Carnival Magic is expected to be released by Carnival Cruise Lines in May of 2011. She will be the sister ship to Carnival Dream, and will be the second ship in the Carnival's Dream Class of ships. This ship will be the length of three football fields, with 63% of her staterooms having an ocean view. Of those staterooms, 78% of them will have a balcony!
Some of the highlighted features of this ship will be The Piazza (a dining and entertainment complex), Cove Balcony staterooms, a wrap-around outdoor promenade, Carnival WaterWorks (featuring multiple water slides), overhanging scenic Jacuzzis, Cloud 9 Spa staterooms and suites, one of the largest Cloud 9 Spa's in the seas, and a dance club with outdoor deck access.
Although Carnival Magic will initially debut in the Mediterranean, she will eventually reposition to Galveston, Texas (during November of 2011), where she will begin doing year-round cruises from that port (alternating between 7-night Eastern and Western cruise itineraries).
Carnival Magic will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012 & 2013: Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean (all sailing round trip from Galveston, TX)
Carnival is well known for having staterooms that are larger than that of the industry average. All of the staterooms onboard this ship will come with a private bathroom, hair dryer, TV and phone. There will be a wide range of stateroom types onboard Carnival Magic, from basic interior staterooms all the way up to huge Penthouse suites. Among the new and innovative stateroom categories being introduced on Carnival Magic are the Cloud 9 Spa staterooms. There are connecting staterooms available on Carnival Magic, for families and friends that want such accommodations.
Interior Staterooms: The most basic (and least expensive) staterooms that are planned to be onboard the Carnival Magic, known as category 1A staterooms, will have upper and lower beds (bunk beds). All other (non-1A) interior staterooms will have twin beds that convert to a king-size. So be sure when booking a cruise on this ship that you're aware of the type of bedding you're getting in your stateroom (bookings for this ship are not yet available though). Category 4S (interior spa) staterooms were first introduced on board Carnival Dream, and will also be available on Carnival Magic.
Ocean View Staterooms: There will be many types of ocean view staterooms onboard Carnival Magic. Category 5A ocean view staterooms will have two portholes, rather than a picture window. Category 6E ocean view staterooms are ocean view spa staterooms. Deluxe ocean view staterooms (categories 6B, 6C and 6D) feature a full bathroom with a shower, plus a separate washroom with a sink and junior tub. Ocean view staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed.
Balcony Staterooms: A really nice way to enjoy a cruise is in a balcony stateroom. This gives you a private balcony right off of your room. Balcony staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed. Category 7A balconies are known as Cove Balconies, a new feature onboard Carnival Cruise Lines (which will actually start with the Carnival Dream). Cove Balconies will be located on the Main Deck, featuring partially enclosed balconies. Another new balcony category are the category 8P and 8S Cloud 9 Spa Balconies. The spa staterooms feature private access to the spa, along with special amenities and priority reservations at the Cloud 9 Spa.
Suites: There a few types of suites onboard Carnival Magic. Category 11 staterooms will be Balcony Suites, while category SS (new to Carnival) staterooms will be known as Spa Suites. The category 12 staterooms will be the most premium accommodations on the entire ship, and will be called Penthouse Suites.
Carnival's dining concept is called "Total Choice Dining." They call it that because their goal is to give as many choices as possible to their passengers. Breakfast is served in the main dining rooms, on the Lido deck or even in your staterooms (via room service). Lunch can be eaten indoors or outdoors (at a buffet), or (of course) via room service. Dinner is served in the main dining rooms, or in the Supper Club (see below for details). Again, if you're feeling like a meal in your room that is possible as well.
Dinner is split up into two main seating times aboard Carnival Magic. The "main seating" starts at 6:00 pm, while the "late seating" starts at 8:15 pm. Please be aware that Carnival does not guarantee that they will give you the dining time that you've requested when booking (as it is on a request basis only). All dining rooms onboard Carnival are Smoke-Free.
The Supper Club is Carnival's optional specialty restaurant, typically open from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The cover charge for this dining venue is $30 per person (subject to change). Yes, it's not free...but it's worth trying at least once! It's a true upscale meal that's sure to add to your Carnival cruise experience. A typical meal at the Supper Club can take up to 2 hours to complete. Among the entrees on the menu is lobster tail, prime rib, porterhouse steak, filet mignon and lamb chops (subject to change). The Supper Club is available on a reservations-only basis.
Carnival Magic, following Carnival Dream, will feature some of the newest and most innovative features in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet of SuperLiners. Among them will be Carnival WaterWorks, an aqua park already featured on some Carnival ships that will be taken to a new level onboard the Dream Class ships. This area of the ship will have multiple water slides and much more. There will also be a two-deck miniature golf course and a outdoor promenade deck with an outdoor cafe and multiple whirlpool Jacuzzis (each placed along the outer edge of the deck, for a spectacular view). Carnival also plans for Carnival Magic to feature the largest Spa Carnival ever built in their fleet (also like the Carnival Dream). The Piazza will be a huge dining and entertainment complex onboard the Dream.
More information regarding Carnival Magic's onboard features will be provided shortly - stay tuned!
The casual dining dress code onboard a Carnival Magic cruise is as follows: For men: sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), dress shorts (long), collared sport shirts. For women: Casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, Capri pants, dress shorts, jeans (no cut-offs). The following is not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Casual dinner for ladies and gentlemen: gym shorts, basketball shorts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, cut-off jeans, and sleeveless shirts for men.
For those that don't want to dress up, the Lido restaurants are open nightly (except for the last night of the cruise). The Lido restaurants have a casual dress code.
The number of formal nights on a Carnival cruise depends on the length of the cruise. On a 7-Night cruise there will typically be two formal nights. The dress code for children is the same as that for adults.
Carnival calls their Formal Night dress code Casual Elegant and considers it as follows: For men: Dress slacks and dress shirts. A sport coat is suggested. Suites and tuxedos (tuxedo rentals are available on the ship) are also more than welcomed. For women: Cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses. Evening gowns are also a nice way to get dressed up.
Not permitted in the dining room during casual elegant nights are shorts, t-shirts, beach flip-flops, bathing suits, jeans, sleeveless shirts for men, sportswear, and baseball hats.
Carnival Magic will have a wonderful supervised youth program available on board. This program is split up into three main groups, based on age. Camp Carnival is for 2 through 11 year olds, Circle "C" is for 12 to 14 year olds, and Club O2 is for 15-17 year olds.
Camp Carnival is split further, into three groups. 2 to 5 year olds are in the Toddlers group, 6 to 8 year olds are in the Juniors group, and 9 to 11 year olds are in the Intermediates group. Kids in Camp Carnival get their own special kids' menus, featuring lots of favorites (such as pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken nuggets). Some of the activities that will be available to your kids include board games, reading & story time, finger painting, talent shows, dance parties, video games and lots of outdoor activities.
Circle "C" is a fun time for 12 to 14 year olds. Activities for these kids include various games, dance parties (each night of the cruise), scavenger hunts, pool parties, outdoor movies and more.
Club O2 features video games, teen-only shore excursions, dance parties, pool parties, sports, board games, card games, karaoke and a special Club O2 Lounge. The Club O2 Lounge is dedicated to the kids in the Club O2 program and is a real hot spot on the ship. This area features comfy seating, a state-of-the-art dance floor and multiple video screens.
Babysitting services are available from 10 pm to 3 am, at an additional charge, on all Carnival Magic cruises. Babysitting is available for 6 month olds through 11 year olds. The babysitting is offered in Camp Carnival and is provided in a "slumber party" format. During this time kids get to enjoy movies and cartoons. Pillows, blankets and cribs will be available. The cost for this service is $6 per hour for the first child, and $4 per hour for each additional sibling in the same family. In-cabin babysitting services are not available on a Carnival cruise. There is an After Hours program available for 9 to 11 year olds, at the same cost of the babysitting service. This program runs from 10 pm to 12 am, and provides kids with a variety of activities to participate in. Among these activities are board games, karaoke, video games and theme nights. Children are not allowed to sign themselves out of these programs (parents must return to do so).
Carnival will automatically charge your onboard account $10 per person per day on all Carnival Magic cruises, to cover for the gratuities for your dining and stateroom staff. The $10 is based on the following guidelines that Carnival recommends:
$3.50 per day for staterooms services
$5.50 per day for dining room services
$1.00 per day for alternative services (distributed to kitchen and other hotel service staff)
For cruises to nowhere, gratuities of $10 per guest per day must be prepaid.
If you're not satisfied in some way with the service you receive while on your cruise, you can go to the main purser's desk and ask them to adjust the gratuities being charged, to any amount you see fit. A 15% charge is automatically added to all beverage purchases. Tipping of room service employees and your Maître d' is at your discretion.
The official minimum drinking age on all Carnival Magic cruises is 21 years of age. Proof of age is required.
Guests that are 21 and older are allowed to bring one bottle (750 ml) of wine or champagne per person on the cruise, at embarkation only (the first day of the cruise). A $10 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle at dinner. A $14 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle in the Supper Club. All other alcoholic beverages are restricted from being brought onboard at embarkation.
Alcoholic beverages that are purchased at a port of call and are brought onboard the ship will be confiscated at the gangway by the Carnival staff and will be returned to you at the end of your cruise.
The official minimum gambling age on all Carnival Magic cruises is 18 years of age. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required.