Written by Angela Brya.
“Discover uncharted magic”. That is what my family and I did onboard Disney Cruise Line’s, the Disney Magic. Disney Cruise Lines offers 3, 4, and 7 day cruises. We opted for a seven day cruise sailing the eastern Caribbean, with stops in St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, Bahamas. Beginning May 2002, the seven day cruise will alternate between eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.
It was an adventure. We knew that Disney in itself would be an exciting venture, but also the experience of sailing on a large ship is quite a journey for a youngster. Everyday allowed many opportunities for the kid at heart to visit with the characters we all know and love. There are character breakfast, autograph and photo sessions. To see the sparkle in your childs eye and joy on their face is a treasured moment.
They have a wonderful children’s program called the Oceanneer’s Club. My 4-year-old daughter, Lauren enjoyed story time with Belle and dancing with Snow White. There are many fun interactive activities, a computer lab, costume closet and Captain Hook’s ship to explore. We found that Lauren was afraid she was missing out on something we might be doing. There is also a nursery for the infants and toddlers, at an additional cost, if Mom and Dad want some quiet time.
The options are endless with the many things you can do. There is a movie theatre, sports deck, pools and water slide just to name a few. Scoops, where you can get ice cream, was one of our favorite spots. For the adults, there is a spa, ESPN Zone, an adults only pool, on Castaway Cay-an adults only beach, and Palo’s restaurant. All of the restaurants were fabulous, with scrumptious food and impeccable service. As a Mom, I loved the fact that they always had a kid’s menu. Even the buffets had a specific lane with very kid friendly food. My 1 year old daughter, Lexie gave up baby food on this trip. Of course, the entertainment such as magicians, game shows and musical’s were spectacular.
We thoroughly enjoyed the ports of call as well. Although there are many bargains to be had by the avid shopper, being a family vacation, we looked for something that might appeal to our daughters. On St. Maarten we toured a small butterfly farm, with a number of breathtaking butterflies to admire. In St. Thomas we went to Coralworld, a park where you can see and learn many sea creatures in their natural environment and aquarium setting. Some of the sea creatures are sharks, turtles, stingrays, lobsters and starfish. I would highly recommend both of these excursions.
At Castaway Cay we took in a day at the beach. Because this is Disney’s private island, you will again see the characters and enjoy a buffet lunch. Lauren just had to have her hair braided.
To sum things up, Disney has a style all their own and they do it right. This was an absolutely amazing trip and will go on our list of favorites. We will definitely return. I would be thrilled to entice you and your family by booking the trip of your dreams. Please contact me for more information.