Day 1 – Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic Cruise Line

I’m wrapping up my first day on my first ever Disney cruise, and we are having a fantastic time. My husband, adult daughter, and I are on this journey together. We’re part of a media group that is being hosted by Disney, and this is the experience of a lifetime. We’re on the Disney Magic. We sailed out of Miami, and our itinerary includes a stop at Grand Cayman, and other one at Castaway Cay. I’m probably most excited, though, about Marvel Day at Sea, which will be Wednesday.

We were able to board around noon, and we decided to get something to eat. We chose Cabanas, which is a buffet that is open for all three meals. My family and I have some dietary restrictions, and we didn’t have any problem finding delicious choices. We decided to eat outside, where we could enjoy the view.

Not too long after we finished lunch our room was ready. We have been gifted with a deluxe ocean room with verandah. It is incredible! The room is obviously smaller than a motel room, but they make good use of the space. I’ve been out on the verandah to enjoy the view probably a dozen times already.

One of the things that is nice about Disney Cruise Line is the abundance of characters. They seem to be everywhere! I’m a bit of a character addict, and that’s been a lot of fun. We saw our first character before we got on the boat, and there have been plenty more since.

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There was a mandatory lifeboat safety drill, and that went smoothly. After that we went up to the deck for the deck party. Some of the crew put on a show, and then Mickey and several of his friends joined in on the fun. It was not long after that when we officially left the port.

There are two times for dinner, we’re on the first one. That means that our dinner time is 5:45 each night. There are three different full service restaurants, and your wait staff moves with you each night. We our wait staff is incredible. Tonight we dined at Rapunzel’s Royal Table. We had a delicious three course meal, plus a show. It’s Rapunzel’s birthday, and we were all part of her celebration. My daughter is vegan, and at the end of dinner she was given tomorrow’s menu so that she could make her choice. Our main server said that he would pass along her requests to the chef. That’s going to make things easier for her.

There is a live show each evening. It will run twice, so that you can see it no matter which dining rotation you are on. The show tonight was called Twice Charmed. It was a Cinderella story, showing what would happen if they went back in time. Would she still find her prince?

There is so much to see and do that I know that we will never be bored. So far, this is the perfect vacation. We can go nonstop if we want, but we can also relax for a while when we need to. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.