Disney Magic Cruise Review by woodbadger1984: Disney Magic Galveston Inagural
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Disney Magic Galveston Inagural
Destination: Western Caribbean
This was our first cruise on Disney and a lot of Disney it was. Disney characters and themes are on the walls, floors, and ceilings throughout the ship. All of the movies on stateroom tv, the movie theater, the big screen at poolside are Disney productions as were all of the stage productions at the Walt Disney theater.
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom --- Larger than on other ships with a separate shower/bath and vanity/toilet. Our cabin steward, Ferdinand (Ferdi), was great and very helpful answering questions and giving directions. The extra large porthole window provided an excellent view of the water and there was a curtain that could be pulled to separate the sitting/desk area from the sleeping bathroom areas. Plenty of closet and storage space. We didn't need it but the couch could be converted into an additional bed and there was a "drop down" bed located in the ceiling. This stateroom could easily accommodate two adults and two kids. We were at the bow on the More starboard side and had a serious paint/varnish smell in our stateroom for most of the cruise. This was bad enough sometimes to give my wife and I headaches.
Dining --- The food in the main dining rooms was very good and the servers were excellent throughout the cruise. The rotation dining through all three of the main dining rooms was great and we had the same servers and table mates each night. We paid the extra cover of $20ea to eat at the specialty Italian restaurant, Palo, one night and it was Outstanding !!! The fast food, ice cream, pizza, deli, and 24-hour self serve drink station on deck nine all serve very good food and were never crowded at any time during the cruise. The Topsider buffet is small, the food is average at best, and they are open only a few hours each day. Breakfast and lunch is served in at least two of the main dining rooms each day so there is not much need to visit the buffet unless you just want to.
Onboard Entertainment --- No casino but they did have bingo. The stage productions were very Disney and well done and the kids will love them but nothing to really brag about. Maybe we are just spoiled by the great stage productions on Celebrity and RCCL. Individual entertainers rotate through the bar venues and are worth checking out.
Ports --- We stayed on the ship in Cayman as we have been there several times before. Costa Maya, the second stop, has a nice shopping and restaurant area around the port that I'm sure was build by the cruise lines but there is not much to the town itself. You can get into town via taxi for $2ea or rent a golf cart for $30 to $50 depending on your bartering skills. The beach in Costa Maya is pretty trashy and needs work but there are some places worth visiting. The are several small local bar/restaurants along the beach (most owned/operated by beach loving Americans) that are great for a few beers and tacos. We tried something different in Cozumel. We signed up for a cooking class/beach party and it was great. We prepared our own lunch under the guidance of a professional chef and ate it in air conditioned comfort overlooking the great beach at Playa Mia. An open bar, beach lounge chairs, and umbrellas were included in what we felt was a very reasonable price. After lunch we had approx. two hours of beach time. Transportation to/from Playa Mia was included in the price.
General --- Overall it was a very nice cruise but it is much better suited for parents with children. The ship and ship facilities were clean and in very good condition and the staff and crew were outstanding. Embarcation and debarcation were a bit disorganized but this was Disney's first cruise out of Galveston so they should get the bugs out after a few weeks. Less
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