I would like to explain what my family and I did each day while we enjoyed our family vacation aboard the Disney Magic;
Day 1; We arrived at the port of Copenhagen, Denmark around 1:00 p.m., but you can board from 11:00 a.m. We gave ourselves 3 hours to board (the ship sets sail at 4 p.m.) so that we can explore Copenhagen before going on vacation. This day included us exploring the boat and registering for children’s clubs. One of the amazing things about Disney is their kids clubs. They have rooms for children of different ages to go out, participate in activities and make new friends. It gives parents the chance to spend time alone and know their kids are safe and having fun. After exploring the boat, everyone gathered on deck 9 to set sail and have fun at the “Mickey’s Sailing Away Party”. Meanwhile, everyone greets the passengers staying in Copenhagen and dances with Mickey and his friends on stage. Once that was over, we headed to the 6:30 pm theater show. Depending on the dinner time you request (6:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.), you will attend the theater performance at 6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m., the opposite time to your dinner. I love the shows. Disney does an incredible job of coming up with special themes and acts to entertain its audiences.
Day 2 was a “day at sea” which meant we didn’t stop anywhere. We enjoyed our day watching Disney movies at the Buena Vista Theater, playing games at Vibe (a teen club), having lunch at Cabanas (the buffet on deck 9), enjoying another theater show and dinner at one of the three bends. restaurants (Lumiere’s, Animators Palate or Cariocas.) Depending on your room card, you will alternate between these three delicious restaurants. That night included a formal dinner. This means that we have been encouraged to dress elegantly (like dresses and skirts or men’s suits.) Days at sea are, in my opinion, one of the best days on the boat. Disney offers guests the option of Cabanas (the buffet on Deck 9), Lumiere (one of 3 rotating restaurants) or one of the quick service restaurants on Deck 9. Quick service restaurants include Daisy’s Delights (a sandwich, salad, fruit and cookie stand), Pete’s Boiler Bites (a burger, hot dog, taco, etc … type of American stand) and Pinocchio’s Pizza (a pizza stand where you can build whichever pizza you prefer.) Disney Magic does a fantastic job of creating A-quality food all day long and making sure it cooks quickly, while still maintaining incredible flavor. Now, food isn’t the only reason I love days at sea. While food is a key factor, Disney also provides customers with a newspaper article every night, allowing them to see what activities get ready for them the next day (you also have the option of using their Disney Cruise Line app to see the activities and menus for each day.) This activity sheet is always filled with karaoke, newly released movies, games and games. training and more during the days at sea. Disney makes sure that its guests always have something fun and new to do on the boat, knowing that some might get bored of not having to dock.
On day 3 we stopped in Tallinn, Estonia. We arrived and walked around Tallinn’s old town which gave us a real sense of their culture. We also explored the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Estonian Maritime Museum (a former prison), and the Fat Margarets Tower (a large building next to the ship.) As most of you know, northern Europe has a very suspicious time. Knowing this, I packed a range of different clothes and layers. Tallinn stayed in the 60 degree F zone for most of our visit which was amazing. I wore leggings (lululemon), tank top (lululemon), long sweater (Madewell) and tennis shoes (New Balance.) My dad and brother could only wear shorts and a shirt so it really depends on your tolerance for cooler weather. I’m a little girl so the wind was a little chilly for me, explaining the long sweater.
On day 4 we stopped in St. Petersburg, Russia. That day we decided to hire a bus driver and tour guide (Alla Tours.) St. Petersburg had several churches (Church of Spilled Blood for example) and palaces (Catherine Palace), we had so need someone to help us find our way. I recommend finding yourself a guide you trust (like Alla Tours), because on our visit to Catherine Palace (and a few other landmarks in the city) the queue wrapped around the building to get in, but our guide found a way to skip the line and squeeze us in, in just 15 minutes. Like Tallinn, the weather in St. Petersburg was very strange. The morning was chilly and required me to wear a scarf (Madewell) and thick jacket (Madewell), but later in the day the temperature warmed up (maybe 67 degrees F) which caused me to allowed to wear just a light rain jacket (Spice), because St. Petersburg tended to water every now and then. There was no theater performance that evening as everyone on board was at 11:30 p.m. This means you had the option to stay in Russia until 11:30 p.m. or come early and have dinner but no show.
On day 5, we stopped in Helsinki, Finland. This day was a little shorter because everyone on board was around 5 p.m. We decided to ride a carousel to see the city and take a boat ride to explore a small island with a history about Finland (Suomenlinna.) We weren’t sure how big and historic Suomenlinna was, we did therefore not been able to see all of its rich history. . I recommend spending several hours here, if you decide to visit this place in Finland. That night included semi-formal dinner. This meant that we had to dress a little nicer than usual for our dinner, to take pictures. Disney doesn’t require you to dress up on any of the cruise nights, but on these special nights it is strongly encouraged. I wore a miniskirt (Abercrombie & Fitch), tank top (American Eagle) and sandals (Tory Burch.)
On day 6, we stopped in Stockholm, Sweden. This day was even shorter because everyone on board was 3.30pm. We decided to visit the Armory and the Royal Palace next door. If you are traveling with boys or men, I recommend you to visit the armory. It was very cool for my brother and dad to see all the military armor, guns and royal cars. We also bought tickets for the hop-on hop-off bus, but it was very busy and crowded (due to all the ships docked in Stockholm that day), I would not recommend buying a ticket for this bus in this city. That night Disney included “Anna & Elsa’s Frozen Deck Party,” which meant we all climbed up to Deck 9 before dinner to watch the Frozen characters dance and sing on stage. Disney also changed their theater show that night. Unlike their normal Broadway style show, they provided us with a comedy show.
Day 7 was our last day, meaning it was another “day at sea”. This day was a lot like Day 2, except the cruise included activities like booking junk junk of all your memories and the Jack Jack dashboard (a race between babies that can crawl.) Usually my family and I prefer to have lunch. at Cabanas (the unlimited buffet is always nice), but that day my dad and I decided to try Lumieres for lunch. I had the Cuban sandwich and veal parmesan with pasta (two entrees were a must that day) and my dad had the shrimp and pad thai noodles. Both meals were fantastic! Disney has once again found a way to wow us. When the day was almost over, we enjoyed the final show (Disney Dreams) and dinner at the Animators Palate (one of three rotating restaurants.) Once it was all over, the cruise closed the day by hosting a ” See you soon Really soon “party in the lobby atrium on Deck 3. This show included a wave of farewell to all the characters on board and a pin-swapping session (all guests on board gathered to swap their Disney pins.)
Day 8 was our last morning on the boat which meant you were going to have breakfast at the place you had dinner the night before or eat in Cabanas (the buffet on deck 9.) For my family and I, we ate once at the Palace of the Animators Suite. After eating the last meal on the boat, everyone disembarked and headed for the airport to go home. Disney allows all of its guests to eat and explore the ship before leaving, which was nice because we didn’t feel rushed to get off the ship and let the new guests begin their vacations.