Unexpected Enjoyment, Two Adults with No Kids...........: Disney Magic Cruise Review by jbuch02
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Unexpected Enjoyment, Two Adults with No Kids...........
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We did the Guarantee on short notice at a great price and we got a huge wheel chair accessible cabin on deck 7 as big as any hotel room. Huge bath area. It was nice even though it was between two service areas and we did have a few clunks in the night but not anything to complain about. Cabin service was excellent. Attendants do not have an assistant. They do it themselves so, sometimes your room won't be made up as soon as you'd like it to be but that is never something I would complain about. I think thay may have decreased cabin staff to increase dining staff. See More comments below.
The ship, recently refurbished, was spotless. You had to look with a magnifying glass to find signs that the ship was nearly 16 years old. I love the feel of the older vessels. They actually feel like ships and not floating hotels/amusement parks. Magic has that feel.
Food everywhere was very high quality in both presentation and flavor. We both really liked the dining rotation thing and staying with our same group of 6 others. Well selected by whoever does that we were all the same age and none of us had kids on board. Two very nice ladies who were traveling without their husbands and one other married couple. It was a good group.
I thought the dining staff was tremendously well trained and extremely personable. There were more servers and staff in the dinning rooms than anything I have seen on other cruise lines. Service was quick and efficient. Meals came hot, beautifully presented, with great flavor in every dish and in a timely manner. That kind of efficiency comes from good leadership from the top. I struck up several conversations with one of the higher-ups in the dinning room - a 22 year veteran of cruising with both Celebrity and Disney. He liked both about equally with respect to how things are done. He acknowledged he had better trained and more numerous wait staff than on Celebrity. There is a lot of movement of wait staff from other cruise lines to Disney. Disney gets the best of the best and it shows.
Favorite hang-out was Keyes. Beautiful decor and a fabulous piano player that we loved. Intimate feel, great drinks, bar tenders that remembered your names and what you drank after the first night.
Children were ubiquitous but mostly well behaved. They are so well occupied with fun games, pool, etc. rarely are they cranky or misbehaved. Still you are aware they are there. I was well prepared for this so would say to anyone who wanted to do this as a couple and not as a family, do it. Everything else is so impressive that it overcomes any disadvantages someone might be worried about taking a Disney cruise with all those kids aboard. There are plenty of places to hide-out away from children ..... Disney did a very good job with this. Its there but its subtle and its not like keep out you can't come in here.
Castaway Cay was very nice ..... much, much better than anything other cruise lines have to offer. The Cay is nicely developed but not overly so. Private area for Adults for both eating and sunning. Super nice. Clean, well kept - typical Disney. The food was unbelievably good considering it came from the ships kitchens and was delivered to three separate dinning areas on Castaway Cay. My dining manager that I got to know told me it took them a lot of tries making a lot of mistakes until they got it right. They are pretty happy with it now. It takes 90 minutes from the time they start the unloading from the ship until food is ready to be served. Incredible. I watched about 30 minutes of the operation from deck 4. It was immaculately orchestrated.
This was a 5 star cruise on an older vessel, beautifully and immaculately maintained at a great price. Cruising couples should not hesitate to book last minute as the cruise line works to fill the ship and will offer discounts when they need to. If you even have a hint of nostalgia for Walt Disney and how what he started a 1/2 century ago and is now ingrained in the culture of our country, take a trip back to your childhood. Well worth it. Less
Cabin review: 7509
This is a wheel chair accessible cabin between two service areas. It is huge with a huge bath area. It is the same size as two standard inside cabins. So, about 390 square feet. Neither of us are handicapped and we were assigned this cabin on our arrival after we booked a discounted, last minute GTY rate.