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122 Disney Romantic Cruise Reviews

My husband and I were planning on getting married but since we already had 3 kids we figured a big over the top wedding wasn't for us, and since we met on the beach years before we figured we would take a vacation and have our wedding ... Read More
My husband and I were planning on getting married but since we already had 3 kids we figured a big over the top wedding wasn't for us, and since we met on the beach years before we figured we would take a vacation and have our wedding on a beach somewhere. Days later I get an e-mail for discounted Disney Cruises, so after looking into it, why not!? We decided to have our wedding aboard the Disney Dream. Although we wanted the beach wedding, storms weren't having it so we had our wedding on the boat with a pianist, reception, cake cutting ceremony and the captain of the ship married us, while Nassau Bahamas and Atlantis was sitting in the backdrop, at sunset. The boat is so luxurious and the service is top notch. We stayed in a Deluxe Family Suite with a private verandah, which slept 5, which was spacious enough for all of us. Every night we had a new animal or character in the room on the bed. I loved every minute of the cruise. The one thing I loved the most is that there was endless amount of entertainment for the children. Since we cruised with a total of 22 people in the party, we were able to even have alone time in the spa for a few hours while the kids were in the kids zone, and when it came time for dinner, my siblings went to get them out while we enjoyed a private dinner at Palo. Palo, is a must if you would like some alone time with your spouse while your kids are running rampant in the "Oceaneers Club" haha. The shows were as good as watching a musical on Broadway! The food was excellent, with multiple options to choose from. Having the same waiter at every service was also very delightful because by day 2 he already knew what the kids may or may not like. I have never seen a ship as luxurious as DCL. My Mom is a Carnival regular and she also said that DCL tops it. The only complaint was not having more time to enjoy the time I was on the ship because I kept getting pulled away for the wedding planning, which made my time there fly by. That is why we are planning another cruise for 5 days this time, instead of 4 and hoping we have more time to enjoy ourselves, and the pools as well as Nassau and Castaway Cay. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We've cruised Carnival more than 10 times, NCL 8 times and others have been Regency 2X, Celebrity 2X, Royal Carribbean, Uniworld, Princess, HCA and several other lines for more than 30 total. By far, this was the best food ... Read More
We've cruised Carnival more than 10 times, NCL 8 times and others have been Regency 2X, Celebrity 2X, Royal Carribbean, Uniworld, Princess, HCA and several other lines for more than 30 total. By far, this was the best food (although Uniworld was close) for the dining rooms than any of the others. Tenderloin steaks on six outa seven nights and strip the other. No extra charges for great dining room food like the other lines are doing and even then it is usually not restaurant quality. The lunch buffet had large shrimp every day and oysters and crab legs on the final day. The only food complaint would be the meat in the hamburgers - it didn't have good mouth feel and no flavor. Carnival's Guy Fieri's Burger Joint hands down is the best burger at sea, but you're also getting about 2,000 calories if you load it. We were in a 5A balcony which had more storage than we needed and that has never happened even in suite categories on other lines. Biggest help there is the well designed beds which allow full size suitcases to be easily stored underneath, instead of trying to cram them in the closets. The entertainment wouldn't be for everyone, but it is Disney and the shows' props, entertainners, music, seating were Broadway class. Just amazing but that's what you expect from DCL. The theaters are great because there are no bad seats. Unlike the other lines where you lose a large amount of visibility behind floor to ceiling columns. Disney's columns are all on the outside of the seating areas. A tip on embarkation, you may think you want to be first to board, well you'll stand or sit in lines til your number is caused. We chose late boarding 1:30 so we could see the sights in Galveston. We got to the port at 1:50 and had been to our cabin and to the buffet line at 2:10. No lines boarding or at the buffet. That would be the last time that happened, but it made for a nice experience. There is so little time at the ports except for Castaway Cay, we didn't book any excursions. Some folks complain about the time ashore, I thought it was great - more time cruising and that's why I came. The service in the restaurants and our room steward were as good as any have been even the expensive Regents. The Wonder was all decked in Christmas pagentry and it was beautiful. There were several holiday activities along with more things than we could do. There was always some musical entertainment during dining times so for those of us who eat late, we didn't have to sit around our cabin with nothing going on in the whole ship. The only problem was the liquor policy. I booked when you were allowed to bring what you could carry in your carry-on. It was changed two months before our cruise to two bottles of wine or a six pack of beer per person. I don't drink beer or wine and so this upset me. I got over it, but had thought about canceling. Disney is serious about it's policy. It confiscated 2 one ounce bottles of rum and a one ounce bottle of Crown in my checked bag. REALLY. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We are still new at cruising even though we had two great cruises through Disney food is awesome ship is awesome, been to Nassau twice if never went back to Nassau no big deal , Disney treated us with great care, the cast members (crew) ... Read More
We are still new at cruising even though we had two great cruises through Disney food is awesome ship is awesome, been to Nassau twice if never went back to Nassau no big deal , Disney treated us with great care, the cast members (crew) well mannered they pay attention to details for the guest safety and their needs the ship (Dream) is well taking care of also, granted Disney is not cheap $$, compared to other cruise lines. Disney is very kid friendly needless to say of what we could see, and adult friendly also as we found out being cruisers in our young age of mid fifty's. They lease a private island which is awesome Our next cruise will be Disney Fantasy this fall 2016 Western Caribbean $$$. A family larger than two really needs budget the money wisely to enjoy them self's, there more than enough to do on board no reason to get board , remember your on VACATION Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Let me start by saying that I am an avid Disney fanatic. I go to Disneyland, Disney World, or a Disney Cruise once or twice a year for the past 20 years, and it seems that as the years progress, my experience keeps getting worse. October ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I am an avid Disney fanatic. I go to Disneyland, Disney World, or a Disney Cruise once or twice a year for the past 20 years, and it seems that as the years progress, my experience keeps getting worse. October 1st was my first experience on the Disney Dream, and the ship was magnificent and grand. In fact, it was so big that me and my wife decided we would stick with the smaller ships from now on since it took so long to get from one place to the other. The benefit of sailing on a ship this size is that it dispersed the crowds so that you had room to move around. I had a cabin with a veranda, but the room was rather narrow and cramped (it seems that on the Wonder the rooms are wider). When we did spend time on the veranda, there was never anyone outside next to us or above us. Since they did away with smoking verandas I guess there isn't really much need to spend time outside (and I will get to that in a minute). The service from the staff was excellent (as always) but seems to be a little more catered on the smaller ships. Excellent wait staff at the evening dinners, and quite wonderful. The buffet (Cabana's) had a lot of food to choose from, but the quality wasn't as good as on the smaller vessels. The desserts were definitely not as good and not a wide selection (Betty Crocker quality). The live evening shows in the Walt Disney Theater were wonderful (if you haven't seen the same ones over and over again on every ship), and the Buena Vista Theater allowed us to see "Inside Out" and "Antman" which we had not seen in the local theaters. Due to the hurricane conditions in the Bahamas, we were diverted in the opposite direction and instead of docking in Nassau, we spent the day at sea. Why they don't go to another destination instead, I don't know, but after all...we don't choose sailing because we want to actually go some place, we sail because we want to see which direction they go to get there. I personally would have settled on Miami, or even Cuba. But so what if our Nassau cruise didn't actually go to Nassau....who cares. Now, back to the smoking verandas. They don't offer them anymore, I guess because people complain about smoke. I don't know who would complain that much, considering that all of the smoking verandas used to be located together. I had two options in which to smoke. One was on the 4th floor deck (right side of the ship) and the other was on the 12th deck (next to a bar and with no covering overhead). My cabin was on the other side of the ship, and it took about 10 minutes to reach each of these locations. One particular night, I was told by an employee on the 4th floor that I could not go outside on the deck to smoke because of the high wind, upon making my way to the 12th deck bar area, it was raining heavily and I got drenched. Now most of you will probably say, good for you smoker, but I have a response. I know Disney caters to families, and we shouldn't allow children to tolerate the filthy habit of smokers, but come on....is one addiction better than another? The Disney Dream has about 9 bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. They serve alcohol to adults near the children's pools and the dance party on Pirate night is full of children dancing with their parents who have a Bahama Mama in their hand. I am a recovering drinker (2 years) and I find it rather hard to be around those who drink. If Disney wished to limit smoking on their ships due to people who complain, they need to limit their drinking to adults only areas (bars). Moving on....due to the storms letting up, we were able to dock at Castaway Cay (even though all shore excursions were cancelled). It turned out to be a great day for relaxing and looking at the water (very few swimmers due to the wind and high tide). Leaving the ship and going through customs on the last day was a pleasant experience. They have attendants, who for a tip, will gather up your luggage and take you through the whole process. We paid our attendant $20.00 and he managed to have us out of the line and on our bus back to the Disney resorts in 5 minutes. Despite my negativity, I would not sail on any other cruise line but Disney; but then again, because of Disney's policies, I may not ever sail again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The cruise was absolutely amazing. My husband and I traveled with our five year old daughter. Disney does an excellent job making the cruise memorable for travelers of all ages. The children's program was awesome & well ... Read More
The cruise was absolutely amazing. My husband and I traveled with our five year old daughter. Disney does an excellent job making the cruise memorable for travelers of all ages. The children's program was awesome & well organized. The entertainment onboard is also well done. The ship itself is gorgeous, upon docking at Nassau alongside Carnival, RC & NCL the Dream invoked envy & awe in travelers aboard other ships. The food onboard was hit or miss with most items being good but not the best I've ever had. Castaway Cay is gorgeous, with plenty of water activities for everyone and the island buffet included in the cruise was delicious. Overall, we had an amazing time onboard the Disney Dream and I am already preparing to book another cruise with Disney. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, ... Read More
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, such as salmon wrapped in proscutto and grilled. The buffet was more sophisticated on the day we boarded than the following days. Staff was available to assist in locating a vacant table, which were quickly bussed. The ship was beautiful and kept immaculate. Public bathrooms were plentiful and always spotless. The staff were friendly and helpful and cheeful. We were unhappy with our table mates for our evening meal. We were seated at a table for 8 but there were only 5 of us each evening. One was a single man who wanted us to invest in some ridiculous scheme and the other couple complained about Disney nightly. The waitstaff were slow and even though they rotated along with us, they never remembered we enjoyed fresh cracked pepper and Tobasco Sauce and our food would be cold before we could get their attention to request it. We were seated near a large table with 14 people who were so loud we often couldn't carry on a conversation at our table. We were under the impression that children dined the first hour and then were taken to another venue suitable for their age bracket. Our cabin was spacious with plenty of cabinets and drawers. The soaps, shampoos, lotions were very good quality. Our cabin steward kept it immaculate for us but we were without ice the first 24 hours of the cruise. Morning room service arrived exactly as requested and our order was always complete. The pool was always too crowded for us to enjoy so we didn't get to experience that. Finding a chair was impossible but we had a spacious balcony and thoroughly enjoyed that. We were surprised that photographers were not available at the gangway at each port. Only once were we approached by a photographer at evening meal (Palo) for photo op. Palo brunch was outstanding and I highly recommend you experience it at least once! Palo evening meal was too rich for us but the food was quite good. The food in the main diningrooms was mediocre and not at all what we remembered having on the Dream. Having Disney movies available 24/7 in your cabin was a plus too. The shops on board had a lot of fun Disney merchandise and clothes and were a blast to visit. The itinerary was wonderful and we loved St. Maarten and St. Thomas and Castaway was incredible as always. We would love to see an overnight stay at Castaway and trade a sea day for it. The Debarkation process was a breeze. Breakfast that morning was not pallatable. All in all, it was a wonderful cruise and we will definitely plan to sail again as soon as possible. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
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 embarked at the San Diego Pier. Check-in was easy and well-organized. We arrived at the terminal at 11:30 AM and were on the ship by 12:08 PM. The ship was clean and had a good smell - some cruise ships have a harsh chemical smell ... Read More
We embarked at the San Diego Pier. Check-in was easy and well-organized. We arrived at the terminal at 11:30 AM and were on the ship by 12:08 PM. The ship was clean and had a good smell - some cruise ships have a harsh chemical smell because of the cleaners, but the Wonder had a pleasant smell throughout. Also has the best bathrooms on any cruise ship I've been on, and I've been on several. Because the cruise line is geared toward families, the ship had more bathrooms and better toilet paper than any other ship I've sailed on, which can be very important when you take medication that - shall we say - makes the need for facilities all the more necessary. We had lunch at Parrot Cay, one of three main dining venues on board. It was buffet style, while the wait staff brought us our drinks. Food was delicious, with lots of selections to choose from. Nothing was too salty or under/over cooked. By 1:30 our stateroom was ready. Our room steward, Sumarta, was very helpful and friendly. I introduced myself and my husband to him, and asked that he keep our stateroom well stocked with soap and towels, as we are large people. I have always believed that a little kindness and a little cash goes a long way with hotel staff, and I can't emphasize enough how well that practice ensures a pleasant trip. We were never without soap, shampoo, towels, or stationery, towel animals, or the cute little chocolates on our pillow at night! The stateroom has recently undergone a renovation, with a new bed and new carpet, as well as new pillows and sheets. I did notice a little bit of rust around the porthole opening - ours was a navigator's verandah, but that is to be expected with an older ship. All the staff we encountered, from guest services to wait staff to pool attendants, were friendly and helpful. Never a sour attitude among them! Whenever I had a question, they were more than happy to find an answer/solution. My husband had forgotten his cufflinks, and the guest services staff made us a cute little safety pin solution. Thanks again to Jerry at guest services! We dined at Palo, and our server Alvaro was top notch. The food was delicious - cooked exactly the way we wanted it. I requested a well-done filet, and it was cooked beautifully, while my husband had a rare Miyazaki beef that he said was one of the most delicious cuts of meat he's ever tasted. The next night we had room service - it was delivered within the half-hour and it was pretty good. The hamburger and the steak sandwich was excellent, but the chicken strips were too fatty - but that's usually the case with chicken strips. We didn't dine at the main dining venues for dinner, as we had Palo and room service, so we can't comment on the service/food. The port at Ensenada is pleasant enough, but we've been there several times and decided not to get off the ship. Rather, we enjoyed the pool and hot tub, and it was great - though heavily chlorinated, perhaps a bit too much. My only disappointment is with the entertainment. I had heard that the nightly shows weren't too good, and they weren't lying. Poor singing, bad lighting, bad acting - we did one show and called it quits on that. A duo playing in the main atrium was also a poor act - they kept hitting sour notes. The only highlight for the entertainment was in the Cadillac Lounge, where the piano player was superb. In all it was a pleasant voyage, one that I would happily take again. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, there are a lot of children on board. Yes, it's head to toe Disney-themed. But if you take a Disney Cruise with the full knowledge of the prices, themes, and the kids, you'll do just fine. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
So, for starters: most people would assume that Disney is a destination for families with children. Well, since childhood, both my wife and I have been obsessed with all things Disney. Our cruise was last week, and it was just the two of ... Read More
So, for starters: most people would assume that Disney is a destination for families with children. Well, since childhood, both my wife and I have been obsessed with all things Disney. Our cruise was last week, and it was just the two of us. With the small exception of brief sea-sickness, this cruise was everything a young married couple ever could have dreamed of and more. To begin with: we had an issue when we first signed up for the cruise with some of the information we initially placed being written in wrong. The airline was going to charge us an additional $500 dollars to change my wife's name from "Jessi" to "Jessica" in their records. One quick phone call to Disney Cruise Line's customer service fixed that within 24 hours. It was quick, painless, and exceeded every expectation we had. We got off the plane to two adorable older women holding a Disney Cruise Line sign, and escorting us and our bags quickly and easily from the airport to the cruise ship in port. From the moment we met them, to the moment of our return trip, we never once had anything short of the most exceptional service from every single member of the Disney Cruise Line Staff. Each day of our cruise, we had a brilliantly performed Broadway style play for us and all of the other guests. We were able to see "Toy Story the Musical," "Disney Dreams," and our personal favorite, "The Golden Mickeys." All three were full of great actors and actresses, brilliant changing sets and lighting, exceptional choreography, and the trademark magic that comes with everything Disney (*this statement excludes any "Disney Channel Original" series or show). The plays were fun for children of all ages, as they dealt with childhood hopes and wishes, but tugged at the heartstrings of every adult with any piece of neverland left in their hearts. My personal favorite moment was when, amidst the slight rocking of the boat, Tarzan came swinging gracefully in to center stage to do one of the most brilliant acrobatic shows I have ever seen, despite the aforementioned rocking. Next, our server; Reagan. I don't know how many cruise ships do this, but our server was assigned to us the entirety of the cruise. He was well mannered, efficient, and unafraid to laugh and smile with our entire table. He made brilliant recommendations on the food, and moved faster and more effectively than Captain Hook fleeing from the ticking Crocodile. The food was absolutely divine. I sampled everything I could get my hands on, and over the course of my three night cruise gained TWELVE pounds (this is not an exaggeration). The steaks and other meats were cooked exactly to my specifications. The vegetables were never mushy, and never raw - instead cooked to perfection, and seasoned with pixie dust. I have never eaten finer food in my life. Animator's Palate and Triton's were both such wonderful restaurants that I will undoubtedly dream of those morsels on my death bed. We also had the extreme pleasure of eating at the Palo restaurant for brunch one morning. Our server, Hristo, was kind and entertaining, and recommended some of the best food on board. The meal selection was grand, but nothing compared to the desserts. Finally, we also very much enjoyed our kayak tour of the Encenada Mexico Coast. We loved seeing "La Bufadora", and the rare treat of spotting a couple of sea lions. I highly recommend this particular port excursion for anyone sailing to Encenada and back. Overall, I expected that I would enjoy the Disney Cruise experience, but that I would anticipate it being more of a 'children only' experience. I was wrong. My wife and I would be back tomorrow if we could afford it. Sometime, though, we will be back. Highly recommend it for anyone, but for young disney fanatic couples especially. Thank you Disney for exceeding expectations yet again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first cruise and our family had a terrific time on the Disney Magic. The ship is 17 years old and the condition and cleanliness of the ship was impeccable. The staff was just what I expected from the Disney family, fun, ... Read More
This was our first cruise and our family had a terrific time on the Disney Magic. The ship is 17 years old and the condition and cleanliness of the ship was impeccable. The staff was just what I expected from the Disney family, fun, courteous, friendly, and always accommodating. Our waiter staff for dinner service was great. Edward was from England and Putu was from Indonesia and they always exceeded our expectations. They would finish off each meal with a some sort clever finale. Whether it was a Magic trick, origami, making napkin hats, or just a nice farewell note. We found ourselves looking forward to going to dinner to more acquainted more with Edward and Putu each night. Both of them were genuine and were sad to say goodbye on our last day. The entertainment was unbelievable. Great live shows, comics, ventriloquist, and entertainment staff(especially Katie from England). We went to amost every live stage production and the quality of the productions is equivalent to Broadway productions. The cruise director Brent Davies was exceptional. His energy level was contagious and you could tell he truly enjoyed making everyone's experience truly Magic. Our family will definitely be booking another cruise with Disney in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We sailed in celebration of our tenth anniversary,along with a dear friend who lives in Orlando. We had two cabins. This was my second, our friend's 11th and my husband's first cruise. We loved it. We were on the ... Read More
We sailed in celebration of our tenth anniversary,along with a dear friend who lives in Orlando. We had two cabins. This was my second, our friend's 11th and my husband's first cruise. We loved it. We were on the Disney Magic on the 6th deck, in inside cabins. That part I would do differently on another cruise. I missed seeing the outside and felt a little trapped at night in the utter darkness of the inside cabin. It would be fine if we were never in the cabin, but we did spend enough time there to make the lack of a deck or porthole noticeable. The room was minuscule, but worked for just two people in ours through careful unpacking and organzing. The closet was almost too big. I would have loved some drawers in there instead. The food was excellent in the general restaurants and in Palo, where we dined one night. We chose the second seating. 8:15 was late for dinner for us, but it was relaxed without feeling the pressure of another group coming in behind, and I am sure there were fewer children up that late, making it dinner much calmer. Traveling as an adult group was fun. We kept busy enough, with down time when we wanted it and lots of places with quiet away from children when that was desired as well. The adult pool was crowded on our trip. And deck chairs anywhere were hard to come by. We usually found a some for the three of us after 10-15 minutes of scouring the ship. Castaway Cay was our favorite stop. The island is well thought out and staged, with lots to do from bikes and hikes to just sitting in the sun on the lovely beaches. We brought our own snorkeling equipment. It was much cheaper than the cost to rent on the island. The other two stops, Cozumel and Grand Cayman, felt like places to shop for merchandise made in China. None of the excursions offered really appealed to us. We were less than thrilled with our time on those islands and quickly headed back on the Magic. I think you have to have a sense of whimsy to sail as an adult on a Disney cruise. We are all Disney lovers. We are not drinkers, so avoided the bars and discos, but they do exist for adults interested in that sort of thing. We had our pictures taken with Disney characters, watched movies (including a just released in theaters that day comic book movie) and enjoyed the shows quite a bit. On a separate note, we were very grateful to the Disney team in helping us with a medical issue. My husband takes a daily injection that has to be kept uniformly cool. We were warned that the refrigerators in room were not designed to stay at a steady temp. They kept his medicine in a behind the scenes refrigerator that would protect the temp, and were very gracious about getting it for him each night. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my second time on a cruise, first being with the Royal Caribbean during hurricane Sandy. After such a horrible experience I never thought I could possibly go on a cruise again. However, being such a Disney fan, with hesitation I ... Read More
This was my second time on a cruise, first being with the Royal Caribbean during hurricane Sandy. After such a horrible experience I never thought I could possibly go on a cruise again. However, being such a Disney fan, with hesitation I gave it a second chance. Boy was it the best experience ever! The room was a great size it felt like I was in a hotel room considering you're on a boat. The boat was clean, up kept, and the staff was beyond my expectations. Many of the staff go 6 months or more without seeing or talking to their families, which makes you wonder how they keep that smile going. The shows were phenomenal, make sure you see them at the disney theatre, they are worth your time. Don't forget your pirate outfit for a night of fireworks, dance and food at the cabanas. If you love the mickey ice cream note that you can only get it through room service. If you want to take pictures with the characters also note that you might have to get a ticket through the main lobby which is great bc that eliminates a huge line during your set time. If you are into running, make sure you get your ticket to the Castaway Cay 5k at the main lobby as well. For disembarkation we chose the express luggage check in, we left our luggage out the night before at 9pm, left special tags on them and boy was it a fast check out, note that if you chose this option you have to leave the boat at 7am and will only have a small breakfast if you plan accordingly, you won;t see your luggage till you arrive home but it was totally worth it and well organized. Overall, this was a fantasy come true me and my significant other had the most romantic getaway ever. Thank you Marlon, and Dejan for making us smile during dinner, you guys were phenomenal, and who could forget Anak our stateroom host who not only remembered our names but created the best towel creatures. :) The disney fantasy cruise is a must with or with out kids. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I (yes - only 2 adults in our party), booked the 3-night cruise on the Disney dream with no foreknowledge of what to expect. A Disney cruise was suggested to us by a friend, and we found dates that worked for us. We. ... Read More
My husband and I (yes - only 2 adults in our party), booked the 3-night cruise on the Disney dream with no foreknowledge of what to expect. A Disney cruise was suggested to us by a friend, and we found dates that worked for us. We. Were. Blown. Away. Every detail was excellently executed. The ship was clean in every regard. We didn't have a negative experience with ANY staff members. Everyone was knowledgable, friendly, helpful. Again, I reiterate. We. Were. Blown. AWAY! We spent 5 days in Disney World after the cruise and wished we were still on the cruise. We're certain we prefer our Disney Dream cruise experience to any other Disney experience we've had, between Disneyland, or Disney World. We CAN'T WAIT to go back and try all four Disney ships. The entertainment was unexpectedly delightful (and helped me to totally forget my nausea from the slight turbulence of the ship!!) Our shore excursions, which we booked through Disney, were SEAMLESS. We weren't initially sure how we were going to get from place to place, but OF COURSE Disney took care of us and had all the details figured out. Yes, there were many families and children aboard but we didn't find them to be a problem. I enjoyed being surrounded by little ones feeling magic and having fun. So great! There were so many activities, that we weren't able to try everything and can't wait to do so in the future. But we DID attend the shows, the orientation tour, the movie theater (saw Cinderella!), the "when you're at Nassau" shopping presentation with Summer, and Senses Spa which was an impeccable experience. VISIT THE SPA! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We have sailed previously in the Disney Fantasy but this time my family went sailing on the Disney Wonder on january 2015. Save money and wait for the Disney Fantasy experience. The Wonder ship overall is decent, but not wonderful, just ... Read More
We have sailed previously in the Disney Fantasy but this time my family went sailing on the Disney Wonder on january 2015. Save money and wait for the Disney Fantasy experience. The Wonder ship overall is decent, but not wonderful, just ok. Service was good also, only that the joyful spirit experienced at the Fantasy cannot be compared at all with the Wonder. Food menu and variation is for mediocres.... totally unflavored, cold and super limited. Theaters and pools were extremely crowded since they are small size compared to the amount of people sailing. I won't say we did not have good times as a family but I was expecting way much more. Our visit to Castaway Cay was a mess: we could not get off the ship until almost midday, water was super cold, cold winds as if there was a hurricane and all port adventures cancelled except for swimming with stingrays in the freezing water as safety measures. There was nothing exceptional that I could point out other than the room movies, fruits, vanilla ice cream, chicken tenders and pirate night fireworks. We also had a really bad experience at the Quiet Cove with a group of people trying to dump me (25 years old) and my sister (20 years old) from the place literally harassing us alleging that we were lying about our ages and the right to enjoy of the adults jacuzzi. I mean we could have seemed to be younger but that does not mean that people can commit to dump others out just because they feel they are not the right age. Security did came and asked for all of our information to checked our ages in the system but that did not make up for the disrespect and the bad time that we experienced for almost 45 minutes. On the other hand, my husband and I went sailing on the Disney Fantasy on april 2014. There were by far more ups than downs. The Fantasy ship overall is really gorgeous, spacious and super neat... including the cabins and bathrooms all around. The service goes above and beyond and the spirit is wonderful. Not great are the food and the value for the money but plates are sincerely beautiful and the variety in the buffet is very good although most of the times the food do not have flavor at all. We had a wonderful time but the money spent is worth of consideration. This time our visit to Castaway Cay was very good except for the water's temperature which was really coooold. I must say we had a blast in the Watercraft Ski Adventure. Best things are cleanliness, spirit, Aqua-duck, pirate night fireworks, free variety of cold drinks, beautiful ship, comfort, Palo dining, Remi dining, Chankanaab Park at Cozumel and Watercraft Ski at Castaway Cay.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This being my first cruise experience, perhaps it is common practice to nickel and dime guests every step of the way, to which Disney does not disappoint. "All inclusive" (with the exception of alcohol of any kind) was the ... Read More
This being my first cruise experience, perhaps it is common practice to nickel and dime guests every step of the way, to which Disney does not disappoint. "All inclusive" (with the exception of alcohol of any kind) was the expectation going into the experience. Not so much the outcome. Room service 24/7 was to be included in the "all inclusive". Room service menu options allow you to order salmon, steak sandwiches, etc. for "free", however to order a 5.5 oz. bag of popcorn is available for an "additional nominal fee". That nominal fee is not disclosed on the menu. Same thing with soda. You want a Coke included with your room service delivery? You're going to pay extra for that too, for an "additional nominal fee". Again, it is not disclosed what that fee is on the menu. This is the trend with everything that isn't included in your "all-inclusive", everything is a "nominal fee" and never disclosed what price you will be charged. WiFi is not free. There are 3 different usage tiers that you can sign up for at "an additional nominal fee". Even some of the lowest end hotels that I've stayed at offer free WiFi. Disney, however, realizes that they have a boat full of passengers that have no means of connecting to the internet, so they use that to their advantage by charging the "nominal fee" for the guests' "convenience". They also take it upon themselves for "your convenience" to automatically charge you $12/day, per person for gratuities AND also give you the option to hand out even more money for those who provided exceptional service. The one thing that I will give this cruise line is that their employees (servers, stateroom hosts, etc) were very good at their jobs, friendly and accommodating. They each deserved and earned healthy gratuities, to which I personally have NO problem over-tipping for good service. I do however, have a personal dislike when I am FORCED to tip a certain percent, especially when I was not with a large group. We did not even dine in any of the restaurants one day, nor had our stateroom serviced that same day, however we were still "conveniently" charged the $12/day for tipping our dining room serving staff and stateroom attendant. I tip well when a service is provided. I do not appreciate being forced to tip in any circumstance, but especially on a service that I did not receive. Perhaps my tolerance for fake or over-dramatizing an experience is very low, but the reference to everything being "magical" throughout this experience is exhausting. If I ever hear the term "magical" again, it will be too soon. This "magical-ness" is shoved down your throat from the moment you "check-in" to board the boat. The entire "prep work" that you have to go through, months before you even board the boat, through the time you actually check in to board, all feels a little too "Big Brother-esque" for my comfort. Disclosing all kinds of personal information that really should have no baring on any vacation, so many forms and questionaires and "remember to bring this with you" and "attach this" and "don't forget that thing I sent to you 5 months ago!"... It's like writing a novel and promising your first born child away just to get on a 3-day boat ride. The entire experience left me feeling more like "they've set this up using your 'Key To The World' card as a 'convenience' ploy, but in reality wouldn't be surprised if it was actually more used for strategic marketing to track guests' activities while on-board (how long they stay in the room, tracked by forcing the key to be inserted into the wall in order to have electricity in the room; etc). Seemed like a convenience ploy on the surface, but underlying a little creepy. You can't escape the "Disney" of the experience. The characters make more than enough appearances, to which all of the children shriek with delight and bolt towards, knocking any and all adults over in the process. The "adults only" labeled sections of the boat are NOT, repeat NOT, secluded to individuals 18 and over. There are certainly signs posted outside of these areas, indicating that children under 18 are not to enter, however that certainly does not happen and no staff members enforce this. Every time I went to an adults only area (not only marked, but good parents would normally think are not appropriate to bring a child into ~ ie a BAR), there were more than a few kids hanging out. Not just teenagers, but children closer to 5-9 years old. Take it for what it's worth, but in reality, there are not true adults only areas that are respected and treated as such. Prior to going on the cruise, I had heard good reviews about the quality of the food, which I was hoping would be a highlight of the experience, since the cruise what not my idea to go on. If you are individual who enjoys buffets and buffet food quality, you will be in heaven. Unfortunately, I am not one of those individuals. I personally find most buffet food to be of poor quality, cold, tasteless and usually highly over cooked. This food was no exception to my generalized expectation. Dinner was not buffet and SOME of the food served at dinner was actually good, above average quality. I'd put about 50% of dinner's food in the above average quality, the other 50% was either average at best, and some was down right bad. Lunch / buffet line food, was typical buffet food. Everything was bland and needed heavy seasoning, and much of it was extremely overcooked. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder ... Read More
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder leaving from Miami and stopping in Grand Cayman and Cozumel…. Two Caribbean islands we had not seen. We left stl 45 minutes late...at 5:15. We had first class seats on American Airlines. We had dinner and I watched the movie Tammy and Steve watched planet of the apes. Both were mediocre at best. We got to Miami and caught the shuttle to our hotel the Hilton Miami airport. It was a very nice hotel and we had a nice room overlooking the water...but we had two double beds. We got all settled in about 10 pm. We got up the next morning and Steve had a sore throat. We had free breakfast at the hotel. We walked around and took some pictures. We caught a shuttle to the port which was 15$ apiece. The wonder is a fairly small older ship. We checked in and went straight on board but we had to wait about thirty minutes to go to our room at 1:30 #6076. Our room is lovely....a 1 bedroom suite with veranda. ....very well appointed...lots of shelves, drawesr, and closet space. This is one area Disney exceeds the other cruise lines. Our room is clean...the room steward, Jhe Del Rosario does a great job...The ship is not pristine…because it is older...but it is clean and nice. We went to lunch at parrot cay...a buffet. Prior to boarding I had purchased a 5 day premium wine package, our excursions, and the photo package. We had a glass of wine with lunch...$9 apiece. We wanted to save our bottle for dinner. The ship is small and easy to navigate…..though the elevators are very small. We went to the sail away party at 5 and got another glass of wine. Our dinner time is 5:45....and our servers are Jane from the Philippines and Duran from Jamaica. We had dinner at Tritons....they put us at table 16 with a group of three older couples. Cassie and Jim who live in Wildwood Mo., Doug from Texas is here without his wife...she missed the ship....we are still trying to figure that one out….and Melody and Fred from Florida. Steve had Chateaubriand and I had duck. Following dinner...we got our pictures taken and we went to the show....all aboard. We enjoyed it. On Saturday, we had a day at sea....we had booked a champagne breakfast at Palo at 10 for $25 a piece. It was quite a spread and our waiter Justin from Tasmania was lovely. After brunch...we went to the pool. We moved several times trying to get chairs in the adult only section. We were finally able to do so about 1:00. We stayed by the pool until about 4. We came to the room and took a nap. Steve is getting sicker by the day. We got up at 5 showered and went to dinner at animator’s palette. Steve had red snapper and I had chicken. After dinner...we got pictures taken…even one with Captain Gus and then we went to the show the golden mickeys. It was wonderful! We got to bed about 9:30. On Sunday...we docked in Grand Cayman. We got up and had breakfast at parrot cay. We booked the submarine tour. We saw lots of fish, a ray and a turtle. We had lunch at Margaritaville... It was terrible. We finally got our pictures taken with some characters. I got a ticket for a meet and greet with the frozen princesses. Then we saw Donald, Minnie, Mickey, Peter Pan, and stitch. So it was good! We had dinner at animator’s palette again. We went to the pirate party. On Monday we docked in Cozumel. We went to the ruins…which was a wonderful tour with Sebastian. Steve bought me a shark figurine, necklace, bracelet and earrings made out of black coral. We then went to Playa Mia resort for some beach time. We got our pictures taken with some macaws and an orange iguana. We had dinner at parrot cay. I had chicken. Tuesday was a day at sea. We sat by the pool. We had dinner at palo for $25 a piece. We again had Justin from Tasmania as our waiter. We both had the beef ravioli. I will admit i was a bit disappointed in our dinner. It was good but nothing to rave about. I had the chocolate soufflé...and it was good but not as good as it was when we went to Palo on the Dream in 2012. After dinner...We went to the Disney Dreams show. It was excellent! Wednesday we had breakfast at Tritons and left the ship. We went to the airport. We flew first class and both watched the movie sex tapes…it was hilarious! We had dinner. We got home about 5:30. We had a wonderful time. Disney does a great job. I would certainly go on another Disney cruise. Of the three cruise lines we have sailed on...Disney, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. I would still rank Disney first. Next time....I think we might try Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We loved this cruise for the two of us. The Dream is great, we've been on the magic before. I did not like using the disney transportation. We got their super late and while there wasn't really a line, we were on really late and ... Read More
We loved this cruise for the two of us. The Dream is great, we've been on the magic before. I did not like using the disney transportation. We got their super late and while there wasn't really a line, we were on really late and felt we'd missed time on board. No characters in the port to see either. Nice people, beautiful port though. The food is great as always. We do not like the animators palate menu, so we went to Cabanas, and were surprised to see you can have a sit down dinner that's served, it was so quiet and we didn't have to share a table so we loved it. We tried the rainforest room for the first time and it was fantastic! Really fun to do and relaxing. I don't relax well so we didn't stay too long, maybe an hour. I loved it and so did my husband. I also did some of the events like the "making of the dream" talk. I enjoy these and I was surprised it was an actual presentation and not just a video. It was well done and fun. We had fun at the events like the 90s trivia game and bingo. We'd not done those things before and it really was a good time. We tried the aquaduck at 10am on Castaway Cay day and that was perfect. Line up a little early, we went twice and it was fun. No complaints, the areas of the ship are beautiful, the cast members are great, the food is good, the shows are great. We did, surprisingly, miss our kids. We like having an excuse to do all the fun "kid" stuff when they're with us. They're happy to hear they get to come next time. :) Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
My husband & I loved our cruise on the Disney Dream! We are a married couple of 17 years & have 2 children. We left the kids at home for this one & celebrated my 40th Birthday on the Dream. We have cruised Celebrity's ... Read More
My husband & I loved our cruise on the Disney Dream! We are a married couple of 17 years & have 2 children. We left the kids at home for this one & celebrated my 40th Birthday on the Dream. We have cruised Celebrity's Mercury & Norwegian's Pearl. Our cruise was from November 10th-14th. We did the double Castaway Cay. The cruise ship was so clean & kept up. Our last cruise was on the Norwegian Pearl when it was only a couple of months old & the condition of the Dream was in better shape! We choose to do the Dream because we wanted a newer ship, without it being a "booze" cruise which I fear would have been the case on another cruise line with it being a short cruise. We had boarding between 10:45am -11:15am. We were one of the early boarders. We headed to Cabanas right away & were able to get a nice window seat. We did love the lamb, but the other food was just ok. By the time we left it was a total madhouse with no tables anywhere. We left & went to the adults only Cove Cafe. It felt like heaven! It was so peaceful & nothing compared to the craziness of Cabanas! There was other food available on deck 11 that wasn't crowded at all. Not sure why they tell everyone at boarding to go to Cabanas. There just isn't enough room for everyone! We did sign up to do the Seahorse Catamaran Snorkel Adventure on Castaway Cay. The 1st day we were at Castaway Cay they cancelled the adventure because of lack of people. Seahorse Catamaran Snorkel Adventure rescheduled us for the 2nd day at Castaway Cay & they cancelled because of bad weather. The weather on the 2nd day was actually really good. I wonder who many people ever do this adventure? The Rigid Hull Snorkeling Excursion still went out, so next time I think that is what we will book. We did Remy for dinner. With tip it came to $200. My husband loved it! He thought it was the best food he has ever had. I enjoy the food better at Nick's Fishmarket in Maui or El Gaucho's in Tacoma Washington. We both agreed that it was great to experience once, but on future cruises we will do Palo's so my husband doesn't have to bring a suit & take up precious suitcase space! We also did brunch at Palo's. We loved it & found the $50 worth it & would definitely do again. We found the food to be overall good. A couple of items were great. My favorites were the breads at dinner & the soft serve ice-cream. We found the food to be a lot better than Norwegian's main dining rooms. The Concierge level dining (Cagney's) on the Norwegian's Pearl was similar in quality to Palo's brunch. The food on Celebrity is our favorite. Overall we LOVED our cruise! It was exactly what we wanted & it even exceed our expectations! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
The three day cruise to Castaway Cay was the perfect ending to my wife's 50th birthday celebration. This was our 4th cruise on a 4th different cruise line, so we have experienced many different styles up to this point. Starting with ... Read More
The three day cruise to Castaway Cay was the perfect ending to my wife's 50th birthday celebration. This was our 4th cruise on a 4th different cruise line, so we have experienced many different styles up to this point. Starting with arrival and embarkation - Port Canaveral was a dream in itself compared to some other ports we have gone through previously. I opted for the pre-pard onsite parking - upon our arrival at the port, we were greeted with nothing but very friendly staff more than willing to talk and aid us in our arrival. I pulled up to the curb and a Disney employee helped unload our luggage with a friendly greeting. After dropping the luggage off, we made a quick drive across the street to the parking garage, parked, and within minutes was in the terminal checking in. After a very quick check-in (had already done online check-in), we waited about 15-20 minutes for our boarding zone to get on the ship - all in all, very quick and painless and the best boarding experience we have ever had. Stepping onto the ship, our first impression was wow! The ship was in impeccable condition - well maintained and very clean. Disney is a fanatic about cleanliness - they are handing you antibacterial wipes at every place where food and drink are served. We had lunch at the buffet (Cabanas) which was average - we have had better buffets on other ships, but still good. Having free soft drinks included in cruise price was a great bonus - another Disney plus. One of our concerns taking our first Disney cruise was the fear of children running everywhere, but they have done a great job of setting up 18 and over areas - there are special deck and pool areas, as well as an entertainment district in the back of one deck that is 18 and over at night. Onto our room- we booked a Navigator's Verandah room and ended up being upgraded to a full standard balcony room at no extra charge - Room 8660 which is Starboard AFT. The room was laid out very nice - a bathroom separated into two rooms- one with shower/tub and sink, and the other with toilet and sink - largest bathrooms we have had on a cruise ship. Large closets, a queen size bed, and a sofa rounded out the large room. The balcony was great - first time for us and I will have a hard time not booking one in the future - makes the room feel so much larger and is great place to unwind away from everyone on deck. We also had the benefit of a front row seat on the pirate fireworks night - great view! We had always had midship rooms for comfort sakes, but no vibrations or rocking in the AFT room this time. Entertainment was incredible - most elaborate sets and production we have ever seen on a ship. As expected, all were with the great wholesome Disney touches, but always had a few adult jokes thrown in. Pirate night was fun with the deck party and the fireworks from the boat. Disney main dining is truly unique - three different themed restaurants in three nights with your server moving with you. The first night we had Animators Palate- an artist's studio theme with a heavy dose of Nemo on the many screens throughout the restaurant. I had stated in my reservation that we were celebrating my wife's birthday and at the end of the meal, they brought her a little cake and sang happy birthday. As we got up to leave after our dinner, an animated turtle from Nemo "swam" up to the screen above our table and wished my wife happy birthday - really cool touch, but hey, this is Disney, so I would expect something special. The food was good that night - I had red snapper - very good. They gave my wife a "birthday" button that she wore the next day - every crew member that passed her wished her a happy birthday - a nice touch. The second night we went to the Enchanted Garden - it was pirate night and my wife dressed up as a pirate. This was the best meal so far - had a sea bass that was very good. The last night was an optional dress up night - we chose to do so and we dined at the Royal Palace. Another good meal - the rack of lamb was very tasty. All in all, the servers were excellent and the food was very good as well. Day activities were varied and we had some pretty good fun. We learned how to make towel animals, played some trivia games, and even participated in the Mickey 200 - a pinewood derby event where the cars are made primarily from vegetables - a fun and unique idea. The highlight of the trip was Castaway Cay - a truly beautiful island. We opted for the 18+ beach at the far side of the island - just a short tram ride from the ship, which docks right at the island- no tenders. The beach had chairs and umbrellas all set up - no charge. The water was crystal clear and the sea life abundant. We saw live starfish, conch, fish, and even a stingray! Disney provided a BBQ lunch on the island - again, a separate one was for 18+. All in all, a wonderful day and instantly had us talking about coming back again. All good things must come to an end, so we arrived back in Port Canaveral around 6am - a quick breakfast at the buffet and we elected to walk off with our luggage and were off the ship by 7:15am. Again a very smooth operation. We had always been spooked a little by the higher cost of Disney cruises, but after taking this one, it is worth the money. The all around quality of the ship, activities, service and food coupled with the impeccable cleanliness makes it a great value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
First cruise for us. It served as our honeymoon. Overall it exceeded every expectation we had. It was well worth the money. Our six year old had a great time and we didn't want to leave. We continued our honeymoon for a couple days ... Read More
First cruise for us. It served as our honeymoon. Overall it exceeded every expectation we had. It was well worth the money. Our six year old had a great time and we didn't want to leave. We continued our honeymoon for a couple days after the cruise at disney world and south florida but if we could do it again we'd take a longer cruise as nothing we did after that compared to how awesome the cruise was. We felt like we were on vacation and waited on hand and foot every minute of the day, even naps and down time were glorious. If you do it right you only get married once and only get one honeymoon. We are 100% happy that we picked Disney and the cabin with verandah for ours. Everything was great, the cabin, the ship, the service, excursions were awesome. We swam with Dolphins in Cozumel, Rode horseback on the beach in Cayman and fed sting rays at Castaway Cay. Don't get hustled for paying full price for dolphin experience btw. Low ball them, pretend to walk out and offer then one third of what they're charging and they'll bite. We paid $120 (still too much) for what others forked out 300-350 for all photos and a dvd of experience. Biggest Pros: Absolutely everything, dinning was great, entertainment was great (we're from Vegas and kind of spoiled and expected cheesy) plenty of adult only areas, options and availability. Biggest Con: I wish the kids club stayed opened a little later. A couple night we were just getting into a great night at the entertainment lounge and us, along with half the lounge had to leave to pick up the kids. If they extended it one hour it would be awesome. While it was well worth every penny, I do wish Disney wasn't so expensive. We would probably do nothing but Disney cruises but we're taking Norwegian to Alaska for our anniversary, partially so we can check something else out but also because for the price of a disney cruise, we can do Norwegian and take the family to michigan for christmas week. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I chose Disney cruise line because I have heard such great things about Disney and how far above other cruise lines they were. They cost A LOT more than other cruise lines but I was willing to pay it for a 3 day cruise if it meant a ... Read More
I chose Disney cruise line because I have heard such great things about Disney and how far above other cruise lines they were. They cost A LOT more than other cruise lines but I was willing to pay it for a 3 day cruise if it meant a superior experience. We also just spent 5 days at Disney World so thought we would finish up our vacation keeping it all Disney. That being said, I was a little concerned that having adult children this may end up "too young" for them. (we were celebrating my son's high school graduation) So now that its done here are my thoughts. We did have a good time. Food in the dining rooms was a notch or two above other cruise lines I have sailed recently. However outside the dining room I felt like the food options were lacking. Typical kid choices, pizza, grilled cheese, hamburgers and hot dogs and sandwiches. With only the pizza place being open late. We sailed Carnival for my daughter gradation two years ago and the dining room and buffet food was not as good as Disney but the other dining venues were much better and open later. The adult areas on the ship were nice and we enjoyed them but I found "the district" to be kind of dead. Not much going on and poorly attended. (with the exception of the dating game which was a lot of fun) While we enjoyed our cruise and loved the shows I would not choose Disney again if not traveling with small children. Disney is great if you have kids but not much going on for adults. We found ourselves going to bed early due to lack of activities that were not centered around kids. I did not think the extra money was worth it unless you are traveling with small children. I'm glad we experienced Disney but will choose another cruise line if we choose to cruise again. Disney is best experienced by families with small children. I know there are adults that also really enjoy Disney, it's just a matter of preference. The embarkation/debarkation process on Disney was very organized and quick compared to other ships. Kudos for that. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We surprised my niece on Christmas 2013 with a Disney cruise as part of her present from Santa. She was so excited to go, but obviously she had to wait a few months. The magic started before we even went onboard the Disney Magic - Whilst ... Read More
We surprised my niece on Christmas 2013 with a Disney cruise as part of her present from Santa. She was so excited to go, but obviously she had to wait a few months. The magic started before we even went onboard the Disney Magic - Whilst waiting to go onboard, we were greeted by Mickey Mouse who took a photo with our niece. Once we were onboard, she was provided with a wristband that would track where she was incase anything happened... She LOVED the play areas which were safe, friendly and full of fun and entertaining activities. At dinner we had a lovely assistant waitress - Sammy Della Porta; she made our cruise 100x more magical. She was so loving and friendly... She adored our niece and made her feel so comfortable and happy. Our stateroom was always super clean thanks to our stateroom attendant - Isai Reyes Calvo who was lovely to speak to aswell. The only thing I think could be improved is the Disney shop even though my niece bought 3 fancy dresses from there, they were lacking in some products and once the ones on the shelves were sold, that was it - They didn't have spare ones in a store (especially the ever so popular Frozen items!) I recommend this for anyone with children aged 3+ which is the age where you can leave them in the playroom as they enjoy it so much and it also gives you some time to relax. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was the first cruise for my family, and I can tell you now that we will never cruise with anyone other than Disney! The ship was magnificently clean, beautifully decorated, and so easy to navigate. The staff throughout our experience ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my family, and I can tell you now that we will never cruise with anyone other than Disney! The ship was magnificently clean, beautifully decorated, and so easy to navigate. The staff throughout our experience was knowledgeable and friendly. Our stateroom hostess, Lita from the Philippines, had such a pleasant smile on her face and kind words for us every time we saw her. We ate in the restaurant assigned to our rotation every night, and I have to say that dinner was the highlight of each day! Uthen from Thailand was our server, and Ivan from Croatia was our assistant server. Together they worked to make our dining experience so much fun, kept our bellies full to bursting, and were always happy to talk about our experiences from the day. Room service did not take more than half an hour any time we ordered, and the food was always hot or cold, as was suitable. My daughter, 14, only went to the teen hangout Vibe one afternoon, but she really enjoyed it and said she wished she had gone there sooner. We all utilized the salon, which was a relaxing and serene place to be. I recommend Cabanas for breakfast except for on disembarkation day... there is plenty of seating and the same buffet as Enchanted Garden with a better setup. Overall we had nothing to complain about and much of the experience was so much better than we expected! We are already planning cruise #2! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I love Disney Cruises. I have been on several, and every time it is always perfect. I have been on The Fantasy several times, Magic, and the Wonder a couple of times. There is something for everyone to do, regardless of age, anytime of ... Read More
I love Disney Cruises. I have been on several, and every time it is always perfect. I have been on The Fantasy several times, Magic, and the Wonder a couple of times. There is something for everyone to do, regardless of age, anytime of day. The rooms are comfortable, the food is outstanding, the variety of entertainment and activities is impeccable. The waitstaff is always accommodating and travels with you throughout your vacation. Every dinner is always exciting- the restaurants and the shows after/before your meal. Everything went as smooth as it possibly could. Plus, if something does go wrong, Disney does a wonderful job at making up for it. I have gone on different cruise lines, but they never measured up. I would definitely go again, and it will be hard for me to go back to a cruise that is not Disney. Highly recommended for everyone of all ages. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
BACKGROUND INFO As our choice of Disney Cruise Line last year was such a success last summer (Western Caribbean), we booked this Mediterranean cruise onboard the last time. We are a male married couple (33 and 36) from Norway. HOTEL ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFO As our choice of Disney Cruise Line last year was such a success last summer (Western Caribbean), we booked this Mediterranean cruise onboard the last time. We are a male married couple (33 and 36) from Norway. HOTEL INFO We arrived at Barcelona late morning the day before the cruise, and headed straight to Hotel Miramar (got it through Hotwire! Excellent choice!). I am sure the hotel has the most splendid view of Barcelona in the entire city. There were people coming up to our hotel just to check out the view. It is also fairly close to the cruise port (5-10 min cab ride). I'd rate it 8/10, mostly because they didn't follow up on some of the requests I had (I asked for a little more shower gel, never got it). Will recommend anyway! They gave us free Cava when we checked in. Barcelona, by the way, is amazing! Consider staying there for an extra 2-3 days if this is your port of embarkation. TRAVEL TO PORT OF EMBARKATION We did not book any Disney transport this time, as I would rather do the Magical Express coach when in Florida. Taxi was rather cheap, and the port is easy to get to and visible from the Hotel Miramar. I would not recommend walking there if you carry a lot of luggage (which, and let's be honest - if you're going on a 12-night cruise - you will). SHIP INFO The Disney Magic is one of the two oldest in the Disney cruise ship fleet. It was renovated summer 2013, and despite some elements they probably couldn't and wouldn't change, it was spotless. Nothing seemed worn, which is a major plus. I can unfortunately not compare it to how it was pre-refurbishment. Despite being significantly smaller than the Disney Fantasy, there still will be a lot of walking! I did wish the adult outside area was larger, but I might just have got spoiled from the Fantasy. Theming is good, perhaps a tad less than on the Fantasy? Still, it's Disney standard so you won't notice unless you are very picky, like me. Walking into ship on the first day really felt like "coming home". STATEROOM Having a stateroom with "only" a large porthole window felt slightly less luxurious compared to last year’s choice with a veranda. Price was the deciding factor. Plenty of space, and the standard split bathroom, were both a plus. I did not expect the tub to look so worn! Either they didn’t change it during the 2013 renovation, or it had suffered heavy use since then. Our stateroom host and staff kept it immaculately clean at all times – I almost felt bad. A minor leak/spill in the bathroom (we guessed from a drain maybe) was fixed and cleaned promptly. I don’t think it even took 5 minutes. The only negative thing I will say was that the bathroom had a distinct unpleasant odor when we arrived. I believe the staff fixed this quickly, as it went away. DINING We were yet again treated to the pleasantness of the Disney Dining Rotation, and paired at table 32 with two other couples, one from the US and the other from Australia. Just like last year, we felt it was a perfect match. These were funny, sociable, and pleasant people to dine with every night. Our servers were Sana from Indonesia and Joy Vusani from South Africa. They were both poured from Disney’s finest Service Excellence bottle. Rarely have we been taken so well care of. You know that when you hug your waiter on the last day of the cruise. Joy’s catchphrases were “Certainly!” and “May I?” We are certain to request her should she still work for Disney Cruise Line next year. Our server at Palo, Mirko, had a gleam in his eye (we dined there twice), and treated us royally. As for the restaurants: Animator’s Palate is probably the crown jewels of the fleet. I have to say I do prefer the old black-and-white style to the Fantasy AP version. Lumiere’s is a nice restaurant, but lack the incredible splendor and luxuriousness of Royal Court on the Fantasy. The theme is Beauty and the Beast, and it could easily do with some more magical effects to make it “pop!”. We were underwhelmed by Cariocas. While it is a nice restaurant, the food is just okay, and I don’t get the South American theme. It did have one of the best desserts though! Palo, while a bit smaller than on the Fantasy, serves perfect food in a perfect setting and with flavors to die for. Everything has just the right texture, temperature, spicing, and garnish. Do not miss out on either brunch (buffet style serving) or dinner (table service). We did also have pizza from Pinocchio’s Pizzeria (freshly made from scratch, of course), assorted wraps, cheeseburgers and fries from the outside deck area quick service restaurants. All as good as you can expect. The 24 hour included room service was swift and delightful. The drink stations on deck 9 were great, as expected. Breakfast was normally served at Cabanas, as it was the first thing to open in the morning. Sadly we only got to try table service breakfast once during the cruise, at Lumiere’s. Oh – and Disney! Here’s something to improve – get better croissants! We get better frozen ones from the grocery store! ACTIVITIES We did feel like the ship had fewer activities than on the Fantasy. This was never a problem, and our Port Adventures were often from early morning until late afternoon, so all we managed to make was usually the show of the night and then dinner. After that we were almost exhausted. We did, however, find time to do some activities such as Mixology, Whiskey Tasting, Chocolate and Liquor Tasting, and Tequila and Margarita Tasting. These were somewhat less interactive than on the Fantasy – some of the drinks in Mixology were already mixed? It was confusing. Otherwise, a lot of fun. Pro-tip: Sign up for classes the moment you get on the ship! No joke! We also found time to try the spa. Unfortunately, the cheap spa visit option is not to be recommended. Half of the showers didn’t even work (!), and one of the saunas was so hot I couldn’t stay there more than a minute. It’s dark and gloomy compared to the Fantasy, and we will skip it next year. It is not up to Disney standards, which is odd even though it’s outsourced. SERVICE Of course you will be engulfed in the Disney Difference that only Disney can provide. Every person you encounter will greet you, smile at you, and make you feel noticed. I must say, though, after having roamed the stateroom halls a few times (Fish Extender business if you’re into the tradition), the endless greetings and “Hello sir, how are you?” tend to bend over to the tiresome side. I am sure some of them asked me two or three times in the same day. Having 10-15 people ask you how your day is… well, they need to work that out. People everywhere will smile at you, and brighten your day at every turn. From the constant cleaning to the cruise director – they all dance around in an orchestrated and cohesive experience that is sure to melt the coldest of hearts. A curious note: When reentering the ship with our Key to the World cards, they had our face pictures on file from last year! That’s quite impressive! ENTERTAINMENT The shows are still great, just as we hoped for. Unfortunately some of the voice talents were a little lacking this time. The “All Aboard: Let the Magic Begin” was forgivably expected (“you’re on a Disney cruise!”), but “Villains Tonight!” was great fun! “Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic” was beautiful (also award winning!), but I think they should have switched the actress that played the main character with the actress that sung Circle of Life. She could have had her own show, singing the entire Lion King soundtrack, and no one would ever question why! We MISSED “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” (due to some of the activities mentioned earlier), and also the main show at Animator’s Palate. It kind of crushed my soul. A musical show by Kerry Butler (who I had no previous knowledge of), a French juggler show, and random character appearances (random to me, as I don’t really look up their showtimes) spiced up the remainder of our free time. Pirate Night is great, but mostly for the kids. I did enjoy the fireworks, naturally. PORT & SHORE EXCURSIONS Unlike last year, every Port Adventure (shore excursion) was a good choice this time. Our least favorite must have been the Dassia Beach Package on Corfu (from what we understood, Glyphada Beach is a much better choice). The Mediterranean was surprisingly cold for swim – and I’m from Norway! Weather was 90% amazing, except for our day in Rome. We booked and did most excursions through DCL so that we wouldn’t be stuck in any port, being our first Mediterranean cruise. The only non-DCL activity we did was Crawling Through Venice’s Cicchetti Pubs through Rick Steves. Highly recommended! DISEMBARKATION There comes a time when all good things come to an end, and a Disney cruise is no exception. We had a final breakfast, this time in Lumiere’s, and brought our suitcases with us when leaving through Venice. A short cab ride (they are right next to the cruise terminal) brought us to Marco Polo, the Venice airport. All stateroom charges have been charged to our credit cards, so after filling out a short survey and tipping our servers and hosts, we could leave the ship without a care in the world. SUMMARY Mind you: Disney Cruise Line does not do any marketing in Norway. Apparently, they don’t need to, as their ships are pretty much full to capacity on every itinerary. They cater mostly to Americans, meaning the ship is as good as devoid of any Scandinavians but us. It’s odd – given that DCL is an award winning cruise line company – but we’ve come to enjoy some time off from our fellow countrymen and neighbors. We booked a new cruise for next year – this time, 7 nights along the Norwegian fjords! See you all real soon! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
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