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We traveled with our 6 and 8 year old children. They loved the kids club, the amazing shows and the ability to interact with the characters. I loved that we had childcare that was high quality when we needed some downtime. The boat left a lot to be desired for adults. The formal dining rooms are very cramped and service can feel rushed, chaotic, and inattentive. I used the gym once and it was so hot and humid and crowded, I did not return. Embarkation was a nightmare. We flew overnight and arrived at the port at 11:00 AM. Because we had not done a Disney Cruise in the past, we did not have priority so they pushed us to the back of the embarkation process. We just had to sit there for over two hours even though we arrived at the port very early. The line for photos was backing up so they slowed down the boarding process even though there was no actual line to board the boat. I begged them at a certain point to speed up embarkation or just let us board but they said no. I then stood right at the entry point next to the coordinator and let him watch as my children cried with hunger and exhaustion while they held the few remaining people in the terminal for boarding. We had spent $7,500 for the week long cruise and this was the service this tall man with a beard felt comfortable giving us. Photos took a priority over boarding. My daughter did the BB Boutique. The treatment was 17 minutes long. I thought that they would put a little more time and effort in for the $69 charge. I found the food to be repetitive in the breakfast buffet and the common deck spaces (pools especially) to be so cramped and small. The children did look like a flock of penguins in the pools and hot tubs, all piled on top of each other. I kept comparing it to my mind to a RC cruise. Obviously, Disney has the entertainment and the kids club, but I preferred RC in every other way.

A Tale of Two Stories: Kids v. Adults

Disney Magic Cruise Review by rg654

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
We traveled with our 6 and 8 year old children. They loved the kids club, the amazing shows and the ability to interact with the characters. I loved that we had childcare that was high quality when we needed some downtime. The boat left a lot to be desired for adults. The formal dining rooms are very cramped and service can feel rushed, chaotic, and inattentive. I used the gym once and it was so hot and humid and crowded, I did not return. Embarkation was a nightmare.

We flew overnight and arrived at the port at 11:00 AM. Because we had not done a Disney Cruise in the past, we did not have priority so they pushed us to the back of the embarkation process. We just had to sit there for over two hours even though we arrived at the port very early. The line for photos was backing up so they slowed down the boarding process even though there was no actual line to board the boat. I begged them at a certain point to speed up embarkation or just let us board but they said no. I then stood right at the entry point next to the coordinator and let him watch as my children cried with hunger and exhaustion while they held the few remaining people in the terminal for boarding. We had spent $7,500 for the week long cruise and this was the service this tall man with a beard felt comfortable giving us. Photos took a priority over boarding.

My daughter did the BB Boutique. The treatment was 17 minutes long. I thought that they would put a little more time and effort in for the $69 charge.

I found the food to be repetitive in the breakfast buffet and the common deck spaces (pools especially) to be so cramped and small. The children did look like a flock of penguins in the pools and hot tubs, all piled on top of each other.

I kept comparing it to my mind to a RC cruise. Obviously, Disney has the entertainment and the kids club, but I preferred RC in every other way.
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