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Which cruise line has the hottest ship at sea? Readers, we want to hear what you have to say!

In this, the eighth of our new series of Cruise Ship Smackdowns, we're pitting Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Magic against Princess Cruises' Royal Princess. Click through the carousels above and below and then go to the comment area to tell us: Which ship would you book, and why?

Unveiled in May 2011 and June 2013, respectively, both of these ships are among the largest at sea and boast all the trappings of a major megaresort, including deck-top fun zones and multiple restaurants, bars and nightclubs. However, as you can see from the photo tours, each ship boasts its own unique, distinctive vibe.

Currently sailing out of Galveston, Texas (though that will change in May when it moves to Port Canaveral, Fla.), Carnival Cruise Line's 3, 690-passenger Carnival Magic continues Carnival's famous "fun ship" focus. The vessel features its own massive water park area with multiple slides including one that's 312 feet long; a suspended-in-the-sky ropes course; and an outdoor weightlifting area. It also offers multiple restaurants, bars and nightclubs; a large spa; and an adults-only outdoor relaxation zone.

Sailing in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, the 3, 560-passenger Royal Princess is home to a cantilevered, glass-enclosed walkway over the ocean called the SeaWalk; an expanded pool deck that transforms at night into a stage for an elaborate water and light show; and a working television studio/performance venue that seats 280 people. The ship also has a greatly expanded version of the line's signature Piazza, a central atrium area with food outlets and entertainment.

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