5 Disney Magic Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

Overall appearance - Disney Cruise Line is a must for fans of Disney. Having visited Disney World, Florida and Disneyland, Paris we had high expectations and being first time cruisers we were unsure of what to expect. Of course Disney ... Read More
Overall appearance - Disney Cruise Line is a must for fans of Disney. Having visited Disney World, Florida and Disneyland, Paris we had high expectations and being first time cruisers we were unsure of what to expect. Of course Disney didn't fail in providing a one of kind experience for my partner and I, and one that will be remembered for years to come. The Disney Magic is the oldest of Disney cruise lines 4 ship fleet but from the outset you wouldn't be able to tell. The exterior of the ship is immaculate, complete with Mickey on the front and Goofy on the back with the infamous mickey heads on the two funnels. From the point of arriving at the terminal and seeing this magnificent ship in front of you, it really gets you excited for the adventure your about to embark on. Check In - Check in was seamless at the port and no sooner had we arrived, handover over our luggage, collected our keys to the world cards, a quick photo with sailor mickey and had a brief stroll around the terminal - we were boarding at midday! From then .. A walk up the galley and in to main atrium were you are welcomed aboard with an announcement of your family name and applause from Disney cast members. Again here the decoration is fantastic, a large open area with Lumière's Resteraunt on your left, chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and your favourite Disney characters worked in to the surrounding stair cases and wall panels. State Room - Our room was ready at half 1 ... On the dot! We stayed in a class 9 stateroom on deck 7 with a large porthole. The rooms are beautiful, spacious and comfortable. We had a lovely queen size bed complete with a Disney cruise line pillow embroider with "a dream is a wish your heart makes". A curtained area with a pull down bunk bed (stored away during the day and for those who don't need it), a large comfortable sofa , vanity unit and TV complete the other side of the room. Our state room host was friendly and welcoming, popping in on our first evening to introduce herself and ask how we would like our room prepared during the evening. Every night we would retun to our room to fresh towels, an interesting and amusing towel animal, individual Ghirardelli chocolates and our Personal Navigator for the next day along with any other information for port of calls. The split bathroom was useful as well in that showering didn't block the use of the toilet. There is also a hairdryer in the room and a launch room on several floors (free use of the iron but washers and dryers would charge a small fee to your state room account). Entertainment - We always attended the first show of the evening at 6.30 ... Our logic was that the majority of families with children would dine at this time and as a a result the theatre would be mostly full of adults ... This wasn't the case and as a result shows would tend to be very noisy as tge children would often get pretty restless and bored. Of course Disney this is to be expected when travelling with Disney but it was often a bit frustrating for those of travelling "adult only" . Perhaps Disney could consider a more adult friendly performance of there shows at a later point in the evening? The shows themselves where, for the most part, spectacular. Highlights being Tangled, The Musical; Walt Disney, The Dream Goes On and Disney Dreams, An Enchanted Classic. The cast and crew are world class and had the audience on their feet after several performances. If anything, the shows were perhaps a bit short at 30-40 minutes but with that being said its unlikely the children would have held out much longer. Evening entertainment however left a lot to be desired. Despite Jo Slow, who was hilarious, giving it her all in Fathoms for 30 minutes in the evening for a game show such as Match Make or the 80s Quiz ... It seemed Disney had planned adult only entertainment as an after thought and as a rsult from 10.30/11pm the resident DJ Simone was often left playing her club classics to 1 or 2 late night guests and the bar staff. There always seemed to be a lot going on for families but the adult only offering needs to be reconsidered. Dining DCL run a rotational dining system which allows all guests and he opportunity to dine in the 3 on board resteraunts ...Animators Palate, Lumière's and Carioca's. Animators Palate was by far our favouring dining area. On our first and last evening we were treated to a wonderful show ... I won't spoil the details but its fantastic. Lumière's had a more up market feel to eat and was obviously inspired by Beauty and The Beast ... When compared to Magic Kingdom's, Be Our Guest, it came up short but it was still a pleasant dining environment. Carioca's was our least favourite dining room and we only ate here once. We didn't feel we had missed out on anything. Overall the food was OK/ good ... It wasn't spectacular and wasn't without fault. It was often a tad cold when it was served and it was obviously mass produced. However, it was always well presented and it was clear that DCL were trying to produce good food whilst feeding 1200 people per sitting across 3 resteraunts. The service staff where fantastic and couldn't do enough to help, you build a good rapport with them over the week and they do their best to remember your preferences and your dislikes over the course of your holiday. Port Adventures - Excursions with Port Adventures where frankly hit or miss with DCL. We had is me fantastic experiences in the port of Naples visiting Pompeii with our local guide Vito who was knowedgable, funny and charming ... Guiding us through the old ruins and explaining the history as we went. As well as in Villefranche where we visited Nice, Monoco and Monte Carlo - a truelly beautiful part of the world where we could have spent an entire week let alone 1 day! However we had a dreadful experience in Rome ...Whilst it was the most expensive excursion we booked we returned feeling ripped off and with a bad taste in our mouth. Of course when you book a "Rome On Your Own" excursion you don't expect guided tours of every location however at $200 for 2 of us we expected more that was in essence a shuttle bus service. We were first dropped off at The Colosseum were we were told we had an hour and a half to explore but that this wasn't enough time to go inside to walk around and take a few photos. 20 minutes latest we are left with a collection of photos and nowhere to go. This was repeated in Rome city centre and again at St Davids Basilica in The Vatican .... But the service we have come to expect from Disney or any of its providors . We discussed this with the Port Adventures team when we returned but where basically told that we got what we signed up for but that our feedback would be noted ... Finally - Our only other thought was that for an "all inclusive" cruise ... We sometimes felt a bit short changed. Charging for soft drinks in the theatre, when the same drinks where free on deck 9, or for pop corn was a bit unfair. The cost of alcohol was also a bit of a concern, we aren't big drinkers but a cocktail often coated in excess of $10 ... Being a first time cruiser I'm not sure if this is the going rate ... But it seems a tad pricey for my tastes. The DCL beer mug and token is a good option if you drink beers though! Even with a few point for improvement Disney Cruise Lines offers a cruise with a unique selling point ... Where else can you do all this in the company of your favourite characters, unmistakeable Disney themed surroundings, world class performances and wonderful cast and crew members?! We had a fantastic holiday, wouldn't hesitate to recommend DCL to our friends and family and made some wonderful new friends! Read Less
Sail Date September 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
I knew what to expect of Disney after our 3-night trip on the Dream in January, but I could not have believed that the Magic would find its way into our hearts as our second home! Embarcation was a breeze, we arrived at the port about 1pm ... Read More
I knew what to expect of Disney after our 3-night trip on the Dream in January, but I could not have believed that the Magic would find its way into our hearts as our second home! Embarcation was a breeze, we arrived at the port about 1pm and walked right onto the ship. We killed 30 minutes and were in our stateroom (7616) by 1:30pm. After stopping to make Palo bunch reservations, getting tickets to the martini tasting, and asking to have a table for two, we made our way deck 9 to have a late lunch. Our luggage arrived shortly after we ate and after the muster drill we made our way to the deck party. At dinner (late seating) we were pleasantly surprised that our table request was granted and we had a table for two at table 67. Our dinning team was was Pedro and Avril (of Paraguay and St. Lucia), they were beyond amazing and I hope we see them again! Our room host was Lyon from India and he took great care of the room. Even though the Magic is Disney's oldest ship, they take great care of her and you need to look really close to see her age. The Magic is noticeable smaller than the Dream, but the only time we felt cramped were in the tiny lifts. The evening shows were typically Disney good, their show Dreams is the highest rated show at sea and I can see why. We even got to watch Cinderella one evening, a nice touch to save us from going to the theater when we got back home. The adult life on the ship was considerably more lively than I expected, much to the credit of the adult activity cruise director Jo. Our favorite bar was Keys, Claudette and Tim make killer martinis and each night there is live piano to keep the atmosphere light. Quiet Cove is the adult only pool and it there was always a crowd, but chairs were easy to find. Quiet Cove Cafe is the speciality coffee bar, the drinks do come with a fee but be sure to get the punch card for buy 5 get 1 free. The rainforest room was nice, but not something we'd probably do again. It seems to be a bit dated with two showers, three saunas and four heated tile chairs. We were in a category 5B Oceanview Stateroom with a Verandah. The room as located aft starboard side and I have booked the room for our next trip on the Magic in 2016. We loved the location as it made getting around very easy being a few steps from the aft stairs and lifts. Commodore Tom was the captain while we were on the Magic. He made a few appearances throughout the cruise, with photos formal night and a signing one of the sea days. Brent from Australia was our cruise director and he did so much that he lost his voice and the ACD Trent (from Australia as well) had to take over making the announcements. Overral, I would say this was a fantastic cruise with weather so perfect the crew and cast members were amazed. I would and do recommend the Magic to all my friends and would encourage everyone to experience this ship at least once. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
If you have toddlers and/or infants...by all means...take this one. Unfortunately we have teenagers 17 and 15....not unfortunately we have them, but the way they put it..."if it weren't for other kids we met, it would have been ... Read More
If you have toddlers and/or infants...by all means...take this one. Unfortunately we have teenagers 17 and 15....not unfortunately we have them, but the way they put it..."if it weren't for other kids we met, it would have been the most boring cruise yet!". My 15 yo son states one of the nights, one of the Disney employees at the teen club was so bored...she BEGGED for them to entertain her!!!....the one that's supposed to entertain them!!! As far as me and the Mrs goes...well...the same...as much restricted the kids felt in their activities, the same feeling we had as adults!!! We particularly don't drink alcohol...which i think is a disadvantage...the adult clubs at THE DISTRICT...a place for adults in the ship...basically were tiny hallways, very nicely decorated , with a bar. The is a so called dance club which we attended...very poor choice of dance music...and when they did play something decent...it was time for THEIR DISNEY DANCERS to hit the stage!!! BUMMER!!! By midnight???....ALL PRACTICALLY CLOSED...NO DISNEY EMPLOYEES IN SITE...very very sad scene. There were otherwise some positives, food - EXCELLENT. Spa, NICE. There is a sauna for adults to share, and one in the men's change room, which i enjoyed ....I'm assuming the same for the ladies. The room- IMMACULATE. The service in the restaurants, slow but good. They showed AVENGERS in their theatre in 3D! AWSOME! The shows?...the mickey golds award and villains were two of them. Not so good. Ive heard the third one...believe...was really good. I was disappointed by then, so i didn't go to it. My eleven year old...did enjoy her kids club....A LOT! So in general, nice food, clean boat, lame shows, no after hours activities for adults and teens, unless you as an adult like to drink alcohol. LOTS of shows for the toddlers/infants. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
On this cruise, we sailed with another couple along with one of their parents and a single friend of ours. Two of the group had never been on a cruise before. The other two had been on Holland America but not on Disney. We had ... Read More
On this cruise, we sailed with another couple along with one of their parents and a single friend of ours. Two of the group had never been on a cruise before. The other two had been on Holland America but not on Disney. We had previously sailed on the Wonder. This trip had been almost a year in the planning and were all greatly looking forward to it. We had used DVC points to pay for the cruise while the others paid cash for theirs. We used hotwire.com for hotel the night before as we had previously done and ended up at the Crown Plaza at the airport. It was okay. The property and the rooms were actually nice but the whole place has a musty, moldy smell to it as others have mentioned and we did notice that as soon as we opened the door to our room. After we were in it a little while and had the air on it wasn't so noticeable. We used Happy Limo for transportation to and from the Port. We had used them before and this time had an actual stretch limo which was a lot of fun. Their service is impeccable and is a better value than using DCL transportation. Embarkation was flawless. As before, we had selected the earliest possible arrival time of 11am. Some of our group had 11:30 but we were told to just present our 11am slip and tell them we were a group. That worked like a charm and we were on board having lunch by noon. We didn't wait in line at all to check in. Just to summarize some key points: Food - I suspect this is true of most cruise lines, but I would give DCL a 'B' overall for food. Some of the food in main dining rooms is great, some not so much. The quick service food by the pool is very much like fast food but tasty none the less. The pizza is good but not great. But if you like a particular style of pizza and that isn't it you will be disappointed. We ate at Palo for the first time and the food and service were spectacular. Public Spaces - This ship isn't new. It is 13 years old and it went through a major dry dock at 10 years old. There are places where you do see some wear and tear, but as another writer said, your house probably has wear and tear as well. We did see them doing some maintenance here and there. I think I was looking at this with a magnifying glass after reading comments on here. There were some surprises - the adult pool area is surrounded in wood and there are places that doesnt' look very good. There are spots where you see rust in small amounts around the ship. We thought there was mold on the ceiling of this one spa room but when we inquired we were told it was rust and they were waiting for a special paint. Is it perfect? NO Is it fine? For us sure. Is it okay given a premium price? I'm going to say that unless a ship is brand new I would think you would see this stuff on most ships. We are on the Dream in February so it will be interesting to compare. Shows - The shows are classic Disney and they are perfection. The audience and us loved them. Nobody can do this better in my opinion. I know RCCL has Chicago and Hairspray and they are probably great for that one show. Drinks - We were pleasantly surprised by drink prices. Typically we found drinks to be priced comparable or less that what we would have paid at a local restaurant. Service - Our service experience was excellent, worth every penny. Our dining team was terrific, the cabin host took care of everything you could imagine. I will also say that with two Disney cruises now under my belt that there is NO pushiness in my opinion from drink servers, photographers, etc. They may ask you if you want a drink but if you say no they just go away and the same one won't likely ask you again at that time. So having said all that I have to take a step back and think about it from an objective place. I know if you are paying cash, DCL is a premium. We are planning a small group cruise in 2013 to western Caribbean and originally I planned on Disney Fantasy. However, I am now considering RCCL Oasis/Allure, as well as the HA Ryndam. They start at around $700 for inside while Fantasy would start around $1100 (both for inside room based on double occupancy). I think for the value comparison it is possible we will use a line other than DCL. I think we'd get comparable food, service, and rooms on the other lines. The entertainment won't be the same. We are a largely kid free group so cannot comment on the kids programs. I know I will sail on DCL again, particularly on the Magic and Wonder. Taking a group and recommending it, I may lean toward a different experience from the value proposition. So, in the end. I love sailing on DCL. Is is perfect all the time? No. But I doubt any cruise line is...I could be wrong though. I will sail on other cruise lines also...trying a 3 night on NCL Sky in 2013 just to try another line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Disney Magic Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
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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