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Old 03-03-2013, 07:38 PM   #31
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I am thinking of this cruise or one out of Galveston. Anyone have a comparison of the magic vs. Wonder? Suggestions or advice? Thanks
They are sister ships, and they are identical except for the names of areas. The magic is due for dry dock in Sept, so some changes may be made (we are not sure what they will be). Personally, I prefer the magic/wonder over the dream/fantasy.

I would suggest looking at the various itineraries and selecting which one you prefer.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #32
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I am thinking of this cruise or one out of Galveston. Anyone have a comparison of the magic vs. Wonder? Suggestions or advice? Thanks
This sailing of the Magic is happening a week or two after it comes out of an extended dry dock. The rumor mill is that staterooms will be totally redone, changes to the buffet as well as other improvements to bring it more up to date with the Dream and Fantasy. I also heard a rumor that major changes will be made to the kids clubs as well!

Other than that, the ships are identical as mentioned before. I love both of these ships, I've sailed them both, the Magic twice and the Wonder 3 times. I actually prefer both of these ships to the Dream.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:19 PM   #33
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Oh, I should add that one of the big factors of deciding which boat to sail on this time was the port. It's far less for 5 of to fly to Miami than it is Galveston!
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #34
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Thanks. Good point about the dry dock. We just did the Dream 4 night Bahamas. The ship was nice but crowded on our day at sea. So thanks for the tips.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:37 PM   #35
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I agree with everyone above. The reason I'm going on this sailing is to get on the Magic after the dry dock to see the new changes. Ive been to all these ports before so that wasn't a deciding factor for us, but very well could be for you. We've done the Magic out of Galveston and the Wonder on other trips. They're identical ships at the moment. Go with what itinerary works for y'all.

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:48 PM   #36
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Talking We are in!

OK just booked on this cruise! Pretty excited to have Halloween on a DCL.

Sailing is:

Me (Lance)
Wife (Hana)

DD 7
DD4

right now we are in 8576 but I might switch to the front of the ship.

Anyone think they will add a Aquaduck to the Magic while it is in dry dock?

And has anyone done the Fury Catamaran excusion out of Cozumel? good/bad?

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Lance,
Glad to have ya with us! Thinking of how the upper deck is built on the magic (structural speaking) I dont see how they could do an Aquaduck but it is Disney, anythings possible. Deck 8 Aft is a great location. You can walk out of Beach Blanket (maybe Top Siders, I cant remember...the Buffet) and down the very aft steps by stateroom 8600 and not very far to your room. Easy to grab breakfast up there and have it on your veranda!

On a completely different side note, I see you went to Hong Kong Disneyland. How was that?!

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Glad to have ya with us! Thinking of how the upper deck is built on the magic (structural speaking) I dont see how they could do an Aquaduck but it is Disney, anythings possible. Deck 8 Aft is a great location. You can walk out of Beach Blanket (maybe Top Siders, I cant remember...the Buffet) and down the very aft steps by stateroom 8600 and not very far to your room. Easy to grab breakfast up there and have it on your veranda!

On a completely different side note, I see you went to Hong Kong Disneyland. How was that?!

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It was pretty cool...it is really small, still being kind of built up I would say...and it is only the Magic Kingdom right now...there was a little Asian flair to it...
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i'll have to be honest. We booked this cruise without knowing that the magic would just be coming out of dry dock. In fact, I thought it was going into DD shortly after this trip. So when I read through this post about that, needless to say I got really excited.

I started googling it, and found a couple of interesting links:

The first one is based on a comment by Darren McBurney (the Magic’s cruise director) so it is more factual but illusive.

The second one, should be taken with a shaker of salt, shows some mock ups of what they may have planned for ship. If this is true, wow. I love the mock ups of what could be Parrot Cay. I am sure that this is just scratching the surface.

With only 4 ships in the fleet... and no more on order... the Magic and the Wonder are vital to DCL, and a breath of fresh air is exactly what they need. In addition to some things that may be exclusive to those ships.

6 weeks..... that is just 42 days..... I mean, that isn't that much time. But I would imagine that they can get done a crazy amount of work in that span of time. I would love to see a time lapse video of the process of the work they get done in that time frame.
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We booked thus cruise because the Magic is just out of dry dock and we wanted to see the changes! It will also be fun to have halloween on board. I hope more people join us!
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Welcome lchute1158!

Glad to see you and your family will be sailing on this cruise!!

My son will be 7 at the time of sailing and my younger daughter will be 4.

No experience on that Cozumel excursion, though in the past we went to Chaankanab Park and the kids loved it.
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Welcome lchute1158!

Glad to see you and your family will be sailing on this cruise!!

My son will be 7 at the time of sailing and my younger daughter will be 4.

No experience on that Cozumel excursion, though in the past we went to Chaankanab Park and the kids loved it.
Thanks! Cool...we will have to introduce the kids...mine are already talking about the kids club!
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My brother and I are booked on this cruise too. I can't wait! It's our first cruise ever! I've been reading up about the FE exchanges and would love to participate, I'm just a little worried about getting gifts over from Sydney and then having room for them after a visit to WDW and Universal. Is there somewhere at WDW or close by where I can send them to Port of Miami?
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My brother and I are booked on this cruise too. I can't wait! It's our first cruise ever! I've been reading up about the FE exchanges and would love to participate, I'm just a little worried about getting gifts over from Sydney and then having room for them after a visit to WDW and Universal. Is there somewhere at WDW or close by where I can send them to Port of Miami?
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Welcome to the cruise and welcome to cruising! Cruising is our favorite type of vacation. There is a way to ship a box/package to the port/ship before your cruise. I'm just not sure on how to do it-I would suggest calling dcl and asking them. If you send it to the ship, it should be in your stateroom when you arrive (at least that's how it works for port Canaveral).
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Thanks for the info. I'll give DCL a ring when I ring WDW to make ADR's and book a couple tours next month
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