Sail Date: September 2018
I think this must be my second review even though we are world cruisers, for years, and have sailed many different cruise lines. We have a lot of experience with all aspects of a cruise. I have cruised Disney once before to the Bahamas. ... Read More
I think this must be my second review even though we are world cruisers, for years, and have sailed many different cruise lines. We have a lot of experience with all aspects of a cruise. I have cruised Disney once before to the Bahamas. My perspective is of an adult, and safety for the children. Arriving a day before the cruise at Quebec City, we found it quaint. (We had been there once before on an excursion with another cruise line). Our embarkation seemed to have gone smoothly, until i found that all my cruising info papers, med sheets, all the papers i bring with me were missing, and were lost somewhere between the port and the stateroom. I called the front desk, they didnt have them. Okay we can deal with that, there are always the originals to find on the computer. Although i didnt like my information out in public. The problem was they had no service to speak of and my husband after using his free 100 minutes, paid for 200 mins(I dont know why they dont go by Megabytes), and by the time he would get on, it had "used" up all the time he had. You couldnt sign off, and for some reason their antiquated system kept you on, if you didnt "officially" sign off. Luckily we were in a concierge room, (which we paid a lot more for) and our concierge had printed out our entire itinerary, and was excellent. All three concierge "cast members" seemed seasoned, and Disney schooled. We especially liked Andy. A major problem occured when we tried to sleep the first night. Our "special" concierge room was under the Cabana's outside buffet. It was oddly configured, possibly 2 staterooms put together to make a large suite with 2 full bathrooms, and a tiny closet. There was lots of draw space. BIG PROBLEM....I didnt sleep for the 1st night because there seemed to be no sound insulation above the master bedroom, and the outside buffet. Until late, the first night all we heard were shoes thumping and chairs screeching. My husband and I missed the first excursion, the following day....we were exhausted. By the way the room number was 8602. DO NOT CHOOSE THIS ROOM, if you want to sleep. This is the basis of any trip, not feeling like your dragging and are sleep deprived. After the first night i called the concierge to ask them what they could do. They said they couldnt control the people eating in the cabana. I had gone up to the cabana and evaluated the situation and found that if the could rope of or take away 2 tables right above us, that may help the situation. I gave each person working there including the "officer" $20.00 each and ask them to please remove or rope off the tables. They said they couldnt promise to do this. Second night, same thing. I called the concierge, who happily came to my door(2 females) and in a disney manor jumping and smiling told me how great i looked. After that went on for a while i asked them to come upstairs to see what i was talking about. The Cabana was roped off for that one night. After that i gave up. it was hit or miss whether i slept or not. On to excursions. They were not great, and somewhat boring. I spent most of this review on the stateroom, so i am not going to recap them, except to say, there was one dangerous part of an excursion where we asked if we wanted to walk over a dilapidated walking bridge. I thought disney wouldnt allow this if it was dangerous, so we embarked. The bridge was held together at certain parts with what seemed to be rotten fiber board. We had to tell children and others to watch and we turned around and got off the bridge. This was in Baie-Comeau. The only other bad experience with excursions, was when we returned to the ship and were delightfully welcomed with hot chocolate. It was a chilly day. The drink was so hot the first sip i took, i immediately had to spit out because it was scalding the inside of my mouth, and i wasnt about to swallow it. I angrily told the servers, who just looked at me, that they need to test the temperature on this, before serving it. The burn stayed with me until after NY, but under the circumstances of all else, it wasnt something continuously happening so I protested no further to the servers, who i am not sure understood English anyway. I should note also that while we on an excursion, our stateroom door was left propped open all day, and the Executive Hoosekeeper, mortified by this was so anxious to apologize(which i appreciated greatly). This only happened once. Good stuff: The entertainment during dinner, where your waiting service followed you to each venue, was excellent! Best part of the cruise. Manuel, was excellent, and gave service with a smile. Cant say enough about the wait service. He even did magic Palo, their upscale italian restaurant, had wonderful food, and our waiter, was a consummate disney actor who made the experience almost real. His name was Roberto, excellent. We had children of 4 different ages. I think they all enjoyed their clubs and especially their special dress ups, princess gathering, Royal Teas.....we scheduled them for every ago approrriate activity you could do on the ship. This is why we went on the cruise, for the children. So this is the thing....We do family cruises every few years, with up to 47 people. I am torn because i have reserved 12 rooms for a family cruise next December, to the Bahamas, and this cruise is in no way an adult cruise. It 99.9% for children, or adults who have younger children, or adults who would prefer to be a child. I am hoping i made the right decision. I am hoping the more than one bad experience i had on this cruise will not happen again. The last Bahama cruise i went on with Disney seemed awesome compared to what happened on this one Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We were a party of 7 adults (from 20 to 76 years old) all on our first cruise. We departed from New-York and disembarked in Quebec City. Both embarkation and disembarkation went exceptionally well. We never felt like there was almost 2000 ... Read More
We were a party of 7 adults (from 20 to 76 years old) all on our first cruise. We departed from New-York and disembarked in Quebec City. Both embarkation and disembarkation went exceptionally well. We never felt like there was almost 2000 people getting on and off the ship. The Disney Magic is a wonderful ship. We enjoyed that it it not too big or too small. We had plenty of public rooms to hang around and every single decor detail was perfect. The ship is in really good shape for its age. Crew members are working day and night on repainting and cleaning, making the ship look as new. The most outstanding thing is the cleanliness. From the pools to the lobby to little corners of public spaces. Everything shines and crew members are cleaning 24/7. The furnitures all over the ship looked and felt high quality. We were 3 adults in a cabin and 4 in the other. We were anxious that the single beds would be uncomfortable for adults, but they happened to be very comfy (my 20 years old sister is very picky and said she slept very well in those beds). We all had great nights of sleep. The deck 2 is really quiet all day and night. The cabin is so big that we had enough room and private space for 4 adults ! There is more than enough storage space. The split bathroom (one with toilet and sink and the other with bathtub/shower and sink made getting dressed and everything really smooth with 4 adults in the same cabin. The thick curtain to split the cabin in two was also really useful. The food on the ship was overall very good and better than i expected (i read a lot of reviews before cruising). We tried the specialty restaurant Palo for dinner. The food was good but not exceptional. We wouldn't recommend it, since the food in the main dinning rooms was really good. The service was outstanding in all the complimentary venues. There was a lot of variety in the buffet menu and the offering was different every time we went. The food at Lumiere's for lunch was excellent and the service really smooth. The ambiance was perfect when we wanted to escape the noise of the buffet and have a 3 course meal for lunch. We knew that Disney Cruise Line was renowned for its onboard entertainment and we learned why. The quality of the shows is amazing. Even the older ones in our party, who don't know a lot about Disney Characters and Movies, had a wonderful time. It really was outstanding for a ship of that size. There was always something to do all day long. We never managed to do everything. One great thing was that the pools were heated, which was perfect for colder Fall weather. We enjoyed the quiet adults only pool. There wasn't as many kids as we expected on the ship and we don't see them a lot since they are spending most of their time in the kids clubs. We chose a Disney cruise for the outstanding guest service and our expectations were exceeded ! Every crew member was friendly and very professional. That service is worth the price ! The excursions were a little too expensive. We visited a Hydro-electric Dam in Baie-Comeau and we enjoyed our tour, but the price was a little bit too much. For the other ports, we walked around by ourselves since the ship was docked close to everything. Special mention to Saguenay, where the welcoming celebrations were amazing ! The fireworks in Québec were also incredible ! Reminded us of the ones in Disney World ! We already booked our next Disney cruise for next September ! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Disney is number one of the cruise lines. Fantastic service and clean ships. I've been on all of they're ships now. Booked for next year going on the Fantasy. There is a ton of things to do for the entire family. I would highly recommend ... Read More
Disney is number one of the cruise lines. Fantastic service and clean ships. I've been on all of they're ships now. Booked for next year going on the Fantasy. There is a ton of things to do for the entire family. I would highly recommend anyone to take a Disney Cruise, especially if you have kids. All of there ships are great. My 2 personal favorites are the Dream and the Fantasy. Just the size and design of the ships are just amazing. I booked 2 cruise with the suite and it's spectacular! The room is so roomy. The food is out of this world. Love the Mickey bars. The entertainment is endless. They have so many different options for all people. The activities for the kids are great. Disney is spot on with they're service. I believe Disney cruise line has the best service out of all. Disney goes to the most amazing ports of call. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was my family's first Disney Cruise. (2 kids - 10 & 8 year old) We sailed from New York's Manhattan Cruise Terminal (parked our car there - no problem, easy and convenient. It was $200 for the 5 nights). Check in was easy. We ... Read More
This was my family's first Disney Cruise. (2 kids - 10 & 8 year old) We sailed from New York's Manhattan Cruise Terminal (parked our car there - no problem, easy and convenient. It was $200 for the 5 nights). Check in was easy. We were on board within one hour of our scheduled check-in time and immediately had lunch at Cabanas, then started exploring the ship until the sail away party started. Our state room was 2508 (a porthole room on deck 2 forward) and it was perfect for us. The kids had bunk beds and my wife and I had a queen size bed. The stateroom was well appointed, our hostess was awesome making the room perfect each morning and again at turn down. The split toilet rooms is such a great idea. My only complaint on this particular room is with it being forward, you really feel the rocking when the ship books full speed in the evening. Nobody got sick but I did start to feel a little uneasy one night but 20 minutes on deck 4 getting some fresh air helped clear that up. Our port adventures were set up through DCL and were great. We did the St. Martin / Bay of Fundy expedition at St. John's and the Peggy's Cove / Titanic Cemetery at Halifax - Both were great and well organized. The bus ride for both was comfortable and the tour guides were pleasant and well informed. We lucked out with Sunny mid 50 to 60 degree days. We started with sweat shirts which ended up around our waist later in the day. All the restaurants were outstanding. The rotational dining is such a great idea and the servers really get to know you and your service is personalized more and more each night. Our assistant server "Jasna" was wonderful with us and the kids - they absolutely loved her and she really made our dining experience memoriable. I couldn't tell you which restaurant was best, they're all great and the menus change each night. Disney also throws in surprises at several dinners by tying back to that nights show or to the theme of the restaurant. The shows, as you can imagine, were awesome. Disney puts on a great show, having already seen Lion King and Aladdin on Broadway, these shows were of that quality! Make sure you get there early (about 20 minutes or so) to get the best seat - especially for "Tangled" and "Dreams". Also in case you didn't know, the ship also has a full size movie theater, we got to see Pete's Dragon and had planned to see more movies but just never got to them with so much to do. Each night they pass out a Navigator schedule with all the next days events - be sure to look it over and plan out your next day. This trip was relaxing for us so we chose to let many events slip by but you can really jam pack your day if you want to! Also you've probably heard of the DCL navigator App - be sure to get it, it is a real BEAUTY! I loaded in on both our cell phones but also on an old iPhone that I had which was smaller (remember when cell phones where small??) ended up using the smaller one. My daughter was BRAVE enough to try out the pool, the water was heated but the northerly breeze while the ship was moving made the getting out a little painful. Although they do have blankets as well as towels on the deck. The special celebrations were very cool - they know how to get the crowd moving and having fun, and let's not forget about fireworks on the seas during the Pirate's Deck Party. How cool is that? Our Pirate Party took place on our way from St. John's to Halifax and it was cold. The DCL staff was walking around handing out blankets - a very nice DCL touch! Oh yeah and on top of everything else this sailing was "Halloween on the High Seas" - something we didn't even know existed when we booked this trip. It was Awesome! Kids got to dress up like pirates twice, did trick or treating on the boat, and the Pumpkin Tree events were cool. Each night they put on a special event at the Pumpkin Tree as it changed from night to night. TIPS: Do bring a highlighter to flag the MUST-DO's on the navigator guides they pass out each night at room turndown. This way you won't miss anything. Do bring your cell phone pre-loaded with the DCL Navigator app. Do bring a multi port charger to charge multiple devices at once. There really is only one spare outlet at the desk in your room. I had a nifty one that lets me charge 6 devices at once. Don't miss any of the big shows in The Walt Disney Theater Do get to the big shows early if you want to sit up front. (otherwise it's pretty easy to find a seat anywhere else). Do visit Daisy's Delites (sp??) for a light lunch - The sandwiches are absolutely delicious. There was rarely a line and you can fill your pockets with oranges and bananas without even getting in line! Do bring some extra cash for leaving an extra tip for those that do a spectacular job. (your normal gratuity will be covered for the main services but we had at least two people that deserved more!) We did bring larger cups for bringing drinks to our room. (the fountain machines are on deck 9) but honestly we didn't really need them. On most nights they had large paper cups with lids that you could use, although if you're a coffee drinker you might want to still bring your own cups. Oh yeah Coffee (in my honest opinion) not so good, but I've had worse. I think they use an instant type of coffee, just a little weak for me. PLEASE Do leave your big iPads at home or in the room. They make AWEFUL cameras, and I can't begin to tell you how many people were using them as cameras. (on top of the large size, most also have a cover making them double the size.) Nothing worse than trying to see the show and having a big block of air space consumed by an iPad. People really? We highly recommend the Disney Magic to everyone, with and without kids - we saw plenty of both on this trip. We even left a deposit as a place holder for a future cruise. You get 10% off of and some DCL onboard credit for a future cruise taken within 2 years - be sure to stop by the Vacations Planning Desk (at the Atrium - Deck 4 I think?) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We were on the DVC member's cruise, so this was not your average trip. This older ship has been re-habbed & is in great shape, including updates to 1 dining room and to the outdoor children's pool area. We travel without children and ... Read More
We were on the DVC member's cruise, so this was not your average trip. This older ship has been re-habbed & is in great shape, including updates to 1 dining room and to the outdoor children's pool area. We travel without children and use mostly adults only areas. This was a quick trip to Halifax with a day at sea coming & going. There is special entertainment and programming for the members-- always great. Rotating through the 3 dining rooms is fun. Carioca's replaces Parrot Cay and is much more subdued, but still has great Caribbean food. We made our usual trip to Palo and cannot rave enough about the wonderful food & service. An extra-added bonus was a beautiful sunset and table by the window. Retail shops are small and could use some more space as compared to the newer Disney ships. Halifax is a nice port with lots to do there. We arranged our own shore excursion-- Segawy around the city was very nice. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2012
We sailed the Canada five-day itinerary on the Disney Magic from September 7-12. This was our 6th cruise (our third on Disney -- our first two cruises were on the Wonder and the Dream). We drove down to New Jersey the night before ... Read More
We sailed the Canada five-day itinerary on the Disney Magic from September 7-12. This was our 6th cruise (our third on Disney -- our first two cruises were on the Wonder and the Dream). We drove down to New Jersey the night before and stayed at the La Quinta Suites in Secaucus (won on Priceline). Decent hotel for a night. It was right next to the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, which gave us quick access to the cruise terminal in Manhattan. Parking on the roof was easy, as was the trip down into the terminal to check in. Embarkation: We arrived at the terminal at 11:30, and had only a short wait to check in. Actual check in took probably 3 minutes. We were in boarding group 3, with a boarding time of 11:30-12:00. They did not even begin boarding until noon, but they quickly went through the first 2 groups, and we were on board by around 12:10. We quickly realized this was going to be an unusual Disney cruise, as we mainly saw adults waiting to board. We heard later that there were only about 100 kids on board (due to the fact that school had just started, as well as the itinerary being less interesting to kids). Cabin: We were in cabin 5520. We loved our cabin, our best yet on a Disney ship! It is classified as an inside cabin because it is an obstructed view, but really, you can see out just fine. There is an outside wall to the one side, and you look out over some barrels, but none are hanging right in front of the porthole. We had a fine view on sea days. The cabin itself was comfortable -- no smaller than any other cruise ship we've sailed on. The split bath is awesome -- with two sinks, there was a lot less fighting over getting ready! Dining: We had the main seating at dinner (5:45). This was an error, as we had requested late seating, but we decided to give it a try and really liked it. It gave us more time to do other things after dinner, and we were not quite so stuffed. Our waiter and assistant waiter were awesome as always, and got us everything we requested. As a vegetarian, I appreciated that all the vegetarian appetizers and entrees were presented in a separate section of the menu so I did not have to hunt around for them. Most all of the food was average to above average. The buffet on Deck 9 was good if you wanted something quick. It's nice to eat on the patio on the back of the ship. The other eateries around the pool (pizza, burgers, etc) also were decent for what they are (fast food). There is also a soda fountain by the kids' pool. We've found it helpful to bring our own re-usable mugs (the ones from the WDW resorts work perfect). The paper cups provided are pretty small, and it seems like such a waste to throw so many away. Just seems more environmentally friendly. In addition to soda, there is also coffee and cocoa available. There is also a selection of meats, cheeses, sandwiches etc. available in the Cove Cafe (coffee bar by the adult pool). If you can't find something to eat on this ship, you just aren't trying! By far, the best food on the ship, however, is at Palo. We made our reservations as soon as we boarded the ship (they were actually set up downstairs in one of the clubs the day of embarkation, so make sure to check on their location to avoid going all the way up to the restaurant.) We were able to get dinner and brunch reservations. There is a $20/pp upcharge for each meal. And totally worth it! The food is excellent, and there is a wide variety of selections. Dinner is ordered strictly off the menu, but brunch is a combination buffet/order from the grill. Brunch also included champagne (all alcoholic drinks at dinner are extra). We had the same server for both meals who made sure we had everything we could possibly want (even went to the trouble of sending someone to one of the other restaurants to get soy milk for my coffee). We loved the selection at brunch, and the view was spectacular (it was a sea day). At dinner, it was dark, so we really couldn't see the ocean, even though we were next to a window. Ports: We had two ports (Halifax and St. John). In Halifax, we mostly just walked around the port and browsed in the shops. In St. John, we rented a car. The Enterprise dealer was about a 20 minute walk, but in hindsight, we could have made arrangements for them to pick us up at the port. When we returned the car, they drove us back and saved us the hike. We drove to the Fundy Trail, along the Bay of Fundy (The beginning of the trail is about an hour drive from the port). Absolutely beautiful scenery! Definitely a must for photographers. We wish we had more than a day to enjoy it all. Activities on board: For those who are concerned about taking a Disney cruise without kids, I can only say -- it's not a problem! While this cruise had an abnormally small number of kids, we have been on other Disney cruises that had a high population of little ones. The kids clubs are so popular that a lot of the kids seem to stay in those areas, and the cast members really do a great job of keeping them occupied. We've had more issues with kids on Royal Caribbean cruises, where they just seem to run wild on the ship. At dinner, we have always been seated with other adults traveling without kids -- if you like Disney, you will make new friends who love it just as much as you do! And even though there is plenty of Disney theming on the ship, it is not as over-the-top as you might think. There are plenty of activities for adults. The quiet pool is very peaceful. We never found the whirlpools to be crowded in the evening. The spa is very nice, and I enjoyed some time in the rainforest, which is a collection of steam rooms, sauna and heated loungers (I think it runs around $15/day for use). Very relaxing. There are also a variety of clubs, which are restricted to adults after a particular time in the evening. We liked the sports bar, which has a variety of board games you can play. It was particularly popular on Sunday for football. They also had a small buffet every evening with finger foods. My husband loved their wings. We did not see any of the shows, but we did watch Brave and The Avengers in 3D, both of which we really enjoyed. There were several other movies shown as well. In addition, you can take advantage of tours of the ship (we did tours on both the Wonder and the Dream, and it's fascinating to hear the thought that went into the design of the ships), and animation classes -- I can almost draw Mickey! There are usually pretty long lines to take pictures with the characters, but it's similar to the parks. I did happen to catch Snow White in the hall on her way to a meet and greet and she was gracious enough to strike a pose, so sometimes you just have to be on the look-out. We also enjoyed walking around to see the variety of artwork around the ship. There is a lot of really fun animation. Debarkation: Debarkation was pretty painless. We were scheduled for breakfast in the dining room at 7 am, which was too early, so we headed up to the buffet just before it closed at 8:30. By the time we finished eating, our debarkation group had already been called, so we walked right off the ship and collected our luggage. It only took about 5-10 minutes to get through customs and we headed up to the car. My only complaint about this trip was that it was too short! I've read complaints that the Magic was looking unkempt, but we just didn't see it. It definitely is ready for dry-dock to spiff it up, but we really saw very little peeling paint, faded carpeting or chipped wood. If anything, they were constantly cleaning and painting. Little things here and there, but you really had to be looking for them. For her age, she looks fabulous. Even though Disney cruises are more expensive than other comparable cruise lines, we think it is worth the premium. The cast members go out of their way to make your vacation special. As you walk around the ship, everyone from the Captain on down to the guy painting the railings will stop and greet you and ask if they can help. The ships are classic looking, well maintained and fun. Feel the magic, and you can't go wrong! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
My husband and four other friends left from NYC on the Disney Magic, September 7 returning September 12. From the moment we stepped on board until we left it was wonderful. Because of the week we chose, there weren't very many school ... Read More
My husband and four other friends left from NYC on the Disney Magic, September 7 returning September 12. From the moment we stepped on board until we left it was wonderful. Because of the week we chose, there weren't very many school aged children on board, some little ones. However it doesn't really matter because there do have adult only spaces and activities;and they enforce the rules which is important. Our dining experience was great. Our stateroom was in an excellent location, clean and tidy. I do feel the staterooms could use a face lift, we had problems with air conditioning, the shower head wasn't working properly, and our refrigerator wasn't cold. All we needed to do was ask the stateroom attendant and they were fixed. The service is superior. After we disembarked in NYC, about half way home, my husband realized he had never taken his wallet out of the safe. We tracked down the lost and found number for Disney, called them and the very next day the wallet was returned by overnight mail, everything still in it's place. Nothing was taken! I would recommend this cruise line to anyone., with or without kids. Canada was wonderful, and the 5 days were just enough. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2012
As the parent of two young ones we are inevitably Disney fans so we decided to try out the Disney cruise. It embarked from New York so being from Boston, this was much more convenient than flying to Florida. We've been to Disney twice ... Read More
As the parent of two young ones we are inevitably Disney fans so we decided to try out the Disney cruise. It embarked from New York so being from Boston, this was much more convenient than flying to Florida. We've been to Disney twice and the thing that I love the most about the World is the Disney experience/hospitality. Everything is super clean and seems like "cast members" are there to wait on you hand and foot. I was quite curious to see if one would get the same service on the cruise and boy did they exceed my expectations. ALL the crew members were helpful, bent over backwards to meet our needs and best of all, never stopped smiling. My daughter quickly became friends with our room attendant (Nicole) and our waiters (Pong and Louis) who followed us from restaurant to restaurant pampered all members in our party (cutting my meat while I fed the baby, bringing my husband multiple entrees for dinner, seriously loved it!) and really tried to make sure we had a stress-less and fun dining experience. THE MICKEY BOAT I had read a few reviews citing that the Magic was beginning to show her age, and although I did see some things that needed sprucing up (ie. the bathroom tiles) everything was impeccably cleaned and well maintained for a boat that's been in service for 14 yrs. I really liked the size of the boat as we were quickly able to maneuver around the ship. The interior is really a beauty. The detail and the fact that all the Disney logos are hidden in the carpet and ceilings, and are not so "in your face" makes it, dare I say....classy. The Rooms The rooms were a decent size for the 4 of us and we love love LOVED the split bathrooms. We were in a 9c (2140) with a large porthole window and I actually loved being close to the water. I read some reviews citing that the aft deck 2 was quite noisy because of the thrusters, but really it was only bad when we were getting in to port, but we were up anyways. I would definitely stay on deck 2 again. We hardly saw anybody. FOOD Palettes LOVED it. Our first night we had the show and it was excellent. The food was pretty good too Lumiere:eh We had breakfast here and it was good however took forever to get our food. The night we had dinner here it was terrible. Everything was dry. Parrot Cay: (Buffet) We ended up eating here mostly for breakfast since it was quick. We had dinner here the last night and it was ok. Palo: I really wanted to try brunch here since everyone seemed to rave about it but alas, we were only able to get dinner reservations. I was a nice experience since we were forced to be kid-less and the ambiance (esp if you sit near the window at sunset) was very nice. The food on the other hand I was NOT impressed. People said it was a 5 star restaurant and I would say 3 star at best. It tries to be though. I will say that the chocolate souffle was to DIE for. SHOWS & ENTERTAINMENT This was definitely our favorite part. My daughter loved seeing all the shows (Pirate show was awesome), participating in the character dance parties and meeting the characters for her....priceless! They do a great job casting, the characters are so attentive and patient. It will be so sad when my daughter is no longer a believer. This being our first Disney cruise we wanted to do everything and it was EXHAUSTING. Every night I would take 20 min just to scan over the newsletter for the following day to plan ahead because of the abundance of activities. I was definitely surprised about how many adult things there were to do and would have loved to take part, but this was a family vacation. DAYCARE I LOVED the Oceaner Club.....however my daughter did not. When you walk in it's this HUGE space with tons of fun things to do. I would have loved to stay and play but parents are not allowed. My daughter goes to preschool so is used to being dropped off, but I think this place was just too overwhelming. They keep it very dark and even though there are structured activities (story time with a a princess, Do Si DO with Snow white, crafts with Peter Pan) there were a lot of bigger kids running around like crazy. I think it would bode well for them to have more staff for the children who need a little bit more attention. She went twice but that was it. The nice thing about the club is they do have Open Houses where parents can stay and partake in activities with their children. We also used flounders nursery where there is a small fee. The shows were always so late so we would put my son in so he could sleep so we could go play. The ladies there were wonderful, and I never felt uncomfortable having him there. I also might add that the security there was amazing. PORTS & EXCURSIONS We were on the Canada cruise and stopped in New Brunswick and Halifax and they were ok. We stayed near the ports and being from New England I felt that a lot of the scenery and history was similar but it was nice to see new places. If we didn't have the kids I would have ventured farther out to Peggy's Cove or wherever else, but I must say I did like the boardwalk in Halifax and the maritime museum. Next time I will not book my excursions through Disney. Even though it's convenient, its so much more. THINGS WE LOVED/HATED -All the shows were excellent, but they were also so late. My 3yr old is a night owl but after being engaged in activities all day, a 9:45 Pirate show was exhausting. -Loved that there were character meet and greets ALL the time and we didn't have to wait an hr like in Disney just to get a quick meet. They would also roam the halls and that was such a pleasant surprise when you turn the corner and saw one. -There seemed to be a ton more of adults (seniors especially) on this cruise which was nice however some of the adults were more obnoxious than any kid could be. Was very annoyed how a lot of parents didn't control their kids, but I guess that can happen anywhere, but worse when you're stuck with them on a boat for 5 nights. -Transfer to the boat was terrible. We used Disney and were put in a white van. The guy drove like a maniac through the congested streets of NY, but hey we got there.....alive. The way back was much better, were put on a big bus and I felt less vulnerable. I would use Disney transfers again for the the convenience and reliability of making sure you get on the boat. -Couldn't believe how much food was wasted. -No one prepared me for the fact that everything was so scheduled and it was total over stimulation for me because something was ALWAYS going on. Definitely not a relaxing vacation but definitely a fun one. All in all it was a wonderful trip and we were sad to leave but also ready to return home; 5 nights was the perfect amount of time for our first cruise with young ones. Having kids, I would only cruise Disney, you just don't have to worry about anything and the service is impeccable. Looking forward to booking another in the future. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2012
Background: This was my 6th cruise, DH's 5th cruise and DD's 1st cruise. This was our first Disney cruise. We usually cruise Royal Caribbean, but, Disney was leaving out of NYC so we couldn't pass up the chance! Port of NYC: We ... Read More
Background: This was my 6th cruise, DH's 5th cruise and DD's 1st cruise. This was our first Disney cruise. We usually cruise Royal Caribbean, but, Disney was leaving out of NYC so we couldn't pass up the chance! Port of NYC: We drove to the port from MA and planned to park at the port. We had no trouble getting a parking spot at the port. You must pay for parking when you enter the lot. Once we found a spot we had to pull our luggage to the elevator to bring us down to the check-in area. Check-In/Embarkation: Checking in was very easy! When we completed our on-line check in we selected a port arrival time of 11:30-12:00. We arrived at the pier at 11:45 and were through the security line and into the check-in line within 10 minutes. We waited in the very short check-in line for about 5 minutes. The agent was having trouble with his computer and was in the process of rebooting when we got to the desk. It only took a couple of minutes and we were all checked in, with photos taken in a few short minutes. We received boarding number 7 and they were already up to number 14. So, we walked right from the check-in desk on to the ship! Stateroom: We were in a standard inside stateroom on deck 6. We were actually in one of the sideways cabins (6015) and we absolutely LOVED the layout. It seemed more spacious that the traditional cabin layout. This stateroom did not have a split bathroom and that was fine by us! DD's age at the time of sailing was 2, only a few weeks shy of three, and the host had placed a diaper genie and a bed rail in the room before we arrived. I had called to request the rail, but not the diaper genie. Having that there was a nice touch as we were just beginning to potty train. The cabin was in pretty good shape. We had one light bulb out that didn't really affect the lighting of the room but it was fixed before we could even mention it. The bathroom was in pretty good shape for a 12 year old ship. Some of the grout in the shower had come out, and finding a "warm" temperature for water in the sink was tough as the hot water was HOT! Dining: We had a great dining room team and enjoyed our dinners in the main dining rooms. We visited Lumiere's and Animator's Palate twice. We never had dinner in Parrot Cay as we ate in Palo that night. The food was on par with what we have had in the past with Royal Caribbean. The dinner in Palo was very good and well worth the extra charge. For breakfast we tried the buffet at Parrot Cay and we didn't really enjoy it, the food was on the cooler side. We also had a sit down breakfast at Lumiere's which was good but took longer than expected. We really enjoyed Topsiders buffet for breakfast as you could get omelettes made to your taste. We also did the High Tea, but, Disney is no longer offering this after August 2012. This was very good as well and we are a little sad that they are doing away with it! Activities/Entertainment: There were plenty of things to do on board the Magic! We went to almost all of the nightly shows in the theater and enjoyed them all. We especially loved Villains Tonight and Dreams. We took DD to her first movie in a theater as Disney has a movie theater on-board showing recent movies. We were actually able to see Brave on board even though it was out in theaters at the time! This was a nice perk! Character greeting were great. It definitely trumped waiting to see characters in Disney World. We didn't have to wait in the heat and the longest line we waited in was about 20 minutes. There were plenty of opportunities during the cruise to meet your favorite characters. Such a great experience! We especially loved the Character Dance Party as the characters were down dancing on the floor with all of the children. This was another fabulous experience! Children's Activities: DD was too young to go to the Oceaneers Club/Lab, so we had to pay to put her into Flounder's Reef Nursery when we went to Palo. DD absolutely loved it in there and asked to go back every time we passed by. The counselors were great and we could see DD having a great time thanks to the one-way mirror. Service: I mentioned earlier we had a great dining team. They were very attentive and were awesome with DD. Out Stateroom Host was great as well. He had the light fixed ASAP and quickly remedied a problem we had with the bed. Every Cast Member we encountered on the ship was warm and friendly, especially with DD. Ports: Halifax, NS: We did not have any excursions booked so we went off on our own here. We took the hop on/hop off bus to the Citadel and took in some history on Halifax. It was a nice experience. The city is very clean and the local are helpful and friendly. St. John, NB: Again, we did not have any excursions booked so we walked the city on our own. We visited Tim Horton's for coffee, went to Freak Lunchbox for candy, spent some time outside at a local park and enjoyed a small farmers market at the port. The welcome here was very nice as ladies received roses, men received lapel pins and children received Canadian flags. The local here were also friendly and helpful. Another beautiful and clean city! Disembarkation: This was completely painless. We went to our assigned breakfast and waited in the assigned lounge for about 20 minutes before our tag was called. We went right to the luggage collection area, grabbed our bags and waited in the customs line. We waited in line for about 15 minutes. We were then out the door and onto the elevator to return to the car. Very easy! Overall, we loved our experience on Disney Cruise Line and would sail with them again in the future! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2012
I really wanted to love this cruise. I really did. It was the first time we were taking our children on a cruise. Who would have thought a Disney cruise would not be suitable for children. Let's start off with the cabins. If you have more ... Read More
I really wanted to love this cruise. I really did. It was the first time we were taking our children on a cruise. Who would have thought a Disney cruise would not be suitable for children. Let's start off with the cabins. If you have more than three people--- splurge on something bigger. This was our first mistake. Four people with five bags of luggage in a stateroom is laughable. We were on top of each other. I know I know how often are you in the room--- well when the weather was as bad as it was ...the answer is a lot!!! Even just trying to get ready for dinner was crazy. The characters. If you wanted a picture with a character which my one child did and the other didn't you had to get on line at least 30-45 minutes before the character came out, otherwise you are waiting forever on a line filled of cranky kids and even crankier parents. But this is Disney. The pools--- LAUGHABLE how small there were and how crowded they got. AND how parents werent around watching their kids. My kids are younger so we needed to be around but the family pools were filled with wild kids running and jumping. And less to forget you were able to smell the smoke from the smoking section by the adult only pool. And here is my favorite. The pirate party. Don't let anyone fool ya ( like our travel agent did (jerk)). The pirate party started at 9:45 PM!!!! Yes there were lots of kids still there but come on... Couldn't start even at 9?????? Read Less
Disney Magic Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 4.0
Service 4.5 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 3.7

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