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What is the difference between the Magic/Wonder vs Dream?
We have been discussing another cruise. We really found the Dream to be too big and our Server said that many people who have been on the Magic/Wonder have said the same thing, and want to go back to the smaller ships. So....what is the differences between the "smaller" ships (if you can call them that) and that Dream? What would we notice different? Dh is wondering if they are very different and if we would find it "new" again to us? Are the rooms just as clean as the Dream? What did you like about them? Is there theaters on them? What is the pool area like (bigger than the Dream, smaller, congested), what are the kids programs like? what about the meals..are they just as yummy???? What is it that you like about the two smaller ships?
Please tell me so we can make some decisions for next yr. I am really curious about it?
The key difference in the ships besides the obvious size is their destinations, that's the key for me. Other, then that, I think everything else is pretty comparable, similar shows, facilities, amenities, etc, just sized differently for the different number of passengers.
There's a huge difference between them. I don't know where to start, but here are some that I can think of:
- two different restaurants (Enchanted Garden and Royal Palace)
- the one restaurant that has the same name (Animator's Palette) offers a totally different (and vastly upgraded) show, compared to the Magic/Wonder
- the spa area is much bigger
- the Rainforest area is much bigger and offers views out to sea/destinations the ship is calling at and includes new facilities, such as hot tubs
- the addition of Remy as an adults' only restaurant
- a complete re-design of Palo
- extra lounges, including Pink and the Skyline Lounge (there are others too)
- a swim-up bar at the adults' only pool
- the Aquaduck (perhaps the biggest addition actually! )
- virtual portholes in the inside staterooms
As I say, that's just off the top of my head. There are a lot of differences and, while you can tell that the ship comes from the same stable, with similar designs, so much has changed, you know immediately it's new.
I haven't made it on the Dream yet, but i've been on the Magic and the Wonder several times and we love it. The Dream holds double the guests so I can completely understand the overwhelming "large" feeling.
What I like about the Magic and the Wonder is that it doesn't feel too big and it doesn't feel too small...it fits just right! You don't feel like you are packed into a sardine can with other guests but you don't feel like you are completely lost in the shuffle either.
They have the Walt Disney Theatre and the Buena Vista Theatre (where the nightly shows and movies are, respectively). The adult pool has a lot more main level seating, there are a lot of chairs around the pool and bar area; which is different than the Dream which i've heard many complaints about. Both ships have the adult pool and two hot tubs (one on each side) with the bar right there and servers who will bring your drinks to your seat. The dining rooms are large enough to accommodate everyone but they don't make you feel like you have disappeared into the crowd.
I like getting to know the cast members and when you go on a return trip you know who they are and vice versa, it gives it a really intimate feeling and takes that "Disney difference" to the next level. The dining rooms are great, and Palo is my favorite restaurant (it's adults only). The kids programs are wonderful, the amenities are essentially the same but the Dream is newer and larger so everything is a bit "upgraded" (in size and in amenity). We have never found the Magic or Wonder to be dirty or lack-luster. When you get onboard you feel like you're at home!
Thanks for all the information. I am excited about cruising on the Dream in the Fall but I wouldn't hesitate to book another cruise on the Magic or Wonder in the future. It will be great to have some variety on the DCL ships regarding size, layout, and features.
Margaret and I got to see the Cubs play in October. They won!
My problem now is that since I have chosen a "smaller" boat, I can't find one that fits in with our schedule. I think I want the Western Carribean and I would like it towards the later part of Aug next yr or April Easter break. We could go out of any port, so that is not the problem. Just the dates.
Hubby was not impressed with how big the last ship was. It was beautiful. It was clean. We loved the crew but you really do get lost in it for being a first timer. So many things we didn't see on it.
Also, I tried to book while we were on the last ship, and there was such a line up that I didn't even get in since it got so late. I did give them my number but they never followed through. I imagine the Fantasy is going to be huge tooo.
Neither the Magic nor the Wonder will be sailing the Western Caribbean during the two times of the year you have listed. The Magic will be sailing to the Eastern Caribbean twice in April (with one of those dates falling during Easter), but other than that she will not be sailing a route you have mentioned. The Wonder is strictly west coast ports for now. Would you be interested in the Eastern itinerary? Or sailing at any other time?
Another thing to keep in mind regarding the ships and their differences...the Dream's pools are not much larger (if even larger at all) than the Magic or Wonder, and in fact the Quiet Cove pool seems smaller due to its shape on the new ship. Something to keep in mind when you are looking at the number of guests the pools are serving.