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

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.

Carnival Launches New NASA Mercury Exhibit At Grand Turk

February 2nd, 2011


A unique exhibit commemorating the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA) Mercury space program and the historic 1962 splashdown of the Friendship 7 capsule off the coast of Grand Turk is now open at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.

“Splashdown Grand Turk” is a 3,500-square-foot attraction celebrating the unique relationship of the American human spaceflight mission and its importance to Grand Turk’s history.

Located on the south side of the Grand Turk Cruise Center, the free exhibit features amazing replicas unique to the Mercury space program, including a scaled 20-foot-tall Atlas rocket and a full-size, three-dimensional replica of astronaut John Glenn in spacesuit, and, of course, a detailed replica of the Friendship 7 capsule, which splashed into the Atlantic in 1962, a few short miles from the island of Grand Turk.

Storyboards at the exhibit depict the accomplishments of the NASA space program and detail the differences in space equipment of yesterday and today while offering an overview of the current space program and future plans.

Opened by Carnival Corporation & plc in 2006, the Grand Turk Cruise Center serves as a gateway to this unique destination and encompasses a state-of-the-art pier and a 14-acre complex offering a variety of shops and restaurants.

The 2011 cruise season will bring 285 ship calls to the Grand Turk Cruise Center carrying approximately 625,000 visitors who will have an opportunity to learn more about Grand Turk’s involvement with the NASA space program.




Family Cruise Diary: Liberty of the Seas Chefmakers at Sea Cooking School

January 29th, 2011

Add some spice to your family cruise by taking a cooking class

A smile from a happy cruiser having fun at cooking school

Parents of tweens/teens are always looking for opportunities to engage with their children and to find “cool” activities for the family to enjoy. While a cruise vacation offers plenty of choices when it comes to entertainment, in some cases once onboard it is hard to hang with the kids. New friends, kids clubs, arcades, and endless eating sessions of pizza and soft-serve might leave mom and dad in the dust.

But my 12-year old daughter and I found a good way to spend time together: We participated in a cooking class offered by Chefmakers at Sea, and it was one of the highlights of our cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.

The reason I enjoyed it so much is because I could tell that my daughter was learning and having fun. Plus, I got to spend quality time with her.

Chefmakers at Sea is a cooking school offered on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. The concept was developed for people who want to take cooking classes but do not have time. The owners of Chefmakers at Sea contract space on Freedom and Liberty to meet the needs of cruisers that want to spend some of their vacation time learning cooking techniques.

Making Beef Wellington

Chefmakers at Sea takes over the front of the Windjammer Cafe in a space called Jade. During our event, we prepared food on stainless steel workstations and cooked on the grill station.

There are a wide variety of programs available. Popular classes include: Knife Skills, All About Chicken, Wine and Dine, Surf and Turf, and Asian Cuisine.

Chefmakers At Sea will accommodate families, and in addition to age-appropriate kids classes, older children, when accompanied by an adult, may attend many of the classes.

When we attended, we had a private group, and the chef helped us create a four-course menu, with wine.

A suggestion for making sure you don’t miss the boat for the cooking class: Stop by the Chefmakers At Sea information desk on the first day of the cruise. The desk is located at the front of Jade in the Windjammer Cafe. Review the class schedule and sign up. The most popular classes sell out, so don’t delay if you see a class that intrigues your inner chef.

Bon Appétit