Year Started: 1996
Ships in Fleet: 4
Summary: Everything Disney; great entertainment, Disney characters, movies and live theater. Interactive fun for all ages. Only four ships, two older, two newer.
Regions:Caribbean Eastern, Caribbean Western
Good for: Families. Teens. Children`s Programs.
Regions:Bahamas, Caribbean Eastern, Caribbean Western, Mediterranean Western, Transatlantic
Good for: Teens. Children`s Programs. Families.
Good for: Children`s Programs. Teens. Families.
Regions:Alaska, Bahamas, Caribbean Western, Mexico
Good for: Families. Teens. Children`s Programs.
What an ideal ship for children (or, in our case, grandchildren)! Our room was perfectly laid out with Grandparents in the actual bedroom and the kids in separate beds in the "living room" (one couch into a bed and one pull down bed). The location directly under Goofy's stage/pool deck was noisy, but we were exhausted at day's end and slept.
The children's "club" was fantastic, although we made limited use of it, it was nice to get time alone occasionally. We had all our meals together and the entire dining room staff was very responsive (NOT a job we'd want though). The ship itself was huge, clean and well maintained. We didn't even leave it in Nassau. None of us noticed the ship's movement. In fact, we had trouble sensing fore and aft due to the size.
The treatment was special living in a suite and well worth the cost. A lot of personalized items appeared. Our verandah was very long---again, we would unhesitantly recommend the 1 bedroom suites to families. Final departure was tough, breakfast was at 0615 and departure was delayed until around 0815. . . they "found contraband onboard"?? Disney's off-ship transit services were the best we've seen.
This was my second cruise on the Disney Wonder this year. In July I and 3 of my sisters cruised on the Wonder in a category 5 cabin. Every aspect of that cruise was terrific; however the same can't be said for the 11/18 sailing I took with my husband and 15 year old daughter. We were on the waitlist for a category 3 cabin (1 bedroom suite). About 3 weeks prior to the sailing we were called and told this category was available. We were very excited because when we first cruised Disney in 1998 we had this same cabin type and were blown away by the cabin, service, etc. and felt the approximately $5000 we paid was worth every cent. However, the bloom is definitely off the rose for us now.
The embarkation was uneventful even with the redundant security procedures we had to go through (we had to show photo id to 3 separate people who were not stationed more than 20 feet away from each other. I kid you not). At this just too corny. After observing some of them I had to agree. The counselorsthere were no help. They could not have been less interested in providing entertainment for them. The food was palatable and the service pretty good. Prior to this cruise we were planning to take the 7 day cruise next year but I think this is probably the last on Disney for us. It's just too expensive to be less than stellar in every regard.
Our family was on the Disney Magic on April 21, 2001. Our dream vacation quickly became a nightmare. The three small pools on board were very inadequate and dangerous. Too many children for the size of the pools.
The food was hit and miss. Sometimes good and more often bad.
The first day at sea, the waves were 10 -15 feet and everyone was sick. Many of the children were sick on deck. They failed to mention that in the brochure. Think about sea sickness before you book!!!!!!
Disney continued to disappoint us, the engines broke down in St. Thomas and a specialist had to be flown in. This took 12 hours. We left late and the last port, Castaway Kay was missed. The children were all looking forward to this port. It is their day on the beach. Disney just said Sorry.
Cruisers beware......they take our money and don't live up to their own standards of customer service. I personally will not ever visit Disney again. They have lost all their Magic............ Fellow Cruise Mate
Getting to the ship On Friday nov.5 we picked up our 2 boys 7 & 9 from school . This cruise was for my son Jonathan's brithday.We live in NJ and my wife will not fly at all so like always we drove to FLA. We left at 3 pm and got to Orlando 9 am the next morming. The ride down went very fast.We stayed 2 nights before the cruise in the Disney Allstar Music ,it's a great family hotel.the rest of the day on Saturday we stayed by the pool.On Sunday we went to the new Universal Studios theme park Islands of Adventure.We had a great time.That night we went out to dinner at City walk at Jimmy Buffet's the food was very good and it was very reasoneable .City walk is another great place .Then back to the hotel for the night and to get ready for the cruise.
Embarkation time Well it was finally cruise day we got up took a fast swim in the pool and had some breakfast ,then put the bages in the car.Then we left for Port Canaveral it takes aboutan hour to get there from Orlando.Disney has the best terminal we have ever seen .Embarkatation was a breeze. They have a great model of the Magic in the lobby not to be missed.We got on the ship at 12;30 our cabin wasn't ready yet so we went up to Topsiders for lunch it was great they had jumbo shimp the biggest i have ever seen on a cruise. I had the seafood newburgh it was great. After lunch we went to our cabin let me tell you the cabins on the Magic are the best we ever had 3 times the size of the Nordic Empress was we were just on her in august. We had an inside cabin 2081 on deck 2 .A queen size bed and a couch that open for the boys .There was a refrigeratore .The bathroom was great almost like having 2.The most closet space we have ever seen.There is a lot of room in the cabin.After checkng out the cabin we started checking out the ship .It's a very easy ship to get around.At 4 it was time for the life jackets and life boat drill it went very smooth.
Dinning on the Magic Dinning on the magic was very good i found the food to be better then RCCI just not as many choices as RCCI.We did not have room sev. at all .The food in Topsiders was very good but they could give you more choices here too.They always helped us take our trays to the table.We always had breakfest and lunch there. You could always get Hot dogs & Hamburgers & pizza by one of the pools.The food it Topsides was as good as Celebrity not as good as HAL but much better then NCL & RCCI & Carnival .We rotated dinning rooms for dinner every night .We could not get in to Palo so i can't tell you how it was .I was told it was great. Out first night we had dinner at Animators's Palate it was great it's like being at a the theme resteraunt .The food was very good.The next night we had dinner at Parrot Cay this was a fun plase to have dinner. It's like Jimmy Buffets at City walk. We had a great time that night.Oh this is the most casual dress ship we have ever been on ,and it works very well.The last 2 nights we had dinner at Lumiere'sThis is the most stunning dinning room on the Magic the food here was very good.So all & all i would say the food was very good on this cruise.That's just my opinion.
Shows & Night life on the Magic The show we saw on the Magic were just great!!! Their shows are Broadway not Vagas with a Disney theme .Beat Street is the part of the ship for adults at night it looks and feels very much like a Carnival ship.There is alot going on there at night. we had alot of fun there after the shows.
Ports for the weeks Were Nassau the frist day next day was at sea and the last day was at Casterway Cay . In Nassau we spent the day at Blue Lagoon Island it was great . We were docked next to the Wonder it was a great sight .The othe ships in Nassau that day was the Oceanic .Our frist cruise was on her when she was with the old Home lines back in 1981 .I still love that ship.The other ships were thw Fantasy & Sovereign of the seas .We were on the 3rd cruise of the SOS when she was new.She looked to be in great shape.We spent the day at sea sitting by the pool .The boys were in the kids programs witch were great they loved them and had a great time and maid a lot of friends .Casteraway Cay was great .One of the best things about it is that they dock at the island so they almost never miss it . It was a little windy that day and the water was a little cool but we had a great time anyway. The boys were in the kids programs all day and had a ball. the lunch on the island was very good.I think HAL"s Half Moon Cay is better not as many people .But Castaway Cay was great.
The ship Well what can i say about the ship.Most of the ship feels and looks like Princess and Celebrity ships .Beat Street is very much like a Carnival ship .other parts are very Art Deco .There is a 3 deck hight atrium with 2 inclossed elevators .The Elevators were fast you didn't have to wait long at all. The ESPN Zone was great i am a big Vikings fan and they were on Monday night football Vikings & Cowboys it was geat go Vikings. It's the best sports Bar at seas that i have been to .There was a lot of loung's we didn't have much time to enjoy them. There was 3 pool area's.The Walt Disney Theatre was the best theatre we have seen on any ship .There is not a bad seat to be had.The Buena vista movie theatre was great .We did not get to see any movie's.Also when you go on the ship they announce you The Gerbehy family from NJ have just boared the ship and they give you a big hand !!!
Debarking Disney does this the best we were off the ship by 8 am no waiting around.We stayed in Co Co beach for that night before heading home .Our last day on the beach before we headed north.I went over to jetty part in the afternoon to watch the ships going out again .This is a great place to watch them go. We lelf for NJ on sat. at 5am and got home at 10 pm .This was the 1st time we ever got back to NJ from FLA in the same day driving.
Conclusion I really think 4 day is not a lot time on this ship ,you really need 7 days they are thinking about doing that.Who will like this cruise i think mainly familys with kids and people who love Disney.And you really do feel like your on a Ocean Liner.It was also great seeing Rick Spat again .He wasn't the CD on this cruise Rachel was and she was good .Rick was going home untill Jan. He is a great CD.Well this was our 54th cruise we are looking to do the new Coata Atlantic next november.I am thinking of doing the Rembraint next summer with the SSHSA-LI before they make her another Big Red Boat
We have sailed on both of the Disney Ships. Our 4 day trip on the on The Magic was in 10/98. It was our first cruise and we thought it was perfect!! Food, entertainment, weather, dinner companions could not have been better! We made lifelong friends with two of the couples that we were seated with - they were Disney freaks like me! We could not have been better matched if we tried! We have been to visit them in the Orlando area twice since that cruise.
We sailed on the Wonder This past December. We bought the 7 day package this time, and stayed three days at the Caribbean Beach and then on to the ship.This trip, the first and last night the seas were pretty rough, I missed dinner both nights. The Captain said that the Gulf stream in December is frequently that way, so I would think twice about a DEC. Cruise.
We booked the 7 day itinerary for 9/9/00 so we must love the ships! I'll let you know how that is when we get back!!