Disney Magic Cruise Review by SeaSprayTB
- Sail Date: August 2004
- Destination: Western Caribbean
The cruise was wonderful! The Disney Magic is a beautiful, elegant cruise ship. Disney has a wonderful way of paying attention to detail and that effort did not go unnoticed by us. The "Mickey Mouse" theme onboard the ship is subtle, you did not feel as though you just stepped inside of a cartoon. In fact, it was quite the opposite, with a hint of formality reminiscent of the old cruise liners.
Our cabin was wonderful, we were so glad we had decided to book a cabin with a verandah. The room steward did a great job of keeping our cabin clean and in order which wasn't always easy, especially as the week went on and we accumulated more and more souvenirs!
The Disney ships have 3 rotational dining rooms so that you are not eating at the same table, in the same restaurant, every single night. I really enjoyed this aspect of it. The food was great and the presentation was always artfully done. We had the pleasure of dining at the adults-only restaurant called Palo. The service, ambiance, and food there were outstanding.
The shows on the Disney Magic were, understandably, mainly Disney-themed. The performers were wonderful and there were many special effects during the shows. There were also the usual performers who did magic, ventriloquists, comedians, etc. The Welcome Aboard and the Farewell shows were surprisingly very good. As of late summer 2004, they've added a "Pirates IN the Caribbean" late-night deck party. This is not to be missed! On our cruise it started at 9:45pm and was a multi-media outdoor extravaganza! Again, Disney was able to show off it's amazing ability to put on amazing shows!
After 9pm at night the club district called "Beat Street" became an adults-only venue. The current band, The Charles Marshall Band, did a wonderful job on 60's Night, performing for an hour dressed, and sounding just like, The Beatles. It was a lot of fun. There are 70's Night and 80's Night on the cruise, as well.
Our kids are teens so I can't comment on the clubs for the younger kids, but my older son (16) enjoyed some of the activities at The Stack, the teens-only lounge. My younger son (13) didn't enjoy The Stack as much as his older brother, he felt there were mainly older teens there, so he ended up spending time with some of the kids he met on the cruise, doing other activities.
All in all, I highly recommend Disney Cruise Line, and the Disney Magic :)
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