And then there were four

Disney Cruise ships that is. I have had the pleasure of sailing on all four of the Disney Cruise ships since 2009. My first experience was a 3 night sailing on the Disney Wonder in an inside stateroom and it was fantastic. I had not sailed since my honeymoon in 1997 and Disney did not disappoint. Just walking up to the beautiful ship I was in awe. Once we boarded the ship the crew greeted each and everyone and welcomed them aboard by announcing them by name. The atrium of the ship was magnificent; I was like a little kid in a candy story. This cruise spent one day in Nassau and one day at Disney’s Castaway Cay. Castaway Cay is the best part of Disney cruise line. It is a wonderful island oasis that is just for guest of DCL. There is an adult only area which is so peaceful and tranquil for you to relax. There are many activities to take part in as well on the family beach area.

 

My next experience was on the Disney Magic, this time it was a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise in a Verandah stateroom. The ports were St Maarten, St Thomas and Castaway Cay. Just like the Disney Wonder the Magic was great. The islands are absolutely breathtaking and on the 7 night cruises you have a character breakfast and you rotate through the three dining rooms twice. That is a great thing about DCL; you have different dining experiences each night. This was also the first time I had experienced Palo, the adult only dining experience. I had the best meal ever and the wait staff there was phenomenal. This was also a cruise with my family and the kids had such a great time in the kids clubs we had to pry them out of them each night.

In 2011 the Disney Dream made its debut which is the first of two new ships in the Disney fleet. It is larger and has some features that the Magic and Wonder don’t have. One, being the Aqua Duck, and the other being Remy, another adult only dining experience. This was a four night Bahamian cruise in a Verandah stateroom. I was totally impressed by all of the new technology on board this ship; there were wave phones which help to keep up with your sailing party which is a great plus on a large ship. They also are trying to conserve on this ship by having your stateroom lights off unless you put your room key in the slot near the switch.

Last but not least I had the great privilege of sailing on the Disney Fantasy for a short three night preview cruise prior to its maiden voyage. The Fantasy is the last of the DCL ships and it did not disappoint at all. DCL gets lots of guest feedback and tweaked some things on the new ship that are absolutely fantastic. They revamped some of the adult lounge areas and made more space for adults to relax on the pool deck. Another thing they added to the pool deck is the Aqua Lab which is a water play area for older children and adults alike. My son stayed in the Aqua Lab quite a bit during our cruise. The best part on the Fantasy was dining in Animators Palate. At the beginning of the meal your servers have everyone draw a picture on a special placemat. They then collect them and during dinner your drawings come to life which is amazing. Your actual drawing dance and move right before your eyes and you feel like an animator.

No matter which ship you sail on with Disney Cruise Line you won’t be disappointed. They offer many different sailings from more ports than ever. You can find one to suit you not far from home.

Laure Simms

laure@travelwiththemagic.com

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