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Dan

Age: 61

Occupation:minister

Number of Cruises: 10

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Magic

Sailing Date: 2011-08-29

Itinerary: Western Med

Carnival has managed to make a large ship feel small and a new ship feel old -- no small feat! The ship is poorly laid out and is not big enough for the 4500 passengers we traveled with. Although it is new (only a few months old when we sailed) the Magic is more like a ship of the 1990's and is certainly not on a par with the Oasis or Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). There is a definite lack of large open spaces and the competition for deck loungers is crazy.

The food was actually a pleasant surprise - especially in the dining room. However, the ship was constantly running out of things: chocolates on the pillow disappeared after the second night; ice cream cones were not available for the last four or five days of the cruise; cups for cold drinks ran out several times during the day; and I could go on!

The rooms are small, which may be one reason they are able to advertise a capacity of almost 3700 (double occupancy). When 1000 or so children and young people are added to the total, the overcrowding is unbearable.

We have sailed on other cruise ships with lots of young families and have enjoyed the experience. This was not the case on the Magic. The Adult-only "serenity deck" is advertised as a retreat where "kids are neither seen nor heard." This is not true! The area is right beside the waterpark and not far from the main pool area, so the sounds of loud music and screaming kids are never far away. There is no pool for the adults and the two small pools on deck ten are always overcrowded. The hot tubs are all closed by 11 PM, even those located on the serenity deck, so no midnight soak! The shows were adequate but the theatre itself is too small. In addition, about 20% of the seats are blocked by support columns or give only a partial view of the stage. The movie screen on deck ten is nice but is under-utilized.

The destinations are the best part of the cruise! How can you miss with Rome, Venice and Dubrovnik on the itinerary? We had booked excursions with our travel agent, so I cannot comment on the quality of the shore experiences.

We had a wonderful time with the friends we travelled with. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the destinations, the meals and the conversation. Next time we will do it on a ship other than the Carnival Magic.

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