I'm thinking about a Disney Cruise. Can anyone who has been on a Disney cruise tell me if it is like a normal cruise (on Princess or another similar line), or is it all "fairy tales and pixie dust"? In other words, do they play bingo? Is there any gambling? Do they have adult oriented comedians? Or is it all hokey?
Have sailed the Disney Magic two times, 3-day cruises, they were nothing short of stupendous. I love Princess but Disney did an outstanding job. The enviornment is different than on a line such as Princess or Celebrity.
We have been on Disney once, for a 7nt'er. Way too long for people who arent into the whole "Disney Magic" thing. (fairy dust, aplenty) Georgeous ship & large cabins. No casino and very limited for adult fun unless you love disney productions. We'll stick with Princess. Even our son (now age 7) prefers Princess. You pay out the "you know what" for a Disney cruise.
We were in port in St. Maarten with the Disney Magic in 2001, when we were on the Golden Princess. We talked to one fellow as we were coming in off the pier from our respective ships. The guy from the Disney Ship said, "I wish I were on yours!".Of course, he was travelling with his wife and kids, and probably wanted a little more adult action, like a casino.
I understand that the Disney ships do have a lot of Magic Kingdom productions and are probably cute for the smaller children. I enjoy Disney, too-never been on one-our neighbors took their 7 year old granddaughter. The Grampa missed the Casino. Lynne
Wow... not sure which Disney ship you guys were on! There is *tons* of stuff for adults to do... in fact, every comedian onboard always has an earlier "family" show, and a no-holds-barred later adult-only show. And some of the stuff that goes in Rockin' Bar D every night is just hysterical... the Adult Magical Quest, kind of an R-rated scavenger hunt, is the funniest thing I have ever seen or been involved in.
I am a complete Disney freak... but I'm also a grownup who doesn't want to be bathed in pixie dust 24/7. Disney cruise has always struck a very nice balance for me. From what I have heard, Disney actually does a better job at keeping the adults-only section adults only. I do know that when I went and sat in the hot tub at night, near the Quiet Cove pool, I would have never guessed there was even a child onboard anywhere.
If you would like to email me privately with any questions about the Disney Magic, I'd be more than happy to answer them. I'm really looking forward to sailing on the Gand Princess next March, but I have a hard time shutting up about DCL.
I've sailed on the Magic 3 times... and 7 nights seems so short, I've never had any desire to sail less than that!
Not that this describes your situation, which I don't know at all, but I had tablemates once who saw the cruise as too "kiddie-oriented"... it turns out they would rarely ever leave their child in the Oceaneer's Club, they all went to bed at 10pm, etc. Well, of course all they saw was kiddie stuff. Again, not that that was your situation, that is just my observations of a few other families onboard with me before.
Unfortunately, Disney has priced themselves right out of the "normal" family's vacation budget, especially with their 2005 rates. I am booked on the Grand Princess for next March, in a cat. BB with a 9 x 9 balcony... when I looked up the rates for the same date on the Magic, the lowest balcony cat. with a much smaller balcony was quite a bit more than double. And that's not including the airfare I won't have to spend now... so as much as I will mis my beloved Magic, the price difference just isn't justifiable!
You too, crazy4disney, have fun on the Grand! We also think that 7nts is way too short. Even after a 16 day'er, I still could have stayed on for another 16 days. Never enough for me! No long cruises in the near future for us. Traveling with a child, 7-10nt's is all we can aford and handle.
Disney is another cruise line that seems to have a love-hate relationship going. Disney cruise ships like the parks are very family friendly . Unfortunatley you are paying for the name and Disney prices are very high.
My family is in the love Disney category even though my youngest child is 18. My oldest daughter went on the Disney Magic for her honeymoon and a year later went back for their first anniversary. My husband, myself and our 18 yr. old joined them and next year another son, 25 and a friend will go with all of us.
We were on for 7 nights and didn't see hardly any kids. They do an excellent job of separating them to the extent that they even eat in different dining rooms at different times if they're in the Oceaneer's Club.
We happened to be going during a time when two hurricanes were brewing and with the excellent experience of our captain, we only had one day of rain. He completely snaked around the storms and even worked out a deal with SanJuan so we could visit their rather than St. Maarteen because the port was closed due to the storm. He promised Disney "magic" wouldn't allow "us" to have a ruined cruise and did everyything in is power to make it happen. When we got into port we heard cruisers complain that their ships just sat in the water for 2-3 days because of the weather and they didn't see a thing. So I can totally attest to the fact that Disney, even though higher priced, goes out of it's way to make sure your vacation isn't ruined...one way or the other.
We are cruising on the Princess this time because we wanted to try out another cruiseline to compare for price/value/quality. I've heard so many wonderful compliments that I'm sure we'll have just as good a time on this cruise.
Oh, I forgot to mention that on the Disney cruise we had cooking classes as an option.
They would fix the entire menu and serve it to the "class" along with a matching wine, so we could eat it while it was being demonstrated. We're not talking samples, but an entire meal. Also with the classes you would get instructions on fancy napkin folding.
I know this may sound "hokey" to some, but we thoroughly enjoyed it.
To answer the original question - there is bingo aboard teh Disney ships. And if you want a more adult experience, teh 7 day is for you. The shorter cruises are more kid friendly, although adults can have a graet time as well.
My husband and I went on the 7 day western caribbean (Disney) for our honeymoon. I was skeptical at first because I knew that when you think of Disney~you think of screaming kids all over the place. The only time my husband and I saw children was when they were walking them down the hallway to another room. Obviously the pool for children was hopping all the time, but Disney has adults only pools (As well as their own pristine island with an adults only beach) I'm not a big Disney "freak" but I had a wonderful time on this cruise.
I'd have to say the best part of Disney was the food. I've never had better food than on Disney. We went to Palo's (adult rest.) which was only $5 more to your bill. The food was mouth-watering. Not to mention the desserts. The waiter insisted on the souflee (Spelling??), which was a warm chocolate muffin with vanilla bean syrup~~YUM! I also recommend the chocolate cake from animator's palate because you receive a dish in the shape of a palate and get to dip the cake into different syrup. It's absolutely wonderful on your taste buds.
I also liked the rotational dining. Your waiter moves with you to every rest. and by the second night, knows your favorite drink and dessert.
Don't forget a trip to the spa!! My husband and I scheduled a massage on Disney's island in a hut on the beach. Talk about relaxing!! When we were done, we went to get something to eat and they served lobster tails and ice cream in a little food stand...all included!
I really loved Disney's attention to details. You feel special on their cruise. When you first walk on the ship, they announce your name and the staff claps as you walk on to the ship. We also had numerous cakes at our table for our honeymoon, which they wrap up for you to take back to your room.
Sorry for such a long review but I believe that Disney is pretty close to the top in cruising!!!!
FIRST CLASS ALL THE WAY WITH DISNEY....We have been on three cruise lines and never were we treated as good..the food was awesome...the service was too. When we docked in Grand Cayman..they had shade tarps set up all along the docks to where we got on our bus for our excursion. They had lemonade waiting at the end of the dock. All the ships crew are in White Uniforms and the security was very high coming on and off the boat...There is BINGO.....but no casino..but we are from Vegas anyways so we see it all the time. The comedians were great...the ship was beautiful...so meticulously cleaned ...
My husband and I have no children and will be sailing on the Disney Magic next July (2005) during their big West Coast 50th anniversary special. The reason we're going is because my sister, brother-in-law and their georgeous daughter (my niece who's 8) will be going. I got the video and brochures and talked them into it because I wanted to do this cruise through my neice's eyes. My husband and I are experienced cruisers but my sister isn't. My questions for you are as follows: Are show seatings first come, grab your seats like other cruise lines or assigned? My neice is an only child, so will the kids things be where she'll feel welcomed? Can my sister bring her own wine on board and last but not least, my room is deck 7, catagory 5. Will we be disappointed with this? Thanks.