Magic's roomy cabins are designed with family comfort in mind. They're practical but also placid and comfortable havens of privacy that provide respite from the bustling public spaces onboard. It's no surprise that they're popular, even with people traveling without youngsters.
The 214-square-foot outside cabins and 223-square-foot balcony cabins (each with a 45-square-foot verandah) are comparable to mini-suites on some other ships, each with a distinct bedroom area and living room. Twin beds, which can be made into a queens, are divided from the living areas with full pull-across curtains. The living rooms include deep, full-length sofas, which can be made into third single beds; many rooms also have berths that descend from the ceiling for a fourth person. The slightly larger 259-square-foot Deluxe Family Oceanview cabin, also with a 45-square-foot balcony, can fit five with an additional wall-mounted Murphy bed. Inside cabins (184 square feet for standard, 214 square feet for deluxe) are, for the most part, configured similarly to the outsides and offer the same amenities.
Editor's Note: Cigarette smoking is not permitted on cabin balconies.
During the refurb, cabins were updated with new carpet, furnishings and decor, all keeping up with the nautical theme of navy blues, reds and whites, while giving a fresh new look. But perhaps the most notable features are the elevated bed frames, which, unlike the old ones on Magic, provide families with more storage space without sacrificing maneuverability. The split bathroom remains, as do child-safety locks.
While Disney has updated some aspects of Magic's cabins, some of the bathrooms and balconies still show significant wear. In our cabin alone, rust and chipped paint were noticeable on the balcony, the sliding door handle was broken, and the bathroom's outdated appearance coupled with scuff marks made it feel a bit dirty. Other cabins showed signs of rotting or chipped wood and missing fixtures on the furniture.
All cabins come with two portable Wave Phones, which have texting capabilities and can be used throughout the ship and on Castaway Cay. (Four phones are provided in the Royal Suite and two-bedroom suites; passengers can rent additional phones from Guest Services for $3.50 per day.)
Each also includes a Sealy Posturepedic mattress topped with 300-thread-count, 100 percent Egyptian cotton linens; a "cold box," similar to a minifridge; a safe large enough to fit a Macbook Pro; two small end tables; a sofa; coffee table; large desk with a cushioned stool; and a TV. The TV programming is mostly Disney-owned channels (including ABC, Toon Disney, the Disney Channel and several ESPN channels), as well as Discovery, Discovery Travel, CNN, CNN Headline and BBC World.
The bathrooms on Magic are unique in that they're divided into a "bath and a half" configuration in all but the least expensive inside cabins, which have single bathrooms with a shower and tub combo and one sink each. In all other cabins, one bathroom has a toilet, a sink and shelves for makeup and sundries; the other has a shallow tub, shower and sink. The tub is mainly to wash little ones who are too young to shower, and while it seemed a bit shallow for an adult bath, it can be used for that purpose, too. Crisp white tiles with bright blue accent pieces, faux granite sink tops with molded honey maple surrounds, and round chrome sinks make these little rooms appear elegant.
Bathroom amenities were nicer than we were expecting and include soap, shampoo, a collagen conditioner and, our personal favorite, sea salt lotion. There is a wall-mounted hair dryer in the bathroom that houses the toilet; there's also a standard-sized one in the desk drawer in each cabin.
The ship's exterior "modern classic" design dictated several interior space nuances. Outside cabins have large, round windows, porthole style, rather than rectangular picture windows. Most of the balconies have bars and Plexiglas inserts, but at the aft end of decks 5, 6, 7 and 8 are balcony cabins with either a "Navigator's Balcony" (with a solid wall and a round cutout) or a half-height white metal wall as the cabins angle toward the pointed stern. This angle, too, allows for larger verandah spaces because of the curve.
Caveat: Some of these "aft corner" cabins (5150, 5650, 6150, 6650, 7134, 7634) are narrower than others, with no extra closet for clothes and a tight fit at the living room end.
The wheelchair-accessible cabins on Magic are enormous, and they're available in inside, outside, verandah and suite categories. The aft balcony accessible cabins have huge verandahs (some 30 feet long).
Hint: The ship has six cabins known by insiders as "Secret Porthole Rooms." They aren't secret at all, but they are a great bargain. There are cabins all the way forward on Deck 5 with portholes that are obstructed to varying degrees, and they're sold at the cost of the most expensive inside cabin. Cabins 5020, 5022, 5520 and 5522 have virtually nothing blocking the windows except rails and a pulley; 5024 and 5524 are almost completely blocked with barrels. Still, if you're considering an inside cabin but would love the light of day for no extra charge, these are your best bet.
The suites, all located on Deck 8, are divided into three categories: 524-square-foot one-bedroom suites with 90-square-foot balconies, 805-square-foot two-bedroom suites with 140-square-foot balconies, and two 845-square foot Royal suites (one of which has a baby grand piano) with 184-square-foot balconies. The one-bedroom suites sleep up to five and each include a queen-size bed, double sofa bed, two bathrooms, a walk-in closet and wet bar. Some also feature a single pull-down bed in the living room or bedroom. The two-bedroom suites each sleep seven and offer one master bedroom with a queen-size bed and second bedroom with two twin beds; living area with sofa bed; two and a half baths, including a whirlpool tub; a walk-in closet; and a wet bar. The Royal Suites also sleep seven in two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and one with two twin beds and two pull-down upper berths; two and a half bathrooms, including a whirlpool tub; a living room; media library with pull-down bed; dining salon; pantry; wet bar; and walk-in closets. Each suite comes complete with a concierge team, upgraded mattresses and feather pillows, granite counter tops and full-length whirlpool tubs.
We had plenty of issues with our stateroom during the first 5 days on the ship. For several days the toilet didn't flush for up to 3 hours because there were "issues in this section of the ship" - if Disney would at least had told us BEFORE using the toilet rather...continue