We are a nice, friendly, yet private non-tradition family.We both work hard and live life fully. Together, we've traveled here in the States, Europe and South America. We've previously cruised on Royal Caribbean and enjoyed each experience.
Before anything, BEWARE if you are driving to the port, there are a lot of cops right before you drive over the bridge. Checking in was a breeze. We pre registered on line. We parked at the port 11am and were on board and eating lunch in Parrot Cay by 12:15pmWhere else does Mickey, Minnie and all their friend mill around to shorten the wait.
The food on the Magic was not only great but consistently delicious and beautifully presented. When compared to Royal Caribbean we realized RC's was more hit and miss.We ate at mostly all the restaurants and fast food places. Lumineres was one of the best for dinner. The pizza was OK at Pinocchio's Pizzeria, but the chicken tenders were very good at Pluto's Doghouse. We chose Goofy Galley most of the times for an afternoon snack, the wraps and fruits were great. We had some sweets from the Cove Cafe and they were excellent. One day we had lunch at Lumineres, the atmosphere, the professional service, the delicious nicoise salad made for a romantic break in the middle of the day.We had daily room service at of juice, coffee and muffins before hitting the gym. Palos for brunch was the highlight of the trip, great food and so much to eat. We spent about two and a half hours there and we could barely eat dinner. We had to walk 3 laps around the ship that night. Dinner was good but we found Chops at Royal Caribbean a much formal setting than Palos. Next time we will do the brunch twice instead of the dinner. The Pirates of the Caribbean Buffet was crowded so we were glad we had a good dinner that night and went to see the movie UP at the main theater instead of waiting in long lines for the buffet. The buffet at Lumineres was good, lot of sweets and it wasn't crowded. We didn't know about it until someone from our table mentioned it (Thursday at ).
We never felt crowded on ship. Although one of us was wary of traveling with so many children and traditional families, all we remember of them is their little, smiling faces. The crew on Magic keeps the ship spotless. They were always cleaning and painting. I was very impressed that there were hand sanitizer towels everywhere all the time. You find clean beach towels EVERYWHERE, even outside at the ports of calls so you do not have to bring one from the ship. The best part, you don't have to drag the wet ones all the way into the ship, they collect them for you before you walk into the ship...now that's service.
A lot of space and well distributed. We brought a lot of clothes and we still had empty drawers. We had stateroom 7102 verandah and it was a perfect location. Close to the elevators, two decks up to the gym, pool, soda station and the buffet, three and four decks down Parrot Cay and Animators Palate. Laundry facilities thirty seconds walk from our stateroom. Seven decks down and you can walk out of the ship at the ports of calls. We loved the details and the split bathroom for sure. The bed was very comfortable and our room assistant was the best (Craig).
We enjoyed the shows. The theater was never full so it was great to walk in 5 minutes before the show and find decent seats. Do not miss any of them. We were so busy during the day between getting some sun, eating, and the main show that we didn't experience much of the adult entertainment at night. A few evenings we went to see a show but the place was very crowded. I heard that some of the performances were good. One thing we loved about the Magic is that the service staff isn't always pushing alcohol compared to Royal Caribbean.
Spa & Fitness
We visited the gym everyday and we realized that the early you arrive, better chances to get to the treadmills. After the third day, the presence of people decreases a bit. They have plenty of machines and free weights. You can get a good work out. We spent at least ninety minutes every morning trying to burn all the calories from the day before. Then walk couple of laps at deck four after dinner...very peaceful.
Service was the best from our server/server assistant/head server to people at the buffet. You can tell that you are at a Disney cruise ship. Our server Ana was very attentive and always recommends us items from the menu.Marcus our server Assistant was excellent. They both worked great together and always kept you entertain and care for you. Kudos to Dining Team leader also.She was the best in her role that we have experienced. Our stateroom host was Craig, very friendly and he knew our daily schedule. Every time we walk into our stateroom it was clean and ready for us. We used room service every morning for coffee and a sweet and we always had the same server; he was friendly and attentive as well. Yannina from topsiders was great as well. We had Cecilia as our waitress at Palos and she was great. Chao and Ivan are great servers as well.
We only did one at Grand Cayman (SevenMileBeach) and it was OK. We were impressed how Disney handled everything.However, once they hand us over to the contracted tour company we lost forty minutes trying to get our transportation ready to the beach. I like how Disney organizes everything at port for the excursions (They have their own short excursion team) and have towels ready for you. Compare to Carnival where what we saw looks like a chaos with signs where people have to wait for their excursions with little help from Carnival. Two thumbs wait up to Disney.We also got off ship at Key West and walked on our own.Thank God it was Sunday and we made tea dance at La-Te-Da's ()
Castaway Cay is the bomb!!!!It's heaven!!!! Disney should consider 2 days there!! When we visited Royal Caribbean's island in Haiti (Labadie) we found it did not compare to what we found on the RC ships.As we had been to Cozumel previously we stayed on ship enjoying the adult pool by ourselves... priceless.