Carnival Magic

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This article is about a cruise ship. For the 1981 film, see Carnival Magic (film).
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Carnival Magic in Monaco
Name: Carnival Magic
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry:  Panama
Ordered: 2007
Builder: Fincantieri
Cost: US$740 million
Yard number: Monfalcone 6167
Laid down: 12 January 2010
Launched: 27 August 2010
Christened: 1 May 2011, by godmother Lindsey Wilkerson
Maiden voyage: 1 May 2011
In service: 1 May 2011
Identification: Call sign: 3ETA8
IMO number: 9378486
MMSI number: 370491000
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Dream-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 128,048 GT[3]
13,814 DWT
Length: 306 m (1,004 ft)
Beam: 37.2 m (122 ft)
Draught: 8.3 m (27 ft)
Decks: 14 passenger decks, 17 decks total
Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä 12V46
75,600 kW (combined)
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph) (cruise)
25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) (max)
Capacity: 3,720 passengers
Crew: 1,367
Notes: [1][4][5]

Carnival Magic is a Dream-class cruise ship, and is one of the latest of the Carnival Cruise Lines ships to enter the fleet. Her sister ship, Carnival Dream entered service on September 21, 2009, and a second sister Carnival Breeze entered service in June 2012. She was the flagship for Carnival Cruise Lines until June 2012 when the Breeze entered service becoming the new flagship.

The ship's godmother is a former St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient Lindsay Wilkerson.

Concept and construction[edit]

The vessel under construction in 2010.

Carnival Magic's keel was laid on 12 January 2010. Unlike her predecessor Carnival Dream, which has 1,823 cabins, Magic has 1,845 passenger cabins. With the addition of 746 crew cabins, Carnival Magic can carry over 6,000 persons.[1] The ship was floated out from her drydock on 27 August 2010.[2] She completed her sea trials between 17–20 March, 2011.[6]

The lifeboat configuration of Carnival Magic differs from that of her sister ship, Carnival Dream, in that Magic has 18 double-size lifeboats, while Dream has 30 smaller boats. Magic also has a large, highly visible SkyCourse ropes course forward of her funnel that is not present on her sister.

There are 14 decks (although marked as having 15 decks on the deck plan because there is no 13th deck) aboard Magic. She includes the Carnival Waterworks which is a miniature water park on the forward part of the upper decks. Cloud 9 Spa is on decks 12 and 14. Deck 11 includes Camp Carnival and Cucina Del Capitano (an Italian Restaurant with required reservations for dinner at an additional cost, but includes a pasta bar for lunch). The Lido deck, deck 10, includes the Beach Pool & Bar, the Seaside Theatre which shows movie favorites on a huge screen above the pool area, the Lido Marketplace which includes a variety of buffets, and a pool aft. The Promenade deck, deck 5, includes the top of the Showtime Theatre, The Fun Shops, Cherry On Top candy shop, the Hat Trick Casino, RedFrog Pub, Vibe Dance Club, Play It Again Piano Bar, Prime Steakhouse (where you can make reservations for a steak dinner at an additional cost), and the Spotlight Lounge, which is the location of the Punchliner Comedy Club. The Mezzanine Deck, deck 4, includes a Conference Center, Circle "C" (a club for kids ages 12–14), Club 02 (a club for kids ages 15–17), and The Warehouse (an arcade). There are two dining rooms on the Lobby Deck, deck 3, which includes Northern Lights and Southern Lights, and the Guest Services and Shore Excursions desks are also on the Lobby Deck. On deck 0, the tender entrance/exit (used in Grand Cayman, for example) and the medical center are located. There are staterooms on decks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and a few on 12.[7]

Ports of call[edit]

Carnival Magic spent her inaugural season, summer 2011, cruising the Mediterranean.[8] She sailed a combination of 7, 9, and 12-night cruises which all depart from Barcelona, Spain with the exception of her inaugural, leaving from Venice Italy.[9] She sailed a 16-day transatalantic crossing in autumn, 2011, and has since been homeported in Galveston, Texas, and alternates between 7 day Western Caribbean cruises to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico, 7 day Western Caribbean cruises toRoatán, Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico; and 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruises to Key West, Florida, Freeport, Bahamas, and Nassau, Bahamas. In February and early March, 2015 she will be operating 4, 5, and 6 day cruises to the Caribbean before returning to the 7 day cruises in mid March, 2015.

In December, 2016, Magic will be replaced in Galveston by the Carnival Breeze. Carnival Cruise Lines has yet to announce their future plans for the Magic.[10]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 2 July 2013
During a seven-day Caribbean cruise, a 39-year-old male guest died when he accidentally fell from his cabin balcony and landed on an open deck area three decks below.[11]
  • October 2014
A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas employee who may have handled lab specimens from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, boarded the ship Oct. 12 in Galveston, Tex. The hospital employee and her spouse showed no signs of the virus, but voluntarily quarantined themselves on the ship. The ship was allowed to dock in Belize, but the quarantined couple was refused the ability to disembark; thus derailing the plan to offload the couple for a flight home. Mexico went a step further and did not grant docking privileges to the ship.[12]
A United States Coast Guard helicopter flew to the Carnival Magic on Saturday, October 18, 2014 to obtain blood samples. On October 19, 2014, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital employee and her spouse were allowed to disembark in Galveston, Texas after the tests were determined to be negative for both the employee and her spouse.[13]


Carnival Magic in Venice, Italy on her maiden voyage. 
Carnival Magic in Galveston, Texas on September 30, 2012. 
Carnival Magic anchored near Belize City, Belize, on December 19, 2013. 


  1. ^ a b c "Carnival Magic laid; work starts Carnival Cruise Line's new flagship". Fincantieri. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Teijo Niemelä (27 August 2010). "Fincantieri launches Carnival Magic". Cruise Business News. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Carnival Magic". Fincantieri. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Carnival Magic". VesselTracker. 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Carnival Magic (927918)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. .
  6. ^ Peter Knego (22 March 2011). "Magic Off Monfalcone: Carnival Magic Completes Sea Trials". Maritime Matters. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Carnival Magic Deck Plan. Carnival. 0311.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "Carnival Magic to Sail Med". CruiseNotes. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ "Carnival Magic Itineraries". Carnival. 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
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  11. ^ Staff writers (4 July 2013). "Man fell to his death from cabin balcony on Carnival cruise ship". KHOU. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Lindsey Bever, Fred Barbash, Elahe Izadi (17 October 2014). "Mexico fails to grant access to cruise ship carrying Texas health worker". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  13. ^ John Bacon (19 October 2014). "Cruise ship returns to Texas; passenger negative for Ebola". USA Today. 

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