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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer, the new ships or the older ships?
the Dream or Fantasy 10 23.81%
the Magic or Wonder 32 76.19%
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Question Dream Or Magic???

We are looking at going to the Bahamas in April 2014. It will be our second Disney cruise as a family (our first will be on the Fantasy in Feb., 2013) and we are bringing along my mom...and DD and grandma will have one room, DH and I will have another. Originally we had two verandah rooms booked on the Dream. Then, after I saw a few DISers suggesting two rooms, one inside and one verandah across the hall, for people trying to fit 5 in a room, I started to wonder if that could work for us, too. I had trouble finding that set up on the Dream, and I realized it would work on the Magic, which happens to be doing the exact same itinerary as the Dream, just one day later during spring break.

So, I know this is probably too subjective of a question to ask, but which do people prefer: the older, more intimate smaller ships, or the bigger, newer ships, and why?
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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We are looking at going to the Bahamas in April 2014. It will be our second Disney cruise as a family (our first will be on the Fantasy in Feb., 2013) and we are bringing along my mom...and DD and grandma will have one room, DH and I will have another. Originally we had two verandah rooms booked on the Dream. Then, after I saw a few DISers suggesting two rooms, one inside and one verandah across the hall, for people trying to fit 5 in a room, I started to wonder if that could work for us, too. I had trouble finding that set up on the Dream, and I realized it would work on the Magic, which happens to be doing the exact same itinerary as the Dream, just one day later during spring break.

So, I know this is probably too subjective of a question to ask, but which do people prefer: the older, more intimate smaller ships, or the bigger, newer ships, and why?
When you sail the Magic will have been through an extensive dry dock so she will not be old. If you are on the Fantasy in Feb then you should do the Magic in 2014 to see for yourself which you like better. We love the classic ships for their size and splendid nostalgic feel. We have sailed the Dream and she is very nice as well, but still like the Wonder and Magic better.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:34 PM   #4
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I love the classic ships. More intimate, less crowds, and always can find a seat (at lunch, pool, etc.). For us nothing is more annoying than spending ten minutes at Cabanas everyday trying to find a table, then flagging a CM for a highchair, all while I am holding my toddler (too crowded for the stroller) and my husband holding the food. The lines for the slide were too long to ride it more than once. We sailed on the Dream first, then tried the Magic which we loved (so much that we sailed it twice in one summer) and next we're trying the Wonder. If you like the new technology then sail the new ships. If you like the small ship feel and more money in your pocket try the classic ships.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for your insight! I am thinking we will try the Magic!
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:34 PM   #6
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The Magic IS my favorite ship of all the ships and lines we have sailed. There is something of her refined elegence that holds her head and shoulders above others. The Dream? Too much like a carnival atmosphere and less like a cruise ship of old.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:48 PM   #7
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I really am surprised to see the poll results so far...2 for the Fantasy/Dream, 10 for the Magic/Wonder! Looks like I can feel confident that the switch from the Dream to the Magic will be a good move! Plus, more money to splurge on excursions, maybe rent a room so we can enjoy Atlantis while in Nassau!
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #8
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Another vote for the Magic. The newer ships are beautiful but when you're trying to get from Point A to Point B, those hallways go on and on and on forever. You didn't mention what physical condition your mom is in, but this grandma kept asking, "Are we there yet?"
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I've loved the Magic and the Wonder, but since I haven't been on the Dream class, I don't feel I should vote.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:53 PM   #11
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I would choose the Magic, for the simple fact that you will get more value for your money. DCL is so expensive to begin with, and the prices for the Dream and Fantasy are ridiculous, especially once you factor in the bigger crowds and longer lines.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #12
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How extensive was the dry dock on the Magic, I am wanting to book her for the May 10 Galveston but have been concerned about the "old" factor now that I have fallen madly in love with the Fantasy.

We have done the Wonder 2, Dream 1 and Fantasy 1 so we need to do the Magic and I love the idea of doing the Keys and with a stop in WDW mid cruise I LOVE this!

Appreciate any info.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:49 AM   #13
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How extensive was the dry dock on the Magic, I am wanting to book her for the May 10 Galveston but have been concerned about the "old" factor now that I have fallen madly in love with the Fantasy.

We have done the Wonder 2, Dream 1 and Fantasy 1 so we need to do the Magic and I love the idea of doing the Keys and with a stop in WDW mid cruise I LOVE this!

Appreciate any info.
The dry dock isn't until next year. The 5 night double dip October 20th cruise will be the first sailing after dry dock.



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