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Scottie C

Age: pretty old


Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Magic

Sailing Date: 2012-04-13

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Been on 8 combined Disney Cruises on the Disney Ships Dream, Magic and Wonder. The Magic and Wonder are Disney's only ships, about 15 years old. They are smaller in size than the Dream and new Fantasy ship. The older ships allow 2600 patrons while the Dream and Fantasy can hold 4000 patrons.

The food on all three of the ships I have sailed has been about the same. There are several menus, but all the ships offer most of the same dining options. Alot of the dinner options will be determined by the number of nights you spend on the ship. Each ship has 3 main dining rooms that you rotate through. On a 4-day cruise you will hit one restaurant twice, and on a six-day you will hit all of the restaraunts twice. There is one basic menu for each dining room, after those menues there will be a different menu which is typically for the entire ship, so it doesn't matter where you dine you will get the same menu as everyone else dining in the 3 different locations. Depending on the number of nights you cruise, you will may have the Pirates Night Menu, Captains Gala, or any one of several other menues,

Let me first say that I have only stayed in Verandah rooms aboard the cruise ships. I want to spend the extra money on the Verandah and for those wavering on selecting a Verandah, I would look at two different cruise criteria. The first (1) number of nights aboard the ship. I recommend that if you are staying more than 3 nights, to get a Verandah. The second (2) criteria would be the number of sea days. If you are spending any time at sea during the day, I recommend a balcony. Especially if you like to sit and drink coffee, soda, or if you like to take in a good book. If you have napping kids, a Verandah is well worth it in my opinion.

The Category 5 rooms that i normally stay are all the same. The A-E option that you select when booking a room is your choice and will just identify where that type of room is located on the floor, meaning midship, forward, or aft. I prefer 5C which is generally about mid ship. The Magic and Wonder have the same rooms, which provide a split bath. Also I feel that they have a bit more room than the Dream or Fantasy. However, the Dream and Fantasy have room under their beds for luggage. The Magic and Wonder's space unter there bed is about 6 inches.

The Magic and Wonder staterooms are older which means that the mattresses may be old and uncomfortable. This has been true the last two cruise I have taken aboard the Magic. The Matress on the Dream and the new Fansay are some of the finest mattresses I have slept on.

The TV's are about the same size I noticed. However the intertainment on the televisions is great on the Dream and Fantisy compared to the Magic and Wonder. The new ships have a big selection of movies and disney related tv shows and allows you on-demand viewing. The Wonder and Magic have a few movies and there is no on-demand function.

All of the ships have adequate on board activities. There is always something that you can do. The kids areas are nice and the pools on all of the ships are small. There is the AquaDuck on the Dream and Fantasy and some new areas on the Fantasy for getting wet on board. Each ship has there own live entertainment. Each cruise has several Disney productions and then they also have live entertainment they contract for each cruise. That entertainment will change and depending on the number of nights you have on board to fill after the live performances have all been viewed.

They have a movies theater on each ship. They gerenally play first run Disney/Pixar films. I prefer the Dream and Fantasy's theaters because they have more leg room and really nice sound. The theaters on the Wonder and Magic are fine. They also have the big outdoor screen on the top deck of the ship. The genreally show clasic disney and are used for party events to show the live activity on the stage. Nice to grab a piece of pizza or a book and watch the big screen on a nice day on the ship.

I am not going discuss excursions because everyone has a different idea in mind for excursions. I will say that the majority of cruisers love the Disney island Castaway Cay. It is one of the best days on the cruise. You can check on line for excursions using the Disney Cruise Line web sight. Also, if you don't see something you are interested in, see the cast members once you get on board the ship. They should be able to find out if there is an activity that you are inquiring about.

I won't bore everyone with my trip details, but will tell you I have been on 8 Disney Cruises so far. I like the Disney brand and do not want to engage in material that is not suited for a family. They also do not have casinos on board. Also, if you are after the party all night long atmasphere, don't choose disney. Most areas on the ship are empty my 11:30 or 12:00.

I will tell you about Pirate Night. That is a popular night on board ship. It is based of course on the Pirates of the caribbean movies. Bring your costumes and enjoy the party. You can dress up in your costumes for dinner and later enjoy the party and firework shows on the top deck. They also have a great buffet after the fireworks show at about 10:45pm.

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