The Disney Magic was docked at Cape Canaveral. I was the first one to see it! We were driving on a bridge over the Banana River in Cape Canaveral.
I screamed, "Tia, Tia (that's my aunt)! I think I see the ship!"It was so big! It had a black hull and two red smokestacks with Mickey Mouse ears.
In the terminal, I saw Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. Minnie had on white high heels with little anchors on the toes. She was so cool.
Our room was a kid's heaven. It had a big bed. On the wall, it said, "A dream is a wish your heart makes," a song from Cinderella, which goes dah dah dah-dah-dah.
I ran into the room and jumped from the sofa to the coffee table to the bed.
Tia said, "Ruby, you can't break your leg on the first day! Maybe on the third day but not the first!"
Our room had a balcony where the wind blows in your hair when the boat is moving.
I could watch Disney cartoons on two channels on the TV. I watched Hercules cartoons at 6:30 the first morning, and Tia woke up and said, "Turn off the TVVVVVVVV!" (But I didn't, I just turned it down.)
The toilets on ships are really loud. When you flush it, it sounds like an airplane taking off. I flushed the toilet and ran out of the bathroom holding my ears.
When we left our room, Rebecca, our room hostess, fixed up our room so well we couldn't find things! She put my sandals way under the table and my lotion in the cabinet.
She had short black hair and was from India and wore a striped uniform. We told her our room was so clean we couldn't find anything, and she got upset and asked what we couldn't find and wanted to come in our room to find it. We said, "Rebecca, we're joking!"
Rebecca turned down the covers for us every night and put my Beanie Babies on the pillow, and she left cards on my pillow. One said, "There's a voice that's true right inside of you, follow your heart. " She did that so we would have good dreams, I guess.
There are lots of kids on the ship and great kids' counselors. The waiters are fun, and they bring you crayons and games at dinner.
The ship has a camp called the Oceaneer Club. A camp is very important to a kid. The 9- to 10-year-olds and 11- to 12-year-olds get to go to the lab, which has music, computers, Legos and a place to make jewelry. The 3- to 5-year-olds and 6- to 8-year-olds stay at the main club room, which has a playroom with slide and dress-up costumes.
One night the Oceaneer Club had a sleuth game and we split into teams and tried to solve a mysterious password. We ran all over the fourth deck collecting clues. Our team won and the password turned out to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
I've been to camp on Carnival Cruise Lines, and the Disney Magic is much better. The area for kids is a lot bigger, and Carnival's camp was boring for kids older than 6. It's for little kids.
On the Disney Magic, we ate at 8:30 at night. That's usually my bedtime, but I got to stay up.
There are plays every single night. I saw three. I loved the costumes, dancing and the actors were awesome.
The ship has three restaurants and they have a kids' menu with pizza, chicken nuggets (better than McDonald's) and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
There are three pools on the ship. The kids pool had a long, curving, really fast slide. Another pool was about 4 feet deep. It was my favorite because Pinocchio's Pizzeria was close by.
You can also swim in the ocean on Castaway Cay, Disney's own island. There were kayaks and fun games. There is also a skeleton of a whale at MonstroPoint!
Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas. We docked there for a whole day. Tia and I went to the straw market to shop for a birthday present for my friend Lindsay and a present for my little brother, Eli.
I got my hair braided in Nassau, and it was two hours of pure agony! But I love my braids and beads!
We went to Ardastra Gardens and Zoo and then to Fort Charlotte, which has rusted old cannons.
Then we went back to the ship in time for the show at the theater.
There is just one problem with the Disney Magic - you are just getting settled in by the third day. That's why I suggest a four-day or seven-day cruise!