|This photo illustration depicts the new Carnival Magic along with the company’s first ship, the Mardi Gras, which began service in 1972. At 130,000 gross tons, the Carnival Magic is almost five times the size of the Mardi Gras’ 27,250 tons. // (c) Carnival Cruise Lines|
Carnival Cruise Lines accepted delivery of the Carnival Corporation’s 100th ship, the Carnival Magic at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where the vessel was constructed. Following the traditional maritime handover ceremony in Italy, Carnival Magic will debut on May 1 with a nine-day Mediterranean cruise from Venice, Italy, to Barcelona.
Following the May 1 inaugural voyage from Venice, Carnival Magic will sail a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean departures from Barcelona through Oct. 16, then reposition to Galveston, TX, for year-round seven-day Caribbean departures beginning Nov. 14.
To celebrate the arrival of Carnival Corporation’s 100th ship, all guests sailing onboard Carnival Corporation’s 100 ships on Friday, April 29, will enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at dinner to commemorate the new ship. More than 227,000 guests across the company’s 10 cruise brands will participate in the toast, which Carnival is estimating to be the largest celebration of its kind at sea.
Prior to the departure of its inaugural voyage, the 130,000-ton vessel will be named by its godmother, Lindsey Wilkerson, a former patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital who now serves as an employee and ambassador for St. Jude.
As the line’s newest ship, Carnival Magic will introduce a number of new innovations, including the RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-inspired watering hole featuring its own private-label draught beer; Cucina del Capitano, a family-style Italian restaurant; and SportSquare, an expansive open-air recreation complex with a ropes course and outdoor fitness area.
Other features include a WaterWorks aqua park with a 312-foot-long spiral water slide and other attractions; The Lanai, a wraparound promenade with an outdoor barbecue area and whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides; and Ocean Plaza, an indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue.