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Awesome and relaxing, best describes the 4 night cruise our family just took on Disney Magic. My husband and I are not too much into cruises but wanted to do this at least once. Now this will be a vacation idea we will entertain again. Having two other families with kids at the same age as our daughter made it much easier. Our 15 year old son suffered a bit without company but he also found many things to do and the food was unilaterally the best part for all of us. Kids or not, nothing beats the Disney way of doing things. Efficient, pleasant and entertaining throughout. Every single employee on the ship regardless of their role carried it out to perfection. Photographers could use some more training in the Disney way as their activities seemed the least intuitive. This is not a major issue, just something I noticed as slightly off. Tween daughter did not use 'Edge' much. I think Edge and Vibe(for teenagers) are good for arcade game players. Oceaneer's club/lab for kids under 11 must be popular with parents. We flew to Florida/Miami International airport from California the day before and stayed at Marriot Biscayne Bay. Took about 10 minutes and $29 to get from the airport to the hotel in a taxi. Another 7 minutes in a taxi to the port from the hotel on the next day. Since hotel checkout was 12PM we got there earlier than our assigned check in time of 12.30. We were met by one of the porters to whom we gave all the luggages tagged with the Disney tags that were mailed to us. Tipped the porter right there as he said we won't see him later. Got on the ship after passport/id checks and being issued 4 room key cards. These were also used to pay for anything extra we needed on the ship. Very convenient as kids could go get food and be with friends on their own resulting in happy parents. Had lunch at the Cabanas as soon as we got in. Luggage arrived by 4-5PM. The port-away party on deck was nice. The 3 families were always seated together as requested for dinner all 4 nights. It was at different dining places each night. We had second seating which started at 8.15 so we can see the shows at 6.15PM and go change for dinner. First night was pirate themed and we all adorned the bandanas that were provided. Optional dress-up night was on the night before last. Took pictures every night after dinner since we were all nicely dressed in general for dinner. Just casual but nice enough will do. Our cabin was about the same size as the hotel room. Stateroom 7502 with a porthole located forward. Kids had a pull out sofa and a bunk bed area with TV separated by a heavy curtain from the bed room. The bunk bed needs to be setup by the service person while people are at dinner. Probably a safety feature so that no one will hit their heads on it by accident. Shower and sink in one tiny room and toilet and sink in another tiny room helped us to get ready faster. Lots of space under the bed to push our luggage in, enough cabinet drawers to put things out and ample closet space. Do not use the bathroom outlets for hair dryer as the current rating on those are not high enough for a dryer. Use the outlet next to the porthole as indicated with the provided hair dryer. Breakfast and lunch was mostly at the cabana in buffet style. Nice enough selections. First port day was at Key West. Took the trolley tour once we got there and the highlight was visiting The Hemingway House and the 54 cats there as well as the southernmost point of the USA. Day was hot but still enjoyable. Next day was at sea which was spent with many activities. Watching Star Wars - The awakening & Bridge of Spies in the theaters was cool! Magic show was nice. Last port day was at Disney's leased island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay - pronounced Castaway Key. (Key stands for little island) Beautiful day spent floating, swimming, biking, water-sliding and a wonderful BBQ lunch. Since Disney Magic is smaller than Disney's largest ship (Disney Fantasy) the island facilities were not crowded at all since it is built to accommodate all the guests on the largest ship. Aquadunk water slide was good for big kids and adults, basketball and table tennis facilities and walking 3 rounds equaling a mile on top deck were all appreciated. You can get hot dogs, pizza and ice cream all the time after 11AM. Good to know in case you missed lunch or breakfast. You don't want to miss the sit-down 5 course dinner. Appetizer, soup, salad, main course and dessert. Best food was at Animator's Palate and Lumier's but others were decent too. Special non-alcoholic drinks available for about five dollars were delicious too. Don't forget to checkout your pictures at Shutters and order what you like before you leave. Room service was available but we didn't use it. Our room was always kept clean by our service guy. We went with the Disney suggested gratuity totaling ~$200 for the four key people. 3 people at the dining service and one at servicing the room. Plenty of quite spots available if you just want to curl up with a book and watch the ocean. If you don't want to lug your bags on the morning of disembarkation, be sure to pack all except a carry-on and leave outside the room before 10.15PM the night before. Then you can just walk off the ship and collect your luggage at the baggage claim same as in an airport. I don't think I will take any cruise line other than Disney just for the awesome service spanning every single aspect of our travel. The attitude of every single employee is to be commended. Better than Broadway quality musicals every evening is not to be missed as well as the port adventures at Key West and Castaway Cay and all the other activities on the ship. We never really felt rushed, yet there was never a dull moment. You can always take a break from all and still catch up with what is happening really quick. One thing that needs special mention is the Disney Navigation app. A great tool that all of us used extensively. It told us of the activities each day not to mention the dinner menu. There was an online chat that we can use to connect with other members of our party. Very useful! Kids can use the permission code to join. The free wi-fi can be used only for the app. Didn't use the internet data package or the available laptops so no comments on that.

Wonderful Vacation!

Disney Magic Cruise Review by disneyfan123

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
Awesome and relaxing, best describes the 4 night cruise our family just took on Disney Magic. My husband and I are not too much into cruises but wanted to do this at least once. Now this will be a vacation idea we will entertain again.

Having two other families with kids at the same age as our daughter made it much easier. Our 15 year old son suffered a bit without company but he also found many things to do and the food was unilaterally the best part for all of us. Kids or not, nothing beats the Disney way of doing things. Efficient, pleasant and entertaining throughout. Every single employee on the ship regardless of their role carried it out to perfection. Photographers could use some more training in the Disney way as their activities seemed the least intuitive. This is not a major issue, just something I noticed as slightly off. Tween daughter did not use 'Edge' much. I think Edge and Vibe(for teenagers) are good for arcade game players. Oceaneer's club/lab for kids under 11 must be popular with parents.

We flew to Florida/Miami International airport from California the day before and stayed at Marriot Biscayne Bay. Took about 10 minutes and $29 to get from the airport to the hotel in a taxi. Another 7 minutes in a taxi to the port from the hotel on the next day. Since hotel checkout was 12PM we got there earlier than our assigned check in time of 12.30. We were met by one of the porters to whom we gave all the luggages tagged with the Disney tags that were mailed to us. Tipped the porter right there as he said we won't see him later. Got on the ship after passport/id checks and being issued 4 room key cards. These were also used to pay for anything extra we needed on the ship. Very convenient as kids could go get food and be with friends on their own resulting in happy parents.

Had lunch at the Cabanas as soon as we got in. Luggage arrived by 4-5PM. The port-away party on deck was nice. The 3 families were always seated together as requested for dinner all 4 nights. It was at different dining places each night. We had second seating which started at 8.15 so we can see the shows at 6.15PM and go change for dinner. First night was pirate themed and we all adorned the bandanas that were provided. Optional dress-up night was on the night before last. Took pictures every night after dinner since we were all nicely dressed in general for dinner. Just casual but nice enough will do.

Our cabin was about the same size as the hotel room. Stateroom 7502 with a porthole located forward. Kids had a pull out sofa and a bunk bed area with TV separated by a heavy curtain from the bed room. The bunk bed needs to be setup by the service person while people are at dinner. Probably a safety feature so that no one will hit their heads on it by accident. Shower and sink in one tiny room and toilet and sink in another tiny room helped us to get ready faster. Lots of space under the bed to push our luggage in, enough cabinet drawers to put things out and ample closet space. Do not use the bathroom outlets for hair dryer as the current rating on those are not high enough for a dryer. Use the outlet next to the porthole as indicated with the provided hair dryer.

Breakfast and lunch was mostly at the cabana in buffet style. Nice enough selections. First port day was at Key West. Took the trolley tour once we got there and the highlight was visiting The Hemingway House and the 54 cats there as well as the southernmost point of the USA. Day was hot but still enjoyable. Next day was at sea which was spent with many activities. Watching Star Wars - The awakening & Bridge of Spies in the theaters was cool! Magic show was nice. Last port day was at Disney's leased island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay - pronounced Castaway Key. (Key stands for little island) Beautiful day spent floating, swimming, biking, water-sliding and a wonderful BBQ lunch. Since Disney Magic is smaller than Disney's largest ship (Disney Fantasy) the island facilities were not crowded at all since it is built to accommodate all the guests on the largest ship.

Aquadunk water slide was good for big kids and adults, basketball and table tennis facilities and walking 3 rounds equaling a mile on top deck were all appreciated. You can get hot dogs, pizza and ice cream all the time after 11AM. Good to know in case you missed lunch or breakfast. You don't want to miss the sit-down 5 course dinner. Appetizer, soup, salad, main course and dessert. Best food was at Animator's Palate and Lumier's but others were decent too. Special non-alcoholic drinks available for about five dollars were delicious too. Don't forget to checkout your pictures at Shutters and order what you like before you leave. Room service was available but we didn't use it. Our room was always kept clean by our service guy. We went with the Disney suggested gratuity totaling ~$200 for the four key people. 3 people at the dining service and one at servicing the room.

Plenty of quite spots available if you just want to curl up with a book and watch the ocean. If you don't want to lug your bags on the morning of disembarkation, be sure to pack all except a carry-on and leave outside the room before 10.15PM the night before. Then you can just walk off the ship and collect your luggage at the baggage claim same as in an airport.

I don't think I will take any cruise line other than Disney just for the awesome service spanning every single aspect of our travel. The attitude of every single employee is to be commended. Better than Broadway quality musicals every evening is not to be missed as well as the port adventures at Key West and Castaway Cay and all the other activities on the ship. We never really felt rushed, yet there was never a dull moment. You can always take a break from all and still catch up with what is happening really quick. One thing that needs special mention is the Disney Navigation app. A great tool that all of us used extensively. It told us of the activities each day not to mention the dinner menu. There was an online chat that we can use to connect with other members of our party. Very useful! Kids can use the permission code to join. The free wi-fi can be used only for the app. Didn't use the internet data package or the available laptops so no comments on that.
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