As bares testament to my Disney Wonder review, on this board.....a 7 Night Western on the Disney Magic was always going to be a certainty ! You should be warned Disney cruising is highly addictive !!!
As we were doing a longer cruise, and had also arranged to get married on Grand Cayman during the cruise(independently, not through Disney)we splashed out on a verandah (cat.6)cabin. We thoroughly enjoyed the extra space this gave us, it was almost like having an extra room, and would thoroughly recommend that if your budget can stretch to one, you should book one.
We found the 7 night cruise much more relaxing than our first- so much more time to enjoy everything, and less pressure to do everything.
We spent alot more time in our cabins - since we had paid for the private open deck space we were determinied we would make full use of it, and enjoyed room service to the full (no extra charge just tip a few dollars). We also made sure that our cabin was located near the aft stairs for quick access to the drinks stations and the buffet restaurant.
We were less than impressed (apart from Grand Cayman) with the ports of call -
Key West was so, so.. (our snorkelling excursion got cancelled due to choppy seas) - just another American tourist trap town. Though the aquariunm is definitely worth a visit, the Conch train tour was too long for the kids and the Shipwrecking Museum, though fun, was a little too short. Definitely try the key lime pie from the Blond Giraffe - its the best in town.
In Comuzel were chose to go to Xcaret National Park - which was a mistake really, not that Xcaret isn't a wonderful park - it is, but it takes too long to get there (nearly an hour each way)- leaving you with under 4 hours to enjoy the park. This is nowhere near enough time- you certainly don't get your admissions worth. We were also disappointed witht he meal voucher for burger & chip that Disney provided for there, particularly as there was some marvellous Mexican cuisine on offer - considering the cost of the excursion we felt that Disney were extremely poor in this respect.This excursion would not suit anyone prone to seasickness - getting to the mainland involves a pretty choppy crossing.
Grand Cayman was completely taken up with our wedding, so its difficult to comment, other than to say that if you get the chance to have a meal at The Grand Old House (just a short taxi ride from the port - a mile out of GeorgeTown)do so - you might think the cruise ship food is good- but at the GOH it is fantastic !!along with a most wonderful setting. Two minutes from GOH is Smith's Cove, a small beach the locals use - again highly recommended and it does have restrooms.We had a dream wedding on Grand Cayman - and we are so glad to have an excuse to go back on an anniversary sometime.
Our last stop was Castway Cay - Disney's own island which never fails to deliver a fantastic day at the beach. We did the snorkelling excursion which was fine for beginners, though desperately lacking in any kind of rapport from the people running it, who were I might add not Disney employees.
As for the cruise as a whole,if you are expecting Disney standards, you will not be disappointed. Yes, they are more expensive than many cruises but you are going to enjoy every minute on that boat !
My top tips are; First, to book through a specialist US agent(Dreamsunlimited, Vacationstogo, Smallworld, Costco etc.) or direct with Disnney Cruise Line itself, as these are far cheaper than UK travel agents (and you will get much better cancelletaion terms,control over the booking and flexibility). Second, re-book whilst onboard, even if you only suspect you may go on another Disney cruise (you don't need to have a specific date in mind, and you can cancel, at no cost, if you change your mind up 90 days before sailing). This will give you 10% off - the best discount you can find, and you can't get it after you leave the ship. Book as early as you can (from up to 18 months before sailing) as prices tend to rise steadily - even if it decreases (unlikely), you can get refunded the difference if you have booked through a US travel agent or direct with Disney.This will also giveyou maximum choice of cabin location.