I spent this past weekend aboard the newly refurbished Disney Magic.
Now, I’m not really a big fan of cruises. Being trapped on a floating hotel with little connection to the outside world is hardly my idea of a good time, and when given the opportunity to go on a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas I was more than a little apprehensive. However, my love for Disney won out, and after arranging a cat-sitter, I decided to give it a try.
And I’m glad I did.
The Disney Magic is one of four ships, the others being the Disney Wonder, Dream, and Fantasy. The Magic and Wonder are a bit smaller than the other two, but quite magnificent nonetheless. Everything felt clean and cozy, very much like a Walt Disney World resort. The staff were courteous and polite, offering the same great customer service as the parks.
Of course, a big aspect of Disney has always been the characters, and their cruises are no different. In addition to the usuals like Mickey, Donald, and Princesses, even Captain America made an appearance.
There were plenty of great dining options aboard, and the Animator’s Palate in particular stood out. While the food was fine, what really made it special was the fantastic presentation. Screens throughout the restaurant showed the animation process of classic Disney films, culminating in a fantastic montage of scenes from said films, with an appearance by Mickey at the end. I won’t lie, the whole thing made me get a bit teary-eyed.
And of course, a day was spent at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. It’s a great island, with all kinds of things to do… snorkelers may even spot the Nautilus from the defunct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride! Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve never eaten so many ribs.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Disney Magic, or any Disney ship for that matter. They’re not the biggest ships out there, but they’re cozy, comfortable, and downright charming. With Disney characters and artwork filling every nook and cranny, it’s a Disney fan’s dream. If you’ve been looking for a good cruise for the family, the Disney Cruise Line is perfect for you.
Also, go see Saving Mr. Banks.