Disney Magic Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Not Too Old for Mickey

Sail Date: August 28, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Although we were 60-year-old honeymooners, we enjoyed this 11-day cruise. Lots of Mickey and Donald and emphasis on families with kids, but we knew this going in. We got a LOT of value for our special rate of 999. per person, including cabin upgrade.

Pros: Good, friendly service, terrific in-house show talent

Cons: creaky noise and flooded bathroom drain (2nd deck)

Recommends Disney Magic? Yes!

Ship Quality
No complaints here, except that workout area is cramped and probably unsafe.
Food and Dining
Food was generally good, and waitstaff was very accommodating when one of us didn't like what was served. Buffet was plentiful, with apparently endless supply of smoked salmon.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom had double bath--shower in one and john in the other, sinks in both--very convenient. We got more than we paid for.
Service and Staff
If Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, their cruise ship is the happiest on the sea.
They really stress friendliness and helpfulness. Examples: Good advice on shore transportation from staffer who checked back with us to see if we were satisfied. We were given a temporary alternative stateroom when our bathroom flooded in the middle of the night. Cabin attendant very personable and helpful, but not intrusive.
The Broadway-style shows given by their on-board staff were way better than we expected. This was a very talented group. Their imported talent was also good. There was some dead space in terms of attractions for older adults, but this was expected.
Children's Programs
The kids appeared to be having a terrific time, with Mickey and the gang on board for nearly constant photo ops.
Tunis, Tunisia
Now we've been to Africe! We took the "on your own" tour and got time at the Carthage ruins, plus the bazaar ("souk") in Tunis.
Don't Miss: The ruins of the baths, etc., at Carthage.
La Spezia, Italy
Florence is compact enough so that a bus isn't necessary. We bought the "on your own" bus into Florence and hoofed it from there.
Don't Miss: The dome and tower in the center of town is absolutely stunning.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Hey, it's Rome. Again, we recommend the hop-on, hop-off bus. You really can see both the Vatican and Old Rome in a day, and get the train back to Civitavecchia on time. (But you might not make it inside St. Peters due to long lines.)
Don't Miss: I guess the Sistine Chapel, although we missed it.
Naples, Italy
We shared a cab out to Pompeii with another couple, and again saved money while still touring Pompeii for 2 hours. If you walk around Naples, get a good map. The streets are mostly unmarked, and it's easy to get lost.
Don't Miss: Pompeii. They say the pizza, but we recommend the gelato.
Valletta, Malta
A great destination for history buffs. We recommend the hop on, hop off bus to save money and still see most of the island.
Don't Miss: I enjoyed the WWII museum--small, but full of interesting exhibits.
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
We were exhausted at this point in the cruise. The train that runs along the coast will take you to all of the towns between Nice and Monaco cheaply and efficiently.
Don't Miss: We most enjoyed the pedestrian spaces in Nice near the beach and old city.
Ajaccio, Corsica
Not as much to see here, but still worth the stop.
Don't Miss: Sending postcards from Corsica back to your home country.

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