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Elizabeth Reisel

Age: 43

Occupation:Legal

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Magic

Sailing Date: August 19th, 2001

Itinerary: 7 Day Bahamas/Caribbean

This was my second Disney Cruise in a two year period. Initially having done 4 days on land and 3 at sea, we enjoyed it enough to go back and book the 7 day cruise. Please note that August is hurricane season in the Bahamas, but The Mouse Does Not 'Do' Hurricanes. There were no less then 3 storms out there and while we missed several scheduled ports of call, we did not ever have water that was anything but smooth. We were re-routed to Cozumel and spent extra time at Disney's Castaway Cay, where we took advantage of beautiful water and snorkeling. While at sea we enjoyed the spa facilities. After a manicure took a beating from the snorkeling adventure the crew in the spa were happy to do a 'repair' for my sister and I, gratis.

The steward assigned to us remembered our names from the day we started. She looked exhausted but was always wearing a smile. Please keep in mind that you will need to tip these folks and you will want to! Plan accordingly when you budget your vacation.

The team of waiters that was assigned to us immediately assessed my need for cappuccino after a meal and only chocolate of some variety for dessert. It's easy to grow accustomed to the catering that the ships staff does.

Disney truly does specialize in catering to children. As an adult I would have been happy on this cruise sans children, because of the tender loving care provided by captain and crew.

The food was incredible and possibly due to the newness of the ship, it was immaculate at all times. The few nights we didn't indulge in assigned dinner seating the room service was phenomenal.

If you've seen the commercial for the Disney cruise packages where the little girl assesses her daily itinerary with her parents, believe it. It really DOES work that way. I was able to roam the boat carefree. My son paged me when he needed me or had enough of the children's activities. The itinerary they gave us for his age group when we signed him in the first night was priceless. I did not ever feel like I was leaving him with a babysitter to go have a 'night' out.

While the scheduled 'off ship' activities can be a bit pricey (snorkeling for two adults and one child was $200) the experience was worth it. There were enough activities on board to keep us more than busy or better yet, more than lazy.

My only disappointment was the afternoon high tea in the elegant 'Palo' restaurant. We were served as graciously as possible but the temperature in the restaurant was easily 83 degrees. A little too much sun coming in, I'd say.

If you are not a heavy drinker (alcohol on these cruises is high!) and you really want to enjoy a family vacation, do this. The Mouse knows how to take care of his guests. When my family is able to, we will go again. Definitely! Oh and don't miss the fireworks from the smoke stacks. They are an awesome sight!

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