MV Disney Magic
Disney Magic © Dimitris Mentakis
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1998 by Fincantieri, Marghera Shipyard, Venice, Italy (Yard No 5989) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Disney Cruise Lines, Nassau, Bahamas
- Original Cost: $350 million
- Length: 294.0m (964.5 ft)
- Breadth of hull: 32.25m (105.7 ft)
- Draught: 7.90m (26.2 ft)
- Tonnage: 83,308 gross/8,452 deadweight
- Engines: Five Sulzer-Grandi Motori-Fincantieri 16 ZAV 40 S diesels
- Power/Propellers: 57663kW
- Speed: 21.5 knots
- Capacity: 2,834 passengers
- Crew: 945
- Navigation Officers: European/Scandinavian
- Passenger Decks: 11
- Call Sign: C6PT7
- MMSI Number: 308516000
- IMO Number: 9126807
- Registry: Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸
- Sister Ships: Disney Wonder
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“Each of Disney’s cruise ships has a character adorning the stern – Goofy on the DISNEY MAGIC, Donald on the DISNEY WONDER, and Sorcerer Mickey on the DISNEY DREAM. The new DISNEY FANTASY features the flying elephant Dumbo, along with his pal Timothy Q. Mouse.”.
Disney Cruise Lines
April 17th 1997: Launched.
June 21st 1998: Delivered to Disney Cruise Lines, Nassau, Bahamas.
July 30th 1998: Christened.
July 30th 1998: Commenced 7 day cruises from Port Canaveral.
© Aleksi Lindström
© John Mavin
September 10th 2013 – October 9th 2013: Arrived at Navantia shipyard in Cadiz for maintenance and modernization, including work on the hull (installation of “Ducktail”).
© Dimitris Mentakis (Piraeus, 12/08/2014)
© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping) (Dover 10/07/15)
© Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 27/06/2017)
May 19th 2020: Due at Dover.
August 3rd 2020: Left Dover for Brest.
August 6th 2020: Returned to Dover.
© Alexandra Jolliffe (left) and Nigel Scutt (right) (Dover Strait Shipping)
August 27th 2020: Left Dover, showing destination Brest.
August 31st 2020: Returned to Dover.
September 15th 2020: Left Dover for Brest.
September 17th 2020: Arrived Brest.
In dry dock (top right) at Damen Shiprepair Brest © CCI métropolitaine Bretagne Ouest (CCIMBO)
October 18th 2020: Left Brest.
October 21st 2020: Arrived at Dover. Continued to leave port for operational reasons, always returning for continued Covid-19 Pandemic lay-up.
March 30th 2021:
Disney Cruise Line is to offer ‘staycations’ from British ports this summer with Disney Magic sailing two and three-night voyages, as well as a limited number of four-night sailings.
The cruises will operate from London Tilbury, Newcastle, Liverpool and Southampton.
The ship won’t make any calls once it has departed. In a statement the company said: “Disney Cruise Line is implementing multiple layers of health and safety measures considering guidance from the U.K. government, health authorities and medical experts. This includes COVID-19 testing, health screenings, face coverings, reduced guest capacity, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning.”
The cruises go on sale in April, to depart in the summer.
July 3rd 2021: After a prolonged lay-up, left Dover to re-commence her UK cruise schedule.
🆕 © Craig Nelson (Departing Dover, 03/07/2021)
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: John Mavin, Dimitris Mentakis, Craig Nelson, Nigel Scutt & Alexandra Jolliffe (Dover Strait Shipping), Aleksi Lindström, Willem Oldenburg and the CCI métropolitaine Bretagne Ouest for their assistance in producing this feature.