|Royal Caribbean International Freedom of the Seas||Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Magic|
|Double Occupancy: 3634||Double Occupancy: 3690|
|Gross Tonnage: 160000||Gross Tonnage: 130000||15 decks||17 decks|
|CDC Score: 97||CDC Score: N/A|
|Launched: 2006||Launched: 2011|
Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Magic both are big, bold vessels with lots of deck-top amenities and extensive children’s programs that make them wonderful choices for families. The Carnival Magic is a newer vessel in a world where newness means a lot, but Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas is only a few years older and has just undergone a massive overhaul in dry dock that brought a lot of upgrades. Perhaps the biggest different between the two ships is the type of passenger you’ll find on board. Living up to its “Fun Ship” line marketing, Carnival draws a spirited, fun-loving crowd that likes to let loose — the type of people who enjoy getting called up on stage during a comedy act to taking part in the show, and those who find nothing more fun than a night singing karaoke in a lounge. Royal Caribbean, by contrast, draws a slightly less rambunctious crowd, though it’s still an active audience and it is by no means a dull ship.
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