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Michelle
06-09-2003, 11:00 AM
Disney Magic Eastern - San Juan (8/7/04, 8/21/04, and 9/4/04)
Saturday- Port canaveral
Sunday-At sea
Monday-At Sea
Tuesday- St. Thomas
Wednesday-San Juan
Thursday-At Sea
Friday-Castaway Cay
Saturday-Port Canaveral

Disney Magic Eastern- Antigua (9/18/04, 10/2/04)
Saturday- Port canaveral
Sunday-At sea
Monday-At Sea
Tuesday- Antigua
Wednesday-St. Thomas
Thursday-At Sea
Friday-Castaway Cay
Saturday-Port Canaveral

Just FYI! :)

I Luv Disney Cruise
06-09-2003, 11:05 AM
Is this just the testing? I am planning a cruise for May 2005 and I am curious what awaits for that time period!

I am so glad that they are keeping the 2 days at sea, I just love those days. I am also glad that they are keeping St. Thomas/St. John it is a beautiful place and lots to do there!

:bounce: :Pinkbounc

Eeyore1928
06-09-2003, 11:06 AM
I wish they would have kept St Maarten instead of St Thomas..oh well. Michelle do you have the times for each new port?

savs
06-09-2003, 11:10 AM
Wow, That is a great move on their part. We had a great time at the Beach in St. Martin but going back more than once wouldn't be as much fun. Now I could see 2 days at St. Thomas/St. John, there was so much you could do there that 2 days would be better.

I don't know much about those other 2 new ones. What is everyones' experience with those 2??

I Luv Disney Cruise
06-09-2003, 11:15 AM
We have done the Eastern twice. My family and I all like St. Thomas/St. John much better than St. Maarten. At least, in our opinions we were hoping they would keep St. Thomas.

I agree there is so much to do. The first time we went we only did St. Thomas, this year we did both St. Thomas and St. John Excursions. We had the schedule crammed full. Plus, it is so beautiful to go to Paradise Point and look down at the beautiful island. My mother says it is beautiful at Mountain Top at Magens Bay. Anyway, I guess you can tell I am excited they are keeping St. Thomas.

CaliforniaDreaming
06-09-2003, 11:22 AM
Thanks, Michelle! ;)

Samsma
06-09-2003, 11:56 AM
Is the pricing the same as the St. Maartin itinerary?

AnnMorin
06-09-2003, 01:41 PM
Do you think they will continue it for December of 2004?! That is when we cruise and I would love to try somewhere new -San Juan or Antigua sound fine to me!!

westjones
06-09-2003, 01:42 PM
Which one of these will it follow?
DJ

(OK, I think I get it, the one you posted as September 21st is the one it follows. Right? Sorry, I was going by the date it first sails).

AprilN
06-09-2003, 02:14 PM
I'm also curious about the arrival and departure times for each port. While I'm glad DCL is looking at new ports, I would really like to see them extend the time on St. Thomas - especially to allow time for a real visit to St. John.

Please let us know if you have any timing information! Thanks!

April

Michelle
06-09-2003, 02:37 PM
I just noticed there were a couple of other threads with this info, sorry for the duplicate...I just posted quickly before running out this morning.

I don't have port times yet but as soon as we do I will post those as well. I'm guessing they won't be radically different between Antigua and St. Maarten since they are fairly close; I'm not sure for San Juan.

The pricing will be similar to the other Eastern sailings in the fall; the only difference would be if there are any differences in port charges for the new ports on these sailings.

This IS just for these sailings only at this point; knowing DCL they will certainly want guest feedback about these ports and I'm sure they will take that into consideration when planning future itineraries. :)

Favorite Auntie
06-09-2003, 03:21 PM
I too will miss St Marteen. On my November cruise I will not even be getting off the ship at St Thomas. I found out on my last cruise that St Thomas is the most expensive port for the Magic to visit? St Maarten seems to have much more of a caribbean feel to it. St Johnswas beautiful, but - been there, done that!!

Looking forward to Antigua and San Juan though!

gassmandy
06-09-2003, 03:30 PM
I am so excited!! I've always wanted to go to Puerto Rico and I hope they extend the San Juan one to other weeks as well--like Nov./Dec. which is my favorite time!

ExecuMom
06-09-2003, 03:52 PM
Michelle,

We're going on the 12/27 Eastern. Any word if they will extend this change beyond October?

This is our 3rd DCL cruise - second Eastern and we'd love to go somewhere else other than St. Maarten.

Thanks!
Michele

disny4ever
06-09-2003, 03:56 PM
Antigua route. I think that would make for a great trip.

PS...I still like St Maarten too !!

westjones
06-09-2003, 04:08 PM
Well we are booked! We are going on the September 18th one with the Antigua route. Got one of the Secret Porthole rooms too! My twin DDs will be celebrating their 11th birthday on this cruise! Can't wait. We have never been on the Eastern Cruise, so it will all seem new to us!

Anyone joining us!
:cool:
DJ

Towncrier
06-09-2003, 05:36 PM
Wow. No St. Maarten means no Guavaberry Coladas and no Golden Eagle Catamaran. Those were two of my favorite things about our last 7-day cruise. I am glad that I'm not in charge of choosing the destinations.

jlawall
06-09-2003, 06:22 PM
Why the change Michelle?

Mjasp
06-09-2003, 08:12 PM
Westjones...Did they give you the times that you will be in port?

Joanna

westjones
06-09-2003, 10:50 PM
No, I don't know the port times.

We have never been in that area, so whatever the times, I am sure we will enjoy it. I am just excited that we get to do a 7 day cruise for our twins' birthday. We were going to wait until 2005, but I was afraid the Magic would be in dry dock again during their birthday and my girls have been begging for another 7 day. They were VERY happy at the news today!
DJ

beschultz
06-10-2003, 02:59 PM
We have reservations on the 9/18/04 cruise and this is the itinerary we got from DCL


Sat PORT CANAVERAL 05:00 pm
Sun SEA
Mon SEA
Tue ANTIGUA 08:30 am 05:30 pm
Wed ST THOMAS 07:30 am 04:15 pm
Thu SEA
Fri CASTAWAY CAY 09:30 am 04:30 pm
Sat PORT CANAVERAL 08:30 am

BethC1952
06-10-2003, 03:51 PM
Hmmm, this could change my plans to cruise next May. I've always wanted to take DH to San Juan (I was there several years ago on a business trip, and I'd love to go back). This could be a very tough choice...cruise for my birthday or cruise to San Juan?

Beth

SlyHubby
06-10-2003, 10:23 PM
on our 5/24 Magic cruise, 2 days at sea was enough. on the second day at sea, the rain was heavy, most people were indoors, and by midday it was very clear that there was a severe lack of activities. I can't imagine 3 days at sea on a 7 day cruise.

Werner Weiss
06-10-2003, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by SlyHubby
I can't imagine 3 days at sea on a 7 day cruise.
I thought that starting with two full days at sea and having another full day at sea before Castaway Cay was great! (That was on the Eastern itinerary Disney Magic.)

There's a reason for two full days at sea. It's a long way from Port Canaveral to islands such as St. Maarten or Antigua — and ships aren't that fast.

That's why 7-night cruises can have better destinations than 3- and 4-night cruises.

MarkRG
06-10-2003, 11:30 PM
You all missed on the real reason for the run direct to St. Thomas.

NO IMMIGRATION!!!!

It's about time. If we didn't already have heavy plans for next year, we'd be on one of those for sure :)

eva
06-11-2003, 04:41 AM
I thought that St. Thomas was where everyone had to report in the morning to Immigration whether you were leaving the ship or not. Did I misunderstand something I read previously?

kajohn
06-11-2003, 07:17 AM
The reason you had to go through immegration in St. Thomas was because you were going back into the US after being in St. Maarten. If the ship goes straight from Port Canaveral to St. Thomas you never left the US so no immegration!

I Luv Disney Cruise
06-11-2003, 07:30 AM
When you are, in our opinion, going from port to port you hardly have any time to just sit back relax. The three days we had at sea were packed with stuff to do on board. We sat around the pools and relaxed, sat on the comfy lounge chairs on deck 4, went to the kitchen/gallery tour, my dad saw a movie, etc.

My family all agree that the 3 days at sea are great and should continue. Of course, this is just our opinions. ;)

AnnMorin
06-11-2003, 07:54 AM
In fact I would like even better a nine or ten day cruise with five sea days! When you bounce from port to port you don't get to relax. That was the one drawback on the western for us.

FOJMO
06-11-2003, 08:57 AM
I just tried to get a quote through Dreams Unlimited for the 9/4/04 cruise to St. Thomas/San Juan. It doesn't have that date listed.

I sent them an email about it. Hopefully, I can get a quote soon as we are VERY interested in San Juan. (IMHO, you can KEEP St. Maarten - UGH)!

Michelle
06-11-2003, 09:32 AM
FOJMO, that will get corrected today so please do check back later! :)

Moosysmom
06-11-2003, 10:18 AM
My first cruise (1991-non-disney), went out of San Juan, and had no sea days (7 days) and you got off at a different Island every day. It was fun, but you always seemed to be rushing, off to do tours, on before the ship left. When I was on the Magic in March, I wondered, what do you do on the boat at sea.
Lots, I would not give up a sea day for anything. Even just to relax and exjoy the sunshine, those Sea days are the best. I like the idea of San Juan (very nice place to visit would like to go back) and Antigua, very nice place to visit and if I'm remembering correctly they have 365 beachs.

westjones
06-11-2003, 11:04 AM
We went on the Western 7 day last year and enjoyed it, but now I am very excited about getting 3 days at sea on the Eastern next year.

Just wondering, what is there to see at Antigua besides beaches (we aren't really into beaches). When we talked about doing the Eastern Cruise, the one thing I thought we would enjoy was the butterfly farm at St. Maarten. Now we won't be stopping there. So I am wondering if there is anything interesting to see, like a zoo or historical site.

DJ

Moosysmom
06-11-2003, 12:42 PM
I'm trying to do this from memory, but I believe we went on a glass bottom boat, then hired a cab and did an Island Tour. The downtown had some really interesting shops and very good deals on Batik Fabric. We got to see the Sugar Mill house (someone built a house atop an abandoned Sugar Mill. There were some other tours, not just beaches. I am 1/4 in Florida and 3/4 in Minnesota right now, so I can't get my hands on everything.

starwood
06-11-2003, 12:49 PM
Maybe I can talk DH into booking another while we're on the ship. :tongue:

abitjaded
06-11-2003, 07:04 PM
I LIKE St. Maarten. We have booked the Eastern again. This will be our third visit there. I am glad it will still be on our Magic itinerary. Great shopping, nice beaches and (no flames) nice people. Spent four days in Puerto Rico and I thought San Juan was the least interesting place on the island. The best places, Culebra and El Junque (sp?) are a trek from SJ. Just too 'American' of a place for me to ever want to return, especially in the same itinerary with St Thomas. The hotels are huge, gambling centered, and the beaches pretty poor compared to a lot of the Carribean. Plus I find Antigua a bit suspect. Unless things have changed markedly in the last few years, this place has one of the most corrupt governments in the islands. (Though it is beautiful). I would hate all the Magic itineraries to omit "foreign" ports of call, or only visit the places that do not seem at all "Third World" to protect the sensitivities of crabby cruisers.
:( :( :( :(

GOOFY D
06-13-2003, 12:23 AM
I have never been to San Juan. Is there a lot to do there and is it nice? How does it compare to say, Cozumel?

CRSNDSNY
06-13-2003, 07:02 AM
Originally posted by GOOFY D
I have never been to San Juan. Is there a lot to do there and is it nice? How does it compare to say, Cozumel?

San Juan seems to have a lot of interesting history to it. I'd love to see it! Unfortunately, the dates set for next year just don't work for us :(

Moosysmom
06-13-2003, 02:17 PM
I've wanted to go back to San Juan. They day I went, I was suffering from Sun Poisoning and not up to walking. I did the Bacardi Rum tour and El Morro, which were very interesting. There was also a Rain Forest tour. Not as much good shopping at least at that time (1992) as there were on the other islands I stopped on. I haven't been to Cozumel yet. I will be doing that in February on a non-Disney cruise. But I wish it was Disney. But its a big group of people from Minnesota, so I won't have to fly home this winter to see them all.

Eeyore1928
06-13-2003, 03:45 PM
I agree with the St Maarten opinion. We love it there. We don't even want to get off the ship in St Thomas anymore. The prices are just as good in St. Maarten, but the people are so much nicer. Our taxi driver in St Maaretn was so helpful and he practically drove us around all day...(ship to Orient beach to Marigot back to ship) He also warned us of the people in St Thomas. He was right...rude rude rude. One of our family members taxi drivers made them stop at a KFC because he was hungry! That was so rude. I hope they do not take St Maarten off the itinerary for good!

dianedisney
06-22-2003, 12:44 PM
DCL might just be experimenting to see if this is someting they may want to do. If they are changing the itineraries there has to be a reason. We cruised the 7nt Eastern in January and I was SO disappointed in St. Maarten. The dock area was beautiful but when we got into town I was just sick. There was garbage lining the streets from no trashs. People left coke cups, trash, spoiled food and everything else in beautiful planters, in the streets, on benches, etc. Not only was it gross to look at, it smelled like the city dump!!!!. I was not alone in my complaints to the DCl of this port. Yes....the prices are better, the people are nicer and I too would miss the Guava Lady Smoothies (Yummy). But unless they have rectified the trash can problems, I would not get off the ship again. As for St. Thomas, I get off the ship for two good reasons...
#1...Glady's Cafe: she has the best iced tea and food (especially the counch fritters) in town.
#2...The outdoor market: that is where I get all my Knock-Off designer purses for Christmas gifts, Birthday gifts and myself.
I, myself, am not a HUGE fan of the ports. I love my days at sea. Most excursions are water related and that is great for people who love the water, I am not one of them. So relaxing on the ship with a good book and good food is just fine with me. When I go on vacation I want to relax and that is just what I do.