Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Both Headed to Dry Dock in Cadiz, Spain in 2015 & 2016

A Spanish newspaper reported back in July… Ok, I know breaking news… Anyway, LavozDigital.es reported in July that the Navantia shipyard’s 2015 schedule will see the Disney Magic return for dry dock. Then in September 2016, the Disney Wonder will arrive for her major dry dock potentially along the lines of the Magic’s in 2013.

This brings some focus, albeit still speculative, on the whereabouts of the Disney Wonder following her 2016 EBPC that ends in Port Canaveral. It is hard to lock down the exact dates, but the Disney Wonder could turn right around on a Eastbound Transatlantic crossing in September. This would give crew and contractors a little over a week to prepare the ship for the big work in Cadiz. Then, return to Port Canaveral for a maybe preview sailing followed by reposition cruise to Galveston for her first sailing on November 10th.

Below is a translated version of the article.

Cadiz Newspaper Translated 2015 2016 Magic Wonder Dry Dock

Hat tip to Lynda for tweeting the link.

36 thoughts on “Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Both Headed to Dry Dock in Cadiz, Spain in 2015 & 2016

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      The International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations require an out of water hull inspection two times in a five year period not to exceed 3 years. With the Wonder going offline for an extended period in 2016, the Magic is going in 2015 to avoid 2 ships offline in the Fall 2016. There is also a matter of scheduling at dry dock facilities.

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    2. Chris

      Theres 2 things that you have you have to look at for drydocks. 1 is a 5 year span the other 2 x in 5 years not to exceed 3 years. The previous Magic drydock was in Sept/Oct of 13 and before that was Sept of 2010. She may have been good on the 3 year interval but the 5 year from Sept/Oct 2010 got her. Short version is that a ship has to go in 2x in a 5 year period not to exceed 3 years, if the ship is over 15 years of age.

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  1. Clay Tone

    The Magic has that sewer issue that needs to be address, we’ve been told it will be at the next dry dock.

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  2. Jimga

    After reading about the “upgrades” to the Magic and all of its issues with smells and plumbing, etc., I am surprised DCL is keeping the Wonder, they should sell it and have a new ship built.

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      1. Dillon Flaherty III

        The “MAGIC” for years on end, did the heavy lifting for DCL. Prior to the addition of the two new ships, the Magic did all of the 7 day cruise’s. On the 7 day cruises, the Magic traveled more than twice as far as the “WONDER”, which was assigned to the 3, and 4 day cruises, to the Bahama’s and Castaway Cay. The “MAGIC” was then assigned to the EUROPEAN cruises. Trans-Atlantic
        crossings require 7-8 days on continuous running of the propulsion systems. The “MAGIC” just has a lot more miles on it, and hard run time, so it’s a little bit more worn as opposed to the “WONDER”. Dillon

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  3. Eric

    What type of issues does the Magic have? Have a January 2016 sail date and not interested in issues.

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  4. Pete

    We have had numerous plumbing issues on the Magic, each time it was on deck 2. Had raw sewage back flowing from the floor drain in the toilet room. It would also leak into the hallway. Our last time on the Magic in Oct (Southern Caribbean cruise) we were notified that our stateroom had been changed due to plumbing issues. We weren’t shocked by this however they wanted to move us to the rear of the ship. We expressed our dislike and they then moved us to a more forward stateroom on deck 7. We will forever avoid deck 2, but the “Magic” is our favorite ship.

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  5. Greg

    Hopefully they will finally update the restrooms in After Hours! They are still themed as the old Beat Street and seem very out of place!

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  6. Beerman

    Been a long time coming this will bring end to many hours and days of speculation. But i agree with person above should sell wonder and get new ships Wonder will be 17 years old. Would love to be fly on wall in Eger’s office.

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  7. JC

    Eric — We sailed on the Magic for a Summer 2014 Mediterranean sailing and not only did we NOT experience a single plumbing issue, we didn’t speak to a single other person that did either. Just wanted to let you know it’s entirely possibly to avoid.

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  8. Brandon

    I don’t Disney should sell ether the Magic or Wonder. They both are beautiful ships and they are a Classic. Yes they are 17 Years old but they still look way Better and are in way Better shape than the Carnival Sensation class they came out in early 90’s. I wish Disney would build more ships the same size as the Magic and Wonder.

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  9. Mikey

    Anybody have any inside information as to other possible changes/fixes they might bring to the Magic? I thought I heard whisperings of a Concierge Lounge at one point, but that was not confirmed.

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    1. John

      Hi. I am currently sailing on the transatlantic right now in concierge and was told they are putting a concierge lounge on the ship on deck 10. One nice difference on this cruise is that we have a drinks hour in Keys lounge everyday from 4:45 -5:45pm before dinner with complimentary drinks and appies. Nice touch for sure!

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        1. John

          Hi Scott, Sorry for delay in getting back to you. It is going to be where the Ana and Else boutique is currently situated and behind it there is an old bar that they are going to take out and turn it in to the concierge lounge. Hope that helps.

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  10. Teresa

    I agree, There is no reason to sell either ship. They are beautiful, classic tributes to the the original vessels. I love all the art decco, marbel and teak. I hope the dry dock to the Wonder does not change her too much. She is one classy lady.

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  11. Randy G.

    I was also on the Magic in the Med summer of 14 AND on deck 2 OV. NO issues on that deck for the entire cruise. Was on the Magic in Oct from San Juan to PC.. Deck 7..NO issues.. Was on Magic Mar 29th…W Carib.. Deck 6…NO issues… I have sailed the Magic 8 times and have not had an issue. The only “public” issue I saw was water flowing out of the water works flooding the rear of deck 9 near the drink stations. Get rid of the Magic? I think not…..I’d always prefer the magic to the Fantasy.

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  12. Cathie

    We have sailed on the magic 3 years in a row. Just finished the Baltic seas cruise and we have never had any plumbing issues. We stay on deck 8. We booked Alaska next summer on the wonder. I hope we are just as pleased.

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  13. Nancy

    Wow. We’re booked on the Magic concierge sailing Nov. 11, 2015 out of Miami and on the Wonder concierge sailing Dec. 9, 2016 out of Galveston. Are we actually going to be sailing both ships after their dry docks? Confirmation of dry dock dates and info on updates/changes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  14. Nicholas

    NOOOOOOOOOO, the wonder is my favorite ship, and its the only ship of its kind and now they are going to modernize it. Some things DCL shouldnt modernize about the wonder, like EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Jennifer

      Interesting how differently we view the ships. The wonder is worn out and filthy, not to mention the culture of service from the staff is incredibly poor compared to the Magic & the Dream. It needs help from paint, maintenance and Disney device training for all the crew from the top down,

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      1. Bryston

        I found the crew on the Wonder to be amazing. That ships does some longer itineraries and the Crew does everything in their power to keep the guests happy throughout the entire cruise. My favorite memory of the crew was on a Panama Canal cruise, up on the pool deck they played a game where many officers and guests ended up in the pool in their evening wear, all optional of course (for the guests!) The Wonder is classic and I am sad to see her change, but she does need some TLC in several spaces. I look forward to seeing what they decide to do to her.

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      2. Frances Gilliland

        We took a Bahama cruise/Castaway Cay/Key West cruise in December 2014 and it was fabulous, no issues whatsoever.

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  15. Wendy

    We were told on the Oct/Nov PC crossing that 1/2 of the outlook lounge would be turned into the concierge lounge.

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  16. Nancy

    Thanks Wendy. We’re sailing concierge on the Wonder in Dec. Curious to learn what DCL considers “1/2” of Outlook Lounge. We thoroughly enjoyed sailing concierge on the reimagined Magic. The Magic’s concierge lounge is wonderful. Convenient layout, lovely outdoor seating area, fantastic view, great amenities, Andy & Michelle are incredible, top shelf concierge staff. Hoping DCL aims for the same on The Wonder. DCL classic ships are our fav (but we also sail the Dream class 😉 ). We have many wonderful memories from previous sailings on The Wonder. Looking forward making more on the reimagined Wonder. 🙂 Exciting times ahead.

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    1. Joa

      Can’t speak about Andy, but we found Michelle fairly inept when a big problem occurred. Compare her to Kamesha, Amanda and Tawanda on the Fantasy and the difference is huge. We couldn’t believe how much difference an experience could be, but they were amazing and restored our faith in concierge.

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  17. Lea Dorf

    Just booked my Alaska cruise with the family for July 2017. However ended up not booking a concierge room as only suites are available in the Concierge category! That wasn’t the case at the Fantasy… I was quite disappointed!

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