Carnival Magic

Make Magical Memories with Carnival Cruise Lines

The Carnival Magic is the second in Carnival Cruise Lines‘ Dream Class. This ship can accommodate up to 3690 guests and offers 15 decks of entertainment, dining, and relaxation. The overall color feel on this Carnival ship is a bit more subdued than other Carnival ships, in my opinion, but still has that Fun Ship feel. It launched May 1, 2011 from Venice, Italy with a European home port of Barcelona, Spain. The Carnival Magic will call Galveston, Texas her home port beginning November 2011 after her inaugural season in Europe.

Cruising on the Carnival Magic is not only fun, but can be very relaxing. There’s plenty of space to find some privacy, and if you are searching for activities and entertainment, you’ll have so many activities too choose from, no matter what your age or interest. Carnival Cruise Lines introduced new spaces to the cruise line on the Carnival Magic, with SportsSquare, Cucina del Capitano, Cherry on Top, and RedFrog Pub.

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All staterooms on the Carnival Magic include the Carnival Comfort Collection of linens, towels, and bathrobes.  There is plenty of closet and drawer space, even in the smallest staterooms. Each stateroom offers a full bathroom with shower and sink area, along with a number of storage areas around the vanity area for necessities. There is a television inside each stateroom and don’t forget about the 24 hour room service that can be ordered right off the television.

Grand Suite –  The largest cabin option on the Carnival Magic is the Grand Suite, which offers more space than any other cabin category. You get all the benefits of a suite, along with VIP check-in, a massive balcony, and even more perks.

Cloud 9 Spa Balcony – The Carnival Magic offers some of the most relaxing balcony cabins at sea with their Cloud 9 Spa Balcony room category. These cabins are located near Cloud 9 Spa and the Serenity Deck, and also close to the fitness center.

Carnival Magic Balcony Stateroom 9252 (c) Shannon Hurst Lane | TravelingMamas.comBalcony - We stayed in a balcony cabin during our cruise onboard the Carnival Magic and found it spacious enough for three adults, if needed. The balcony adds the extra outdoor space for relaxation and a sense of freedom during the cruise. Check out the full review of the Carnival Magic balcony stateroom. There are also Cove Balcony staterooms which offer a lower level balcony with a bit more of an enclosed area around the balcony itself, but you still get the benefit of an outdoor area to relax and watch the scenery pass by.

Deluxe Ocean View – These staterooms are great for families, with some offering a separate washroom and a bunk area allowing families of five to share the same stateroom.

Inside Staterooms – This is the most affordable stateroom option to cruise on the Carnival Magic. It offers plenty of space and all the amenities of the other basic fare staterooms. This is also a good option for families with teens who want privacy. You can book a balcony cabin with an inside stateroom just across the hall.


Northern Lights and Southern Lights Dining Rooms – One of aspects of cruising my family enjoys is the upscale dining each evening. We dress nicer than we would for our family meals at home and we’re able to sit back and dine in style. On the Carnival Magic, your dining room and seating times are preassigned, although there is an option for anytime dining. Each night the menu offers classic favorites and specials of the night. You get to know your wait staff and they end each evening with an entertaining close to the night. The dining rooms are also open for breakfast and lunch, just be sure to check the daily activity schedule for times and availability. Dining here is included in your cruise fare, with soft drinks and alcohol an extra charge.

Lido Marketplace – The Lido Marketplace is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner providing a buffet style variety of international fare. From fresh omelets to start your morning to the burrito bar for lunch, you’re sure to find something that satisfies your hunger. Near the main pool area before the entrance to Lido Marketplace is a burger/hot dog buffet and on the other side is the pizzeria. Behind the Lido Marketplace near the smaller pool is the deli where you can order a fresh panini or hot sandwich to enjoy on the deck. These dining options are included in your cruise fare on the Carnival Magic.

Cucina del Capitano – Inspired by the Italian captains of Carnival Cruise Lines fleet, Cucina del Capitano offers specialty family style dining of Italian fare. This is a new addition to Carnival’s specialty dining options. The dining surcharge is minimal at only $10 per person and offers a fun atmosphere, along with delicious dishes. During lunch, Cucina del Capitano is open as a pasta restaurant and is included with your regular cruise fare. Check out the full review of Cucina del Capitano on the Carnival Magic.

Prime Steakhouse – If you’re looking for a romantic or intimate meal on the Carnival Magic, Prime Steakhouse might be the answer. The current charge for dining at Prime is $30 per person, with wine and cocktails an additional fee. Your meal includes choice of appetizer, entree (dry aged steak or seafood), sides, and dessert. This specialty dining restaurant is located on the Promenade Deck behind the casino, with entrance to the right of the Spotlight Lounge. You can check out the full review of Prime Steakhouse on the Carnival Magic.

Carnival Magic RedFrog Pub BarRedFrog Pub – The Carnival Magic is the first of Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleet to offer the RedFrog Pub along with introducing their private label brew, Thirsty Frog. The pub is a twist on the traditional English pub found on most cruise ships and offers a fun and relaxing atmosphere for cruisers. It’s a popular hangout with affordable Pub Grub and live music, along with table games and an outdoor seating area. RedFrog Pub offers a variety of Caribbean inspired libations and munchies. Read more about RedFrog Pub on the Carnival Magic.

Carnival Magic Sushi and moreSushi and More – There are some other light dining options to be found on the Carnival Magic, including Sushi and More, a pastry and coffee shop, and various activities scheduled throughout the cruise, such as Afternoon Tea or specialty deck activities. Some of these incur an extra fee, but Afternoon Tea and room service are included in your fare.


Lounges – Every little corner of the Carnival Magic offers something amazing and special. From the Play it Again Piano Bar to Vibe Dance Club, cruise guests will find a place to enjoy music and cocktails. If you are in search of a quiet hideaway, the Escape Bar is tucked away in a cozy alcove near the Photo Gallery on the Mezzanine Deck.

Shows – There are a variety of live bands, shows, and entertainment option on the Carnival Magic, but don’t miss the most expensive magic show on a cruise ship in the Showtime Lounge. For standup comedy with plenty of laughs, the Spotlight Lounge offers entertainment for adults.

Other Activities – Don’t miss the evening outdoor movies at Carnival’s Seaside Theater, with fresh popcorn and blankets to wrap up with under the stars. Be sure to check the Fun Times to see what’s on the schedule during your cruise, including games, contests, and even themed deck activites.

Youth Programs and Spaces

Camp Carnival – This supervised activity center for kids ages 2-11 offers age-appropriate activities and gives the littlest cruise guests a chance to make friends with others their age. Camp Carnival also offers a new Night Owls program, for parents wishing to have a late night of entertainment. Be sure to check out our tips on Camp Carnival, no matter which Fun Ship in the fleet you choose to cruise.

Carnival Magic Circle CCircle “C” – Once kids enter their tween and early teen years, they don’t need adult supervision every moment of their cruise. The fun part about cruising as a family with older kids is that it gives your kids a chance to explore on their own, and as parents, you don’t have to worry too much about them getting lost. Circle “C” on the Carnival Magic was spacious and offered plenty of room for this age group to mingle and enjoy their time in a place where parents aren’t allowed. To see just what it’s all about, check out our kid review of Circle “C”.

Club O2 – Teens ages 15-17 have their own space where even the younger teens aren’t allowed. Club O2 offers activities such as teen shore excursions, dance parties, and a place to hang out, complete with a teen bar and video game area.

The Warehouse Video Arcade – Families that cruise together like to play together — and that includes video games. On the Carnival Magic, make plans to hold an air hockey tournament or race each other with wholesome fun for everyone.

Carnival Magic Carnival WaterWorksCarnival Waterworks – This might be a part of the trip classified under the youth space, but I can personally tell you it’s fun for all ages. I set out to do a bit of research and make sure that Carnival Waterworks is just as amazing at Carnival Cruise Lines says it is. Well, the verdict is in. It’s pretty darn fun. You can check out the full review of Carnival Waterworks, which includes video.

Cherry on Top – Not just for kids, Cherry on Top offers a sweet stop in the midst of the Fun Shops on the Promenade Deck. With handmade chocolates and candy by the pound, guests can also purchase that little something extra to make their cruise just THAT much more special.

Spa and Fitness

Carnival Magic thermal suite at Cloud 9 Spa | Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise LinesCloud 9 Spa - Carnival’s Cloud 9 Spa offers a peaceful retreat in a multi-level spa facility. There is a private elevator that connects the various levels in the spa and fitness area of the Carnival Magic, including the Spa Cabins, Fitness Center, Cloud 9 Spa, and the Serenity Deck. Cloud 9 Spa offers a new relaxation area with a daily fee that includes use of various self-service treatment rooms and relaxation areas. The main relaxation room offers a panoramic exterior view. There are a variety of spa treatments and services available and there are sometimes discounts offered throughout the duration of the cruise. Here’s a full review of Carnival Magic’s Cloud 9 Spa.

Hammock on Serenity deck of Carnival Magic | Photo by Shannon Hurst Lane/TravelingMamas.comSerenity Adult Only Retreat - Escape the kids and hide out in Serenity, an adult only retreat that offers hidden areas, whirlpools, and hammocks to relax and soothe away your stress while on your cruise vacation. Open up a book or just gaze across the water as the Carnival Magic takes you to your next port of call.

SportsSquare – If you’re seeking a little adventure while on the Carnival Magic, look no further than SportsSquare, a family friendly outdoor activity area. Fun activities include volleyball, basketball, mini golf, and even a ropes course to explore the high seas. There is also a jogging track with fitness stops and many other things to do. The mini golf course is a two story, themed attraction that offers tons of fun for everyone.

Where to smoke on the Carnival Magic?

If you’re a smoker and you plan on taking a voyage on Carnival Magic, there are a few places where you are still allowed to light up. Currently, the designated smoking areas are the starboard outdoor areas, such as the RedFrog Pub outdoor seating, the Lanai adjacent to the Ocean Plaza, and the smoking section of the Hat Trick Casino. Guests with balconies can smoke on the balconies only, with the exception of the Cloud 9 Spa staterooms, which is a smoke free deck. Smoking inside your stateroom is no longer allowed.

See how the Carnival Magic was built:

Behind the Scenes on the Carnival Magic: Cruise Ship Construction

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Carnival Cruise Lines takes Delivery of the Carnival Magic

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Carnival Magic Arrives in Venice

Carnival Magic Naming Ceremony



{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Benton June 2, 2012 at

My first annual trip was on a cruise ship. The experience was amazing, especially the planning of all of the events and the amazing food and service. I would NOT recommend the inside staterooms though. Way too tiny. Granted, you shouldn’t spent much time there, but you’l be happy you’re not stuck in the middle of the ship.


2 Sylvia Benton February 1, 2013 at

Hi! Thanks for your great review on the Magic. My DH and I are cruising on the Magic Feb.24 and have a balcony on the Vista deck. Are there any special benefits for balcony cruisers? I heard there were but can’t find any info or how to get them.???
Any info will be greatly appreciated!


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