Eastern Caribbean Cruise (Dec. 2011)


This page details information about the cruise we took on Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) from 12/11/11 to 12/18/11 for 7 days out of the seaport in Galveston, TX.

We opted for a balcony stateroom and purchased the cruise during a triple discount period; we received a discounted price from CCL during the last 30 days before the sail date, plus an extra  military discount, plus another discount for being a past guest with CCL. We were lucky to get this cruise for $1,539.00 total cost for two adults (including cruise, port charges, and govt. taxes). The advertised price for this cabin in the CCL brochure was $2,169.00 per person (not including any of the add on charges). During the last month or so you can often get a cruise at 70 to 85% off of the brochure rate. So it can pay off in big ways if you can hang on for the huge sales that occur during the last month or weeks before a particular sail date.

Since our RV was parked in a campground in Rockport, TX we simply drove our SUV to the port parking lot in Galveston, TX. We went online and prepaid our parking through Discount Cruise Parking for an additional savings. Cost for parking for this cruise is $50.00 if prepaid with Discount Cruise Parking versus $70.00 if a person waits until they get to the port and opts to park at the Port of Galveston parking lot. A $20.00 savings simply by making a better parking choice is a pretty easy way to save money on the total cost of your cruise.

Our retirement goal is to take one or two cruises per year. Anytime we are near a cruise port, we plan on trying to capture some last minute deals. We love cruising and want to go on many of them while retired. Cruises we have been on in the past (before taking this cruise) include Alaska, Hawaii, Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, and twice to the Mexican Riviera. We are more than happy to go to the same cruise areas numerous times. We feel that cruising, especially at a discount, is one of the best bangs for the buck since cruises include your room, meals, entertainment, and most soft drinks. The only thing not included in a regular cruise package is alcohol, soda, day tours, and specialty restaurants. If you have never been on a cruise, you absolutely need to go on one. As full-time RVers, cruising makes for a great vacation destination that you really should take advantage of. You should be able to acquire most cruises at a discount price of $40 to $100 per person per day; port charges, taxes, and gratuities will always be extra so have some fun finding the best cruise deals you can.

Ship Stats for Carnival Magic (for additional info about this cruise ship on Cruise Critic, click here: Carnival Magic)
Crew: 1,386
Launched: May 2011
Decks: 14
Tonnage: 130,000
Passengers: 3,690
Registry: Panama
Ship's Star Rating (1 star lowest/6 stars highest): 4.5


Carnival Magic

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Balcony Stateroom

Carnival Magic

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Itinerary for this cruise:






Sun., Dec. 11

Galveston, TX


4:00 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 12

Cruising at sea



Tues., Dec. 13

Key West, Florida

10:00 a.m.

 6:00 p.m.

Weds., Dec. 14

Freeport (Port Lucaya), Bahamas

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 15

Nassau, Bahamas

7:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 16

Cruising at sea



Sat., Dec. 17

Cruising at sea



Sun., Dec. 18

Galveston, TX

 8:00 a.m.



Some of the wonderful destinations during this cruise:

Key West, Florida:

Some of the wonderful destinations during this cruise: Key West, Florida Key West is the southernmost point in the continental United States. This friendly town appears to be the Bahamas, New Orleans and Florida rolled into one. The tiny island, just two miles by four miles, can be easily navigated on foot or bicycle, but the Conch Tour Train is popular. The chief points of interest here include Mel Fisher's Maritime Heritage Museum, the Ernest Hemingway House, the Audubon House and the Robert Frost cottage. Visitors won't want to miss out on Hemingway's favorite watering hole -- Sloppy Joe's -- or Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. Freeport (Port Lucaya), Bahamas:

Freeport (Port Lucaya), Bahamas:

Duty-free stores await passengers in Port Lucaya, but for those not interested in shopping, there is plenty more to do. Grand Bahama Island boasts miles of beautiful beaches, and the clear waters are ideal for snorkeling and water sports. The most popular excursions in Port Lucaya include swimming with the dolphins, going on a rum party cruise, water-skiing, jet-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.

Nassau, Bahamas:

Nassau, Bahamas This capital city is a constant reminder of British influence in the Bahamas. Shoppers will want to hit the famous straw market, while those looking for some relaxation will find their place on the white-sand beaches of Paradise Island. Snorkeling and diving excursions and outings to Crystal Cay and Blue Lagoon Island also are popular. Ships dock just steps from downtown, making it easy to explore on foot.  

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