Cruising on Disney Magic, an Iron Man makeover

Teaching an old dog new tricks is an expensive proposition for cruise lines. But it’s a lot cheaper and quicker than building a new cruise ship from scratch. These days, with the speed that technology and innovative designs are changing the cruise experiences for passengers aboard new ships — and the corporate need for increased onboard revenue to pay for them — refurbishing older vessels is more complicated. Disney’s Magical makeover Some cruise lines — among them, …

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Disney’s first cruise ship, Disney Magic, offers guests brand-new experiences and reimagined spaces

There’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic, when the Disney Cruise Line vessel relaunches with new spaces, reimagined areas and exciting additions for the whole family.  Guests will experience new adventures from stem to stern throughout their journey on the cruise ship that set the standard for oceangoing majesty and family fun. From a new grand atrium lobby and a children’s area of “super hero” proportions to a three-story water thrill slide and …

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Disney cruises for young and young at heart

ABOARD THE DISNEY MAGIC – When I told someone that I was taking my grandson on a Disney cruise, he smiled and said, “How sweet. Your little boy will love it.” My “little boy” is 22 years old. And the thought did cross my mind that my grandson Logan might be bored stiff on a cruise with a bunch of kids. I needn’t have worried. Logan loves the Disney Magic cruise and he is happy to share …

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Disney Magic docked in Cozumel

COZUMEL – The Mayans came from outer space. Or the Mayans were visited by aliens who shared extraterrestrial intelligence to create an advanced civilization on earth. “Some people believe that,” says guide Alex Cab. “But neither one of those things is true.” Nor is it true that Mayans no longer exist. “I’m a Mayan,” Alex says. “You can’t say that the Mayans are all dead because I’m still here. I am of mixed blood but I am …

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Walt Disney’s Moms Panel offers advice to travelers about their next Disney vacation

ABOARD THE DISNEY MAGIC – The  handy shoulder bag she was wearing first caught my attention. It seemed like an ideal size with a good body strap for secure fit on a trip. But I had no idea about the name emblazoned on the bag –  the Walt Disney World Moms Panel? The baby in my family is 22 years old. Sure, I’ve visited Walt Disney World Resort and cruised a couple of times on Disney ships. …

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Dining aboard the Disney Magic

ABOARD THE DISNEY MAGIC – My grandson Logan did a double take when we walked into Parrot Cay for dinner the first night of our Magic cruise and a server called him by name. How did anyone know Logan’s name? We sure weren’t wearing nametags. The mystery was solved when Simoun Olba introduced himself as our server for the entire cruise. When he saw us walking toward Table 67, I guess Simoun had no trouble figuring out …

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Pin trading is a Disney tradition

ABOARD THE DISNEY MAGIC – Jacob Marvel is so excited at the treasure he just got that he finds me in the crowd to share the good news. “I will never ever trade it. This is my favorite,” the 9-year-old declares, clutching a red-white-and-blue image of a Disney cruise ship. Complete with Mickey Mouse’s legendary ears, the ship looks as though it is sailing on a deep ocean with stars sparkling overhead. Pin trader extraordinaire, Jacob explained …

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Texas touches on our Disney Magic cruise

ABOARD THE DISNEY MAGIC-I’m perfectly capable of climbing stairs. But I do enjoy riding the glass elevator on the Disney Magic. It’s fun to zoom from the lovely atrium past the glittering Dale Chihuly glass chandelier to the top of the ship. After watching a bunch of excited youngsters meet with Disney princesses in the atrium, I step aboard the elevator and find a family from Texas. The two little girls in matching dresses – Olivia, 3, …

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Sailing from Galveston on the Disney Magic

When we left Indianapolis, the sky looked like cold oatmeal. Roads were slick and icy. Snow swirled through the early-morning sky. Wind chill temperatures were below zero. Even our heavy winter coats couldn’t keep out the bone-shivering cold. But, oh, what a difference a flight made. Our plane landed in Houston to sunny, short-sleeve warmth. And this was only the beginning of our winter getaway. Catching an airport shuttle to the historic Hotel Galvez in Galveston, we …

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Great fun, service and food to be found aboard the Disney Magic

My friend Faye recently sailed on the Disney Magic; here’s her report on a roundtrip, 5-day New York City to Canada voyage.  Kind Regards, Heidi On Sept. 2nd,  my hubby and I sailed on the Disney Magic– round trip  from NYC on a five day cruise to Canada to celebrate my birthday. Since this was my first Disney cruise,  I have to thank my clients who helped me with their tips.   Talk about a reverse situation! After 20 years of cruising (10 …

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