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Carnival Magic Trip Report March 2-9 with photos

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It was February 10, 2014 and cruise withdrawal hit with a bang. It had been almost a year since our last family cruise. I started that Monday just checking the prices for the two closest ports, Galveston and New Orleans, and the two available dates, Mardi Gras and Easter. You're limited when your children are in school.

 

New Orleans had a "new ship", Sunshine, and Mardi Gras week saw it going to the Eastern itinerary, Galveston had the Magic going to the western with Jamaica and Grand Cayman. The other itinerary we looked at was on the Dream, a week before Easter going to Roaton, Costa Maya and Cozumel. I liked the Dream Itinerary, but it would mean DD would miss 4 days of school, the eastern itinerary and the Sunshine did not appeal to me.

 

The price on the Magic was, well, cheap. By the end of the week, DH and I had the time off from work approved and the cruise booked.

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No pre-cruise report. The only thing we worried about was the fog; it had delayed the Magic and the Triumph for the past three or four weeks. Was up on March 2 at 6 am and checked the web cam. The Magic was already at port. Yippie!! We loaded up the car and heading to the port.

 

Harborside Drive was a cluster. We wanted to pull into port, drop off our bags, then head to our parking. Both ways into the port were crazy, so we decided to park and lug our luggage to be checked. We used Galveston Park N Cruise, same price as the ports parking, but it was indoor. We parked and walk across the street to drop off our bags. Another cluster. People were waiting in a duel line and the porters were only helping vehicles. One person at the "drop off spot" were helping those like us. After about a 20 minute wait with no progress a porter yelled, "anyone need to drop off", We walked out of the line fast and dropped my luggage on his cart. Tip him and headed to the check out.

 

VIP/FTTF line was not very well done. There was a separate line at first, then into the masses for luggage screening. At least in NOLA they have a VIP/FTTF luggage screening. Once up stairs, it went fairly smooth. After arriving at Noon, we were on the ship by 1:30 PM. It should be noted the Magic started boarding around Noon.

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Magic is one of my favorite ships! Looking forward to your review!

 

Just do not care for the Port of Galveston. NOLA is so much better. We have arrived to NOLA port at Noon and was on the ship by 12:30.

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I really enjoyed the Magic as a ship.

 

The lights of the Magic Lobby:

 

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Glass elevators:

 

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This was a lovely area and very open.

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Just do not care for the Port of Galveston. NOLA is so much better. We have arrived to NOLA port at Noon and was on the ship by 12:30.

 

NOLA is MUCH better then Galveston. Which is why I ALWAYS arrive to the Port of Galveston at 10:30 and I am usually on at 11.

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We had a cove balcony on deck two. Loved the room and the location, I will show you why shortly. Because we were platinum, and we were on the ship late, we were able to go straight to our room. Really easy as we were one floor down from the entrance lobby.

 

Our Room from the door:

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From the balcony door:

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And from the other corner near the balcony:

 

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Love Magic reviews! Weird on the luggage thing as they had a separate line when I went for FTTF/VIP.

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Love Magic reviews! Weird on the luggage thing as they had a separate line when I went for FTTF/VIP.

 

Not this time. I think they were happy not to be delayed by fog. Very disorganized.

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The first day was one of the few times we actually went up to lido deck. I did like the lay out of the Marketplace. Several food stations with little waiting. And a lot of seating in various areas.

 

The mid ship pool:

 

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The aft pool:

 

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Nice seating aft:

 

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The Magic sailed on time. Was a little worried because the fog was rolling in.

 

I believe half of this building is missing:

 

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More of the fog:

 

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This is the Pilot Boat, I think:

 

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I was wondering if you guys got out on time. I was at a Mardi Gras parade when it started rolling in.

 

Oh and that white building is not really that tall to begin with.

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Weird on the luggage thing as they had a separate line when I went for FTTF/VIP.

 

They had it when we sailed on Triumph a few months ago as well. I did notice though that after we had passed through, they called a few people over from the regular line since there were no more priority passengers behind us. Maybe that's what they did here and it got out of hand.

 

Looking forward to the rest of the review. Hoping to sail Magic one day.

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Can't wait to hear more. We sail on her in 21 days!!!

 

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Nice start to your review.....Fog always seems to be an issue when cruising out of Galveston

 

Yes, but at least this cruise was not delayed.

 

Thanks for doing this photo review. Looking forward to more. :):):):)

 

Thank you. Will have a little more this morning.

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Can't wait to hear more. We sail on her in 21 days!!!

 

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Thank you

 

Thanks for the review, excited to see and hear more!

 

It will be a slow process, have to go back to work. ugh!

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I was wondering if you guys got out on time. I was at a Mardi Gras parade when it started rolling in.

 

Oh and that white building is not really that tall to begin with.

 

I took a picture of the same building when we returned. It may not be that tall, but it does show how much the fog had dropped down.

 

They had it when we sailed on Triumph a few months ago as well. I did notice though that after we had passed through, they called a few people over from the regular line since there were no more priority passengers behind us. Maybe that's what they did here and it got out of hand.

 

Looking forward to the rest of the review. Hoping to sail Magic one day.

 

Maybe it's just when we sail out of Galveston. They see our name on the list and say, "hey here they come again, lets bottle things up".

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On this sailing were just the three of us, DH, DD, (age 12), and Myself. Hubby and I are platinum where DD was on her 9th cruise. We have sailed mostly out of NOLA. This was our 3rd time out of Galveston and we have sailed once out of Jacksonville, FL.

 

We have sailed on Conquest Class, Fantasy Class, (with/without the Evolutions of Fun), and on the Triumph.

 

This was our first Dream Class, and I must say I have a new favorite class of ship. More later tonight, off to work I go.

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The Magic was very easy to navigate. Only floor three could one not walk from front to back.

 

Deck 3 had Guest services, the Magic Lobby, Shore excursions desk, and the lower levels of the main fwd and aft dining rooms, with the Galley in the middle. It also had the lower section of the Showtime Theatre.

 

Showtime Theatre:

 

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Northern Lights Dining Room, (Was used for ATD Lower and Set Dining Upper):

 

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Deck 4 had upper Theatre, Photo Area, (now called Pixels Gallery), Upper dining areas, a conference room, Circle C and Club O2 along with the Arcade. I'm looking through my pictures but can't find any of this area.

 

Deck 5 was my favorite deck. The Shops were on the forward end. Next came the Casino, good and bad: to get to the Ocean Plaza, one would have to walk through the Casino, which always smelled of stale smoke. The other option was to find the doors next to the Upper level of the Theatre and walk the Lanai. This was a better option. Why was this my favorite deck? Because there was so much to do or not do. Once I found this area, I had not need to go to the Lido Deck.

 

The Ocean Plaza is where Trivia and other games were played. There was also bands in the evening. Across from the Plaza was the Taste Bar:

 

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In the evenings they would have sushi, tastes from the stake house, and Cucina Del Capitano. On seadays, it became an easy sandwich place. Basic bread, luncheon meats and cheese.

 

Also on sea days, just outside was the Oceanside BBQ, which had sliders, quesadias, tacos, chips and salsa. Only available from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM.

 

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Just inside around the corner from the Taste Bar, was the Salad Bar:

 

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On sea days, we never went up to Lido to eat for lunch.

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I'm not sure if these are in order. I hope it givs you a feeling for this deck. Loungers all around, nice seating, never crowded. Not even the hot tubs. Here we go.

 

Looking Aft, those clouds are the front we out ran.

 

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Nice seating area:

 

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Out side the Red Frog pub:

 

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Lounge chairs galore:

 

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For dinner we made reservations at the Steakhouse. If you book the first night, you get a free bottle of red or white wine. We chose a Red Merlot.

 

For starters, the chef gave us a bonus of some tomato soup:

 

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I had the Ahi Tuna Tartar, DH had the Beef Carpaccio and DD had New England Crab Cake. Why I don't have pictures of those, I do not know.

 

Next DH and I both had the classic Caesar Salad:

 

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for entrees, DH had spice-rubbed Prime Ribeye Steak:

 

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I had the Broiled Filet Mignon:

 

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And DD had the Surf and Turf, Lobster and filet:

 

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DH and DD had Baked Potatoes with Trimmings:

 

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Bacon Mac & Cheese:

 

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And I had the Yukon Gold Mash with Wasabe horseradish:

 

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Dessert I braved the Cheesecake with hazelnut Biscuit:

 

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DD and DH had the Chocolate Sampler:

 

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DD also had a big cup of hot chocolate:

 

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Did not go to the "Welcome Aboard Show", been there done that. DD went to Circle C, (her first year, she had a blast). DH and I walked around a little bit, determined we were full and tired, so we went to bed.

 

Here is the Circle C schedule. I know it's hard to find one on here.

 

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And our first Towel Animal for the week. Forgot to ask our steward, I Kumang, to save them every night. No group towel animal picture. Just singles.

 

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Put the schedule in order

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I did save the fun times. If you would like to see all six pages, I'll scan it all. Attached it a day at a glance for Enbarkation and the food information.

Doc013.pdf

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oops

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The first sea day, I went up here at about 10 AM. The elevators only go up to deck 12. You had to walk up the last two. Someone said there was an elevator in the Spa area, but I never found it. Not very crowded. Laid out to soak up some vitamin D with spf 30 for about 1 1/2 hours. Nice area. Started to hear the noise from the Waterworks area and Lido at around noon. Left to go to the Lanai.

 

Serenity Deck

 

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Chair Hog:

 

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After walking a little on the lido:

 

Deck 11 sitting area:

 

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Another view of the water works:

 

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I went down to the Lanai and parked myself right here:

 

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DH enjoyed our balcony, here are some pictures facing Fwd:

 

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