White House Oranments are a collectable passengers buy when stopping in Key West

KEY WEST – Now her Christmas tree is complete, the woman at the Harry S. Truman Little White House told me. “I’ve been buying these ornaments every year for the past 10 years,” Katherine Mitchell said, paying for her purchase. “When I heard that our cruise ship was stopping here, I knew that I could get my 2013 White House ornament in Key West.” When the Carnival Magic made her first stop on our cruise to the …

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Cloud 9 Spa aboard the Carnival Magic

After braving a snow and ice storm to catch a plane from Indy to Galveston, I was ready for some warmth and relaxation. And I knew exactly the place – the Carnival Magic’s Cloud 9 Spa. Shipboard spas have long been a popular part of the sailing experience, the spa attendant said, leading me on a tour of the facilities shortly after embarkation. “People live with so much stress in today’s world,” she said. “When they come …

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Carnival Magic a welcome escape from winter weather

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – Snow. Sleet. Ice. Grey skies. Coat-huddling cold. Enough already. To escape the winter blahs, I took a flight from Indianapolis to Galveston for the perfect antidote – the beautiful Carnival Magic. As soon as I boarded the ship, I could see that it certainly lives up to its name. The ship is light and airy with magical touches everywhere  . The pastel-colored décor with make-believe palm trees,   beach umbrellas, giant turtle images …

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