Carnival Cruises’ newest ship, the 3,690 passenger CARNIVAL MAGIC arrived in Galveston, Texas on Sunday, November 13 for an inaugural celebration with more than 4,000 travel agents and journalist revelers spending the night on board.
Grammy Award-winning Maroon 5 performed a one hour set of music to help kick off the festivities on the waterfront adjacent to the ship.
The second of three DREAM Class vessels, the CARNIVAL MAGIC has an array of special amenities including an Italian specialty restaurant (Cucina del Capitano), an expanded Waterworks theme park featuring a 312 foot water slide, the Red Frog Pub (a Caribbean-themed bar with its own brand of draft beer) and an open air recreation complex called Sport Square that has a ropes course and outdoor fitness stations in addition to numerous features introduced by the DREAM.
On Monday, November 14, the sold out ship departed on her maiden voyage from the U.S., a six night cruise that was scheduled to visit the Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel. After a problem with a stern thruster was discovered, the itinerary was revised to include an overnight stay at Progreso, Mexico where repairs would be made before the ship continued onward to Cozumel.
CARNIVAL MAGIC will begin her alternating series of western (Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel) and eastern (Nassau, Freeport and Key West) Caribbean cruises on November 21.
MaritimeMatters’ editor Peter Knego will be posting a series of Sea Treks reports about the inaugural cruise, so please stay tuned.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."