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Sail Date: August 2018
This was the 3rd long'ish (>10 days) cruise we've gone to Europe via the Disney Magic, and it was once again, one of the best vacations we've ever had. So many reasons . . . I will miss many.. We love the ship, as it ... Read More
This was the 3rd long'ish (>10 days) cruise we've gone to Europe via the Disney Magic, and it was once again, one of the best vacations we've ever had. So many reasons . . . I will miss many.. We love the ship, as it is just the right size for us and we booked very early, snagging one of the least expensive (white metal) veranda's in the stern of Deck 7 at a pretty reasonable price considering. And yes, we do the place-holder's on every cruise to lock in an extra 10% discount. The embarkation in Copenhagen was ok, as they chose a dock with a sufficient indoor facility for processing .. . . much different than the "magic" at Port Canevaral, but still adequate. The food service is just right as my wife has many allergies, and I like to experiment a bit. We like the late seating as the pace of the evening works well for us (we don't drink or nightclub much). The shows were fantastic and we even were able to meet two of the fantastic performers (Eddie Brandt and Lisa Karlin) who were super-talented and actually, very nice people! Our son loves the kids, now teen, clubs and he is considering the idea of being a Youth Activities Counselor after college (loans permitting). We see him at dinner and he accompanies us to some (but not all) of the shore trips. We don't do Disney excursions because a) they are expensive, and b) more so, because they are set up for the lowest-common-denominator of traveler (kids, disabled, uneducated) and we like to do a little research and explore on our own. That being said, the choice of ports on this North Sea adventure was fantastic -- 3 little cities in Norway (Kristiansand, Stavenger, and Alesunc); incredible Rekyjavyk Iceland; and way underrated Invergordon - gateway to Scotland's Eastern Highlands. I am still struggling to determine what there actually was to do in Kristiansand, but Stavanger has some terrific museums and shops and even was having a big athletic and concert weekend when we visited. I would spend 2+ days there easy. Alesund was picture-postcard pretty (although it rained hard when we were there). The Hop-on/Hop-off bus was a good choice. Iceland is exploding with tourism the past few years and I can see why. Incredible natural sights - volcano's, geological rifts, geysir's, hot springs; really nice people and an incredible culture of sheep, unique horses, good food, and hospitality. I want to go back. I had done a 2-week intensive tour of Scotland on my owne 25+ years ago, but the day in Invergordon was an unexpected treat. Instead of going south to see Inverness (a great little city) or west to see the famous Loch Ness, etc., we went north by hired taxi to see Dunrobin Castle (amazing) and toured through the charming town of Dornoch, but ended up buying most of our souvenirs at McCrae's in Invergordon where the owner and staff couldn't have been nicer (and the prices were very fair!). Finishing up with a 1/2 day in Dover to see the Castle and downtown was well worth it for the history and the vistas, as we delayed our trip back up to London.and enjoyed another few days in Britain. What a great trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruise had great ports and two nicely scheduled sea days. It was a great trip! The ship is in beautiful shape. We had wonderful food, terrific service and enjoyed our excursions. The shows on the ship were great though they are ... Read More
This cruise had great ports and two nicely scheduled sea days. It was a great trip! The ship is in beautiful shape. We had wonderful food, terrific service and enjoyed our excursions. The shows on the ship were great though they are repeating them on cruises which is not my preference. We had sailed with DCL several times but had not sailed in Europe until this trip. We did a couple of days pre-cruise in Barcelona and stayed at a DCL recommended hotel (Barcelona Renaissance). It's location and travel to the port were both great. Our DCL excursions in Lisbon (Lisbon Highlights) was a nice overview of a beautiful city. Sailing into and out of this port was breathtaking. We also enjoyed our excursion in Vigo, Spain which took us to a nearby town of Bionia where we toured a fortress and a replica of a sailing vessel like the one Columbus used. We had a stateroom with a balcony and enjoyed a little time out there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my first (and probably last) Disney cruise. I had been lead to believe that Disney is a step up from other mainline cruises (my experience there is Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean), but other than the specifically ... Read More
This was my first (and probably last) Disney cruise. I had been lead to believe that Disney is a step up from other mainline cruises (my experience there is Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean), but other than the specifically Disney events (shows, characters, etc.), it wasn't any better. I understand that the Wonder had been recently in dry dock and the cabins and public areas looked very fresh. My cabin was much better than Royal Caribbean, about the same as Holland America and not as nice as Princess. Our cabin host (what happened to steward/stewardess?) was great. The food was generally blah. They always had fancy descriptions on the menu, but nothing was as good as it was described. Very little seasoning. I understand the children's menu being bland, but expected more from the main menu. The quality of the ingredients was uneven. Actually enjoyed the food in Cabanas more than the dining rooms as my expectations weren't as high. Had a steak in Palo and it wasn't worth the $30 surcharge. I didn't participate in many enrichment (2 lecturers) or entertainment activities, so I won't comment there. It seemed to be that everyone who is a member of the Cult of Mickey did enjoy the entertainment!! Embarkation in San Diego was fine. Disembarkation in Galveston, not so much!! Not many crew to be seen and some passengers deciding that they didn't need to go to the back of the line. Disney appears to be great for families with young to tween children and adults who are Disney fans, but isn't worth the increase in per diem for those adults who aren't especially Disney fans. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Disney did it well with having Captain Ken Puckett (former Panama Canal pilot boat captain) and Ron Clements (animator and director of many wonderful animated Disney movies, including Moana and The Little Mermaid) give lectures during sea ... Read More
Disney did it well with having Captain Ken Puckett (former Panama Canal pilot boat captain) and Ron Clements (animator and director of many wonderful animated Disney movies, including Moana and The Little Mermaid) give lectures during sea days. There were also movies shown related to Ron Clements' lectures, animation classes, other Disney movies, Disney shows, cooking classes, hide and go seek for the ship's officers, live music and concerts, many other entertainment acts, trivia and all the usual Disney activities that are on shorter cruises. I did not enjoy the rap and millennial music that they played for some of the sail aways and Pirate Night Party. The food in the three restaurants has gone downhill, since cruising Wonder in January, for some of the meals, including the desserts. You definitely couldn't tell what they were by their descriptions. I ordered the spaghetti and turkey meatballs from the children's menu and the Mickey bar one night since you can order from it as well if needed. The breakfast and lunch buffets were excellent. I wasn't impressed with the restaurant for breakfast and brunch either. The food was just okay and took a long time before it was served. Our waitstaff, Elizabeth from Mexico and Levi from South America, were excellent! Disney Wonder is my favorite Disney ship with an easy flow to her. Our Navigator's balcony was a decent size. The balcony was smaller than normal, but was protected from the rain and had a working temperature gauge and barametor. The officers, cast members (staff, stewards, waitstaff, etc.) and guests (passengers) were friendly and fun to interact with. There were a lot less guests than usual and children due to the two week cruise. This was a major plus since there were seats available for the performances, movies, etc. The buffets flowed easily for both breakfast and lunch. There is no longer a dinner buffet. Instead there is a dining area, with wait staff and food prepared there,in Cabanas with a similar menu, with a few less choices, that you can go to as you please during certain dinner hours. We didn't try it. The highlight of the cruise was going through the Panama Canal. All I can say is,"Wow!", what an incredible experience it was! Our cruise began in San Diego, California. We visited Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Cartagena, Columbia, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, arriving in Galveston, Texas. This is a must do cruise! You'll have many magical memories to last a lifetime! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise because our daughter and son-in-law selected it. We went along to spend time with them and the grand kids. Disney is more expensive than other lines, but it is definitely different. What we loved: 1. the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our daughter and son-in-law selected it. We went along to spend time with them and the grand kids. Disney is more expensive than other lines, but it is definitely different. What we loved: 1. the entertainment was all wonderful and appealed to all ages 2. the absence of Park West and that awful overpriced art 3. the absence of a casino 4. the kids activity -- wonderful. The grand kids had a wonderful time and were kept busy with lots of interesting activities. They got a little bored with it all at the end of the cruise and we were happy to have them "back" with us for some family time. 5. changing the dining rooms was such fun. Where the ship "missed the boat": 1. the food was OK -- could have been better. There was a lack of diversity in the dining room menus and at the buffet. The only steak that was good was at the Palo restaurant. 2. the selection on the TV was poor. You could watch Disney cartoons, or the news but there was very little otherwise. I would have welcomed a selection of other movies each evening. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
I realy enjoyed the cruise We had a problem with the information on the visa and we were forced to desembark in azores and rembark in amsterdam We were a party oh 5 and that cost us a lot of extra money But everything else was ... Read More
I realy enjoyed the cruise We had a problem with the information on the visa and we were forced to desembark in azores and rembark in amsterdam We were a party oh 5 and that cost us a lot of extra money But everything else was realy great Excelent food Great entertinment for the kids Loved thr attention of our waiters aaron he was so special Ask for him if you can The pirate night is very amazing m i would encourage not to eat much becouse the buffet at 11 pm looked amazing but i was full amd could not eat Movies were great, we had the premiere of pirates of the caribean and that was very nice. Also amazing were all the movies in 3d Finally my son was happy , my wife was happy and i alao had a great time , i will surely go back again . Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We expected a lot from Disney and were not disappointed. Staff are excellent, and go out of their way to make sure everyone is having the best experience possible. The food was very good, and having the servers join us in the different ... Read More
We expected a lot from Disney and were not disappointed. Staff are excellent, and go out of their way to make sure everyone is having the best experience possible. The food was very good, and having the servers join us in the different restaurants meant that we never needed to explain our preferences again after the first night. Breakfast and lunch were okay, but not in the same league as dinner. The adult to child ratio on the transatlantic is definitely not typical of most Disney cruises. I was told we had just over 2000 guests, of which 300 were children. The kids clubs and pools were never crowded… But the adult pool area was packed! It also meant short lines to meet characters or ride the water slides. I had been concerned that we would be bored with nine days at sea, but that was not the case! There were lots of things to do, but with having the luxury of time, the pressure to fill our day in order to try it all was eliminated. We were blessed with amazing weather and calm seas. Every port was safe and completely doable on your own. All, in all, it was a fantastic vacation and I highly recommend it to all. The kids had a great time, the adults had a great time, we enjoyed doing things together, and we enjoyed doing things on our own. Yes, Disney costs more, but we felt like we got what we paid for. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We sailed on the Wonder last year for a 5 day before dry dock. The work that they did was fantastic. Cabanas (the buffet) is much more functional and much roomier than it used to be, never really had any trouble finding a table ... Read More
We sailed on the Wonder last year for a 5 day before dry dock. The work that they did was fantastic. Cabanas (the buffet) is much more functional and much roomier than it used to be, never really had any trouble finding a table inside. The kids areas - the Oceaneer Lab and Club were both much better than last year. We had difficulty getting our son to go last year, this year he didn't want to leave. The staff in the Nursery and activities for the under 2 year olds there were great, but activities for the young ones outside of the paid nursery service are a bit lacking - there is a toddler area but not much in it when there is not defined toddler time, and the Dory's Reef splashground also could have used a bit more flair. The redesigned slide, and AquaLab were much nicer, as well as the quick service restaurants. We liked Tiana's, and thought it was a nice step up from Parrot Cay which was our least favorite last time. Food was good, I felt desserts a little lacking inspiration most nights. The upgrades to Animator's Palate were also very nice. Entertainment was great, and refreshed several times throughout the cruise so there was no duplication of the main shows for the night. Cartegena was a disappointment - safety was a concern on our beach shore excursion, and it really wasn't worth the money. All other ports were nice. Loved the Panama Canal, and even with a 4 year old and 2 year old did not feel like we were on the ship for 14 nights. Our only (minor) disappointment on board was that after the canal we had 4 sea days, and entertainment during the day was a little bit lacking. The entertainment cast was finishing their contract on this cruise, with the new cast already on board practicing, so I'm sure that was a part of it too, but they could have used some more activities during the day with 5 straight days on the ship (including canal day.) Would gladly recommend this ship and this particular cruise if you can fit it into your schedule! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
I love Disney, and cruising with Disney, but there was something that was just not right on this sailing. We were excited to sail on the re-imagined Disney Wonder after her dry dock. Unfortunately, she looked a little worse for wear than a ... Read More
I love Disney, and cruising with Disney, but there was something that was just not right on this sailing. We were excited to sail on the re-imagined Disney Wonder after her dry dock. Unfortunately, she looked a little worse for wear than a year ago (which was before the dry dock). I am not sure why the dry dock took so long as there were still quite a few areas in need of repair. Yes, they made changes to the atrium, and the pool deck, they added the duck tail, and they made over Parrot Cay into Tiana's Place along with other minor changes (like the kid area's and Cabana's), but they were not dramatic or overwhelming. I can not speak for the maintenance that was taking place during the other cruises after dry dock leading up to ours, but the entire aft section of our floor was a maintenance zone during our sailing. Not to mention the maintenance needs throughout the entire boat. Don't get me wrong, as I said before, I do still love Disney and their cruises, but I do not think the Wonder will be my boat of choice going forward. One final note. If you are at all sensitive to motion, I would recommend that you stay on an upper deck near the front. My son and I are not sensitive to motion at all, and we were both suffering from sea sickness. The addition of the duck tail may increase the fuel efficiency, but it seemed to make the boat more unstable. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Disney World is known by creating magic and by providing customer service that is by far the best in the world, thinking of exceeding that, it is impossible but there is one place that tops it by 1000 times. On September 28th we (my hubby, ... Read More
Disney World is known by creating magic and by providing customer service that is by far the best in the world, thinking of exceeding that, it is impossible but there is one place that tops it by 1000 times. On September 28th we (my hubby, 7 year old and me) came back from the most magical vacation ever, the Disney Magic Transatlantic cruise. The accommodations are fabulous, the ship is gorgeous, the food splendid, the only down side this time around was the itinerary as it was very cold through almost the entire voyage BUT what makes this cruise so special it’s the people that work there… We have done this itinerary for the 3rd time ONLY to see a very special friend, Jasna Raicevic (Our Assistant Server). Some might wonder why but she is that special, she has more pixie dust than anyone we have ever met. She not only has the highest level of customer service but she is genuine, kind and simply amazing, once we met her 4 years ago, all of our Disney cruise vacations have been scheduled around her schedule, we love to get her wonderful & positive energy even if it is only for 10-11 days. Although Jasna always makes our vacation unforgettable and yes we will continue to book vacations so we get a chance to see her again, this time there were a lot of other individuals that made this trip more magical than it has ever been. Raphael Khumalo (Our Server) & Wira Wirajaya (Our Head Server) & of course Jasna!, wonderful team always kind, thoughtful and eager to make sure that all of our dining experiences were fabulous, every so often we got special surprised meal in addition to what we were ordering, specialties that were very authentic and delicious, we couldn’t ask for a better team! Just be careful because they do make all your wishes come true, so make sure you are not just hungry but super hungry. Mila (Guest Services) - is a beautiful person inside and out, she is the most perfect Guest Service individual that we have ever encounter, when we had an issue with our Disney Visa (we were supposed to get a credit for paying our cruise with our Disney Visa but apparently doesn’t apply if you book your next cruise on board), she managed to deliver this message kindly and apologetic as if it was her fault, which obviously it wasn’t. Every time we saw her she remembered us and was always kind and sweet to, she even delivered generous treat for us which made our voyage even more special. Paulina, Jade, Etson, Liz and Sol (Kids Club) – Not sure how we can categorize this group but they are a blessing to every parent cruising, cruising wouldn’t be magical without them. We have encounter many kids counsellors and kids care takers but there are none that come close to the level of greatness these individuals have. I wish I could clone them, Jaden still remembers them all with love and kindness. Alberto (Hotel Director- Officer) surprisingly he always remembers us and makes us feel welcome, we are grateful for his kindness and the outstanding job that he does but I do blame him for all the weight we gained during this voyage. Nor sure how Disney recruits these individual but they are all stars and we are so grateful because they not only made our vacation unforgettable & magical but they are the reason, we will never cruise with anyone else than the Disney Cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
We just got back today from a 14 day Panama Canal crossing. In typical Disney fashion, everything was well organized from the check in to the disembarkation. Nobody does it as well as Disney. The Wonder is heading to Spain tomorrow for ... Read More
We just got back today from a 14 day Panama Canal crossing. In typical Disney fashion, everything was well organized from the check in to the disembarkation. Nobody does it as well as Disney. The Wonder is heading to Spain tomorrow for a reimagine and overhaul. We found the ship to be in very good shape, with one exception. Our A/C did not work. To their credit, Disney was very concerned about this. They sent Engineering to our room 4 times and finally offered us another room. They also provided a fan. Unfortunately the room they offered was directly (and I mean DIRECTLY) across from the 6th deck laundry. I also didn't notice much air coming out of the vents in that room, so we decided to stay with our original room. The fan made a huge difference and we were fairly comfortable. I feel sure that this issue will be addressed in the upcoming overhaul. It certainly needs to be! We were aft and our bank of elevators was extremely warm at all times. Even Palo had to keep their doors closed to combat the unrelenting heat. We enjoyed 3 meals at Palo and all were absolutely delicious. We weren't very impressed with lunches in Triton dining room, but they were certainly adequate. The sandwiches in the Goofy Galley were the best lunch option on the ship, in our opinion. We had 2nd seating for dinner and got lucky in that most of our dining rotation seems to favor Triton. We liked that dining room the best, followed by Animators. Parrot Cay was our least favorite. We had an excellent dining team and had no complaints about them. The food wasn't as good as we had expected, thought it was adequate. Some meals were above average, others were just OK. By and large the food on the Wonder is somewhat better than other cruise food, but not stunning unless you are dining in Palo. We only had 4 port calls and the rest of the time were sea days. Disney Wonder provided a wide variety of activities and we were never bored. We had a Frozen day, a Pirate day and two formal nights. We tended to spend most of our leisure time in the Promenade Lounge. We got to know 3 of the waiters very well and they were just lovely. We also enjoyed music by Soul Duo nearly every night. We had balcony rooms and always love the design of Disney rooms, particularly the bathroom. In our case the balcony was wasted on this trip simply because it was so hot. We tended to sit indoors where we could see the Panama Canal, etc. In hind sight we will be more cognizant of the projected weather when deciding on room type. We have already booked 3 rooms on another cruise in April. We love Disney and had a wonderful, leisurely cruise. We'll be interested to see how the reimagining of Wonder turns out. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this Panama Canal cruise so we could visit my niece and family in San Diego, the have a leisurely journey back home to Port Canaveral, twenty minutes from our house. It was a really good cruise, nine sea days and four ports. ... Read More
We chose this Panama Canal cruise so we could visit my niece and family in San Diego, the have a leisurely journey back home to Port Canaveral, twenty minutes from our house. It was a really good cruise, nine sea days and four ports. Embarkation was good- Donna and I were traveling alone and Donna uses a wheelchair for embarkation, but we found a San Diego port staffer who wheeled her on board, down to deck one to cabin 1052, so the journey began well. There were 1,700 passengers, not really overcrowded for an 83,000 ton ship. Probably not as many children as on many Disney cruises because of the length of the trip. Our cabin was midships on deck 1, only a few steps from midship elevators which was great. Cabin was a Disney type with split bathroom, but roomy and comfortable. Our steward was all we could hope for. Cabin had two fairly small portholes which limited viewing but with so many sea days we didn't suffer. If there was a weak spot it was in food quality, it just wasn't up to other ship's standards. Waiters were excellent and did there best to bring additional servings, but food wasn't so good. Donna had a complicated diet restriction which they handled very well. Having three dining rooms and changing each night got a little confusing for us, but was certainly innovative. We had a table for two on the first two nights, but requested another couple, and the four of us from then on had a good time. The highlight was the entertainment. Evening shows with variety and a great mix of individual acts plus Disney-quality production shows. A Panama Canal lecturer, Captain Puckett, was excellent and drew large audiences. Musicians all around the ship provided music, but scheduling around meals left a void for us. We missed before doinner music, not available on most nights. The ship was almost 20 years old and showed it in spots. It was headed for Spain and dry-dock after it ridded itself of passengers in Port Canaveral. It had great activities for kids and they seldom interfered with our activities. Our favorite spot was on Deck 10, and the Cove area. Three pools separated children, families and adults which was nice. The entertainment staff was fun and did their best to keep us all smiling. Finally, debarkation was a bit long. We had disembarked on short Disney cruises in past years, but this one fell short of the past experiences. Still, we were home and eating (again) by 10:00 AM. Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
My family and I was able to finally experience a Disney Cruise for a fraction of the price! We saved a total of $6,000 for two balcony rooms! We are a family of four adults and decided having two rooms would be best. We are Disney fanatics ... Read More
My family and I was able to finally experience a Disney Cruise for a fraction of the price! We saved a total of $6,000 for two balcony rooms! We are a family of four adults and decided having two rooms would be best. We are Disney fanatics and all but my mother has worked for the Disney company at some point in time. With that being said; this was by far one of the best cruises we have ever taking and we have been on 6+ with various companies. The embarkation process was very simple, 30 minutes’ tops; my sister and I flew in and meet up with mother at their hotel; which was 7 minutes away from the airport. They booked a beautiful hotel directly across from the port (Wyndham San Diego Bayside) and we were able to see the ship from our balcony. We took the shuttle across to the port to drop off our luggage at 10am and then walked back to the hotel and waited for my father to get off work. At 1pm we walked back to ship and jumped in line; it was far shorter then what we expected it to be and we were threw security in less than 10 minutes. After getting checked in and taking pictures; we were announced as we walked onto the ship. (Little tip: if you would like to see if there are any upgrades for CHEAP; head down to the Supervisor booth…we were trying to upgrade to one of the Suites but they were all sold out). The Wonder is exactly that…a Wonder. She is an older girl, first established in 1999; but she has been well maintained and has a very classy and elegant atmosphere. The first thing we did was head over to Triton’s to sign up for the multiple tastings they offer, we did four total. Chocolate and wine from the Lasseter vineyards with Nancy Lasseter; which was very exciting considering her husband is the CEO of Pixar. We also did Rum, Mojito’s, and Martinis; the others included Cognac, Margaritas and Wine. They were all reasonably priced $20-$35, considering how much top liquor you receive; if you volunteer to demonstrate how to make the drink you get to keep what you make!! (FYI-demonstrated drinks are in these HUGE glasses!) We also made our reservations for Palo, the adult only dinning. Afterwards we went to Guest Services to apply cash onto our accounts; we were so glad we did because we avoided the ridiculous lines later. Once we were done downstairs; we headed to our rooms. My room was 6124, which is Aft and my parents room were 7116 also Aft. Most of our luggage was already there. These rooms are amazing!! Biggest normal rooms we’ve been in; there is tons of storage, two bathrooms: shower, bath and sink in one, toilet and sink in the other. The room consists of two parts: the main room has a queen size bed, the bathrooms, closet and two dressers. The second part has a convertible sofa bed, mini table, vanity, and TV. The rooms can be separated for privacy by a sliding partition. The balcony has two chairs and one small table. My sister and I would rotate who would get the bed and who would get the couch every night. The room is 268sqft. including the balcony; it can sleep 3-4 people. I believe the room would be a little cramped for more than two adults. Our room Stewart was amazing! Very tentative and pleasant. Our waiting staff was Excellent as well; they rotate with you for every dinner and get to know you what your preferences are. There are three main dinning rooms: Triton’s, Animator’s Palate, and Parrot Cay. The adult only dinning is Palo on this ship…a must do!!! There are also 3 eateries and the Buffet on deck 9. If you don’t feel like leaving your cabin you can order room service 24/7 and it’s already included in your fare…we used this often!!! There is plenty of places to eat on this ship…you will not go hungry! On Pirates night the cast members all dress up and we dressed up as well; the festivities begin about 5pm with pictures. Captain Jack comes out twice throughout the night so make him a priority if you are taking pictures. At dinner there is a little pirates parade and the show/deck party starts after second dinner about 945pm. It was extremely cold (so bundle up) and the waves were pretty high but the show went on and the fireworks were shot off. It was show geared for all and everyone who went and saw it had a blast. Afterwards there’s another buffet!!! We went through to grab some dessert and headed back to our rooms. (Little tip: MICKEY BARS are available upon request from the dining rooms and room services…they are not on the menu) The cast members are always smiling and will go out of their way to make sure you are having a “magical” time. A big shout out to Brett the host for the adult activities on Route 66; he was a big ball of entertainment and definitely made sure you knew the Disney cruise wasn’t just for the kids to cut loose. Route 66 transforms into an ADULT ONLY Haven after 10pm: there is dancing, trivia, shows and more! My parents were the winners of a Newlyweds spin-off show they played; they won two passes to the Rainforest at the Spa (also a must do), a Disney Vacation Club beach bag filled with goodies and a bottle of Champagne on the house!!! Although, this is a cruise geared towards children; I can definitely say there was PLENTY to do for adults. There are also adult only areas and pool; the spa is another place to hangout to get a break from the little ones. You absolutely have to try the Rainforest: 3 saunas’, 3 specially designed showers that have different attributes and warming lounges perfect after a message. You are able to get passes 7 days prior to your cruise online for $16 for all day access, once on the ship it’s $27 for all day access. My mother got a seaweed warp and acupuncture treatment; she loved both!! We stopped in San Francisco but we didn’t do any of the excursions provided by Disney. We are Californians and have been to SF often, so we decided to do the Big Bus Hop on- Hop off tour. It was $45 per person and it took you to all the major sights; you are allowed to get off at any time and basically create your own tour and hop back on when you are ready to continue to another place. We stopped in Chinatown and Fisherman’s Warf Pier 39 for carb legs and Ghirardelli. It was a great choice and much more inexpensive to do it on our own. Overall; this was an amazing experience and we highly enjoyed ourselves. We saw every show (another must do…you can even watch them in your room if you want). We went and watched Civil War and Jungle Book at the movies on the ship. We tried to do every activity but there is literally something every hour and sometimes we couldn’t keep up and ended up needing a nap lol. This is a cruise for all ages, young, old and the young at heart. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
OK, this was my 18th Cruise with Disney, I have tried others, but really prefer the family atmosphere on disney ships. I had low expectations of the ports of call (Boston, Sydney - Canada - Dublin and Liverpool) but I love a long ... Read More
OK, this was my 18th Cruise with Disney, I have tried others, but really prefer the family atmosphere on disney ships. I had low expectations of the ports of call (Boston, Sydney - Canada - Dublin and Liverpool) but I love a long cruise and have done two previous transatlantic cruises with Disney, and looked forward to the entertainment and service. This route took us north, but not north enough to hit anything interesting (like an ice burg) just north enough to be cold and boring... the highlight of the cruise was the fabulously bad seas we encountered, it must have cost Disney a fortune in fuel oil, battling northern seas, just to make so many passengers that bored, cold and sea-sick.(Whoever planned this one needs a severe talking to.) Briefly on the ports of call - Boston: loved the city, would like an extended visit. Sydney: as far away from Sydney Australia as it is possible to get both physically and emotionally. What a sad dreary place, why on earth did Disney choose to stop here ??? Is the fuel oil cheap? Dublin: Well unless your expecting some kind of euphoric moment of bliss from visiting an ancestral home town, it is not at the top of my list of British Isles' towns to re-visit. We did take a walking tour, but left thankful that the English do not rant about the Germans and WW2 as much as the Irish appeared to be fanatically obsessed about their hatred of the English. Liverpool: Just for the Beetles fanatics - But the town's people make a huge effort as we departed. Quite magical. The ship was generally in fine shape for a 15 year old ship. The state rooms were also in very good condition. (We moved half-way through the first night from the 2nd floor to the 5th floor due to engine noise - unless you can sleep in an engine room, never book below deck 5.) Food : The three main restaurant's food was better than usual, which was a real surprise - “usual” being acceptable. Carioca's in particular, (a restaurant we usually avoid) was the best on this trip - the steaks were truly superb. Animators Palate - the shows are wonderful, and took your mind off the cold mains, and mind numbingly boring desserts - all that attention to detail, and no flavour. I would love Disney to put calorie counts on their menus, like all cruise lines they appear to be determined to rely on copious amounts of sugar, salt and fat in every dish. The 'Healthy Options' are quite simply cooked with no flavour at all... Boring beyond belief. Are herbs and spices barred in cruise line kitchens ? Palos : The service was loverly as usual, and there are finally some changes to the menu - unfortunately not enough changes for regular customers to be guaranteed a new dish to enjoy, just more chance of missing an old one that has being removed. The pool deck ‘fast food’ outlets. Beyond unimaginative & boring… Avoid the Pizza’s at all costs, they are dreadful. It is so odd to see that much effort put into making something so bad, when with the same effort they could actually be good. (Topsiders) Cabanas - Some sincerely brilliant roast joints, carved to order every day. Occasionally fresh veg as well, but not always potatoes. Potatoes always had to have something added to them, like processed ‘orange' cheese. Never saw roast potatoes, or steamed new potatoes, they could have been there but the organisation of the stations can be confusing. The rest of the warm buffet for lunch was generally ’try it once’ - its amazing how much food is wasted by passengers in their restaurant. The waste alone should be telling Disney something. BREAKFAST at Cabanas - we stuck to the plentiful buffet of cold offerings, as the hot food would have been sent back at Dennies - FAT, FAT, SALT, FAT & more SALT. Bacon, sausages, potatoes, eggs, all soaking in cold fat. I know I am ‘going on’ bit I have complained about the ‘hot’ breakfast food for over 10 years, but I think someone somewhere must like it - or they just do not give a damn. All the staff were as wonderful as you come to expect on a Disney Ship. With two weeks on board, it gave us time to really get to know the staff and make friends. The shop staff were such good fun on this cruise. The entertainment : Summary : from boring & repetitive, to fabulous. The entertainment takes three forms, Musical shows, visiting artists, cruise staff tours and quizzes, and ‘live’ singers / musicians. To put the entertainment on this trip into perspective - Disney prides itself on the level of repeat customers, and most people on this cruise were just that - this was a 14 day cruise with 8/9 days at sea - bad weather was probably expected given the route and time of year. So, here is what Disney provided for daytime activities - quizzes, LOTS of quizzes, one after another, same questions as on previous cruises, previous days and sometimes, the same questions as in the previous quiz, in a another room, just 1 hour earlier. We occasionally took part just make up the numbers to 4 people entering and saving the cruise staff from embarrassment. As for decorating paper hats… Paper folding… The ship was full of adults, not 10 year olds. Talks ‘art of the theme park’ ’10 innovations of the theme park’ the 'art on the ship' etc.. etc.. etc… great for first time visitors, but the same talks as on previous 6 /7 /8 years … ? and repeated 3-4 times a week ? This was a 14 day cruise not a 3-4 day cruise. O’Gills Pub - served up the the same act - a somber woeful Irish traditional music band EVERY NIGHT for over a week ! ARGH ! They were fabulous the first hour… But night after night…. after night…. The visiting acts went from superb (disney Broadway stars) to poor, well possibly rubbish - or is it ‘Trash’ - the Beatles band 'were a little tragic’, and I am quoting a beetles fan on a pilgrimage to Liverpool. (I have only seen P&O stoop so low as to go for lookalikes, but their ’Tom jones’ tribute was actually good.) - none of the visiting acts were allowed to do an extended show in the theatre, as it ‘wasn’t available’ and only did the 30-40 minutes in the night club, which on a transatlantic cruise of mainly adults, it was just not big enough for the passengers who wanted some late night entertainment, after another boring day of quizzes and bad seas. The musical shows in The Walt Disney Theatre (I never want to here 'Broadway Style show' again...) were very good - especially the re-vamped ‘Twice Charmed’. ‘Dreams' was re-vamped a while ago, and I have seen it performed superbly, this cast were simply terrible, the appeared to be petrified. There were no back stage tours, or anything interesting relating to the ship or its workings, something regular customers are very interested in. All in all, some glimpses of Disney excellence - swamped by repetitive mediocrity - reminded me of the food offerings. The cinema : has superb sound & picture, and unlike other cruise lines its purpose built - I love it - but it was oversubscribed for the most popular screenings, there was a total lack of flexibility on changing planned screenings due to demand. It was almost as it the cinema was seen as an un-important part of the entertainment offering that no-one felt with. We only attended one movie screening in the Walt Disney Theatre, which appeared to have a rip right in the middle of the screen, which is really distracting when watching a 3D movie. . Fathoms (the night club) was rescued from the possible dreariness of quizzes / quiz shows- by one of the most entertaining Hostess I have ever seen on a disney ship. Well done & thank you. Shore excursions - nothing interesting - expensive waling tours, or hours on a coach... But with this itinerary, it was to be expected. I have one more cruise booked with Disney from Barcelona, but after that I will be taking a break and spending my money elsewhere. PS Disney have introduced a limited alcohol policy on board, (2 bottles of wind at each port of call per passenger) I don't take alcohol on board, but was treated like a criminal every time I boarded- If disney want to be a 'first class' cruise line, in-line with their ever increasing prices, they should go all-inclusive' and not treat passengers like Carnival customers. They can not have it both ways. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Got offered a deal on Disney Wonder East Bound Panama Cruise 23 Nov 2015 - bit worried as I am not a great lover of Disney - or children - perhaps that's why I have a Grumpy T shirt. My wife wanted to go - so off we went. Had a good ... Read More
Got offered a deal on Disney Wonder East Bound Panama Cruise 23 Nov 2015 - bit worried as I am not a great lover of Disney - or children - perhaps that's why I have a Grumpy T shirt. My wife wanted to go - so off we went. Had a good few days in San Diego visiting the Zoo etc - (stay near the cruise terminal - those hills are a killer). Easy boarding and check in. Cabin really nice. Staff onboard were amazing - from the Entertainment staff, Singers and Dancers, Cabin Hosts and Servers who were all brilliant. The entertainment was second to none but things seemed to die down after 1130 - after all it was a Disney cruise. Cabo San Lucas was OK just did a little tour around the harbour and had lunch. Puerto Vallarta was really nice - we did a beach break at Paradise Beach club - which was excellent. The Panama canal was interesting. Next stop Cartagena - as I remembered it from the 80's. Nothing there to enthral me. Just had a walk around the old town. everyone who did a tour said it was not very good. Cozumel was the last stop - did a beach break there which was ok. Not the best but good enough. All the themed parties onboard were of a great standard - Pirate night, Frozen night, Halloween etc. They put a lot of effort into everything they do. Overall had a really good time - not as relaxing as I would have liked as my wife dragged me off to every class there was going. Would I do another one. My wife tells me I would. So that's that then. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Disney Cruises appears to be trying to attract an "older crowd", meaning older than 6 maybe, not sure of the definition. So we thought we'd try it. We have about 10 cruises under our collective adult belts. Let's ... Read More
Disney Cruises appears to be trying to attract an "older crowd", meaning older than 6 maybe, not sure of the definition. So we thought we'd try it. We have about 10 cruises under our collective adult belts. Let's start with the plusses. Food - Remarkably good relative to other cruises. In fact, we felt the food was better than the food on any cruise we have taken after 1990 (before that, different in those days of glory). Even the buffet was pretty tasty. Palo was actually on a par with land designer restaurants. The service in Palo was impeccable, like Capitol Grill or Ruth's Chris. Didn't try room service. Even snack bars had pretty good fast food EXCEPT pizza kiosk. That was dreadful. Several of our party dined in Parrot Cay. Bad news. The music/noise was ear splitting (see my comments about Disney noise later). Other dining rooms much better. Main deck had 24 hour coffee and soft drinks. Nice touch. Staff - excellent. Always friendly and generally efficient. Kudos to the staff in the Disney costumes, especially the Cinderella-types who are literally acting in front of the kids. They show remarkable restraint with recalcitrant children, and there were plenty of them. (Cue rants and flames between people with small children who are "only expressing themselves" on airplanes, and people without) The "averages": Bars - Typical. Prices not unreasonable. Service okay. (See noise comment following). Modest selection of wine and cocktails. "Adult" sections of boat - Not so good. So called adult pool area forward had two problems. Kids passing through all the time and hanging around the pool. At least I did not see any of them IN the pool. Other is entertainment racket. The area is small and semi-enclosed by the next deck up so the acoustics suck, but the entertainer felt he had to amp his "music" volume off the charts. Couldn't hear yourself think. Conversation impossible while he was strumming. Disney also felt that more is better so it piped the music through the area PA system, even one deck up, at much louder than reasonable volumes. Couldn't be escaped. Disney's idea of "attracting older crowds" is apparently millennials, but there were none of those to be seen, so the rest of us slightly older folks had to endure. "Adult entertainment" was definitely of the Carnivale Cruise Line's beer-pong crowd genre, but the adult dance areas and adult entertainment areas were kid-free. Cabins - Okay. Disney lauds its larger-than-average cabins. That's probably true except for the layout. They certainly are larger than average but also, for good or bad, have considerably more storage closets, effectively reducing all that "extra space" to closet extra space. It's understandable since some of the cabins must have housed 2 adults and 23 children judging by the incredible messes on some cabins' floors as I walked past. So there is probably less actual usable floor space than other cruise lines' cabins. Bathrooms are split into 2 areas with 2 doors. Again, for families, probably great for privacy. But for just adult couples, not so much. The toilet was awkwardly angled and the room so small you had to step into the hallway to pull your pants up. But they were mostly clean, given wear and tear. Beds comfortable. Nothing exceptional but nothing to complain about either. Other posters have complained about cabin noise, but mine was whisper quiet all the time. Oddity - The ship must have undergone a refit. My cabin was a "porthole balcony" and almost the last one aft on my 6 Deck. Just aft of my cabin door was a heavy bulkhead door. Behind that door the companionway continued with more cabins further aft, but, the carpet there was thinner and the walls plainer, as if this had been crew quarters and converted to passenger cabins without matching the carpet and walls to the forward cabin areas. More oddly, continuing further aft was another bulkhead door. Behind that, more passenger cabins but even cheaper carpet, steeper staircases, narrower hallways, even more plain walls. Bizarre. It was like walking from 1st class to 2nd class to steerage, all within a few feet and all on the same deck. The only bright spot was a dark and steep staircase aft of my cabin that led up directly into the buffet. Note - If you book the Wonder, do not book cabins 6 Deck aft of the area where the deck begins to curl inward with the ship bow. You'll feel the Ritz cabin you paid for was actually at Motel 6. Embarcation - Average. Long lines. That might have been because there were a lot of families trying to herd children, but the process took A LOT longer than ANY OTHER cruise we have been on. Boat in general - clean. Only notable was that every time you passed a restroom the disinfectant smell was overwhelming. Chalk that up to virus paranoia probably, but a better ventilation system in those heads would eliminate that smell in the adjacent companionway. Very small Internet cafe. Rarely anyone there. I never tried it. One amusing note though: On several occasions as I used the dark steep back staircase ("stair tower" if you want to be nautically correct), there were three pre-teen girls cloistered around an iPad watching porn and giggling. That's funny, not because they were watching porn (easy to see as I walked up the stairs past them), but funny because (1) Internet access on the boat is staggeringly expensive and their streaming porn video will eat up a lot of data and money, and (2) the Internet usage invoice will show their parents which sites they visited. Gonna be hell to pay! And the bad............... NOISE! Staggeringly loud NOISE! Everywhere! One morning there was a kids' dance game in one of the bars. There were exactly 2 kids there. The 2 Disney DJ's were playing music at ear splitting levels through their amps on the stage AND through the entire bar's PA system! WHY? They did manage to chase way all the adults who just wanted to sit there with their morning coffee. And that is the Disney problem. Noise! Disney believes that, if you are not within, say, 30 feet of the stage, then you MUST listen to music on the area's PA system, on the PA system in the nearby hallways, probably in the restrooms, and everywhere within a 5 minute walk of that stage. And if you think you can escape by walking to another area - forget it. Another "event" will pick up in the PA system as you escape the first event down the hall. NOISE everywhere, even when there wasn't a soul in sight! Entertainers entertaining NO ONE at ear-splitting volumes. The buffet. As I mentioned, food was very good. Unfortunately as other posters mentioned, there are very few tables. During the daytime, with the adjacent pool full of kids, there can be literally nowhere to sit other than on the deck or in some hallway. The buffet seating area is WAY TOO SMALL. It's not that families hog the tables. Most are in and out fast, but there are just too few seats. Some retrofit! Dis-embarcation - Bad news. More lines. (San Diego) Taxi wait was about an hour in the searing sun with little shade. We were miserable enough in the interminable lines but I really pitied the frazzled parents with kids. And the lines to actually get OFF the boat stretched the entire length of the companionways inside the boat, creeping forward astonishingly slowly. Score on Disney for crowd management out of 10, a bad 3. We took the cruise to try Disney. It was end of September, middle of school year, so we expected few children. The boat did indeed have few North American children, but was packed with Asian kids. Might have been some sort of Asian school holiday. But it was not really the kids that were an issue, just the supposedly kids-oriented noise and racket. For an adult on a Disney cruise - nope! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Somehow, going into this, I had myself convinced there would be services over and above regular cruises. I suppose the price gave me that idea. We cruised with our 9 month old twins. Crazy? Likely a little. 2 pack n plays took up the ... Read More
Somehow, going into this, I had myself convinced there would be services over and above regular cruises. I suppose the price gave me that idea. We cruised with our 9 month old twins. Crazy? Likely a little. 2 pack n plays took up the entire room, and breaking them down every day was kind of a pain, but we knew there'd be inconveniences from the start- so ya, we are a little crazy. We were in stateroom 6103. Inside basic cabin. Looking back, a balcony would have been much better. Somewhere to go during the boys nap time. Our room was missed cleaning twice. I wish they'd come clean during our dining times. Food was good but nothing exceptional. I'm comparing this to Carnival only, because they are the only other cruise line we've experienced. Flounders Reef nursery was wonderful.. The staff was great and it provided a nice break for my husband and I. It's not free though... Disembarkation was a breeze. Quick and efficient albeit quite early, but that is normal. Our dining team staff were wonderful and accommodating. They Pureed the boys food for supper time. All in all, I have to say, if you are ok with the typical Disney lineups.... Then go for it. For us, we will do the lineups at the theme parks and cruise with Carnival from now on. The Disney Line is nothing spectacular compared to its price point. Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
In a nutshell: It was awesome. On a scale of 1-100, I'd give it a 97. The cruise had high expectations -- we were dipping into savings and pulling the kids (7 and 5 years old) out of school as we felt this kind of length of cruise ... Read More
In a nutshell: It was awesome. On a scale of 1-100, I'd give it a 97. The cruise had high expectations -- we were dipping into savings and pulling the kids (7 and 5 years old) out of school as we felt this kind of length of cruise and ports it was visiting was probably a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity on Disney (and it appears to be so. The 2016 EBTA isn't as great as itinerary, IMO) . We've cruised a little before -- this was our 13th cruise in the last 10 years and third Disney Cruise (Wonder and Fantasy) so we knew kind of what to expect and were thus VERY eager to do this. They didn't disappoint. Embarkation in Port Canaveral was a breeze -- we were a bit later getting there so it wasn't crowded in the port and we were on the ship in moments after registering the kids at the kids club. One tip here -- we took a private shuttle service to the port from a Disney World hotel (ExecutiveVIPLimo Service -- 2nd time we've used them; they're awesome! And same price as Disney) and they allowed us to stop at a grocery store near the port to stock up on booze/water -- you can buy a case of bottled water, and then just stick a luggage cabin tag on it and it'll be delivered to your room with your luggage and you don't have to lug it onto the ship! FOOD: Simply put, the dining experience was perfect. Our wait staff was off the charts amazing and the best pair we've ever had on any of our cruises, even the prior Disney cruises. Some days the kids were a bit sleepy but the staff could always perk them up. Our youngest is super picky and relegates herself to plain spaghetti or cheese pizza - and she wasn't a fan of the pizza on board (yes our daughter was the first person in nautical history to go hungry on a cruise ship). But she did like the pasta and by Day 3, the staff would have the special-order spaghetti there as soon as we arrived. My wife is a big fan of escargot, and when she ordered 2 on Day 3 in Lumiere's, the wait staff took note. And then on about 5-6 more nights through the cruise, they would surprise her with a special escargot order. With 15 dinners, they were trying out new menu items and there was a spicy pasta/shrimp dish that was actually my second-favorite dinner on the entire cruise! No 1?..... The main event for me on any cruise is lobster. This cruise had *2* lobster nights, and we're not talking tiny lobsters. These are big 'uns. Awesome. We love the rotating restaurants, especially when you get each one for 5 nights. We got the Sorcerer Mickey Show and the "draw your own character" night in Animator's Palate. I loved the food up top on the pool deck. Cabanas could use a little more variety for lunch -- yes, it's a buffet so there was a lot there but sometimes it was a lot of food in the similar realm, like one lunch will feature maybe Asian theme; the next day would be Middle Eastern theme, etc. , instead of spreading across food types. But minor stuff here. No complaints. We ate at Pete's Boiler Bites quite often as we spend a lot of time near the pool and that was great. And the all you can drink soda/coffee is *so* useful. Room service was great too. POOL/DECK: The kids loved the pool deck and spent equal times on the water slide, the kiddie pool/water spray area and the main pool and hot tubs. I LOVE the movies they play on the Funnel Vision and for me, this is my favorite thing to do on the cruise -- sit in/by/around the pool with a soft serve ice cream watching movies as the kids swim. We did that for hours on some of the at sea days. Perfection for vacation. Our 7 year old was the only one to brave the Aqua Dunk and she only did it once, but we all went on the big yellow slide multiple times. Youngest kid went on it like 60 times. *Bonus*-- Disney now has full time lifeguards in all pools when the pool is open -- even the kiddie pool. Sometimes they're quite lonely, especially when we got into the far northern reaches of our trip and it's 50 degrees and raining and no one's on deck except the lifeguards, but they were super friendly. But it was great peace of mind to have them there. Also cool: Disney now supplies dozens of life vests for the kids -- a huge help for my 5yo daughter who can sorta swim but can't touch in the 4 ft big pool. This gave her the freedom to swim around and not be so tied to the side. Also cool -- they gradually warmed the pools as the weather got colder. So the pool was refreshingly cool in the first few days when it's in the 80s/90s off the East Coast, and then warmed the water temps into the 80s when the outside temp dropped into the 50s and 60s. So the pool was useable in the chilly north, especially for us hearty northernerns who are used to swimming in chilly weather in the summer (we're from Seattle.) ENTERTAINMENT: We don't do the main shows that much -- we're second seating and not usually ready to be done with our day by 6:45. But we did see about 4 of the shows, including the biggies, and they were well worth the time, especially the Disney Dreams one. Having first run movies is great too -- got to see the new Avengers movie and as per Disney tradition, if a Disney movie premiers on your cruise, you'll get to see it on the ship. We got to see Tomorrowland the day it debuted even though we were 2 days from Halifax. We were also lucky that we got both Pirate night AND the Frozen "Freeze the Night Away" deck party. That wasn't supposed to debut until the cruise after ours (the first cruise from Copenhagen) BUT! We had an edited itinerary -- days before we left, they decided there was too much sea ice off Newfoundland. So gone were the ports of St. John and Iceland (aaah!) but was replaced with Halifax (better than St John IMO) and Stavanger, Norway. We've been to Iceland before and it was a short port anyway (7:30-1:45) limiting our options, but had never been to Norway so I was actually excited to get the second Norway port, but a lot of people were super bummed for missing Iceland. So I think they moved up the Frozen stuff to make up for it, especially since we were now going to 2 Norway ports. So they were rehearsing the show several nights on deck around midnight (They let you watch as long as you didn't take pics), then we actually got the show on Stavanger night!! Plus they brought out all the Frozen merchandise in the stores, so it was a big hit and we were so excited we got to do the Frozen experiences that we were originally bummed we were going to be one cruise too early. They had the Elsa/Anna/Olaf characters and Marvel characters on board (Capt America, Thor, Spiderman) but you had to get free tickets to get a set time/date to do so -- sorta kinda like a Fast Pass at Disneyland/World (So be sure to check the Navigator on Day 1 and get these tickets early at Guest Services to be able to choose the time/date you want. If you miss it, they'll still have tickets, just more limited choices on times) but it was nice that this way they could crowd control and limit the number of people there at any given time because if Anna and Elsa were just out in the atrium, there would be 1,000 kids there and the line would be an hour. The character breakfast also needed a free reservation ticket. And of course, the traditional Disney characters are there along with 3 princesses (Belle, Tiana, and Cinderella on this cruise). No Snow White/Aurora but guessing they only had so many royal cabins on board for them to all live J KIDS CLUB: As always, Disney does the kids club right, and is the way to take kids on the cruise and then have enough alone time as well. This is where DCL totally blows away the other cruise lines, as you'd expect. Our oldest would come back beaming with the characters she got to have time with in the club and the activities they had for them were fantastic. We needed to find a folder to bring home all the amazing art stuff both kids did. And oldest was always watching the clock at dinner rushing to be done by 9:30 so she could do the Dine and Play option where the kids club staff come pick up your kids from dinner. PORTS: We do ports ourselves and don’t use the Di$ney Port Adventure$ because… good grief they're spendy! New York was amazing. We docked right next to the Intrepid museum around 49th and 12th -- about a mile walk to Times Square. That's what we did, and then took the subway as needed from there. Went all over, and great experience for the kids. Halifax: we walked along the waterfront, there's a little playground in town, and then we went to the Children's Discovery Museum and… Starbucks and Menchies (Kids needed some connection to home) Stavanger: Just walked around town, did some shopping. Their Starbucks had their grand opening that day, so exciting to be among the first there! (I see that eyeroll… Remember- Seattle family!) Oslo: We did an Oslo fjord tour via Costco instead of through Disney and paid 25% the price. Disney wanted $400 for 4 for a 3 hour Fjord tour. We spent about $110 for a 2 hour tour. And, the weather was pretty crummy this day with steady rains/fog in the upper 40s so it wasn't the best day to be on the water. Copenhagen: Our favorite port. Such an amazing city. The cruise schedule was great in that Disney gave us a full day here and didn't kick us off the ship till the next morning, so we had the luxury of visiting Copenhagen with no time worries. We took one of the hop on-hop off buses that also included the harbor/canal tour. It takes about 1 hr 20 mins for the bus loop and the canal tour with no stops is an hour. Also, book this in town -- don't buy on the pier or ahead of time, you might be able to get a deal as there's a few competing companies. The free cruise shuttle dropped us off right across from the train station next to Tivoli and our bus sales guy gave us our kids free when it should have been about $30 each. There is TONS to explore in this town. If you are going to a Europe cruise that starts or ends here, be sure to book an extra day or two to explore. Just remember: Food is SUPER expensive (relative to U.S.) in Norway and Copenhagen. Hamburger in Stavanger restaurant was about $31 US; personal pizza was over $20. A Big Mac Value meal (no we didn't order one, but I went into a McDonalds for price research) was about $12 US; a medium coke was just over $5. (On the Olso fjord tour, a *can* of coke was $5.90). Starbucks latte in Stavanger? Just under $7. Fill up on breakfast before going ashore! DEBARK: Only complaint here is it took a looooong while to get a Disney bus to Copenhagen Airport. We were off the ship toward the later time -- about 9:10, but they only had like 2-3 buses that were driving the 20-25 mins to Copenhagen Airport, then back. So long wait between buses -- the clock said 10:18 when we finally got on the bus, and some of the waiting was outdoors on a very cold, windy Copenhagen day. They need more. We heard horror stories of past cruises from staff members at the port of taxi wait times stretching well over an hour. Bottom line: Don't try to have an early flight on debark day. Luckily our flight wasn't until 2:30 so we were fine. (Copenhagen's Airport is extremely busy, but surprisingly efficient. Despite the packed house, security check line was like 3 minutes) TIME CHANGES: UGH! One thing if you ever do a transatlantic cruise, especially Eastbound, the time changes are a significant factor. We had to go forward 5 hours in 6 days between Halifax and Stavanger, so each night (save 1) we had to move the clocks ahead one hour. It's like Groundhog Day met Daylight Savings Day. And it really does mess you up. Because you eat dinner at 8:30, done around 10, go meet some characters, get kids ready for bed, and it's 11pm. Only now it's midnight. Repeat night 2, and now it's 11pm, only it feels like 10 pm, but wait, now it's midnight. Repeat Night 3 and now it's 11pm only it feels like 9 pm, but wait, it's now midnight! Night 4: It's 11pm, but feels like 8 pm, no wait, now… it's midnight! Some of the nights we weren't going to bed until 1:30-2am because it only *felt* like 10-11 pm. On the other hand, we're sleeping in until 10-11am the next day. Get up, get kids up, shower and… it's noon! Half the day is gone. At least they kept breakfast going with extended hours on the clock-change days. Far and away the hardest part of the cruise. In that sense, going westbound transatlantic is better -- there you're gaining an extra hour each day! But I'd do eastbound again in a heartbeat on Disney. Thanks for making the trip so memorable! Can't wait for our next adventure! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
The cabin was clean and our steward was polite. The common areas and restrooms were kept clean as well. My problem was with the wait staff. This was my 5th cruise with Disney, I am a DVC Member, and this may be my last. For those that ... Read More
The cabin was clean and our steward was polite. The common areas and restrooms were kept clean as well. My problem was with the wait staff. This was my 5th cruise with Disney, I am a DVC Member, and this may be my last. For those that don't know, Disney Ships have rotational dining. This means you eat at 3 different resturaunts and your tablemates and wait staff go with you. This is nice beause they seem to try to sit you with people roughly your own age, or your children's age if you have any etc. Your waiter and their asst. get to know your preferences and it's usually nice. Sadly when you go to a restraunt for breakfast or lunch the waiters knowing you won't be tipping them aren't as friendly especially if you go in torwards the end of service. I felt very rushed the times I did this. I don't like getting dessert 5 min after my meal is served. This happened both times I had lunch late. Same attitude on the Alaskan Cruise we took in 2013. One of our ports was cancelled during the cruise over state dept warnings. I understand why as it was a safety issue. Our waiter for lunch that day complained through our whole meal about it because the staff had to work much harder during at sea days than port days. He informed us how much he and the rest of the crew hated Panama Canal cruises because most of the days were at sea. The food itself was mediocre. If you don't have the room to rest your meat or time to cook it properly don't serve it. Most of the meats were dry and overcooked. Most of our appetizers seemed very well rested. They seemed to do okay with pasta dishes. If you want good food on the Wonder eat at Palo's. There is a $30.00 fee per person and you must be 18 to eat there, liquor is extra, but the food is wonderful. If you had that meal on land it would easily run $100.00 or more per person. The entertainment is pretty good, think Disney Show on Broadway, and they had 1rst run Disney movies sometimes in 3D. They also had a man who captained boat through the Panama Canal for many years give a talk everyday we were at sea. My husband really enjoyed this. I have to say my favorite thing was the crew talent show. The had an engine room Guns and Roses coverband that was really good. We went snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico and Cabo Mexico we really enjoyed this. We did the exursions through the ship. We also booked a bus tourin Cartagena Columbia. I'm glad I did this because it would be stupid to go all the way to Columbia and not see it. It was basically one big tourist trap broken up by street performers you were very encouraged by your tour guide to tip. I don't know if he or the tour company and There only seemed to be one, got a cut but someone did. He would steer us toward one vendor and away from others saying their stuff was junk even though it was all pretty much the same. The little shopping mall was way aver priced. Coffee was $22 for 3 pounds an $8.00 for the same amt from the street vendor for the same brand. The weather is very humid and when you get back to the ship crew members are waiting with cold wet towels. Disney is very organized getting you on and off. Speaking of humidity bring a sweater. They keep the ship really cold. I really felt it during dinner. I found out why when I turned the air down in my cabin. It gets really humid if they don't keep the A/C blasting. They have an all adult pool which is nice, but the waiters get nasty if you aren't drinking. One kept asking me if I wanted any sippy sippy, getting more and more sullen as the cruise went on. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Positives: -Very few children on the Canal Crossing which meant the characters got to know the children by name. -Our room location, experience was great. -Although every room was sold, most rooms were only 2 pax, so the ship ... Read More
Positives: -Very few children on the Canal Crossing which meant the characters got to know the children by name. -Our room location, experience was great. -Although every room was sold, most rooms were only 2 pax, so the ship seemed less crowded -We were the first to experience Freeze the Night Away deck party. -Free BYOB! Not so goods: -A large majority of the cast was getting off the ship in San Diego as a new cast arrived in Miami to train...this lead to short timer syndrome resulting in horrible dining service as well as an inefficient room hostess. -Skipped a port due to "unrest" while many other cruise lines were still stopping there and people we knew were there on vacation and said all was well. -Food allergy NIGHTMARE! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
If you want to take a Disney cruise but think it's a bit pricey...and it will be...unless you take an unpricey repositioning cruise to the Panama Canal from Miami to San Diego. We booked early (14 months prior to cruise) to get best ... Read More
If you want to take a Disney cruise but think it's a bit pricey...and it will be...unless you take an unpricey repositioning cruise to the Panama Canal from Miami to San Diego. We booked early (14 months prior to cruise) to get best rate and room. Got verandah room with balcony and it was awesome. Cost was much cheaper than most cruise lines for balcony room. Cruise, food, service, activities, movies, shows, were all excellent and first class. Disney Wonder was a smaller ship which we prefer, and we were happy campers the entire cruise. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2014
Our transatlantic cruise was the trip of a lifetime. I did not expect to enjoy every minute so much because I had anticipated a tedious, boring voyage. So happy to be proved wrong! If there is a lecturer on board advising what to see and ... Read More
Our transatlantic cruise was the trip of a lifetime. I did not expect to enjoy every minute so much because I had anticipated a tedious, boring voyage. So happy to be proved wrong! If there is a lecturer on board advising what to see and do in each port and giving information about the science of the sea - GO! Professor Chuck was absolutely fascinating on our cruise. We learned about the depths of the sea and the fun of the shore. Great combination. Skip the lecture on where to shop - you will be guided to very expensive shopping. Just enjoy your time on shore and buy where the locals shop. Some tips for the cruise: Go to the dollar store and buy: * some light up necklaces - the kids will love them on pirate night. * night lights for the rooms.Beats leaving the bathroom light AND the fan on all night * autograph books for the little girls - characters were everywhere and they gladly signed * beverage mugs with handles for carrying drinks around (the one I bought at Castaway Cay cost me $19.95) * foam rubber swords - they were fun on Pirate Night and I left them with our room steward when we left; I didn't mind leaving a $1 sword behind. Security will not let the hard plastic swords on board but the foam ones went right through packed in my suitcase * pirate bandanas. They are enough for a costume but you might want to add eye patches and earrings and make-up. The tiny triangle bandanas they gave us on the ship were so tiny they would only fit a child or my wrist. * BIG magnets for your door. You can personalize your doors and it helps your family find your room. Our blank door looked very lonely among the many colorfully decorated doors You can take your own bottled water on board (which I did, just dropped the 24 bottles off with my luggage). On board, the cost is $7.19 for 12 bottles. You can take your own liquor and wine on board (which I did). Your room attendant will provide ice and glasses if you ask. We even carried our drinks to dinner. The waiters removed the glasses when they were empty but our cabin attendant brought us more. All non-alcoholic beverages are free on board 24-7. Take your own pillow if you are picky; the pillows were just OK. There is a refrigerator in your room that is roomy; we stored fresh fruit and juice for a morning snack before we headed off for breakfast. The kids on board LOVED the kids activities and the parents raved about them. sign the kids up and drop them off from the very first minute. Ask your room attendant for extra post cards and have them all written and addressed so you can mail them from Castaway Cay. It's a nice memory when they arrive home in the mail. Stop in at the post office as soon as you get off the ship. The post office closes long before you're ready to leave and you'll want the Bahamas post mark. If you miss the post office, you can go to Guest Services but they won't mail them until the next time the ship stops at Castaway Cay which could be another week. Go to Target and buy inexpensive snorkeling equipment. I bought mine for $19.99 (the "junior" set) and it worked as well as the high priced stuff. To rent the equipment costs about $50+. The older kids will definitely want to snorkel at castaway cay and see all the hidden disney stuff under water. They don't need a guide, just swim on out there and look. And now I have snorkeling equipment to use far into the future. Formal night was almost barely formal night. Lots of women showed up in pants and silk blouses. Some men did not wear a suit let alone a tux. Sign up at Guest Services to tour the galley. It's a great tour and fills almost immediately. Also sign up for the ship tour. Fascinating. Both are not advertised but if you ask at Guest Services, they are available. If there is more than one adult in your room, ask your cabin attendant for multiple copies of each day's schedule. We liked to keep our schedule with us and circle what we wanted to attend which was almost never the same thing as the other roomie. Separate schedules were a must. the wave phones provided in each room were a big disappointment. they were all set to vibrate so you had to have them with you at all times on your body. The clip was broken on ours and we could not attach it to our pocket. I did not see anyone using them. Download the Disney navigator for your trip before you leave. All the events of the day will show up on your smart phone. There is a washer and dryer on board with a load of wash costing just $1.00 and dry $1.00. Inexpensive detergent and softener is available in a machine. There was also an offer to wash and dry everything that would fit in a huge bag for $30. Hard to pass that up! The laundry room had a campground atmosphere with people jostling for machines and dragging your stuff out of the washer or dryer if you weren't there; they left it in piles on a laundry table. All friendly but they meant business! One of the highlights of the trip was watching the harbor pilot jump on and off the ship from the pilot boat. It's worth getting up early to see it. Speaking of which, we could not for the life of us figure out the alarm clock in our cabin. take your own alarm clock or use your smart phone. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
My wife and I took the Westbound Transatlantic on the Disney Magic. We were in stateroom 8058, a veranda (balcony) room. We have only done one other cruise before, a Princess cruise in 2009, and the Disney Magic Transatlantic cruise was ... Read More
My wife and I took the Westbound Transatlantic on the Disney Magic. We were in stateroom 8058, a veranda (balcony) room. We have only done one other cruise before, a Princess cruise in 2009, and the Disney Magic Transatlantic cruise was superior in almost every respect to the Princess cruise. Disney does this cruising thing very well! Our Magic balcony stateroom was much larger than our Princess balcony stateroom (Disney claims the Magic stateroom was 260 sq ft including the balcony). The Magic cabin was well laid out, with a comfy queen bed, plenty of storage, and plenty of seating. The toilet area was separate from the bathing area, and both had sinks -- a very nice arrangement. I had read some other complaints on this site about noise in other reviews of the Magic, but we had no external noise problems as long as we we kept our balcony doors closed. In fact, we had a German couple in the stateroom next to ours with a child who had a piercing scream (which he sometimes let loose on the balcony), but we could not hear anything from the child -- or any external noise -- once the doors were closed. Our room steward , Ariah, was great, and he kept our room very clean. My wife enjoyed the different towel animal creations left every night in our room at turn-down time. The food was generally excellent. The evening sit-down meals were pretty much always fresh, innovative, and tasty. In fact, I was sort of wondering if they could keep the evening meal quality up over the five straight sea days between our last European island and our first Caribbean island, and they almost did it -- it was not until day nine of the cruise (and consecutive sea day number four) that my wife got a fish entry that was less than stellar. Also, our dinner servers, Pedro and Jason, were top-notch -- quick, and both with an excellent sense of humor. We ate breakfast each morning at the Topsiders buffet. It was pretty much the same stuff there every morning but it was good. We sometimes also ate lunch in the Topsider's buffet, and it was also very good. At other times we had a sit-down a la carte lunch in the Lumiere's Restaurant, and this was also generally good, although we did have some starters (e.g. an onion soup once and a crab claw appetizer on another occasion) that were not up to par. Also, by the last couple of days we had decided to avoid any food that we knew was difficult to keep fresh (like certain kinds of fish and shellfish). Palo, the specialty restaurant, was also quite good. In hindsight, though, maybe I would not have eaten here, since the regular dining room food was so good. The live entertainment on the Magic was of extremely high quality. I don't recall all the live entertainment on our previous Princess cruise, but from what I do recall the Disney stuff was better than the Princess stuff, both in quality and quantity. Of course, the Magic had a couple of house bands and a couple of house pianists that were very good. And every day of our 14-day Transatlantic sail there was something brand new and very well done, such as a new production show; or new dancers (e.g., flamenco); or a new comedian, ventriloquist, magician, singer, etc.. Of particular note was John Charles --wow!! What a performer! And We even had Charo perform for us one night (yes, the ancient Charo!! Cuchi! Cuchi!). I did not go see Charo, but other passengers who did said she played flamenco guitar beautifully. I wonder how Disney keeps the live entertainment quality so high, maybe because they can attract entertainers who are interested in making a name within the bigger Disney entertainment conglomerate. My wife and I also took some dance lessons with Willem and Kate. Willem is an outstanding teacher, full of energy and little "stories" that help one master the various dance steps. If there was an entertainment weakness on the Magic, it was on the educational side. The only lecturer on the historical and cultural aspects of our trip was a Dr. Dohlberg. His lectures were enthusiastic and contained bits of interesting info, but he was clearly not an expert in all the various subjects on which he was called up to present. So if you are looking for any sort of lecturing depth on history or culture, you won't find it on the Magic. Another word of warning -- there are multiple activities every day aboard the ship that are based on Disney themes (such as Disney character appearances, Disney trivia, Disney movies, Disney production shows, and Disney animation and music discussions). And there are also a lot of cruisers on the ship who are really into Disney and seem to live and breathe it (and may think you do too). You have to either enjoy these Disney activities and people or, at a minimum, be able to tolerate them. We were pretty much in the latter category. Luckily, our assigned table mates were very subdued Disneyites, and we got along with them quite well! The ship crew and staff are very friendly and helpful. Everywhere you go the crew greets you, and they are constantly cleaning the ship, which sparkles given its age. I was also pleased at how seriously Disney takes sanitation. Every place you go on board that you might be touching a public place there are antiseptic towelettes available. When you enter a food service area, Disney staff are there handing out the towelettes to everyone and encouraging their use. The buffet areas are also set up so as to keep small hands away from the food. And in the public use restrooms Disney has placed signs encouraging guests not only to wash their hands but also, upon exit, to open the door with the paper towel, and they have placed an extra trash receptacle by the exit. Nicely done. Disney allows you to bring liquor on board from your port calls. My wife and I brought wine and liquor on board the Magic with no problem (other cruise lines, like Princess, do not allow you to do this). Also, the Magic had a large 24-hour self-serve beverage station that included free coffee, tea, and soft drinks (we had to pay extra for soft drinks on our Princess cruise). Internet was not free on the Magic. We paid $55 for 100 minutes, although you can pay more and get additional minutes at a lesser cost-per-minute. The ship's Internet connection was slow and occasionally unavailable (but I understand this is an issue on all cruise ships). The Magic has self-service laundry rooms on decks 2, 6, and 7. We used the laundry room on Deck 7, and it had seven washers and seven dryers, a great improvement over the Princess laundry room, which only had two washers and two dryers. Unlike the Princess cruise, we could always find an empty washer in the Magic if we planned to use the facility at off-peak times. Of course, I understand that some cruise ships don't have any self service laundry facilities at all (a horrible thought, according to my wife). Given the time of year (mid September) and the length of the cruise, there were not a lot of children on board the Magic. The ship and its programs seemed designed to handle large numbers of children, but those designs were not tested on our cruise. Also, in fairness, I should note that our Transatlantic cruise on the Magic was only about two-thirds of the Magic's passenger capacity, whereas our previous Princess cruise was probably entirely full and thus there was a greater use of, and strain on, all the Princess ship's facilities. During our trip the Magic seemed pretty stable and did not roll much. But we had nice weather our entire cruise -- the swell was rarely above six feet -- so we did not really experience how the ship would handle in rough weather. Embarkation was relatively smooth, and so was debarkation. OK, debarkation was something of a madhouse, but by staggering the breakfast times, the disorder was kept to a minimum -- and once the lines started moving, the Disney staff kept them moving. Overall, Disney gets very high marks for the Magic. I understand, however, that Disney will not, for the foreseeable future, go back to European cruising, and hence there will be no more Disney Transatlantic cruises (with the exception of the shakedown cruise for the Fantasy in the spring of 2012). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2011
We started our trip with a couple of days pre-cruise in Barcelona, staying at the Renaissance. We've stayed there before and use it for its convenience for cruise transfers, even though it is a little out of the way for the centre of ... Read More
We started our trip with a couple of days pre-cruise in Barcelona, staying at the Renaissance. We've stayed there before and use it for its convenience for cruise transfers, even though it is a little out of the way for the centre of Barcelona. We'd previously cruised on the Magic on a European cruise in 2010 and were pleased to see how much the embarkation process had improved since then. We checked in pretty quickly and then waited in a hold area to board the ship. Although the wait was longer than on other cruise lines, it's worth it for the personalised greeting as you board the ship. After a brief lunch on deck we went to our stateroom, which was extremely spacious, clean and comfortable. We had very little noise in our stateroom. Occasionally you would hear the loungers stacked on the deck above, but little beyond that and it wasn't done in anti-social hours. Our stateroom attendant, Falcon was wonderful and never ceased to thrill us with his attentiveness and caring attitude. The ship was not at capacity this voyage due to the small number of children cruising. As a result the dining rooms were quite empty at mealtimes and it was always easy to get a lounger on sea days. Our dining servers could not have been more fantastic. Big thanks to Inyo and Kristi, as well as Luis Emmanuel our head server who really looked after us, as did the Maitre d' Wira. I have a food allergy and my husband has an illness that means he cannot eat properly and the care and attention our team took in dealing with this was second to none. As is procedure with Disney, we ordered our meals from the menu the night before and they were prepared in a separate area. On the many occasions that we were unable to eat from the menu due to our issues, a fresh and original substitute was proposed and arrived. We've never, ever, received as good dining attention. As this was a less port-intensive cruise than usual, Disney upped the ante in terms of cruise entertainment. In addition to the usual Broadway-style shows with a Disney twist, there were plenty of guest artistes including a flamenco troupe; magician; comedians Albert and Seymour, a hypnotist and vocal group Viva Voce. There was also someone called Charro. Being European I've managed to get through 40+ years without Charro and there were part of her performance that will leave me mentally scarred for the next 40! She was good when she played the guitar though. Additionally there were plenty of rounds of trivia, games, bingo and other entertainment for all ages as well as for different ages. One of our favourite activities was learning about Disney and how to draw from talented Disney artist and historian, Stacia Martin. In terms of retail opportunities on-board, there were fewer sales and less choice than on other, larger lines. Disney has however re-introduced its art auctions that are now run by the company and entirely feature Disney pieces. These are held as silent auctions. DH bought a couple of lovely pieces, however the time was brought forward and some people missed out on pieces that they were after. This was fine where there were no alternative bids as they could buy after the sale, but those in a competitive situation lost out. We had a remarkably calm crossing. We've previously done the EBTA on a different cruise-line and had force 9s for a significant part of the journey. This was so wonderful in comparison. You barely knew the ship was moving. At the mid-point of the Atlantic there was a crossing ceremony by the Goofy pool. Participants had green jelly rubbed into their hair, and then had to swim a length of the pool, get out and touch the Mickey as Neptune/Triton ice statue. At the end, the cruise director Peter, who was an incredibly good sport, tipped a bowl of jelly over his head and went in, uniform whites, shoes and all. Later that day I took a photo of the sea, even the little wavelets had disappeared an all that remained was a very slight swell. Within the ports of call we did a mix of ship's tours and DIY. In Gibraltar we went Dolphin watching (DIY) which was fantastic as we were out as the Ventura left and saw dolphins surfing the bow wave. In Madeira we went on a Disney catamaran trip along the coast and saw pilot whales. In St Maarten we went our separate ways, I went on the Under Two Flags tour and DH went on the RIB boat, we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We've been to Tortola before and went on a trip that was fun. Though with hindsight we should have gone to Virgin Gorda and seen somewhere we've not been to. Castaway Cay involved bike rental, though I've never ridden an American style bike and didn't like the fact it didn't have brakes on the handlebars. All in all the ships tours were fun and good value for money compared to other lines. The final part of our trip was disembarkation. Immigration checks happen on board and were laborious, involving a 40-minute wait. I am hoping that this is purely down to the cruise being Transatlantic and having so many Europeans on board to clear customs. However the worst part was that some vacationers decided not to visit immigration, meaning that nobody could leave the ship. The lines were horrendous and tailed back into the restaurant where we were due to have breakfast. It was near impossible to get into and tempers were frayed. All because of a few people holding up the many. Such a shame. Finally we took the transfer to the airport, which was straightforward. The lines for car hire and taxis were considerably longer. Overall this was a wonderful cruise and great value for money. Initially we were worried about the sea-days and having enough to do, but towards the end we looked forward to land in order to get off the ship for a rest! We would do it again in a heartbeat. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2011
This was our 2nd Disney Cruise Line (DCL) cruise and it was great. We were a little anxious at potential rough seas in the middle of the Atlantic, but we had great weather and it was like a millpond all the way. Disney Magic is a ... Read More
This was our 2nd Disney Cruise Line (DCL) cruise and it was great. We were a little anxious at potential rough seas in the middle of the Atlantic, but we had great weather and it was like a millpond all the way. Disney Magic is a beautiful ship with great facilities, decor and atmosphere. The staff are all great and nothing is too much trouble (I think Norwegian Cruise Line should let DCL train their staff !!!!). One thing we really like is the free room service with such great choices and the drinks area open 24 hours a day which is also free (inc. as much soda as you can drink). FOOD - food was really good and the only restaurant we didn't really enjoy was Parrot Cay. They did really well to keep much a varied good quality menu for 14 days. ACTIVITIES/SHOWS - these catered well for most people. The daytime activities were good and the shows were great. These included cast production shows, a hypnotist, magician and comedians etc. well worth planning to see the shows into your schedule. One evening I joined the adult flubbed making activity - it was great fun and hilarious. STATEROOM - we were in an inside stateroom which was well equipped, comfortable and adequate. It was kept really clean by our excellent stateroom attendant. Our cruise previous to this on DCL in 2000 was in a balcony cabin. It is well worth the extra money for a balcony to get fresh air and natural light. On any cruise line where we've had an inside cabin we've become ill in some way. We're sure this is because of breathing in recirculated air constantly. SERVICE - fantastic all the time !!! SUMMARY - this was a great 'start' to our vacation. The main aim of he voyage was to travel to Florida, Walt Disney World to stay 2 weeks in our DIsney Vacation Club ownership with our extended family (Animal Kingdom Lodge). MAY 2013 - Disney Magic is sailing transatlantic from Galveston Texas to Barcelona. If we can get over from the UK to Galveston ecomonically we will definitely be on that sailing. We're so excited !! If you'd like to ask me anything more please feel free to e mail me on MarksDCL@gmail.com Read Less
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