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Jill McGuire

Age: 36

Occupation:Teacher

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Magic

Sailing Date: 2012-07-20

Itinerary: Bahamas

My husband and I took our 5 children on this cruise. They range in age from 6-14. The youngest ones had a great time. The older ones, however, seemed to not have as much to do onboard a most activities are geared for younger children. There is not much to do for adult, which I expected as it is a DISNEY cruise.

Having been on cruises before with other cruise lines, I expected MUCH more in the food department. Each dinner seating is rotated between the 3 different restaurants on the ship. Nothing was terrible - but nothing was memorable either. The breakfasts were lackluster and the lunches were barely edible. Your best bet for lunch is to stay by the pool and get a burger or hot dog from there. Don't waste your time in any of the restaurants for lunch. I honestly expected much better food quality and better selections while on the ship.

The stateroom is your typical cruise stateroom. For those who have been on a cruise before, you already know that you shouldn't expect anything large. For first timers, I hope someone forewarns you prior to cruising that you should not expect a large stateroom unless you have booked a suite. That being said, the beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean.

The onboard activities were just okay. There are different clubs for different age groups. Our 6 and 8 year old girls were able to go to the oceaneers club. It kept them entertained for only about an hour or so before they wanted to leave. The pre-teen clubs are lacking. They mostly had video games and other games here and there. We have a 12 yo boy, 13 yo girl and 14 yo boy who attended that club. Some of the activities included craft and postcard making. Are you kidding me? What 12 year old boy wants to make postcards? Because of that, our older ones did not spend much time there and ended up spending a fortune in the arcade instead. Considering the amount of $$ you pay to go on this cruise, I would expect that children of ALL ages would be entertained.

Warning - characters are available at designated times and areas on the ships. You better get there early and prepare to wait on line to meet them.

Castaway Cay was really nice. It's relaxing. The ship ports right on the island and there are trams to take you to and from the different sections. There were plenty of lounge chairs on the beach. My advice? Spend $6 for a raft and just relax on the island. Trust me you will need it in order to prepare for your day at the parks.

Nassau - We booked the Atlantis beach day. I was unimpressed to say the least. It's expensive and not worth the money. My problem was not with the resort - the resort is beautiful and I've actually stayed there on a separate occasion (which is why I booked this excursion in the first place). It's advertised that you get a 25 minute tour, are able to explore the beach and aquariums and that lunch is provided. The 25 minute tour was nothing more than the walk from the bus to the beach...."Here is the hospitality desk, here are the lockers, etc." They take you to a separate section of the beach where chairs are scarce. You are on your own in finding the aquarium and lunch is SRO, as tables are scarce as well. Save your money. Do something else.

Did the kids have a good time? Most of them. (After all, we did this for them - not for us). Would I do it again? Never.

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