First Look at Carnival Magic Afloat

October 14, 2010
Carnival-Magic-Float-Out (2 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival fans -- and they are legion -- will be interested to see what the latest entry from the line looks like, now that it's hit the water.

Earlier this week, the upcoming Carnival Magic was floated out from the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. That means the ship's exterior outfitting is now complete and that it has been moved to a wet dock facility, where construction will be completed.

Sea trials, which are set to take place on the Adriatic Sea in early 2011, will be the next major milestone for the ship before its launch in May.

The 130,000-ton, 3,690-passenger ship will be largely identical to sister ship Carnival Dream, with a few exceptions. Expect the line's first pub (serving up a private-label beer), a new for-fee Italian restaurant concept and a sports-inspired recreation area (with the industry's first ropes course).

The ship's inaugural voyage will be a nine-night Mediterranean cruise, which will mark the beginning of a summer season in Europe. In late fall, 2011, Carnival Magic will travel to Galveston, Texas, where it will be based year-round.

For a look at what's coming, check out our slideshow.

--by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Web Content Producer