Carnival Magic Pool, Water Slide and Sunbathing
The Carnival Magic has 2 pools plus numerous whirlpool spas. The pools are filled with saltwater and there are fresh water showers provided so you can rinse off. Reportedly, the maximum pool depth is 3' 8 -- enough to take a dunk and cool off, but not really deep enough, or large enough, to swim in. Given this, the area around the pool is best suited for sunbathing on 2 tiered decks.
The Carnival Magic's main pool, The Beach Pool, is located in the middle of the ship on Deck 10 (Lido Deck). The main pool does not have whirlpool spas, rather, it features a pair of thatched roofed cabanas where you can sit at a table with a drink and let your feet dangle in the water. The Beach Pool is positioned below the giant LED TV known as Carnival's Seaside Theater.
The Serenity area is on Deck 15 (Serenity Deck) and is in the forward part of the Carnival Magic. The Adults Only Serenity Area offers padded deck chairs, a full service bar and two whirlpools overhanging the side of the ship. The Serenity area makes for a most relaxing area given that it is a "kids-free zone". There is no live music in the area and is likely to be one of the few quieter outdoor areas.
Located behind The Lido Buffet Restaurant (The Grand Buffet) on the Lido Deck (Deck 10) is a smaller pool (the Tides Pool). The swimming pool itself is flanked by two oversized whirlpool spas. Drink service is available along the Tides Pool is located right next to the Grand Buffet's Deli and Indian Tandoor. Grabbing a quick bite to eat while you lounge under the sun is easy to do at the Tides Pool.
The WaterWorks on Deck 12 (Spa Deck) featurs the Power Drencher, a super-sized bucket with 300 gallons of water. There is a splash park for the the children, the Twister Waterslide (a very fast water slide checking-in at 312 feet long) and the DrainPipe (which spins you around as if you were being, shall we be blunt, being flushed down a toilet! The Carnival Magic's WaterWorks offers fun in the sun under various whimsical water spouting devices in the Aqua Play area. The water park will typically operate from 10 AM to 5 PM on days at sea.
Carnival Magic Pool Tips:
When arriving in the pool area, you will need to sign-out a towel. There will be a $22 charge per towel to your onboard account for each towel you fail to return. These are sturdy towels and if you want to purchase one, you can from the order form in your room.
Babies & Infants in Pools: Carnival's official policy is no swim diapers, children must be potty trained. Camp Carnival stresses this point to all the families that bring their kids. We have not heard reports on whether the policy is strictly enforced.
While Carnival does its best to discourage this, sunbathers do show-up at 8 AM onboard the Carnival Magic and try to hog the lounge chairs for the day.