Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Magic is Back!

I'll take lots of pictures of the Magic on my next cruise so I won't have to use this one as much.

On October 28th, the Disney Magic started its first cruise from the United States since Disney suspended its cruise operations in March 2020!  Currently, the Magic is doing cruises out of Miami.  It was previously scheduled to be on a 5-night Bermuda cruise from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico right now (and my family was planning to go on that cruise), but DCL canceled that cruise and changed it to a less interesting Bahamian cruise from Miami.  Well, at least uninteresting itineraries are better than no cruises at all.  

While it's the last DCL ship to resume cruises from the US, the Magic was actually the first of the DCL ships to resume cruises.  Over the summer, the Magic went on many Magic at Sea cruises from the United Kingdom.  These cruises were unusual, as they didn't stop anywhere and only residents of the UK could sail on them.  They were ideal for people who don't like getting off at ports of call.  The Magic at Sea cruises stopped in early October, when the Magic sailed across the Atlantic Ocean (without guests) to Miami to prepare for its first non-Magic at Sea cruises since the shutdown.

With the Magic back, it looks like DCL's phased plan for resuming cruises worked!  Thankfully, none of Disney's ships had to shut down again after they resumed cruises.  The cruises happening now are different from how they were before the pandemic, but I'm hoping that as time goes on, the safety precautions and restrictions will gradually get removed.  Maybe they'll do it in phases like how they resumed cruises.  It would be great if cruises were back to pre-pandemic normal by the time the Wish launches in June 2022, but I don't know if that's going to happen.  It would be a step towards aft if the DCL ships have to suspend their operations again, so let's hope they keep moving forward!

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