Great ports, newer ship, cheesy cruise director, average food: Carnival Magic Cruise Review by TropicalBeachGirl

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Great ports, newer ship, cheesy cruise director, average food

Sail Date: April 2017
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
In my opinion Carnival is an "entry level" cruise line. If you have never sailed before you might love it (nothing to compare it to) but if you have sailed other lines you will notice the difference. This ship is fairly new so nothing was in disarray. The cabin steward was nice, and in general all of the employees were nice. The ports were great. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze compared to years ago so that was excellent - very well run.

The food was just average and in fact has gone downhill over the years. If you are a foodie looking for amazing food I don't recommend this cruise line. I mean, the food was prepared ok, nothing was stale or bad, but it was just not impressive at all in the main dining rooms and we saw some of the same things on the menu each night. We did not try the steakhouse, their specialty restaurant. There was an outdoor burger and mexican food eatery by the pool - always had a long line. The bar drinks were decent. More We did try the bbq place outside which only operates on days at sea - not bad but again nothing amazing. There was a coffee bar with really good bakery items (like a Starbucks) that we enjoyed. We did purchase the drink package and although we may not have totally gotten our money's worth in drinks, it was nice to not have to worry about it and just walk up to any bar and order what we wanted.

The spa services were good as was the spa. Its a Steiner operated Spa. Be aware they will try to upsell you on products after your services.

The ship itself was pretty.

But the cruise director...oh my no no no! He would hop on the loudspeaker system multiple times during the day, starting early morning, almost yelling into the microphone and singing - I think he fancied himself a comedian or something but it was pretty obnoxious in our opinion. We could have turned on the TV or read the daily flyer that gets delivered if we wanted to know what there was to do that day, or there is the app Carnival Hub, that we could have used. We did NOT need someone blasting on about a jewelry or T shirt sale going on. Ugh. Please Carnival tone it down.

Ports: these are great ports for Scuba diving and being an avid Master Diver I enjoyed that. We stopped at Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Costa Maya. my favorite was Roatan, Honduras. Less

Published 05/30/17
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Port and Shore Excursions

Another Caribbean shopping port if you just take the tender and wander around this port. The frozen rum bar was good and the people were nice. Good port if you want to shop.

We did not do an excursion and instead wandered around the port. Lots of shopping huts set up in a village-like atmosphere. Good place for souvenirs. They had a Fish Spa where they scrub your feet and you soak your feet in a large glass bowl full of tiny fish that eat the dead skin cells off your feet...very strange but interesting experience! Gotta try it once!
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I give 3 stars because the tequila tasting and lunch were good but the snorkeling from the beach was dismal. There are much better snorkeling spots in Cozumel if you are an experienced snorkeler. Probably fine for the beginner. In retrospect next time I would recommend trying the Catamaran snorkel to sail to a better spot.

Scuba Diving

Awesome scuba diving here with Anthony's Key Resort - loved every minute of it! Great dive-masters, very attentive. Great pre dive instruction. You can even hire a private dive-master to yourself if you like (if you are new or a little rusty). We brought our own equipment and stayed with the group - two boat dives, about 75 feet max....saw lots of pretty fish, reefs, caverns, a huge lion fish and a turtle - really nice - I would definitely recommend!

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