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Old 11-14-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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Disney ships vs. Carnival Magic

Here is just a quick review with pics. There was a thread started the other day comparing the Carnival Magic to the Disney Magic. Honestly I don't think those two should be compared. I've been on some older Carnival ships and the Disney Magic and the Carnival Magic is a new and larger ship. I was only on the boat for 1 night so please take my opinion with a grain of salt. It may be different after going on a 7 night cruise.

I thought the ship was very nice, especially for Carnival. Like I said previously, I've been on the older ships and I honestly didn't really care for them at all. This ship had a lot of outdoor activities for the kids as well as adults. I really wish Disney would have done a better job with the outdoor water areas. I definitely think that Carnival has them beat in that area. I was just on the Disney Dream in September and although I have no complaints, my kids would have loved a bigger better water area. There is also a jungle gym type area that looked really fun. There were plenty of bars and a huge casino if you like that type of thing. There were two specialty restaurants that I noticed and the sample that I had from the Italian restaurant was pretty good but I don't think it will compare to Palo.

I don't think my kids would like the kids club. Although the area is pretty big and open it just didn't compare to Disney. There are also a few activities that are not free like the Build a Bear workshop.

Dinner was very interesting! I thought it was hilarious but I know for sure that some people will hate it. Before the food was served, one of the entertainers sang a song by Sinatra. It was very nice and tastefully done, and then the show started. A few of the servers put a colorful ruffle top and and danced on top of the little mini serving areas. They danced to Low by Flo Rida! It was hilarious and very unexpected.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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In my opinion, Disney has my vote. I know that I could take this cruise out of Galveston which is only about an hour away for my but I will just save a little more and wait until I can take a Disney cruise. I know my title is a little missleading since this is really not a comparison. There are plenty DCL reviews on this board. This is mainly for those of you that have gone on DCL and are thinking about taking a Carnival cruise on one of the new ships. Here are a few pics. You can see all 88 of them here if you like.

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Great review, but would probably be better off over on the Carnival Magic vs Disney Magic thread, rather than on it's own.

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Great review, but would probably be better off over on the Carnival Magic vs Disney Magic thread, rather than on it's own.

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I agree but that thread went completely off topic. I am also not comparing the The Disney Magic to the Carnival Magic.
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Dinner was very interesting! I thought it was hilarious but I know for sure that some people will hate it. Before the food was served, one of the entertainers sang a song by Sinatra. It was very nice and tastefully done, and then the show started. A few of the servers put a colorful ruffle top and and danced on top of the little mini serving areas. They danced to Low by Flo Rida! It was hilarious and very unexpected.
Oh I don't think I would have like that, lol.

Thanks for the pics!
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Thank you for posting those pictures! I looked through all 90 of them.

That water area looks FABULOUS! I love it and would be fighting my kids to be there

The rest of the ship didn't really tickle my fancy. Too glitzy and Las Vegas-y. But it looks very nice and I can see why some folks would chose it.
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Great review, but would probably be better off over on the Carnival Magic vs Disney Magic thread, rather than on it's own.

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This thread is perfectly fine on it's own. As was previously stated and as you know, that thread went off topic.



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Old 11-14-2011, 07:54 PM   #11
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I want to be a kid and play in the water area!!! And I hope to get a chance to do that on Disney's Fantasy...they're adding a new water feature.
My son (18) will like the ropes on the (Carnival) Magic. ANd now I can show him a picture of what his stateroom will look like. His Dad and I are in an aft wrap-around.

Thanks so much for your report, and the pictures...off to look at all of the rest of them.

The singing waiters ARE a surprise on Carnival...on some longer cruises, they do it every night. It's kind of corny, but it added a little something to dinner.
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Thanks for the pictures. Wow that waterplay area looks FUN! The balcony stateroom is better than I had imagined. Seeing the pictures of the Carnival Magic were great to see...while I love all things DCL, for a new and interesting itinerary (at a better price than DCL) I'd consider another line.
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Here is just a quick review with pics. There was a thread started the other day comparing the Carnival Magic to the Disney Magic. Honestly I don't think those two should be compared. I've been on some older Carnival ships and the Disney Magic and the Carnival Magic is a new and larger ship. I was only on the boat for 1 night so please take my opinion with a grain of salt. It may be different after going on a 7 night cruise.

I thought the ship was very nice, especially for Carnival. Like I said previously, I've been on the older ships and I honestly didn't really care for them at all. This ship had a lot of outdoor activities for the kids as well as adults. I really wish Disney would have done a better job with the outdoor water areas. I definitely think that Carnival has them beat in that area. I was just on the Disney Dream in September and although I have no complaints, my kids would have loved a bigger better water area. There is also a jungle gym type area that looked really fun. There were plenty of bars and a huge casino if you like that type of thing. There were two specialty restaurants that I noticed and the sample that I had from the Italian restaurant was pretty good but I don't think it will compare to Palo.

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Thanks for the review. Did you get to see Maroon 5 perform?
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Thanks for the pics! I always wonder what the other ships look like. But I never really ventured out to other cruise sites to check them out... So this is perfect.
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Awesome review. Thanks for sharing! It's exactly what I was looking for! Looks like a lot of fun, but prefer Disney decor.
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