * Priority boarding was easy, dropped off by Uber at 10:37 out front, eating at Pig and Anchor 30 minutes later. Debark was the same, carry off started at 7:00AM and dropped off out front of airport with in 30 minutes. * Comedy much more spacious then Pride and Sunshine, no issues getting seating. Comics were great! * Not a great ship for watching sporting events, no sports bar so they have just Casino TV's(too smoky) and a couple in Red Frog Pub. They did have NCAA football Chamionship on pool screen. Leave it at that for now. Try to answer any questions if anyone has any.
  21. Is the aft pool on Canrnival Magic still adults only? We'll be cruising in May and that's where we like to hang out most of the time. I heard Carnival was doing away with their adults only pools.
  22. We've been on a couple of Carnival ships that have a gelato station in the buffet area. Does the Magic have one?
  23. Do the TV's on the Carnival Magic allow you to plug in a USB flash drive and play videos stored on it? We're going on the Magic for the first time, but I know older ships in the past haven't allowed this. We were able to on a recent NCL cruise, and really enjoyed watching some movies we brought along. Thanks in advance! DaveNetMan
  24. We are taking a family vacation in a couple months on the Carnival Magic. I have asthma which can be triggered by cigarette smoke and I understand that the Carnival Magic is one of the smokiest ships. Humidity exacerbates my asthma. Will I be allowed to bring a very small portable dehumidifier and small tabletop HEPA air purifier for my cabin? What if I provide a doctor's note?
  25. Hi we are doing southern Carribean on September 14th 2019. We booked through TA (deposit paid) and when we logon to carnival to look at shore excursions it’s blank and says ‘we are still organising excursions for your cruise’? Is that normal, never seen it before. Could it be something to do with booking through TA (don’t normally do that), thanks all.