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Disney Magic Review

4.5 / 5.0
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485 reviews
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Pools were crowded, but OK if you want to see all the characters

Review for Disney Magic to the Western Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Jan 2023
Cabin: Deluxe Inside Stateroom
Traveled with children

We chose this cruise because I experienced a Disney cruise as a teenager and had a great time, so I thought my 4 yr old would enjoy it. It turns out he is not really into Disney movies or characters, and that was about 25-35% of the onboard activities (meeting characters). The kids clubs for the under 10 crowd were also crowded and did not have a great kid to counselor ratio (I think the teen and tweens might have more fun and organized activities to keep them entertained). We had to tender at 1 port at the process was AWFUL. It took us about 1 hour to get from the back of the line onto the pier itself, and Disney had advised to allow 45 minutes so we are glad we allowed 1.5 hrs. Also the 'table' at the pier was confusing- we were told to meet our excursion at the pier, but you have to check in at a table and get a sticker and then go meet your excursion. The process was not difficult but it wasnt the seamless, well-communicated experience you'd expect for the price you pay for a Disney cruise.

The positives: The food at dinner was actually quite good. Cabanas was pretty average but there were often some really tasty options (like roasted sweet potatoes or there was an Indian day that was quite good).

My verdict is that I would not do this again unless my son or the friends we travelled with asked to do another group cruise - we had about 3 days of fun on a 6 day cruise so it was painful to pay for the extra 3 days of 'meh'. The crew were excellent but overall the onboard activities were limited for us, having a shy kid who was nervous at the kids' club. Our alternatives with him were the crowded pools or movies and shows. They also have crafts and games onboard but those are better for older kids who can hold scissors or follow directions. So for the younger - I'd say under 6 crowd- the characters are the big draw.

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Deluxe Inside Stateroom

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