|The Carnival Magic will be welcomed to Galveston, Texas by a free concert from the band Maroon 5. // (c) 2011 Carnival Cruise Lines.|
Carnival Cruise Lines is celebrating the U.S. debut of its newest ship, Carnival Magic by teaming up with Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 to perform an exclusive concert to welcome the ship to its home port of Galveston, Texas. A free ticketed Maroon 5 concert will take place on Sunday, Nov., 13, 2011, before the Carnival Magic sets sail on its inaugural U.S. voyage.
Carnival Magic, which entered service in May in Europe, will make its transatlantic voyage to arrive in Galveston on Nov. 13. Free tickets for the Maroon 5 performance will be distributed through various channels, including Carnival’s Facebook page, which will feature a contest that asks fans to record a video of their best dance moves for a chance to win two tickets to the concert, along with round-trip airfare, hotel, ground transportation and spending money. Carnival’s Facebook fans in Texas, along with readers of the blog written by Carnival’s senior cruise director John Heald, will have additional opportunities to win, and tickets will also be given away through select Texas radio stations.
On Nov. 14, the ship will launch its Caribbean cruise program which will feature two different week-long itineraries from Galveston, including seven-day western Caribbean voyages to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, and week-long eastern Caribbean cruises to Nassau, Freeport, and Key West.
Carnival Magic offers innovations including the RedFrog Pub; Cucina del Capitano, a family-style Italian restaurant; and SportSquare, an open-air recreation complex with the first ropes course and outdoor fitness area at sea. 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 barbeque area and whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides; and Ocean Plaza, an indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue.