Disney Magic Review

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  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars 4.5
  • Expert Rating:4.0-stars 4.0
  • Traveler Rating:4.5-stars 4.4
    • Couples: 4.4
    • Families w/ young children: 4.3
    • Families w/ older children: 4.5
    • Singles/Friends: 4.2
    • Groups: 4.6
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Refurbished: 2013
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 877
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 3

How it Ranks: Disney Magic ranks #3 out of 4 Disney Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

The first ship in the Disney fleet, the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic was introduced in 1998 and was renovated in the fall of 2013 to add new features including additional children's clubs, the AquaDunk waterslide and play areas, new nightclubs and Carioca's, a Brazilian themed restaurant. The ship offers 10 dining options, including Palo, an adults-only venue (reservations required and an extra fee applies). Disney's knack for variety carries over into its diverse onboard entertainment offerings, including two theaters that put on five live performance shows, as well as the open-air Wide World of Sports that offers outdoor activities for the whole family, like basketball and ping pong. Unique to the Magic is the Chill Spa, a spa designated for kids ages 13 to 17 that offers treatments designed especially for teenagers, like the "Hot Chocolate Wrap" and "Surfer's Scrub," an exfoliating treatment, using ingredients like ginger, lemon and lime. The ship also offers three freshwater pools and a three-story waterslide tunnel as well as a water splash area for children ages 3 and younger. Even with the splash area for youngsters, past cruisers have commented that pool areas can sometimes feel crowded and most of the entertainment was not suitable for smaller kids. Though the Disney Magic is one of Disney's smaller ships, it maintains a nearly 4-to-1 passenger-to-crew ratio, so if you are looking for a personalized experience this might not be the cruise for you. With that said, compared to larger mainstream competitors, the Disney Magic's Interior Staterooms are larger than the norm, measuring around 184 square feet. And while all cabins are outfitted with premium bath products, a TV and a spacious sitting area, guests who spring for a Suite are granted extra benefits, like concierge service, customized pillow options and a media library.

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Disney Magic Cabins

Disney Magic offers a wide range of accommodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Disney Magic Deck Plans

Disney Magic contains 11 decks. Find out which features are available on each Disney Magic deck.

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 24 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.