We took a chance and were pleasantly surprised.
Since the engine room fire totally disabled the Triumph and left the ship adrift in the Caribbean for eight days last February, Carnival ships have been plagued with an assortment of troubles. Within a three month period several Carnival ships reported problems severe enough to interfere with their scheduled journeys.
The Elation suffered a steering system malfunction, and Carnival Dream lost power causing some toilets to stop working. Then the Legend had technical difficulties that affected sailing speed. Not a fun time for guests looking forward to a special vacation.
|Carnival Magic docked at Cozumel, Mexico|
|Inside the Carnival Magic gleams in |
|Kids love the Waterpark on the Carnival Magic|
A ropes course challenges balance and agility (only open when winds are calm). Mini-golf, pool tables, ping-pong. Foosball, a basketball court, and modified outdoor gym area give young muscles a workout and burn excess energy.
An indoor gym and full service spa keep adults fit and relaxed. But don’t let the kids have all the fun—go ahead and try the slides and ropes. Take a dance class or participate in trivia and other games. If you’re really a sport, join the hairy chest contest.
|Mini-golf was a favorite activity on the ship|
Sure, you can just graze at the buffet or nosh on pizza and hamburgers, but dinner time was a good opportunity for the boys to put manners they already knew into practice in a more civilized setting. And they had plenty of pizza and ice cream during the day.
There’s such variety of shore excursions that adults traveling with or without children can find something that fits their interests and abilities. Getting out and exploring the destinations (the Magic docked at Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel) is one of the best parts about a cruise. It’s a great time to try activities you ordinarily wouldn’t do like snorkeling, ziplining, or kayaking. In fact, our grandkids were ready for a rest after returning to the ship each port day.
|The ropes course is a recent addition to newer Carnival ships.|
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier
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