Just returned from a sailing on the Disney Magic on it's 3-night Bahamas itinerary (Port Canaveral - Nassau - Castaway Cay - Port Canaveral). The 3-night cruise is a nice introduction to someone new to cruising, it gives you a flavor but leaves you wanting more.
We had started our vacation at the Walt Disney World resort and took the cruiseline transfer to the port. This went without a hitch and we arrived at the port about 1:30 PM with time to explore the ship before getting underway. The timing also worked out well as the staterooms were ready upon our arrival to stow our day bags. Check-in was a breeze, we had completed online check-in in advance so it was a simple process of showing the signature documents and obtaining our cardkeys.
Upon arrival in the stateroom we noticed 2 negatives. First there was food from a prior occupant in the refrigerator (2 unopened milks and a yougart). We also noticed dust and some hairs along the top of the baseboards in the bathroom. Otherwise the stateroom appeared clean. Stateroom 6588 is configured with a queen sized bed and a sofa that converts to a bed. There is no pull-down bed so the cabin is suited to a party of 3. The veranda was a decent size and was a delite to sit out on. There were some minor mechanical issues with the toilet where once each day it wouldn't flush. However it seemed to sort itself out before the maintenance staff arrived.
Meals in the main dining room were very nice and the server made excellent recommendations for our group. The assistant server was also excellent getting to know our drink preferences and even entertaining the teenagers. The food in Cabana's the buffet on the pool deck was ok. Nothing to write home about. The scrambled eggs for breakfast were very runny (if you've read a review about the scrambled eggs at Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort, they were very akin to that). Breakfast in the main dining rooms was much better. One thing to note, that I was pleased with, antibacterial wipes were handed to every guest as they were entering the resturants.
In Nassau we went on the Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Close Encounter, which was very well done. Unfortunately there was a concert on the beach that day so the beach was closed to us, and they provided a box lunch instead. The box lunch was passable, but there was pleanty of food in it. Not sure cost wise if the lunch made up for loss of use of the beach. I would want, however to try the dolphin swim experience on a future trip now that I experienced the dolphin close encounter.
Castaway Cay is an absolutely beautiful island, and if they ever put a hotel here I could easy spend a whole vacation there. Unfortunately they only keep a small permenant staff on the island and use the ship staff to handle most of the operation so the likelyhood of a hotel on the island is minimal. We did the sting ray adventure while on the island. Had a great animal handler and my tween and teen enjoyed very much. Snorkling isn't my thing particularly. Would be nice if the ship's photographer took pictures of guests at this encounter, but they don't so take a waterproof camera with you.
Activities on the ship were pleantiful and the broadway style shows were very good. Disney Dreams, which was presented on the last night was the highlight and received a rousing standing ovation (well deserved). The Cruise Director handled most ship-board PA announcements and they tended to be a bit long winded, but Nattalie certainly had entheusiasm.
All in all I would recommend this cruise for families who are newer to cruising. The 3-day itinerary is really two short, but this worked out well for a last minute escape from the cold and snow in the Northeast.