Carnival Magic

Photos of Rome, a stop on my recent Carnival Magic Mediterranean cruise
Photos of Rome

Rome is one of my favorite cities – miles of black cobblestone streets winding through burnt orange and red aged stucco buildings, endless options for pizza, pasta, gelato, and plenty of people walking the streets, touring the historical areas and dining outside. After completing a Carnival Magic cruise in the Mediterranean, I discovered on my […]


Pictures of Pompeii, the town that was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD
Pictures of Pompeii

On my Carnival Magic tour, the ship stopped in Naples, Italy. There’s plenty to do in this port – you could choose to spend time in Capri, or the towns on the Amalfi Coast. But I decided to go to Pompeii, because I had always been fascinated by the doomed city in the shadow of […]


A day in Taormina, Sicily, and why cruise ship excursions aren’t what they’re cracked up to be.
Cruise Ship Excursion

On our second port stop, the island of Sicily, off the coast of Italy – I took my first Carnival Magic excursion. Taormina is a walled city which sits high upon a hilltop, about 45 minutes south of the port city Messina.  While a large part of Taormina was built in the 13th century, the […]


Pictures of Messina from my recent port stop in Sicily.
Pictures of Sicily

While cruising on the Carnival Magic a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to walk around the port city of Messina, Sicily for a couple of hours after returning from an excursion to Taormina.  These are a some of my favorite pictures from my short jaunt.                   […]


One of the highlights of the Carnival Magic: The Red Frog pub and its best-selling beer, ThirstyFrog Red.
Thirsty Red Frog beer, Carnival

There are no shortages of places to drink on the Carnival Magic, the cruise line’s newest ship. You can hang at the piano bar, go to the nightclub or grab drinks poolside whenever you want. But no on-board drinking hole approached the popularity of the RedFrog Pub, Carnival’s first pub, and the private label beer, […]


More from the Carnival Magic inaugural cruise. A review of Carnival Magic WaterWorks and the ship’s rope course and outdoor activity area.
Carnival Magic Review, WaterWorks

Last week, I wrote about my first impressions of the Carnival Magic rooms and other public spaces of the new ship. Today I’m going to review the outdoor activity spaces, including the WaterWorks park, with the line’s longest Twister slide yet. The rope course at sea, which hangs over part of the sports center, is […]


Carnival Magic: A stop at the Dubrovnik cruise port in Croatia
Dubrovnik Cruise Port

  Our first port on the Carnival Magic inaugural cruise was Dubrovnik, in Croatia. Before the trip, I didn’t know much about the city, other than it had been part of the former Yugoslavia. I had read some information on TripAdvisor and knew that the city’s Old Town walls were one of the top tourist […]


First impressions of the Carnival Magic, including the rooms, public spaces and overall vibe.
Carnival Magic Rooms

As I mentioned yesterday in my Venice photo essay, my trip on the Carnival Magic inauguration marked my first cruise on a big ship. I had never considered taking a cruise before, mostly because I didn’t think it would be the most interesting way to travel. I didn’t see the appeal of staying in a […]


Photos of Venice, taken before boarding the Carnival Magic on its inaugural cruise.
Photos of Venice

I’ve been on sailboats before. But I had never been on a big cruise ship until a few weeks ago, when I joined the Carnival Magic for its inaugural cruise through Europe. The 9-day cruise through the Mediterranean started in Venice, where I spent several hours exploring the sunken city’s canals and walkways. Here are a […]


Video of the Twister water slide on the Carnival Magic

Don has been on the Carnival Magic this week as it makes its inaugural voyage through the Mediterranean. We haven’t had much contact because of the time difference and the fact that the ship’s internet was down for a day. I have been following the proceeds on Twitter (you can too – follow hashtag #CarnivalMagic), […]