Newer and glitzier, the Carnival Magic has an edge over the Carnival Freedom.
|Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Freedom||Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Magic|
|Double Occupancy: 2974||Double Occupancy: 3690|
|Gross Tonnage: 110000||Gross Tonnage: 130000||13 decks||17 decks|
|CDC Score: 100||CDC Score: N/A|
|Launched: 2007||Launched: 2011|
As the newest ship in the Carnival fleet, the Carnival Magic naturally has a bit of an edge over its slightly older sister, the Carnival Freedom. While the two ships have much in common — from an unpretentious, “fun ship” focus to similar menus in restaurants — the larger Magic features a number of amenities not found on the Freedom, including the first ropes course at sea and one of the most elaborate water slide areas of any ship.
Both ships offer a lot of value for their price points, and both are great options for families on a budget. While Carnival cuisine isn’t gourmet, both of the vessels certainly satisfy at mealtimes, although the Carnival Magic offers a few more dining options than the Carnival Freedom, including the line’s first Italian eatery and first pub.