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Disney Cruise Line: Disney Magic

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Disney Magic Review

The Walt Disney Company set a course for a new kind of Disney experience when it formed Disney Cruise Line and launched the first of its twin sister ships Disney Magic in 1998. With its classic beauty and modern conveniences, it blends technology and comforts into a

comfortable family vacation. In 2013, Disney Magic received an upgrade that added new upper-deck water features, redesigned kids clubs, and fresh decor throughout the ship. Disney Magicoffers four- to seven-night Mediterranean cruises sailing from Barcelona, as well as seasonal Caribbean cruises from Miami or Galveston.

Reminiscent of classic ocean liners, Disney vessels have two funnels (the forward one is nonfunctional) and high-tech interiors behind their art deco and art nouveau styling. Whimsical design accents cleverly incorporate images of Mickey Mouse and his friends without overpowering the warm and elegant decor. Artwork showcases the creativity of Disney artists and animators. The atmosphere is never stuffy.

More than 15,000 square feet—nearly an entire deck—are devoted to children's activity centers, outdoor activity areas, and swimming pools. Theaters cater to family entertainment with large-scale production shows, movies, dances, lively game shows, and even 3-D movies.

Adults-only hideaways include an avenue of theme bars and lounges tucked into the area just forward of the lobby atrium; the Promenade Lounge, near the aft elevator lobby; and Cove Café, a quiet spot adjacent to the adult pool to relax with coffee or a cocktail, surf the Internet, or read.

With the launch of Disney Cruise Line in 1998, families were offered yet another reason to take a cruise. The magic of a Walt Disney resort vacation plus the romance of a sea voyage are a tempting combination, especially for adults who discovered Disney movies and the Mickey Mouse Club as children. Mixed with traditional shipboard activities, who can resist scheduled opportunities for the young and young-at-heart to interact with their favorite Disney characters?

Although Disney Cruise Line voyages stuck to tried-and-true Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries in their formative years, and sailed exclusively from Port Canaveral, Florida, where a terminal was designed especially for Disney ships, the line has branched out to other regions, including Europe.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • There are plenty of connecting cabins that fit three up to seven
  • Soft drinks at meals and beverage stations are complimentary
  • For adults, each ship has a piano bar/jazz

Cons

  • Only the splash play areas are available for youngsters who wear swim diapers
  • Although a Disney cruise isn't all Disney all the time, it can get tiring if you aren't really into the atmosphere
  • There's no library on board
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 950
  • Entered Service 1998
  • Gross Tons 83,000
  • Length 964 feet
  • Number of Cabins 877
  • Passenger Capacity 1,754 (2,400 max)
  • Width 106 feet
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Jan 27, 2014

western

Have been on 28 cruises our 1st Disney NEVER AGAIN .!Our grandson was hurt on the slide ,he was told to go down when the light went green ..he did ,the gate at the bottom was not open ,He was hurt and we were not happy with the support and medical procedures that followed !! we have pictures of his injury's and of the holiday which was a disaster..we would NOT RECOMMEND this line ..we have taken our grandkids on Royal Caribbean and it was a lot more

kid friendly with clubs and service with safety in mind !! the food was not that great ...if you have kids and want them to stay with you at the table during the whole meal tell them Our grandkids are very well mannered and the 1st night the waiters gave them their food and we had to ask for ours ..the reply was are they not going to the Lab (kids club)no please do not instantly think all kids do not behave at tables when eating out our kids ate with us all 5 days and enjoyed their company this is what you call a family vacation spending time together .they have a kids menu grilled cheese ..fries..???not much on nutrition..3rd day we ordered them food off of adult menu ..food came out cold. .raw fish....not really good MacDonalds would have been better !!the restaurants very very noisy we think because of the low ceilings and did not like trying to find which dining room we were to eat in different every nite ..hard when you don't know where you are going we sat with a couple from Brazil .a VERY NICE couple with 2 little boys we felt the staff ignored them because they did not speak much English ..we communicated well and enjoyed their company .Did enjoy that they had a soda fountain stations for all no charge. Our balcony stateroom was nice .we did have a good cabin stewart and was good with the kids .She seemed to have more concern with our accident then the head people of the ship.really liked the 2 bathroom idea one has a tub and sink and the other a toilet and sink great for getting ready and with having little one . The kids liked the activities .we did not think the timing of the pirate nite party was good for young kids it was SO LATE 10.30pm. be prepared to wait in line to get pictures with the Disney characters they enjoyed that..photo's to buy are very expensive ...wait until your last nite to buy pic. then you can look at them all and pic from there .they do not throw them out until the end of the cruise .the LAB is where the kids hang out the staff were good and did a lot with them .we went to all their events and were thanked for that from the Lab staff ..this was a grandkids holiday we did not sit on chairs in the sun we did everything with them because we were worried something else might happen and not being with them ??? the private island is the best. we purchased blow up rings from the dollar store for the kids instead of renting them for 10.00 a day. they do let you use the life jackets when the kids go snorkling in fact they make them wear them. the kids took their own gear. wonderful time and all food is from the ship. when we arrived home we sent a message to head office telling them about our accident and Eric that delt with our problem said there was not much they could do ...we did not get that WOW FACTOR we went for and our grandson did not really have a good time for 3 days he did not want to talk about it he said he wished he could turn the time back !! he thought it was his fault esp. when we went to the medical office and they wanted money before they would look at him ...we said did you think we wanted this to happen!!!his neck and one side of his face were cut and bruised he was so upset and hurt ...we will NEVER GO ON A DISNEY CRUISE AGAIN and will NOT recommend it to NO-ONE I really feel if it was handled better that we consider to g again. the ship was nice and staff were good .We feel the higher up staff should get some lessons from the people that really make this company work !!

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Nov 12, 2013

Western caribbean

Had a different impression of Disney magic was all just name! for that company with such prestige this cruise is shame The buffet was bad, the other restaurants were good. The cabin was good, more or less, the bathroom is divided into two, the side where was the toilet was terrible all five days smelled of urine and cleaned it over was that smell .... and the side of the tub, one night we went to take a shower and there was no water,

we call and they fixed but smelled awful pipes. How were the activities? what activities? only two or three shows in the 5 days was good, the other was boring. Night of the Pirates of the Caribbean was a disaster. definitely not what I expected from Disney i'm very disappointed, poor characters, were easier to go to Orlando where you're going to find them all and more shipper....my daughter is 7 years old and bored in the Oceanner's.was fabulous all the attention of the waiters in restaurants....and to finish we left infected by the flu !!!!was amazing trip!

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Apr 14, 2013

Cozumel

We enjoyed the cruise but I have some commentary regarding our experience and whether or not it was worth the $$$s. We traveled out of Galveston the 2nd week of March. The good: kid friendly, lots of activities geared toward family and the Oceaneer's Lab also allow parents to take time away from the kids with fun-filled activities Disney Style without worrying. They provide a GPS like tracking system that keeps tabs on the kids. The shows

are amazing, some are Broadway quality. The food was definitely above other cruises we've been on but it's still "cruise food" that being said, we opted for pizza, burgers and fries (I know...junk) versus the buffets. The Ugly: we had the misfortune of being next to a room that was being completely repaired and was awakened at 8:00 a.m. the 2nd day of our cruise to hammering and drilling. It was really LOUD, so much so that when I stepped on the balcony the guests next to us were outside concerned that the ship might be in danger. It turned into quite the fiasco between the numerous calls, insulting misrepresentations of what was actually happening next door (they tried to tell us that it was a safety issue, but when I went in to check it was a complete renovation of the room next door, the crew doing the work advised me that they were getting it ready for the next cruise (vacant room) ) and candidly we didn't get the service we expected from Disney. The back and forth with the management went on for a day and a half all the time we were enduring the constant construction whenever we were in the room. I raised this issue because it wasn't until Day 3 when I took pictures, captured video and showed it to the Director that they begin to properly address the issue and shut down the construction. The Cruise Director contacted me mid-day (3rd day) to apologize and attempted to make good by providing us with a $400 onboard credit, a voucher to Palo's exquisite restaurant onboard, and a bottle of wine, etc. One might say a happy ending but for us it was too far into our vacation and our numerous calls and visits to guest services ignored when they could have stopped it upon 1st notice. The employees lacked empowerment and direction on what should have been a simple solution. Once back on land, we escalated to the main office in Celebration and spoke to one of the Sr. Directors about our experience disappointingly; I was informed that maintenance is routine and mentioned in the contract. I advised that what we experienced was beyond maintenance and more like major construction. We were very optimistic and confident about Cruising with Disney especially in light of the Carnival incidents thinking Disney would certainly have handled things differently. After the incident, we lost confidence in Disney and while we had fun when away from our room, we would not cruise with them. Ever. Again. It's a big difference being at sea versus on land dealing with this type of issue with no option but to stay on board. I'm usually not one to blast companies with such passion but we paid a lot of $$$s and was underwhelmed, frustrated and disappointed with Disney. Hope this helps anyone considering crusing with Disney.

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Jul 30, 2012

Bahamas

My husband and I took our 5 children on this cruise. They range in age from 6-14. The youngest ones had a great time. The older ones, however, seemed to not have as much to do onboard a most activities are geared for younger children. There is not much to do for adult, which I expected as it is a DISNEY cruise. Having been on cruises before with other cruise lines, I expected MUCH more in the food department. Each dinner seating is rotated

between the 3 different restaurants on the ship. Nothing was terrible - but nothing was memorable either. The breakfasts were lackluster and the lunches were barely edible. Your best bet for lunch is to stay by the pool and get a burger or hot dog from there. Don't waste your time in any of the restaurants for lunch. I honestly expected much better food quality and better selections while on the ship. The stateroom is your typical cruise stateroom. For those who have been on a cruise before, you already know that you shouldn't expect anything large. For first timers, I hope someone forewarns you prior to cruising that you should not expect a large stateroom unless you have booked a suite. That being said, the beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean. The onboard activities were just okay. There are different clubs for different age groups. Our 6 and 8 year old girls were able to go to the oceaneers club. It kept them entertained for only about an hour or so before they wanted to leave. The pre-teen clubs are lacking. They mostly had video games and other games here and there. We have a 12 yo boy, 13 yo girl and 14 yo boy who attended that club. Some of the activities included craft and postcard making. Are you kidding me? What 12 year old boy wants to make postcards? Because of that, our older ones did not spend much time there and ended up spending a fortune in the arcade instead. Considering the amount of $$ you pay to go on this cruise, I would expect that children of ALL ages would be entertained. Warning - characters are available at designated times and areas on the ships. You better get there early and prepare to wait on line to meet them. Castaway Cay was really nice. It's relaxing. The ship ports right on the island and there are trams to take you to and from the different sections. There were plenty of lounge chairs on the beach. My advice? Spend $6 for a raft and just relax on the island. Trust me you will need it in order to prepare for your day at the parks. Nassau - We booked the Atlantis beach day. I was unimpressed to say the least. It's expensive and not worth the money. My problem was not with the resort - the resort is beautiful and I've actually stayed there on a separate occasion (which is why I booked this excursion in the first place). It's advertised that you get a 25 minute tour, are able to explore the beach and aquariums and that lunch is provided. The 25 minute tour was nothing more than the walk from the bus to the beach...."Here is the hospitality desk, here are the lockers, etc." They take you to a separate section of the beach where chairs are scarce. You are on your own in finding the aquarium and lunch is SRO, as tables are scarce as well. Save your money. Do something else. Did the kids have a good time? Most of them. (After all, we did this for them - not for us). Would I do it again? Never.

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May 2, 2012

Eastern Caribbean

Been on 8 combined Disney Cruises on the Disney Ships Dream, Magic and Wonder. The Magic and Wonder are Disney's only ships, about 15 years old. They are smaller in size than the Dream and new Fantasy ship. The older ships allow 2600 patrons while the Dream and Fantasy can hold 4000 patrons. The food on all three of the ships I have sailed has been about the same. There are several menus, but all the ships offer most of the same dining

options. Alot of the dinner options will be determined by the number of nights you spend on the ship. Each ship has 3 main dining rooms that you rotate through. On a 4-day cruise you will hit one restaurant twice, and on a six-day you will hit all of the restaraunts twice. There is one basic menu for each dining room, after those menues there will be a different menu which is typically for the entire ship, so it doesn't matter where you dine you will get the same menu as everyone else dining in the 3 different locations. Depending on the number of nights you cruise, you will may have the Pirates Night Menu, Captains Gala, or any one of several other menues, Let me first say that I have only stayed in Verandah rooms aboard the cruise ships. I want to spend the extra money on the Verandah and for those wavering on selecting a Verandah, I would look at two different cruise criteria. The first (1) number of nights aboard the ship. I recommend that if you are staying more than 3 nights, to get a Verandah. The second (2) criteria would be the number of sea days. If you are spending any time at sea during the day, I recommend a balcony. Especially if you like to sit and drink coffee, soda, or if you like to take in a good book. If you have napping kids, a Verandah is well worth it in my opinion. The Category 5 rooms that i normally stay are all the same. The A-E option that you select when booking a room is your choice and will just identify where that type of room is located on the floor, meaning midship, forward, or aft. I prefer 5C which is generally about mid ship. The Magic and Wonder have the same rooms, which provide a split bath. Also I feel that they have a bit more room than the Dream or Fantasy. However, the Dream and Fantasy have room under their beds for luggage. The Magic and Wonder's space unter there bed is about 6 inches. The Magic and Wonder staterooms are older which means that the mattresses may be old and uncomfortable. This has been true the last two cruise I have taken aboard the Magic. The Matress on the Dream and the new Fansay are some of the finest mattresses I have slept on. The TV's are about the same size I noticed. However the intertainment on the televisions is great on the Dream and Fantisy compared to the Magic and Wonder. The new ships have a big selection of movies and disney related tv shows and allows you on-demand viewing. The Wonder and Magic have a few movies and there is no on-demand function. All of the ships have adequate on board activities. There is always something that you can do. The kids areas are nice and the pools on all of the ships are small. There is the AquaDuck on the Dream and Fantasy and some new areas on the Fantasy for getting wet on board. Each ship has there own live entertainment. Each cruise has several Disney productions and then they also have live entertainment they contract for each cruise. That entertainment will change and depending on the number of nights you have on board to fill after the live performances have all been viewed. They have a movies theater on each ship. They gerenally play first run Disney/Pixar films. I prefer the Dream and Fantasy's theaters because they have more leg room and really nice sound. The theaters on the Wonder and Magic are fine. They also have the big outdoor screen on the top deck of the ship. The genreally show clasic disney and are used for party events to show the live activity on the stage. Nice to grab a piece of pizza or a book and watch the big screen on a nice day on the ship. I am not going discuss excursions because everyone has a different idea in mind for excursions. I will say that the majority of cruisers love the Disney island Castaway Cay. It is one of the best days on the cruise. You can check on line for excursions using the Disney Cruise Line web sight. Also, if you don't see something you are interested in, see the cast members once you get on board the ship. They should be able to find out if there is an activity that you are inquiring about. I won't bore everyone with my trip details, but will tell you I have been on 8 Disney Cruises so far. I like the Disney brand and do not want to engage in material that is not suited for a family. They also do not have casinos on board. Also, if you are after the party all night long atmasphere, don't choose disney. Most areas on the ship are empty my 11:30 or 12:00. I will tell you about Pirate Night. That is a popular night on board ship. It is based of course on the Pirates of the caribbean movies. Bring your costumes and enjoy the party. You can dress up in your costumes for dinner and later enjoy the party and firework shows on the top deck. They also have a great buffet after the fireworks show at about 10:45pm.

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