• Patrick T Cooper

7 reasons to cruise on the Carnival Magic

Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Who wants the MAGIC? Of course, you do and Carnival Cruise Lines has the perfect formula for relaxation and rejuvenation. Point your navigation toward Orlando, Florida and hit the road or hop a flight. Port Canaveral is an easy embarkation and a quick shuttle from the MCO Airport, it's a perfect alternative to the busier cruise ports in South Florida.

The Carnival Magic is a 3,960 passenger dream class ship and has a little bit of something for everyone in the family; young or old makes no difference. This ship is also very laid-back and less scheduled than most cruising options on the open seas. It is your time, so experience the magic. Do your thing and marvel in memorable moments to last a lifetime!


Easy, breezy to start your week of relaxation. It’s the people taking care of you that make your vacation. The Carnival Magic staff did not disappoint, making us feel important before ever getting on the ship.


The Magic is known for “Good Grub” and lives up to that reputation. Don’t expect fancy – but expect hardy food and plenty of it! By far, one of our favorite spots was Guy’s Burger Joint. It’s by far the best burger we've had at sea (not to mention the hand-cut fries).

There are plenty of food options included in the price of your cruise (including 24/7 Pizza and room service!), however you can splurge on more upscale dining option(s) for an additional fee – for that foodie in your family. 14 food destinations on board to eat, certainly kept us busy and full!

You want a great steak or some surf & turf on the high-seas? Definitely make a reservation at Prime Steak House. Pair it with great wine and your meal with become the perfect night at sea.

Italiano anyone? Cucina del Capitano was worth the more intimate setting and northern/southern Italian options.


It’s a cruise! Don’t expect huge cabins. How much are you in the cabin anyhow? There are many options to choose from. Perhaps, splurge on a suite for even more magical memories.

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With over 100 excursions to choose from, you will get to do some “one in a lifetime” options.

Below: ATV trip through the jungles, rivers, mud and backroads of Mexico! This excursion was an adventurous and thrilling option. Choose your option, once you book your trip on Carnival Magic.

ATV Excursion Costa Maya, Mexico

End your jungle-ride with a few hours at a private beach and an open-bar. A view, sunshine, relaxation and libations = a perfect day!

Costa Maya Private Beach


Waterworks:A water park for the kinds (BIG OR SMALL) – I made a huge splash!

Waterworks:A water park for the kinds (BIG OR SMALL) – I made a huge splash!


Meet the Crew that is a eager to please with gracious hospitality.

The stage show FLICK, created by Paul Roberts, is creative, artful and combined great talent and technology. Songs weaved from various Hollywood film productions will entertain you.

Flick Performance on The Carnival Magic

Comedy, Casino, lip-sync battles, pools, hot-tubs, adult only retreats, golf, basketball, ping-pong and kid’s activities everywhere; oh – did I mention bars everywhere? Night-club dancing? Carnivals offers various drink packages to fit your budget and consumption!


Relax in the Thalassortherapy Pool. A special mix of sea H20 of all-natural absorbing minerals and vitamins to comfort your body and heal pains. This experience is one of 5 special rooms within the Cloud 9 Spa you can bask in for a day pass or an anytime voyage pass. The spa is amazingly relaxing after a day of shore excursions equaling a must add-on to your itinerary.

The Thalassortherapy Pool

Ship Schedule:

Through 2018 the Magic is alternating 7 night cruises: eastern/western Caribbean

EAST: Port Canaveral, Amber Cove Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk

WEST: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan Honduras, Costa Maya

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