This was our family's first ever cruise! Now we are hooked; and booked on the Disney Wonder to Alaska this Sept and on the Fantasy next April. The 2010 Med cruise was the start of it all! What a way to show your children the world and have it be enjoyable for all! Embarkation in Barcelona was very smooth and we love being "announced" as we enter the ship. (Next time I will be recording it for posterity.) We thought that the Magic was absolutely magnificent and quickly found our way to Topsiders for lunch. Good selection and everyone was happy with their choices. The best part was the fact that since we were one of the first few families to Topsiders we got a great table on the outside deck to take in the view and the sun. Another treat was that Chip and Dale made the rounds and were the first characters to greet us, our 7 yr old son and our 3 month old daughter. What a great start to our Disney cruise! After lunch our rooms were ready. (We took grandma along with us and had connecting rooms - she and our son in one and my husband, myself and our 3 month old in the other.)The girls unpacked while the boys checked out the pools. All met up for the muster drill which was in Animator's Palate for us. All went smoothly and quickly and then we headed up to deck 10 for the sail away party. Great vantage point to see and experience it without being right in the middle of all the action. (If you like all the action make sure that you are on deck 9.) Dinner was at Parrot Cay and was a little bit of a blur since we did the crazy fly from Portland,Or and arrive in Barcelona at 7:00 a.m. on the day of your cruise thing. The family that we shared our dinners with was from Washington state, also had 2 children and brought along grandma. Perfect match by Disney!
The rest of our cruise was a whirlwind of adventure and fun for all of us. Our son loved the Oceaneer Lab, especially making flubber and our daughter was very comfortable in Flounder's Reef Nursery. (We did quite a few shore excursions that did not allow babies.) I was a little concerned about not having her with us ,but I soon realized that she had a lot more fun in a bouncy seat, in an exersaucer or even in the arms of Princess Tiana who came to visit more that once rather than in a stoller in the hot Mediterranean sun.
Service was great and we had no complaints in our rooms or in any restaurants. We ate at Palo and it definitely was amazing! We will continue this on all future cruises with Disney.
We loved all of our shore excursions and did them in Tunisia, Naples, Civitavecchia, and La Spezia. (Please see my port reviews for more info on these.) We enjoyed Malta, Corsica and Villefranche/Monaco on our own and had a great time in these ports as well. Since we were on the 10 day cruise without the rest day it was a little overwhelming with a new port every day. Luckily I took lots of pictures so it is nice to sit back and reflect on all of the history and beauty that we saw.
The disembarkation process was fast and easy and we were on our way back to the Barcelona airport by taxi. (The taxi situation was the only glitch in our otherwise perfect vacation. Be aware that a taxi in Barcelona can only take a maximum of 4 people even if one is an infant. Since we had five of us including Grandma we had to split up and didn't get to do any sightseeing of Barcelona. Plus we had to pay for 2 taxis! If we had known this we probably would have taken the Disney transportation to the ship.)