|Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Magic||Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dawn|
|Double Occupancy: 3690||Double Occupancy: 2224|
|Gross Tonnage: 130000||Gross Tonnage: 92250||17 decks||15 decks|
|CDC Score: N/A||CDC Score: 100|
|Launched: 2011||Launched: 2002|
Like the Carnival Magic, the Norwegian Dawn is a fairly glitzy, mass-market ship that will appeal to a wide range of travelers, particularly families. That said, the Norwegian Dawn is an older and somewhat smaller vessel without some of the bells-and-whistles of the Carnival Magic, particularly on its outdoor top decks. Carnival Magic offers a more spectacular water slide area and a wide range of other unusual deck-top features such as a ropes course that aren’t found on the Norwegian Dawn. Where the Dawn has an edge in its diversity of eateries, with everything from a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant to a Brazilian churrascaria eatery on board (though we found the quality of the food at many outlets better on the Carnival Magic). Both ships have a wide range of bars, clubs and showrooms offering lots of entertainment, but if it’s the hottest, newest ship you’re after, the Carnival Magic is the better bet.
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