Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fun For All...All For Fun! The Reveal of the Carnival Magic

It's no secret I'm a lover of cruising and in my opinion a Carnival Cruise is one of the best ways to sail the deep blue sea! Last Friday, Carnival Corp. took delivery of its 100th ship at sea! Not bad for a company founded just 38 years ago with a single old ship, the Mardi Gras, weighing in at just 27,500 tons. Over the years Carnival Corp. has grown into the largest cruise operator in the world! On Friday, the milestone was celebrated on every one of its vessels with a champagne toast at dinner. Carnival Corp. estimated more than 227,000 guests took part in the celebration in what it believes was the largest event of its kind ever at sea.

Mardi Gras 1972 vs. Carnival Magic 2011

The size and sophistication of cruise ships has changed since Carnival first sailed onto the scene nearly four decades ago. At 130,000 tons, the new Carnival Magic is five times larger than the original Mardi Gras and will carry four times as many passengers. Featuring a brand new layout with a sleek hull and distinctive profile, Carnival Magic is designed as the ultimate vacation experience. The length of approximately three football fields, 63% of her staterooms are Ocean View and of those, 78% offer private balconies. This means that almost HALF of this floating resort's staterooms boast private balconies. Check out this photo of the 2 ships side by side- Now that's growth!

 The Carnival Magic will introduce a handful of new features including the line's 1st pub,serving its own private label brew called ThirstyFrog Red, an Italian family-style restaurant, and the industry's first water 'dump bucket,' which will complement the ship's pair of water slides. The Carnival Magic will also have an expansive deck-top sports complex called SportsSquare featuring the first-ever ropes course and outdoor fitness area at sea.  A Sports Court within the SportsSquare complex will be a multipurpose game space for basketball, volleyball and soccer. Additionally, the area will feature a six-station Vita exercise course and ping pong and foosball tables. For those who prefer their sports on TV, SportSquare will also have a full bar with flat-screen TVs for the armchair athletes onboard.

Carnival Magic Accommodations
SportsSquare Complex
Enough of fitness...onto the entertainment! The Carnival Magic's entertainment will include a musical built around disco tunes, a magic show and a game show parody. The Magic also will feature singing and dancing waiters in the Italian-themed Cucina del Capitano; an acoustic guitarist in the RedFrog Pub; entertainment acts in the Ocean Plaza; the Punchliner Comedy Club; and "Superstar Live" karaoke, in which participants perform with a band and backup singers.  Get down on it! This ship is sure to be 'AMAZING'! Although this isn't the standard introduction to a new cruise ship video, I loved it and wanted to share... Check it out and let me know what do you think:

Now that she has been christened, the Carnival Magic will sail a series of 7 to 12-day Mediterranean cruises out of the Venice through Oct. 16 before heading across the Atlantic on a 16-day repositioning cruise to the USA. On Nov. 14, the vessel will begin year-round, seven-day Caribbean cruises out of Galveston, Texas.  Hope to see you onboard!!

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