Disney Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Disney really knows how to make magic!!

Sail Date: March 03, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Balcony

Excellent vacation--relaxing, entertaining for adults and kids. Very safe for the children. Worth every penny. We can't wait to go again!!

Pros: Disney has performed perfectly--great entertainment, food, very attentive service, well-planned schedules, beautiful ship

Cons: It didn't last long enough....

Recommends Disney Magic? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Decorated with attention to detail. Nicer furniture than some hotels that we've stayed in. Worth it to have a state room with a verandah--we enjoyed resting around the stateroom while being able to keep an eye on the horizon and the sea. Even with 6 suitcases, we were able to arrange our luggage and still were comfortable with space to move around. Lots of storage space--big closet and lots of drawers. Beverage fridge convenient for drinks. Bathroom divided in two with toilet and sink on one side and adjoining bathrm with tub/shower and another sink. Stateroom was serviced twice daily--immaculate and friendly service. Our stateroom host always left a surprise for the kids every night when he came to turn down the beds--made delightful towel origami animals with chocolate accents.
Service and Staff
Excellent!! They are an extension of the cast members of Disneyworld. Everyone has a warm smile on their face and they all look like they are having a magical day. They are very courteous and helpful and friendly toward kids of all ages. The team service concept at meals makes for a family-oriented feel; your servers get to know your preferences very quickly so you can walk in to dinner and your favorite soda is already waiting on the table. They honor personal requests with pleasure.
Ship Quality
10 decks, areas specialized for children/family/adults. Immaculate--crew always cleaning. Wide stairways. Three elevators--one in forward, midship, and aft so all accessible. Beautifully decorated interior and exterior with lots of attention to detail. Grand ambience--has 3 deck grand lobby entrance.
Food and Dining
Everyone rotates thru the three main dining rooms; each family is assigned either early (6 pm) or late seating (8 pm) so dinners are not crowded. Lots of menu choices. Menu is different every night. Excellent teams of servers, very attentive. Food is good, lots of healthy choices, even at the "fast food" stations around the pool. Large buffet available as well as 24 hr room service. Lots of menu choices for the kids. The adult-only Italian restaurant "Palo's" is a must treat--my husband and I have been to Italy several times and the food served at Palo's tasted authentic Italian; again excellent service as well and the restaurant architecture itself was elegant.
Lots to do if you wish--and for kids of all ages. The Oceaneers Club (essentially Camp for kids) has excellent programs and they keep the kids busy; vey safe with trained counsellors. You are welcome to go in and watch the Oceaneer club at any time--you walk around with a beeper in case they need you. Our older son got seasick during one episode and they paged us to pick him up. They wanted to make sure that he wasn't ill with a virus for the safety of the other kids so we had to take him to the ship's doc for a look over and medical clearance before we could send him back to the Oceaneer's Club. They are also very aware of contagious diseases so everyone has to clean their hands with antibacterial wipes or gel whenever you walk into another venue. Lots of adult activities--full service spa treatment was excellent. Lots of family activities like parties and dances and karaoke and bingo. I attended a lecture on digital photography. I also enjoyed a walking tour of the Magic.
Children's Programs
See above.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Because we have a 4 yr old, most of the excursions offered were not appropriate for us but we enjoyed a guided bus tour of the entire island. Our guide was very entertaining and informative and we really appreciated the island much more than we would have had we not taken the tour. If you buy jewels, make sure you attend the Discover Shopping lecture given on board to get a list of the secure jewelry shops.
Don't Miss: Buy jewelry--great prices and selections and duty free
Castaway Cay (Disney Private Island)
Well-planned beach. Beautiful site. Areas divided for teens, adults, family, snorkeling, stingray education and touch zoo. The family beach area was safe and there were lots of beach lounge chairs to relax in while keeping an eye on the kids.
Don't Miss: You must get off the ship and spend the day at this amazing site.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Atlantis submarine excursion--you are taken by boat to Buck Island where you go aboard a submarine to explore the ocean floor 100 ft deep. We saw stingrays, barracudas, coral reefs and the associated beautiful fish, large lobster. My 6 yr old and 4 yr old were delighted.

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