Boarding Carnival MagicI recently had the chance to board the Carnival Magic in Miami. While I was touring the vessel, I took the opportunity to photograph the ship for a comprehensive tour. This review will cover the public areas and staterooms.All Carnival ships have a theme and some are more subtle than others. While the Magic’s public rooms are themed after, surprisingly, Magic, the decor isn’t in-your-face about that. What is, are the copious use of shiny metals, bright neon lights and the color turquoise. This is the last ship that their main interior designer and polarizing industry figure Joe Farcus worked on.The ship is in the Dream-class of vessels launched in 2011. She’s a middle sister in the class, joining her younger sister Carnival Dream (2009) and older sisters Carnival Breeze (2012) and Costa Diadema (2014).Let’s start the tour with our noted obligatory photos:Obligatory hallway photoHallway on Carnival MagicObligatory elevator lobby photoRandom forward elevator lobby onboard Carnival MagicObligatory stairwell artwork photoArtwork adorns the stairwells onboard Carnival MagicDeck 01DECK PLANThe bottom-most deck normally accessed by the public contains only cabins. There’s both inside and outside cabins with windows and portholes on this deck. Deck 02 This deck also contains only cabins. In addition to inside and outside cabins, the Dream-class debuted the lines cove balconies. These are balconies that are low in the ship, actually below the lifeboat deck. As a result, the balcony is recessed into the ship a bit in order to shelter and protect them during rough seas and bad weather. A benefit of this is that it allows you unobstructed views of the sea below as compared to balconies higher up on the ship that look down on lifeboats and the Lanai. Deck 03 This deck is where the public areas start. At the very front of the deck is the Showtime Theatre.Main theater onboard Carnival MagicAft of that is the Shore Excursion and Guest Services desks.Guest Services onboard Carnival MagicShore excursion desk onboard Carnival Magic Those stop at the main bank of elevators and the ships main lobby. Main lobby onboard Carnival MagicMagic LobbyAnother new feature of this class is that instead of entering the ship on the promenade and then walking into the atrium, you walk directly into the atrium.Entrance to Carnival MagicAt the end of the atrium is one of the ships main dinning rooms. Northern Lights dining room onboard Carnival MagicDeck three is one of those split decks on Carnival Ships. This means that to reach the aft area, you need to go a deck above or below and then head aft to go back up. Before entering the dining room, like the previous classes have, the Dream-class have this neat mini-atrium.Aft atrium onboard Carnival MagicAt the very aft of the ship is the other dining room.Southern Lights dining room onboard Carnival MagicAs keeps getting mentioned she’s an evolution of the Conquest-class. One noticeable change is the exterior profile of the aft part of decks 0, 1, 2 & 3.As a result, the windows in the dining room slope the other way.Southern Lights dining room onboard Carnival MagicDeck 04 At the very front is the balcony level of the Showtime Theatre.Showtime Theatre onboard Carnival Magic Walking out of the theater is the Pixels photo gallery.Pixels onboard Carnival MagicSurrounding the atrium is a Bar and library.Magic Atrium onboard Carnival Magic Past those is the second level to the midships dinning room. Northern Lights dining room onboard Carnival MagicUnlike other ships of previous class, to reach the aft part of this deck you do not need to walk through the dining room. They created a hallway that leads directly to the aft dining room. Also gone is this area is the large bar/lounge (that’s been moved up one deck).Restaurant hallway onboard Carnival MagicI can see myself hunkering down in one of these and getting work done.Seating in hallway onboard Carnival Magic Past the midships dining room is the conference center and conference rooms.Gallery on the Way onboard Carnival MagicConference center onboard Carnival MagicConference center onboard Carnival MagicSecret stairway connecting both promenadesPast the conference room is the arcade and teens club off the Lower Magical Way Promenade.Lower promenade on Carnival MagicClub O2 onboard Carnival MagicClub O2 onboard Carnival MagicThe lower promenade ends at the second floor of the aft atrium.Aft atrium onboard Carnival MagicAt the very aft is the second floor of the aft dining room.Southern Lights dining roomDeck 05 This deck is where the real major changes happen. The deck is entirely surrounded by an outdoor promenade called the Lanai.Looking forward on the LanaiStarboard side of the Lanai looking forwardStarboard side of the Lanai looking aftHot tubs on Carnival Magic’s LanaiEntrance to the LanaiBack inside at the very front of the deck is the top floor of the main theater.Showtime TheatreAs you exit that, you are at the top-most deck of the main atrium in which you can completely walk around it. Overlooking the Magic AtriumOverlooking the Magic AtriumSurrounding the atrium are the Fun Shops.The Fun Shops onboard Carnival MagicAt the aft part of the atrium you see the Cherry on Top candy store.Cherry on Top on Carnival MagicExiting the atrium you walk through the Hat Trick Casino.Hat Trick Casino on Carnival MagicExiting only on the starboard side you emerge in Ocean Plaza. This is the reimagining of the bar/lounge from a deck below. The area contains a bar, cafe and the Fun Hub.Ocean Plaza onboard Carnival MagicUpper Magical Promenade onboard Carnival MagicFun Hub and another Pixels onboard Carnival MagicPlaza Bar onboard Carnival MagicPlaza Cafe onboard Carnival MagicAlchemy BarJust outside on the starboard side is the first of two signature Guy Fieri restaurants onboard. This one is Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que.Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que joint onboard Carnival MagicPast the Ocean Plaza is a shorter promenade with seating on the starboard and the Red Frog Pub on port.Red Frog PubRed Frog PubRed Frog PubAft of the pub is the night club Vibe Dance Club.Vibe Dance Club onboard Carnival MagicExiting the promenade there’s the Play It Again Piano Bar.Piano Bar onboard Carnival MagicOpposite that is the Prime Steakhouse.Prime Steakhouse onboard Carnival MagicPrime Steakhouse onboard Carnival MagicAt the very back of the deck is the alternate lounge Spotlight.Top of the aft atriumSpotlight Lounge onboard Carnival MagicDeck 06 This deck is all balcony cabins with a few forward facing outside cabins and some inside cabins as well. Deck 07 This deck is also balcony cabins, and suites, with a few forward facing outside cabins and some inside cabins as well. Deck 08 Deck 08 is all balcony and inside cabins. The Bridge is forward on this deck.