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Carnival Magic Overview

Carnival Magic first debuted in May 2011, and offers year-round Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, just east of Orlando. The second of Carnival’s Dream-class ships, the Magic marked a departure away from the bright (and at times overwhelming) design of earlier Carnival vessels, which were characterised by architect Joe Farcus’ distinct palette of bright neons. Magic’s modern and updated decor was matched by other innovations in restaurants, cabins, and entertainment, most notably Sportsquare, an activity deck with outdoor exercise equipment, and the now iconic RedFrog Pub, a late-night pub where Jimmy Buffet would feel right at home.

Carnival Magic is perfect for travelers seeking non-stop celebration with an informal, backyard-barbecue vibe. You can expect the public areas to be bustling and loud on sea days, and a jovial and rambunctious attitude is shared by young and old passengers alike. The Serenity adults-only area is a great option for those looking for a temporary escape from the commotion, but introverts and wallflowers will likely feel overwhelmed by the nonstop energy. With a capacity of 3,690 passengers, Magic is still one of the largest Carnival ships in the fleet, and was only recently surpassed by Carnival Vista in 2016.

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Carnival Magic Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 4,724
  • Total Crew: 1,386
  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.41
  • Number of Decks: 14
  • Total Cabins: 1,845
  • Cabin Categories: 38
  • Gross Tonnage: 130,000
  • Length: 1,004
  • Beam: 116

Carnival Magic Cabins

1845 cabins and 38 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.1
(228 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $85 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.8
(84 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 226 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $100 per night
Balcony Balcony
4.4
(455 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $119 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.7
(26 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 293 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $191 per night

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Carnival Magic Dining

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Restaurants Restaurants
4.8
(27 Reviews)
Lobby Lobby
4.8
(4 Reviews)
Prime Steakhouse Prime Steakhouse
4.6
(16 Reviews)
Pizzeria Pizzeria
4.3
(17 Reviews)

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Carnival Magic Onboard Activities

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Beach Pool Beach Pool
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Mini Golf Mini Golf
5.0
(5 Reviews)
Tides Bar Tides Bar
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Band Stand Band Stand
5.0
(1 Review)

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2456 Carnival Magic Reviews

Bad Ending by TWJ1

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

I have been on over 10 cruises and this was the worst I have experienced. I will cruise again but this was probably our last cruise on Carnival, and we have sailed on Carnival over 6 times. There was nothing special about this cruise nor Carnival.

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Heaven on Earth by kduncan78774639

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Perfect. That is the only way to describe it. Nothing was below perfect. From the food, to the service, to the ship, to the excursions. We had the time of our life. Thanks Carnival for making our Spring Break something that we will always remember. Kim and Clarissa.

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It was just ok by natekott

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I have been on several cruises and this was just ok from the entertainment to the food

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977 Carnival Magic Tips

ToddTheCruiser
Sep 07, 2017

Never book an aft balcony deck 6. Yes, my fault for booking late and it was the only balcony left. Now I know why.

gray2884
Jan 24, 2015

Go to the lido deck bar and look for Eko and Suanatara. Tip them well and they will pour heavy and toss drinks your way. Plus they are a great pair of guys!

Angela152
Mar 29, 2013

We had good service in all the dining areas we ate in. We ate breakfast every morning in the Marketplace, had lunch either in the Marketplace or at the Deli and ate dinner in the formal dining room every night. Service was exceptional.

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