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Guest Trip Report: 10 Night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland on the Disney Magic, Day 2

October 29, 2018 by Disney Cruise Mom Leave a Comment

This is a guest trip report written by Carol, who sailed on the most recent 10 night cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland on the Disney Magic on August 16, 2018.  You can start the trip report from the beginning by clicking here .

Day 2: Kristiansand, Norway

Day two lead us to Kristiansand – our first stop on the cruise and our first stop in Norway!  After 3 days in Copenhagen and a busy first day on board, we had to get going right away for our first excursion .  Our first excursion was a Disney excursion – “Lillesand by Land & Sea (KR01)” .  We met in the Walt Disney Theater where we found out we needed to bring our passports (which was different from when we cruised in the Mediterranean and never needed to take our passports off the ship).  So, we went and grabbed our passports quickly and returned to get ready to disembark the ship for our excursion.  When our group was called, we disembarked the ship and boarded a bus.  We first took a bus through some of Kirstiansand and to the town of Lillesand just outside of Kristiansand, where we saw houses typical of the area and the small port area as well.

Typical houses in Kristiansand:

Small port area at Lillesand:

After the bus trip, we boarded a small boat for a 90 minute cruise on the inlet waters near Kristiansand and Lillesand.  The cruise was smooth (for those worried about seasickness – as I was) and the scenery amazing! We passed by many small homes which we were told we used by many Norwegians as summer homes as they were right on the water and Kristiansand is very south in the country.  We also learned that if a house has a flag flying then it means someone is home and all are welcome!  The cruise was fun, informative and I highly recommend it.

After our Disney excursion, we still had time to walk around town.  It’s a really cute town with a really easy layout so it’s easy to walk and very easy to get to and from the cruise ship.  Tom Sheridan writes a really good walking guide of Kristiansand with highlights of the city and you can see it here.

We followed some of it – mostly due to time constraints.  We started by going over the bridge as directed and saw the new opera house while we did – it is so beautiful and you can see the reflection of our ship in it.

We then headed toward Christiansholm Fortress, passing by these amazing sculptures and beautiful water fountain on the way:

Christiansholm Fortress was really neat, you could climb to the top of a spiral staircase and look inside and the views from the back were just inspiring.  You could really imagine being there trying to defend the city (although that’s what it was built for, it was never actually used for that purpose).  They are doing construction on it now to fix it up, but it really is an amazing Fortress and worth taking the time to check out!  Our kids loved the cannons and liked pretending to play with them.

After the fortress, we headed to the Cathedral.  The Cathedral is just breathtaking, and right outside the Cathedral and down the street is a street of outside vendors who all sell homemade, local Norway ware so once you are done being amazed by the Cathedral, you can shop and pick up some souvenirs before you head back to the ship.

On our way back we had an amazing view of the Disney Magic:

Back on board that night our dinner was at Rapunzel’s Royal Table.  I was so excited to try this new restaurant on the Magic, especially after having experienced Tiana’s Place on the Wonder, and I was not disappointed!  We were lucky enough to have a table close to the front and the stage and that made for a lot of interaction with the characters.  This first night was Rapunzel’s birthday and the thugs from the Snuggly Duckling were throwing her a surprise birthday party!  They were very interactive through many of the tables, they were funny and it was a great time!  Rapunzel came around to every table and greeted everyone and took pictures.  They also put on a great show, singing songs, both from the movies and other ones.  It made dinner so much more entertaining!

All in all it was an excellent day!!!

Up Next: Day 3 – Stavanger, Norway

Click here to visit Carol’s blog about her family’s travels all over the world.

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Norwegian Fjords Disney Cruise Line Report – Day 3

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Day 3 of our Norwegian Fjords cruise aboard the Disney Magic had our first port stop, in Stavanger, Norway ( click here to read our report on day 2 ). I’m going to do this installment of the cruise report a bit differently, with mostly planning-oriented info regarding port recommendations, followed by our anecdotal account of what happened. (This is to make things easier for me when I compile this all into a Norway Disney Cruise Line Planning Guide.)

Before we start into that, I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about our port days. One thing that gave pause about doing Norway with Disney Cruise Line was the time in each port. When traveling, I like to burn the candle at both ends, and be in control of my own destiny. Usually, this means being up for sunrise, sunset, and night photography.

No matter how we toured Norway (in the summer at least), being up for all of those things would not be possible–it’d mean 2-3 hours of sleep per night! However, the windows of port time would be tested by our plan for Stavanger. There were a few things I wanted to do in Stavanger, and not enough time to do them all…

Stavanger is a fascinating city because it has a rich history with commercial fishing, but has transformed in the last ~50 years to become Europe’s oil and energy capital.

In 1969, the first Norwegian oil field was discovered at Ekofisk south in the North Sea, which made the Stavanger region a key player in the Norwegian economy. The oil industry in the region has made locals and Norway quite wealthy in the process (Norway’s wealth management and fiscal policies are themselves fascinating, albeit beyond the scope of this report).

Today, Stavanger seems to be a blend of old and new, with a small town university feel and also features modern and old world charm. It’s a town we would’ve visited on the Norway in a Nutshell tour, too.

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There would be no sleeping in this particular morning. I was up at 5:30 a.m., and quickly got ready before heading up to the top deck to watch the ship arrive into Stavanger.

I expected a large crowd for this, but there were only a handful of other guests up this early. My gain, I suppose.

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We saw a lot of rocky islands like this, and I was always on the lookout for puffins when we cruised past. Spoiler: we saw 0 puffins over the course of the entire trip.

Oh well, guess that means we have to go back to Norway…

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As with many of these port cities in Norway, Stavanger has a compact layout and is easily walkable. For the majority of things you might want to do in port, there’s no need to rent a car, use a taxi, or rely on the various forms of public transportation. There is one notable exception to this, which we’ll cover below.

My top things were the Norwegian Petroleum Museum (yes, really–it sounds really fascinating!), Norwegian Canning Museum , Old Stavanger , and hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) .

Based upon my research, we could do both museums and Old Stavanger, or Pulpit Rock and nothing else. While the museums sound fascinating, Pulpit Rock was the clear winner for me.

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Disney Cruise Line offers a Port Adventure for hiking to Pulpit Rock, but the goal of the Norwegian Fjords cruise for us was to save money over what a non-cruise trip to Norway would cost, so that was out.

Instead, I did some research and found what appeared to be a relatively easy way to do this hike on your own via public transit.

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That’s what we ended up doing, and if you’re visiting Stavanger on a future cruise, I’d highly recommend it.

Disney Cruise Line’s Port Adventure is (in my opinion) overpriced for minimal added convenience–you’re paying for peace of mind since they are less likely to leave you if you’re on an “official” Port Adventure.

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The threshold question before that, though, is whether hiking to Pulpit Rock is for you. This is a moderately intense, 4.4-mile hike with an elevation gain of ~1,000 feet. There is no scrambling involved, nor is the hike unsafe at any point (aside from the ledge at Pulpit Rock).

Despite Disney Cruise Line requiring guests be 12 years or older, the hike is appropriate for people of all ages who are physically fit to a reasonable degree. You will need hiking shoes, and I’d also recommend athletic attire and a hydration pack.

I’d also recommend a thin, waterproof and windproof jacket (think GORE-TEX). You won’t need any insulating layer because you’ll be on the move.

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As far as strategy for getting from the cruise port to the trailhead, we’d recommend purchasing a Tide Ferry & Bus ticket and doing it yourself. With that ticket in hand, be ready to get off the ship 15 minutes before the official ashore time and run to the ferry, which is about 12-15 minutes away.

We were ashore by 7:45 a.m. and the first ferry was at 8 a.m. We literally ran through Stavanger (along with a couple dozen others), and made it onto the ferry at 7:58 a.m. The boat left promptly at 8 a.m. Running was of the essence, and if we were cleared to go ashore just 2 minutes later, we would have missed the ferry.

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There was another ferry at 8:40 a.m. that others, including Disney’s Port Adventure, caught, but I think making the 8 a.m. ferry provides a huge advantage.

Not just that 40 minutes, but also in terms of crowds on what can otherwise be a busy (and narrow) path. I’d hazard a guess that we saved over an hour of time of by virtue of catching that first ferry.

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From the ferry, Tide has buses that are synchronized, so it’s a simple matter of stepping off the ferry and lining up for the bus. All told, the ferry and bus take around 70 minutes to get you to the Pulpit Rock trailhead. From there, the hike is roughly 4 to 4.5 hours roundtrip (about the same amount of time up as down, albeit less intense down), plus however long you want to spend up at Pulpit Rock.

Due to the above time constraints and transportation schedules, it’s advised that you begin the descent from Pulpit Rock by 12:30 p.m. in order to make the last bus. Tide is one of two bus services operating at the trailhead–if you’re tight on time, you may have to purchase a ticket for the other bus. No big deal.

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While we encountered many people on the cruise who fretted about having to turn around before making it to Pulpit Rock, or worried about worst case scenarios involving paying for a taxi from the trailhead to the cruise port.

These hypotheticals are unlikely. You should have an adequate window to make it up there whether you’re on the first or second ferry, so long as you’re in reasonably good shape.

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Ultimately, I would highly recommend the hike to Pulpit Rock to anyone visiting Stavanger, Norway. I love to hike, and have done some incredible hikes in the Canadian Rockies, Yosemite National Park, Swiss Alps, and many other locations.

I would put the hike to Pulpit Rock among the top 5 hikes I have ever done. It’s a fun experience, and even though it’ll consume most of your time in Stavanger, the hike is well worth it.

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Alright, with that generalized planning info out the way, let’s spice things up with an anecdote about our experience. Joining us (or perhaps we were joining them?) on the hike by Stephen and Tammy Whiting, who has a lot of great posts about cruising on TouringPlans .

We’ve “internet known” Tammy for close to a decade, which probably sounds creepier with air quotes around it, but whatever. ( Also–she took many of the photos of Sarah and me in this post, so credit to her for those photos.)

Hiking with them definitely improved the experience. More importantly, it also would’ve helped from a strength in numbers perspective had we encountered Norway’s infamous anorexic polar bears that were featured in Maelstrom.

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Frequently, I use “we” and “I” interchangeably on the blog when conveying our/my experiences. If you know English good, you might find this perturbing. (No one ever claimed this was the paramount of the written word.)

When I refer to past hikes above, I mean my experiences. Sarah enjoys hiking and has gone on a few hikes with me, but she’s more casual about it. Details about strenuousness and dangerousness of hikes I do are sometimes omitted when I tell her the stories from my hikes. (Just kidding, dear. 😉 )

I mention this because Sarah and I have different opinions on the strenuousness of the hike to Pulpit Rock. I’d describe it as moderate, whereas she’d describe it as intense. Thankfully, she found a blog that described the hike as “easy” while we were researching the trip. To the badass Norwegian who thinks this hike is easy, I am eternally grateful. I think Sarah would have been discouraged from doing the hike had she read more about its intensity. On Page 2 , I’ll share our experience with the hike, its intensity, and the rest of our day in Stavanger and evening back on the Disney Magic.

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Great review of the hike. I was one of those running to the ferry for the 8am departure. THe hike was great and I agree that it was great being there early, the hike down was indeed much more packed. I would love to camp up on pulpit one day. I imagine the sunrise would be spectacular from up there.

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That’d be awesome, but my worry would be that you wouldn’t even get a sunrise. I’d hazard a guess that they only see a sunrise about 25% of the time or so! (Regardless, it’d be cool.)

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“It also “sold” me on cruising as legitimate form of travel, rather than just a leisure vacation on a boat.”

For this reason, I highly recommend a Hawaiian cruise. You can see so many islands in a short time as you cruise between them at night! 🙂

Loving this trip report! Now I’m itching for a Norwegian cruise. 🙂

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Tom, found your blog via Facebook. I can’t tell when you published your Norway trip blogs, but I’m interested in the rest of your Norway cruise, as we’re cruising there in August 2017. Thanks for the tips so far!

Part 4 should be out later today. Thanks for reading!

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Just in case he does not see this- he was just on this cruise! He was doing some updates on FB while there. Have fun on yours. Tis is our next big adventure I think!

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Your experience with the bus is exactly why we hate Disney transportation at the parks. I know a lot of people are all for it, but we’ve had that exact scenario happen more than once and it is infuriating.

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Thanks for the info! I want to do the hike but my kids wouldn’t be able to, so my husband would watch them. Would you consider the hike safe for a solo female traveler? Also, would there be an easy place to “meet up” with my family after the hike?

It’s completely safe for a solo female traveler (the path has no dangers and is full of people), and there’s a ‘lodge’ of sorts (it’s pictured in the post) at the trailhead, so it’d be easy for family to meet you there.

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I’m really enjoying this trip report. We have family in Southern Norway and it’s been 9 years since we’ve visited. Your pictures are taking me down memory lane (: We have also been looking into doing a Disney cruise, so I was wondering if these ports are always the ones the Norwegian cruise stops at. Thanks!

P.S. The traditional Norwegian dress Minnie is wearing is called a Bunad (boo-nahd)!

Thanks for the info on Minnie’s dress. I had no idea!

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The picture of you eating the school bread is my favorite – natural Tom. Way to go Sarah on capturing a picture of Tom that looks natural… not sitting with food, but becoming one with his food.

“Becoming one with my food” is something I do a lot. 😉

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Great trip report from Pulpit Rock, happy that Sarah joined you for the hike.

And I love Godt Brød! They are more expensive than some other bakeries, but I think it’s great and like to support them when I can. I appreciate that they care about the quality of ingredients, and I LOVE knowing that what I buy was baked in that very bakery over night by professional bakers (sadly not something to take for granted other places).

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If puffins are your thing, come and visit us in Maine sometime!

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Last year I did a 7 day cruise to the southern Caribbean. I didn’t think I was a cruise person since I like to be an active and independent traveler, but as you point out I now see the convenience of a moving hotel. Every day I did a full excursion or exploration, just using the ship for dinner, recharge, and rest. While others sat around on the boat all day, it is nice to cover multiple places without the hassel of moving or transit.

We did the same–we were among the last 10 people out in port each day of the cruise, and had a really satisfying experience seeing Norway via the cruise. In fact, it was much more satisfying than I imagined it could be.

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These trip reports are exactly what I’ve been looking for! We booked the Norway/Iceland cruise next summer for our honeymoon. I’ve had similar concerns about not being able to travel/sightsee. I want to be able to relax, but I don’t want a leisurely vacation! Pulpit Rock is going on our “must do” list for sure. Thank you for all the planning details. I am very much looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!!

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There are plenty of puffins, whales, and icebergs here in Newfoundland!

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What insane blogger said that was easy?! I’m with Sarah! I’d definitely go with the intense side of moderate.

Exhaustion aside, it was probably my favorite day of the cruise and the company was top notch! 🙂

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Butter Brickles, on Nordic FIRE, with another scorching hot take!

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So, no Anorexic polar bears. but between the troll paraphernalia and oil rigs, you have confirmed that at least 2/3 of Maelstrom is a correct representation of Norway!

That looks like a great hike. I wish the weather had been better for you, but the pictures are still pretty.

Is the towel animal Constantine from the muppets?

I’ll definitely have a rant on Maelstrom/Spirit of Norway later in the report, so stay tuned for that (or not).

Lol on the Constantine comment. I think it’s a penguin?

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“Now, I had fresh and totally different clothes to wear that evening…like a RED flannel shirt!”

You´re killing me!!! hahaha this is great!!! looking forward to read the next chapter.

I was led to believe every man in Norway looked like Chuck Norris (or a viking) and had a closet full of flannel. I was misled. 😉

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Loving your trip reports. Can’t wait for all of the rest. I don’t really have a desire to do the Norwegian cruises, but it’s still fun to read about. Before my first cruise, I didn’t think I’d actually end up being a cruiser. I only went because my daughter really wanted to go on a Disney cruise. This…”the convenience of going back to the ship for dinner and transit to the next port—as opposed to checking out of a hotel and taking our luggage on a train” is why I decided I love cruising. We have done 2 cruises and have 3 more booked.

By the way, “If you know English good” should be…If you know English well! 🙂

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Ummm…. never mind.

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Great report, and beautiful photos as usual. Cove Cafe is the best – we’ve been fortunate enough to sail the Dream, Fantasy and Magic, and the CM’s and the coffee are always terrific. If you ask, they’ll give you a card – buy 5 get one free. Love that!

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Godt Brød was easily my favorite part of Norway, and I can taste the School Bread now! So sorry you didn’t see any puffins either, I’ve been back to Norway twice and I’m still 0/2 on puffin sightings. Guess I’ll just have to go back

In Alesund, there’s actually a puffin island that’s supposedly covered with thousands of them. We briefly considered visiting, but the logistics were a bit much.

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Disney Magic To Norway, For The First Time In Forever, Really

Posted on February 12, 2016 September 13, 2016 Author Chris Owen

When Disney Cruise Line sent Disney Magic to Norway it was for a number of reasons, one of which no other cruise line can possibly share. Disney Magic arrived in Norway recently, sailing into the majestic fjord that served as inspiration for the fairytale kingdom of Arendelle in the animated hit Frozen .  Signaling the beginning of Disney Magic’s European season, the inaugural Norwegian Fjords itinerary is one of a number of offerings this year that will return for the summer of 2016.

Living in Florida, we commonly associate Disney Cruise Line with short sailings to the Bahamas that call at Nassau and Disney’s private island paradise of Castaway Cay.  Our friends on the west coast like their itineraries south to Mexico and north to Alaska too.  But Norway?  Not the first place that comes to mind for Mickey, Minnie and the gang to visit.  But roll the topic of Frozen into the thought pattern and all of the sudden the Magic flows naturally to Norway, for the first time in forever . Literally.

Disney Magic’s 2015 European is actually quite extensive and features a number of interesting ports including one we visited not long ago.

Photo: Disney Cruise Line, Matt Stroshane, photographer

First-Ever Cruises to Norwegian Fjords and Iceland

Right now, on seven and nine-night sailings departing from Copenhagen, Disney Cruise Line guests are being immersed in the splendor and charm of Norway with exciting new ports, steeped in Viking history, a bit of which we saw made not long ago, in person. The season began with an 11-night Disney Magic sailing to Iceland for the very first time.

The Norwegian fjords are not exactly new but the attention they have been given lately since the release of   Frozen   is undeniable . Visiting Norway not long ago for the debut of Viking Cruises new Viking Star, it is no mystery to me why cruise traveler would want to visit that unique part of the world.  The home to magnificent mountain ranges, massive glaciers, steaming geysers and majestic fjords, the attraction is beyond question.  The opportunity to engage the Scandinavian culture of the region is reason enough to visit.  In addition to magnificent natural attractions, local offerings include stunning architecture, storybook villages and historic city centers, one of which is Bergen, an enchanted city itself that we spent some time in before the Viking christening.

A sampling of what sending Disney Magic to Norway has brought to the world of cruise vacations:

NEW Nine-night Norwegian Fjords Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Molde, Olden and Bergen, Norway Departure date: June 20

NEW 11-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger Norway; Akureyri and Reykjavik (overnight), Iceland; Kirkwall, Scotland; Dover, England Departure date: June 29

NEW Seven-night Northern European Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden Departure dates: May 30, June 13

Northern Europe

On northern European cruises, Disney Magic will sail the Baltic waters exploring richly diverse cultures and national capitals including Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark and St. Petersburg – Russia’s second largest city known as the country’s cultural capital. These itineraries depart from Copenhagen, Denmark and Dover, England – just a quick jaunt from London.  We are scheduled to explore his area as well on an August sailing of Azamara Club Cruises aboard Azamara Journey. so this information is of particular interest here.

12-night Northern European Ports: Dover, England; Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde, Germany (July 10 cruise only); Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia Departure dates: July 10 and 22


Disney Magic returns to the Mediterranean, treating guests to popular European destinations. Departing from Barcelona, Spain, these sailings take guests on an exciting journey of cultures and locales, with romantic boulevards, iconic locations, mild climates and the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea.

Five-night Mediterranean Ports: Barcelona, Spain; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia) and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Departure date: Aug. 10

Seven-night Mediterranean Ports: Barcelona, Spain; Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Nice (Villefranche), France Departure dates: Aug. 15, 22 and 29

In 2015, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.

These cruises combine the grandeur, natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney ship. Disney Cruise Line works closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to experience Alaska’s natural beauty and rich history.

Seven-night Alaska: Ports: Vancouver, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan Departure dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Learn More- 

  • Booking- To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com , call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.
  • Socially- Search Instagram for #fjordnorway to see some absolutely stunning photos

More On Norway

My visit to Norway was also a first-time occasion and one that will be remembered forever.  In addition to the launch of a Viking Cruises and Viking Star, a new cruise line and it’s first ship from the creators of Viking River Cruises, we spent some time in Bergen, an enchanting city with a warm, friendly people.  Here are some images from that journey

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Disney Magic: A Frozen Cruise to Norway’s Fjords

Author: [email protected]

Published on: 05 May 2019

Updated on: 11 May 2022

Who said Disney was just for kids? A Frozen-themed cruise to Norway’s fjords aboard Disney Magic is the perfect chill-out for grown-ups, too

Sipping a glass of Moët, I’m about to embark on a champagne brunch, even though it’s only 10am. I’m surrounded by marble, Venetian glass and panoramic views of the ocean.

All I have to do is stroll out of my private dining room to explore the buffet, which is piled high with all manner of foodie temptations including cheeses, seafood and caviar. But I mustn’t overdo it. Next stop is a dash to the ship’s atrium to meet Mickey Mouse himself (well, this is a Disney cruise, after all).

I’m on Disney Magic – one of the fleet’s four ships – heading to Norway’s fjords on a seven-night Frozen cruise from Dover. Naturally, there are activities galore for babies, toddlers, kids and teens – but let me tell you, this is no childish adventure and the ship is definitely not just for children .

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The House of Mouse has grown up (Disney is 96 in October) and while it’s still first class at entertaining children with its diverse range of characters, movies, theme parks and cruise ships, the brand has got its recipe for adults just right, too.

As well as the five-star Senses Spa & Salon, with its range of luxurious treatments including a couples’ room for massages and Elemis facials à deux, Disney Magic also offers the serene, adults-only Quiet Cove Pool and café, plus late-night dancing at Fathoms nightclub and live piano and cocktails at Keys.

To enjoy these very grown-up attractions, all we need to do is (whisper it!) get rid of our kids. And that turns out to be easier than we’d thought. After rushing to wave at Mickey in a mobbed daily meet-and-greet, our 10-year-old daughter is drawn like a magnet to the cookie-making class in Oceaneer Lab – one of two kids’ clubs for her age group – while our 16-year-old son can’t wait to dump his embarrassing parents and decamp to the Vibe teen club.

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Although he has his own keycard to our shared stateroom, he only returns there to go for dinner with the family (‘as long as my friends don’t see me’) and then again at 3am to ‘crash’. Our daughter’s clubs supply never-ending activities, including ga-ga ball, parachute games and ‘Super Sloppy Science’, so my husband Alexio and I are left blissfully alone to explore.

With her striking black hull, decorated with gold and topped with two red funnels, the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic harks back to the great age of ocean liners. And her interiors, with their glamorous, Art Deco-inspired design, are a stunning combination of nostalgia and modernity.

There’s a dazzling choice of entertainment venues, too, and we head to Keys, a bar inspired by the Sunset Boulevard piano joints of Hollywood’s heyday. Here the music is as lively as the super-strong cosmopolitans; the decor is retro-cool and the service is flawless. But after a second cocktail (we don’t get out much without the kids) it’s time to collect the family for dinner.

There are three main restaurants on Disney Magic , and thanks to the line’s ‘rotational dining’ policy, guests get to savour each one twice during a week-long cruise. Alexio and I are impressed by Lumiere’s, with its deliciously Gallic menu (the French onion soup is amazing), while the kids both love Rapunzel’s Royal Table, where we get to meet characters from the Disney movie, Tangled.

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Rapunzel, who celebrates her birthday here every night, becomes instant BFFs with my daughter – they bond over their long hair – while my son thinks the giant (and frankly quite scary) Snuggly Duckling Thugs are hilarious. But nothing is as magical as Animator’s Palate, where the restaurant and the waiters are all part of a show in which Disney’s iconic characters come to life.

It’s a jaw-dropping spectacle when the black-and-white restaurant explodes into colour, with plenty of surprises along the way (I won’t spoil them for you, but sharpen up your drawing skills before you go). The food is pretty magical, too, and my pasta parcels, filled with truffle-scented cheese, are a melt-in-the-mouth delight.

The gastronomic highlight, however, is Palo – the Venetian restaurant named after the long poles used by gondoliers – where my Italian husband enjoys a feast of prawns, crab, tuna and scallops, all so perfectly cooked that he declares it buonissimo.

Arriving at our first port of call, we’re up early to walk the cobbled lanes of the Danish capital, Copenhagen , and visit the famous Tivoli Gardens. One of the world’s oldest leisure parks, this charming attraction inspired Walt Disney to create the first Disneyland in California (he visited several times, and no doubt rode the 1914 wooden ‘Roller Coaster’, which was among the first of its kind and is still in service today).

Leaving the boys to sample this vintage thrill-ride, my daughter and I wander through the delightful gardens. The day rushes by in a riot of screaming and laughing on more rides, including the world’s largest carousel, before we head back to the ship.

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

There’s no time to relax, however. Before dinner we catch a show in the Walt Disney Theatre, and then the children vanish and we head to After Hours, the adults-only entertainment zone. Meanwhile, the ship sails on towards Norway, where tomorrow we will enjoy a Frozen adventure of our own.

Oslo looks a picture as we stroll through the pretty streets towards the Ice Bar, a cocktail venue with a difference. Here, everything is carved out of the frozen stuff, including the bar and even some of the customers (life-size human statues, dotted here and there). It’s breathtakingly beautiful and we stay for as long as we can, only leaving when my nose turns red and my husband’s teeth begin to chatter. (For more on what to see and do in Oslo, read our guide ).

The following day brings more Norwegian fun . The boys head off for a high-octane RIB boat adventure in Kristiansand – a compact city dubbed the Pearl of the South because of its warmer climate and palm-fringed beach – while my daughter and I choose a more sedate ride on the Setesdalsbanen vintage railway.

Over a five-mile stretch of narrow-gauge track, its steam loco and wooden carriages offer an enchanting ride back through history. Docked at Stavanger next morning, we take a boat trip to Bakers’ Paradise, a seaside inn and trading post on a rugged island.

people standing on Cliff Preikestolen in fjord Lysefjord - Norway

Here we feast on giant Norwegian waffles with fruit and sour cream – delicious – before embarking on a two-hour cruise through spectacular Lysefjord, where we stop to feed the nimble goats that magically cling to the sheer cliff face, easily catching the bread we throw to them.

At Pulpit Rock, one of the most famous spots in Norway , we gaze skywards to see where Tom Cruise performed one of his famously dangerous stunts while filming Mission: Impossible – Fallout . It was all in a day’s work for the Hollywood star, who clambered 2,000ft above the chilly waters of Lysefjord. Tourists can do the same, if they’re fit and brave enough, but don’t attempt it if you suffer from vertigo.

That night the ship turns back towards Dover, but another sea day lies ahead before we arrive home. That means we have time to visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to give our very own Princess a makeover (she emerges suitably sparkly and wearing a crown).

As we sip our cocktails that evening, gazing through giant portholes while the sun slides over the horizon, it’s the perfect ending to our Frozen adventure. If you’re looking for a magical family holiday that’s cool for discerning grown-ups too, Mickey and friends have just the thing.

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Disney Magic Appears to be Sailing to Norway in 2015

For the first time in forever , the Disney Magic will be sailing the Norwegian Fjords based on a port calendar in Geiranger, Norway that was last updated on Tuesday February 25th. The rumors have been swirling for quite some time, but until now there has not been much evidence of the Disney Magic in the Northern Europe. Based on the Geiranger port calendar the Disney Magic will make calls on June 10, 2015 and June 24, 2015. This suggest the Disney Magic will sail a few cruises in Northern Europe in June 2015.

Disney Magic Norway Fjords Geiranger 2015 Calendar

According to a brochure from the port authority, Geiranger is a well-known and well-functioning tender port with 3–4 anchor positions depending on the size of ship. There are plans for new shore-going arrangements. Geiranger is rated the best cared for Unesco World Heritage Site by National Geographic Traveller.

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I would not be surprised if the sailings are tied in with an  Adventures By Disney Norway Vacation  further capitalizing on the success of Disney’s Frozen.

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Very exciting 🙂

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Would the magic still leave out of Spain? What other stops do you think would be made?

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barcelona and for 4 cruises from venice to the greece in nest summer 2014

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Wow I live the Baltic ant wait ! Sign Me up!

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Already ready to book this. Fantastic, been wanting to do a Fjords cruise for some time, pumped that it will be on DCL. Might be our first one as Platinum members.

Point of order: how will they do fireworks from the ship if the sun only sets for an hour between 2-3am? 🙂

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Good point…:)

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No school holidays that time . Hope Baltic in july !!!!

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Yes, that’s the great problem ! How should we do the baltic tour during school time ?!

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As these are 2 weeks apart i’m hoping for rotation 7 night Baltic, 7 night Fjords… that would make for a fantastic B2B 🙂 c’mon DCL get those dates out!!!

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Indeed, that would make for an intriguing B2B itinerary!

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http://tinyurl.com/oplw7s3 <- Here is a treat (and quite lucky to be captured by google) the last time the Magic visited Norway!

Very cool, thanks for sharing.

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I am literally going to book the second they announce! Come on disney!! Also please announce southern carribean port adventures!!!

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That’s Oslo 2010 and we also moored up there, there were 4 cruises. Nice city, great museums and when we were there that fort she’s next to was closed due to renovation.

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We also went in 2010 on the Magic….12 night cruise which overnighted in St Petersburg. it was beyond amazing. weather was perfect, the ports incredible (ice bar in Stockholm baby, Russian ballet in st.petersburg). we have been thinking they’d be back up that way!

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Nothing in July or August? My kids are still in school in June, that will never work for me 🙁

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Also heard on another post: Port of Dover July 10, July 22 and Aug 3rd. 10 nights not sure how true.

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The dates for Dover make them 12 nights, so probably the same itinerary as 2010.

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Which itinerary in 2010 ?

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I was in the Norway Pavilion today. I wanted to talk to some of the Cast members about Norway since I am going there this Summer on Holland America – 28 days to Norway/Baltic. I had given up on Disney. The Cast Members asked me if I was going on the Disney ship and I said, “No”. They said oh that is too bad as Disney is sailing there in 2015. Just might need to do the trip to the Fjords twice. Hope this rumor is true.

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Disney Magic

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  • Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida)
  • Galveston (Texas)
  • Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida)
  • New Orleans (Port NOLA Louisiana)

Disney Magic current position

Disney Magic current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 26.49143 N / -79.29497 W) cruising at speed of 11.8 kn (22 km/h | 14 mph) en route to BSGOC > USPEF. The AIS position was reported 6 minutes ago.

Current itinerary of Disney Magic

Disney Magic current cruise is 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise From Fort Lauderdale . Prices start from USD 3163 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 01 Jun, 2024 and ends on 06 Jun, 2024 .

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Disney Magic Itineraries

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The 1998-built MS Disney Magic cruise ship is Walt Disney 's first (oldest) liner with sistership Disney Wonder (1999).

The vessel (IMO number 9126807) is currently Bahamas- flagged (MMSI 308516000) and registered in Nassau .

History - construction and ownership

DCL-Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (shipowner). The company was incorporated in 1996 as "Magical Cruise Company Ltd". Walt Disney also owns the Bahamian private island Castaway Cay (exclusive port of call - for Disney ships only) and an exclusive Cruise Terminal at Port Canaveral (Orlando Florida) . Disney cruises are marketed as "family vacations" and feature unique and exclusive activities, such as costumed Disney Characters, adults-only deck areas, dedicated facilities for teens, kids and infants-toddlers, signature (trademarked) shipboard facilities and activities, themed live entertainment.

MS Disney Magic cruise ship

The 1750-passenger ship Disney Magic provides some of the best sea travel vacation experiences. And just like all Disney businesses, the ship's primary market are families with small children (mostly kids younger than 8) - the major revenue provider for the Walt Disney company. However, on Disney Magic, you'll also find many passengers traveling without kids.

The ever first Disney ship, Magic was launched in 1998 to serve the special preferences of a new generation Disney package vacation fun fans. The Disney Magic ship design resembles the 1920's luxurious ocean liners, but what really makes this vessel worthy of its Disney name are all the Disney characters, special facilities, and unique fun activities on-board, along with the greatest kids programs at sea, the most Magic-al deck parties, and excellent service.

The CLIENTELE consists almost entirely of USA and Canada Disney cruise fun fans. The new Disney approach to children by age-related activities and specially dedicated onboard venues makes all ships mostly appealing for multi-generational travelers.

Disney Magic DRESS CODE - day casual and evening resort casual, meaning for men - jackets (no ties) and pants, and for women - summer dresses (no swimwear-shorts-jeans in the main restaurants at dinner). All Disney Magic 7-day sailings include one formal and one semi-formal night.

Disney Magic TIPS (totaling US $12 PP per day, automatically charged to guests' shipboard accounts), given to $8 waiters (dining room server $4, assistant server $3, head server $1) and $4 to cabin attendants. Additionally, a 15% gratuity is included on all bar drinks and onboard service areas.

Decks and Cabins

Most Disney Magic staterooms (877 total, in 22 grades) are 225-260-ft2 Balconies. The ship has 22 Suites, 362 Balcony, 235 Oceanview and 256 Inside cabins. The largest accommodations are Royal Suites (845 ft2 / 79 m2 plus 185 ft2 / 17 m2 terrace).

The ever-first Disney ship Magic boasts elegant Art Deco decorations of public spaces and a most affordable luxury in all its staterooms, of which even the standard cabins are designed as mini-suites (separate bedroom and living areas).

All Disney Magic cabins are designed with families in mind - some of the most spacious and most elegant at sea, and of course - with "Mickeys" everywhere. Cabins are quiet and offer comfortable privacy, appealing to both families and people traveling without youngsters. Even the standard Disney Magic cabins boast a separate bedroom and a living area (common to mini-suite accommodations of other brands), 2 beds convertible to a queen, the living room including a convertible sofa (an option for 3rd single bed); many cabins also have bunk beds (for a 4th person).

Disney Magic family cruise cabins for families of 5 have a Murphy bed. Plenty of drawers, a closet with sliding doors, a desk-dressing table, a smart HDTV, electronic safe bos, 2 portable "Wave Phones" (with texting capabilities and coverage throughout the ship and on Castaway island).

A unique feature of all Disney cruise cabins are the split-bathrooms ("bath and a half" configurations) - one with a toilet and a sink, the other with tub-shower-sink (the cheapest insides with a single bath 1 sink). Decent bathroom amenities (soap-shampoo-conditioner-lotion), a hairdryer.

All Disney Magic suites are located on Deck 8 and feature concierge service, deluxe design elements, huge Jacuzzis, better quality mattresses and large verandas (among the additional amenities are robes, slippers, and a vanity pack).

The boat has 11 decks , of which 6 are with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Disney Magic dining options include 3 main restaurants with the most fun rotational dining scheme (whatever the restaurant, your table number is the same, as well as companions and servers), a traditional 2-seating (at 5:45 and 8:15 pm, the earlier cater to the youngest kids). The traditional "Lumiere's" restaurant is decorated Art Deco (French menu), the "Animator's Palate" boast special light effects and video LED screens, and the "Carioca's" is a Caribbean-themed dining room with the most fun waiters and decorated in beautiful bright colors (this restaurant is also available for breakfast-lunch buffets).

MS Disney Magic cruise ship

The Disney Magic ship food experience features ample portions (everything is on-board made), with several choices of salads and fresh vegetables, a great variety of seafood, meats, pasta, and naturally, a separate kids menu is available.

Casual dining onboard is called "Cabanas" (a buffet restaurant, located high up and aft (overlooking the stern, a great outdoor dining option). Deck 9 offers 3 fast-food stations - the "Pete's Boiler Bites", the "Pinocchio's Pizzeria" and the "Daisy's De-Lites".

Specialty dining options are offered at "Palo" (an adults-only fine restaurant (costs extra, located on Deck 10; reservations are required, it's a relatively small venue, so early booking is advisable). Italian (Med) cuisine, including superb fish and seafood dishes, the brunch here offers Champagne and cold buffet with seafood and meats, great salads and desserts, and hot made-to-order selections (eggs-meat-fish).

The room service menu is simple (cold sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, burgers, lasagna, pizza, cookies), the service is fast, and suite guests enjoy hot breakfast and dining room meals options. Free drinks (Coca-Cola products) are also available at meals and at the 24-hour drink pavilion (Deck 9 aft).

Follows the complete list of Disney Magic restaurants and food bars.

  • Lumiere's Restaurant (471-seat forward Dining Room; with two open Dinner servings - 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. and 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; on 7+ day cruises features Gala Dessert Buffet)
  • Carioca's / Parrot Cay Restaurant (471-seat aft Dining Room with South American and Brazilian specialties for dinner)
  • Animator's Palate Restaurant (471- seat aft Dining Room, animator's studio design, features favorite Disney-character dinner shows; serves complimentary drinks; Rotational Dining with two fixed Dinner seatings - at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.)
  • Cabanas (self-service complimentary restaurant with American cuisine, pasta, sushi)
  • Pinocchio's Pizzeria (outdoor complimentary restaurant, poolside)
  • Pete's Boiler Bites (fast food outdoor eatery; Lunch and Dinner)
  • Daisy's De-Lites (outdoor fast-food eatery, poolside)
  • Palo (116-seat Italian specialty restaurant; adults-only, reservation-only; aft location; bookings via the internet or on board).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Disney Magic ship public rooms are nothing short to amazing. The "Walt Disney" Theater has a capacity of 977 seats and offers live performances and huge Disney productions (like Broadway-style musicals and classy review shows) on a 2-deck-high rotational stage. The "Buena Vista" Theater is smaller (showing Disney movies). Most of the ship's public spaces are on Decks 3-4-5. The most famous are: the Promenade Lounge (family-friendly, great music), Studio Sea (game shows, exhibitions, karaoke), the Atrium (a great place to meet Disney characters for an autograph, the place for the Captain's cocktail party and for Disney pin trading), 3 shops (on Deck 4 are "Mickey's Mates" (Disney memorabilia and postcards) and "Treasure Ketch" (logos, jewelry, watches), and the duty-free "Up Beat" is on Deck 3 (perfumes, liquor). The pool deck's adult section has a coffee house - the Cove Cafe (specialty coffees, bar drinks).

MS Disney Magic cruise ship

Like all Disney ships, the Magic has no casino (there's bingo with good jackpots). One of the features that make the Magic ship a special place to be is the deck parties, the highlight being "The Pirates in the Caribbean" Party - a great, most attended by all age groups themed Disney ship cruise fun.

Naturally, most of the shipboard entertainment is Disney themed (like the goldies "Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story", "Villains Tonight!" and the "Disney Dreams") with all the feature Disney characters). And there are Disney movies, including first-runs (shown in the ship's two theaters "Buena Vista" and "Walt Disney") and Disney 3D movies.

In lounges and clubs, there are numerous family activities during the day - dance parties, bingo, pirate quests, shuffleboard and video games tournaments, all kinds of contests, pool games, family karaoke, dance lessons, talent shows. Between dinner times, there is a short family-friendly cabaret show, with its adult version after hours.

Most of the adult-themed activities are at night for guests ages 18-25, like "Match Your Mate", "Singles' Mingle" and "College Club Social". The Magic ship's adult-only daytime programs are 3: the "Navigating the Seas" series (lectures and video info about the ship), the "Disney Behind the Scenes" series (about the "know-how" of Disney specials - from food to entertainment) and the "Art of Entertaining" series, all of which are at no additional charge (for wine tastings there's a $12 charge, $15 for martini and margarita tastings).

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MS Disney Magic kids cruise programs are the main reason for the Disney Magic line's high loyalty guests ratio. Designed with families in mind, there are several huge areas onboard, designated for kids with activities for every age level. All kids ages 3-10 have access to 2 interconnected club areas - the Oceaneer's "Club" (7-10 yo) and "Lab" (8-12 yo).

Kids clubs occupy an enormous space resembling a pirate ship, with PCs and TV monitors cloaked in treasure chests, and fun activities like cooking classes, games and contests, food-fests and pool parties. "Edge" is the tweens' club (11-13 yo) with PC and PS games, arts and crafts, and a bridge simulator for navigating a ship. The teen-only area (14-17 yo) is called "Vibe" (located in a funnel midship) - a special lounge with huge couches, flat TVs and video games, other hit activities are the dance parties and the karaoke. All kids programs (age 3+) are complimentary.

"It's A Small World" ship nursery (babies 3 months to 3 years of age) is at an additional cost of $6 per hour ($5 for the 2nd child). An online service allows guests to order from over 1,000 "Babies Travel Lite" products in advance of their sailing (delivered to their cabin). All services are also available on Castaway Cay. All Disney children counselors are college educated, well experienced and attentive.

Follows the complete list of Disney Magic lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Walt Disney Magic Theatre (977-seat, 3-decks high; offers live shows, aerial acrobatics performances, grand-style productions, 3D movies; with two evening shows - at 6:15 pm and 8:30 pm)
  • Magic's Atrium (3-deck high central ship area, featuring custom-made carpet, new furnishings, art deco chandelier, grand piano, and large portholes, with "Helmsman Mickey" bronze statue)
  • After Hours/Beat Street (3 clubs' entertainment district, adults only after 9 p.m.; Fathom, Keys and O'Gill's Pub)
  • Fathom Lounge Disco & Nightclub
  • Keys (adults-only piano bar, features handcrafted cocktails)
  • O'Gill's Pub (sports bar, with large TVs and live music)
  • Mickey's Mates; Mickey's Mainsail (Disney brand logo shops for postcards, souvenirs, DVDs, toys, clothes, games)
  • Sea Treasures (duty-free crystal, brand jewelry, watches, precious stones, Disney merchandise, underwear, sport, and swimming apparel); Quacks (Disney logo swimwear, T-shirts, towels)
  • Up Beat (duty-free brand jewelry, perfumes, liquor, and tobaccos); Treasure Ketch (duty-free shop); Whitecaps (Disney logo goods)
  • Promenade Lounge (104-seat family venue with full bar service, specialty coffees, and drinks; with the Internet Cafe)
  • Studio Sea (game shows, exhibitions, karaoke)
  • Buena Vista Theatre (268-seat 4D cinema, features 3D movies, Dolby Surround 7.1, and Dolby 3D movie technology)
  • Preludes Bar (quick wait-service snacks and beverages bar)
  • Shutters PhotoShop (photo packages, accessories, photographic services); Vista Gallery
  • D Lounge Bar & Nightclub
  • Vibe Disco & Club Lounge (teens only)
  • It's A Small World Nursery (for 3 months to 3 yo infants and toddlers; reservations required)
  • Magic's Oceaneer Club (kids 3-12 yo; with four play areas with themes from Disney films); Magic's Oceaneer Lab (play area for kids 3-12 yo)
  • Senses Spa & Fitness Complex (with Treatment Salon, Roman Bath, Sauna, Relaxation Room; Fitness Centre /health and wellbeing seminars; Beauty Salon)
  • Senses Spa Villas (private suites with own hot tub, private verandah, Roman bed with canopy, open-air shower)
  • Quiet Cove Pool (adults only pool, served by Cove Bar; with 2 Whirlpools)
  • Cove Cafe (adult-only, with large LED TV screen; Wi-Fi spot)
  • Signals Bar (adults-only bar for snacks and beverages, poolside)
  • Eye Scream Treats Bar (complimentary ice cream, poolside)
  • Frozone Treats (iced fruit smoothies bar, poolside)
  • Eye Scream Treats (Monsters Inc themed ice cream parlor)
  • Goofy's Family Pool; Mickey's Pool; Nephews' Splash Zone; AquaDunk Water Slide; AquaLab (kids interactive water play area)
  • Quarter Masters (video games arcade)
  • Edge Lounge (11-14 yo teens-only club area, with a giant video wall, interactive games, Internet)
  • 24x14ft Outdoor LED movie screen
  • Wide World of Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, soccer)
  • Radio Studio (live radio programs for Disney Magic itinerary-related news and onboard events)
  • Outlook Bar (retreat area with a piano and full bar; hosts weddings receptions).

Following drydock 2023 refurbishment, Disney Magic now has a new venue - Soul Cat Lounge, themed after Disney's computer-animated film "Soul" (2020).

The Soul Cat Lounge (near Rapunzel's Royal Table restaurant/aft on deck 3) is designed to resemble Half Note Lounge from the movie (Joe Gardner's favorite music spot). The venue is music-themed, with a classic NYC jazz club ambiance and an interior featuring brick walls, wooden accents, comfortable leather seating (surrounding a stage for live music performances in the evenings), Pixar-themed artworks (record labels, concert posters, portraits of Dorothea Williams and her bandmates), music-themed design elements (record players, instruments, Joe Gardner's hat). Table-side are served local brews, signature cocktails (made with New York spirits), a selection of mocktails, brand coffees, sodas, zeppoles (Italian fried doughnuts).

The new production show "An Encanto Celebration" allows guests to engage in music, crafts, and storytelling alongside La Familia Madrigal (family from the Encanto movie). The experience includes meeting and taking photos with Mirabel and Bruno, a sing-along of Encanto songs, creating movie-inspired butterflies and flower crafts. During the show, guests can also enjoy a selection of Colombian beers, cocktails, sodas, film-inspired mocktails.


Disney Magic itinerary program is based on Caribbean and Bahamas roundtrips departing from PortMiami Florida USA , all visiting the DCL's private Bahamian island Castaway Cay .

In September 2020, the liner had planned a European (UK and Ireland) season with 7-day roundtrips from homeport Dover visiting Plymouth , Cork , Liverpool , Greenock , Dublin .

Following the Coronavirus crisis, for summer 2021 (June-September), the ship was scheduled to operate cruises-to-nowhere (mostly 2-3-night plus limited 4-night roundtrips) from homeports London-Tilbury , Liverpool , Newcastle , and Southampton . These unique for DCL itineraries (called "Sea Staycations") were open for booking by UK residents-only and without any call ports.

In fall 2022 the ship operated 7-day NYC to Bermuda (Kings Wharf) itineraries. Since November 2022, Disney Magic is homeported in Galveston Texas for short-breaks (4-night and 5-night) to Mexico's Cozumel and Progreso .

On February 18, 2023, started Disney Magic's homeporting in NOLA/New Orleans Louisiana . The program (run though April 10th) was based on 4-5-6-day roundtrip Western Caribbean itineraries visiting Cozumel (4-day), Cozumel plus Costa Maya (5-day) and Cozumel plus Grand Cayman/George Town Harbour (6-day).

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The Walt Disney ship Magic is company's first-ever liner, followed by sistership Disney Wonder . Each vessel is 40% smaller in size compared to the 2 newer Disney ships Dream and Fantasy . The inaugural cruise/Maiden Voyage started on July 30, 1998. Ship's Godmother was Patricia Disney (1935-2012) - wife of Roy Edward Disney (1930-2009) who was a senior executive (Vice Chairman and Chairman) for The Walt Disney Company in the period 1954-2009.

The vessel (Fincantieri Marghera yard/hull number 5989) is powered by Wartsila-Sulzer marine diesel engines (model 16ZAV40S) with total power output 58,25 MW. The propulsion system is diesel-electric.

Fun fact is that MS Disney Magic held the record for paying the highest-ever regular Panama Canal passing toll (exactly USD 331,200). However, the record was beaten later by the Princess Cruises ship Coral Princess (USD 400,000).

Outside, the vessel looks like an ocean liner from the early-20th century. Interior decorations are influenced by both Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. On Magic debuted many of Disney's Marvel superheroes - a really thrilling experience for the youngest passengers.

Disney Magic refurbishments review

Disney Magic was last drydock-refurbished in 2023 (April 15 thru May 4) at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport .

The 3-week refurbishment included general maintenance works and machinery overhauls, as well as renovation of passenger cabins and public spaces. During the drydock, the Concierge Lounge was redesigned and all concierge staterooms (plus the Royal Suites) were completely refurbished with new fixtures, furniture, artworks.

A new music-themed venue (decorated in themes from Disney's computer-animated film "Soul"/2020) was created - Soul Cat Lounge (aft on deck 3). Also were introduced new movie-themed entertainment programs for families as well as the "An Encanto Celebration" production show (themed on Disney's animation film "Encanto"/2021).

During drydock 2023 was also installed shore power connectivity  allowing the ship to plug in and use the port city's power grid electricity for all onboard services while berthed.

Drydock 2019

During the refurbishment in 2019 were added Rapunzel's Royal Table (themed restaurant/aft on deck 3), the teen club was transformed, Cove Cafe (adults-only venue) was redesigned and Club Disney Junior (lounge part of Disney's Oceaneer Club) was added.

Also was redesigned the Rainforest Room in the adults-only Senses Spa (steam and hydrotherapy).

Drydock 2015

The refurbishment in 2015 (September 5-18, in Cadiz) was for extensive renovations (restaurants, bars, spa, atrium, staterooms, kids area), Dream-class concepts (waterslide starting near the funnel's top and swinging out over the side of the ship), lighting/audio upgrades.

The project also included general maintenance works and propulsion system upgrade.

Drydock 2013

The list of deck plan changes after the ship's 6-week long drydock 2013 refurbishment in Cadiz Spain (September 7 through October 10, at Navantia's Puerto Real Shipyard) included:

  • AquaDunk (new waterslide), AquaLab (interactive water play area with the Twist n’ Spout waterslide)
  • Animator’s Palette restaurant (ex-Studio C) with new flat TVs, lights, walls, speakers
  • new Carioca’s (Brazilian-themed restaurant replacing Parrot Cay)
  • new Cabanas (replacing Topsider Buffet, hugely enlarged)
  • Palo (renovations- new fixtures, glass artwork, stone floor)
  • Mickey’s Mainsail (new shop)
  • (Deck 3) After Hours district now with the Fathoms (disco club), Keys (piano bar, replacing Cadillac Bar) and O’Gills (Irish pub)
  • expanded Senses Spa (by 725 ft2), now with Barbershop, Chill Spa and Smile Spa
  • shop upgrades (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Anna & Elsa’s Boutique)
  • "It's a Small World Nursery", "Nephews"
  • renovated and redesigned passenger rooms (elevated beds for more storage space)
  • Lobby Atrium changes (2nd staircase removed, the Chihuly chandelier replaced with an Art Deco one)

Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab changes - now with Marvel's Avengers Academy (the first on a Disney ship), Andy's Room (now has the Slinky Dog slide, Mr. Potato Head and Hamm the piggy bank), also changed are the interiors of the rooms Pixie Hollow, and the Mickey Mouse Club.

The Edge (teen club) was relocated (from deck 2 to deck 9), its area was expanded and the amenities there were enhanced (new gaming stations, dance floor).

Also were conducted general maintenance of all mechanical systems, hull and interior painting, piping, propulsion system upgrade (for reducing fuel consumption). 400+ contract workers were employed for all the refurb jobs.

Service history/itineraries review (1998-2016)

Follows the ship's concise service history (former itineraries):

  • [1998-2005] 7-day Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida
  • [2005-2012] relocated to San Diego CA
  • [2012-2013] relocated to NYC New York and sailing from there to the Bahamas, Canada/New England
  • [2013 June] relocated to Europe ( Barcelona ) for the summer season, also receiving a 6-week extensive refurbishment. After the 2013 Transatlantic crossing started departures out of Miami FL , later was repositioned back to Orlando.

In 2016, Disney deployed the Magic ship in Europe. For the first time ever, Disney offered UK cruise departures (from Dover England) to ports in Baltic Sea (incl Norwegian Fjords), Iceland, UK (British Isles). Throughout 2016 summer, the ship operated in the Western Mediterranean (leaving from Barcelona ). After that followed a 12-day Transatlantic repositioning to NYC for round-trip cruises to Canada (5-6-day to New England - Saint John NB and Halifax NS) and 8-9-day to Florida-Bahamas (visiting Port Canaveral, Nassau, and the private island Castaway Cay).

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Our businesses are genuinely diverse and dynamic. The range of work is impressive and challenging. Add to that the tremendous geographical coverage of this region and you have a role which is truly varied. In view of Southeast Asia’s growth, we are now seeking an Administrative Assistant to support the  sales team and the communication & pu blic relations team for Disne y Cruise Line

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  • Provide full secretarial and administrative support to the leaders
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  • Manage the day-to-day calendar, including organizing meetings and managing schedule
  • Coordinate and act as the point of contact for local and overseas meetings and conference arrangements
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  • Assist in coordinating important pieces of work/projects for the VP between his team and others in the organization as required
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  • Prepare and submit Travel & Entertainment (T&E) claims using the internal tracking system
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  • Provide additional support to other senior leaders in the team with T&E and travel booking as required
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  • Secretarial Diploma and/or Business Administration Degree with 5+ years of experience in a similar role with a multi-national corporation
  • Fluent in speaking/ writing/ listening in English and Chinese 
  • Experience in managing schedules, arranging meetings, making travel arrangements and providing administrative support
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  • Highly organized with good spoken and written communication as well as interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Good etiquette, pleasant composure and a positive working attitude
  • A good team player who is mature, professional, highly motivated and energetic
  • Meticulous with good organizational and planning skills
  • Detail Oriented, pro-active and a self-starter
  • Proven ability to work well in teams
  • Keen understanding of stakeholder management & building organizational support

The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our audiences, and where all can thrive and belong. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

About Disney Cruise Line:

A leader in the cruise industry, Disney Cruise Line provides a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can experience all the magic that Disney has to offer. Guests can sail out of ports around the world on exciting itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska and Europe, among others. Aboard the fleet of five ships – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish – and Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas - Castaway Cay, crew members provide guests with unparalleled service, enchanting storytelling and immersive family entertainment that only Disney can deliver.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) , which is part of a business we call Disney Cruise Line .

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Disney Cruise vs. Norwegian Cruise: Which Cruise Line Is Better?

Choosing the right cruise line is one of the most important aspects of planning a cruise vacation. Two popular options, Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, provide a range of entertainment, dining, and activities tailored to various preferences and budgets. This article will explore the Disney cruise vs. Norwegian cruise experience, examining the fleet, pricing, itineraries, destinations, onboard activities, dining options, and suitability for different age groups. We aim to inform you about the distinctions between Disney and Norwegian cruises, ensuring you make the best choice, whether traveling with young kids, adults, or your entire family.

About Disney Cruise Line

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Fireworks at Sea on a Disney Cruise Ship | Image © Disney

The following are some of the key features of a Disney Cruise Line vacation:

  • Disney Cruise Line, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, expertly merges the magic of Disney with thrilling cruise experiences.
  • Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with high-quality entertainment and a wide array of activities for all ages.
  • Specially designed ships cater to guests of all ages, offering engaging children’s programs and peaceful adult-only spaces.
  • There are character meet-and-greets, Broadway-style productions, movie screenings, themed deck parties, swimming pools, and exciting water slides.
  • Embark on memorable journeys to sought-after destinations, including the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Europe.
  • Gain exclusive access to charming Disney destinations like Castaway Cay and Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.
  • Explore unique local attractions, experiences, and excursions through the Port Adventures program.

About Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Prima in port

Norwegian Prima | Image © Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd

Here are some of the highlights of a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line, part of the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings family, offers an energetic and versatile vacation experience.
  • A wide selection of entertainment, dining, and activities is available to guests.
  • Travel in style aboard modern ships, complete with children’s programs, enriching activities, thrilling water sports, and tranquil adult-only retreats.
  • Sail to captivating Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and Europe destinations.
  • Enjoy dazzling live performances, as well as engaging educational programs.
  • Select from various shore excursions tailored to different interests and age groups.

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In-Depth Comparison: Disney Cruise vs. Norwegian Cruise

Choosing the perfect cruise line for your vacation can be challenging. To assist you in making the best choice, we present an extensive comparison of Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line. This analysis will examine key factors such as fleet size, pricing, itineraries, destinations, onboard activities, culinary experiences, and overall suitability for children, adults, and families.

Fleet Size and Design

The Disney Wonder underway with a gorgeous sunset in the background | Image © Disney

Disney Wonder | Image © Disney

Disney Cruise Line operates a fleet of five ships: Disney Dream , Disney Fantasy , Disney Magic , Disney Wonder , and Disney Wish . These ships are designed with a magical atmosphere in mind, featuring Disney-themed décor, spacious staterooms, and a wide array of amenities.

Norwegian Cruise Line has a more extensive fleet of 19 ships , offering various sizes and experiences. Their vessels are designed to provide a modern, stylish, and comfortable atmosphere, focusing on flexibility and personalization.

The Disney Cruise Line is known for its premium experiences and exceptional service, which come at a higher price . It also offers unique Disney entertainment and access to exclusive destinations, such as Disney’s Castaway Cay.

On the other hand, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a budget-friendly vacation experience, emphasizing flexibility, diverse entertainment, and an extensive range of dining options. Their pricing structure accommodates a range of budgets, making it more accessible to a broader audience.

Evaluating prices between Disney and Norwegian can be tricky, given their distinct offerings and cruise experiences. Consequently, direct comparisons aren’t as straightforward. Disney Cruise Line might feature higher initial fares, yet it encompasses more onboard entertainment and premium experiences. In contrast, Norwegian Cruise Line’s lower pricing may appeal to travelers looking for a more flexible and modern cruise experience without Disney themes and exclusive experiences.

When choosing a cruise, you should consider your preferences, budget, desired destinations, onboard activities, entertainment, and dining options. Working with a knowledgeable travel agent can be invaluable in making an informed choice and finding the best deals, as they can help you navigate the various options and promotions.

Both cruise lines offer opportunities for savings , such as Norwegian Cruise Line’s frequent promotions or Disney’s Last Minute cruises , onboard credit, or Florida resident discounts on Disney cruises from Florida . By taking advantage of these options, you can ensure you select the cruise line and itinerary that best suits your needs and budget.

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Furthermore, as a Norwegian Cruise Line specialist, they provide exceptional service at competitive rates if you choose Norwegian. Their expertise will help you make an informed decision between various cruise lines. Whether it’s your first cruise or your 50th, with guidance from The Vacationeer , you can embark on your dream cruise vacation, confident that you’ve made the best choice for your preferences and budget .

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Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line offer a variety of experiences catering to diverse preferences. Disney cruises typically span three to eleven days , with some extended cruises available. Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line features a broader range of lengths, typically from 3 to 15 days, with most cruises falling within the 7-15 day range.

Cruises from both lines often include multiple stops at different destinations, along with some days at sea. However, there are shorter Disney cruises that exclusively travel to Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.

When selecting a cruise, it’s essential to consider your preferred destinations, especially on longer voyages. Both cruise lines present unique routes and ports of call, so carefully evaluating your options will help you make the right choice.

The itinerary you choose also affects the travel documents you need. Depending on your cruise’s location, you’ll need the appropriate paperwork, such as a visa, immunization record, and passport for a Disney cruise or a Norwegian cruise.

Reach out to The Vacationeer to help you plan your cruise, whether it’s a shorter Disney Cruise or an extended Norwegian Cruise. Their expertise ensures a smooth and enjoyable experience from start to finish.


Disney Cruise Line offers family-friendly cruises to popular destinations such as the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Hawaii , Alaska , and Europe . Recently, Disney has ventured into faraway places like Australia and New Zealand. Disney Cruise Line passengers also enjoy access to exclusive destinations like Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island , where they can experience a tropical oasis infused with Disney magic.

Conversely, Norwegian Cruise Line presents a broader array of destinations , encompassing the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, Alaska, Europe, Asia, and even world cruises. There’s also a private destination, Great Stirrup Cay.

Norwegian’s extensive selection ensures travelers can easily discover a cruise that aligns with their interests and desires.

For more information about all the ports of call you can visit, contact The Vacationeer .

Onboard Activities

Disney Cruise Line is renowned for its family-centric activities and enchanting Disney-themed experiences. Guests onboard can enjoy character meet-and-greets, themed deck parties, Broadway-style shows like Frozen and Aladdin, and interactive experiences such as trivia, animation workshops, and scavenger hunts. Additionally, Disney Cruise Line offers state-of-the-art health clubs and luxurious spas for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation.

Conversely, the Norwegian Cruise Line offers a wide range of activities for all ages . Guests can enjoy a variety of entertainment options, including ThrillPlex activity zones, live music, comedy acts, casinos, educational programs, themed parties, and interactive game shows. Furthermore, Norwegian Cruise Line boasts luxurious spas, advanced fitness centers, and engaging activities like art classes, wine tastings, and cooking demonstrations.

Dining Options

Disney Cruise Line presents a variety of inclusive dining options to suit the tastes and preferences of all its guests. Utilizing a unique rotational dining system, passengers can savor diverse themed restaurants with distinct atmospheres and menus, such as the enchanting Lumiere’s, ocean-themed Triton’s, or vibrant Tiana’s Place . From upscale fine dining venues to laid-back buffet-style eateries like Cabanas, there is something for every palate.

Additionally, Disney Cruise Line offers character dining experiences at Animator’s Palate and adult-only specialty restaurants , such as Palo and Remy, which boast exquisite culinary masterpieces and a refined ambiance (for an additional fee).

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Norwegian Cruise Line also delivers an extensive array of included dining options. The main dining rooms provide both conventional and flexible dining schedules, catering to varying mealtime preferences. Travelers can opt for casual dining choices, including buffets, poolside grills, and pizzerias like La Cucina.

For those interested in a specialty dining package (extra fee), Norwegian Cruise Line offers a range of restaurants featuring diverse cuisines, such as steakhouses like Cagney’s , sushi bars including Wasabi, and Italian trattorias such as La Trattoria.

Best for Kids: Disney Cruise vs. Norwegian Cruise

Disney Cruise Line excels in providing a magical environment for children, complete with a wide range of activities and entertainment options. Kids can interact with beloved Disney characters, be captivated by Broadway-caliber shows and movies, participate in themed parties, and enjoy water play areas featuring pools and slides.

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Kids love Disney Cruise Line’s Oceaneer Club | Image © Disney-Pixar

Age-specific kids’ clubs like the Oceaneer Club (ages 3-10), Edge (ages 11-14), and Vibe (ages 14-17) ensure safe and engaging spaces for children to socialize and take part in exciting and interesting activities. Disney’s ships also provide group babysitting and playtime at It’s a Small World Nursery for children under three.

In comparison, Norwegian Cruise Line presents an assortment of activities and youth programs that will keep them entertained. The Splash Academy (ages 3-12) encompasses arts and crafts, movies, video games, themed nights, and water-based activities like pools and splash zones. The Entourage program (ages 13-17) offers a dedicated area for teens to mingle, engage in activities, and attend exclusive parties.

Overall, Disney Cruise Line is the best choice for kids due to its unmatched Disney-themed entertainment, tailor-made experiences for younger guests, and age-specific kids clubs. The enchanting atmosphere amplifies the appeal for children, making it an unforgettable experience.

Though a worthy alternative, Norwegian Cruise Line doesn’t fully capture Disney’s immersive magic and doesn’t match up. However, Norwegian Cruise Line still accommodates families by offering a diverse array of enjoyable activities and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers, ensuring a fun vacation for everyone.

Best for Adults: Disney Cruise vs. Norwegian Cruise

Despite being known for its family-oriented atmosphere, Disney Cruise Line also offers a variety of adult-exclusive activities. Guests can relax in serene retreats like the Quiet Cove Pool and luxurious Senses Spa & Salon or explore adult-only dining and lounges like Remy, Palo, Skyline, and Cove Café.

My wife and I recently sailed on the Disney Wish, where we particularly loved the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge . This immersive, adults-only bar serves themed cocktails and provides panoramic views of iconic Star Wars locations.

No wretched hive of scum and villainy here! Hyperspace Lounge offers amazing views.

No wretched hive of scum and villainy here! Hyperspace Lounge offers amazing views.

We also enjoyed the adult areas of Castaway Cay , dining at Palo, and attending fitness classes.

While we appreciate the family-centric ambiance and Disney theming, it was easy to slip away to the adult-only areas whenever we wanted.

Conversely, Norwegian Cruise Line is recognized for its diverse adult-centric amenities and sophisticated atmosphere. The Spice H2O, an adults-only retreat, offers a serene space for relaxation, while the Mandara Spa provides indulgent treatments. Norwegian also presents gourmet dining experiences like Le Bistro and Cagney’s Steakhouse and unique bars and lounges like the Ice Bar and Sugarcane Mojito Bar.

Evening entertainment options include Broadway-style shows, live music, and a vibrant casino.

Both Disney and Norwegian offer a great cruise experience for adults . Focused on relaxation, refined entertainment, and diverse dining, Norwegian targets an older audience. Disney blends family charm with exclusive adult spaces, creating a unique experience.

Bottom Line : Choose Norwegian Cruise Line for sophistication and its diversity of amenities; opt for Disney Cruise Line for a magical adventure with adult-only escapes.

Best for Families: Disney Cruises vs. Norwegian Cruises

When comparing family-friendly cruise experiences, Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line both offer exceptional vacations tailored for guests of all ages. Each cruise line provides unique activities, entertainment, and dining options that cater to families. However, one stands out as the ultimate choice for an unforgettable family cruise vacation.

Disney Cruise Line excels in creating a magical atmosphere for families , with enchanting character encounters, captivating Broadway-style shows, and engaging activities for all ages. The cruise line features family-friendly dining options, such as Animator’s Palate, where interactive elements bring the dining experience to life. Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, serves as a tropical haven with activities for everyone, including water play areas, snorkeling, bike rentals, and character meet-and-greets.

On the other hand, Norwegian Cruise Line accommodates families through its youth programs and family-oriented activities. While it may not deliver the same immersive magic as Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian offers unique experiences like the Splash Academy and Entourage, dedicated youth and teen spaces, and family-friendly entertainment options such as live shows and interactive game shows.

Ultimately, Disney Cruise Line is the best cruise line for families seeking a magical, all-inclusive experience. With its unique blend of Disney-themed entertainment, character interactions, and family-focused activities, Disney Cruise Line solidifies its position as the premier cruise line for family vacations.

Though Norwegian Cruise Line provides commendable options, it does not quite achieve the same level of enchantment that Disney Cruise Line offers, making Disney the top choice for families.

Best Overall: Disney Cruise vs. Norwegian Cruise

Choosing between Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line depends on individual preferences, as both cruise lines provide unique and memorable experiences tailored to different types of guests.

Disney excels in catering to families with children and Disney fans, offering a magical and immersive adventure complete with character meet-and-greets, Disney-themed activities, and exceptional service. Disney Cruise Line is the top choice for families and kids , ensuring delightful experiences and lasting memories for everyone.

However, Disney cruises can be more expensive than other cruise lines , and their itineraries often focus on popular and family-friendly destinations. Consequently, Norwegian Cruise Line might appeal more to budget-conscious travelers, couples, and adults seeking a versatile cruise experience without Disney theming. Norwegian boasts a wide range of destinations, onboard activities, and dining choices, ensuring a well-rounded and enjoyable vacation without compromising quality and service.

That said, adults can still find plenty to enjoy on a Disney cruise , especially if they appreciate the charm of Disney vacations. Disney Cruise Line features exclusive adults-only spaces, premium dining options, and various entertainment options catering to an older audience.

Ultimately, the best choice between Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line depends on your preferences, travel companions, and budget. Both cruise lines offer exceptional vacation experiences, each with its unique attractions.

Overall, we lean towards Disney Cruise Line due to its distinct charm that creates unforgettable memories for travelers of all ages . However, your choice may differ.

Please consult a cruise line expert such as The Vacationeer before finalizing plans.

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The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Disney Cruise Line ship

I s a voyage on a Disney Cruise Line ship on your bucket list? You'll find a growing number of options when it comes time to pick an itinerary.

While the cruising arm of Disney has long focused mostly on voyages to the Caribbean and the Bahamas, with year-round sailings to those destinations out of Florida, it also now offers a relatively wide range of seasonal sailings to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, Bermuda, Europe and Canada.

The family-friendly cruise brand, notably, is expanding its footprint worldwide as it adds four new vessels in quick succession.

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Already, the first of those ships, the 2,508-passenger Disney Wish , has arrived, boosting the size of the Disney fleet from four ships to five and allowing for more departures to the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.

Two more sister vessels to Disney Wish are due to begin sailing in 2024 and 2025, respectively, allowing for further expansion in Disney cruise itineraries. In addition, the line has yet another new vessel coming in 2025 that isn't related to the other three. Called Disney Adventure, it's a one-off vessel originally designed for an Asian line , and it'll sail in Asia (perhaps catering mostly to Asian travelers; Disney has been mum so far on the target audience for it).

All these new ships arriving in quick succession will likely mean not just more departures to destinations where Disney Cruise Line is established but also sailings in new regions. For example, Disney has never before offered Asia sailings.

Here are our picks for the five best Disney cruise destinations you can visit with your family.

Caribbean and Bahamas

Disney Cruise Line's top destination has always been the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Since its founding more than two decades ago, the brand has based the bulk of its fleet in Florida to offer sailings to the islands. Port Canaveral, which is just an hour away from Disney's Orlando-area theme parks, has always been its biggest hub.

The line is particularly known for three- and four-night cruises out of Port Canaveral to Castaway Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. These short getaways let families get a taste of Disney cruising that some Disney fans pair with a stay at Disney World.

The cruise line also regularly offers seven-night sailings out of Port Canaveral that visit Caribbean islands like St. Thomas and Tortola.

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In recent years, Disney has also built up its Caribbean and Bahamas cruise offerings from other ports in Florida — initially Miami and, more recently, Fort Lauderdale. The ships the line has based in these ports typically offer four- and five-night sailings to Castaway Cay and one other port, such as Cozumel or Grand Cayman.

In addition, Disney is offering a growing number of Caribbean sailings out of Galveston, Texas, and New Orleans.

For 2024, the line will have four of its five ships — Disney Wish, Disney Dream, Disney Magic and Disney Fantasy — sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean out of one of the above ports, with their home bases often shifting between them.

Disney Wish, which is Disney's newest ship, will be based in Port Canaveral year-round to operate the line's classic three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas. These voyages are designed to be paired with a visit to nearby Disney World for a longer Disney vacation.

Disney Fantasy will also sail out of Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Caribbean year-round, offering longer voyages.

Disney Dream will spend the start and the end of the year sailing short trips to the Bahamas and Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale, with a stint in the middle of the year (from May to October) sailing in Europe.

Disney Magic will take Disney Dream's place sailing short trips to the Bahamas and Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale from May to October. During the early and late months of the year, it'll sail out of Galveston.

Come 2025, Disney will have four ships — Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream and Disney Magic — sailing three- to five-night getaways from Florida to the line's Bahamian destinations, including its new private beach destination Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point and its long-open private island Disney Castaway Cay. Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish will operate the trips from Port Canaveral, while Disney Dream and Disney Magic will sail from Fort Lauderdale.

Before taking up residence in Florida in April 2025, Disney Magic will also offer three months' worth of sailings out of Galveston, Texas, to Progreso and Cozumel in Mexico and Grand Cayman.

All of the 2025 sailings are already open for bookings.

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Disney has cut back on voyages out of San Diego for 2024, after increasing its San Diego departures sharply in 2023. But it still offers several trips to Mexico out of the city on Disney Wonder.

For 2024, the 1,754-passenger vessel will offer a mix of three- to seven-night sailings to Mexico during March and April. Shorter three- and four-night sailings typically feature calls at Ensenada, Mexico, and California's Catalina Island. Seven-night sailings include calls at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

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The big factor driving Disney's cutbacks on sailings out of San Diego in 2024 is its new focus on voyages out of Australian ports. Disney Wonder will spend much of January and February sailing out of Australian ports and then return to the region in October for another season of Australia trips.

Disney offers a wide variety of itineraries in Europe every summer, from Mediterranean voyages out of Barcelona and Civitavecchia, Italy (the port for Rome), to Northern Europe sailings out of Southampton, England.

Ranging from seven to 11 nights, Disney's Europe voyages each year typically take place on a single ship that sails from multiple home ports throughout the season. For 2024, that ship will be the 2,500-passenger Disney Dream. The line has yet to announce which of its ships will go to Europe in 2025.

Typical for the shorter itineraries the line offers in Europe are seven-night sailings out of Civitavecchia to the Greek Islands. These sailings stop in Mykonos, Santorini and Crete in Greece, as well as Naples, Italy.

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A longer, 11-night itinerary starting in Civitavecchia and ending in Barcelona includes calls at Piraeus (the port for Athens), Santorini and Mykonos in Greece; Messina (on the island of Sicily), Naples and Livorno in Italy; and Toulon, France.

Among Northern Europe itineraries, Disney offers focused, weeklong sailings to Norway with calls at the Norwegian ports of Alesund, Nordfjordeid, Eidfjord and Stavanger.

Disney does not have a large presence in Alaska. The line sends just one ship to Alaska each year. Family-friendly cruise rivals Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line, by contrast, each send three ships to Alaska each year, and Norwegian Cruise Line sends five vessels to the destination.

Still, Disney fans won't feel like they're missing out. The one vessel Disney sends to Alaska each year, the 1,754-passenger Disney Wonder, stays for nearly the entire summer season, from late June to mid-September and offers a distinctly Disney take on The Last Frontier.

Always beginning and ending in Vancouver, British Columbia, and lasting seven nights, Disney's Alaska sailings typically include stops at three of these four Alaska ports: Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point (which three vary by departure date). Itineraries also include a visit to Stikine Icecap, which is south of Juneau.

Related: 5 reasons Disney cruises aren't just for kids

These are fairly typical ports for an Alaska cruise. But the (extra-charge) activities that Disney has organized for the ports aren't always the same as what other lines offer.

As one might expect for Disney, the line has crafted some of its shore excursions in Alaska ports with special Disney touches, such as Disney character appearances at the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp & Salmon Bake tour in Ketchikan. (Having done this one myself, I will say, for the record, that it's a little hokey; but it does get you a Disney character fix if that's your aim.)

Another shore excursion with a Disney touch is the outdoor Family Scavenger Hunt at Icy Strait Point, where participants join a local guide on a hunt for items such as clam shells and native plants, as well as a "special surprise" with a Disney theme.

Unlike many lines, Disney does not offer one-way sailings to Alaska from Vancouver or Seattle that can be paired with add-on land tours to create an extended sea-and-land Alaska vacation — something known as a "cruisetour." If that's what you're looking for, and you want to stick with a family-friendly line, you might want to consider the one-way cruisetour offerings from Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Related: The ultimate Alaska cruise guide

Disney typically offers at least one and sometimes several cruises to Bermuda each fall, ranging from quick, five-night trips to longer, eight-night sailings.

For the year just ending (2023), the line offered four such sailings, and it's offered even more than that in certain years. Alas, for the coming year (2024), Disney currently does not have a single Bermuda sailing scheduled — a bit of an anomaly.

That said, we would expect Disney to bring back its Bermuda sailings for 2025 or 2026. It's been such a mainstay of the brand.

So ... stay tuned.

Related: The ultimate guide to Disney Cruise Line

Bottom line

Family-friend Disney Cruise Line is a relatively small cruise brand, with just five ships (one of its biggest rivals in the family cruise market, Royal Caribbean, has 26 vessels). But that doesn't mean its itinerary choices are limited. The line offers regular sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Bermuda and Europe.

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7 Best Cruises for Singles in 2024

Updated : May 29, 2024

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Table of contents.

  • Celebrity Millennium: Bali, Malaysia and Thailand
  • Celebrity Apex: Norwegian Fjords
  • Celebrity Summit: Grand Heartland Adventure
  • Celebrity Edge: Taste of Luxury
  • Disney Wish: Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
  • Oceania Cruises: In the Path of Cartier — Boston to Montreal
  • Oceania Riviera: Ancient World Wonders — Athens to Istanbul

Plan Your Cruise With AAA

With many cruise lines now catering to the single crowd, going on a cruise as a single adult can be a great way to meet interesting people to make new friends, new connections and lifelong memories.

No matter what you envision from your dream singles cruise, you can find a ship and a series of destinations that will create unforgettable memories. There are a lot of options to explore, however and the sheer range of choices can quickly feel overwhelming. To help, we've highlighted several of the best cruises for singles. Keep reading to learn what, exactly, sets these expeditions apart. 

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1. Celebrity Millennium: Bali, Malaysia and Thailand

Many singles gravitate towards exciting adventures in exotic destinations such as Bali, Malaysia and Thailand, which hold appeal simply because they provide such distinct scenery and such powerful cultural experiences.

Not all singles are willing or prepared to navigate these destinations on their own, however and this is where the Celebrity Millennium comes into play: an upscale cruise removes the hassle of planning and, instead, encourages you to relax in style.

This particular Celebrity Millennium adventure spans nearly two weeks, incorporating a unique blend of serene island adventures, cosmopolitan exploration and meaningful temple visits. Onboard, globally inspired menus and resort-style lounges are to be expected, along with plenty of adults-only spaces that will appeal to singles. 

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2. Celebrity Apex: Norwegian Fjords

If Norway's iconic fjords are on your bucket list, you can't afford to miss this awe-inspiring Celebrity Apex trip . Departing from Southampton, the eight-night cruise meanders along the coast of Norway, hitting pleasant spots such as Geiranger or Kristiansand for spectacular scenery and outdoor adventures. Side trips are available and, with up to ten hours docked, there is plenty of time to explore at your own pace.

Accommodation options abound and, when traveling alone, the staterooms' king-size mattresses feel extra spacious. An adults-only solarium will appeal to relaxation-oriented solo travelers, while abundant dining and entertainment options make it easy to find and connect with new friends. 

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3. Celebrity Summit: Grand Heartland Adventure

If you're struggling to choose between glamorous onboard experiences and outdoorsy experiences on land, you're in luck: Celebrity Summit provides the best of both worlds with its various Cruisetour offerings. There are many excellent options that depart from Vancouver, Anchorage or Fairbanks — but the Grand Heartland Adventure is worth considering if you crave something new.

During the Grand Heartland Cruisetour, you'll explore the stunning Inside Passage by cruise ship, before docking in adventure-oriented destinations such as Juneau and Sitka. From there, you'll continue to observe national treasures such as the Hubbard Glacier. Further exploration takes place aboard a glass-domed railcar and even a riverboat.

There's also a lot to experience onboard. The AquaClass stateroom represents a true oasis for single travelers, but the exclusive cocktail lounge and martini bar also warrant a visit. With nearly two weeks of cruising and exploration, you'll have plenty of time to unwind on your own but can also form fast friendships with similarly adventurous travelers. 

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4. Celebrity Edge: Taste of Luxury

Cruises for singles over 50 often emphasize the finer things in life, like elevated cuisine or exquisite wines. These sophisticated details are in abundant supply aboard the Celebrity Edge, which offers a decidedly elegant experience with its Taste of Luxury tour. Although often frequented by retired couples, Celebrity Edge's trips work well as singles cruises.

Available for three or four nights, this remarkable journey begins in Sydney and primarily emphasizes curated on-board experiences. That being said, there are enticing opportunities to explore while docked in Tasmania. With such glamorous suites, restaurants and clubs on board, however, the best attractions can be enjoyed without ever leaving this luxury cruise ship. 

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5. Disney Wish: Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral

Don't assume that Disney cruise adventures are only for kids or families. If you are a proud Disney adult, you can make amazing memories aboard a thematic cruise for singles. This is a popular vacation among theme park enthusiasts, who enjoy a dose of Disney magic while also finding valuable opportunities to indulge and relax.

Disney Wish's three-night Bahamian cruise is also an excellent option for singles who crave a sea-based experience but only have a few days to spare. Yes, young travelers will be around, but there are plenty of adult-only spaces, including sports bars, dance clubs, dedicated pools and even an onboard spa and salon. Musicals, 3D films and fireworks encourage you to embrace your inner child. 

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6. Oceania Cruises: In the Path of Cartier — Boston to Montreal

As we've mentioned, smaller ships provide some of the best cruises for singles over 50. Not everyone desires a river-based trip, however and with Oceania Cruises , there is no need to choose between exclusivity and ocean liner grandeur.

A signature experience can be found aboard Oceania Cruises' iconic Nautica ship, which is calming, yet elegant. Echoing the journey of the famed explorer Jacques Cartier, this tour provides a powerful introduction to Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

The land-based excursions are highly educational and, of course, beautiful to behold, but there's also a lot to love on board. Belgian chocolate, Bulgari amenities and turndown service await, with many accommodations also providing spectacular views. Open-seating dining makes it easy to interact with other vacationers while wine-tasting and guest lectures promise plenty of onboard enrichment. 

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7. Oceania Riviera: Ancient World Wonders — Athens to Istanbul

Another appealing option for singles who prefer slightly smaller ships, Oceania Cruises' Ancient World Wonders tour provides stops at some of the world's most iconic locations, such as Santorini and Corfu. Adventures in Dubrovnik and Istanbul can also be expected. On board this remarkable vessel, you'll gaze in awe at the Lalique Grand Staircase and, in general, enjoy a refined ambiance.

Be prepared to try new flavors and forms of expression as you explore unique offerings such as the Artist Loft and Culinary Center. Deep relaxation awaits at the Aquamar Spa or within your luxuriously contemporary stateroom or suite. This ten-night voyage provides plenty of time to lose yourself in the grandeur of the ship and the treasures of Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Turkey.

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