On Sunday, October 20th the Disney Dream set sail on a 4-Night Bahamian cruise from Port Canaveral while the Disney Magic was berthed near Jetty Park behind schedule. The Disney Magic was originally set to relaunch in Miami on Sunday, but due to some issues that sailing was canceled a just three days prior.
On this evening, the weather could not have been any better for a unique meet up for the Disney Magic and the Disney Dream as we sailed out of Port Canaveral. There was early speculation that Captain America would make an appearance on deck of the Disney Magic as we sailed by, but this rumor was quickly scuttled by our Cruise Director Christiaan. Instead we would be treated with what some may consider a horn battle, I am calling it a concert. The Disney Magic and Disney Dream did not battle, they put on a concert for all in attendance either onlookers on land, crew on the Magic or those sailing on the Dream. The concert began with each ship sounding a few blasts of their air horns. The Magic led off with When You Wish Upon a Star which was echoed by the Dream. The Dream followed with A Dream is a Wish, Be Our Guest, Actors Life for Me, it’s a small world and (Yo Ho, Yo Ho) A Pirate’s Life. The one hit wonder Disney Magic took over with her classic When You Wish which was followed up by the Disney Dream playing Makes No Difference Who You Are!
For those who want to call it a horn battle, that is fine. However, in my opinion it was a one sided affair with the classic horn of the Disney Magic putting her younger sister, the Disney Dream in her place with her fancy tunes. This is why I am calling the exchange a concert rather than a horn battle.
I was simultaneously shooting still to go with the video so I do apologize for the sometimes shakiness of the video and the camera clicks in the background and the strong wind was uncontrollable with my positioning on deck 13 forward of the Disney Dream. Regardless, I hope the following photos of the reimagined Disney Magic make up for these minor inconveniences.
While the Dream with still in the terminal we could see in the Disney Magic in the distance.
After we dropped lines and began to make our way down the channel the Disney Magic’s new features started to come into view. A good number of the guests sailing on the Disney Dream found a place on the starboard side to get a glimpse of the Disney Magic.
The new ducktail does not stick out from afar, but it is noticeable in the Magic’ new side profile.
The aft decks have been a major discussion point with one of the best spots gone, the often forgotten deck 7 aft.
The Twist N Spout waterslide was the first new upper deck addition we past and if you look close you can see some of the AquaLab through the glass.
The AquaDunk is calling my name in this photo. What do you think about the translucent blue?
As we continued we can see the new verandah dividers are in place akin to the Dream class ships where they can be opened to extend verandahs for guests sailing together in adjoining staterooms.
Many of the crew were out on deck including a strong contingent of the Youth Activities cast who were up on the bow near the crew only area.
Overall, the classic appearance of the Disney Magic remains. The AquaDunk does not stick out like a sore thumb and as you sail further away the overhang begins to be less noticeable.
The one noticeable difference is that the upper portion of the hull is all white. Previously, the four vents (at least I think they are vents) were painted black.
Sea ya real soon Disney Magic.