We have had a magical week as we sailed on a four-night seacation on the Disney Magic. This is part of the Disney Magic At Sea packages that they were able to offer in the UK this year. We were actually meant to board the Disney Magic today to sail to Northan Europe. But the pandemic cancelled the original sailings.
When Disney Cruise Line announced these seacation sailings I didn’t think we would be able to book one. To board there was lots of testing involved. PRC tests for the children and all of us needed lateral flow tests at the port. At the time Ethan wouldn’t let a testing stick near him. He would scream a blood-curdling scream at the sight of one. I knew how much he would want to be on the Disney Magic but I felt terrible thinking about the stress the testing would put him through.
Thankfully Disney put amazing booking conditions in place. Giving you the chance to cancel thirty days before boarding for any reason. You would also get a full refund if you tested positive with covid before boarding. So we booked a cabin and practised lateral flow tests every week. It took time but slowly Ethan would let the sick near him without the screaming. All we then had to do was keep everything crossed that we kept covid free.
This summer I have done my best to keep ourselves to ourselves and enjoy the outside as much as possible. On Sunday we made our way to Southampton making sure we tested before we left. On Monday it was time to go to the port for the official lateral flow tests. After what felt like a forever wait our tests came back negative and our magical seacation could begin.
This was our second time on the Disney Magic having sailed on her to Norway in 2019. As Ethan is now eleven we wanted him to have the chance to explore the kid’s clubs as he loves them so much. Unfournatually the clubs had to be different because of the covid restrictions in place. But Ethan still went and enjoyed his time there. Little E also stayed in the clubs this time so we were able to enjoy the adult areas of the ship.
Whilst the kids were in the Oceaneer Club and Lab we spent time in the spa. We booked time in The Rainforest Room and we also had a massage. We were also able to enjoy an adult-only brunch in Palo. Exploring the ship meant we didn’t really get the chance to meet many Disney characters on our Disney Cruise. But we took the time making magical memories experiencing things we won’t be able to if we get the chance to cruise again when Ethan is older.