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Gary Inzana

Age: 60

Occupation:self employed

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Magic

Sailing Date: 2011-08-5

Itinerary: Western Mediteranean

Overall experience was OK., but we will probably not take another Carnival Cruise is this is representative of the Cruise line. Our group consisted of husband and wife and our three young adult children ages 23,21,19.

The good: ports of call, length of time in port, excursions available, friendly staff on board, our balcony stateroom, ease of getting on and off the ship. In addition the young adults had a good time "on their own" especially at night on the ship.

Not so good: food see below.
The common areas of the ship are not large enough for all the 4500 passengers. The ship is large but the common areas don't seem any larger than a ship with 3000 passengers. Internet is a waste of money- forget about it -it is useless- I received a partial refund after being frustrated for abut 60 minutes. No "fun" in that.

Pool- see below

Activities- see below

Suggestion to Carnival: let the passengers decide whether they want the announcement speaker to be on or off in their stateroom. The only way to hear the announcements is to go out in the hall or they will miss the announcement. Just a simple switch could turn the speaker on or off. Let the passengers decide.

The food was mediocre at best and sometimes just plain bad. Lido deck buffet dining was terrible. Most times there was lots of "nothing to eat" at lunch and dinner, and you had better check each and every day for the time it is open,because the time changes. Why? I do not know. If you do not commit to a dining time at the Northern or Southern Lights Dining, expect a long wait 20 minutes up to 45 minutes. The menu is limited but the food is good in these two dining rooms and the staff is very nice. Don't pick this ship if food is one of your top priorities. (On the bright side we only gained a total of 12 lbs- less than 3 lbs each)

Our two balcony staterooms were fine and the balcony was adequate for two chairs and a table.

Quite limited. The main swimming pool for a ship with 4500 passengers was 18 feet by 36 feet. No room at all!

There were hot tubs sprinkled around the ship and a smaller pool in the rear of the ship.

The entertainment at night was mixed- good magic show, good dance show, and good audience participation show- but other nights, not much. The "Showtime Theater" cannot hold nearly enough people and if you don't arrive early, forget it- no seat for you!

The possible excursions on this trip were good and the time in ports was good. Of course the Carnival sponsored excursions were quite expensive. The two we took from Carnival were the "Florence on Your Own" (abut $89.00) and "Rome at it's Best" (about $185.00). I would recommend these two as the time distance from the port to both Florence and Rome is about 75-90 minutes and your on time return is guaranteed. The Rome excursion gets you into St. Peter's and the coliseum with little waiting, otherwise-it is a long, long wait in line. The other stops are easily arranged on you own- In Naples we hired a cab right off the ship for the 5 of us for $220 Euros for 7 hours plus a $40 euro tip, and we went to beautiful Sorrento. In Messina we rented a car at Hertz- right near the ship- for about $200 Euros for the day, but you could easily just walk around. (My grandfather's home town of San Per Niceto was 20 miles away so we drove there.) Monte Carlo- just get off and walk around, same for Marseille.

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