10 Reasons to Cruise with the Carnival Magic {Part 1/2} #LetsGoCarnival

10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

A few weeks ago I was on board the Carnival Magic for a 7 day western Caribbean cruise, and we had the BEST time.

This was our first real family vacation – ever so I wasn’t sure how it would go with my four-year old who’s full of ‘tude. While we were disembarking and getting ready for our 14 hour day home, my husband and I agreed that it was going to be hard to top cruising with the Carnival Magic.

A little info about the ship:

This Carnival Magic can hold 3690 people – that’s more than the population of my hometown, yet you wouldn’t know that there were that many people on board. The variety of activities places spaces people throughout the ship. There are 1367 crew members on board, so you’re always taken care of and all of the Carnival employees had a huge smile on their face. They sincerely wanted you to have the best vacation ever.

Carnival Magic Balcony Room 10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise.

The Magic leaves Port Canaveral, FL and cruises the Caribbean in either a 2-5 cruise or a 6-9 cruise. We were on a 7 day western Caribbean cruise.

The ship was recently renovated to include the SkyWalk, EA SpotSquare, Cucina del Capitano (Italian restaurant), Guy’s Burger Joint, Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ Smokehouse, plus a few more amazing places to tame the hanger beast.

Carnival Magic Ship Tour

1. The Scenery

Beautiful Key West Sunrise. 10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

I was in awe throughout my cruise. Truth be told, I was never a fan of the ocean before this. I’m used to Northern BC Coast waters, which are murky and dark. I have never seen water like that before.

I have never seen water like this before in my life. I love the caribbean! 10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

When we left Orlando, the water was a sapphire blue.

I have never seen water like this before in my life. I love the caribbean! 10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

When we got to Belize, the water went from sapphire to turquoise.

Beautiful Key West Sunrise. 10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

The Caribbean sunrise and sunset are something that everyone should experience in their lifetime as well.

A beautiful caribbean sunset. Taken from the Carnival Magic stateroom balcony in between Mexico and Belize.

2. The Drinks

We didn’t purchase too many boozy drinks, but when we did they were delicious. The Casino’s paralyzer didn’t have cream (which I thought was weird, I’ve never had it without) but it tasted awesome. Most people’s favorite place to have a cocktail (or mocktail) was the Alcehmy Bar, but mine was the Red Frog Pub (be sure to try their Caribbean Colada).

3. The Food

10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. LOVE the food like Guy Fieri's BBQ Pig & Anchor Smokehouse!

It’s safe to say that while on vacation, the diet is off.

I don’t even know where to begin here. There are so many restaurants and eateries on board, that I didn’t even get to try them all. Guy Fieri has two restaurants on board: Pig & Anchor (BBQ, seen above) and Guy’s Burger Joint. I really liked the burgers, and that there was a condiment bar at both.

Another must try is the Blue Cantina. It’s a burrito and taco bar and they had the best tacos I have ever tried. These “fast food” style restaurants all close fairly early (2:30-4), but there is the Lido Marketplace (buffet) to snack on from breakfast to late evening. The marketplace’s selection does diminish after lunch, but they keep the deli open. It’s important to note thPizzeriaizzaria is open 24/7.

Typically, you have dinner in your selected dining room (either Northern or Southern Lights Dining Room). The service is incredible and if you can be seated next to a window, you have a beautiful view.

10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

There are two restaurants on board that you pay for. The Cucina del Capitan (Italian) and the Prime Steakhouse. The Cucina del Capitan was my favorite and I had the best chicken parmigiana ever (recipe coming soon).

4. The Staff

Everyone who I came across on the Carnival Magic was incredibly friendly. Our steward was amazing, and I was incredibly impressed that he remembered our names every time we crossed his path (which seemed to be every night in the hall). I noticed that the service was very personal, greetings by name.


I was most impressed by the cruise director: The Reverend Dr.E (Eversen Bevelle). Every morning he greeted us with his Good Morning song (see video above), which gave the whole ship a great vibe. He was at the shows and very active in the ship’s fun factor.

10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

Late night photo opp with Dr. E. Jasmine from Simply Real Moms, Me, Dr.E, and Danielle from Extraordinary Mommy.

 

5. The Excursions

This cruise was originally planned with stops in Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize, Mahogany Bay (Honduras), and Cozumel. However, plans tend to change. Due to a medical emergency on board, we had to turn around and go to Miami on our first day. This altered our plans a bit and instead of going to Honduras, we made a stop over in Key West.

10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

All four of our stops were amazing. As I said earlier, I fell in love with the water and the scenery around me. My husband and I are looking at planning a trip to Key West so we can explore more (and eat more key lime pie)!

10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

It’s hard to choose a favorite. It’s a toss up between Cozumel and Costa Maya. In Cozumel, a few of us went to the Buaccanos Beach Club and had a day of beach time. It was a great way for the kids to get to know one another and I would definitely say there was some bonding happening on that end.

10 Reasons To Cruise with the Carnival Magic. If you're considering cruising for your next vacation you have to check out a Carnival Cruise - specifically the Carnival Magic 7 day western Caribbean cruise. Our family vacation opened up our eyes to travel and we had THE BEST time on the sea plus in Key West, Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).

Costa Maya was a blast too because we went to the Lost Mayan Adventure Park. Waterslides, pool, and a lazy river made a fun morning and a very happy toddler.

I’m already at 900 words and I know you need a reading break. So I’m making this post on 10 Reasons to Cruise With Carnival Magic a two-part series. Read part two on why you should cruise the Carnival Magic.

For more information on the Carnival Magic please visit the Carnival website.

My family and I were provided with a media trip on behalf of Carnival and SJ Consulting, all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post.

Randa Derkson

I believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether it’s discussing your day, sharing the highlights of your trip, or just having quality time with a loved one; lives are brought together at the kitchen table.

4 comments on “10 Reasons to Cruise with the Carnival Magic {Part 1/2} #LetsGoCarnival”

  1. Wow! Your cruise sounded great. I loved following your pictures on Instagram while you were on board. I think if I were on the Carnival Magic I’d be eating at Guy’s Burger Joint a lot. I wish you had a pic of your burger!! 🙂

    • I ate it too fast! I can’t believe I only went once, there was so much food to choose from and I wasn’t overly hungry in the afternoons when it was open! Regrets!

  2. What excursion is your little boy’s picture in the inter tube from? We’re going on this same cruise in July and we’re looking at excursions with our 8 yr old. 

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