The open seas, sprinkled with Disney Magic…
I haven’t had the chance to spend time on a Disney Cruise yet – but my dear cousin and her family (including her almost 7 year old daughter) were able to last month – told me all about it – and let’s just say I AM READY TO BOARD! My cousin and I are similar in that when we tour Disney we like to do as much as we can and see it all! So since the cruise has a lot more relaxing time built in, she does prefer Disney on land to that at sea. However, even with that she did have so much to share with me (and now with you) about the magic of The Disney Magic! Here’s her review:
A Disney Cruise is a fun way to get the taste and hospitality of Disney without actually going to the parks. There are 4 ships in the fleet (with 2 more soon to be built)
and we sailed on the Disney Magic. It is not the biggest of them I am told, but it is certainly beautiful and meticulously mantained.
Our room was bigger than I initially expected and had a balcony on deck 6. The balcony was really cool to have while cruising around the ocean!
Food was available ALL the time. And the quality and variety was quite good from the buffets at lunch to the restaurants for dinner to the ice cream that seemed to always be flowing near the pool. The pools are small but the temperature was good. The dinners were good and they take great care of the kids. Your server is the same at each restaurant each night so they get to know you and your preferences. My daughter’s chocolate milk was waiting for her each night when she arrived at the table! Our favorite dinner experience had to be the Animator’s Palate. The place starts out all black and white and gradually becomes colorful through your meal with a great show that is done via screens all over the walls. It is topped off with Sorcerer Mickey making an appearance.
Speaking of characters, the main 8 (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale) are available ALL the time around the ship. They dress in different outfits each day for different photo ops. We even saw them off the ship at the beach!
They join the kids for up close and personal experiences at dance parties and such. A highlight for my daughter was the pirate night party where everyone dresses like pirates and dance up a storm on the deck. The evening culminates with fireworks right off the ship! Awesome!
The shows at night got better each evening. We saw a Cinderella show “Twice Charmed”, a Rapunzel show “Tangled: The Musical”,
a comedy/ventriloquist, and a great show the last evening, “Remember the Magic,” with all Disney favorites told by Peter Pan and a friend.
We also enjoyed game shows where they pull contestants from the audience and played good old fashioned bingo. The kids clubs for toddlers, children and teens are great for the kids to get some fun in and parents can hit the spa or adult only pool.
The staff cater to the kids showing up to dance and sing and include the kids in their high energy fun.
Overall, we had a great time. The stops at Castaway Cay and Nassau Bahamas feel a little too short to really enjoy all there is to offer. So if you are looking to taste Disney but not fight your way through the parks, this could be your kind of vacation!
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