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Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival Magic

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Carnival Magic Review

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.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

What You Should Know


  • Spa staterooms and suites have exclusive amenities and spa privileges
  • 2-bathroom staterooms are a boon for families
  • The lowest atrium level has a cantilevered bandstand atop a massive dance floor


  • Lines can be a problem everywhere, especially in the buffet at popular dining times
  • If the weather is bad outside, interior spaces can seem overwhelmed
  • Although the decor is considerably toned down from past Carnival ships, there’s still some glitz
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,386
  • Entered Service 2011
  • Gross Tons 130,000
  • Length 1,004 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,845
  • Passenger Capacity 3,690 (4,724 max)
  • Width 122 feet
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Jun 16, 2016

western caribbean

I am a platinum member with Carnival. My husband, myself and our granddaughter had a fabulous time on the Magic. We had the best cabin steward!! He was there for our every needs...Always greeting us in the hallway with a big smile. The cruise director was the BEST!!! He made us laugh everyday, either when he was making an announcement or during the shows. Our balcony room was just as expected,.. we had plenty of room for 3. Service in restaurant

was excellent. Food was the same as all cruises. We always try to do breakfast in dining room to avoid the lines on the lido deck. But we were very surprised, for a ship that was sold out, there were never any lines. We loved this ship and are going back in September with the family! Happy sailing everyone

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Apr 19, 2016

Western Caribbean

My friends (8) and I planned this cruise for one year. This was my 3rd cruise on the Magic, but nothing could have prepared me for the disaster we encountered. I will NEVER cruise with Carnival again. Service was NIL. Asking for toilet paper was like you were asking for a roll of gold. No more drinks left in the room. Have o call room service for a bucket of ice...sometimes 3 times..3 beds in our room and were given 2 wash cloths and 2 towels. For

our dinner seating we sat at different tables each night. We were told just came out of dry dock for multimillion make over..ship was in dire need to repairs still. Cracked light fixtures and some walls cracking. I am sure this review will not posted but truly a trip from H E DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS. from now on ROYAL CARIBBEAN OR PRINCESS...

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Mar 15, 2016


This was my 2nd cruise and husbands 4th on the magic and this was the most horrible cruise either of us have been on. the ship had just come out of dry dock and it was obviously not ready to be out yet there were wires hanging down, brown glass on windows and doors, the projectors and stuff wouldn't work for shows, and the hot tub 1 if not 2 were shut down everyday due to maintence or broken items in it. We were very dissatisfied with all this and

have made contact with Carnival on the ship and after we returned home with no help from them at all. The breakfast food was good as long as you didn't get orange juice from room service which was warm and nasty, and a lady sitting next to us had fixed her a bowl of raisin bran and took a big bite only to discover the milk was soured and when she looked at date it was out for 2 weeks. lunch and dinner in the buffet was not as it use to be the meats were either severaly over cooked and dry or undercooked and raw with blood. My husband got a tune sandwhich only to find the tune was spoiled. Dinner in the dining room (we had late dinning) it started at 8:15 and was after 10:30 before we got out due to service being slow, lack of items on the table (butter etc) and the waiter looking confused. The food itself in there was excellent except for one night my husbands steak had about half of it being tough that wouldn't cut with knife. This part of our trip was great and we are very glad it was as we spent a lot of time in our cabin due to the situations being so bad. Our room steward was really sweet and helpful and made sure we had everything we needed. There was hardly any activites in the day time other than trivia, the shows at night were the same exact thing we had seen on our previous trips and many of the selling seminars couldn't be seen due to the lack of the projectors working. We didn't plan any excursions we planned on shopping. Our ports were wonderful and we enjoyed our days there very much Very disappointing due to all the issues we were really ready to get off boat this time. 3 of our 7 days the serenity deck, water park, rope course, and putt putt were closed so kids used what hot tubs were open as pools, and rode the elevators up and down making us wait to change floors.

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By Rick_CR

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Sep 24, 2015


Overall expectations were met or exceeded. Cruise was provided as advertised. No problems were encountered. I do recommend the cruise for others. Food was great. High quality, good selection, and food servers were great. Great cabin, enjoyed having the window and more room than a normal inside room. Evening stage shows were great. One lame show was the first night cruise director. Excursions were great. We were rained

out in Freeport, but received a prompt refund from Carnival. It was a very enjoyable, relaxing experience.

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Feb 22, 2015

Western Carribean

Easier boarding and exiting the ship than I have found in the past. Overall I think the cruise experience has been cheapened. Decreased quality and options on the menu. Extra charge now for lobster or better quality meat items. We had poor service and food in the dining room and only ate there 3 times. Our table for 8 was empty most nights. Other nearby tables were empty after the first night. Nice stateroom, great staff, willing

to go the extra effort. Our room -6323-was above an exterior door on deck 5. The door slammed continually until late at night. Hard to sleep in in the AM and hard to get to sleep early in the evening OK shows and entertainment, but the drinks were smaller and expensive. The usual cruise ship owned or approved "Mini Mall" at the end of the pier. Costa Maya and Progreso were a disappointment. Nowhere to walk to but the junk stores. I think we will go back to Celebrity or Norwegian for future cruises.

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