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Best Overall: See Disney Magic Rates "Disney’s oldest ship in the fleet, but she’s well maintained and was last enhanced in 2018."
Best Amenities: See Disney Wonder Rates "Includes features like the Marvel’s Super Hero Academy, an English pub called Crown and Fin, and Twist ‘n’ Spout waterslide."
Best for Short Cruises: See Disney Dream Rates "Only sails to the Bahamas on short, 3-to-5-night voyages that include Disney’s privately-owned paradise, Castaway Cay."
Best New Ship: See Disney Fantasy Rates "Fantasy spends her time sailing to the Bahamas as well as longer voyages to both sides of the Caribbean."
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Best Overall: Disney Magic
Sails To: Caribbean, Bahamas, New England, Northern Europe (and Scandinavia), Western Mediterranean
The Disney Magic may be Disney’s oldest ship in the fleet, but she’s well maintained and was last enhanced in 2018. Additions like the “Tangled” theme restaurant that’s designed to look like a regal ballroom in Rapunzel’s castle and a redesigned teen’s retreat with a loft atmosphere keep Magic modern. At 2,400 passengers, Magic is less crowded than the company’s two newest vessels, the (Dream and Fantasy) and also offers voyages in Europe – including the fjords of Norway and Scandinavia. Staterooms aboard Magic are also ideal for larger families with spacious, two-bedroom suites and adjoining cabins. Magic is the only ship to have Aqua Dunk – a thrilling three-story body slide that’s a bit more intense than the two “Aqua Duck” slides found on the newest ships.
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Best Amenities: Disney Wonder
Sails To: Mexico (both Pacific Coast and Yucatan Peninsula), Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii
The 2,400-passenger Disney Wonder debuted in 1999 as a sister ship to the Dream, and came out of a refurbishment in the fall of 2016 with some new features like the Marvel’s Super Hero Academy in the Oceaneer kid’s club (complete with live stunt shows), an English pub called Crown and Fin, and Twist ‘n’ Spout waterslide, a bright yellow slide. Guests can dine in Tiana’s Place, a “Princess and the Frog” – themed restaurant with a New Orleans’ vibe and live jazz music – only available on Disney Wonder. The ship is ideal for families who want to branch out beyond the Bahamas and with the Adventures by Disney packages, cruisers headed to Alaska can opt for an add-on package that features curated educational shore excursions, meals in port, and other VIP perks.
Best for Short Cruises: Disney Dream
Sails To: Bahamas
The Disney Dream is stationed in Port Canaveral — about an hour’s drive from Disney World Resort in Central Florida — ideal for families who want to visit the parks before their cruise. The main difference between the Disney Dream and the other ships in the fleet is that it only sails to the Bahamas on short, 3-to-5-night voyages that include Disney’s privately-owned paradise, Castaway Cay. Dream first set sail in 2011, and like sister ship the Disney Fantasy, she carries 4,000 passengers – significantly more than the two older ships (Magic and Wonder). One highlight on Dream is the Aqua Duck Waterslide, a transparent, four-story slide that extends over the side of the ship that passengers zoom down in rafts (not to be confused with the AquaDunk body slide on Magic).
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Best New Ship: Disney Fantasy
Sails To: Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean
As the youngest ship in the fleet (which will change in 2021 when the new ship is launched), the 4,000-passenger, Disney Fantasy launched in 2012 following the debut of Disney Dream. Like her sister ship, Fantasy is significantly larger than the older vessels and has the Aqua Duck water coaster, the Midship Detective Agency interactive scavenger hunt, the innovative virtual porthole windows in cabins – where Disney characters “pop” in the screen as digital ocean waves float past. If grown-ups need a night out, the adults-only Palo restaurant services Northern Italian cuisine – unique to the vessel. Fantasy spends her time sailing to the Bahamas as well as longer voyages to both sides of the Caribbean.