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4 Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami

4 Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami

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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Castaway Cay
  • Day 4
    Nassau
  • Day 5
    Miami

Disney Magic

Disney Magic - Disney Cruise Line

Pros

"Tangled"-themed dining, show and programming; Marvel Day at Sea sailings

Cons

Small pool for families; crowded elevators for strollers and mobility impaired

Bottom Line

Regularly updated with first-class entertainment, dining and more


Cruise Reviews

This was my 2nd Disney cruise and my 3rd time cruising. The last Disney cruise was to Alaska on the Wonder, and it was the best vacation ever! So I made a prepayment and couldn't wait to go on another Disney cruise again. Well, this ... Read More
This was my 2nd Disney cruise and my 3rd time cruising. The last Disney cruise was to Alaska on the Wonder, and it was the best vacation ever! So I made a prepayment and couldn't wait to go on another Disney cruise again. Well, this latest cruise would only rate a 6 out of 10. Avoid rooms that have an adjoining interior door with the neighboring room, such as 1050 and 1052. My neighbors had an absolutely annoying kid who looked about 3 years old. Every single day and night, that cried and yelled, and coughed, usually around 7am, once in the afternoon as I tried to nap, and once at 11:30pm. The husband would yell at the kid, and even talking, they had to be loud. I complained to guest services but the lady said all the rooms were booked, so we could not be moved to another room. She told me I could dial 0 if they got too loud and mgt could talk to the family. We got 2 bags of popcorn and rice krispie treats as an apology for this lousy family being next door. I wouldn't say the cruise was ruined but this greatly diminished my enjoyment as every day I was cranky and sleep deprived. The other main negative was the extreme rockiness of the ship. The Alaskan cruise was very serene so I expected a similar seasick-free experience. Nope. Every night the ship swayed so much that you could see drinks shaking on the dinner tables and holiday wreaths swinging on the walls. It felt awful and gave me a headache one night. Weather was not warm enough. It rained on the day we stopped in the Bahamas and the water at castaway cay was very cold. It started raining that early afternoon and all the day's excursions were canceled due to wind. It only got hot enough for us to venture into a pool on the afternoon the day before leaving. However, soon after that, a kid defecated in the pool so everyone had to get out and it was unusable the rest of the day. The toilet in our room smelled mildly of old urine. I wiped down and tried washing all around the surfaces but could never get rid of the smell, but I didn't have the heart to tell the Filipino man who was our room attendant. Hair dryer was old and grimy from so many hands touching it-- gross. Pillows were lumpy and there was old grime in the corners of the bathroom; if I go again, I will only go on newer ships. Carpet in main areas, bench near theater were worn out. Cabanas seating was jam packed. Many food portions at dinner were so small it was laughable. Salmon one night tasted like burnt plastic, and the lemon pie seemed overbaked and tasted bad. My child had a hamburger that was dry and reminded me of cheap hamburgers from my public school cafeteria. All the cakes were dry and spongey. Cutlery is all big and heavy, not right for little kids to deal with. The coffee is watery, cheap drek in worn plastic mugs, unless you shell out more money for the cafe. I felt nickeled and dimed (or dollared?!) when we were charged for popcorn and a tiny cup of juice near the theaters, and of course you feel obligated to tip the poor 3rd world staff on top of it all. The photo package was something like $250 for the smallest package-- pass! I didn't get suckered into spa services but those prices are crazy too. Ok, good aspects: my kid loved the kid's club and kept wanting to go. Some if the food was excellent, like the soups and salads at dinner. Mashed potatoes, pizza, fries, soft serve ice cream are tasty. Service was mostly excellent although the servers kept taking our cutlery away as they cleared dishes. We wound up eating with soup spoons or even a knife. The shows were the best. Tangled and the John Cassidy show were surprisingly much better than I anticipated. Even my kid sat through them. Castaway Cay was beautiful and the lunch buffet was delicious. I wish we had 2 days there instead of the overly touristy/grimy Bahamas stop. Views from the ship were awesome. The tour of the ship for adults was interesting. Embarking and disembarking were pretty smooth. The cruise helps you check in your luggage and gives you boarding passes the night before, which was great so we didn't have to drag luggage around the next day. The Disney shuttle to the airport was nice and quick, with a video ad to make the time fly by. One other thing to keep in mind is that cruising during Xmas, a lot more people are sick. In addition to the constantly crying and coughing kid next door, everywhere we went on the ship, people were coughing. It's pretty off putting to be in a crowded theater as someone's hacking near you. So in the future, I will avoid cruising during cold and flu season. The last day, my obnoxious neighbors had their alarm clock going off at 5:40am for at least 10 minutes. I felt like throttling them. After a whole day at the airport, we returned tired, heavier, and still feeling like the rooms are swaying. It was an ok experience this time that I will not repeat. I don't recommend this particular time/itinerary/ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our 3rd Merrytime cruise, as cruising over Christmas has become our tradition, however this year might be our last. The quality of DCL is clearly slipping. The Magic is dated, showing many signs of wear from the room to the pool. ... Read More
This was our 3rd Merrytime cruise, as cruising over Christmas has become our tradition, however this year might be our last. The quality of DCL is clearly slipping. The Magic is dated, showing many signs of wear from the room to the pool. The dining staff at dinner works so hard, they are in constant rapid motion. It seems they are short staffed, forced to cover more tables per server than should be humanly possible, so clearly over worked but rising nightly to the occasion. The chaos it creates is overwhelming and makes it difficult to catch the attention of your server at dinner because they are constantly dashing between their assigned tables, to the kitchen to grab food / give orders and back. Even if I could locate them, the clear stress they were under, and sense of overwhelm in the room made me feel guilty asking for anything. On other (not DCL) cruises I’ve been on the dinner time experience was calm, relaxing, and the servers were assigned a more reasonable number of tables. My children have special needs and the chaos / noise in the room was too much for them, so they were often agitated and upset at dinner, unable to eat. I did learn toward the end of the cruise that Cabanas (the buffet) was open for a sit down dinner outside of this assigned dining that was much calmer and more enjoyable - it also creates more flexibility in terms of timing if you need to eat earlier for the kids one day. I’d recommend that instead. Having the characters around the boat is always so much fun for the kids, this team of characters was the best of our 3 cruises, and most patient with my special needs kiddos. We love the nightly family dance parties as this is something we often do at home too, however they really should relocate the photographers so they are not in the middle of the dance floor getting frustrated with little dancers who have wandered toward the posed families in front of the backdrops. Being our third cruise, the same musicals are getting a bit old, I wish they would add some new ones or mix it up! The pirate party was magical, as was the tree lighting and goodbye ceremony - I wish they could be a bit earlier to accommodate the kiddos as a 10pm start is late for most kids! But the most shockingly terrible part was the spa. I regularly get messages and this was the absolute worst experience I’ve ever had. The massage ‘therapist’ could not have had ANY advanced training in massage. At first I laid there questioning myself, it can’t really be this bad right? Am I overreacting? Maybe it will get better? It didn’t. It kept getting worse and the experience was making me so anxious I was starting to itch and break into hives. She applied WAY too much oil, so much so that it was uncomfortable and made her rushed touch feel like a tickle - contributing to the overall feeling of the massage being rushed and sloppy. She was moving so fast that it was the opposite of relaxing. When I asked her slow down (twice!) she responded by using even less pressure like she was confused what I was asking. I did the hot stone massage... a few other highlights included her ramming the stones into my hip bones and attempting to rub the stones into my shoulder bones. I ended up leaving half way through because it was so awful and they still tried to charge me! No one ever followed up after the ordeal to see what happened. I’ve had regular massages at home and at various resorts over the years - I am pretty easy to please... never have I had an experience like this. As others have said, it goes seem that the quality of a Disney Cruise is slipping, they are cutting costs / corners and it’s very evident. It may no longer be worth a higher price for a DCL Cruise. Time to explore other options! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Overall the cruise was great, a few improvements could be made, I'll get to that later. Disney truly goes above and beyond with customer service! It was my granddaughter's first cruise and her first trip out of Canada without ... Read More
Overall the cruise was great, a few improvements could be made, I'll get to that later. Disney truly goes above and beyond with customer service! It was my granddaughter's first cruise and her first trip out of Canada without her mother (my daughter) due to severe food allergies. To put things in context, she's unable to have restaurant or take-out experiences back home for fear of cross-contamination and a trip to the ER. This is where Dumitri comes in, who made the entire trip magical for us. He convinced me the first time we sat down for a meal that Disney does understand food allergies and takes them very seriously. Due to his diligence, attention to detail, and overall desire to make this an incredible experience, my 6 year old granddaughter was able to eat every meal without fear of becoming sick. She was so impressed that she's decided we should either move onto the ship or we should take Dumitru home with us! Thank you Dumitru; as a result of your dedication, this will be the first of many trips with the Disney brand. Items that could use improvement: 1) My granddaughter and I were disappointed the Disney characters weren't more available/accessible to kids. If you wanted to see any of them, you had to line-up at designated times and areas...which meant the line-ups were long. I've gone to Disney World a few times and I was expecting characters to be walking around on the ship for kids to interact with. 2) The waiting time to be served in the restaurants was way too long for kids. I thought the wait was due to our particular situation with food allergies, but when I spoke to other families on board, they expressed the same comment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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