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jparker2629 wrote a review Sep 2022
Bethany, Missouri103 contributions23 helpful votes
the ship was nice. Our room steward was great. The dining staff was very good in the dining room and all food venues. The steak house surf and turf was great.

We took a 7 day cruise from new your to St Johns, NB, Sydney NS, and Halifax, NS. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone. I fail to see why St. Johns and Sydney are even cruise stops.

We flew into LaGuardia air port and located the Carnival person who was gathering the cruise customers to transfer to the cruise terminal. We had paid $40 each for this transfer and $40 each for the return transfer at the end of the cruise. This young lady was trying her best to accommodate all of us. She led us to the elevators and took us to the upper level where we were to meet the bus. But, no buses were there. She is constantly on her phone all this time trying to find out what we are supposed to do. She then is told to take us to another arei, so back to the elevators again and across the room to the pick up area, and again there are no buses. After a long time on her phone, she tells us they will provide cars to take us. They start loading 6 passengers in each Chev Suburban and after getting 6 cars filled, she is told to stop that, and we will have a bus in another part of the airport. So, back to the elevators and up to the next level again and then trek across to the other side, but again there is not bus. After a long wait, a bus does come to take us to the cruise terminal. That was a 2-hour ordeal at the airport. Embarkation went smooth and quickly.

Halifax seemed to have a lot to offer tourists, so we purchased the Hop on Hop off package so we could stop at various attractions. There were 10 stops, and we noted that we would like to stop at stop 4 to shop, stop 9 for the titanic burial cemetery and exhibit, then stop 10 to be in walking distance to the recommended lobster restaurant for lunch. we got off at stop 4 and walked to step 5 but there were no shops. We tried to board the bus again at stop 5, but there was no room for us, so we were told to wait for the next bus. We waited for over an hour for the next bus, during which time enough people joined us in waiting for the next bus to totally fill an empty bus. By this time, we knew that even if the bus showed up in the next few minutes, we probably would not be able to get on. Also, if we had another hour plus wait at the next stop, we could not make it in time for lunch and return to the ship. So, we and another couple (we are 74 and they are 80) decided to walk back to the ship, which we did. It was a very long walk and we had missed everything we wanted to do. Fortunately, even though it was a gray line tour, they billed us through Carnival. When we notified guest services on the ship of our experience, our ticket price was refunded.

Then, the cruise ended back in New York. De-embarkation went smoothly and quickly, until we exited the terminal. The only instruction we got was that if going on bus, turn left outside the door, and if needing a taxi, cross the street. So, we turned left and came to a bus parking area and were quickly joined by a couple thousand of our new friends. I saw 3 buses, and later found out that one was going to Newark. I assume the other 2 were going to LaGuardia, but we needed many buses, not 2. Both those buses soon left and we still had hundreds of people and no buses. At one point, word was passed that the carnival man said there was a shortage of buses, and his recommendation would be to cross the street and hire taxis. Some people did so. 6 suburban type vehicles arrived and started loading. We made our way to one of them but were too late and it was full. We then got to another one only to find out that it was not sent by Carnival but was ordered privately by other passengers. Shortly after that, a bus arrived, and the Carnival gut took us and another couple around the where that bus was loading and got us on that bus. Finally, we were on a bus after another 2-hour delay. After a long ride to the airport, the driver could not find American Airlines terminal. On the third tour through the airport, he found where he had missed the turn and we arrived at the terminal.

We have cruised out of Boston, Miami, New Orleans, Galveston, Las Angeles, and Seattle, and have never not had buses ready to take us until New York. It was not just once, but both arrival and departure.
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Sail Date: September 2022
Cabin Type: Balcony
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Carnival Magic

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Passengers: 3,690   |   Crew: 1,386
Passengers to crew: 2.66:1
Passengers to space: 35.1:1
Launched: 2011   


  • Deck 1
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  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
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  Interior Upper/Lower (1A)  
  Interior (4A)  
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  Ocean View (6A)  
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Cabin size: 185 - 185 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 186
Accessible rooms: 2
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 851
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Janice wrote a review 14 Nov
The Villages, Florida2 contributions
Just came back from an 8 day cruise to the southern carribean. This has been my 1st cruise since the pandemic and about 10 years since we’ve cruised on carnival. What a change in 10 years. The quality of food has definitely gone downhill. Best meal was the pasta bar at lunch. No straws except candy ones that turn slimy, so take your own. Coffee machines were out of coffee more times than not. My grandkids loved the kids club, they had a ball there and met a lot of nice people.All in all, we had a great time with family,
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2togogo wrote a review 13 Nov
Jacksonville, North Carolina8 contributions2 helpful votes
We have taken many cruises over the years and have always loved Carnival. We actually preferred them over any other cruise line. This is the first one we have taken since the pandemic and boy have things changed. The service is terrible, some of the servers were actually rude. The food was terrible with the exception of maybe 2 nights in the dining room and the entertainment was awful. The only saving grace the cruise director Joey, my room steward and one waiter team in the dining room. This cruise was a total lrt down and waste of my money. If I could, I would give it zero stars.
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russpei wrote a review 5 Nov
Sebring, Florida593 contributions211 helpful votes
The staff was outstanding everywhere. Food in dining room, Mongolian Wok, Seafood Shack, Guys Bergers and the BBQ joint was great. Getting on the ship was easy but at Grand Turk the lines to get on the ship was poor, elevator waits were poor and Mongolian Wok line was too long. Our room was excellent and the steward was great. One other poor thing was the hot water came out brown for three days and we were told to just let it run, poor never seen this on any other ship.
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texasLeeds wrote a review Oct 2022
leeds9 contributions4 helpful votes
we sailed from new york to the caribbean in july,What shouls have been a once in a lifetime experience was a disaster.The ship was a dump and a disaster waiting to happen there were people openly smoking cannibis,fights on board cabins been broken into etc etc.our cabin had no light and just bare wires on show.we complained everyday verbally and in writing with no succes.on the last day of the cruise we were offered a swap to another room which we refused as it was pointless when nearly back.The aftercare is also as bad with the point blank refusal of any compensation. If i could give this holiday no stars i would. please look at the pictures and do yourself a favour and dont go with these cowboys.
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Robert B wrote a review Oct 2022
Massanutten, Virginia268 contributions80 helpful votes
First the good stuff; the dining room was excellent - both the service and the food. The duo Magic and Music was a super talented musical group. We danced and danced to their tunes! Now the ugly; the Lido Marketplace is a disaster!!! The food was mediocre and cold at best. Other times it was NOT edible. Long lines for that slop! We really tried to avoid the Marketplace! But sometimes it was the only option available. The bars were pretty good but the staff was over worked. There was a music duo called Wild Ember. Painful to listen to!!!! Probably never going on Carnival again.
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