My Carnival Magic ‘To-Do’ List

by Carrie McLaren with 2 comments

In just a few short weeks, we’ll be sailing the seas with Carnival Cruise Line. Fruity umbrella drinks, delicious food, ‘new to us’ destinations and plenty of sunshine.

This sailing, we are cruising on the Carnival Magic out of Port Canaveral, Florida on a 7-day Western Caribbean voyage to Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Cozumel.

My Carnival Magic To-Do List - blog

It is going to be a week of fun and exploring – and my to-do list is long. Here’s a look at what I’m excited to experience on the Carnival Magic

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse

I’m a huge fan of Guy’s Burger Joint found on most Carnival ships and I’m super excited about the latest addition to the Carnival Magic – Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse. Open only on sea days, this new eatery features BBQ pork, chicken, beef and sausage smoked right on board over hickory and cherry wood using Guy’s signature recipes, rubs and spices.

Guy's BBQ Smokehouse - Carnival Cruise Line

image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Side dishes include Mac Daddy Mac n Cheese, Old Skool Potato Salad, Scratch-Made Slaw, Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey, and Molasses Baked Beans with Bacon and Burnt Ends.

Open from noon to 2:30 p.m. on sea days, you better believe I’m going to hop in line early to try out this tasty food.

Guy's BBQ Smokehouse Sign Carnival Cruise

Camp Ocean

It has been a little more than a year since my girls have been on a cruise and they are so excited to experience Camp Ocean again on this trip.  Camp Ocean is divided up by age groups, my girls are moving up to the Stingrays section this sailing (ages 6 to 8 years old) and the suspense is killing Maggie.

She is excited to check out the Camp Ocean activity schedule so she can highlight all the activities she wants to do. On select nights after dinner, Camp Ocean has movie time and Maggie has fingers crossed Trolls is on the list. I love seeing her so excited about the fun she’s going to have with her new friends!

Camp Ocean - Carnival Cruise Line

There are tons of ocean-themed activities and entertainment for kids — from movies, crafts, dance parties, free play and more. A few of the activities my girls especially enjoy are decorating their Camp t-shirts at the end of each sailing and they love eating dinner with their Camp Ocean counselors and friends a few nights on every trip. (And my husband and I get a kid-free night at dinner!)

Carnival Cruise Camp Ocean - credit Andy Newman

image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line / Andy Newman

Explore Three ‘New to Us’ Ports

This trip is especially exciting because we are visiting three ‘new to us’ ports – Costa Maya, Belize and Mahogany Bay. (Our fourth port is Cozumel, we visited there a few years ago and loved it!)

I’ve been doing tons of reading and researching about each of our stops and we’ve got some great shore excursions lined up for the trip. From a hands-on, how-to class about making salsa and guacamole – including salsa dancing lessons (fun!!) to a relaxing afternoon at the beach and touring an eco-park – we’ve got a lot of new adventures ahead of us. I’m excited to take a ride on this chair lift pictured below, it is in Mahogany Bay and takes guests to the nearby beach! (There’s a walking path too, but chair lift looks like fantastic views!)

Carnival Liberty in Roatan credit CCL

image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line / Andy Newman

Green Eggs & Ham Character Breakfast

Maggie and I have talked a lot lately about activities she’s looking forward to on this upcoming cruise. She told me the Green Eggs & Ham Character Breakfast was her favorite thing to do and she’s excited to try the green eggs and ham again. Ha!

Carnival Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

Typically held on the final sea day of each cruise, this breakfast is an additional $5 per person and totally worth it. Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and Sam I Am are all there for the fun and the breakfast items are ‘Seuss-ified’ into some great creations. Great photo opportunities, dancing and fun.

We usually each order our own dish as an entree and then order a plate of Green Eggs and Ham to share as a family. It always provides some great laughs .. and memories too!

Seuss at Sea Green Eggs & Ham Character Breakfast

Follow our Carnival Magic Adventures 

To follow along on our trip, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @CarrieOnTravel – I use the hashtags #CarrieAtSea and also #CruisingCarnival during our trip. You’ll also find me on Twitter at @CarrieMcLaren.

For more information on the Carnival Magic and upcoming sailings, go to and check out the Carnival Cruise Line Facebook page and they are on Twitter at @CarnivalCruise.


What’s tops on your cruise ‘must do’ list? 


** My family and I were invited guests of Carnival Cruise Lines. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **

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