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Cruise Review, with photos: Carnival MAGIC, 10-27-13 through 11-3-13

Cabin: 10201 -- FULLY ACCESSIBLE handicapped cabin on the Lido Deck bow. Obstructed View / 4J cabin

Cabin Steward: Slamet

MDR Dining Table: 470, Northern Lights, early seating

MDR Servers: 'Yotsa', Oliver, and Agung

Maitre D': Metin "007"

Overall rating -- OUTSTANDING!!!

 

I'm a Platinum cruiser, but this is my first time on the MAGIC. I didn't go to any of the evening shows, nor so I have costume photos -- BUT I invite anyone on this cruise to add their photos of anything they captured!!!

 

Nana (aged 88) and I went on this cruise and it was my "HER CHOICE" cruise!!! Whatever she wanted, we did!!! She's in a wheelchair 100% of the time, and has early stage Alzheimer's/Dementia, and I wasn't going to leave her alone in the cabin, if she chose to retire early, we BOTH stayed in the cabin -- so life in this review will end about 9pm and will start at sunrise each and every morning!!

 

We had a BLAST!!! And it was very comfortable and safe for her on this cruise!! I had her wear her Sign and Sail card 100% of the time, just in case she wandered and someone needed to know who she was and where she belonged! But, we stayed together. :)

 

Cruise Schedule:

Day 1 and 2: Sea Days

Day 3: Jamaica

Day 4: Caymans

Day 5: Cozumel

Day 6: Sea Day

Day 7: Debark in Galveston

 

No excursions -- but PLEASE post any comments or photos, if you were there, and want to share with everyone!!!

 

Never did the ropes course, but LOVED the Waterworks! And the Serenity Deck!!!

 

Cabin 10201:

As you walk in...

 

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As you step past the bathroom door... notice the ceiling has the fourth bed... the upper. This cabin sleeps up to four.

 

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Turn around and look back at the door. Notice the light switch right by the door, and next to it is where you MUST put your rom key -- so your cabin lights will work. Altho' we discovered that you can use a gift card, a business card, or something that will fit in there...

 

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Opposite the bathroom door, is the "hooks" for your stuff... There are four hooks, two regular ones, and two accessible ones.

 

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The back of the bathroom door also has duplicate "hooks" -- one accessible and one regular. Also, the extra mirror, outside the bathroom has a small shelf. I called this the "brushing station," but the height of the mirror is only for regular, not accessible.

 

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The cabin was ready for us, as we boarded. We went straight there.

 

Then we went to the buffets for lunch. I didn't know about Tandoori, or I would have gone straight there. We were quite happy to eat at GOOD EATS buffet! We both found yummy foods and things that were sugar free for Nana, for dessert!

 

Here she is in her AGGIES cap, looking out at Galveston... waiting for me to bring her some lunch. Little Lambie is looking KEWL in his Carnival outfit and shades, too!

 

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Then we head back to the cabin, to unpack! All of our suitcases had arrived by now.

 

There was no announcement about where to go for Muster Drill / Safety Drill for those in with special needs -- what we learned was we just go to the regular area for all A4 muster stations, and once there we found a special area for us to group. It was actually very INCONVENIENT!!! It was a hallway, too small for the number of us, with no seats for those who have canes or other special needs. So if you didn't have a wheelchair, you stood, or sat on the floor, and then had help getting up.

 

After Muster, we went back up to the cabin, and then out the not-so "secret door" to the bow, for sail away...

 

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Look directly up from our deck...

 

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Looking directky down to Deck 9... I almost had a heart attack while these parents lifted and posed there "precious babies" on a railing for a photo. (How can someone be so reckless?? Or maybe, I'm just cautious...)

 

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Now looking to the starboard side...

 

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And to the port side...

 

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Now for a tour of the bathroom. An essential part of a FULLY ACCESSIBLE cabin. It has a roll in entry. Other cabins can have up to a four inch step up into the bathroom, and a lip on the shower stall floor. And, it is a small foot-print or floor size, but the fully accessible have enough space for a wheelchair to do a 360.

 

Also, a built in shower seat, a sliding bar to raise and lower the height of the shower head, as well as being a hand held shower, and a mirror that raises and lowers to the need of its user. The only request we would have asked for, is a HIGHER toilet seat. It was too low for Nana to easily get off to stand and transfer back into her chair.

 

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And you can see there is no lip on this shower, instead a grate that becomes the drain. Only once did the shower overflow this drain. We were "anchored" off Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and Nana was in for a longer shower, since she had a sore throat and wanted the steam and heat.

 

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Great start to the review--can't wait to read the rest!! Thanks for posting!:)

 

Really scary those children on the railing! Even if it's not all the way down to the ocean below, falling to even the next deck below could be disatrous!:eek: Ugh!

 

Hopefully there's a wide ledge or something just a few inches below them that's just not visible from this vantage point. Hopefully.

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Fantastic review so far. We're heading off on this itinerary very soon. I can't wait to read more about it (can you finish it by Friday the 15th please? hhahahaha!!)

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OK... Now we're out of the channel and the cruise has begun!

 

Let me give you some additional details about Sunday...

 

We got to terminal at about 9:15am. We had heard that some guests had received letters that asked them to arrive later, since boarding would be delayed due to Immigrations. I had not received this email, so we left central Texas about 4am. I had pre-arranged parking at Park and Cruise across from the terminal. I love this parking. It's close and it's easy!! Booking on line gives a small price break, and since it had rained ALL THE WAY down on us... I was grateful I had everything pre-arranged!!

 

Park and Cruise does not have a shuttle, it's a short walk. But with Nana in a wheelchair and still having luggage and carry ons, I went to the terminal to drop Nana and the suitcases off at the curb. The porters were already taking check ins -- so we delivered three suitcases and Nana, and I went across to park the van. It was pouring rain, but she was under cover and I jusy had to walk across the street from Park and Cruise.

 

By 9:30am we were sitting in the "pre-"waiting room. This is in the terminal, downstairs, just inside the door. We waited by the Special needs line and around 10:00am, they ushered us in to the security check-in.

 

In Galveston, this checkin is downstairs. You show your boarding pass and passport (or id) and then they scan your carry ons and you walk through the "portal." (One reason they do limit the size of your carry ons, is the scanning machines. Your carry ons have to fit through the scanners. Also, have your computers, iPads, Kindles, etc separated and in the grey "buckets" so they can go through separately. Yes, you do get to keep your shoes on!!! It's similar, but not exactly like the airport. If you have carry on wine or sodas, they'll check them here, too! But you are allowed a bottle of wine or champagne, and a 12 pack of sodas.

 

Once through security, it's upstairs, where we checked in at VIP. If you're not yet Platinum or Diamond -- the line for check in is standing and proceeding as available, but VIP is seating and then going up to the desk for both keys (sign and sail cards), photos taken, and checkin. There was coffee, decaf, hot water for tea, and lemonade. However -- on this cruise -- and maybe many cruises -- the VIP was overflowing...

 

We waited and waited and waited. Normally, boarding begins arouund 11 -- or 11:30 at the latest. But noon passed and we were still waiting in the VIP. FINALLY... yippee, they call us and we're off! The walk to the boarding is through the other waiting areas... the Casino guest, the regular guest arranged in areas in order of their check ins. It was a crowded morning and with the wheelchair, a bit difficult. The aisles were full of people standing and carry ons. NOT a pretty or organized sight. I remember thinking this must be how Moses felt leading his people through the wilderness. With grumbling and twists and turns. The other groups we had to walk through, because of the quantity of people waiting -- by this time -- was like the Red Sea -- but not parting for the chosen VIPs... However -- there was no one with weapons chasing us!

 

It gets to be a small, small world, when we began meeting other cruisers we knew in the lounge. Many I knew were cruising since we had been in contact before the cruise -- but a familiar face and voice came over to me. It was a co-worker from another office. And Walking through the terminal to board, I saw another family -- who surprised us by not telling us they were coming along!!!

 

With the photos having already been taken, it was just the long criss-cross up the covered gangway, to the ship... YES!!!! My feet were on board!!! HURRAY!!!! It's finally true!!! I booked this cruise over a year ago!!! And NOW, I'm on board.

 

... Now, we're out of the channel, and I've unpacked the suitcases, and it's early seating dinner. On the first night is much more casual. They understand not everyone has had time to get their suitcase or unpack, so many arrive in the MDR with the same clothes they boarded in. We decided to do the same. Jeans and shirts and a shawl carried -- just in case the MDR is cooler than is comfortable. (It was perfect and the shawl wasn't necessary!)

 

Dinner is arriving, as you can see, and YUMMY!!! Our table mates are friends from Austin, Roger and Matt, and out server is Yotsathaporn... "Yotsa" is what he uses... THANK HEAVENS! And Oliver is his team helper. We have another server, Agung, of the water, tea, bread, and whatever.

 

Ceasar Salad

 

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Guacamole and chips

 

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Chilled Soup

 

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Salmon Appetizer

 

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And for our main courses:

 

Beef

 

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Talapia

 

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Chicken Breast

 

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The Pasta

 

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And desserts... This is the Sugar-free or Diet Orange Cake

 

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Probably, I don't have to tell you -- the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

 

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And my selection... The Crème Brulee

 

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Once back in the cabin, after dinner... We find our towel animal and FunTimes for the next day...

 

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And on the TV, you can turn to the information channel, and keep track of where you are...

 

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Great start to the review--can't wait to read the rest!! Thanks for posting!:)

 

Really scary those children on the railing! Even if it's not all the way down to the ocean below, falling to even the next deck below could be disatrous!:eek: Ugh!

 

Hopefully there's a wide ledge or something just a few inches below them that's just not visible from this vantage point. Hopefully.

 

Thank you!!!

 

I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking this was foolish!! My heart stopped when I saw them...

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Fantastic review so far. We're heading off on this itinerary very soon. I can't wait to read more about it (can you finish it by Friday the 15th please? hhahahaha!!)

 

I hope and pray you have a BLAST!!! I enjoyed it all!!! The ports are great -- even if I didn't do any excursions!!

 

I do have photos of the ship. They will be coming. I wasn't as impressed with the décor of the atrium -- but, it is bright and cheerful!!! Promise to ask me any questions you have if I haven't finished my the 15th... I plan to tho'!!! ;) :confused: :o

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Can't wait to read the rest. Subscribing. I love the magic. You would have loved the magic show. The magician they hired is fantastic. Best carnival show I have seen.

 

I really was sorry I missed this one!!! I'll be back on this ship in September of '14 -- but we never know when they'll change the shows!!

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lambieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

 

 

Goooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv!!!!

 

We missed you on this cruise!!! but I know you'll have fun on your birthday cruise!!! :cool:

 

I hope to get this review done, soon, but with the photos I took -- and my schedule -- who knows!! :rolleyes: :confused:

 

Thanks for reading this!!

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Sorry I'm not getting this done very quickly... Work is just getting in the way. I'll aim for more this weekend... I'm sorry!!! :o

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cant wait to read more:)

 

I know your hometown. I have family in Sacramento and Arcada. I lved in the Bay Area thru High School. How great to see Redding represented!!! I'd love to hear some of your west coast cruises!!! I've only cruised out of Seattle on that coast!!!

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Loving your review. Hoping to take my Mom one day too. We had family surprise us on our Triumph cruise 2 weeks ago. We had tried to get them to book, but they said no, they couldn't since they are going in January... I was people watching in the terminal & freaked out when I saw them!!

 

Can't wait for more. We will be on the Magic for the 3rd time in April.

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Can't wait to read more, but it will have to wait a week since we are heading out today for another Elation cruise. Always love your reviews! We were on the Magic in January and loved it. I remember you trying out your new camera that you got, can't wait to see your sunrise pictures!

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I know your hometown. I have family in Sacramento and Arcada. I lved in the Bay Area thru High School. How great to see Redding represented!!! I'd love to hear some of your west coast cruises!!! I've only cruised out of Seattle on that coast!!!

 

Nice to hear not many people on hear know of redding . The only cruise I have been on was out of Long Beach on the Splendor and We loved it ! We did 2 days in Cabo and 1 day in Peurta Vallarta . It was A lot of fun . Most prefer cabo I think... But we loved P.V. don't get me wrong Cabo was Great fun P.V was more authentic Mexico ..loved the ship and actually met several people from up here in Chico Ca that we remain friends with . I plan on Sailing the Miracle after the 2.0 upgrade doing the overnight in P.V and 1 day in Cabo ...:)

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Waking on Monday morning, the FunTimes told me that sunrise would be at 7:08am -- I love the fact they add this to the cover of the FunTimes! Checking my watch, I saw I had time to wake a bit, and get out to the bow to capture some photos. (And being a seasoned cruiser, I also knew that I had to give my camera time to adjust to the Caribbean humidity, after being in the cabin all night. The lenses fog up, and you just have to wait for them to acclimate or you'll have that "fog" in your pictures, and you won't have a sharp focus.)

 

Since our cabin is on the bow, and I only had about 20 steps to walk till I would be outside, I decided I would go outside in their bathrobe -- I just love the fact that we get to use the bathrobes while cruising!!! So, I put my sign and sail card around my neck, tucked it under the bathrobe, grabbed my camera, and off I went.

 

The door to the deck is hard to open. The wind is strong!!! On Deck 10, the door takes you out to the side, and that's where the wind is strongest -- or seems to be -- as it whips around the bow and starts down the sides. I have to lean forward to walk to the center. I laugh and start thinking, this is how it must feel to reporters when they stand in storms areas hanging onto signs and trees. I'm totally safe, as the TV already told me the force of the wind is not strong enough to blow me away --

 

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I feel safer when I tuck myself into the corner of the railing and bulkhead, almost directly center of the ship. What a wonderful feeling to feel the wind, a bit of spray, and I KNOW that I am sailing!!! The rock of the ship is pleasant, and I gaze out at the horizon -- NOTHING is in my way to see the sunrise!!!

 

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I just wait for more colors and light and enjoy the feeling of the wind and the sea!!!

 

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From the cabin window, I see Nana can see the sunrise, too!

 

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By now, my stomach is grumbling and off we go to the Lido buffets to get a snack to hold us until the Sea Day Brunch opens in the MDR. Maybe just some toast and pastries and coffee!!!

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Not the full meals...

 

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Or the Omelet Stations...

 

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or the Grill...

 

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Or the 24/7 Pizza

 

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... and even no cold cereal this morning...

 

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we're saving room for the Brunch...

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Now, I have the coffee, tea, and some breads... And we head back out to the Lido Deck to sit and chat and relax... I see they have not only towels to loan, but also blankets.

 

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This "Beach Pool" -- the one you see on the Lido Cam -- also is the Seaside theatre, and at night, there might be a chill to the air. I'm sure many were using the blankets last night, as we were just leaving Galveston and it was a bit chilly once the sun went down.

 

We find a table of friends and sit and enjoy morning conversation and coffee.

 

BUT... our real desire is the MDR. Now, here's a real breakfast!!!

 

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Yes... even French fries and Steak (and eggs) and cake are on the Brunch menu...

 

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Even Bloddy Marys are available... But you do pay for these...

 

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Once we've finished with breakfast-brunch... we decide to tour the Serenity Deck...

 

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It does get windy up there, but in the sun, it feels good!!!

 

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Then, over to look at the WaterWorks!!!

 

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I didn't try the WaterWorks slides on this day... But I did take trips down on Tuesday and Grand Caymans days. The TWISTER is delightful!!! It did make me dizzy as the turns kept coming and coming -- I didn't know what to expect on the first trip down... and it seemed to last FOREVER!!! The other one, with the big orange bowl... WOW... they're both FAST, but this was something!!! I know I have more photos of the slides... they'll be coming on later days!!!

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Nice pictures and enjoy reading your review! :D

 

 

THANK YOU for peeking in!!! I'm rather slow at getting this done, but I have a fairly new computer and IHATEWINDOWS8 and am still learning how to switch from photos to posting... and not lose anything. I've lost two posts with photos... They just vanished!!!! :mad: :o

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Loving your review. Hoping to take my Mom one day too. We had family surprise us on our Triumph cruise 2 weeks ago. We had tried to get them to book, but they said no, they couldn't since they are going in January... I was people watching in the terminal & freaked out when I saw them!!

 

Can't wait for more. We will be on the Magic for the 3rd time in April.

 

What a WONDERFUL surprise!!! It must have been GREAT!!! Thank you for reading the review!

 

Tell me, is your Mom at all "differently" able??? Do you need any tips with special needs cabins or anything? I've been taking Nana, since we celebrated her 80th birthday on our first cruise!! I presented the trip to her at Christmas 2005 -- then we sailed in February 2006.

 

My husband and I had planned a family cruise in August of 2004 but had to cancel due to work needs -- wouldn't you know it, I got subpoenaed and the court refused to postpone the trial, and I had to cancel so I could testify about some clients and problems and ... well, I can't get into it in public... then in September my husband's illnesses and cancer got worse and by October we had to plan for Hospice and three days after Christmas he was gone... We NEVER got to cruise together... and it took me two more years before I could book another cruise...

 

Sorry -- long story -- I digress -- anyway, we cruised for her 80th and I fell in love cruising!!! She's been in a wheelchair for over 28 years, so every time I take her, I learn more about accessibility on a ship!! If you have any questions, I'd be happy to listen and help if I can!

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Can't wait to read more, but it will have to wait a week since we are heading out today for another Elation cruise. Always love your reviews! We were on the Magic in January and loved it. I remember you trying out your new camera that you got, can't wait to see your sunrise pictures!

 

Well, the LEAST you could have done was to cancel your cruise until I was finished. GOODNESS... I fell slighted and offended!!! ;) :rolleyes:

 

I hope you come back and tell us all about it!! The Elation was my first cruise, Feb '06... I fell in love with cruising. My husband had been on a seismic vessel with the University of Texas for a year, and other ships that charted and plotted the ocean floor -- so he loved it!! His favorite was the Alaskan area and Dutch Harbor especially. (I finally did an Alaskan cruise last year!! I know why he loved that are!!!)

 

Anyway... the Elation was wonderful!!! Even with a TERRIBLE cabin -- three of us in a cabin for two... Deck 2... all the way aft... ocean view... I didn't know better then!!! But the service, the crew, the food, the ship -- WONDERFUL!!!

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Keep the photo's coming. We have sailed on the Magic a couple of times now and always had a great time.

 

Uncle Doug... It's GREAT to see you!!! Thanks for dropping in and reading!!! I've been so busy with "stuff" and life... I don't get over to Cruise Critic too often! But I know how much I love reading about cruising!!! And this was a great cruise!!

 

Being my first on the MAGIC... it was all wonderful. I have more ship photos coming -- I know you've seen her -- but I will say, this is the first time I wasn't as impressed with Farcus's décor in the Atrium. The changing color lights and the weird, "candy looking" light fixtures just aren't my taste! But, it is COLORFUL and wonderful and I love the wall décor on the statroom hallways... I loved looking for the birds and they just made me smile and feel happy!! I know I have photos of them coming, too!

 

Good to see you!!! :) ...and thank you for reading!!!

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Nice to hear not many people on hear know of redding . The only cruise I have been on was out of Long Beach on the Splendor and We loved it ! We did 2 days in Cabo and 1 day in Peurta Vallarta . It was A lot of fun . Most prefer cabo I think... But we loved P.V. don't get me wrong Cabo was Great fun P.V was more authentic Mexico ..loved the ship and actually met several people from up here in Chico Ca that we remain friends with . I plan on Sailing the Miracle after the 2.0 upgrade doing the overnight in P.V and 1 day in Cabo ...:)

 

Thank you for sharing some west coast info!! I think I'd like to try the Mexican Riviera cruise sometime. Good to hear that PV and Cabo are fun!!!

 

I think I'd like to try sailing out of San Francisco, sometime, too! I know Carnival isn't there -- but I grew up in the Bay Area, and used to go down to the wharf and the docks and see the ships come in! I never dreamed of sailing -- then I saw the Love Boat on TV -- then my husband talked of his adventures... and I wanted to try.

 

Now, way back in the 50's, as a little girl, yes --now you know, I'm old -- after a trip to Disneyland, we went on the cruise to Catalina, but that was my one and only time. In High School, we had friends with boats and we'd sail the bay -- and I loved the rough waters under the Golden Gate in 25 footers+... foul weather gear... And in college, my fiancé (whom I didn't marry) was Navy, and we got to sail the Bay on a Dependents Cruise on his SubTender. But cruising got in my blood after the Elation in '06 -- and I love it!!!

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What a WONDERFUL surprise!!! It must have been GREAT!!! Thank you for reading the review!

 

Tell me, is your Mom at all "differently" able??? Do you need any tips with special needs cabins or anything? I've been taking Nana, since we celebrated her 80th birthday on our first cruise!! I presented the trip to her at Christmas 2005 -- then we sailed in February 2006.

 

My husband and I had planned a family cruise in August of 2004 but had to cancel due to work needs -- wouldn't you know it, I got subpoenaed and the court refused to postpone the trial, and I had to cancel so I could testify about some clients and problems and ... well, I can't get into it in public... then in September my husband's illnesses and cancer got worse and by October we had to plan for Hospice and three days after Christmas he was gone... We NEVER got to cruise together... and it took me two more years before I could book another cruise...

 

Sorry -- long story -- I digress -- anyway, we cruised for her 80th and I fell in love cruising!!! She's been in a wheelchair for over 28 years, so every time I take her, I learn more about accessibility on a ship!! If you have any questions, I'd be happy to listen and help if I can!

 

My Mom doesn't have any physical issues other than being a little slow with walking any distance. She retired after 46 years & within 6 months became a full-time caretaker for my dad. After 11 years it is starting to wear her out. He would never go & she would never leave him behind.

 

Looking forward to the rest of your review!

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lambie so glad to see you on here we did our first cruise with you and had lost touch was woundering where you were. looks like yall had a great time (but anytime on a cruise is a great time) anyway glad to see you again and hope someday to be on a cruise with you again

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Well... I just spent 45 minutes on a post and pictures... and POOF... WINDOWS8 closed it and all is lost... IHATE8IHATE8IHATE8...

 

But let me try to reconstruct it... (I'm so frustrated and angry!!!)

 

Let's take a tour of the Promenade / Deck 5...

 

Leaving Deck 10 / Lido, I get into the glass elevators. The only place there are glass elevators is with the forward bank of elevators, in the atrium that looks up from the Lobby.

On Deck 10, by the doors that lead to the pool, there is a Fun Hub. You can see this just past the table where the staff from the Spa tell you all about the Spa Experience...

 

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Let's take a look, before we descend the elevator, at the Fun Hub from the other side... These computers are here for public use, FREE, to access Carnival.com sites and Message Center and John Heald's Blog, etc. -- and to access the Internet, if you bought a package, or choose to pay by the minute... I use the site DAILY to post in the free access on Carnival.com's FUNVILLE -- a blog / forum where you can stay in touch with those you left behind. It's a public forum, so anything you write can be read by anyone, but it's a great FREE place to let others know how you are and to BRAG about all the fun you're having on board!!!

 

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From the glass elevator, you can see the atrium. The décor is colorful (and personally, the only thing I didn't like about the ship. It's just too much for me. I usually LOVE Farcus's design and décor and I love it everywhere else, but the color changing lights and the hard candy designs here, just, again, in my humble opinion, look cheap and taste-less. I know many LOVE this feature, but just stating my opinion!)

 

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Exiting the elevator and turning towards the starboard/right side of the vessel, here's the view.

 

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Looking across...

 

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Now, let's peek in the shop windows, since it's early and the shops are closed -- and no one will block our view...

 

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Too many of the "Cherry on Top" candy store??? How's this...

 

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There is upper access to the forward Show Lounge, The "ShowTime Theatre" from this Deck...

 

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Outside the Showtime Theatre, is a display case of awards and accolades the MAGIC has received...

 

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Walking past the shops... Here's the Casino and Casino bar...

 

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But, let's turn around and walk towards the aft, continuing to look... There is a Coffee Bar, where you can pay for a "fancier" cup of Joe...

 

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The "Magical Way" with a mid-ship lounge and Taste Bar and other things...

 

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