The Disney Magic was re-imagined (isn't that a great term!) in 2013, with much of the ship being renovated and some venues changed significantly and renamed.
Those who have sailed on the ship previously shouldn't worry--this gorgeous vessel still has elegant, classic interiors
and spacious cabins
with lots of storage and split baths. And, you still get a personal call from Mickey Mouse when you schedule a wake-up call on the phone! The entire Disney Magic experience provides a terrific vacation for families and adults.
I sailed for the third time on the Disney Magic in January 2014 and loved the changes. The most exciting change outdoors on the ship is the addition of a thrilling water slide called the AquaDunk. The slide only lasts seven seconds, but it's quite a trip! The other outdoor areas added are a new interactive AquaLab and the Nephews' Splash Zone for infants and toddlers.
The Disney kids' areas and youth clubs have been renovated, with the Disney Oceaneer Club completely re-imagined. I especially liked the MARVEL's Avenger Academy, where kids ages 3 to 12 can learn to be a super hero during a two-day training academy. Wouldn't you love to be Captain America or Iron Man for a short time?
All the dining venues have been refurbished or completely changed. For example, Brazilian-themed Carioca's has replaced Parrot Cay, and Cabana's has replaced the Topsider Buffet. I particularly liked the improved flow and use of stations rather than a buffet line at Cabana's. And, the outdoor diving is perfect for Caribbean cruising. Palo, one of the industry's best specialty restaurants, is still atop the ship on deck 10. And, although Animator's Palate is in the same place, it now has two fun and fascinating dinner shows/activities.
Adults will love the new lounges on the ship. The After Hours entertainment district has replaced Beat Street on deck 3. Three new venues--Keys piano bar, O'Gill's Pub and sports bar, and the Fathoms nightclub feature music and entertainment that adults will enjoy. I was very happy to see that the piano bar had not changed too much; it still has the large portholes and quiet ambiance, but also now has some whimsical Mickey wall covering.
Disney Magic Articles and Photos
Disney Magic (c) Linda Garrison
Most cruise visitors to Athens
want to visit one place--the Acropolis
, a large hill in the middle of city.
The Acropolis is covered with the ruins of several ancient temples and other buildings. It's a hike to the top and not easy for those who have walking problems. However, the up-close views of these magnificent structures is worth the effort.
After touring the Acropolis, be sure to stopover at the Acropolis Museum at the foot of the hill on the southeast side. One of the most interesting features of this museum is the way the Greek government has placed replicas of the parts of the Parthenon as placeholders for the controversial "Elgin marbles" currently residing in the British Museum in London.
The Parthenon (c) Linda Garrison
No one likes to get sick when traveling, and cruise ships and other confined spaces like schools and offices seem to be particularly susceptible to the norovirus
, a nasty stomach bug. This quick-onset illness seems to be most prevalent in the winter months, but norovirus
can strike at any time.
Most people are concerned about what they can do to help prevent this bug that can quickly ruin a cruise vacation. The best thing to do is to wash your hands frequently, and cruise ships now have alcohol hand wash stations at the entrance to the restaurants and the gangway. Although this measure helps decrease the number of outbreaks, there are other things you should know about noroviruses.
Information from the CDC on the Norovirus
As a cruise travel journalist, I hear all sorts of reasons why people planning a vacation will not consider taking a cruise. Although cruise travel may not be for everyone, most people can find a cruise ship and cruise destination to meet their needs. Don't let these ten cruise myths
keep you from planning a cruise!
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