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MAGIC Off Monfalcone: CARNIVAL MAGIC Completes Sea Trials

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by

MV CARNIVAL MAGIC at Trieste. Photo by Claudio Emé, copyright Maurizio Eliseo archives 2011.

Maurizio Eliseo informs MaritimeMatters that the second ship in Carnival’s Dream Class trio has just completed her sea trials “extremely satisfactorily”.


CARNIVAL MAGIC at Trieste. Photo by Claudio Emé, copyright Maurizio Eliseo archive 2011.

Built in nearby Moncalcone by the Fincantieri shipyard, the CARNIVAL MAGIC left Trieste for her sea trials on March 17. “Appropriately,” Eliseo reports, “the ship was at the Trieste pool in front of the main square for the flag-raising ceremony on occasion of the ‘150 Years of Italy’ celebrations.”

CARNIVAL MAGIC off Trieste. Photo by Claudio Emé, copyrigh Maurizio Eliseo archives 2011.

CARNIVAL MAGIC returned to Monfalcone on March 20 for final outfitting and will enter service on May 1.

CARNIVAL MAGIC at Trieste. Photo by Claudio Emé, copyright Maurizio Eliseo archives 2011.

CARNIVAL MAGIC follows the 2009-built CARNIVAL DREAM and will be joined by the CARNIVAL BREEZE in 2012. The new class of ships for Carnival measures 130,000 gross tons and the MAGIC will carry 3,646 passengers.

With very special thanks to Maurizio Eliseo and Claudio Emé.

13 Responses to MAGIC Off Monfalcone: CARNIVAL MAGIC Completes Sea Trials

  1. Gregg

    March 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Better looking than Princess ships. Im still not a fan!!!!

  2. Glenn L.

    March 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve sailed her sister “Dream”. These were poorly designed in comparison to the Spirit class vessels. Joe Farcus had a rare brain fart with this class.
    As an example, her promenade deck spas offer no way for bathers to access them unless you like walking through public lounges in a bathrobe, that is exactly what was done.
    The ship is very crowded in all areas especially during inclement weather. The buffet areas have waits of up to 25 min because the buffet areas are the same size of smaller classes yet the ship has 1/3 more passengers that the previous class. I will never sail this class again.
    I do love the Spirit class though. Will be making my 3rd Spirit class voyage on the Pride next month.
    Don’t mean to sound crabby but I’ve put up with almost everything in my past 25 cruises but that new class is by far the worst of any line.

  3. Mike

    March 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Woohoo! I’m doing a transatlantic on her in October :D

  4. Patrick Le Bihan

    March 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    A serial of ship like a Fiat 500 !!!

  5. Glenn L.

    March 23, 2011 at 4:50 am

    There are many people who enjoy this class, good for them but some things about the ship that would irk the old guard as John Maxtone-Graham would say. One is an open promenade deck that is exposed to the elements and has 8′ high glass walls to prevent anyone from looking over the side in the classic sense, only the far aft portion of this deck allows you to do so. If you have a balcony and look straight down, you see the promenade -not ocean. The only balconies where one can enjoy the downward view are the in-hull cove balconies that have a great close up of the ocean but have steel hatches that will be closed in moderate seas.
    Dream has had a serious sewage aroma problem since her inaugural voyage and persists today, I hope there have been changes on Magic.
    It’s the Fiat 500 and Edsel wrapped in one. Not an ocean lovers ship.

  6. Kevin

    March 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    It’s about as interesting as a Gryehound bus coming into service. It has been a long time since Carnival built a ship that generated any genuine excitement or interest.

  7. David

    March 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Just another Top Heavy mega-apartment building with a bow and a smokestack and way to many people for me. I agree with Kevin..nothing interesting here.

  8. David

    March 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    After looking at the picture up close,,,she appears to have no open promenade deck. Maybe they had an idea of Trans-Atlantic sailings on her…She is the last ship I would want to sail trans-atlantic on. Top Heavy and rolls bad…just like the Grans class of Princess ships which I have sailed Trans-Atlantic on. uggh !!

  9. Glenn L.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Promenade deck is there, it’s just open on the wrong side-The top!

  10. Glenn L.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:27 am

    It’s difficult to see from the profile shots but the Dream class lifeboats hang over the sea and are not nested, Carnival wanted to maximize revenue space; consequently she was unable to make her maiden call at San Juan P.R. Her first attempt to dock brought this startling revalation to light. Passengers were given credits for their anger.

  11. Kenneth Eden

    March 24, 2011 at 6:17 am

    David made all of comments in one expression:


  12. Kenneth Eden

    March 27, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Glenn L.

    I have fond, unpleasantly fond, memories of the then CELEBRATION , before she was prefixed with Carnival, in San Juan, steaming in, alongside the Grand Princess, which I was sailing in. We could hear the SENSATION, the sensational noise, as the ship neared, and then, low and behold, passengers on deck lowered their drawers, mooned us all, and some proceeded to puke down the sides of the ship. I will never forget it. Now, that was a party goin’ on.

  13. Joe Sturges

    November 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Carnival Magic looks much more like a ship than an awful lot of the competition out there. The recent newbuilds from RCI and NCL are apartment complexes on a raft. Magic has several sleek lines to her profile and what has become a frequent sight all over the world, the Carnival split outtake funnel. May she sail safely with all who travel in her.

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