A great experience
Disney Magic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Ship: Disney Magic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship was beautiful and very clean. The service, including our wait staff and stateroom attendant was excellent. All the staff was very helpful, friendly and courteous. I spoke to many of them privately and they were a generally happy lot despite Disney's vast array of rules and regulations. The ports we visited (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Key west and Castaway Cay) were activity leaden and at least good for shopping (except Castaway Cay which is activity oriented). The food on the ship was very good. 3+ star dining. The adult only restaurant (Palo) served very creative food and was equal to a 4+ star restaurant in Boston. Without going overboard on extras, we racked up an additional $1600 bill on drinks, pictures, etc.. I imagine that many guests spent much more.
Obviously, this is oriented towards kids. If you are not a Disney fan and/or do not have children, this is not the cruise for you. Kids are all over the ship and are typically very loud and boisterous. Teenagers roam the ship at night (mostly deck 10) and I even got made sport of one night by some kid hiding in a crowd. We have a five year old who was less than interested in the "Oceaneer's Club" which entertains your child while you go and do adult things. However, many parents were able to just dump their kid off at the beginning of the day and pick them up at midnight!
The spa and gym are very good with new, modern equipment, free weights, etc... Internet access in the "Internet cafes" sucks... Bring your own laptop for using their "hotspots". I don't know whether the wireless connectivity is better but nothing could be worse than going through their portal.
Pros: Adult activity areas and dining, beautiful ship
Cons: Lines, very short port visits, inflexibility