Carnival Magic Review

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The second of Carnival’s Dream-class vessels, Carnival Magic was launched in 2011 with two major new feature—the Red Frog Pub and an Italian specialty restaurant. Carnival Magic is scheduled for a major upgrade in 2015, when it will receive Carnival’s “Fun Ship 2.0" features with new casual dining options, poolside bars, and more. After departing her home port in Galveston, Carnival Magic sails either to the Western Caribbean and Mexico or the Eastern Caribbean, venturing as far as the Bahamas. It’s possible to book cruises back-to-back on the alternating itineraries and with no repetitious ports of call.

Carnival’s Dream-class, the largest and longest ever constructed for their fleet, ushers in an exciting design concept for the line with a new layout, sleek hull, and distinctive profile. The line has made maximum use of the vessels' added size by creating some truly spectacular on-board facilities and amenities. Unique is the Ocean Plaza, an indoor–outdoor café and live music venue with a large, circular dance floor. A massive floor-to-ceiling curved-glass wall separates the room, creating comfortable seating areas with ocean views and, in a first for Carnival, a half-mile, open-air promenade encircling the ship.

Four “scenic” whirlpools located on the promenade cantilever out over the sea and offer maximum views while you're soaking. Higher up, the Lido deck is the most elaborate open-deck area of any Carnival ship, with a tropical, resort-style main pool complete with a Seaside Theatre LED screen; a two-level adults-only retreat (called Serenity) with comfortable seating, full bar service, and hot tubs; and a huge Carnival WaterWorks aqua park featuring one of the longest waterslides at sea. Dream-class family-friendly amenities include separate, purpose-built facilities for the line’s three distinct children’s programs, along with a full schedule of activities catering to each age group.

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