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.

Carnival Magic Ship Stats

  • Price:
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  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 3,690
  • Total Crew: 1,386
  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.66
  • Built: May 2011
  • Refurbished: Mar 2016
  • 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
(241 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $84/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.8
(87 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 226 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $104/night
Balcony Balcony
4.4
(488 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $126/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.7
(29 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 293 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $193/night

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Carnival Magic Dining

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Restaurants Restaurants
4.8
(32 Reviews)
Lobby Lobby
4.8
(4 Reviews)
Prime Steakhouse Prime Steakhouse
4.6
(19 Reviews)
Pizzeria Pizzeria
4.3
(18 Reviews)

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Carnival Magic Onboard Activities

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Sportsquare Sportsquare
5.0
(1 Review)
Beach Pool Beach Pool
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Band Stand Band Stand
5.0
(1 Review)
Mini Golf Mini Golf
5.0
(6 Reviews)

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2666 Carnival Magic Reviews

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Best vacation EVER! by sammytsammyt

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

This was hands down the best vacation our family group of 9 has ever had. The cruise was a first for several of us in the group and it was above and beyond what we expected. There was always something to do and always plenty of good food and drink to enjoy. The excursions were wonderful and we all had a very enjoyable time on this trip. The ship is very well maintained and is beautiful. Everyone should enjoy a cruise on the Carnival Magic.

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"Magic-ical" Cruise 2019 by dpotorski71

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Overall, we had a wonderful Cruise. We've sailed with carnival before, and I would certainly sale with them again. I understand that it's a less expensive cruise line so you kind of get what you pay for. The alcohol packages are completely and totally ridiculously priced. And I wish they offered similar "freebies" such as Norwegian does. I definitely think that carnival needs to step up their game in the way of entertainment. The other Cruise lines just blow them awayain thattdepartment, but then again that could be because of the cost of a carnival Cruise. It would also be nice to have a pool on the adult only deck. I would like to go on vacation and not have to worry about kids in a crowded pool.

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Fantastic Cruise! by mfitz629

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

The Carnival Magic is a terrific ship. Our party of seven had a fabulous time. The time went way too fast and that is because the crew kept the fun flowing. Thank you Carnival Magic Crew. I look forward to cruising on this fun ship again!

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1084 Carnival Magic Tips

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!

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.

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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