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This trip report is from my family’s five night cruise on the Disney Magic where we sailed from Miami to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay. This cruise took place in the month of December and had a Very Merrytime theme to celebrate the Christmas holiday season.
If you didn’t catch the beginning of this trip review, you can find Day 1 at the link below:
The following post follows Day 4 of our trip, which was a sea day where we met Santa in the Caribbean!
Very Merrytime Navigator
This is the personal navigator from Day 4, which was a sea day. Disney Cruise Line does a really great job of providing lots of onboard activities when you have a day at sea.
In addition to holiday decorations, the Very Merrytime cruises have some Christmas themed activities onboard the ship. One of these special holiday extras is a meet and greet with Santa. I will discuss more from our visit with Santa during the trip report below.
You can also access this information on your Disney Cruise Line Navigator App while on board the ship. I just personally like to have the paper versions too!
Weather in December
If you have been reading from Day 1 of this trip report, you know that I spent the mornings strolling my toddler around the Deck 4 Jogging Track since she woke up super early every day. The jogging track circles around the entire outside area of Deck 4, and it’s a really great place to walk and watch the sun come up.
Although it was initially hard to get up and going at 5:30 AM on vacation, I ended up enjoying these morning strolls. The temperature outside was really comfortable even though it was December and the sun had yet to rise. I wore leggings and long sleeves for my walk each morning, but I think I also would have been fine in shorts and a t-shirt.
After watching the sun rise from Deck 4 each morning, I strolled my toddler up to the pool deck for an early breakfast at Daisy’s De-Lites. We liked eating a full breakfast at Cabanas, so I usually just grabbed small items like fresh fruit and yogurt. Daisy’s De-Lites offered a lot more options, though, like cereal, oatmeal, and muffins.
So, you could fill up from this counter service restaurant if you wanted a smaller meal. Once we finished eating our morning snack, I grabbed coffee from the beverage station on the pool deck. My one year old and I then strolled back down to our stateroom.
Sea Day Activities
Day 4 of our trip was a day spent at sea, which meant we had plenty of time to enjoy the Disney Magic cruise ship. If you are wondering what to do on a sea day, I will walk you through each activity we spent time doing. Disney Cruise Line had lots of other entertainment and activity options scheduled, but these are the ones we did with our two little kids:
We had reservations to meet the princesses at 9:00 on this sea day. After my husband and I finished our coffee on the verandah, we all got ready for the breakfast buffet. Cabanas wasn’t too busy since we were there at around 8:00. We washed our hands and grabbed a table outside.
It was already really warm out even though it was December. My husband grabbed food and drinks for the four of us so that I could sit with the kids. After eating, we walked down to the atrium where the Princess Gathering was scheduled to take place.
This is one of the free events that you reserve during your online check in before the cruise. We stood in line for about 10 minutes before it was our turn. Most of the kids on the cruise are really well behaved in the lines. I think it’s because they can see the character, so they are immediately entertained even if it’s not their turn.
My toddler wanted no part of meeting any of the princesses. The photographers kept trying to get her to pose, but I eventually just picked her up. On this cruise aboard the Disney Magic, Rapunzel, Tiana, and Cinderella were available during the Princess Gathering. We have met different princesses on Disney’s other ships, though.
Tangled Scavenger Hunt
One of the activities Disney Cruise Line offered during this sea day was a Rapunzel themed scavenger hunt. You could grab the Spot-a-Thug paper from the Port Adventures desk any time during the day.
Then, as you walked around the ship, you searched for the characters listed on the sheet. We didn’t find all of the characters, but we had a really great time looking for them! Some of them were really well hidden.
Private Concierge Character Meet and Greet
One of the perks that comes with sailing in the Concierge Level is a special character meet and greet. The Concierge Hosts put a letter in our stateroom to let us know we were invited to a special reception on this sea day at 10:15.
We arrived at Keys around 10:15 and grabbed a few seats. There were servers walking around with mimosas and smoothies. Live musicians sang Christmas songs as all of the Concierge guests arrived and found seats.
Then, a pianist came out and played popular Disney songs. While he was playing, Pluto made a grand entrance into the room. Pluto walked around and took pictures with each family. We were there until close to 11:00, and my kids were really eager to swim. So we headed back to our stateroom to change into swimsuits.
We put on our swimsuits and sunscreen and then walked up to the pool deck. My two girls swam and played in the pools and splash zones. These areas were busy, but the kids didn’t seem to mind at all. Also, I just expect the pools to be packed with kids. So, it’s not a huge shock or disappointment to me when they actually are!
After swimming for a bit, we grabbed an available table on the pool deck for lunch. My kids are both picky eaters, and they don’t like the same foods. So, I had to walk to multiple counters to grab lunch. I picked up pizza for my toddler at Pinocchio’s Pizzaria and a hotdog for my six year old at Duck-in Diner.
After eating lunch, we all grabbed some FREE soft serve ice cream!
Once we finished our ice cream, we all went back down to our stateroom to put on dry clothes. I used the laundry bag I had packed to carry some of our dirty clothes down to the launderette.
Then, I went back up to the room to put my toddler down for a nap. My husband took our six year old out to finish the scavenger hunt. I received a text message when the washing machine had finished its cycle. So, my husband moved our clothes to a dryer. Once our one year old woke up from her nap, we all got ready for our evening activities including dinner and the Santa Meet and Greet!
Disney Cruise with Santa
Santa was scheduled to be in the atrium at 2:30, and we headed down around 2:00. A HUGE line had already formed. Santa came out a bit earlier than scheduled, but we still stood in line for close to 45 minutes. I really think Disney Cruise Line needs to make this a pre-reserved event like the Princess Gathering.
My husband ended up staying in line to hold our spot while I took our two girls up the stairs to meet Chip and Dale. Finally, it was our turn to meet Santa, and he was completely worth the wait. The onboard Santa looked so real, and we got some really great photos!
After meeting Santa, we picked up our laundry from the launderette and took it back to our room. I spent a little time folding and organizing it while my husband went to the Concierge Lounge to grab some snacks for all of us.
The Kids Clubs were having an open house, so we let our girls run around and explore in the Oceaneer Club for a bit. They loved the huge slide in Andy’s Room!
Rapunzel’s Royal Table
Our dinner on Day 4 was at Rapunzel’s Royal Table. This was one of the things I was most looking forward to for the whole cruise, and it didn’t disappoint! Some of the Pub Thugs were standing at the entrance heckling people as they entered.
One of the servers showed us to our table, and we had a great view of the stage where live musicians were already playing. One of the burly thugs walked over to our table and asked my husband to dance with him.
My husband laughed and politely declined, but he said our six year old would probably dance. So, my older daughter got up and danced with the bucket headed thug in the aisle. It was a really special experience!
Our servers came around to take our drink and food orders. I had intentions of taking photos of our food and the menus each night; however, our toddler kept us on our toes during dinners, so this didn’t happen. We were just too busy trying to keep her entertained with bread and toys to get any extra pictures.
The show at Rapunzel’s Royal Table was really entertaining with lots of singing and dancing. The characters make their way around the room for photos and autographs too. Toward the end of the show, the kids can get out of their seats and dance around the room with Rapunzel and characters.
Character Dance Party
After dinner we attended the character dance party in the lobby atrium. We stood against the balcony to have a better view of the stage; however, you can dance with the characters if you watch from the main level.
The live musicians performed on the atrium stage while Mickey and friends took turns walking down the staircase. The characters then walked out into the crowd to dance with the kids.
Tangled: The Musical
The live show on Day 4 was Tangled: The Musical. We went up to the Concierge Lounge before the show to pick up popcorn, candy, and drinks to take with us. My husband ended up taking our one year old back to the room after about five minutes at the show.
She didn’t want to sit still nor did she want to go to sleep. So, I stayed to watch Tangled with our six year old. The show was really entertaining, and it just basically retold the story from the movie, Tangled.
After the show, my older daughter and I headed back to our stateroom for bed. We wanted to get plenty of sleep for our final day of the cruise, which was to be spent at Castaway Cay.
You can find Day 5 of my trip report where we visit Castaway Cay here:
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