So…where did I sneak off to last week you may well be wondering? A very generous invitation to spend a few days in the wonderful temperate climate of Miami, supping cocktails on a cruise ship was just too much to refuse and so off I went with a few other journalists to check out the “newly re-imagined” Disney Magic. I have become something of a cruise expert these days, having been on that ship before, so was able to quickly acknowledge some of the positive effects of the biggest makeover since she was launched 15 years ago.
At first glance they are definitely impressive; dig deeper and they are also a triumph of the latest technology and state-of-the art design. Even the initial welcome via the new grand atrium lobby has a new look, redesigned to be “elegant art deco, inspired by elements of the sea”. They have removed one of the staircases and moved the Captain Mickey statue to one side which opens the whole area out a lot more and gives you more of a grand feeling of entry. I was a little disappointed that the Chihuly chandelier has been removed – I am a big fan of his work – although everybody else seemed to be very impressed with the now Swarovski crystal chandelier that has replaced it.
We boarded the ship around midday and went straight for lunch at the new-look Cabanas buffet restaurant, which is now significantly larger and a lot more user-friendly. The level of food production and choice is really quite astonishing. Basically anything you want to eat and drink is there to help yourself to – a brilliantly designed family restaurant.
After lunch (difficult to walk as was so full) we were taken on a guided tour of the ship, to see just what changes have been made.
When it comes to big, the main new spaces and reimagined areas (read “refurbished”) include a new children’s area of “super hero” proportions to a three story water thrill slide and spa to stimulate the “Senses”. Having recently signed up the entire Marvel team of characters this was the first time super heroes from the Marvel universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship….
Which does of course in turn mean that this photo of me and Captain American was one of the first ever taken on board the ship! Woohoo and look how I manage to get up close and personal over the course of the photo session – well you can’t blame me can you – I had no idea that Captain America was so HOT!- :-