The Disney Magic at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
|Owner:||Disney Cruise Line|
|Operator:||Disney Cruise Line|
|Port of registry:||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Route:||4 Night Caribbean Cruises,6,7,and 8 Night Western Caribbean Cruises, 8 Night Bahamian Cruises, Special Cruises|
|Builder:||Fincantieri Marghera, Italy|
|Maiden voyage:||July 30, 1998|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9126807|
|Length:||964 ft (294 m)|
|Beam:||106 ft (32 m)|
|Draft:||25.3 ft (7.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two bronze propellers|
|Speed:||Cruising 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph),
maximum 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Disney Magic is a cruise ship operated by the Disney Cruise Line, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Magic is over 80 feet longer than the RMS Titanic. As of October 2012[update], the Disney Magic is based out of Galveston, Texas.
Built in 1998 by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the Disney Magic can hold approximately 2,400 passengers. Originally since the summer of 2000 Disney Magic had been offering weekly cruises to Castaway Cay and multiple Caribbean islands out of its home port in Port Canaveral, Florida. In June 2005, the Disney Magic was dispatched to the West Coast in honor of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Disney Magic held the record for the highest regular toll paid for passage through the Panama Canal, at $331,200. The title later went to Coral Princess after paying $400,000 to transit the canal. As with other Disney cruise ships, the ship's horn blast plays an excerpt from Disney's famous flagship tune, '"When You Wish upon a Star". The Disney Magic's Godmother is Patricia Disney, former wife of Walt Disney's nephew, Roy E. Disney.
In May 2012, Disney Magic was relocated to New York City, where she sailed 8-night cruises to the Bahamas, New England, and Canada. In September she was relocated to Galveston, Texas for the remainder of the year and offers 4 Night Caribbean Cruises, 6, 7, and 8 Night Western Caribbean Cruises, and 8 Night Bahamian Cruises.
In June 2013, the Disney Magic will be repositioned to Barcelona, Spain for the summer. She will then undergo a six-week refurbishment before being repositioned to Miami, Florida for the remainder of 2013. In January 2014, the Wonder will take over for the Magic in Miami, bumping the Magic to Port Canaveral for 4 months where she will sail the same 3 and 4-night Bahamian itineraries as the Disney Dream.
In April 2013, Disney Cruise Line announced that the Disney Magic would be renovated. The ship's cabins, lounges, restaurants and spa will be completely rehauled in addition to new features including; "Marvel's Avengers Academy", a play area based on Marvel's Avengers characters, the AquaDunk and the AquaLab, consisting of a pool and waterslide that will replace the ship's Mickey Pool.
On the ship's forward funnel, there is a 24-by-14 foot Jumbo LED screen known as the Funnel Vision, due to its location on the rear of one of the ship's funnels.
On deck 10 forward, the Wide World of Sports deck offers workouts, basketball, foosball, and ping-pong. Right below, a workout room has a view of the front of the ship.
Scattered throughout the ship, there are Mickey Mouse impressions, known as "Hidden Mickeys". People like to search for them.
There are on board shows about every night. Some of these shows have been nominated, or have won, multiple awards. The on board movie theater, The Buena Vista, has first run Disney movies showing. The movies seen in this theater are typically the same Disney movies that are currently in theaters on land.
For dinner, Disney has implemented a dining rotation. There are three main restaurants aboard the Magic: Lumiere's, Parrot Cay and Animator's Palate. Each night, the guests "rotate" to another restaurant, sitting at the same table number, eating with the same people, and having the same wait staff. Each of the restaurants' decor and menus are themed, with Lumiere's being an elegant Art Deco dining room serving French cuisine, Parrot Cay being themed to a Caribbean grill house, and Animator's Palate featuring a dining room that changes from black-and-white to color over the course of the meal and serves contemporary cuisine.
The Disney Magic also features a premium restaurant, Palo, which serves Northern Italian fare. Palo is limited to guests 18 years of age or older, and charges an additional per-person dining charge.
The Disney Magic has several complimentary "open" dining/food options. The largest is the Topsider Buffet, which operates as a buffet during breakfast and lunch and as a casual sit-down restaurant during dinner. There are also three outdoor quick-service restaurants located near the pools: Goofy's Galley, which serves breakfast and lunch, Pinnocchio's Pizzeria, which serves pizza during lunch and late-night hours, and Pluto's Dog House, which serves hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch and dinner. Lumiere's and Parrot Cay serve American food during lunch, with the latter alternating between a lunch buffet and a sit-down lunch. 24-Hour complimentary room service is also available.
The ship has twenty bright yellow lifeboats. Normally, modern lifeboats are required to be orange, but Disney Cruise Line obtained special permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to have the boats yellow to match the colors of Mickey Mouse.
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