The ship that gave Disney Cruise Line a name in the industry has come a long way since its 1998 debut. Standout features such as a Marvel Avengers Academy and thrilling AquaDunk water slide -- both added during a fall 2013 refurb -- set Disney Magic apart not only from its fleetmates, but also in the industry.

Other updates have included the addition of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a Concierge Lounge, expanded outdoor kids' areas, a new South American-themed dining room and an enclave of bars and lounges, reserved just for adults.

Even with its reimagined spaces, however, Disney Magic continues to retain a sense of tradition. Like its fleetmates, the ship sports a nostalgic ocean liner appearance with a navy-blue hull and red funnels (customized with Mickeys, of course). Its Art Deco design also is complemented by nautical decor, and the Disney staple of "hidden Mickeys" stealthily placed in everything from wallpaper to light fixtures keep the magic alive for those who find them.

There are a few Disney-themed venues that are appropriately colorful and exuberant, but much of the ship's appeal lies in the fact that it's designed for everyone, not just Disney fanatics and kids. This is especially evident in the adults-only pool area, which is strategically tucked away at the front of the ship, away from main pool action, as well as the ship's spacious cabins with myriad storage.

If you're trying to decide between Magic (or its twin sister Wonder) and the cruise line's newest ships, know this: Magic has a more intimate feel than its larger sisters, which makes it easier to get to know your fellow passengers, keep track of family members and have the sense that you've experienced everything the ship has to offer, even on shorter sailings.

Beyond its intimate feel, a cruise on Disney Magic is all about attention to detail. From tubs in all the cabins that make it easy to bathe little ones, to infused water and chilled towels awaiting your arrival after a long day in port, Disney takes care of the things you "didn't think about" to ensure your vacation is effortless.

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Disney Magic
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Families
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Gina Kramer
Cruise Critic Editor

Disney Magic Overview

The ship that gave Disney Cruise Line a name in the industry has come a long way since its 1998 debut. Standout features such as a Marvel Avengers Academy and thrilling AquaDunk water slide -- both added during a fall 2013 refurb -- set Disney Magic apart not only from its fleetmates, but also in the industry.

About Disney Magic


Pro

Tangled, The Musical is an exclusive theater production

Con

Ship is more than 15 years old and shows signs of wear in some places

Bottom Line

Magic is infused into entertainment, dining and more, making it a truly Disney experience


Find a Disney Magic Cruise

Other updates have included the addition of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a Concierge Lounge, expanded outdoor kids' areas, a new South American-themed dining room and an enclave of bars and lounges, reserved just for adults.

Even with its reimagined spaces, however, Disney Magic continues to retain a sense of tradition. Like its fleetmates, the ship sports a nostalgic ocean liner appearance with a navy-blue hull and red funnels (customized with Mickeys, of course). Its Art Deco design also is complemented by nautical decor, and the Disney staple of "hidden Mickeys" stealthily placed in everything from wallpaper to light fixtures keep the magic alive for those who find them.

There are a few Disney-themed venues that are appropriately colorful and exuberant, but much of the ship's appeal lies in the fact that it's designed for everyone, not just Disney fanatics and kids. This is especially evident in the adults-only pool area, which is strategically tucked away at the front of the ship, away from main pool action, as well as the ship's spacious cabins with myriad storage.

If you're trying to decide between Magic (or its twin sister Wonder) and the cruise line's newest ships, know this: Magic has a more intimate feel than its larger sisters, which makes it easier to get to know your fellow passengers, keep track of family members and have the sense that you've experienced everything the ship has to offer, even on shorter sailings.

Beyond its intimate feel, a cruise on Disney Magic is all about attention to detail. From tubs in all the cabins that make it easy to bathe little ones, to infused water and chilled towels awaiting your arrival after a long day in port, Disney takes care of the things you "didn't think about" to ensure your vacation is effortless.

Fellow Passengers

Families make up the majority of cruisers on Disney Magic; although, a handful of adult couples (sans kids) are drawn to the ship for the "Disney experience." The cabins, which are roomier than the industry average, also contribute to its appeal.

Itineraries departing from U.S. cities attract predominantly Americans. When the ship sails in Europe, you'll notice more diversity, with less than half of the passengers hailing from the U.S. and the other percentage a mix of Spanish, Middle Eastern, British, Chinese and Japanese. While Disney has an impressive track record of returning passengers, it also welcomes a large number (sometimes up to 50 percent of the total passengers) of first-time cruisers.


Disney Magic Dress Code

Dress is casual during the day and resort casual -- slacks and collared shirts for men and casual dresses or pants with a blouse for women -- in the evenings. On each seven-night cruise, there is one formal night and one semiformal night. Although they're optional, dress pants and jackets for men and dresses or pantsuits for women are encouraged. The clothing requirements are actually the same for both formal and semiformal nights; the biggest difference is on formal night, the characters also dress up for photos.

Not a fan of dressing up? Don't fret. Even these fancier nights lean more toward the casual side, with many women dressed in summer or maxi-dresses as opposed to long, formal ones. Swimwear and tank tops are not allowed in the restaurants at dinner, but shorts and jeans are permitted. In Palo, the dress code is a bit stricter; shorts, capri pants, flip-flops and sneakers are not allowed, but you can wear jeans.


Disney Magic Gratuity

The recommended gratuities are $4 per person (adult or child), per day, for the dining room server; $3 per person, per day, for the assistant server; $1 per person, per day, for the head server; and $4 per person, per day, for the room steward. Gratuities either can be prepaid, added to your onboard account or paid in cash, at the end of the cruise. Regardless of which method you choose, on the night before disembarkation, you'll receive envelopes that allow you to personally thank your room steward and wait staff. (Those who have already paid or paid via their onboard accounts will receive tickets that show the gratuities paid, to put inside the envelopes.)

All bar, pool deck and coffee bar drinks have a 15 percent gratuity added to the bill. Spa gratuities are not added and are left to the discretion of each passenger. It is suggested that cruisers tip a couple dollars for room service delivery.


Disney Magic Awards

Cruisers' Choice Awards

2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Families
2016 Best for Families
2015 Best Overall
2015 Best for Cabins
2015 Best for Dining
2015 Best for Embarkation
2015 Best for Entertainment
2015 Best for Public Rooms
2015 Best for Service
2015 Best for Value
2013 Best for Families


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Additional Disney Magic Information

Disney Magic Details
  • Crew: 950
  • Launched: 1998
  • Decks: 11
  • Passengers: 1,754
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • CDC Score: 100
Disney Magic Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 4.0
Service 4.5 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 3.7

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