Author: Lisa Penn
Just returned from an 8 day Mediterranean cruise on the Disney Magic and wanted to let you know that we have just had the best holiday of our entrie lives. From the minute we arrived at the cruise terminal in Dover we were treated like royalty and were on the boat within about half an hour after arriving and my neice was in the pool as soon the lift took her up to Deck 9! Free drinks available 24 hours a day from the drinks station - tea, coffee, hot chocolate, herbal tea, coke, water, ice, sprite and pink lemonade! Food was available free too with a good selection from fruit and sandwiches to chips, pizza, burger, hot dog, tacos to name but a few. Top tip is to check out Topsiders Buffet which we only discovered towards the end of our trip but they have a different theme each day and a wide selection to make a change from chips! The room was spotless and was cleaned thoroughly in the morning and then beds were turned down in the evening as well as bins cleaned out each evening and a surprise animal made out of towels with chocolates for the kids (or adults)! Staff were always helpful and whenever we walked past our housekeeper he greeted us by name and checked up to see if we had everything and how our day was going! The trips were extremely well organised and a member of disney was always there to make sure our day was the best it could be. the entertainment was second to none with a show twice a day (sometimes there was even a matinee) that was extremely well rehearsed and was as good as any you would see in a theatre in London. Not an easy task with a small group of performers who, in one of the shows, changed costume so many times I couldn't keep up. There was so much more to do on board than just sit by the pool and my neice thoroughly enjoyed the kids clubs which were open from 9am till 1am. Another tip is to register them for their kids clubs online as the queue at the port was long and as I had booked it online we just went into the kids club and picked up the pager and wristband which took us five to ten minutes but only took that long as the pager was not working and they do a test before you take it. The personal navigator delivered to your room each night will tell you, amongst other things, where the characters will be and this was one of the best things as it is hit and miss when you visit the parks but providing you get in line in time you not only are guaranteed to see the characters but they have more time with you for photos and autographs as well. My neice had her picture taken with Daisy and Donald and Donald took the time to dance with her which had her smiling. The only thing I can't explain is the Magic! You will have to experience that for yourself but out of all the Disney things we have done this was the best and we are already saving for next year!