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Carnival Magic – The New Family Friendly Cruise Ship From Carnival Cruise Line

Friday, March 25th, 2011
Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic will offer family cruisers plenty of new and exciting features.

My first cruise was in 2000 when my daughter (aged 2) was just old enough to enter Camp Carnival. We choose Carnival Cruise Lines because they had an award-winning children’s program (accepting children in diapers) and the price was right. I never regretted my cruise line choice; in fact, Carnival Cruise Line is one of my favorite cruise lines when traveling with my family.

A lot has happened in the cruise industry since my first cruise. Ships keep morphing into floating resorts and onboard amenities and activities keep getting bigger and better.

Set to debut May 1, 2011, Carnival Magic will offer family cruisers many cruise industry-firsts that will have kids of all ages begging for a vacation at sea.

Topping the list of cruise industry-firsts on Carnival Magic is the ropes course.

Carnival Magic, will have over 19,000 square feet of family oriented spaces inlcuding the first ropes course at sea. Located in the expansive SportsSquare recreation complex, the ropes course, called SkyCourse, will offer adventure-seekers, magnificent views of the sea nearly 150 feet below while strapped in a safety harness and traversing rope bridges, swinging steps and beams.

Those that are not as willing to go full-throttle may choose from a variety of other fun activities in the SportsSquare complex. Families can spend hours playing popular video games on a large plasma screen TV, pumping-iron (think Venice Beach in CA) at the first outdoor weightlifting area on a cruise ship, or playing mini-golf at Carnival’s first two-level miniature golf course.

Rounding out the SportsSquare menu of activities are: the Vita exercise course; a lighted multi-purpose court for basketball, volleyball and soccer; and tables for ping pong and foosball.  With all this action, cruisers are bound to want to cool-off at the WaterWorks aqua park.

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WaterWorks aqua park will feature an exhilarating "Twister" spiral water slide

Carnival Magic’s WaterWorks aqua park will feature an exhilarating “Twister” spiral water slide, as well as the new Aqua Play splash park designed for youngsters and their families, featuring a gigantic, 300-gallon “dump bucket.”

It’s not all about the action on the open decks, Carnival Magic offers new and exciting dining venues as well.

The latest Dream-class ship, Carnival Magic will debut new dining venues:  Cucina del Capitano and Red Frog Pub.

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Cucina del Capitano, ("The Captain's Kitchen") will offer dinnertime options with made-to-order Italian favorites in comfortable, relaxed surroundings

Cucina del Capitano, (“The Captain’s Kitchen”) will offer dinnertime options with made-to-order Italian favorites in comfortable, relaxed surroundings. Cruisers may dine on hand-made pastas, risotto and fresh-from-the-oven Italian specialties – many served family style. Many of the dishes and recipes were hand-selected by Carnival’s captains. Dinner will carry  a nominal fee. During the day, the space will be utilized as a casual made-to-order pasta bar with items offered on a complimentary basis.

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RedFrog Pub will offer a Caribbean island-inspired environment, which will serve snacks and drinks, including ThirstyFrog Red, a private-label draught beer brewed especially for Carnival Magic.

RedFrog Pub will offer a Caribbean island-inspired environment, which will serve snacks and drinks, including ThirstyFrog Red, a private-label draught beer brewed especially for Carnival Magic. There will be seating for 100 in an indoor/outdoor venue. The menu will feature Bahamian conch salad, grouper fingers, firecracker Jamaican chicken wings, as well as other Caribbean inspired fare.

Young cruisers will enjoy the “Fun Ship” treatment when it comes to eating on Carnival Magic. Families can look forward to expanded children’s menus offering a variety of kids’ favorites, as well as a “daily junior special.” The new menus are included on the back page of a fun coloring/activity book.

To be among the first family cruisers to experience Carnival Magic, book a cruise during the inaugural season.

Carnival Magic will operate a series of Mediterranean cruises departing May 1 to mid October, 2011 from Barcelona. After her European cruise season, Carnival Magic will reposition to Galveston, Texas to launch seven-day Caribbean service.