Having only two Disney 4 night cruises under our belts, we knew we needed a longer cruise. This cruise was wonderful. Our children are grown, and we're not quite ready to bring the whole crew with us, so we really relax.
The Fantasy is much like the Dream, but Disney listened to the complaints about the adult pool area on the Dream and really stepped it up a notch on the Fantasy. There are now 3 water features in the expanded adult area and PLENTY of chairs, both in and out of the sun. Two bars service the areas. My only complaint was that moms started bringing their toddler up and plopping them in the shallow adult pool. Of course, Disney just turns a blind eye to this. However, we just moved to Satellite Falls and let them be.
The food was pretty good. Some dishes like the Beef Wellington with Mushroom instead of liver pate was excellent, some others were just OK. But no one went hungry.
The stage shows, as always, lived up to Disney standards. The More
comedian and juggler were OK, but nothing great.
Port of calls were St. Martin, St. Thomas/St. John and Disney's Castaway Cay. No tendering was required. We didn't get off the ship at St. Thomas as we were doing what we liked best - spending dollars at the Serenity Spa. Massages, Acupuncture (our first time trying this) and pedicures/manicures (for the guys, no polish except for a Mickey head on the big toe). We also bought cruise long passes to the Rainforest - an area of the spa with multiple themed, aromatherapy showers - steam room, sauna, heated loungers and two hot tubs overlooking the sea. We used the Rainforest every day except one.
For those wondering if a Disney cruise is fun for an adult, I'd say yes unless you want to gamble as there's no casino. Of course, you WILL see Disney characters all the time, and lots of kids if you're not in the adult area. Less
OK, we decided to do something absolutely non-Disney and did our own excursion to Club Orient on Orient Bay. Club Orient is a clothing optional resort and beach. We grabbed and shared a cab from the dock to Orient Bay. Everyone is warned to 'go to the left' so you don't end up on the 'wrong' beach. There's a big sign warning you that to the right it is a nude beach. Our cab mates warned us that we shouldn't go the right since we'd see people that had no business being naked. We laughed and said that's where we were headed. We got out of the cab and turned right. Yes, there were only a few couples that were in shape, the rest of us looked like regular folk. It was our first 'naturlist' experience, but was not awkward at all. The only embarrassing part was that we were so pale compared to everyone else that must live there. We found two chairs and umbrella with no tag on it, sat down and a few minutes later a guy from the resort came to collect the rental fee. It was $7/chair and $6 for the umbrella ($20) total. We would absolutely do this again.