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Our 9/8 MAGICIcal Review

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I'm on a flight typing on cel so original post will be somewhat short and sweet,  I'll provide more detail as requested. 

 

THE GOOD 

*all staff were 100% delightful. A+ experience.  Our room steward knew our names 1st morning.  So did casino bar staff (after I spent a couple hours watching NFL and seeing my team Bungle a win into a loss). Alchemy bartenders were top notch.  

 

*loved Fieri Pig and Burger. Pirate pizza. 

 

*CD Simon London was fantastic, especially at 80s dance party thing at Lobby bar. 

 

*cabin. Seemed to have a bit more storage than most balcony cabins we have had. 

 

*casino slots.  Seem to have upgraded machines to flashier units, some even popular in vegas. (Buffalo, Heidi beer Haus, Monty python, etc). Wife won $300 last night.  I failed to get a single bonus rd in 5 nights trying. Ha. 

 

*guest camaraderie. I met strangers daily who were either fun to interact with for fairly extended timeframes.  Good on ya fellow passengers, way to be fun!

 

THE UGLY 

 

*Buffet selection. I was stunned at how few options there were in the buffet, like barely more than a handful of choices. I'm coming off a run of NCL cruises where there were daily Chinese station, fresh Italian station, Indian station, American grill station and regular american entrees and a plethora of side.  Carnival also lacked many side dishes especially vegetables (outside of salad bar)

 

*breakfast buffet setup caused gridlock. Slooooooooooow moving line due to inattentive bacon distribution, good stuff at end of the buffet and had to be handed to guests. Often attendee would be inattentive or flat out disappear causing further delay. Egad, it was not good in my book.  

 

*in room shower. Overflowed daily, even with under 3 minute showers. Bah humbug!

 

*disembarkation. First, heat in room engaged morning of departure. Foggy mirrors and eyeglasses. Condensation on anythi g metal. Then, gangway closed for about 30 minutes due to massive line.  But hey, shat happens.  Wasnt ugly at all, just long and tedious compared to previous exits. 

 

 

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Thx for your review. We really enjoyed our time on the Magic in April, too. Hate it about the shower. Maintenance couldn’t fix it?

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Couldn't agree with you more regarding Carnival's crew members.  Top notch every time.

 

I also agree about the passengers.  I have seen only two or three I would go out of my way to avoid.

 

Thanks for posting your thoughts.

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Did you hear any talk about what might be included in the refurb next year?

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11 hours ago, swimducky21 said:

Looking forward to the review, sail the Magic in 6 days! 

 

One question, did you have the Quest?

I didn't see that on schedule but it's possible I might have overlooked it, just had to Google to see what Quest was. Ha. 

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That didn't seem like a overly encouraging review.  Thanks for the review.  Just booked the Magic for later next year.

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3 minutes ago, Bases5 said:

That didn't seem like a overly encouraging review.  Thanks for the review.  Just booked the Magic for later next year.

I forgot to include the hair dryer that shorted out and shocked my wife. We didnt call maintenance for the shower but did for the dryer. The repairman who came tried to fix it but sparks were shooting out of it, it was quickly replaced.  

 

Stuff happens and we try not to sweat the small stuff.  It was still a much better week than working back home!  

 

(We are on Paradise end of year, methinks we are gonna miss the luxurious Magic. 😁)

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