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Our Magic cruise, 12/4/11

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This is about our experience on the Magic, 12/4/11 - 12/11/11. This was my 3rd cruise & my hubby's 2nd cruise. We booked this with the CC group as it worked perfect with our schedule & we would be celebrating our 15th Anniversary during the cruise. We also booked this cruise about 18mths out, before we had even taken our 1st cruise Oct. 2010. :o We learned very quickly that we were making some great, wonderful new friends. :) Another plus that we liked, was of course since the Magic came to Galveston for the home port, it was perfect since we live about an hour from Galveston.

 

I will be including pictures & yes, there will be some of the food & drinks. :D If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask & I'll try to answer. I did also keep all of my Fun Times.

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So, thumbs up or down?? I keep hearing people putting down Magic and hope this isnt another negative review.

 

Did you love the ship? Iv seen it and personally thought she was gorgeous. Im beginning to feel in the minority.

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Prior to the cruise, we decided to meet with some friends in Galveston for the day that the Conquest left to head over to New Orleans & stayed the night at my in-laws that night. The next morning, we got up early & meet with our friends again at the patio area (Some of the crazies were there too.) to watch the Magic come into Galveston for the very 1st time.

 

The Conquest & the Triumph:

 

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And the Magic coming in:

 

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So, thumbs up or down?? I keep hearing people putting down Magic and hope this isnt another negative review.

 

Did you love the ship? Iv seen it and personally thought she was gorgeous. Im beginning to feel in the minority.

 

Fire- Total thumbs up from us! We loved the ship & the cruise!!! We think She is beautiful too!!!

 

I'm looking forward to your review. ;) Thanks for taking the time to post!

 

"SKY"

 

Your welcome! And Thank-you!

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We ended up having family come in the night before, so we met with him for breakfast Sunday morning. This gave us a little later start than we wanted, but no big deal. We met with my parents & they followed us down to my in-laws. We were then taken to the port & dropped off by my parents & our kids. After that, they took our van back to my in-laws so that when we came back, they could pick us up so we didn't have to park at the port.

 

Traffic getting into the terminal area was the most pain in the butt part. Dickens on the Strand was going on, so lots of streets closed, plus factor in 2 ships there (RCCL & Carnival's Magic) debarking passengers & then those coming in. We were in the traffic starting about 10:45 & made it to be dropped off at the terminal about 11:20. Quick hugs & kisses to the kids, then grabbed a porter for our bags & off to start the check in process.

 

We love the new check-in process! There was even a change since my September cruise & it makes it all go nice & smooth in my opinion. We 1st went through security/x-ray. They are stricter now than they were a year ago & even more than my September cruise. Wine was checked over at the table to make sure it hadn't been opened & alcohol put in there, as were our water bottles checked & our Diet Drinks (3). They shook them & all, of course, we were good too go, so we got the all clear. We did see some people next to us that had beer mixed in there 12 pk of can drinks & they were pulled of course.

 

Next step, up the escalators & in line for the sail & sign cards, which was not a long line. We got our cards & even able to put cash down for our S&S cards at that time. Next stop was for a digital photo to match with our S&S card. This was the new part from when I was there 3 months ago, & we think it's nice & much easier. They had about 6 people to handle this part, so it makes a big difference. Next, off for our embarkation photo & then on our way to the gangway. We were on the ship by 11:45!!!!! 25 min for check-in, that's great!! We were in awe as soon as we stepped aboard. :D

 

Our bags, ready to go. :)

 

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We ended up having family come in the night before, so we met with him for breakfast Sunday morning. This gave us a little later start than we wanted, but no big deal. We met with my parents & they followed us down to my in-laws. We were then taken to the port & dropped off by my parents & our kids. After that, they took our van back to my in-laws so that when we came back, they could pick us up so we didn't have to park at the port.

 

Traffic getting into the terminal area was the most pain in the butt part. Dickens on the Strand was going on, so lots of streets closed, plus factor in 2 ships there (RCCL & Carnival's Magic) debarking passengers & then those coming in. We were in the traffic starting about 10:45 & made it to be dropped off at the terminal about 11:20. Quick hugs & kisses to the kids, then grabbed a porter for our bags & off to start the check in process.

 

We love the new check-in process! There was even a change since my September cruise & it makes it all go nice & smooth in my opinion. We 1st went through security/x-ray. They are stricter now than they were a year ago & even more than my September cruise. Wine was checked over at the table to make sure it hadn't been opened & alcohol put in there, as were our water bottles checked & our Diet Drinks (3). They shook them & all, of course, we were good too go, so we got the all clear. We did see some people next to us that had beer mixed in there 12 pk of can drinks & they were pulled of course.

 

Next step, up the escalators & in line for the sail & sign cards, which was not a long line. We got our cards & even able to put cash down for our S&S cards at that time. Next stop was for a digital photo to match with our S&S card. This was the new part from when I was there 3 months ago, & we think it's nice & much easier. They had about 6 people to handle this part, so it makes a big difference. Next, off for our embarkation photo & then on our way to the gangway. We were on the ship by 11:45!!!!! 25 min for check-in, that's great!! We were in awe as soon as we stepped aboard. :D

 

Our bags, ready to go. :)

 

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....and it was raining! :(

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....and it was raining! :(

 

Oh yes, the rain too. Crazy! LOL!

 

Nice start....

 

Thanks!

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Here's some of our 1st pictures of the ship, right after boarding.

 

Section of the lower level of the Showtime Theatre (Fwd).

 

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Looking up in the atrium.

 

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Lido.

 

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Waterworks.

 

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Next stop, Camp Carnival. We will be back on the Magic in August, taking our kids with us for their 1st cruise. We promised the younger 2 that we would go by & take some pictures to show them.

 

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Another one of the ship.

 

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The Magic had docked on the port side, so here's from the aft, looking towards the Harbor House Hotel.

 

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We went to Deck 11, Aft, to Cucina del Capitano for lunch. I learned right before we left that Cucina would be open for lunch on embarkation day. We saw & met Meredith & her family, Bonnie & a few others from our CC group. You find a seat & fill out your choices. Food was good & yummy!!

 

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I caught hubby off guard. LOL!

 

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I got off the magic on December 4th. I wonder if the dolphins that were there in the morning were still around on the Starboard side of the ship. We watched them forever in the early hours of the morning before leaving our cabin at 830am.......

 

I love the ship and the decor is quite nice and pleasing. I never saw a cleaner ship! Staff cleaning everywhere and the staff cleaning outdoor promenade seemed very happy *BG*.....

 

The port is chaos with people getting off and people coming in to check in..oh my....what chaos!!!!!!

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Unusual that it was docked port side, usually other way around. I always book starboard so I can sit on the balcony and watch the people loading and boarding.

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I got off the magic on December 4th. I wonder if the dolphins that were there in the morning were still around on the Starboard side of the ship. We watched them forever in the early hours of the morning before leaving our cabin at 830am.......

 

I love the ship and the decor is quite nice and pleasing. I never saw a cleaner ship! Staff cleaning everywhere and the staff cleaning outdoor promenade seemed very happy *BG*.....

 

The port is chaos with people getting off and people coming in to check in..oh my....what chaos!!!!!!

 

AGREED - the Magic is beautiful!!! :D

We were on the same sailing with Meyer2 and absolutely loved the decor - and hope that the future ships will be similar!

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Loving the pics... Can't wait to see and read more... Where was your cabin??

 

Thanks! Aft, starboard, 8469 & I have pics to show too! :)

 

I got off the magic on December 4th. I wonder if the dolphins that were there in the morning were still around on the Starboard side of the ship. We watched them forever in the early hours of the morning before leaving our cabin at 830am.......

 

I love the ship and the decor is quite nice and pleasing. I never saw a cleaner ship! Staff cleaning everywhere and the staff cleaning outdoor promenade seemed very happy *BG*.....

 

The port is chaos with people getting off and people coming in to check in..oh my....what chaos!!!!!!

 

Yes, there were still several dolphins. We enjoyed watching them too. There was one that liked swimming under water on his back. :)

 

Unusual that it was docked port side, usually other way around. I always book starboard so I can sit on the balcony and watch the people loading and boarding.

 

Yes, unusual. We book starboard side too for that reason & because family comes to watch us leave. It did work out okay though.

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Loving your review! Glad you had a great time! Thanks for sharing your pictures. We are in the process of saving to sail on her in 2013!

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Enjoying your pics....hope you have more :)

 

Thanks!! And yes, plenty more. LOL :o

 

Thanks for the pictures, can't wait to see it with my own eyes in 9 days and a wake up...:cool:

 

Thanks!! I can't wait for you to! :)

 

Loving your review! Glad you had a great time! Thanks for sharing your pictures. We are in the process of saving to sail on her in 2013!

 

Thanks!!

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After finishing lunch, it was only about 12:40, so we decided to explore until time for the cabins to be ready. Down to Deck 5, Promenade, was our 1st spot.

 

Red Frog Pub:

 

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Ocean Plaza: Lots of games, trivia, dancing throughout the cruise was going on in this area.

 

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Outside Promenade:

 

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This is looking up at the balconies right there by the hot tub area.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to write this review. This is my first Magic review, I'm glad it's positive. I love the pictures. :)

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Your review is WONDERFUL!!! Can't wait for more!!!

 

I love how your hubby looked in that one photo!!! You definitely caught him off guard and how perfect!! You've also captured some great shots of the ship!!! She is a beauty.

 

I'll keep peeking in to see more. Bless you for sharing and letting us into a glimpse of your Anniversary Cruise!!!

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So glad to see the magic getting a good review. We will be sailing on her April 29. Was beginning to worry because of so many bad reviews.

We are so excited and can hardly wait for April to get here.

Love seeing the pictures. Keep them coming.

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Thanks for taking the time to write this review. This is my first Magic review, I'm glad it's positive. I love the pictures. :)

 

Thank-you!!

 

Your review is WONDERFUL!!! Can't wait for more!!!

 

I love how your hubby looked in that one photo!!! You definitely caught him off guard and how perfect!! You've also captured some great shots of the ship!!! She is a beauty.

 

I'll keep peeking in to see more. Bless you for sharing and letting us into a glimpse of your Anniversary Cruise!!!

 

Thanks Lambie!

 

I love your review!! I has 2 month I'm turn cruise!!!:D

 

Thanks Taylor! Woo Hoo, almost time for you to cruise!

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I'm following along :p

We had a BLAST on the Magic and can't wait to go back!!

 

It was a great cruise Sara! :)

 

Great start! Keep it coming!! Enjoying the photos!!!

 

Thanks!!

 

So glad to see the magic getting a good review. We will be sailing on her April 29. Was beginning to worry because of so many bad reviews.

We are so excited and can hardly wait for April to get here.

Love seeing the pictures. Keep them coming.

 

Thanks!!

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Can't wait to hear more. We are sailing in late March. Thank you for sharing

 

Love the review! Keep it coming.

 

Thanks!!!

 

More coming now! :D

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We walked through the Casino area & out to the atrium area where the shops are.

 

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Happy (belated) Anniversary!!!! Loving your review and can't wait to read the rest. I wish we were on it with you guys. Hopefully another time in the near future. We are booked on the Dream in March and I'm starting to get excited. After reading your review (so far) I'm thinking The Magic may have to be our next one.

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