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SkyCourse / Carnival Cruise Line / Andy Newman
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"Destination Unknown"
"Destination Unknown" / Carnival Cruise Line / Andy Newman
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DrainPipe and Twister waterslides
DrainPipe and Twister waterslides / Carnival Cruise Line / Andy Newman
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Pulled pork sandwich from Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse
Pulled pork sandwich from Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse / Carnival Cruise Line
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Cucina del Capitano
Cucina del Capitano / Carnival Cruise Line / Andy Newman
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Lido Deck
Lido Deck / Carnival Cruise Line / Andy Newman
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Spin Class
Spin Class / Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Magic

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Based in Miami, and sailing to the Caribbean, the 3,690-guest Carnival Magic attracts a crowd of the young — and young at heart. This is a great ship for travelers who are looking to indulge in activities around the clock, whether that's a Broadway-style production at the Showtime theater, a poker game at the Hat Trick Casino, or dancing until near dawn at the Vibe club. 

It’s a good time for all ages, plus there's some good grub, too: In spring 2016, TV chef Guy Fieri's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse debuted on the ship to join the popular Guy's Burger Joint. Launched in 2011 as part of the line's Dream class, this was the first Carnival ship to have a SportSquare ropes course and the RedFrog Pub, which serves the line's own ThirstyFrog Red ale. A minor 2021 refurbishment during dry dock refreshed the casino and pool areas.

What We Love

Casual Eats: Lines for donkey-sauce-topped grilled goodness can be long, but move pretty fast at Guy’s Burger Joint. There's no additional charge for the burgers and fries here, nor for the barbecue favorites such as pulled pork sandwiches, grilled chicken, and pork butt cooked in the custom wood smoker at Guy's Pig & Anchor. Both spots are open only for lunch.

Cucina del Capitano: This specialty restaurant serves classic dishes from Caprese salad to spaghetti carbonara for a per-person surcharge. (Tip: Their lunchtime pasta bar is complimentary.) The 2016 dry dock also added Pizzeria del Capitano, where pizza topped with fresh mozzarella is available 24 hours a day for no extra charge.

The Serenity Lounge: Yes, peace is possible. Adults 21 years and over can bypass the boisterous main pool area and relax at the bi-level Serenity Lounge. This quiet outdoor Eden has hot tubs, sun loungers, comfy couches, and a bar. It is worth noting, however, that if a bachelor or bachelorette party is in the lounge, your serenity isn’t guaranteed.

Best Known For

Thrills of All Kinds: The WaterWorks amusement park features two gigantic waterslides that see as many adults as children. SportSquare, the outdoor playground, is home to the first ropes course at sea and a hot dog stand to boot. And how much fun is a “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast (for a small extra fee) with Dr. Seuss characters?

Kids Programs: Children ages 2 to 11 are invited to play games, watch movies, and join in other fun activities at Camp Ocean. Teens from 15 to 17 years old can hang out at supervised Club 02, a safe haven away from adults, while those ages 12-14 can hang out in Circle “C.”

Who It's Best For

Families: Family ocean view cabins have two bathrooms and sleep five (or book adjoining balcony cabins if you want private outdoor space), plus there are plenty of activities to enjoy as a clan and separately. Adults can even do their own thing — from a massage at the Cloud 9 spa to a comedy show at Punchliner — without worrying about their little ones thanks to the kids clubs and babysitting services.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Cabins Above the Promenade Deck Can Be Noisy: Deck 5’s Promenade is where the action happens, from the casino to the club, which means that cabins in the vicinity can feel some not-so-good vibrations. Light sleepers might want to bring earplugs or avoid booking cabins nearby.

Chanize Thorpe
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger