It’s been a long time coming but Disney is finally bringing their brand to Texas. No, it’s not the theme park that has been rumored for years to be coming to North Texas; it’s a cruise ship coming to South Texas. Beginning this Saturday, September 22 the Disney Magic will start sailing from the Port of Galveston.
Those of you familiar with cruising out of Galveston may be saying – “Wait, the ‘Magic’ has already been sailing out of Galveston for a year now!” This is true but the ship you would be referring to is the Carnival Magic which started sailing out of Galveston last November. The newest addition coming to the Port of Galveston this week is Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic. Confusing? Yes, a little. Once you hear the ship’s horns blast the tune of “When You Wish Upon A Star” you will have a good idea which ‘Magic’ it is even before it comes into sight. Then, as you turn towards the music your eyes will gaze upon a sleek black and white ship topped by two red funnels adorned with Mickey Mouse ears. At that point there will be no question and you better be ready to enjoy a tropical vacation with all the entertainment, characters, and magic that only Disney can deliver.
Disney is not just an exceptional choice for family cruising; it prides itself in offering a great cruising experience for all. Disney’s spacious ships have diverse options for dining, entertainment, nightlife and activities throughout. They strive to live up to everyone’s expectations and offer a great experience for families, couples and single adults alike.
A few Disney Magic highlights:
(This is just a sample of the offerings on board and does NOT cover all the attractions and venues available in the categories listed.)
Animator’s Palate, a main dining restaurant located on Deck 4 Aft that includes an animated dinner show nightly. Lumiere’s, a main dining restaurant located on Deck 3 Midship offers more refined dining and is themed after the movie, Beauty and the Beast. Palo, an adult exclusive restaurant located on Deck 10 Aft offers Northern Italian cuisine. Topsider Buffet, an indoor/outdoor buffet located on Deck 9 Aft serves both American and international classics.
The Buena Vista Theatre, a large theatre located on Deck 5 Aft with cinema seating and a large movie screen with Dolby Surround and capable of showing 3D movies. Walt Disney Theatre, a large theatre located on Deck 4 Forward with live Broadway-style performances nightly featuring numerous Disney characters. Character greetings will also occur throughout the cruise where you can meet & greet all the different Disney characters.
Nightclubs & Lounges
Cove Café, an adult’s only coffee bar located on Deck 9 Midship. Diversions, a sports pub and lounge located on Deck 3 Forward. Rockin’ Bar D, a contemporary club located on Deck 3 Forward offering live music, karaoke and dancing for adults only at night. The Rockin’ Bar D during the day offers interactive games and fun for the entire family. Sessions, a piano bar located on Deck 3 Forward. Signals, an adult only bar located on Deck 9.
Mickey’s Pool, a children’s pool with large water slide located on Deck 9 Aft. Goofy’s Pool, a family pool located on Deck 9 Midship. Quiet Cove Pool, an adult’s only pool located on Deck 9 Forward.
The Disney Magic when at full capacity carries 2,700 passengers and 950 cast and crew ready to entertain and accommodate your needs. Over the ship’s 11 expansive decks you’ll find the ‘Magic’ that Disney is known for in almost every corner. From the themed restaurants and Broadway-style character productions all the way down to the mouse ear embroidered pillows on your bed, there will be no mistaking you are sailing with Disney!
The Disney Magic currently sails out of the Port of New York and will finish its transition to the Port of Galveston later this week. Once in Galveston it will be offering 7 night Western Caribbean cruises through the end of 2012. The Ports of Call will include Grand Cayman, and the Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel. In the early part of 2013, it will begin to offer additional Western Caribbean and Bahamas cruise itineraries of 4, 6 and 8 nights.
In the Port of Galveston the Disney Magic will be joining three other ships currently based there. They are Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph along with Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas. In December, Princess Cruises will also begin sailing the Crown Princess out of Galveston.
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