Disney fans eagerly awaiting the new upgrades to the Disney Magic cruise ship are going to have to wait just a little bit longer. The ship has been in dry dock for several weeks in Spain and was scheduled to make its first public voyage featuring all new features beginning this Sunday, October 20. But passengers scheduled for that voyage were notified today that it has been cancelled.
Disney Cruise Line spokesperson Lauren Falcone explained that the decision to cancel the cruise was necessary, citing poor weather conditions as the culprit. “Significant weather challenges” both in dry dock in Spain as well as at sea on the ship’s trip back to its Miami, Florida port prevented Disney from completing the final touches.
But Disney is making it right for those who had purchased tickets for that 5-night trip, fully refunding the cruise and airline change fees as well as offering a free sailing on the Disney Magic to those guests for sailings between now and May 16, 2014. Any guests not able to sail during that timeframe can accept a 35% discount for future Bahamian or Caribbean cruises aboard the Magic.
Only this first scheduled voyage of the re-imagined Disney Magic will be affected by the small delay. The next scheduled sailing, a 2-day at-sea trip out and back leaving October 25th will still happen as planned – good news Inside the Magic followers as we will be aboard that trip to cover all the updates to the ship!
So come back in a couple weeks for a complete report on the updates to the Disney Magic, including the AquaDunk water slide, enhanced restaurants, and more.