Carnival Magic Cabins
- Pro: Carnival's first at-sea pub offers private-label beer.
- Con: Enrichment opportunities are few and far between.
- Bottom Line: This new-ish ship offers cutting-edge fun at an affordable price.
Carnival Magic Cabins
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Carnival Magic's cabins are larger than average, with even the smallest cabins (the 719 inside units) offering a generous 185 square feet of space. Spend a bit more, and you can find yourself in one of 221 ocean-view cabins ranging from 185 to 220 square feet (most with a 4-by-3-foot window but no balcony) and 851 balcony units with 185 square feet of space and private verandas ranging from 35 to 75 square feet. For a splurge, there are 54 suites -- including the 345-square-foot grand suite, with separate sitting area, bathroom with twin sinks and a 85-square-foot balcony; and the 275-square-foot ocean suites and junior suites, both with balcony (ocean suite balconies are 65 square feet, while junior suite balconies are 35 square feet).
Introduced on Carnival Dream, the 110 "cove balcony" units on Deck 2 are located under the lifeboats, so other passengers can't see the balconies from public spaces or from balconies higher up. The 110 cabins in this category are about $150 cheaper than a regular balcony cabin and are a good choice for those who like privacy and who don't mind some sea spray. These cabins are the same 185 square feet as many of the standard cabins but have a slightly larger than normal 45-square-foot balcony.
Families take note: There are 193 "family quint" cabins that can sleep up to five, as the staterooms are configured with two regular twins, two bunk-style beds that hang from the wall and a sofa that converts to a twin. The cabins also have two bathrooms -- one with a sink, toilet and shower, and the other with a tub-shower combo and sink. None offers balconies, but they all have a large picture window. Note to parents: If you are sleeping five people in the cabin, the two twin beds cannot be pushed together to form a queen.
Families can also take advantage of the dozens of connecting staterooms, but herein lies a major problem: The doors connecting these cabins might as well not exist. We were in a balcony unit on Deck 9 with a connecting door; almost immediately we could hear the people next door (strangers at the time) talking, coughing, moving about. We "solved" the problem by talking to our neighbors -- who, of course, could also hear us -- and we ended up as great friends. But if you want privacy, opt for a cabin without a connecting door.
While not necessarily new, spa staterooms and suites -- which include priority spa appointments and free fitness classes -- are on Decks 12 and 14 adjacent to the spa. Aft-view extended balcony cabins are situated out of the wind and have a 60-square-foot balcony, though prepare to pay several hundred dollars more for that vista.
Cabin decor in basic cabins is a mesh of comfort, color and clean lines. White duvets with brown accent pillows give beds a boutique hotel vibe, while pleasing maroon carpeting and a rust-colored couch offset the jarring large-scale flower paintings that adorn the walls. Storage is more than adequate (loved the extra space under the bed), and the layout, while tight, is efficient. The living/sleeping areas have night tables and a small seating area that faces a mirror. The hair dryer is permanently attached in the seating area's pullout drawer. Most cabins are equipped with two outlets, but the one in the bathroom is well hidden in a top corner.
A 24-inch flat-screen television (larger in suites) includes news stations such as CNN, the Cartoon Network, pay-per-view movies and several Carnival channels that cover everything from ship activities to your Sail & Sign statement. As always, we were mesmerized by the Bow Channel, that 24/7 live feed showing the bow of the ship. You can also order room service or shore excursions via the TV, but it's much easier to pick up the (exceedingly cheap-looking) phone.
Lighting is great, with round-the-room, well-disguised fluorescents and other individual lights. Amenities include a safe and a mini-bar, which is stocked with beer, soda and liquor.
The bathrooms are nothing special, with most offering showers only -- and featuring those cheap, clingy curtains that seem to have a mind of their own. Our shower had shampoo and liquid soap dispensers filled with generic something or other, the only toiletries provided. We're told, however, that Carnival still offers amenties kits, so if you don't find one in your cabin, ask your steward to get you one. The makeup mirror with a magnified side is a nice touch, as are the surprisingly soft towels.
Balconies are furnished with comfortable furniture, typically two high-backed chairs of tightly webbed plastic over tubular aluminum, and a small cocktail table.
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