Halloween on the High Seas, during Halloween, with Disney, what could be a better surprise for my wife that combines two of her favorite things??
This was our 3rd Disney Cruise, and 4th cruise overall (read my other review to see why we are never, ever straying from the Mouse again!) This was our first time on Magic and we were not disappointed. Disney certainly knows how to treat the customer right and give them the most value for their money. Everything, and I do mean everything was as much or more than expected. The Halloween decorations and touches were fantastic. And the day we returned from Walt Disney World excursion, to find it all transformed in to a Christmas wonderland of sorts was a welcome surprise after along day at the parks. Even though it was #3 for us, we still found exciting and new things to enjoy and explore.
Rotational dining is their "thing" at dinner and it is one of the things that keeps us coming back. You get to explore a "different" restaurant with a very diverse menu each night. Animator's Palate - the signature restaurant of the entire line - is exciting and beautiful. They found more ways to "plus it" up beyond any expectations or assumptions we had. THe food quality, choices, and portions in all of the restaurants were top notch. Cabanas for a buffet style restaurant was very good. Although we didn't experience lunch there, we had breakfast there almost everyday. Granted, it was the almost the same every day, but think about it - how many ways are there really to prepare the standard fare? Eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and french toast can only be prpared so many ways. There was excellent variety in those staples and each day did offer something different. Quite honestly, I am looking forward to my next DCL adventure just to have some more of that yummy banana bread french toast!
Getting on and off the ship was some of the easiest we have ever had. They have this stuff down to science!
Our 12 year old absolutely loved the Oceaneer Lab, especially the Marvel Academy. He wanted to spend most of his time there. For a special needs child that is usually very clingy and does not want to do things or go anywhere without mom, this says something about the staff, programming, and facilities of the DCL childrens' areas. The staff took excellent care of him and we never once were summoned to pick him up, which surprised both of us very much. We actually had to peel him away when it was time for family stuff. This continued to the children's area at Castaway Cay as well, he wanted to spend more time there than hanging out with us. Again, this was as surprising as it was welcome to us.
Castaway Cay is superb. To sum it up succinctly - my favorite place on this big blue planet.
The WDW excursion was easy on and off, no long waits, and plenty of things to do at the parks. Even withthe Halloween/Christmas crowds at the parks, we never really waited too long to enjoy the attractions we wanted. We actually had to force ourselves to use our FastPasses because lines were so short! WDW never disappoints either.
Entertainment in the WD Theater was of very good quality. The productions, especially Enchanted, were awesome. Getting to see Marvel's Doctor Strange the same day as it was released was a very cool bonus!
So to sum it up - how much did we like our Halloween Adventure on the Magic? Just like this: we'll be setting sail in July for 9 days to Alaska on the Disney Wonder! How's that for satisfaction? :-)
Split bathroom make the morning get clean and ready for the day so much easier. The room was quiet, clean and comfortable. I can't say enough about the service and cleanliness of the cabin.