Magic needs painting and more

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by Boac479, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Boac479

    Boac479 BOAC

    Jan 3, 2010
    We took our 6th Disney Magic cruise in late November. We stayed on the seventh floor in a verhanda room. On the Verhands, the rail had lost it finish and down to bare wood from one end of the ship to the other. Also, rust spots were evident on the outer wall. The ship was definitely showing its age. I mention this to an officer and in the Disney Fashion, they came the next day, and scrapped and sanded the rain an put a coat of new stain. Then two days later the put three coats of finish and brought it back to like new. They also repainted the white paint on the verhanda. Its now a show room and in perfect condition. Now they have the rest of ship on the seventh floor and the only upgrade to the rail was our room.. the rest looks like an old ship. We thank the Disney Magic crew for making our room look brand new.. I guess it pays to let the Officers know if you have problems.. Job well done. But I just wonder why the DVC would allow the verhanda and rail to get in this condition in the first place...
  2. Baseball-Mom

    Baseball-Mom Earning My Ears

    Jun 21, 2008
    We were also on our 6th cruise in late November over Thanksgiving. I noticed the same things. The Magic is looking a little tired. At the hot tub in the adults only area there was some rust around the base of the pillars. I though the beverage station looked like it needed a little brightening up. It was always clean but just something about it needed spiffed up. The carpeting throughout the ship looked good and our bathroom still looked great. Just little things here and there needed some TLC
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  4. joksten2000

    joksten2000 Cruiser For Life

    Aug 14, 2005
    It's the main reason we haven't cruised in the last 1.5 years. It makes me sad to see her in that condition. They need to do a major overhaul. It has nothing to do with DVC. The Magic would be perfect it was part of DVC. When you see how Disney keeps the WDW property up it's really shocking that the ship is in the shape it is, at the prices we pay the ship should be pristine. I don't mind paying more but expect more.
  5. Pluto 2

    Pluto 2 DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2005
    DVC has nothing to do with the condition of the ships.
  6. TnRobin

    TnRobin <font color=red>My body may be back in Nashville,

    Aug 18, 1998
    I believe the DVC reference was a mistake. I am sure he meant DCL. :) :)
  7. kbmo4444

    kbmo4444 Mouseketeer

    Oct 29, 2006
    We are cruising on the Magic in Feb 2010 on deck 7. Would you mind sharing what stateroom you had. It would nice to have the room you just had. Thanks
  8. TestTrackBoy

    TestTrackBoy Cast Member

    Aug 17, 2003
    Yes, it is sad to see the Magic in that condition but you have to take a few things into consideration. The ship is constantly at sea with salt water and air battering the outside of the ship all the time. Finishes on the wood become dull and start to peal when out in these conditions. The ship is constantly going back and fourth moving thousands of passengers each week. Without a dry dock, they only have a limited time in port to paint the outside to take care of rust issues. When I was on the Magic in October they were painting the outside and verandas in Port Canaveral, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay. In the middle of a sea day they were refinishing railings on the 10th deck and wood accents on the 9th deck. It is a never ending job for the maintenance crew to keep the ship painted and well cleaned.
  9. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    We've seen the Magic in MANY states of perfection and needing a little TLC since the inaugural sailing. You can really tell the difference after a dry dock or after a "special" situation where the crew spends a lot of time cleaning "detail" places.

    We've seen the rust on balconies, at bottoms of poles, etc....dirt in bathroom corners, etc. (the kind my mother would have made me clean with a toothbrush!) I really believe that most of this cannot be helped, only maintained. They are constantly repainting and refinishing the ship--I'm glad your room was handled promptly and I'm sure they'll get to the rest as time allows.

    My suggestion--if there's a problem, report it. They will deal with it promptly!
  10. wcw57

    wcw57 DIS Veteran

    Apr 1, 2009
    When is Magic's Dry Dock?
  11. Im_A_Princess

    Im_A_Princess PLATINUM (21) - Woo Hoo!

    Feb 19, 2007

    "Current Dry Dock for the Wonder - October 2 - 17, 2009
    Next Dry Dock for the Magic - October 3 - 15, 2010
    Next probable Dry Dock for the Wonder - September 6 - 19, 2011 based on no cruises scheduled at this time. Ship would be in Vancouver.
    Begining with the Wonder's 2009 drydock work will be done in Freeport, Bahamas and not in Norfolk, VA."

    The Magic was just in dry dock Sept. 2008. I think it went in after the EB Panama Canal cruise we were on.
  12. oklamomof4boys

    oklamomof4boys DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2006
    They were painting parts of the Magic when we were on the NYE cruise.
  13. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    They are ALWAYS painting parts of both's an unending task to keep up with what the salt water does to them. They aren't the best looking ships in the various ports accidentally.
  14. flexsmom

    flexsmom <a href="" targ

    Sep 18, 2002
    We were on the NYE cruise. 6 in our party were repeat cruisers, and 8 were first-timers, including one who had been on several Navy ships. The adults all raved about the condition of the ship - they recognized that there was constantly painting going on, but it was kind of funny when one of the RC ships came in and the comments were "look at all that rust you can see at the water line". So, I'm not disputing what anyone is saying here, but the impression of the condition of the ship definitely varies!
  15. Tony94

    Tony94 DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2005
    I was on the magic a week before a drydock and felt that it was in great shape. I won't let a little bit of rust on my verandah make my cruise beter or worse. I don't think you can be on a ship and not see any rust.:goodvibes
  16. allears

    allears "If I were not upon the sea..." I'd want to be!

    Jul 20, 2002
    We've sailed on the Magic almost every year since 2002, before after and long times between dry dock. We have always been impressed with the condition of the ship! Like a previous poster said the ship in in constant use with no down time. We've always seen work being done, painting, sanding, varnishing. And you can really see the attention they put into maintaining the ship when you're parked next to some others. My guess is that if the entire deck's rails were "bare" they had been sanded and were going to be re-done.

    We'll be back on the ship in a few weeks, and I expect we'll find her just as ship shape as always.
  17. Husurdady

    Husurdady DIS Veteran

    Jul 1, 2009
    That's why we are waiting for 2011 and the DREAM.
  18. dan and scott

    dan and scott DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    We were on the Wonder in early December and the ---Brand New--- not even a month old Carnival Dream ------had RUST on her hull.
    So yes -the Disney ships are in a constant never ending maintenance cycle.
    They look pretty good when you put them up against most of the low end cruise brands.
    Actually the Disney ships consistentley get high rankings from Conde Naste Traveller Gold List for design,quality, and services offered.
    Higher than Cunard,Holland America --both of which are Carnival.

  19. Juney

    Juney Mouseketeer

    Nov 19, 2008
    We cruised in December and there wasn't a day that went by that I didn't see a crew painting. At every port there were people hanging off of the ship on tethers and painting the exterior. My husband I both commented on the great up-keep. Maybe it's a 1/2 empty-1/2 full thing.
  20. epcotrulz

    epcotrulz Mouseketeer

    May 13, 2007
    You can always find a spot of rust here or there, but overall I too feel the ships are kept in tip top shape. Our last cruise on the Magic (April '09) I felt like the sculpted rugs were "plush" under my feet, which I was impressed by . . . and yes there was some rust spots on our balcony, but I understand what the salt water/air does to a ship . . . our bathrooms sparkled like new and the beds couldn't have been more comfortable! Can't wait to get back for our inagural (sp?) Baltic!
  21. been2marceline

    been2marceline Fish are Food, not Friends! DVC Gold

    Mar 16, 2006
    ...and after 2 years of service, the Dream will be rusting and have peeling finishes, and will start going into dry dock cycles as well....

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