Carnival Magic

3.8 out of 5

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.

Sails from: Port Canaveral, Florida, Miami, Florida

Cruises to: Caribbean - Eastern, Caribbean - Western

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

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the cabins need to have intercom systems that work, we had to open the door to hear announcements. they painted the outside of the balcony and the smell was bad we couldn't enyoy the balcony one day

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

It was quite an adventure. Right after we boarded we were told we would not be going to the ports we had booked.

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It would have been much better if they had let us change our sailing dates and avoid the hurricane. For a cruise to ship to just dump us off in New Orleans was not taking care of their customers. I believe Carnival will have a hard time getting the passengers of the Magic to cruise with them again.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Hurricane season

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Didn't go to any of our ports had a different itenary. Would have liked to get the option to not go before the cruise started. Carnival should have continued with our alcohol package for free while we were stuck on the boat

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Birthday Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Cruise was wonderful, great food, met a lot of people from all over and had a memorable 50th. birthday with my daughter, Ajee', our first cruise together.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: XL

  • Total Passengers: 4724

  • Total Crew: 1386

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.41

  • Built: Aug 2010

  • Number of Decks: 14

  • Total Cabins: 1845

  • Cabin Categories: 38

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Triumphsurvivor
Contributor Level: Second Mate
Sep 23, 2014

If you get up early, order room service to tide you over until the lido or mdr opens.

Angela152
Contributor Level: Third Mate
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.

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain
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.

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