An additional dose of enchantment is due, with the re-launch of Disney Cruise Line vessel, Disney Magic, with new spaces, re-imagined areas and exciting additions for the whole family. Guests can now experience new adventures, from stem to stern, throughout their journey on the cruise ship that set a fresh standard for ocean-going grandeur and family fun.

From its refitted grand atrium lobby and a children's area of ‘super-hero’ proportions, to a three-storey water thrill slide and a spa to stimulate the senses, there are plenty of novel and magical surprises in store for cruise ship passengers. The ship features a host of experiences with Marvel Comics’ characters, as this is the very first time that the icons have been introduced on a Disney Cruise vessel.

Karl L. Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line, said: “We have always been committed to reinvesting in our fleet and making shipboard enhancements a continually enhanced guest experience. What we are doing with the Disney Magic is yet another step forwards in our commitment to delivering the finest family vacations at sea.”

Storytelling is at the heart of everything that Disney carries out. Original founder, Walt Disney, was a master storyteller and knew how to engage with people's emotions. Some highlights of new ‘magic’ in store for guests include:

  • A grand first impression

When guests board Disney Magic, they enter the grand atrium that is elegant art deco, inspired by elements of the sea. Filmmaking is in the history of Disney and, in film, the 'establishing shot' sets the scene. The atrium, sets that scene.

  • Disney, Disney-Pixar and Marvel characters intrinsic

Disney's Oceaneer Club, which is open to 3-12 year olds, is a transport medium to the magical realms of brave heroes, adventure toys, fanciful fairies and The Mickey Mouse Club, for maximum creativity and fun. However, the Marvel Universe is also fresh to this arena.

  • Marvel's Avengers Academy

Now calling Disney's Oceaneer Club its new seaward home, young crime-fighters will be transported to a high-tech command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training. It is all part of the Disney ‘imagineering’ concept that is fun for all the family.

  • Andy's Room and Pixie Hollow

Andy's Room on Disney Magic

This is where stars of the Disney-Pixar ‘Toy Story’ trilogy come to life in a multi-level space. Stocked with all of Andy's favourite toys, the room features a larger-than-life Mr. Potato Head, a giant version of the lovable piggy bank, Hamm, and a Slinky Dog slide. The enchanted land of Tinkerbell and her fairy friend, is a magical forest setting, where a teapot house serves as a costume closet and children can make crafts, while sitting on stools shaped like mushrooms and acorns.

New restaurants and new technology are on the menu aboard Disney Magic. 

Animator's Palate, one of the more popular restaurants on Disney ships, is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls and larger high-definition flat-screens to provide the best views taking place all around. A heaped helping of entertainment is served up during the brand-new ‘Drawn to Magic’ experience, at Animator's Palate.

However, Disney has never been ‘just about the kiddiewinks’ and there are plenty of attractions for adults both during the day and once the sun sets.

After Hours is the adult entertainment district offering a line-up of clubs that cater for dancers, comedy fans, music aficionados and variety addicts. If that is not enough, Fathoms is a night club that celebrates the sea with its use of special effects, lights and sound to create different atmospheres from early evening to late night.

However, there is a piano bar and even an Irish pub on-board for extra entertainment value. The spa is worth a look, along a host of new attractions afloat with Disney. Needless to say, the accommodation is first-class. The company has invested a lot of money to raise the bar on sea-bound cruising. For more information: www.disney.com