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Disney Magic | by Larry White (Trying_to_Shine)
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Disney Magic

Me and my girls (wife, daughter, grand daughter and mom) closed the cupcake shop for a few days and got away on the Disney Magic up the New England coast to the Halifax and St. John in Canada.


We had a great time. The people of Canada (both of them) were so friendly. There were far few polar bear sightings than expected, zero to be exact. Ok..those comments were for my dear friend Susan .


We were so excited to be sailing on Disney Cruise Lines. I've been on a number of other cruises and when the price and timing worked out, we booked this trip. I've generally avoided Disney cruises since the price is about 2x other cruise lines. This time, it was the same.


So a quick review for those interested. The ship was built in 1998 and is showing it's age. While they keep it extremely clean, the design and wear is starting to show (reported to go into dry dock a year from now for an extensive overall). I've been on other ships that are similar in size and for some reason, this one felt tighter, especially in the buffet and pool areas. However the room we had was the nicest we've had to date with a split bathroom and a small tub.


Having Disney theming with music, movies, artwork everywhere you turn is awesome for us Disney fans. No casino is a big plus for me and the soft selling over everything from pictures, drinks, spa, bingo etc was a nice change from the other cruise lines that really pitch the upgrades. Current run movies such as the "Odd Life of Timothy Green" playing was a nice perk.


The rotational dining (moving to a different restaurant each night) was unique and fun. Unfortunately, the food on the ship was average. On other cruises, I struggle to choose just one meal, on this trip I was struggling to find one. I've been on 5 other cruises and the buffets are central to the whole cruising thing. The Magic's buffet was very limited and closed each day at 2 p.m. The pizza shop which was open until midnight each night, but it was awful.


Overall the service was average as well. Mickey Mates (gift shop) and the Photo people were the exception. After spending so much time in WDW over the past two years, my expectations were higher. Like our experience at Disney Paris, the Magic was not on par with what I have come to know as Disney quality.


So, would I hop on board again? For sure if the price was right. The positives outweighed the negatives for sure. I'd love to hear from others on their experiences on other Disney ships.


Thanks for looking and reading.


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Taken on September 3, 2012