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Old 11-19-2012, 05:41 PM   #31
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Uh oh, does that mean that there's going to be tons of construction and things closed during our cruise?
On our pre-drydock cruise, I don't recall anything being closed. There was just a great deal of prep work.

So at the beginning of the cruise, the public areas looked elegant as usual. But by the end of the cruise, some public areas (and elevator interiors) were covered in plywood. It reminded me of staying at a hotel that was undergoing partial renovations.

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:46 PM   #32
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I hope there is no prep work going on in July. That will make me sad ( and a little mad )
They are pretty much always working on the ship. When I sailed in June, they were grinding above the lifeboates (run out the lifeboat, setup scaffolding, climb up and start grinding off every painted surface above your head) ALL DAY LONG every time we were in port (including embarkation day). Think metal jackhammer type vibrations which were impossible to drown out in my deck 8 cabin (3-4 decks up, depending how you count them). I did mention on my comment card that maybe in the future, they could alternate port and starboard to give folks a break!

So, they will be working and that work may or may not be noisy/disruptive. It might not have anything to do with the drydock. Might just be normal maintenance of a vessel continually exposed to the elements.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:53 PM   #33
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They are pretty much always working on the ship. When I sailed in June, they were grinding above the lifeboates (run out the lifeboat, setup scaffolding, climb up and start grinding off every painted surface above your head) ALL DAY LONG every time we were in port (including embarkation day). Think metal jackhammer type vibrations which were impossible to drown out in my deck 8 cabin (3-4 decks up, depending how you count them). I did mention on my comment card that maybe in the future, they could alternate port and starboard to give folks a break!

So, they will be working and that work may or may not be noisy/disruptive. It might not have anything to do with the drydock. Might just be normal maintenance of a vessel continually exposed to the elements.
Thanks! Yep, I expect normal, but I hope nothing is covered in plywood and carpets aren't ripped up
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:30 PM   #34
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We will also be sailing in July. Are you doing the Venice or Greece? I would be VERY SAD if they started ripping things up during our very expensive cruise.
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We are doing Greece and I hope nothing is being prepped!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:03 PM   #36
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We are doing Greece and I hope nothing is being prepped!
We are doing Venice and I think that is right after yours.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:31 PM   #37
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When we were aboard the Magic in September, we were talking with a manager -level cast/crew member. We asked him what the plans were for dry dock as it seems to be such a LONG dry dock compared to the last one (which was 2 weeks). He said Topsiders would be re-done, as well as Parrot Cay. He also said they had plans on stretching the ship...cutting it down the center and making it larger he also said that the reason there were no reservations being made for the WBTA was so they had those 2 weeks to make final repairs and renovations, Esp if they were delayed during those 6 weeks in dry dock.

I know that such a feat is possible, as we sailed on a stretched RCI ship (Enchantment of the Seas) and they said it took about 2 months. Plus, the Magic was originally made in 2 separate parts then joined...

Very curious to see what they do. But knowing this rumor, I did go through the ship on one of our port days and took pictures of everything. This way, if that rumor comes true, I have pictures of the Magic's good oil' days
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:36 PM   #38
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When we were aboard the Magic in September, we were talking with a manager -level cast/crew member. We asked him what the plans were for dry dock as it seems to be such a LONG dry dock compared to the last one (which was 2 weeks). He said Topsiders would be re-done, as well as Parrot Cay. He also said they had plans on stretching the ship...cutting it down the center and making it larger he also said that the reason there were no reservations being made for the WBTA was so they had those 2 weeks to make final repairs and renovations, Esp if they were delayed during those 6 weeks in dry dock.

I know that such a feat is possible, as we sailed on a stretched RCI ship (Enchantment of the Seas) and they said it took about 2 months. Plus, the Magic was originally made in 2 separate parts then joined...

Very curious to see what they do. But knowing this rumor, I did go through the ship on one of our port days and took pictures of everything. This way, if that rumor comes true, I have pictures of the Magic's good oil' days
omg! I'd like a little refurb but I sure hope they don't change it too much. We love the Magic and don't ever want it to be a mega ship like the Dream & Fantasy. I really hope they don't add waaaaay too many cabins like they did on the big ships too. Dream & Fantasy crowds would be much more managable & less annoying if they removed one deck of all cabins.

Now I want to sail on her one last time...
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:24 AM   #39
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That's interesting for sure. As far as I can tell, they don't have any new rooms when we sail out after drydock. But I guess they could always open it up later. I'm on that sailing and this is my first ever cruise so I am totally dying to see what they do. I hope they will announce it at some point.
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omg! I'd like a little refurb but I sure hope they don't change it too much. We love the Magic and don't ever want it to be a mega ship like the Dream & Fantasy. I really hope they don't add waaaaay too many cabins like they did on the big ships too. Dream & Fantasy crowds would be much more managable & less annoying if they removed one deck of all cabins.

Now I want to sail on her one last time...
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I just got off the Magic a week ago and was able to speak to several crew about her drydock. She will drydock in Fincantieri and will undergo extensive refurb to include all rooms being redone, the crew area is getting a new look to include some features from the Dream/Fantasy. Topsiders and Parrot Cay are going to be refurbed. Animators is also expected to be upgraded to match the Dream/Fantasy. All new carpeting throughout the ship too. I asked if the horn will be upgraded but never did get an answer. Nobody said anything about stretching her but who knows. Also, next year the Wonder is scheduled for a long drydock to receive the same refurb and upgrades. Didn't hear where though.
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omg! I'd like a little refurb but I sure hope they don't change it too much. We love the Magic and don't ever want it to be a mega ship like the Dream & Fantasy. I really hope they don't add waaaaay too many cabins like they did on the big ships too. Dream & Fantasy crowds would be much more managable & less annoying if they removed one deck of all cabins.

Now I want to sail on her one last time...

They will not be adding a new mid section to the Magic. If that was in the works, it would be all over the Maritime and ship biulding news. Not to mention they would have to be biulding the midsection now !

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I just got off the Magic a week ago and was able to speak to several crew about her drydock. She will drydock in Fincantieri and will undergo extensive refurb to include all rooms being redone, the crew area is getting a new look to include some features from the Dream/Fantasy. Topsiders and Parrot Cay are going to be refurbed. Animators is also expected to be upgraded to match the Dream/Fantasy. All new carpeting throughout the ship too. I asked if the horn will be upgraded but never did get an answer. Nobody said anything about stretching her but who knows. Also, next year the Wonder is scheduled for a long drydock to receive the same refurb and upgrades. Didn't hear where though.
Does that mean the Wonder will be going to the Med in 2014?
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Does that mean the Wonder will be going to the Med in 2014?
I would say most likely it will. I believe most of the extended drydocks for ships are done in Europe. I don't know that Freeport can handle extensive drydock work.
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These pics were found online by Disney Cruise Blog... so... maybe these will be the designs...

Here are some of the potential renderings...

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