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Marilyn

Age: 69

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 10

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Magic

Sailing Date: 2012-12-18

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

We were disappointed that the ship was so large, but with the same amenities so the lines are longer and the areas are more crowded. I found the bed to be absolutely miserable due to the springs that were sticking me in the ribs. I asked for a topper, but was told there was not one.

Cost cutbacks were particularly noticeable in the food. Lunch in the dining room is now more of a brunch with an emphasis on breakfast foods. The midnight seafood buffet is long gone and, as of this cruise, so is the sushi bar. The Lido buffet is miserable and it bothers me to see all the food wasted.

The room was tiny and very hard to get around for people of our age. The mattress was miserable and the springs poked me in the ribs. Our cabin steward was fabulous and kept everything in perfect condition although our friends' passports were stolen out of their safe.

I think there was considerable lack of communication. I would show up for an activity and no one came and then would be told later that the paper was left out for us to take and do on our own. Now, I have been on many cruises so I am well aware of the fact that there are puzzles left out. Another was a scavenger hunt that was mentioned as an aside on the daily sheet and only two teams showed up.

The nightly reviews were cut down to about two real shows for a week long trip. That was a big disappointment. Now there is more emphasis on the comedy shows held in a tiny lounge at the other end of the ship where you have trouble even getting a seat.

The ONLY real positive on this trip was that the dining room dinner menu and food were outstanding.

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