To summarize the preface above:
We sailed (two people) on Disney's Magic for 11 nights in the Western Mediterranean to the ports of Valletta/Malta, Palermo/Sicily, Naples/Italy, Civitavecchia/Rome/Italy, La Spezia/Florence/Italy, Ajaccio/Corsica, Palma/Mallorca. Embarking in the wonderful Catalan city of Barcelona.
We sailed July 9th to July 20th (for reference, we arrived in Barcelona 7/7 and left 7/21). We stayed in the Hilton (great hotel) and had transfers to the ship directly from the hotel. (warning - it was a very early transfer and it only goes once)
Traveling together (Mother & son), we were very excited to be on our fifth Disney cruise and to be on our second European cruise. I was personally disappointed by not being able to visit Tunisia, as Carthaginian history is fascinating, but I understand the rationale for canceling and I hope the Tunisian Revolution proves a success (for a secular European-style democracy).
The ship looks dated and the quality of the kid programs are not what they used to be. (We were pleasantly greeted with kids playing with car toys on one of the windows, while on our way to lunch one of the sea days)
We had great service as per usual, our head server (Cedomir from Croatia) was excellent and definitely helped us in many ways. We also enjoyed a visit from Deneval (who we met originally on a Disney cruise 5 years ago) and had great service from our server (Aditya from Mumbai) and assistant server (Laura from Liverpool, England), last but not least we spent some of our time in the Promenade lounge (mostly after returning from a port adventure) and made friends with Angel (from the Philippines). Our cabin boy (officially "Host") was nothing like our former ones, while he did clean the room well, he moved around our belongings in an unusual fashion.
The entertainment was decent, but not as action-packed as previous cruises, "Who wants to be a Mousekeeter" our favorite show, was only played once in the cruise (compared to 4 times on our 7 night WC cruise) and it was only right before Dinner so we didn't get to see it! We went to Disney Trivia and that was so-so. We watched Pirates IV on the ship, the 3D element was nice.
Onboard shopping was great. Shopping in port was almost non-existent (no shopping time on 5 of our port adventures).
Dining-wise, the food selection was poor so we had steak frequently. We enjoyed the ravioli as an appetizer and our desserts were all very good. I loved the Butterscotch sundae!
We were unable to visit Nice-Monaco (port of Villefranche) due to weather conditions, I believe this was the first time Disney cancelled this port. So instead we visited Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
We would recommend this cruise to every cruiser.
Port Reviews are below.