Here are John Heald’s favorites onboard Carnival Magic:
One night at Deck 11’s Cucina del Capitano, the family-style Italian spot featuring singing waiters and mounds of chow. Whatever you do, he says, “order the chicken parm.” (Tried it. He’s right.)
A performance of “Destination Unknown,” which calls the “most lavish and expensive show Carnival has ever produced.” I have to take his word on it, at least for now: It doesn’t open until Sunday night.
Dinner at Prime Steakhouse, whose “ambiance is way superior” to that of other Carnival carnivoriums. He’s right again, of course — my meal rocked at the eatery, which moved from the top deck on Carnival Dream to a new Deck 5 location on Magic to make room for SportsSquare.
A stroll on the open decks of Magic, which he insists is the “best ship for walking around on.”
Sunsets outside the RedFrog Pub, which has evening deals each night as daytime comes to an end
So what are two places no one considers but should find before they get off the ship?
His choices: Escapes, a cubbyhole of a watering hole outside the Northern Lights dining room, which I didn’t’ even know existed until I met Heald there. It’s a cute, clubby bar with cool lighting, comfy sofas and a Miami Beach vibe. And Serenity at night, the adults-only sanctuary on the top deck that’s “largely deserted after-hours but shouldn’t be. Heald says he has big plans for the space (music? cigars under the stars?), so stay tuned.
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