I thought I would try doing a TR for our wonderful, wonderful cruise...
I had been wanting to do a Disney Cruise since I first found out they existed. We had looked at doing one in the Caribbean, and later a Transatlantic one, but each time the price of the flights held us back. So when DCL announced they were going to do the Norwegian fjords, we simply had to book it!! Later my parents got a bit jealous, and decided to join us as well. The more the merrier!!
The wait was a very long one... In the meantime I tried to find as much as I could about the Disney cruises, about our ship the Disney Magic, and of course about Norway and the fjords. And the more I read about everything, the more impatient I was becoming!!
The cruise left from Copenhagen on Saturday 6th on June. We got flights to get there on the Friday morning, so that we would have some time to discover Copenhagen (none of us had ever been there); and after the cruise we would have another couple of days to explore the city before flying back home.
The flight left Luxembourg very early, but at least it meant we had a full day ahead of us. We dropped the bags in our hotel (which was very close to the airport), before getting the Metro into the city centre. We hadn't really much of a plan, and we ended up just wondering around discovering the city like that. We visited Rosenborg Castle (beautiful inside and out) and the crown jewels, Nyhavn and the port area, the Little Mermaid (of course) and finally Tivoli Gardens, where we had dinner.
It was a very long and tiring day (we walked almost everywhere!), and a perfect start to our holiday.
If anyone's interested in the pictures, I have an album in Facebook
Next day it was embarkation day!!
You can check online before your cruise, and choose at what time you want to arrive to the port. I wanted to spend as much time as possible on-board, so we were due to arrive for check-in between 12:00 and 12:30. We had breakfast in our hotel, then called in a couple of taxis to take us to the port. I'm sure it wasn't very long but for me it felt like the longest drive ever.... I just wanted to arrive and get my first look of our ship!!
Finally, there it was. Docked ahead of us, the gorgeous Disney Magic
Beyond excited now
We left our bags (Disney give you tags to attach to the bags, so they follow you to your cabin) then proceeded to the check-in counters.
There was a line for the first times, and a separate line for the Castaway Club members (i.e those that have cruised before). And as we were soon to find out, most of our fellow passengers had been on quite a few cruises... But for now it meant a shorter queue!! Once in the counter we showed all our documents, and received our Keys to the World. These keys are used as your ID when you enter and leave the ship, they're used to pay for everything you want onboard (from drinks in the bars to the soap in the laundry room!) and of course they open the cabin. Everyone gets one (including children). One of the first things I bought was a lanyard (a Norwegian Fjords themed lanyard of course) to carry mine
This being Disney of course you don't need to wait long before meeting your first character
Before even boarding the ship, we got to meet Mr Mickey Mouse! My daughter was by now in full Disney mode
And here we go!!
We had to go in via deck 1. As soon as we got in, we were in Disney's very capable hands. All the cast members around were welcoming us onboard, there were some managing the crowds around the elevators, and ready to direct you to wherever you want to go. My first stop was Guest Services in deck 3, to get tickets for some characters meet 'n' greets (they had ticketed events for a Princesses gathering, for a Frozen meet 'n' greet and for a Marvel one; we skipped Marvel because our daughter is not into super heroes yet, but I have to say that after seeing Thor walking around the ship I think next time we'll have to try meeting them....)
Then it was time for lunch, and we went to Carioca's, one of the restaurants in the evening rotations, where they were serving a buffet lunch (there was another buffet in the Cabanas restaurant, in deck 9, and some fast food places).
Our first opinion about the food onboard?? Delicious. Everything we tried in the buffet was very good. It was busy in the restaurant but didn't feel crowded, the dishes in the buffet were always kept full, and everything was kept clean. I'm sure I'll repeat it many many times in this report, but the service here was like nothing I had ever seen. The cast members were simply amazing, everywhere (and the top reason the overall cruise experience was unbeatable)
After lunch, it was time to explore our ship! Of course I had seen all the youtube videos I could find, and searched forums and blogs and pinterest, but of course it's so much better in real life...
First stop, deck 5 and the kids clubs, Oceanners Lab and Oceaneers Club, where they had an open house (meaning we could all go and visit, and take pictures). When the clubs are working, adults are only allowed in to pick up their child, and of course you cannot take any photos. So this was our chance to go and explore, and feel very very jealous...
Children who register for the kids clubs get a wristband (a magic band, actually) that they use to check in and out of the clubs (and allows the CM to know where they are within the club). We got our daughter hers, and went in. First, the Oceaneers Lab...
And then the Oceaneers Club!
Andy's room, my personal favourite...
And of course, Mickey Mouse:
The two clubs are connected with each other through a corridor, and children are free to navigate between them (unless one of the two has an Open House, then parents must stay with them, or take them to the other club). Needless to say, my daughter loved them, and would have quite happily spent the whole week in there. And these were the clubs for the children aged 3-11 (I think). For the little ones there's the Small World Nursery, and for the older kids there are separate clubs.
We stayed and played with her a bit, before managing to convince her that we had a full week ahead of us, and that we should go and see more things!!