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Carnival Magic

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Passengers: 3,690   |   Crew: 1,386
Passengers to crew: 2.66:1
Passengers to space: 35.1:1
Launched: 2011   


  • Deck 1
  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
Additional decks
Deck 1 layout
  Interior Upper/Lower (1A)  
  Interior (4A)  
  Deluxe Ocean View (6L)  
  Deluxe Ocean View (6N)  
  Porthole (PT)  
  Interior (4B)  
  Ocean View (6A)  
  Deluxe Ocean View (6M)  


Cabin size: 185 - 185 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 186
Accessible rooms: 2
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 851
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Barbara W wrote a review Mar 2024
Blue Lake, California2 contributions
We cruised from February 8-12 on Carnival Magic from Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada and back. We were booked for dinner on the "On your time" and inevitably had to wait to be seated. Once seated, there was usually 20 minutes in between courses and the food was inevitably cold and substandard. I ordered a pear cake with raspberry drizzle and the cake was hard enough to be used for a hockey puck. The "drizzle" was so hard that you couldn't move it much less eat it. The breakfast buffet lacked enough food and what was available was hardly edible. There was ONE PERSON making omelets for the entire ship! The omelets were wonderful, but I felt sorry for the poor cook trying to keep up. What happened??? We are VIP customers and have loved cruising with Carnival until this last time. It was bad enough to question whether or not we would choose this cruise line in the future.
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shawna m wrote a review Mar 2024
Courtice, Canada36 contributions10 helpful votes
Most excellent stay on carnival magic March 8-17 to the caribbean out of Miami. Food was abundant and tasty, room was quiet, spacious, and cozy with little rocking felt (lots of closet space and2 bathrroms, room 1362), and ship was very clean. My kids had SO MUCH FUN and they loved the O2 program for kids their age (15 and 17). We felt safe the entire time and really really enjoyed this cruise. Adults area was quiet and apprecicated- a desginated adults only pool would be suggestion (or a cold hot tub) as hot tubs were too warm really to enjoy on the hot sunny days. Food- different meats every day which were always so tasty (e.g., roast beefs, ham, turkey) with lots of sides and gravies and of course salad bar and pastries/rolls etc. Fresh home made soups also lovely and we all quite enjoyed the bbq and pizza stations. The burger station was also a hit. We did not get the bubbles pop package and just had the juices and water that was readily available. The mongolian grilll was ok but the line up was too long to do regularly. TIP: water from bars or room service tastes way better than drink stations around pool. Take a water jug and fill up for day. You can also get bottles of water for cheap at your ports. Jake the director did a wonderful job and the activities were endless--kids are still talking about his antics and jokes. The singing and dancing at level 5 were so fun as were the deck parties and the daily bingo games. We will absolutely be doing this again. The chocolate lava melting cake (sit down restaurants) is probably the best thing I've ever eaten LOL--defintely try it you will why. Room service in the morning is included and was a perfect to enjoy a quiet relaxed start to the day. Servers were all so friendly and attentive as were houskeeping staff (Johnny was the best!). Suggestion to Carnival: consider offering some cruises which spread out port days to every other day so we get some rest in between ports and don't have to wake up early each day or rush out after a late night of fun entertainment. I have heard this is an older ship but you would never know it. It was impeccibly clean and just fabulous!
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Sara T wrote a review Mar 2024
12 contributions6 helpful votes
We have cruised before on Royal Caribbean, but this was our first time on a Carnival, and with 2 teenage children. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we came home from this 8-night cruise happy. We booked connecting staterooms on Deck 6. The rooms are just off the mid ship elevator, on the inner aisle (Rooms 63xx). We loved the location as there are no rooms across the aisle from us, so it was pretty quiet. And the rooms are actually bigger than we expected. Plenty of storage space, and the empty suitcases fit nicely under the bed. One thing though - it’s directly above the casino, so we heard announcements at night, sometimes up to midnight. Not a big deal if you’re awake anyway. Food is aplenty, and basically around the clock. We loved the main dining room’s breakfast, brunch, dinner, and tea services. Dinner menus were wonderful, giving us chances to try some food that we had never tried before - Escargots, Beef carpaccio, Frog legs, Swordfish, Barramundi, and Duck. Thank you. Sometimes there were lines on Lido Deck for the various food outlets, but never too long. Crew always kept the whole ship clean and tidy. We really appreciated their service. Our kids loved the ropes course. We loved the Serenity 21+ area. A nice surprise to us was we really enjoyed the art displays and auctions. We didn’t win anything but learned a lot. Thank you, Carnival. The nightly entertainment was fantastic. One of the highlights of our cruise was our 3 dining room servers (Luis from Mexico, and Syahrul and Safii from Indonesia), and our room attendant I Ketut from Indonesia. Thank you very much, Gentlemen.
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David E wrote a review Mar 2024
1 contribution
My husband I spent $2,600 on an 8-day cruise on Carnival Magic from February 24th to March 3rd, which turned out to be the worst vacation we have ever taken. This was our first cruise every and we will never cruise again. We were left feeling unsafe and uncomfortable. My sister and brother-in-law met on a cruise ship 20 years ago, so we were celebrating a variety of occasions with family. Carnival should be ashamed for how broken and rusty this ship is and how they have trained the majority of their staff. Carnival promises FUN, which was hard to find on any day on this cruise. Carnival owes refunds for the experience it provided. Note: We were prepared for the crowds, especially getting on and off the ship or waiting for food, but nothing prepared us the series of issues we experienced and the lack of accountability by Carnival so far. Water Damage: Upon arriving on the ship and heading to our stateroom, the first thing we experienced was a water leak outside our room, with water running down the walls of the hall. Leaks happen, but not a single day went by where we didn’t notice leaks on multiple levels of the deck, including a leak my sister’s statement halfway through the cruise. The water damage is evident in many places and rust is unsightly and dangerous in specific areas if you aren’t wearing shoes. Stateroom Issues: We struggled to report issues unless we were able to physically find someone to report as our stateroom phone did not work (it didn’t work the whole cruise despite stating it was broken). Our toilet seat was broken only to be replaced with a seat that wouldn’t stay open. The bathroom door didn’t lock, the sink water sprayed the whole bathroom if you turned it on, and the plugs were so loose, most adapters and plugs just fell out if not propped up with items. The balcony was covered in areas of rust (watch your feet!) and the balcony divider was broken, so even the gentlest wind would send it flying open into our balcony furniture and waking us up in the middle of the night. Our TV remote was broken and most of the functions reversed when we could get it to properly turn on. Our king bed was really two twins pushed together and they had no way to secure the mattresses, so they were constantly sliding away from the wall. I expected weak water pressure, but it was bad enough that I wasn’t sure I was ever able to get soap off my body the whole trip. We eventually stopped complaining as nothing outside the toilet seat was fixed. Ship Features: We opted to pay for the chat feature, as our party was 8 people and it was would be important to stay in communication. I found other reviews on this after the trip and most folks are in agreement that it works about 40% of the time, with Wi-Fi being constantly disconnected, unavailable or messages being delivered HOURS after they were sent or simply never delivered. Don’t worry though, they will deliver you notifications to your phone consistently to try to get you to purchase the more expensive internet plan. There was no enforcement of the majority of the no smoking areas, even when reported, so you could pretty much smell smoke on most parts of the ship. They weren’t running enough water on the slides, so even for light kids, the slides were painful, so we only took one trip down the slides. There were never enough chairs for people on the ship, so you could spend hours trying to find a place to lay down if you wanted to relax. The 21 and over Serenity deck was simply people holding places to lay (and often people not returning for hours), so you were never able to find a place to relax there either. We were on the 7th floor, which was outfitted with 3 washers, with only 1 washer ever working at any moment, creating an hours long back up of people wanting to wash clothes. The hand washing and sanitization machines were constantly breaking, along with the water stations and the ice cream machines. Hours upon hours spent trying to find working items to only be met with long lines as everyone was funneled to what was working. On several days, the upper decks smelled like sewage, but we never found out why or what the problem was. Ship Staff: We had only a couple highlights here, mostly because our stateroom attendant was incredible. However, the majority of the staff are trained to upsell over making customers feel comfortable. The alcohol upsells in the dining room were incredibly uncomfortable, to the point, we didn’t go as often as we wanted, because we didn’t want to constantly hassled multiple times by the same person every meal despite saying NO. We went to the first art auction because we wanted to experience it as well as enjoy some of the incredible art on the ship. But once the art auctioneers knew our names and stateroom, it was an onslaught of harassment to come back and try to convince us to spend money, even after saying NO. We eventually stopped walking anywhere near the art to avoid this staff. Excursions: We had 1 good excursion on St. Thomas, where we got to snorkel, but our excursion on St. Maarten (Regatta) was a disaster. The Regatta staff were focused on winning the race, even at the expense of safety. The staff originally tried to put an 11-year-old on primary grinding (which is a very hard job for a child). We were afraid he would be injured so we swapped to have my sister do it instead. About 1/3 of the way in, one of the main ropes came off and flew taught and hit my sister in the head, knocking her to the ground. The staff were more concerned about their liability than her safety. They insisted on finishing the race with my sister on the deck in pain with a head injury. We filed a complaint and the ship was notified of the injury and my sister was asked to go to medical. She went during their operating hours and no one ever showed up to help her, so she simply just left. We went to Guest Services to try to get any sort of refund for our party given the experience, only to be met with resistance and empty platitudes that someone would get back to us. No one ever got back to us and nothing was every provided to us. Grand Turk: We were unable to dock in Grand Turk due to “wind” or at least that was the complete story by Carnival. However, there were other ships docked. The story they told might have been half true, but the engineers and staff had the real story. There was a broken main thruster and Grand Turk didn’t have a tug boat big enough to assist. There was also additional flooding they were trying to fix. Carnival pushed the story about the wind, but if the ship wasn’t broken, we would have been able to dock. All excursions cancelled. Grand Turk was replaced with Nassau (Bahamas), but the excursions were pricier (and it was cloudy/rainy) so many folks stayed on the ship. People: We met some very nice people on the ship, but it was overshadowed by inappropriate behavior, including anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. I was no prepared for profanity on t-shirts and angry political discourse. We even experienced a drunk individual was policing who could enter a hot tub (spoiler: you had to be Republican to enter), as well as a group of individuals yelling about LGBTQ individuals being pedophiles and anti-trans rhetoric (I won’t go into the disgusting details here). We spent a lot of time in our run-down stateroom, because frankly we felt safer in there. Security almost impossible to be found and frankly, half way through the cruise we gave up. This is just the tip of the iceberg of this horrible trip. I do not recommend anyone ever take a cruise with Carnival, especially on the Magic. Hopefully this statement will be read by Carnival and they are able to contact us to discuss our experience. I am happy to provide them more details about my experience in order to make it right for our party. Edit: Unfortunately, we have tried unsuccessfully to get anyone at Carnival to reply to us since the cruise ended. No response period. Carnival has it's money and clearly, has no intention of making anything right.
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Tvamtrenary wrote a review Mar 2024
76 contributions36 helpful votes
We booked a large family vacation for adults on the Carnival Magic. We have cruised many times but never with Carnival. Our state room (which was an upgrade) was filthy, damaged, rusty and the railing was in bad repair and peeling. The ship thrusters were broken so tug boats were used to get into each port. We were late in port every day which caused Carnival booked excursions to cancel. Staffing is extremely short and customer service will tell you that they "don't care". There are no apologies and most of the time you are told there is nothing that they can do. They upcharge for everything (chat feature costs $5 per person) and any of the good food is a purchase not part of your booking. The ship desperately needs to be updated. There were just two mediocre shows with lip-syncing and bad dancing. The cruise director loves his microphone and this was the first vacation in my life that I actually looked forward to going back to work, very sad!!
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