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Which Disney cruise ship is best?

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    Just looking at the photos of the after hours at the magic and it looks brilliant!

    Then I keep hearing how great the dream is.

    Do the ships only do certain routes? I know some of you have been on lots of them, are they all very similar experiences or does one stand out?
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    Are you finally going to take the plunge?
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    well I always say yes :lol: but yes, I'd really like to. I'm not sure we'll have a chance in December though
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    yeah I read that post too ;-) I think Cunard would be my style for sure :yes: Just not sure how into it I'd get with just 2 nights?
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    Mmm it would give you a taster. We can drive to Southampton quite easily so 2/3 nights isn't a problem. If you look at cunard's prices then they're not actually that bad. Personally I wouldn't now go without a balcony but not bothered about being ins suite.
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    yeah, southampton a lot more of a trek for us but still, for a taster as you say it could be quite nice!
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    Terry and Tom say the Disney Dream is too big, they prefer the smaller Disney Magic.
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    Yep! :yes:

    While we're going on the Fantasy next month I'd much rather it was the Magic or the Wonder. The new, bigger ships, brilliant though they are, are just too big for my DW and I. Case in point. On the Dream, the main atrium is located approximately midships while Animators Palette is in the stern. Since the ship is about 1,115 feet long, that means that you've got a walk of around 560 feet to get back there. And the walk is down a long, rather uninteresting hallway that seems to stretch off into oblivion. The Walt Disney Theatre is almost all the way forward, so if you've gone to the show and are heading to dinner at Animators, the walk is even longer. The entertainment district also is at the stern so the walk to get back there is just as bad. While all this may not sound like much, try doing it over and over again.

    There's also something undefinable. The larger ships are just missing some degree of intimacy that we feel on the Magic. Again, the new ships are brilliant and if you've never been you'd be blown away and be perfectly comfortable, but to us, the Magic is like an old, comfortable pair of shoes that fit really well. You may walk a hole in sole but you're still loathe to give them up. Now, with the refit, I think the Magic is going to be even more brilliant since they're bringing some of the stateroom enhancements that premiered on the Dream and Fantasy to the Magic.

    FWIW, I got a survey from DCL the other day.They wanted to know:

    • Do you use a smart phone (iPhone, Android, etc.)
    • Do you bring it with you on the cruise.
    • Do you use it to check email, browse the web, etc.
    • Same questions for a tablet (iPad, etc).
    • Finally, if the internet access on board were free, would you be more likely to bring these devices along. :shocked:

    Free? From Disney? I almost keeled over. :thud:

    Tom :)macwave:... IMHO, bigger is not necessarily better!)
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    ooooo wow what a great reply thanks for that Tom!

    I think the Magic sounds wonderful and I love the look of the new upgrades
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    Oh, forgot to mention. You asked about itineraries. Each of the ships has separate itineraries that change from time to time. You can find the exact cruises each ship does on the ship's individual page on the DCL web site. To save time, here's the links:



    Tom :)macwave:... :sail:)
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    The good thing about a big ship is that all that exercise makes you hungry for more food! Lol
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    You have a point. :yes:

    However, it also makes you too tired to chew. :shocked:

    Tom :)macwave:... just sit me down and shovel it in...)
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    I agree with all that Tom said in his comparison. :yes:
    Don`t get me wrong, the Dream is a really fantastic ship and it has a few extra touches that the Magic/Wonder don`t have:~
    1. Animator`s Palette is an inter active dining experience which is amazing.
    2. The Champagne bar is cool in the way that you see champagne bubbles through the viewfinder of a digital camera.
    3. In fact the whole bar area has a more adult feel to it with several themed bars to choose from.
    4. Disney have listened to it`s passengers and raised the beds in the staterooms by a couple of inches which enables you to store your suitcases underneath instead of trying to cram them into the wardrobe. [I`m not sure if this feature has been applied to the Magic/Wonder yet :unsure:]
    5. It has an amazing water slide that takes the riders over the ocean for part of it! [Not that I have tested this out though. :lol:]

    Maybe it`s because the Magic was the first DCL ship that we have cruised on, but it somehow feels more like home.
    Even though the Magic is over 950ft. long, it feels a darn sight smaller than the Dream by comparison AND it has the famous Sessions Bar where we hang out each night after dinner with our pianist friend Tim Moss.

    You can`t go wrong whichever one you try Keith and I would love to hear your apres cruise report. :yes:
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    you know, as the official cruise directors, I think you and Tom have a DUTY to try out the slide for us ? :taunt:

    I love the idea I really do. going to have to book one
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    Well if you fancy having a tour guide while you are on board, we have booked for the 7 day cruise departing December 28th. :wink:
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    oh dont tempt me :lol: really not a fan of new years in the UK, I could easily be persuaded that it's a good idea to be on a cruise over that period :yes:
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    The Magic is getting all these things as part of it's upcoming retrofit in the next few weeks. The only difference is that it won't be getting the actual AquaDuck. Instead it's getting the AquaDunk. It's a body slide that like it's bigger brother on the Dream and Fantasy, goes out over the side of the ship.
    I can tell you though from personal experience that the AquaDuck on the Dream is really cool! :thumbsup:

    Ahh... Sessions. I love that place. After the refit, it's going to be called "Keys". Hope they keep the ambience. :yes:

    Absolutely agree with that sentiment.

    Tom :)macwave:... only 3 more weeks to go! :sail:)
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    See my previous post! :D

    Tom :)macwave:... send me in coach!)

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