Live From Carnival Magic: The Grand Finale

It all comes down to the final night on a cruise, doesn’t it? You’re either ready to call it quits at sunset and get the hell off the ship or you don’t want it to end. Carnival Magic? Seems to be the latter. Just about everyone seemed to take the cancellation of Monday’s Monaco port […]

Live From Carnival Magic: Mama Mia! So Much Food!

Ok, it’s no surprise that the chow is always one of the big topics of discussion on a cruise, and Carnival Magic is no exception. Even the buffet is larger than life — take a look at the plate above and that banana giving it some scale. The plastic-ware in the Lido Marketplace literally doubles […]

Live From Carnival Magic: 5 Tips From John Heald (and 2 Curveballs Just for the Heck of It)

John Heald seems to be everywhere, and he seems to know everyone. While it’s no surprise Carnival put its A-list cruise director at the helm of Carnival Magic’s inaugural run, it’s been a hoot watching the genius at work. I caught up with him at the Escape bar, pictured above, and asked what five places […]

Live From Carnival Magic: Beer’s Here!

The Thirsty Frog Red Ale dilemma has croaked. Patrons at the RedFrog Pub aboard Carnival Magic rejoiced this afternoon when the uber-popular home brew made a reappearance in Messina, Sicily, after the cruise’s entire supply was tapped out after one day. The photo above shows one of the pub’s bartenders on Thursday evening during the […]

Live From Carnival Magic: Beware of This Door. The People on the Other Side Can Hear Everything.

As grand and, really, exciting as Carnival Magic is, there’s been a nagging problem in Cabin 9219 since this inaugural cruise began. We can hear every word uttered in Cabin 9215. Actually, we could hear every word uttered, but my wife and I and the kind folks next door have taken a vow of silence […]

Live From Carnival Magic: We Give the Ropes Course a Test Run and Live to Tell the Tale

Like most things in life, Carnival Magic‘s crazy ropes course gets easier the second time around. But I have to fess up: I sort of just wanted to climb down a pole and end the whole exercise the first time through. Naturally, I was thinking this while children zipped by me — and as Cruise […]

Live From Carnival Magic: End in Sight for Brew-haha?

Sounds like Carnival Magic may soon be awash in its beloved exclusive brew, Thirsty Frog Red Ale. A supply of the suds is expected to be loaded on in Messina, Sicily, early Thursday, followed by another delivery in Civitavecchia (near Rome). Right now, patrons at the RedFrog Pub are somehow soldiering on, filling the popular […]

Live From Carnival Magic: Wet ‘n’ Wonderful Dubrovnik

Let’s just say the angels wept with happiness when Carnival Magic made its first port call in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Tuesday as a newly christened ship. O’er the ramparts we marched — that is, trudged along the city’s ancient walls — to capture this misty scene. Happily, the weather cleared as the day progressed, meaning […]

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