- Disney welcomes you like royalty. It’s Disney’s attention to details that will make your family feel welcome, treasured, and appreciated.I knew it was going to be a different cruise experience when an exuberant crew member announced “Disney Magic – help me welcome the Goerke family” on the ship-wide loudspeaker. Every family boarding the ship was announced so efficiently that the boarding process was not delayed. What a wonderful welcome to start off our 5-day cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay!
2. We dined on cracked crab claws and shrimp cocktail in the lunch buffet. You’ll feel pampered on Day 1 in the Cabanas buffet. After sailing on 25 cruises with 5 different cruise lines, I’ve never experienced such a delightful Embarkation Day buffet as the one provided in Cabanas. Cracked crab claws and shrimp cocktail were just a few of the surprisingly sumptuous the selections. We cruised in February so the lines were minimal, especially since we timed our buffet visit when the rest of the guests were making a beeline for their cabins when they were opened for access at 1:30pm.
3. Cabanas is closed for dinner during Embarkation Day. Disney cruises utilize a unique dining model where families rotate between three different main dining rooms each day. So to jumpstart the process, Cabanas, the buffet dining venue, is not open for dinner on Embarkation Day. The only eateries open for dinner on Embarkation Day are the three main dining rooms, Lumiere’s, Animator’s Palate, and Rapunzel’s Royal Table; Palo, the adult-only dining room (reservations required); and Duck-in Diner, a casual counter service eatery.
4. Our interior stateroom was very spacious. The interior staterooms are nicely appointed and roomy. It’s just my husband and me on this cruise. So we opted for an interior stateroom. I was pleasantly surprised with the spaciousness of this room. There is an ample sitting area in addition to the sleeping area. Both sections can be partitioned off with a curtain so that if you have a little one taking a nap or settling down in the sleeping area, you can still use the bathroom and sitting area. The bathroom has a shower/tub bathing area which is great for bathing little ones. The tub also enlarges the shower area – a plus if you’re use to the teeny showers on on other cruise lines.
5. We jumpstarted our relaxation in the Rainforest thermal suite. Drop off the kids at the Small World Nursery, Oceaneer Club, Edge, or Vibe and treat yourself to a relaxing retreat. The Rainforest is a fully outfitted thermal suite with 5 heated loungers, 3 themed rainforest showers, and 2 steam rooms. The Rainforest isn’t broadly advertised…at least I did not see it in the cruise information online, nor was a pass offered online prior to the cruise. My husband and I signed up during Embarkation Day because cruise-length passes are limited.
6. There are free Coca Cola drinks. Most cruise lines charge for soda. On the Disney Magic, Coca Cola products are dispensed for free at the various beverage locations throughout the ship.
7. We enjoyed a magical Broadway musical quality show. If you are a Disney fanatic, you will LOVE the shows. The casting is fantastic, story lines are new and fresh, and music/dancing/singing are first class. I’ve seen a few Broadway musicals and the reimagined version of Cinderella “Twice Charmed” did not disappoint.
Our first day was truly magical. I can’t want to see what is next! Already know that you want to take your family on a Disney cruise? Schedule your free over-the-phone Vacation Planning Session using my online scheduler to find a time that is convenient for you.