Disney Line's Magic Information and Reviewsby
Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Disney
Ship: Disney Magic
Sailing Date: March 29th, 2003
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Disney First let me say that this is a long review. This was our first cruise. My husband, Jeff, and our daughter, Heather, (age 7) looked forward to a fun-filled 7 day cruise aboard the Disney Magic. Everything was so magnificent. At the airport we didn’t have to worry about our checked luggage as there were Disney personnel there to pick it up and transport it to the ship. Also there were numerous staff members with signs to let us know where they were and we were lead to the shuttle bus (which was very nice) to take a 45 minute ride to Port Canaveral. When we boarded the ship there was a man that asked our last name and where we were from and announced our arrival. That made us feel so special. The first thing we did upon arrival was head to guest services and make it so my precious daughter did not have any charging privileges.
We headed up to deck 7 to our stateroom to drop off our carry on luggage. Then off to Topsider's Buffet for lunch. Our stateroom had a veranda and it was so nice. The split bath was great. Our luggage was delivered to our stateroom by 4:00. Our stateroom host was Brian from India. He did a fabulous job of keeping the room nice and neat. Each night we came into our stateroom to find the linens turned down, chocolates and best of all a different towel animal sitting on the bed usually with my sunglasses on. The crewmembers were all so nice. Every crewmember spoke to us when we walked by. Heather was quite excited about going to the Oceaneer’s Club. There were so many activities for her to do she didn’t want to leave. Jeff and I had a reservation to eat at Palo the adult only restaurant. It was so lovely in there. I don’t know the server’s name but he was very attentive.
I wasn’t feeling well and he very kindly arranged to have my dinner and desert taken to my stateroom. The next afternoon (Sunday) a cold front passed through and most of the passengers and half of the crew were seasick. We ate in Lumier’s that night and we got to meet our table mates. We were seated with a single father, Sergio, and his daughters Jessica, 8 yrs old and Bijioux (pronounced Beejew), 3 ½ yrs and a single mother K.J. and her daughter Nicole, 8 yrs old. Our Head server John was nice, he is from England. Ferdinand our server and Dante our assistant server are both from the Philippines. They were so attentive.
Jeff never had to order his drink after the second night of eating in the rotating dinning rooms. It was waiting for him on the table. There are 3 rotating dinning rooms that you eat at and your servers rotate with you. The order for us was Parrot Cay, Lumier’s and Animator’s Palate. Parrot Cay is tropical and festive, Lumier’s is the most formal of the three with the Beauty and the Beast theme and Animator’s Palate starts out as black and white sketches and turns to full color by the end of the meal. The servers had on black and white vests and at the end of the meal they came out in very colorful vests. The food was fabulous and there was never a lack of it. You could get food at almost any hour via room service. There was Topsider’s buffet, Pinocchio’s Pizzeria, Pluto’s Doghouse and Scoops (an ice cream shop). The entertainment was non-stop.
Every evening the Personal Navigator was delivered to your room for the next day’s activities. There was Character autograph sessions several times each day, family shows, movies, lounge acts, you name it and it was there. Plenty to do for adults only, family and kids. The only downside to our cruise was weather related and not the fault of Disney. As I spoke of earlier, there was a cold front that came though on Sunday afternoon and by dinner time there were 20 foot swells reported and most everyone was seasick.
The first port of call was supposed to be Key West but it was postponed, so we had a day at sea and sailed to Cozumel. All the excursions that had to do with sailing and snorkeling were cancelled. Our excursion was for the Fury catamaran sail and snorkel. We ended up going on a shopping tour lead by Clyde. God bless that man’s heart. Normally his tours are about an hour and a half and consists of about 20 people, but because of the excursions being cancelled he ended up with about 200 people on his tour and it took about 3 hrs.
We stayed in Cozumel twice as long as we were supposed to (because of the storm). Captain Tom decided that the Grand Cayman Island was too dangerous to go to he chose to sail further down the Yucatan peninsula to Costa Maya. At Cayman there are no docks and a ferryboat shuttles us to the island. We were really bummed about having to cancel the Grand Cayman Island because we had our excursion set up to snorkel with the stingrays. Oh well, can’t do much about the weather.
After Costa Maya we sailed to Key West and took a trolley and museum tour. That was fun. Next was off to the Castaway Cay. We finally got to snorkel. It is a great island with so much to do, snorkel, swim, lay out and tan, kids area, family area and adults only area. Overall it was a good cruise. More activities were added and the changes went smooth. We will defiantly cruise with Disney again and hopefully Mother Nature will not intervein again. I hope this review answers some of your questions. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. I love chatting about my cruise. Thanks for reading my very long review and happy cruising.