Disney Magic Cruise Review by Seapoint
- Sail Date: December 2017
- Destination: Bahamas
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
We were very surprised by this cruise. One bad surprise, and the rest very good.
- 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.
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:)
Disney is expensive, but represented good value. When our twin granddaughters are 5 or 6, we will definately take them on a Disney cruise.
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