Congratulations to Disney Cruise Line. It’s been voted 4 of the top 10 cruise ships, garnering the top 3 spots in the Conde Nast Traveler readers poll. The Disney Magic earned spot number 1 on in the large ship category in Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The Wonder and the Dream came up 2nd and 3rd and the Disney Fantasy clocked in at number 8. There has to be some reason that the Fantasy was ranked so much lower than the Dream considering they’re basically the same ship, which just a few more water activities and bars added to the Fantasy. I suspect it’s due to the newness of the ship.
I’ve been on both the Dream and the Fantasy, but not the smaller Magic and Wonder. Can someone whose been on both classes explain to me why the smaller ships earn better reviews?
While I have only been on the Disney Wonder, leaving again on Friday for a Carribbean Cruise from Miami, I think the smaller size is exactly why it reviews better. Feedback i have heard from others is that the Magic/Wonder are just much easier to get around. I have heard many times that the Dream/Fantasy, while newer and beautiful, are just too big and people get lost. Also, to my knowledge, on the Dream/Fantasy where the “Adult Spaces” are located, people actaully have to travel through the adult areas to get to other part of the ship. That would kill it for me. Just my opinion.
1. Smaller ships have a more intimate feel due to fewer passengers
2. Many guests have had the same cast members for years and it seems like “coming home”.
3. Many cruisers like the adult area better – children don’t walk thru as often.
4. Less ship to navigate through to get from one place to another
5. Many cruisers don’t want the extra water slide, splash areas
6. Both the Wonder and Magic have had more varied itineraries than the newer ships