Disney Sets Incentives Afloat When I sailed on the Disney Magic in March, more than 700 children sailed with me--but I was barely aware of them. That's because this 83,000-ton ship (accommodating 2,400 guests in 875 staterooms) is cleverly designed with adults-only entertainment, dining, spa, and recreation areas that segregate the kiddies from the grown-ups.
Launched last summer, Disney Magic offers three- or four-day itineraries docking at two sites in the Bahamas: Nassau and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Meeting space on the ship, whose curvaceous art deco architecture is spiked with Disney imagery, includes three adjoining conference rooms, the 975-seat Walt Disney Theatre, and the 275-seat Buena Vista Theatre.
The sailing experience is luxurious. A plus for incentive programs is that there are 656 outside staterooms; 288 with private verandas--these are not your typical cramped cabins.
A sail on Disney Magic can be paired with a meeting at Walt Disney World. Or planners can bring a facilitator from the Disney Institute on board to conduct a specialized training program.
Of course the ship is ideal for family incentives. While the children on board rarely get underfoot, they do infuse the ship with an energy that is rare to luxury liners. A sister ship, the Disney Wonder, sets sail in August.