Does Magical Express also take you to cruises or are separate/pay services required?
Does it make any difference if you are not doing the land/sea combo, but only the cruise?
Magical Express is only used for Orlando Airport/Resort transfers. If you have a land and sea package the first transfer segment is free because you will use Magical Express. There is a fee for transfers to or from the Port coming from the airport or the resorts. The DCL transfers are $35 each way for adults and children.
If there are four or more of you going on the cruise, it is usually cheaper to get a private sedan/van!
For a party of 4, a private sedan would cost about $270 (including gratuity) and the Disney transportation would be $276. With the sedan, you not only get the privacy, but you also get to determine when you arrive.