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The Carnival Magic, the second in Carnival's Dream class, is set to launch in May 2011. The first-in-class Carnival Dream debuted in September 2009.
Much of what's found onboard Carnival Dream will be on sister ship Carnival Magic, including the 11,250-square-foot adults-only Serenity area; Seaside Theatre; a massive "Cloud 9" spa; WaterWorks aqua park with water slides (Magic actually has two water slides, a corkscrew and a "bowl" slide, to Dream's one); and special family cabins designed to accommodate five passengers. (Check out our Carnival Dream review page for photos and info.)
However, the ship will debut a handful of new features, including the line's first pub, offering its own private label beer; a new Italian restaurant serving up handmade pastas, for a fee; and the industry's first water "dump bucket," which will complement the ship's pair of water slides.(click here to see photos).
Carnival also seems to be challenging its competitor Royal Caribbean in the active cruise arena. The new-to-Magic SportSquare outdoor recreation area will get passengers' adrenaline pumping with the first-ever ropes course at sea, outdoor fitness area (Sky Fitness) and two-level mini-golf course. The SkyCourse on Deck 12 will offer passengers the chance to don a safety harness and scramble about on rope bridges, swinging steps and beams suspended above the ship's top deck. Two 230-foot courses offer beginner and intermediate options. A Sports Court within the SportsSquare complex will be a multipurpose game space for basketball, volleyball and soccer. Additionally, the area will feature a six-station Vita exercise course and ping pong and foosball tables. For those who prefer their sports on TV, SportSquare will also have a full bar with flat-screen TVs for all the armchair athletes onboard.
The bigger news for Magic is that the ship will debut with a season of Mediterranean cruises taking place from May through October 2011. Carnival Magic will sail three seven-day cruises; six nine-day cruises and eight 12-day cruises from Barcelona. Ports of call will include Monte Carlo, Rome, Naples, Messina, Palma, Marseilles, Venice and Dubrovnik.
It'll be Carnival's first full season of Mediterranean cruises since 2008 -- the line had previously made the decision to cancel its 2009 Europe program after the economy went south -- and its first time homeporting in Barcelona. Following its maiden season in Europe, the ship will head to Galveston for a series of seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises