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We completed are second voyage on the Magic in April 2016. We had sailed previously on the Magic in 2012, prior to the drydock improvements. We sailed with a teen and preteen. First - I tend to like the new mega ships with all of the bells and whistles. Disney Magic is an exception to that however. Our voyage was full with over 1,000 kids, but it never felt crowded. From experience on other ships it can be difficult to get an elevator on the first try. Oddly, although the Magic has small elevators, we never had an issue. Reimagined - Disney did a spectacular job with the drydock. Our first voyage on the Magic was very mediocre, with the food experiences at times less than that. No longer. The renovations made to the buffet restaurant (called Cabanas now) on the pool deck are spot on. The space is larger and better organized. The food choices and quality were very good. I would state that their version of the buffet restaurant now exceeds those on RCCL and Celebrity (2 lines we often cruise with). The other enhancements and upgrades (water features, public spaces, etc.) work seamlessly and are all A+ upgrades. Food - Again , I need to call out the improvements in the quality, variety and taste of the food in Cabanas and the dining rooms. Our head waiter (server) mentioned that part of the drydock upgrades also included the kitchen and restaurant appliances. Whatever they did was very well done. We did their specialty restaurant PALO, as we had on our prior voyage. It was good and worth it, but with the restaurants turning it up a notch it did not stand out as much this time. Entertainment - Disney (imo) has one of the better entertainment models with theatre shows and first run movies. They have a higher production value. One thing we are tired of are the shows that feature Broadway melody type acts. Our cruise did have one such performer - and we left about 10 minutes in. The other shows were good. We love the movie theatre and really miss that feature on the other ships. Cabin/Ship - we had a secret porthole room. The cabin was nice, much of it updated but if you look hard enough you can find some indication of aging. The ship is 18 years old but still looks great. In fact, when in port, it is much more attractive than anything else around. The drydock appears to have really spruced things up. The room worked well for the 4 of us, but having been spoiled with suites and family sized rooms on other recent trips - it still was a bit of a coordinated effort to maintain some privacy. We knew that going in, so it was not an issue for us. Navigator App - a great feature that has to be copied. The chat feature is superb, to the extent we did not even need the wave phones they provide. Summary: 1. The reimagined Magic should be considered a top ship, and easily #1 in the 100GT and under class. 2. The quality is there - 100%. The service - outstanding. 3. The Disney experience is authentic. However, this is a cruise ship first. However, there will be bunches of kids on this ship. Mostly the younger cute kind. 4. It was a great week of vacation. You would have to try real hard to find faults.

Magic Part Deux

Disney Magic Cruise Review by pb_nh

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Inside Stateroom
We completed are second voyage on the Magic in April 2016. We had sailed previously on the Magic in 2012, prior to the drydock improvements. We sailed with a teen and preteen.

First - I tend to like the new mega ships with all of the bells and whistles. Disney Magic is an exception to that however. Our voyage was full with over 1,000 kids, but it never felt crowded. From experience on other ships it can be difficult to get an elevator on the first try. Oddly, although the Magic has small elevators, we never had an issue.

Reimagined - Disney did a spectacular job with the drydock. Our first voyage on the Magic was very mediocre, with the food experiences at times less than that. No longer. The renovations made to the buffet restaurant (called Cabanas now) on the pool deck are spot on. The space is larger and better organized. The food choices and quality were very good. I would state that their version of the buffet restaurant now exceeds those on RCCL and Celebrity (2 lines we often cruise with).

The other enhancements and upgrades (water features, public spaces, etc.) work seamlessly and are all A+ upgrades.

Food - Again , I need to call out the improvements in the quality, variety and taste of the food in Cabanas and the dining rooms. Our head waiter (server) mentioned that part of the drydock upgrades also included the kitchen and restaurant appliances. Whatever they did was very well done. We did their specialty restaurant PALO, as we had on our prior voyage. It was good and worth it, but with the restaurants turning it up a notch it did not stand out as much this time.

Entertainment - Disney (imo) has one of the better entertainment models with theatre shows and first run movies. They have a higher production value. One thing we are tired of are the shows that feature Broadway melody type acts. Our cruise did have one such performer - and we left about 10 minutes in. The other shows were good. We love the movie theatre and really miss that feature on the other ships.

Cabin/Ship - we had a secret porthole room. The cabin was nice, much of it updated but if you look hard enough you can find some indication of aging. The ship is 18 years old but still looks great. In fact, when in port, it is much more attractive than anything else around. The drydock appears to have really spruced things up.

The room worked well for the 4 of us, but having been spoiled with suites and family sized rooms on other recent trips - it still was a bit of a coordinated effort to maintain some privacy. We knew that going in, so it was not an issue for us.

Navigator App - a great feature that has to be copied. The chat feature is superb, to the extent we did not even need the wave phones they provide.

Summary:

1. The reimagined Magic should be considered a top ship, and easily #1 in the 100GT and under class.

2. The quality is there - 100%. The service - outstanding.

3. The Disney experience is authentic. However, this is a cruise ship first. However, there will be bunches of kids on this ship. Mostly the younger cute kind.

4. It was a great week of vacation. You would have to try real hard to find faults.
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