Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic





Owned by Carnival Cruise Line, the Magic is a Dream-class cruise ship. With 1845 cabins, it can carry up to 6000 people on board. The vessel boasts a mini water park called Waterworks and has 15 decks since floor 13 doesn’t exist. Furthermore, Cloud 9 Spa is available for adults on decks 12 and 14 while Camp Carnival for kids is on Deck 11.



Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic tapestry

This ship typically caters to families ranging in size from couples with kids to large groups comprising multiple generations. While the age group onboard varies widely, most travelers on this ship seem to have a sense of fun and adventure.We got a chance to cruise onboard in its inaugural season when it said Mediterranean ports like Venice and Barcelona.

Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic lights

The public areas of the ship were exceptionally clean and tastefully decorated, though some spots were especially high on the glitz factor. The hallway of the corridor in which we stayed was embellished with a brightly hued mural. The rest of the surrounding walls were decorated in vibrant blues, purples, and whites with light colored wooden accents.



Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic lamps


This ship has a spa, a theater, a library, sports areas, swimming pools, hot tubs, and a water park complete with two slides.

6095754030_1c140353fd_oAdults could make their way over to the Serenity section of the ship, which was completely kid-free or checks out the casino. Traveling kids could enjoy the pool, sports courts and the rope course that is an innovative concept for the cruise line company.

Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic city There are plenty of different places to eat onboard, but the Red Frog Pub and the  Cucina Del Capitano that included a pasta bar for lunch got excellent reviews from those who dined there. We tried the dinner at the Italian venue and still remember elegant desserts.


Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic dessertsFurthermore, the Breakfast at the Lido featured a wide selection of dishes that were worth sampling. For patrons who enjoyed Mexican grub, the Burrito Bar offered freshly made snacks.

Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic restaurant

Our Cabin

We stayed in room 1338 with an additional tub and toilet for kids to use.
Our cabin was outfitted with solid red accents as well as colorful wall artwork along with white bedding. The bathroom areas in our room boasted white and celery green hues.
Two of the beds in the cabin were on the ground level, but the third one was lofted and could be reached by climbing and down a ladder. The loft bed did have safety railing on it to keep those sleeping there from accidentally falling out.

Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic beds

The desk area had a sizable mirror hung on the wall nearby, which enabled the space to double as a vanity if necessary. A small flat screen television was located directly across from the largest bed. The porthole window was beside that bed as well.

There was plenty of storage space in the cabin itself, including various cabinets and two closets that were set up to hold at least a week’s worth of gear. We found life jackets in the cabinet in the event of an emergency. There were also drink glasses, an ice bucket, and a stool provided for guests to use.
Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic porthole

The two bathroom areas looked much the same, except one had a shower, and the other contained a tub. Another noticeable difference between them was the size of the sink; counter .the bathroom with the shower had a larger sink.

Family Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic tv

Autism Travel Tips

Any parents with kids that needed accommodations should stop by the customer service desk as soon as they board the ship.
The cruise line does not provide any slip mats for the bathrooms so parents might want to pack their own.
Both bathroom facilities had safety bars, so those with mobility issues or those that are handicapped could easily wash up without worrying about falls.
Travelers should also note that the smoke in the casino area can be thick at times so visiting the facility is probably not a good idea for patrons with asthma.

Loud music is played in the Italian themed restaurant during the day and evening which might be an issue for noise sensitive kids.

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