Travel Tips Tuesday: Ten Tips for Sailing Aboard the Carnival Magic with Kids

Welcome to Travel Tips Tuesday!  With summer on the horizon, I'm reminscing about our trip aboard the inagural cruise of the Carnival Magic.  It was a trip of firsts, with a new ship in its new home port of Galveston, TX, but it was also our first time aboard a cruise ship as a family.  I have admitted before that I was skeptical that we would enjoy a cruise, but the Carnival Magic, with its ultra-family friendly appeal, made me a believer in the magic

As it was our first cruise, I wasn't as prepared as I usually like to be, but now I know that there are certain tips that help make the time aboard the Magic smooth sailing.


  1. Pack a carryon bag that includes your swimwear.  As soon as the kids see the waterpark, they are going to want to make a splash and you won’t want to wait for your luggage to arrive.
  1. Bring along a refillable water bottle, so that you can fill it with water or tea or lemonade from the cafeteria.
  1. Instruct your kids to meet you at your muster station should they get separated from you during your voyage. (Kids will be given wristbands that list their muster station, so they can easily ask for directions if they don’t know the way or can’t remember the location.)
  1. Choose a section of the dining area to serve as your family meeting place when you are dining.  It is easy to get separated when you spread out to find food, and so much of the dining room looks that it is easy to get turned around. 

  1. Take advantage of the time in port to try out the Sports Square.  At sea, the wind often gets high enough that the course must close and you will want to play in the square as much as possible.
  1. If you have a lot of electronic gear, you might want to bring a splitter for your outlets.  A extension cord might come in handy, as well.

  1. Take some time to study the map and find your way around.  Help your kids orient themselves to the forward and aft and make sure you notice if your room is on the odd or even side.
  1. Avoid the glass elevators on Embarkation Day.  Yes, they are very pretty, and also very slow with everyone wanting to take a ride.  Save it for the next day and you won’t have to wait.

  1. Check out Camp Carnival and fill out any necessary paperwork so that your kids are ready to party.
  1. Bring along a highlighter so that you can keep track of the activities you don’t want to miss in your daily program.

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~Tuesday is twice as nice! I'm also linking up with Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings.~


  1. says

    Great tips for cruising! I always forget to pack bathing suits in the carry-ons and inevitably Emma ends up soaking wet in her clothes!

  2. says

    It's cruising tips for us this week =)  These are great tips aboard any ship.  The splitters always come in handy and have saved the day.  One of the first things my kids always need to do on the first day is either the pool or checking out the kids program. 

  3. says

    We've never gone on a cruise, but I will be sure to remember these should we decide to.  Your tips sound so intriguing it might make us take one someday!

  4. says

    Wonderful tips!  I am planning  a cruise with my toddler, and although she's not old enough for many of the children's activities, I loved tip #1, since I know she will definitely want to hit the pool as soon as she sees it :-)

  5. says

    I also agree with the meeting place for meals.  My husband and I went on a cruise a couple years ago to Alaska with both sets of our parents.  We always did the buffet for breakfast and dinner and would eat in one of the restaurants that was open for seating at that time.  Not too many people went in there because it wasn't right next to the buffet, but we could always just know that if someone was eating they were in there..that way we never had to set a meeting time to eat.  Nice!


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