Sail Date: September 01, 2009 Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Family (young children) Reviewed: 7 years ago
Wonderful impressions overall of the ship. We went on a 7-night Western Carribean, and this was our first family cruise. We took 2 children, ages 6 and 3, and grandma and grandpa. From the registration at Port Canaveral, to the personalized "welcome aboard ___ Family" when we boarded the ship, to the details of our room, the quality of the shows, the genuineness of the crew, the attention to detail at dining, the caring nature of the Oceaneer Kid Club staff, this experience was wonderful!
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food overall was great. As we had 6 in our entire party, with 4 of them being adults, there was bound to be some of us who weren't always satisfied (my hubby and my mom, namely). I thought that the selections and experiences in the 3 main dining rooms were fine. Each is a different theme, and you alternate during the week, eating twice in each restaurant. Servers get to know you and your family, and there are additional themed nights during the cruise, which makes it even more surprising. Although none of us were too impressed with the Topsiders buffet, which we used a few times for lunch (but mainly breakfast), Palo made up for it. This extra option is well worth the $$!
5 out of 5
We were really impressed by the various options that were presented for entertainment. Hypnotists, broadway-quality shows, acrobats, kitchen galley tours, napkin folding demos, variety of entertaining demonstrations, includng appetizers, entrees and desserts, "Who Wants to be a Mousekateer" show, Alice's Tea Party for kids, dance parties, lounges for adults, nightclubs for dancing, wine tastings, martini tastings, beer tastings, you got it all here! Only thing that my mom was disappointed in - no casino. I didn't care.
5 out of 5
Wonderful, the kids programs take up almost an entire deck. We couldn't pull our 6-year old out of the Oceaneer Club's programs! Staff was wonderful and provided age-appropriate activities all day long for 3-4 year olds (Oceaneer Club), 5-7 year olds (Oceaneer Lab), 8-10 year olds (Oceaneer Lab), Ocean Quest for 11-14 year olds, and an area exclusively for teens. Our kids are 3 and 6, and they made crafts, had a sleepover with Goofy, had a Royal Ball with Cinderella, searched for Peter Pan with Wendy, and had a tea party with Alice. Where else can you do this but on a Disney cruise?
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Staff was friendly, willing to help with anything that we needed, or that we observed with others. Disney has a reputation for anticipating needs of it's families. That's what we expected, and that's what we got. Case in point: our Grand Caymon day was pouring down rain, 3 ships were docked -Magic and 2 RC ships. When we decided to go back to the ship via ferry - at the docks, while all of the Disney passengers were waiting under canopy, not getting soaked, the passengers of both the RC ships were standing in the open, mouth agape. Another instance, our captain that night navigated out of the way of storms so that our Pirates IN the Carribean party and fireworks could go on as planned up on Deck 9. Wow!
5 out of 5
Ship is gorgeous. Hubby and I had gone on the Norwegian Pearl in 2008 to Alaska, and that was luxurious, so we were constantly comparing the Magic to that experience. But we both fell in love with this ship, as we are a Disney family, and the intracacies of the atrium, the woodwork, the "hidden Mickeys" throughout, the public areas, the theatre, the floors, everything! The decor is definitely Disney, sometimes obvious, but usually understated. Everything was clean, crew was constantly doing maintenance. Very, very nice.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Beautiful, well-appointed stateroom. I thought the best part was having a double bathroom. My parents opted for an inside stateroom which didn't have one, and they loved ours!
Pros: personalized service, attention to detail, kids program
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