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This trip report is full of details and pictures of my family’s cruise from Miami on the Disney Magic. My husband and I traveled with our two daughters who were 18 months and 6 years old at the time. This post is all about Day 2 of our trip, which was a day at sea in the middle of the Caribbean.
If you missed it, this is the review from Day 1 of our vacation, which includes embarkation in Miami:
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5 Night Navigator- Day at Sea
The stateroom hosts no longer put the paper versions of these Personal Navigators on your stateroom bed each night. Instead, you can use the official Disney Cruise Line Navigator App to find activity schedules and information. You can also grab a copy of the paper version at Guest Services like I did.
My one year old typically wakes up at around 5:30 in the morning, but I wanted my six year old to sleep in. So, each morning I walked the jogging track on Deck 4 with my toddler. I made a habit of swinging by Guest Services on our stroll each morning to pick up the paper Navigator, which was just sitting out for guests to freely grab.
Best Stroller for a Disney Cruise
If you read Day 1 of my trip report, you know that I borrowed a stroller from Disney Cruise Line for this trip. I had planned to visit Guest Services once onboard the ship to get a stroller.
I believe they charge your account somewhere around $250 when you pick up the stroller. Then DCL takes off the charge when you return it on your last day.
Since we ended up upgrading to Concierge Level at the port, one of our Concierge Team Members brought the stroller to me. Disney Cruise Line provides the same type of stroller that I have rented numerous times at Walt Disney World: a City Mini Baby Jogger.
Although I had to fold up the stroller to get it through our stateroom door, the City Mini is super easy to collapse with one hand. It’s also really compact and easy to store in the stateroom closet. We had plenty of room under the stateroom bed to keep it there as well. My husband and I ended up purchasing our own City Mini Stroller because we love the size and convenience of them.
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The City Mini also reclines so that your baby or toddler can nap more comfortably. I had hoped that the reclined seat and the morning stroll would help my one year old fall back to sleep on our morning strolls, but unfortunately this was never the case.
Disney Cruise Ship Elevators
After walking along the jogging path on Deck 4, my toddler and I headed up to Daisy’s De-lites on the Disney Magic pool deck. This quick service dining option opened at 6:30 each day, and it was a great spot to grab breakfast items and snacks.
Daisy’s De-lites provided things like fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, and pastries. My toddler and I sat at one of the tables on the pool deck to eat an early breakfast, and it was always so peaceful during this time!
After we ate, I walked over to the beverage station nearby to grab a couple cups of coffee to take down to our stateroom. Since we had a stroller with us, my toddler and I took the elevator down to our room. Even though our cabin was located fairly close to the stairwell and elevators, we never had an issue with noise.
Also, since we were up so early in the morning, the elevators were never busy during the daily stroll with my toddler. If you are trying to use an elevator during peak times like the Muster Drill, you will have to wait a while to ride.
My family and I typically use the stairs any time we don’t have a stroller and are wanting to walk around the ship. Even if you need to go up or down several decks, one Disney cruise first timers tip is to use the stairs because they are usually faster than waiting on an elevator.
Cabanas Breakfast Buffet
Once back in the stateroom, my husband and I enjoyed our coffee on the verandah while our two kids played with the toys they had bought in one of the ship’s stores the previous night. Then, I changed the girls out of their pajamas so that we could head up to Cabanas for breakfast.
Insider Tip- I saw lots of kids in pajamas throughout our cruise. My toddler wore her pj’s each morning on our walk and during morning snack time. She also wore them during the nightly shows.
We arrived at Cabanas around 8:00 AM and washed our hands at the sanitizing station. Then I grabbed a table with the kids while my husband grabbed drinks and food for everyone.
Cabanas truly has something for everyone. Both of my girls are picky eaters, but we were able to find lots of fruit and different styles of eggs for each of them. My husband eats vegan and gluten free foods only, and he was also able to find enough options for breakfast as well.
We all enjoyed our breakfast and then headed out just as Cabanas was starting to get busy. I made a note that a line had formed to wash hands and enter Cabanas at around 8:45 when we left. So, the earlier you go on a sea day the better!
Frozen Meet and Greet
We had reservations for a character meet and greet with Anna and Elsa at 9:00 in Animator’s Palate. I signed up for this time during my online check in for the cruise.
Disney Cruise Line did not provide tickets for this event the way they used to. Once we arrived at the meet and greet, we just told the cast member our room number and he checked that we were on his list.
We stood in line for about 15 minutes before it was our turn. The cast member at the front of the line asked for our stateroom number for the photographer. They do this so they know which room to file your photos under for purchasing on board.
Disney Magic Pools
After our meet and greet, we headed back to the room to change into our swimsuits. Before our trip, I had wondered if we would be able to swim in the mornings or if the December weather would be too chilly.
We lucked out because it was sunny and in the 70’s even in the morning!
My husband took our one year old to Nephews’ Splash Zone because this is the only water play area for kids who under 3 years old and in swim diapers.
I went with our six year old to ride the Twist ‘n Spout waterslide. We stood in line for about 15-20 minutes, but my daughter loved the slide so she didn’t mind the wait. Then, we went over to Goofy’s Pool to swim. Even though it was heated, this pool felt far too cold for me, so I sat on the side to watch.
My six year old wasn’t phased by the chilly water; though, and she enjoyed herself. After playing on the pool deck for a while, we grabbed a table and chairs for lunch. We ate at the quick service counters on the pool deck since they had so many options. Then, we all treated ourselves to soft serve ice cream after lunch!
We headed back to our stateroom after our fun-filled morning on the pool deck. I put our toddler down for a nap, and the rest of us enjoyed the view from our verandah. We were sailing passed (I think) Cuba, and it was really neat to see the mountainous terrain.
My husband and I had a discussion about how much we enjoyed the verandah in our stateroom and how we would strive to book a cabin with a balcony from here on out. We really like having downtime in our stateroom, and the verandah made it so much more enjoyable!
Once our one year old woke up from her nap, we all showered and got ready for our evening activities. This night was designated as an optional dress up night. We typically don’t wear formal attire on cruises, but I had packed my kids’ Christmas dresses for this trip.
I have to admit that I did feel a bit silly dressed up in wintery Christmas clothes when it was 85 degrees outside. Luckily my kids didn’t complain, and I got some cute photos of them by the holiday decorations on the ship!
Once we finished taking photos around the ship, we headed to the Concierge Lounge on Deck 10. Each evening, the lounge hosted a happy hour where Concierge Level guests could grab small snacks and beverages for free.
My two girls loved the appetizers and sweets that were offered. My husband and I enjoyed getting glasses of wine from the lounge to take to dinner with us.
Animator’s Palate on the Disney Magic
Dinner our second night was at Animator’s Palate. Just as had been our experience the first night, our servers were exceptional at dinner! My one year old lasts about half an hour at the dinner table, so she struggled a bit toward the end of the meal.
Our servers were great at trying to entertain her, but I eventually had to take her out of the dining room to run around. Animator’s Palate has a really entertaining show with Sorcerer Mickey toward dessert time.
So, we walked back to the table just in time to watch the performance. Mickey’s presence plus dessert kept our toddler entertained until we had all finished our meals.
We usually spend time meeting characters after dinner and before the nightly show. On this Optional Dress Up night, the characters were all dressed in their formal Christmas attire.
The lines for characters seem to start forming about 10-15 minutes before the character is scheduled to appear. We are never in line that early, though. Typically we get in line five minutes before the meet and greet begins or even right after it starts.
The lines move quickly, and you normally don’t wait longer than 15 minutes. The exception to this is the Santa Claus meet and greet, but I will get into that later in the trip report.
After meeting a couple characters, we walked back up to the Concierge Lounge. My older daughter grabbed popcorn, gummies, and bottled water to take to the evening show with her. My toddler and I skipped the show again because I wasn’t sure she would sit through Twice Charmed.
She isn’t familiar with Cinderella or the songs in the show, so I didn’t trust her to sit nicely throughout the production. My six year old LOVED this show! In fact, it was her favorite out of all the nightly entertainment on the cruise.
Preparing for Grand Cayman
I took our one year old back to our room to put her to bed since we had plans to go to the beach at Grand Cayman the following day. The Concierge hosts told us to grab a taxi at the port and spend the day at Royal Palms.
I will let you know how that went in Day 3 of my trip report. I’ll also explain the tendering process and Pirate Night. You can find Day 3 here:
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