Sail Date: January 2018
We booked this cruise for grandsons 5th birthday. My husband, myself, daughter 27yo and son 24yo joined him. We all had a blast. Disney is top of line -we went when our kids were 13 and 10 and this trip was just as great. ... Read More
We booked this cruise for grandsons 5th birthday. My husband, myself, daughter 27yo and son 24yo joined him. We all had a blast. Disney is top of line -we went when our kids were 13 and 10 and this trip was just as great. Everything from pier to ship went above and beyond- don't let the age of the ship fool you. The ship is clean, in great shape and does not show age. Interior room was fine for us--we had us in one and kids in one next to us (crazy that adjoining door was $600 more) --we didn't need it that bad! Our first cruise in 2003 we could not dock at Disneys private island, we did this time and it was the best private island I have seen. So much to do for all ages. I really wish Disney was not so much more expensive than other lines, husband says now that we did it once we wont do again--:( Can get a great experience on NCL or Royal Carribbean with great kids clubs as well. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We had a great time on the Disney Magic on our 5 day cruise out of Miami. The food was good from breakfast to late night snacks. We liked the room service which was included unlike many other cruise lines. The service from everyone was ... Read More
We had a great time on the Disney Magic on our 5 day cruise out of Miami. The food was good from breakfast to late night snacks. We liked the room service which was included unlike many other cruise lines. The service from everyone was great. We especially enjoyed our dinner server. The entertainment was enjoyable for all in our group ranging in age from 7 to 60s. We especially liked the pirate night activities and fireworks. Our captain did a wonderful joy finding an area without rain to have the fireworks. Our balcony room was very nice with a great room host who whenever we saw asked how we are enjoying our stay. We liked the split bath. It made getting ready a bit easier for all. Seeing all the Disney characters was fun. The whole family had a blast. We can't wait to go on another wonderful Disney cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I love cruising, I love kids, I love Disney! I’m still waiting for the WOW and we are home after 4 nights on this worst trip ever! The ship is gorgeous, the staff is incredible, but the food is disgusting and the wait times for a ... Read More
I love cruising, I love kids, I love Disney! I’m still waiting for the WOW and we are home after 4 nights on this worst trip ever! The ship is gorgeous, the staff is incredible, but the food is disgusting and the wait times for a character picture is ridiculous. Why anyone would subject themselves to this when you can spend less and stay at Disney and have a great experience - I have no idea! The best part of the trip were the two guys in the dining room - Alvin and Enlish - they were super attentive to Maddox ( my 6 yr old grandson). There’s nothing to do on the ship except drop your kids off at the club or lab and do what? Watch a Disney movie? Absolutely ridiculous! Do yourself a favor - go to Orlando and stay in a nice resort, eat the food you want, go where you want to go! Disney is making a fortune off of bad food and boring activities. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this cruise because I am looking for a new cruiseline to sail. Having cruised over 800 cruise nights on my previous cruise line I was ready for something better. From He moment I arrived at the port it was quick and orgainized. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I am looking for a new cruiseline to sail. Having cruised over 800 cruise nights on my previous cruise line I was ready for something better. From He moment I arrived at the port it was quick and orgainized. After checking in I had to wait for my boarding number to be called. That wait was awesome between the Characters and the very pleasant port agents, it was no time before we boarded. Upon boarding we were welcomed by an announcement of our name. We went to Luminars to sign up for Palo whIch is a must and mixology whIch was amazing. When we went to lunch they took our carry ons and brought them To our table for us. The food was amazing I felt like I was in a speciality restaurant. After lunch we went to our beautifully designed cabin. No detail was over looked. As far as entertainment Disney is number one in the entertainment industry so need I say more. Top notch entertainment all over the ship. More fun activities than anyone could ever do. A lot of first run movies in the Buena Vista theater, they even released the new Star Wars movie 1 hour before it was released on land. Of course they can have first run movies, they own the movies. Our dining service was exceptional to the point we asked for the same team for the ;ext cruise.I did B2B. Luminars was extremely elegant and the food was just as awesome, Animators Palate was by far my favorite because of the way animation starts out as black and white and by dessert the animation turns to color, the service team leaves so that the guests can see the show going on all around the room. At the end of the show the service team comes back out to finish the show their black and white vests are now in color. Palo’s Brunch is a must. Just an amazing brunch. They service gets even better if you can imagine that in Palos. A very under utilized beautiful place on the ship is Keys. Most people don’t explore the ship enough to find it. It is the extremely elegant Piano Bar in the After hours adult section of the ship, it is all the way forward on Deck 3. They truly have hand crafted speciality drinks that they put the finish touches on them tableside from a beautiful cart that is brought to the table. I would suggest everyone give Keys a try. Just an awesome cozy place to enjoy a drink and listen to amazing piano players. Again Disney being number 1 in the entertainment business they only have the best entertainment. If you are traveling with kids and would like a before dinner drink the Promenade Lounge is on 3 between 2 dining rooms. They have a band and dance floor. It is so cute to see the little ones dancing on the dance floor. They also have a toddler play area in the corner it has a swinging door and is closed in with short walls so people can watch the little ones play. Sail away and the tropical deck parties were both amazing. Pirate night only Disney can do a celebration in this fashion. Between the two seatings there is a Pirate Party on Deck 9 and only on Disney fireworks at sea, I had a great view on Deck 10 starboard side Aft. Service throughout the ship is truly the best in the industry. Disney is clearly a luxury cruise line with a family feel. CastAway Cay is truly the best private island in the industry. They have so many activities for children and adults. They adult only Beach is just beautiful. In the family beach area they have a bar called Conched Out bar. What is so amazing about this is it is not a hut on the sand which they load up from the ship before the guests get there like on competitors private island. No this is a building that can be closed up when not in use. There are coolers that can be locked, sinks, prep areas, tile floor complete with drains. Disney spared no expense on this private island. People say and I was one of them, Disney Cruises are to expensive and their are to many children. As far as expense you get what you pay for and then some. As far as the children for one they are more well behaved than children are on other lines. Parents are more attentive to their children. After all this is not the cruiseline where parents sit at a bar and let their kids run the ship. Parents want to share this amazing experience with their children. When they want some adult time the kids go to the kids club. The kids club is the best. I wanted to go play in the kids club. By the end of the first day I was asking myself why didn’t I start sailing Disney in 1998. As far as the kids the first day I was very aware of them. By the second day I was actually enjoying seeing the magic of Disney through their eyes. I did see some melt downs which is to be expected because they children get so excited and stimulated so melt downs do happen too. What I saw was Cast Members go to those children very quickly to attend to them. One little girl was dressed as a princess and she wanted her dad to walk her down the stairs like Prince Charming. He wasn’t getting it. After about four times of her not wanting to come down the stairs, a cast member came over took her hand like a prince and walked her down the stairs. She was fine after that. Again entertainment and service was top notch. Something that was so much fun was to go see Santa. Families dressed in Pajamas to get their pictures taken with Santa. As a grownup I put on my Minnie Mouse bow flannel Pajamas, Minnie Mouse Bow headband and Minnie Mouse over sized shoe slippers and walked through the whole ship to go stand in line to see Santa. Santa spent as much time with me as he did the kids. One more thing to note. They provide very high quality soap shampoo and conditioner and lotion daily, best shampoo I have used in a long time. The water is also the best in the industry. My hair never looked better. As far as drinking water it is very purified more than any other line IMO. Normally drinking ship water my hands and feet swell. Not on Disney. Also on the other cruiseline I sailed I had to bring an air purifier. I walked into my room and the air was so fresh and crisp like purified hospital air, I just can’t say enough about how wonderful Disney Cruiseline is. If it’s a luxury cruise line you are looking there is a reason why Disney Cruiseline with 4 ships is number 1 in the industry. Be ready to be spoiled in a way no other cruiseline can do. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We have done about 35 cruises, but this was our first on Disney. We took our 6 year old grandson for a birthday treat. We were very surprised by this cruise. One bad surprise, and the rest very good. GOOD SURPRISES: - We were ... Read More
We have done about 35 cruises, but this was our first on Disney. We took our 6 year old grandson for a birthday treat. We were very surprised by this cruise. One bad surprise, and the rest very good. GOOD SURPRISES: - We were concerned that the Disney Magic is an older ship, due for an update early in 2018. While it lacks some "wow" factor, we found it to be a good size, very comfortable, well laid out and well maintained. Balcony cabin had lots of storage and was very functional. - While, as expected, there were a lot of kids on board, the adult areas were strictly adults only. The design of the ship enables a good seperation of the adult areas from the rest of the ship. - The kids "Oceaneers" Club and Lab were a HUGE hit with our six year old. He loved it. We were most impressed with the staff. Each kid wears a special bracelet, which tracks their location in the Club. We were very impressed with the security controlling who entered and more importantly, who left the club. - There were three Broadway quality shows- Tangled (Rapunzel), Charmed (Cinderella), and Disney Dreams (a mix of Disney hits). I think the cast numbered at least 30, and the special effects were amazing. These were at least top Broadway quality! We also had a magician one night, who was ok - usual cruise ship fare. - Pirate Party, with Mickey ziplining from the funnel to the mast, followed by fireworks, was definately a highlight. - The food was in fact much better than we expected, and easily on a par with Oceania, Luminae on Celebrity, Cunard etc. Menus included rack of lamb, Chateau Briand, etc. Buffet lunch included lamb chops, and a massive selection of stone crab, shrimp etc. - Castaway Key was lovely, with lots of space. Was not at all crowded. Lots of chairs and umbrellas. The day we were there it was overcast and windy, so the umbrellas were not opened. Later in the day we had some very heavy rain, but were back on board by then. The Oceaneer Club in fact relocates to shore, with the same security checks as on the ship. - The Disney characters were seen from time to time, but were less in your face they I had feared. - The staff were uniformly helpful, cheerful and polite. BAD SURPRISE Disney is known for its skill in managing large crowds. Well, our embarkation in Miami was one of the worst we have experienced. We arrived at the designated time, and were checked in efficiently. Then we waited, and waited, and waited in the overcrowded terminal for a long time before they began boarding the ship. Seating was very limited in the terminal, and no water or snacks etc available. Hardly a fun environment for the many kids waiting to board. On all other cruises, our experience has been you check in, and immediately board the ship. Given we had an early departure from Miami Airport on our return, we chose to do the Express Walk Off, ie take our own bags. We gathered in the lobby at 7am, disembarked at 7.30am, and were in a taxi 10 minutes later. The only way to travel:) NET Disney is expensive, but represented good value. When our twin granddaughters are 5 or 6, we will definately take them on a Disney cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We wanted to attend the Merry Time Cruise for the shows, spa, and holiday festivities. This was a four day girl friend's cruise. I live in Florida and have cruised on Disney and other lines many times before this cruise. We sailed ... Read More
We wanted to attend the Merry Time Cruise for the shows, spa, and holiday festivities. This was a four day girl friend's cruise. I live in Florida and have cruised on Disney and other lines many times before this cruise. We sailed on the Magic out of Miami for a four day cruise. Embarkation was delayed. We had an inside cabin. Cabin was fine in mid-ship. Toilet broke but was repaired. Dining was second seating as all earlier seating was filled. Food was poor quality and served cold like it had been prepared earlier. Buffet for breakfast and lunch was good. Entertainment- The theatre show was stopped two nights due to technical difficulties and the A/C did not work in the theatre. The entertainers were excellent. Service was excellent. Ports were fine Key West, Castaway Cay Spa Rain Forest chairs wer not heating correctly We would not go again for the price. No response from customer service just a form letter. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I sailed in December 2017 with my mom, 6 year old son and 11 year old nephew. We had a great time on the Disney Magic. The weather was a bit cloudy because a cold front was coming in that weekend, however, that did not stop the kids from ... Read More
I sailed in December 2017 with my mom, 6 year old son and 11 year old nephew. We had a great time on the Disney Magic. The weather was a bit cloudy because a cold front was coming in that weekend, however, that did not stop the kids from enjoying the beach and pool areas. The dining room service was excellent, one of the best I have ever encountered. The Broadway-style entertainment was absolutely amazing. The cast on the Disney magic deserves to be in a New York hit musical. The room was very clean and well maintained for an older ship. The four of us stayed in an inside cabin on the second floor. I did not mind not having a window or balcony since we don't spend time in our room anyway. The room was a bit small but we made it work. I would definitely cruise Disney again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose a Disney cruise because we've never done one (Disney) and there were some sailings out of NYC which saves us a flight. To review a Disney cruise, I have to break it into two pieces: a) Disney and b) Cruise. For the Disney ... Read More
We chose a Disney cruise because we've never done one (Disney) and there were some sailings out of NYC which saves us a flight. To review a Disney cruise, I have to break it into two pieces: a) Disney and b) Cruise. For the Disney part, it was potential 24/7 Disney immersion. If you love Disney, this will press all the buttons. Ongoing character meet-and-greet, Marvel day-at-sea, a day at WDW parks, movies, theatre etc. That being said, if you’re not a total Disney nut, you may wish to think about either choosing a bigger ship with more amenities or another cruise line. I can’t personally justify paying twice as much for a cruise when there were a lot of things that lacked vs. my experience on other cruises. Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Lines, said it best: “We’re an entertainment company that just happens to have a cruise line.” Even though there were some OMG moments on the cruise, they lost their luster due to lacking in other areas. Definitely not the best run cruise line I've experienced. The food in the dining rooms were great, and the Animator’s Palate was a wonderful experience, but the food experience throughout the rest of the ship was lackluster at best. Cabanas (the buffet) was repetitive and wasn’t even open for dinner. Dining is done in early or late seatings and even though we booked 2+ months in advance, we couldn’t elect the early seating and we have two kids under 6. This made for a tough dining experience with the formal dining (tired kids waiting course after course). The other option was to choose the “fast food” but for some unexplainable reason, there are no silverware setups outside anywhere after mid-afternoon, and if the weather is lousy, there is NO option to eat inside unless you go back to your cabin. I honestly don’t get that at all. Very frustrating. If you find a Disney cruise that goes to their private Castaway Cay, lucky you. I thought it was great. That was a highlight for me for sure. The cabin was unremarkable save for the 2-part bathroom. There is a WC separated from the bathing area which could make for a more convenient morning when more than one person needs primping. The cruise propaganda kept going on and on about their Broadway-quality theatrical performances, and their claim is valid based on talent and set design but how many kids do you know that would enjoy sitting thru Les Miserables? I find that my other experiences in the theatre on similar sized ships to be more interesting and with much more variety. Again, if you LOVE Disney and don’t mind hearing Under the Sea a dozen times in a week, you’re probably in the right place if it’s worth the much higher fares to you. The service and cleanliness were not on par with what I expect based on sailings on other cruise lines. On NCL, for example, almost every single employee was effusively outgoing and attentive. I did not get that impression with the Magic. Not that the service was bad, but not up to par versus the rest of the industry. And I remember walking the ship in the early morning on NCL cruises and seeing them cleaning things I would never ever think would need cleaning, yet they were steam cleaning and wiping down every corner and cranny they could find. It was not rare that I’d find rice krispies or popcorn littering carpets and chairs throughout the Magic. Railings were grimy and salty at times (both public and in my cabin) which I’ve never noticed on any other cruise ship. There is also no private, quiet adult area on this ship. What’s that? You’ve heard about Quiet Cove, the 18+ area reserved for adults? Well, yes, I thought that would be my respite too. But alas, it’s a thoroughfare for families between the 2 main pools and the aft elevators. As well, deck 10 is right above which is a main thoroughfare for kids going to the Wide World of Sports courts. So its status as a quiet, adult-only area is in title only, not in practice. On the flip side, the kids club was just a free-for-all with a bunch of video games and TVs. When our kids would come out of the NCL version, they'd be so excited about what they did and the new friends they met but with Disney, I'd walk in and they'd be unengaged, watching TV or playing video games. More than one time I walked in and found my kids amongst a few dozen sitting a few feet away from a huge TV playing Mickey cartoons. Although they DO have counsellor-led activities, they're not nearly as engaged with the kids as what I've experienced elsewhere. TL:DR – unless itinerary, departure city or a need for a Disney fix is of utmost importance to you, I cannot recommend the Disney Magic. Either try a newer Disney ship or find a different line and save your money (or take two cruises!) Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because: 1) It's Disney! and 2) the convenience of sailing from the NYC area. DCL does not disappoint when it comes to entertainment, friendliness, and making you feel welcome. The shows and Marvel characters were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because: 1) It's Disney! and 2) the convenience of sailing from the NYC area. DCL does not disappoint when it comes to entertainment, friendliness, and making you feel welcome. The shows and Marvel characters were fantastic. There were four sea days on this trip and we did not run out of things to do. Castaway Cay was excellent, but time for a change to the lunch menu on the island. Food on the ship was very good, but time for some changes to the menu too. Our day at WDW was the highlight of the trip. Our 9 yr old daughter loved the Oceaneer Club and Lab. She spent any free time engaged in the activities. Disembarkation was the fastest we've ever experienced. We walked out of breakfast and found no line to get off. We picked up our luggage, went through immigration, and were in our car in less than ten minutes. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our third Disney cruise, the second time on the Magic. The Magic and the Wonder are sister ships, nearly 20 years old. The Fantasy and the Dream are larger, more modern in every way, and only 5 years old. After cruising on the ... Read More
This was our third Disney cruise, the second time on the Magic. The Magic and the Wonder are sister ships, nearly 20 years old. The Fantasy and the Dream are larger, more modern in every way, and only 5 years old. After cruising on the newer Fantasy, and now back again on the older Magic, the positive factors of the newer Fantasy/Dream just scream at me - the whole time this cruise on the older Magic, I was mentally comparing/contrasting the older to the newer ships, and the older come up far short, sadly. The staff is doing a great job trying to keep the ship spiffed up, but it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, frankly. On our balcony, there were so many paint chips that had chipped off, collecting on the balcony floor, it was unsightly and only brought attention to the rust - you could see the rust at the base of the balcony walls and how the staff valiantly paints over it to hide it, but the paint just flakes off - of course it does, it’s physics. And the flow of the ship, meaning the poor configuration of the public hallways and the very tight buffet, to name a few issues…….the most glaring and dangerous issue is Deck 3, the area in front of the Promenade Lounge. As a passenger, if you want to traverse the length of the ship on Deck 3, which is something you’re going to do every single day as the Atrium is on one side of the ship and if you want to go to Carioca’s for a meal, or anything on that side of the ship, you have to pass through the choke hold passage at the Promenade Lounge. This passage is roughly 6 feet wide - so, picture two way traffic, traffic that includes strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, whole families - and add to that, tables and chairs all along the porthole windows which is part of the passageway - MAYBE, if they’d at least take out the tables and chairs, the passage wouldn’t be as dangerous. Deck 4 is also very dangerous, in this exact section but a deck above. Shutters, the photo shop, has a doorway opening that goodness help you if you’re looking down at the photos you just purchased, as you’ll walk straight into a staircase and plummet down - literally the entire doorway opening spills directly into this staircase. You have to walk out of the doorway and walk immediately to the left to avoid tumbling down the stairs. So, in this same vein, let me try to get across the horror that was disembarkation - but nothing I can write can possibly portray how bad, and how very dangerous, it was - this is not hyperbole. You exited the ship Deck 3 Midship - remember that - never ever take the aft elevator on disembarkation day. ALWAYS take the midship elevator and skip the line spilling from the Deck 3 aft elevators filled with literally hundreds of people who are simply standing still as they cannot move due to the number of people. It took us 30 min to traverse a distance that would on a “normal” day, take 2 minutes - and it “only” took 30 min because we cheated the line twice in sheer desperation so as not to miss our transportation. We left our cabin at 8am, took the aft elevators to Deck 3 and could barely get out of the elevator, as the entire area was JAMMED with people waiting to get off the ship - can we say claustrophobia? Can we say NO ORGANIZATION, NO CREW around, anywhere, to help or direct?? It was chaos. People were having to group on the stairs, going up and down, just to get out of the way so that people could exit the elevators - the hall was jammed, no one could move as there was no flow, yet the elevators kept spilling out people, so people had to congregate on the stairs. These are full families, young kids SCREAMING, strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, luggage, baggage of all kinds as remember, this is disembarkation - when you get off the ship for the very last time. Everyone has to cram through the Deck 3 bottleneck at the Promenade Lounge that I just described to you in the above paragraph! And no one had bothered to at the very least, remove the chairs and tables which further clutter the chokehold passage at this point! So everyone is emptying the aft elevators with their children and belongings, clogging the area at the elevators because the Promenade Lounge chokehold passage is clogged as the line to get off the ship is so long as every single person is exiting the ship. COMPOUNDED by the bizarre fact that the restaurant located on Deck 3 aft, is open for breakfast!! HOW INANE!! Open Animator’s Palate on Deck 4 for breakfast, as that is out of the way! SO, you’ve got the clog from everyone getting off but there are also lots of people that are flowing against the crowd, to get into the restaurant, OH GOODNESS, it was chaos. And as I said, no staff anywhere in site to help direct, to separate those trying to get off from those that were going to breakfast. Let me say this - without a shadow of doubt in my mind, regarding the mob of unmoving people at the elevator - if a fire had broken out, we would have all perished. I am not exaggerating one iota. A fire hazard like none I’ve ever encountered. To end what was a very pleasant cruise in many respects, this way, well, it left a very sour taste in many mouths. Let’s return to the topic of how this ship is nearly 20 years old…….the first two days of our voyage were extremely rough sea wise - the Captain had to skirt two storms, a nor’easter in the north and Hurricane Philip which was shooting up from the south - lots of people were seasick, things were crashing about in the buffet, in the Anna and Elsa photo opportunity in Animator’s Palate, the very heavy table number paint brush holders were falling down - all sorts of things were being tossed about, including people, all over the ship for nearly two full days. And that’s ok, can’t be avoided, and it could have been worse had not the Captain done such a great job. But, so here’s my story - on the second night of super rough seas, we returned from dinner, and an access panel above our bed had come open so that it was hanging open over our bed. I called Guest Relations and a maintenance person was there in 5 minutes and took care of it - he had to replace a screw that was there clearly from it happening before, as the original single lock must have given way before, such that a screw had to be put in to hold the panel tightly shut. With the panel opened, we got to see a bit of that pig that I’d mentioned, you know, putting lipstick on a pig? The inside of the panel had wires and some sort of junction box which is part of the workings of things, but it was also filled with lots of dirt and more disturbingly, sometime in the past, someone had stuffed a bath towel into this panel to most likely, as we don’t know precisely why, quiet rattling wires, as there were a lot of wires inside. So the towel was clearly a bandaid fix to a prior problem, that had never been fixed - otherwise the towel wouldn’t have still been there. I wonder about the safety here - wires, a junction box of some sort, and a towel shoved up all around that, and had been there for who knows how long………another thing that came loose in our cabin was the bed that is pushed up into the wall - not the bunk bed in the ceiling, but the bed in the wall. The screw holding that in place came loose and the bed would have come hurtling down EXCEPT, thank goodness or else I would have been bashed in the head!!!, we had the two cabin chairs against that wall, which was the bed in the wall - so the bed came down on the tops of the chairs. Oh, what if I’d been sitting in one of the chairs? So, ya, another issue that speaks to the age of the ship - ships encounter high seas, that’s normal - but over the years, the screws that hold things in place, like our ceiling panel and the bed in the wall, come loose and dangerous situations can occur. Another issue speaking to the age of the ship - in our cabin, there was a structural support pole in the middle of the traffic flow - in the middle of the night in the dark, you would walk right into it! To help that not happen, staff had placed glow-in-the-dark strips on it, so at night, the pole glowed. This fix works, you do see the pole in the dark, but this kind of design would never happen in the newer ships. The entertainment on Disney ships is truly Broadway caliber - not just Broadway style, no, it’s Broadway caliber. If you didn’t know you were on a ship, you’d think you were at the New Amsterdam Theater! The production quality, the sets, the costumes, the talent, the special effects! And the guest entertainers are outstanding! Plus, there are pop-up entertainment venues, if you will - such as on this cruise, with TANGLED being one of the main shows, an offshoot was that the Thugs from Tangled “took over” O’Gills, making it the Snuggly Duckling tavern from the movie, oh the fun, it was super clever - especially the adult version of the takeover in the evening, once O’Gills became “adults only”. All of the Halloween activities were terrific - the Pumpkin Tree, the “Caretaker” who told fun stories, trick-or-treating, beautiful decorations, all very well done and lots of fun. And what is wonderful, is that there is a cruise within a cruise, as there is a cruise director just for the adults, and a whole section of the ship where only adults are allowed, including a beautiful outdoor pool, the outdoor bar Signals, an adults only coffee shop, Cove, where every morning we ordered the most delicious pumpkin spice lattes (as good as Starbucks!), adult shows in the adults only theater at night - and the list goes on! What was very disappointing is that the stunningly beautiful adult bar, Keys, does not open at night until 6pm. This is poor timing, in regards to the first theater time of 6:15pm - every night, at 5pm, we wanted to go to a bar, timed before the 6:15 show - we didn’t want to go to the super casual O’Gills nor did we want to go to the Promenade Lounge which is nothing more than a waystation in that horrible bottleneck hallway. We do love the outdoor Signals, but the weather did not often comply with sitting outdoors on this cruise. Keys should open at 5pm. Without the slightest doubt in my mind. That was a big disappointment for us this cruise. Marvel Day at Sea was excellent - Marvel themed activities, speakers, all day and well into the night. There were Marvel character photo shoots for which you needed a ticket, as well as characters that were roaming decks 3,4 and 5 - Dr. Strange, Hawkeye, Gamora and Star-Lord being some of them. When you stopped and talked to them, they asked if we’d seen any suspicious activity on the ship, things like that, so that we knew that they were protecting us, as all super heroes are supposed to do - so fun! The food all throughout the ship, was Marvel themed, the staff all had Marvel accents to their uniforms, and on and on - suffice it to say, they did one heck of a job, in getting the Marvel theme across every venue and aspect. The Marvel nighttime show on Decks 9 & 10 outside was excellent - all of the Marvel characters were on stage, and the action was interwoven with pre-recorded footage of the bad guys taking over the ship, filmed some other time when there were no passengers around, along with perfectly timed fireworks and pyrotechnic special effects - it was thrilling, very well done! Due to the high seas the first two days of the cruise, several activities and shows had to be rescheduled but all in all, no one missed out on anything. Safety first, and crew made sure everyone was ultimately happy. One thing that was missed were the fireworks for Pirate Night at Sea - in order to set off the fireworks display, the ship has to stop, but, because we lost quite a bit of time in the two storms, with the Captain having to divert this way and that, he couldn’t take any time off our already delayed path to stop for the fireworks. The outside show still went on, but without the fireworks. And as a note, Castaway Cay was our first port of call, and we ended up only being one hour delayed to arrive due to favorable currents that the Captain caught, that and not stopping for fireworks on Pirate Night. This did effect the popular 5K Castaway Cay run, which was sadly not run on the island, but rather on the outside running deck on the ship. In addition to lots of on board entertainment as I’ve mentioned, there are many character interaction opportunities, movies in the theaters (Walt Disney Theater and the Buena Vista Theater), incredible Disney programming on your cabin TV, trivia games, crafts, animation classes, enrichment talks - loved the talks, such as the one about the Disney Studios Innovations - I even took notes! We were two adults, no young kids, but the child only programming is simply beyond compare. There are really too many activities to comment upon. And don’t forget the gym and spa - fully equipped with many classes, free as well as ones that have a fee such as the boot camp classes. The spa is beautiful, we toured, but this cruise didn’t take advantage of it - too many other things to do, which is saying a lot, considering there were 4 sea days on this one week cruise! The crew did a great job filling those 4 days with an abundance of things to do. There were only two ports of call, Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral. In Port Canaveral, 98% of the passengers took advantage of the 'included with the cruise’ Park Hopper ticket to Disney World. The ship was in port from 7am - 1am the next early morning! We got the 7:30am bus to Magic Kingdom. All transportation is included in the ticket, as well as 3 Fast Passes - golden Fast Passes as I called them as there was NO restriction on the Fast Pass use - it was exhilarating to walk up to the 3 major rides in EPCOT - Soarin, Test Track and Frozen, scan my ticket provided by the ship, and walk into these rides at the time I wanted - didn’t have to decide in advance, nope, just go when the spirit moved you! As a Disney World veteran, these 3 cruise ‘golden' Fast Passes were super cool, made us feel like VIPs! EPCOT Food and Wine Festival was going on, so we spent the vast majority of our day there, lovely! Buses from the parks were running continuously back to the ship and there were perfectly placed signs directing you - very very smooth process, excellent day! So how do I balance the horror and legitimate risks of disembarkation, the solid reasons why this ship is so old and dangerously configured that it should be sold to one of those offshore casino companies, or scrapped, against a crew that does one heck of a job providing the passengers with a solid experience? Hmmmm, well, we are sailing on the Wonder in February, as it fit our schedule, but honestly, after that, for a Disney cruise, I will only sail on the Fantasy or the Dream (famous last words?? to be continued!) Read Less
Disney Magic Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 4.0
Service 4.5 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 3.7

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