The new 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, in the midst of a highly successful European schedule which kicked off last month, is getting rave reviews from guests, travel agents and media alike.

The following slide show offers an overview of the ship’s many innovations, including the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub featuring its own private label draught beer, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, and action-packed SportSquare offering cruising’s first-ever ropes course and outdoor fitness area.  Photos by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines.

Carnival Magic will operate its current schedule of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona through October 16 then reposition to Galveston, Texas, to launch seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning November 14, becoming the largest ship based year-round in Texas.