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9 Disney Copenhagen Cruise Reviews

There are many factors that will influence overall ratings: The ship, the food, the service, the destination visited/itinerary. These are all within the cruise line control. Weather, how smooth the ride was is much more subjective and ... Read More
There are many factors that will influence overall ratings: The ship, the food, the service, the destination visited/itinerary. These are all within the cruise line control. Weather, how smooth the ride was is much more subjective and can sometimes make an ok trip wonderful or the other way around. Being on the Disney Magic for 10 nights, on the once a year Norway-Iceland-Scotland cruise proved to be pretty magical. This was my 4th Disney Cruise (Bahamian and Caribbean before, on the 3 other ships) and this one was the best by a far margin - primarily due to the destinations visited but also the top notch service, excellent food, and great entertainment throughout Ship: The Magic is the oldest ship in the Disney fleet and at time, it will show as it is a bit more prone to maintenance issues and minor deficiencies than other ship. However, this is also a ship that is very special to Disney and they are taking great care of it. Common areas are in great shape and the Magic is overall is really nice mid-size ship. Its size allows you to get to know staff, other people on the ship and experience almost all areas - especially on such a long itinerary Cabin: Standard Disney cabin with Verandah. Verandah is oversized with a whitewall due to far AFT position. Other than a smell coming from the drain, this was a pleasant room: Comfortable bed, nice balcony, ample space, nice split bathroom with full bath/shower. Being far AFT, it is subject to some shaking - and I did find it to be a tad too much on a few occasions while cruising - (normal for these rooms to shake a bit when boat goes in reverse or turns around) Dining: Food quality was excellent at all main rotational dining restaurant. A bit disappointed though in the food one one of the night at Rapunzel Royal Table. Presentation and taste was great throughout. Main buffet (Cabanas) served really good quality food throughout the trip - but lacked a bit of variety. Very interesting options in the quick serve areas (eg: Gyros/schwarma), good pizzas from Pinocchio. Pretty good soft-serve ice cream too (better than what they have in the Caribbean, and it does actually have time to freeze!) Entertainment: This is Disney. Disney Dream show is a great finale. Kids Club has plenty of activities Shore excursions: Pretty decent in Kristiansand, Alesund, Stavanager and Reykjavik - although pricey. Less impressive in Invergordon. All in, would do it again in a heartbeat. Disney is a notch above the other cruise lines and on this cruise, they really went "all in". Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was the 3rd long'ish (>10 days) cruise we've gone to Europe via the Disney Magic, and it was once again, one of the best vacations we've ever had. So many reasons . . . I will miss many.. We love the ship, as it ... Read More
This was the 3rd long'ish (>10 days) cruise we've gone to Europe via the Disney Magic, and it was once again, one of the best vacations we've ever had. So many reasons . . . I will miss many.. We love the ship, as it is just the right size for us and we booked very early, snagging one of the least expensive (white metal) veranda's in the stern of Deck 7 at a pretty reasonable price considering. And yes, we do the place-holder's on every cruise to lock in an extra 10% discount. The embarkation in Copenhagen was ok, as they chose a dock with a sufficient indoor facility for processing .. . . much different than the "magic" at Port Canevaral, but still adequate. The food service is just right as my wife has many allergies, and I like to experiment a bit. We like the late seating as the pace of the evening works well for us (we don't drink or nightclub much). The shows were fantastic and we even were able to meet two of the fantastic performers (Eddie Brandt and Lisa Karlin) who were super-talented and actually, very nice people! Our son loves the kids, now teen, clubs and he is considering the idea of being a Youth Activities Counselor after college (loans permitting). We see him at dinner and he accompanies us to some (but not all) of the shore trips. We don't do Disney excursions because a) they are expensive, and b) more so, because they are set up for the lowest-common-denominator of traveler (kids, disabled, uneducated) and we like to do a little research and explore on our own. That being said, the choice of ports on this North Sea adventure was fantastic -- 3 little cities in Norway (Kristiansand, Stavenger, and Alesunc); incredible Rekyjavyk Iceland; and way underrated Invergordon - gateway to Scotland's Eastern Highlands. I am still struggling to determine what there actually was to do in Kristiansand, but Stavanger has some terrific museums and shops and even was having a big athletic and concert weekend when we visited. I would spend 2+ days there easy. Alesund was picture-postcard pretty (although it rained hard when we were there). The Hop-on/Hop-off bus was a good choice. Iceland is exploding with tourism the past few years and I can see why. Incredible natural sights - volcano's, geological rifts, geysir's, hot springs; really nice people and an incredible culture of sheep, unique horses, good food, and hospitality. I want to go back. I had done a 2-week intensive tour of Scotland on my owne 25+ years ago, but the day in Invergordon was an unexpected treat. Instead of going south to see Inverness (a great little city) or west to see the famous Loch Ness, etc., we went north by hired taxi to see Dunrobin Castle (amazing) and toured through the charming town of Dornoch, but ended up buying most of our souvenirs at McCrae's in Invergordon where the owner and staff couldn't have been nicer (and the prices were very fair!). Finishing up with a 1/2 day in Dover to see the Castle and downtown was well worth it for the history and the vistas, as we delayed our trip back up to London.and enjoyed another few days in Britain. What a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Embarkation: After two days of visiting beautiful Copenhagen, our family was very excited for our second ever Disney Cruise (First was a Disney Dream 3-night Bahamas cruise in 2011)! After taking the crowded local bus line to the port, we ... Read More
Embarkation: After two days of visiting beautiful Copenhagen, our family was very excited for our second ever Disney Cruise (First was a Disney Dream 3-night Bahamas cruise in 2011)! After taking the crowded local bus line to the port, we were greeted by the expected wonderful hospitality of Disney. Every question we had about our luggage was quickly and happily answered. We then posed for a quick photo-op and entered the very fast moving check-in line. Following the speedy check-in, we walked right on to the ship with no wait (10 minutes before our scheduled time!). Ship: The Disney Magic is a truly beautiful ship. Despite being 20 years old, she is in much better state of repair then younger ships our family has sailed on. Entering the 3-deck tall, art deco atrium, you instantly feel taken back to the days of luxury Transatlantic steamships. The ship is easy to navigate as it is smaller than many of today's mega-ships, and every square-inch is thoughtfully detailed. As someone who appreciates creative design, I was not let down by the beautifully appointed ship. Our only major gripe with the ship itself was that the aft was notably bumpy whenever the engines were active. Our cabin was located in the aft, and we often found ourselves vibrating when trying to sleep. Other than the problems in the aft, the ship sailed smoothly the entire journey. Dining: Coming from a family of very picky eaters, I would not consider our reviews of the food over someone with a more diverse palate. However, all the food we sampled was cooked very well and always to our order. The plating was always beautiful for every course of the meal. Cabanas, the buffet, was ever-changing, providing a constant variety, but while maintaining staples to keep the kids and picky adults happy. The three rotational dining restaurants, Animator's palate, Carioca's, and Lumiere's had a new menu at each seating. The food often seemed overly fancy and sometimes daunting to a family of 5 who is more than content with hamburgers and chicken tenders, but everyone always found a meal (albeit sometimes opting out of a more exotic course). Overall, the food always did deliver, and if we did not find something to eat at dinner, the quick service locations and complimentary room service provided a trusted crutch. Entertainment and Activities: This category Disney has locked down. Having its credentials in the entertainment industry, Disney managed to exceed expectations. The Broadway-calibur nightly shows consistently blew the audience away. Having a theatre background, I appreciated the high energy of each performance along with the high tech staging that made each show a treat. Even the smaller shows such as the first ever showing of "Once Upon a Song" were a treat for the audience, and stack up to or even exceed their signature shows like 'Tangled the Musical" or "Disney Dreams." Daily game-shows and trivia contests were always high energy, and cruisers with and without kids always got into the action. There was never a dull moment on board. The Buena Vista Theater screened first run movies in 3D while "funnel-vision" on the pool deck played Disney classics. Even live music in the evening throughout the ship created a fun, light-hearted atmosphere with Disney tunes on request by pianist Ed Kelly. Service: Disney once again shined in this department. From guest services to housekeeping, each crew member was a delight. Every request we made was happily granted, and many crew members we spoke to became friends during our journey. Two highlight of our cruise were cruise entertainment staff member Derrell and head server Pongphan. Derrell greeted everyone with a smiling face and struck up a fun conversation with everyone he could. Whether hosting game shows or character meetings, he never failed to lighten up our cruise experience and many others. Pongphan was an amazing server with never ending charisma and energy that always made our family look forward to dinner time. He helped us with all food issues, whether allergy concerns or just recommendations for what to get. He quickly learned our likes and dislikes and helped us plan our meals accordingly. He also brought many surprises such as magic tricks to entertain our youngest family member. Other service departments shined too such as guest services and the amazing housekeeping team. Disney's stellar service gives us the desire to keep coming back. Ports and Excursions: Sailing to Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tallinn, Estonia; our family was excited to visit countries with cultures we have never experienced. We booked all of our excursions in advance on our own, so I cannot speak for Disney's. The locations we visited were all fantastic in their own way. We never had major language issues as most of the population speaks English in these countries. One day in these beautiful countries was simply not enough to take in all of the attractions. Overall: The Disney Magic was a simply magical cruise. Between the never ending list of on-board activities, great food options, and wonderful destinations, our family was never bored. Everyone in the family from parent to child was engaged and participating in the "magical" atmosphere the ship contained. Despite the more hefty price tag, you truly get your money's worth. With very little upselling or premium experiences, the investment into a Disney Cruise returns your money with unforgettable memories. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because our daughter and son-in-law selected it. We went along to spend time with them and the grand kids. Disney is more expensive than other lines, but it is definitely different. What we loved: 1. the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our daughter and son-in-law selected it. We went along to spend time with them and the grand kids. Disney is more expensive than other lines, but it is definitely different. What we loved: 1. the entertainment was all wonderful and appealed to all ages 2. the absence of Park West and that awful overpriced art 3. the absence of a casino 4. the kids activity -- wonderful. The grand kids had a wonderful time and were kept busy with lots of interesting activities. They got a little bored with it all at the end of the cruise and we were happy to have them "back" with us for some family time. 5. changing the dining rooms was such fun. Where the ship "missed the boat": 1. the food was OK -- could have been better. There was a lack of diversity in the dining room menus and at the buffet. The only steak that was good was at the Palo restaurant. 2. the selection on the TV was poor. You could watch Disney cartoons, or the news but there was very little otherwise. I would have welcomed a selection of other movies each evening. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We arrived in Copenhagen 2 days before our cruise and had a chance to get acclimated to the time change, do a city tour and enjoy Tivoli Gardens. It was our second visit to Copenhagen and it was absolutely delightful. We visited the ... Read More
We arrived in Copenhagen 2 days before our cruise and had a chance to get acclimated to the time change, do a city tour and enjoy Tivoli Gardens. It was our second visit to Copenhagen and it was absolutely delightful. We visited the Viking Museum in Oslo and did the Hop-on/off tour. There was very little information on that tour, a bit disappointing but a lovely drive through the city. There were a few other things I wanted to do in Oslo but had resistance from my 14 year-old traveling companion so I decided to save those for next time. In Kristiansand we did the Rib Boat tour and it was fabulous. I could have spent more time exploring the small islands, but it was a really fun tour and a huge hit with the teenager. After the boat we had plenty of time to explore the city and have lunch, it was delightful. My favorite Norwegian port was our stop in Bergen. We walked to the Funicular and had no line for tickets. I could have spent a whole day hiking up there, but it was a short port day. I wish we had had more time there. Iceland was amazing but we spent soooooo much time in cars. I'm glad we got the brief view of the country, but I wouldn't recommend this as a cruise destination simply because it is so vast and there is so much to see, difficult to do in 3 days. We had private tours in both Akureyri and Reykjavick. The tours were awesome. Our first stop in Scotland was interesting, we did the Disney Port Adventures Neolithic tour. Very cool, we were back on the ship early which always makes the teen happy. My favorite was our Invergorden/Inverness and Loch Ness tour on our last port. Our guide was hilarious, and despite bus drama, we had a delightful time. A highlight of our trip was visiting the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio tour on our disembarkation day. Do this if you can! I loved the length of this cruise, it was my first over 7 nights. I absolutely loved having 3 days at sea. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy and smooth. Food was fine, my kid was happy and I didn't starve. My frustration is always the over crowded buffet, some woman took a serving spoon right out of my hand while I was trying to dish myself an egg benedict. Loved the entertainment! Service on this cruise felt a little less than the magic I am used to from my previous Disney cruises, staff was a bit cold and rushed. Would I go again? Yes! We booked an Alaskan cruise while we were onboard this ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I chose this cruise for the ports of call-Norwegian Fjords towns of Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger & Bergen. I went with a friend who used her Disney Vacation points to take the cruise and she is a huge Disney Cruise Line fan. She has ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the ports of call-Norwegian Fjords towns of Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger & Bergen. I went with a friend who used her Disney Vacation points to take the cruise and she is a huge Disney Cruise Line fan. She has had wonderful experiences and really enjoys seeing the children have so much fun. Great memories. I have been on 14 cruises on various cruise lines including Disney. I choose a cruise because of the itinerary not the ship or cruise line. I prefer smaller to mid-size ships like the Magic because they are less crowded and can go into ports the larger ships cannot. The Disney Magic was a perfect choice. Although the same cruise is offered by Holland America & Princess and probably several others cheaper than the Disney Cruise. The ports of call were excellent. Lovely fishing villages with unique experiences in each town. We took several Disney excursions at each stop each one was well organized and interesting. We also booked 2 excursions on our own which were identical to several of the Disney excursions for about 1/2 price. They too were well organized. check out Trip Advisor, Cruise Critic etc for suggestions. Stavanger - we took the 90 min. Lysefjord Cruise tour which was really nice. Cruise goes to Pulpit Rock & back. cost $99 through Disney but could be taken on own for about $56 through Rodne Cruises. We boarded cruise boat next to Cruise ship and returned in time to take a 2nd Disney exclusive "home visit" with a Norwegian family through Disney which filled up quickly. This exclusive to Disney excursion was unique and well worth the $99 fee. Alesund - we took another Disney excursion to the island of Giske & Godoy with a Lighthouse tea break which cost $85 but without tea a little less. Tea consisted of Norwegian waffle & cup of tea nothing special about this tea break. We enjoyed the islands and this excursion was the best way to see them. Alesund is a beautiful town so take the HOHO bus ($18) or train tour ($12) for a good way to see the architecture. both tours stop at the Fjallstoua viewpoint overlooking the town or you can climb the 400 steps up from town center. Alesund is a nice town to walk around with grocery store near ship. We took the train tour which was about 1hr 15min and enjoyed it. Geiranger- the most scenic town of the cruise. We did not take any Disney excursions at this stop but took (2) on our own through Geiranger Fjordservice which have the same excursions as Disney for a lot less. Geiranger Fjordservice was easy to work with and to set up tours through. We chose a combination tour which included a 60 minute boat cruise out to the Geiranger Fjord and a Panoramic bus tour up Eagles Rd for $47pp which is half of what Disney charged for exact same tours. Boat cruise and bus tour were located @ pier and very easy to use. Bergen - largest of towns. the Historic Bryggen district is within walking distance of ship and can be walked in 10-15 min. There is a lively fish mkt in the town center and a funicular to the top of Mt Floyen as well. The historic museum ticket includes several museums and cannot be bought separately until 4pm so we didn't see it. The Bryggen historic district had lots of cafes and interesting shops and wandering around this historic area was fun. There is also a HOHO bus that stops at the pier but since it was raining we decided not to take it. We took a Disney excursion out to Evard Grieg's Troldhaugen with a private piano concert which was excellent. Cost $69pp and worth every penny. You can also take this same tour with concert recital @ 1pm through the Tourist Information Center leaving @ 11am returning @ 2:30pm for $30. We chose the Disney because it was earlier in the day leaving more time to explore Bergen. It rained on and off most of the day which is typical of Bergen. We were lucky as most of the days were sunny or mostly sunny with little rain. Copenhagen- We spent 2.5 days in Copenhagen before our cruise and highly recommend that you spend some time in this lovely city. It is a walkable city with good public transportation and lots to see and do: including Tivoli Amusement Park which was Disney's inspiration for Disney Land; (3) Royal Palaces including changing of guards, crown jewels, ancient ruins and current Parliament. It has a very interesting fishing history and a wonderful Canal district called Nyhavn where we stayed @ reasonably priced Hotel Bethel right on the canal. Highly recommend this hotel. It has it all, best location in Copenhagen for sights, cafes, HOHO bus stop, metro, canal tours and fun. It's in the heart of Copenhagen. You must book month's in advance. It's a small boutique typical European Hotel. The staff is excellent and the rooms were clean but small so typical of older European hotels. It was large enough for us. A bonus is that we were able to open our windows and look out right onto the canal. No AC. I'd definitely stay here again and again. Eating in Copenhagen can be expensive but the street food experience across main canal, food court under Masdan Nord Store; and wonderful free breakfast buffet @ Bethel kept our costs reasonable. Copenhagen is world known as a culinary city so you can have what ever experience you're willing to pay for. Noma one of the world's top restaurants is located across the main canal from Nyhavn. I loved the Danish pastries and the ice cream shop across from our hotel was fantastic. I was on the Disney Magic about 5 years ago and there have been several changes since them. Besides adding the topside water slide which wasn't used a lot on this cruise with temperatures in 60's & low 70's. Another change in the Magic is that they no longer offer single beds but all the rooms have a queen and bunk beds. I miss the single bed option especially when you travel with non-family members. One of us had to sleep on the bunk bed which was tolerable but would have been a lot better if we both could have had single beds. Most cruise lines offer this set up, I wish Disney did. Disney probably has the best entertainment of all of the cruises I've been on especially for a medium size ship. I've been on several RCL larger ships that offer very good entertainment including ice skating rings etc. But for general entertainment Disney has the most professional performances. Another change on the Magic was in the dining rooms. They have gotten rid of Parrot's Cove and now have another restaurant called Carioca's. The food on the Magic is average. I've noticed a decline in the quality of food on all cruise lines in the past 25 years. for example; the lobsters were large and tough, the salmon overcooked and the meat dishes tasteless. The rest of the food was average at best with the appetizers probably having the best choices. Disney does not offer anytime dinning which I really like. This type of dining is more convenient and adds to the fun of meeting different people every night. Wish Disney would do this. We ate at all of the "free restaurants" with Lumier's being my favorite mainly because I felt the food was slightly better. The topside cafe now Cabanas was always crowded with little sitting room so we usually ate whenever possible at Lumier's for breakfast & lunch or at Daisy De-Lights which had limited but very good food. If you are looking for cruise with really good food look elsewhere. The service as on most cruise ships is excellent. I have found that the cabin stewards, the meal servers and everyone else on most cruises are very friendly & helpful and Disney was no exception. Their service was outstanding. Embarkation and Disembarkation was smooth and organized. However we did have to walk in the rain both times we checked in and out. Disney should provide an awning to keep it's passengers dry in Copenhagen especially since it rains a lot there. We used a taxi to get us to the terminal checking in and used the Disney transfer option to airport leaving. Both worked well. All in all this was a wonderful cruise to a beautiful part of the world and I would definitely go again. I would not have been able to see all of these places had it not been on a cruise. Disney took good care of us and I'd go again on this exact same cruise with Disney. If I were paying for this cruise and weren't taking children, I would check out several other cruise lines as they offer the same ports of call and same experiences for less money. I have found that most cruises lines offer the same good service and experiences on similar size ships. My preference from past experiences would be on HAL as they also have smaller ships with less crowds and the food is somewhat better. My experience with Princess on the Island Princess (March 2016) 10 day Panama Canal cruise was not as good as I had a terrible mattress for 10 days and had to pay extra money for a mini-suite in order to get a room with a tub/shower. Probably won't use Princess again because of this experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Background Information Last year on the Mediterranean DCL cruise, we played with the idea of booking a new trip onboard, this time to Norway. The idea nearly felt a bit preposterous - as we were both native Norwegians living in Norway - ... Read More
Background Information Last year on the Mediterranean DCL cruise, we played with the idea of booking a new trip onboard, this time to Norway. The idea nearly felt a bit preposterous - as we were both native Norwegians living in Norway - should we really do a Disney Cruise to our own homeland? Then again, thousands of Norwegians travel the coast of Norway with Hurtigruten, so why should going with the award winning DCL be any less of a choice? Thus, we booked this June 6th inaugural sailing to our "own" Norwegian fjords. We had to go first to Copenhagen, Denmark, to embark the Disney Magic. Travel To Port of Embarkation We took the transportation ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen the day before the cruise, arriving the morning of the first cruise day. The Norway-Denmark ferry is rather far away from where the port of the Disney ship (5+ kilometers), and taxis were few and far between. We were waiting in line for nearly an hour, and had no Danish currency to pay for the bus. Finally, several taxis showed up, and we could relieve some stress as we were taken to our "final" destination, the Disney Magic. The taxi was less expensive than in Norway. Checking in was pleasant, as we were met with the regular (in other words, wonderful) cheery Disney service. We had not received our luggage tags in the mail (do to an oddness of more than one address registered in the DCL systems), and could not find the registration print-outs we were supposed to have at check-in. Luckily, this is not a problem, and all things were taken care of swiftly. Stateroom As we are budget travelers for the moment, I had asked the booking agent to "give us the most affordable stateroom she had". Which was both spacious and comfortable enough for our liking. We didn't spend much time there anyway. The bathroom was not split this time (we still survived), and the tub is really tiny. I did notice some wear and tear in the bathroom, which is unfortunately expected, especially when running water is involved. Ship Info The Disney Magic is one of the two older DCL ships. Everything looks (and is) clean, polished, and working seamlessly. We have started to avoid visits to the spa, however, because of the disappointing visit last year. It's dark (inside, now windows), showers are broken, and in stark contrast to the Disney Fantasy, where it's simply amazing. There is a certain scent to some of the hallways outside the restaurants which I can never place - it's distinctly "Disney food scent" or perhaps it's the scent of Florida. Who knows. It is ALWAYS a thrill to enter the now familiar atrium with the Mickey statue and chandeliers. That is in my opinion the heart of the ship. The bars are great, and as always, there is absolutely no awkwardness in being a childfree couple on a Disney cruise. This cruise line really caters to all sorts of families - and singles. Dining Animator's Palate is always a thrill. On the main show night (yes, it is a show with a dinner), we were seated with a delightful couple that provided "wow factor" animated figures. I always try to make grotesque figures. Food was good, although I was surprised at some of the "regional inspirations". Norway has a far better cuisine than I could trace here, so although tasty and well done, it could have been even more Norwegian fare. Oh well. Lumiere's is in my opinion just okay as a restaurant, and Cariocas is downright almost boring (as a location). The food in every location, however, is excellent. If you leave this cruise hungry, you have not been on a cruise. We also ate at Palo (with our great Facebook pre-cruise group!), yet another delightful experience. Palo is a must. I am glad it's only available on the Disney cruise ships... The rotational dining system is nice, as always. The Coconut Tres Leches cake at Cariocas which was drenched in a caramel sauce last year was a disappointment this time around. Come on, DCL, gimme more caramel! Oh and breakfasts at Cabanas were better than ever before, I think! Very tasty food. Kudos for no dry pancakes this time. I almost prefer this to the Lumiere's breakfast, which is nearly dull in comparison. Activities Because weather was fairly cold (unusual for this time of the year - May and early June was below normal temperature wise), we only used the adult pool once on the final sea day. Usually I am crazy about the pool, but this time we huddled with lots of provided fleece blankets and read books on deck. Cove Cafe provides cakes, food is of course omnipresent, and we brought our own coffee travel mugs (the Bodum french press kind) because the DCL coffee is, well, not as good as we are used to. We also did the Tequila Tasting, Margarita and Caipirinhia Tasting, and Chocolate and Liquor Tasting. All good fun. We do these on every cruise anyway. Additionally, we attended the Anna's Chocolate Hunt or whatever it was called. We saw families, both adults and children, doing this. The rice crispie treat we got didn't exactly meet our expectation of an award for a "chocolate hunt". I think it had white chocolate on it... oh well, no biggie. We tend to really enjoy relaxing on deck with a drink and a book. Service Disney service is usually above and beyond. It is always promptly and excellently delivered, so we were happy. It's one of the delights you get to indulge yourself with when on a Disney cruise. I have to say it is great to be recognized an entire year later by cast members. Entertainment I finally got to see Twice Charmed! I loved it, what an excellent show! Although every show is great, I found the "welcome aboard" part a bit strange. They could have regionalized it more - this wasn't the Med or the Caribbean. I have to say, the Frozen part of Disney Dreams - An Enchanted Classic, was INCREDIBLE! I was not expecting much as I am already very tired of Frozen, but wow, this was amazing. They have added effects for this part, also with the Lion King bit. Well worth the watch! Villains Tonight! was fun yet again. We watched Clara Oman singing and playing the piano each night at Keys. The Frozen Deck Party was really nothing to write home about. Home being Norway, the place that inspired Frozen. No fireworks (which is okay), but not very funny or entertaining either. So many missed opportunities. We rarely interact with characters, although this time Mickey, Minnie and Daisy wore Norwegian costumes (bunads), and Goofy was dressed in Viking gear! The non-Disney show The Magic of Light was also great! Kind of a strange storyline, but still not something you would want to miss! Port & Shore Excursions The Port Adventures we did through Disney. We did the Lysefjord Cruise (SV01) from where you get to see Prekestolen (The Pulpit Rock) from underneath. It really shows high far up and gigantic this vista is! Several spectacular views on this trip. Also, we did the Iconic Norway By Train And Bus (BG36) from Bergen to Flåm, Voss, and Stalheim Hotel, where we were served a buffet lunch (it was okay). Would do the last one again in a heartbeat. People said they wish we had more time at the different stops. In Ålesund we walked up to Aksla by ourselves, and went to the Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium. Unfortunately, we were met with a very rude and unpleasant service upon entering the aquarium. It made the wolffish on display seem friendly. Luckily, the guy in the shop was nice when we left later on. The Stavanger Oil Museum was just okay. It seems dated to me. Disembarkation On disembarkation day we were just sad. Having met so many great people, it's sad to know you won't be seeing them again for a while, if at all! We went with newfound friends to Tivoli Gardens in the middle of Copenhagen (I have been many times as a child) and enjoyed a splendy sunny half-day there. You don't need a lot of time to do most things they offer - but at least try the gigantic Danish ice creams "with everything". Summary To quote Walt Disney: “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality”. Whether it is the cast members or other guests, we always feel exceptionally lucky to be surrounded by so many friendly, interesting, and nice people. We meet new friends from all over the world (oh who am I kidding - it's mostly Americans), and make wonderful memories together. So is a Norwegian Disney cruise worth it for Norwegians - and everyone else? Only if you love life, and all of the above. Come on. Of course it is. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We were on the first Baltic cruise for the Magic and it was wonderful. This was our 5th Disney cruise and 2nd on the Magic. We did some excursions thru the ship and some hop on / off bus. The excursions in St Petersburg - the bus ... Read More
We were on the first Baltic cruise for the Magic and it was wonderful. This was our 5th Disney cruise and 2nd on the Magic. We did some excursions thru the ship and some hop on / off bus. The excursions in St Petersburg - the bus highlight tours was extra special because of our guide - the canal tour not so special also because of the guide but was OK. The activities onboard are too many to mention - we did the evening shows, some tastings, movies and way too much fantastic food. We really like the rotation seating and really enjoy having our servers move with us. The ship was in excellent condition; the entertainment Broadway quality; having a movie theatre that showed first run Disney movies was great; the cabin was super (veranda). Embarkation and Disembarkation were well organized. I did miss having the 'Welcome family...." that we get on the Caribbean cruises when we came onboard. We just saw a special about the refurbishment and wished we had explored more. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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