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Ed Aucoin

Age: 62

Occupation:Chemical Plant

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Magic

Sailing Date: 2013-07-7

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Carnival Magic was the largest ship my wife and I have been on. This was our first cruise with family members; son & daughter and their spouses, eleven grandchildren and our children's spouse's parents for a total of 23 people. Everyone had an enjoyable time from start to finish.

For the most part the food was very good. Buffet foods had a good selection and were good. I believe everyone tried various meal selections and a couple times if dinners weren't to your satisfaction, they were replaced with another selection without question. When is doubt, there was always pizza for the kids!

We had a four person balcony room on the six floor. Very good room, no issues.

The activities were good, although me and my wife spent most of our time with grandchildren, going here and there throughout the ship. We spent a large amount of our time at the Water Works swim area, which is very well designed and keeps kids and grownups busy.

As for the grandchildren; we had 2 in Club O2, two in Circle C club and six in Camp Carnival. From what I heard from the children; Club O2 was very good, Circle C left a little to be desired and Camp Carnival was fair. The kids were in and out of the clubs throughout the day, never complained.

Our 21 month old grandchild stay with his parents or us throughout the cruise. There was a sitter program, which we didn't use.

First port of call, Jamaica, children and grandchildren totally enjoyed a zip line excursion. Second port of call, Grand Cayman, the whole family, except for our 21 month old grandson, enjoyed a swim with the dolphins and stingrays. This appears to have been the most memorable excursion on the cruise. Third port of call, Cozumel, each family were basically on their own, which most of them went swimming and snorkeling.

Overall the cruise was very enjoyable and the first cruise for a few of our grand children. I believe everyone enjoyed the dancing and singing in the Southern Lights dinning room each evening. Our waiter and staff really did a good job in getting our grandchildren involved. Most of all it was a memorable trip and will always be cherished by each family member.

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