Disney Magic Cruise – Days at Sea #DCLTexas

It’s hard to believe it has been a few weeks since we sailed away for 7 days on the Disney Magic cruise out of Galveston, Texas. The best part of our 7 night Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic was our 3 full days at sea! Some might think that 3 full days on a cruise ship would tend to get boring, but there was so much to do that our days filled up quickly. Despite our full schedule, we also had the luxury of RELAXING. We relied on our Personal Navigator throughout the day and let it be our guide. This is the beauty of a Disney Cruise, you decide how little or how much you will do.

Tip: Bring highlighters and highlight the activities on your Personal Navigator that each family member would like to do, adults, children and teens might all choose to do something different. Highlighting is a great way to keep track of it all. A friend shared this tip with me and it was so helpful!

Here is an example of a Personal Navigator on embarkation day. Personal Navigators are delivered each day to your stateroom and lists the activities for every day—by starting time. Every event and venue is clearly listed so that you can plan your day.

So, what is there to do on a day at Sea?

Youth Clubs

First, I should share that I am one of those moms that very rarely leaves her children with anyone; the only babysitter my boys have ever had is their Grandparents and my sister. I was sweating at the thought of leaving my boys for any length of time. To my surprise, I felt 100% at ease with leaving my boys in the Youth clubs on the Disney Magic. I had no doubt they were very well taken care of, entertained and more than likely not thinking twice about ole mom.

Each child is registered and receives a wristband indicating that they are part of a Youth Club. On embarkation day we were able to tour the facilities and meet the counselors. The counselors were semi-clones of Marry Poppins (fun, kind, creative and in control)…the boys loved them!

Disney’s Oceaneer Club is a children’s activity center for children ages 3 to 12 and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to midnight Inspired by Disney’s Peter Pan, Disney’s Oceaneer Club is designed to look like Captain Hook’s pirate ship! My boys had a blast playing throughout the ship and wore themselves out!  During our week on the ship there was story time with Belle, Do Si Do with Snow White, craft making, Aladdin Adventures, Heffalump Hunting, Fort Building, Swinging like Tarzan, Pirate games and more.

Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is also open from  9:00 a.m. to midnight. Inspired by Pixar’s Toy Story, Disney’s Oceaneer Lab has a computer station, Science lab {the boys made Flubber!}, reading area, TV lounge for movies and classic Disney cartoons as well as a craft area.

There is also a special space just for teens (ages 11 to 14) at the Edge, and a nursery for the little ones (3 months to 3 years) in Flounder’s Reef Nursery.


We missed Finding Nemo in 3D when it came out in theaters,  so we were on cloud nine to find that it was being shown on the ship. ( in Disney Digital 3-D) Also playing were Frankenweenie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Avengers and Chimpanzee. You can also watch some of the Disney Classics such as Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid.

 Family Activities

Walt Disney created Disneyland for the family, not just for children but for the young at heart. Disney knows how to bring families together for memory making fun like no one else can. We found a menagerie of activities for the family from Deck Parties, Live Shows, Character Greetings, Dining, Pool time to bingo, crafts, trivia and dance parties.

Adults Only

While the kiddos are at one of the Youth Clubs, parents can take advantage of the many places on the ship that cater just to the adults… think relaxing, elegant and FUN! The Spa offers head to toe pampering, a relaxing sauna as well as a relaxation room where the only sound you hear is the trickling of water.  Fine dining (sans screaming kiddos) can be found at Palo, an elegant restaurant with beautiful ocean views, serving Northern Italian cuisine.  Quiet Cove Pool is a relaxing, adult pool that also has a covered area for quiet reading. At night you can enjoy the adult only Nightclubs and Lounges  with live music, cabaret shows, sports, dancing and karaoke! DONT miss the Adults only gathering in





There is definitely something fun to do for every member of the family on a day at Sea.  The only dilemma you may face is trying to find the time to do everything that you’d like to!


A short 3 min. video of our first two days at sea…

Disclosure: Disney provided me with a Magical week aboard the Disney Magic.  However,  the opinions, excitement, experiences and text are all mine. ;-)

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