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Karen & Fred DiMaria

Age: 31

Occupation:Attorney

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Magic

Sailing Date: November 11th, 2000

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

This was my second cruise and my husband's first. Since it was our honeymoon we wanted to go all out and went on Disney's new 7 day cruise and then to Disney World for 5 days.

Boarding the ship we had similar waiting times and lines that I have heard all cruise lines had. Since we didn't know what to expect (my first cruise being 13 years before) we still had our patience and optimism.

Our cabin was fine, but cramped. We had a veranda, which was nice, but we never spent any time on it. We were greeted with chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne which was sent from my mother. That was a very nice touch.

Back to the veranda. It seems that all interiors of the ship were smoke free and although we specifically requested a non-smoking cabin because of my husband's allergies, they put us between rooms with smokers and their veranda was considered and EXTERIOR. Every time we went onto the veranda, including 2:30am, there was someone to the left or right who was smoking. After many, many phone calls we were told that we could move to a lower deck. After seeing that room smaller and basically a down grade we decided to keep our current room and not use the veranda we paid for. Eventually, 2 days later, after the phone calls and visits to the concierge, they found us another room. We were previously told that they were fully booked.

The two shows we saw were only ok. There was a comedian and then a spin off of Millionaire- Disney style. The problem with the shows are that the times are the same as the late dinner. So, your choices were to eat at 5:00 and then go to a show or see the show at 5:00 and then go to dinner at 8:00. After dinner there is nothing to do or eat. The room service consisted of tomato soup and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and nothing else is open after 11pm.

No beverages are included so for a week of water (we don't drink soft drinks or alcohol) our tab was $1900 on top of the cruise price.

The Magic had a gym and jogging track. Being a runner who travels about 20-25 miles a week I was thrilled to be doing so out on the ocean. That thrill did not last since they roped off the track and began maintenance in the middle of an afternoon at sea. They also had crews working in bright yellow jumpers about 5 feet above Goofy's head as he danced in a show by the pool!

One night we decided to go dancing and we heard the disco thumping and lights spinning. Unfortunately, there was not a soul in the place. Only the staff and it was 10pm.

We did not use the pool because after about 2 hours of circling the decks we could not find a seat and the pool water had a yellow tint making the white of Mickey's head yellow.

The shore excursions to St. Thomas, St. Marten and Disney's private island Castaway Cay) were the best part of the trip. Although St. Marten never fully recovered after a hurricane, we were told, our trip only included ocean kayaking. The water was beautiful and the trip was challenging.

St. Thomas was beautiful all around, but after being on the ship we thought we would have been better off going on a direct trip to an island.

Thank goodness Disney World was there waiting for our return. We think that Disney spread itself too thin and entered a business they know nothing about. That cruise has turned us off to all cruises. Our once in a life-time honeymoon was spent on what we refer to it as, the Disney Tragic. I wrote the company upon our return and received their thoughtful answer... "Sorry".

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