As an Australian 60+ couple we have had cruising experience but never with Disney or the extended family in tow!. Our overall impression was it,DCL- Fantasy, would be suitable as a family celebration of a 40th for a son. It ticked every box that we listed before our cruise.
The Ship catered for the young married couples, their children ranging in ages from 10 to 9 mths old and of course the grandparents.
The embarkation was seamless, pleasant and so full of smiles, Disney characters welcoming us all that the excitement of our family was at a high.
The personalised welcome in that glorious atrium of the ship was awe-inspiring for the young from 41yrs to 9 mths( my husband and I just watched the faces- we had done much research on the whole experience and were ready for it).
The crew members started from that moment at building up a rapport with the family.
From the Room steward, Ida, to the drinks waiter, Ketut, and the Food waiter, Brent an impression of personalised service was established that could only be summed up as 'So Professional'. However the Staff that we interacted with in the Oceaneers Club and the Creche were as equally attentive and professional.( What forethought Disney has with their ways of catering for families with the children's escape the parents venues, the adult escape the children venues, the grandparent refuge area...Cove Cafe, The marvellous creche which enabled my daughter-in-law to experience fine dining with the knowledge that her 9 mth old was being loved and kept in his routine was a hit.
Our rooms were as others have described them and suited us all.
The Dining was a wonderful experience as we did wonder how the rotating dinner venues + your service staff would be managed. If anything I think it develops a most pleasing trust that I saw develop between the grandchildren and the Servers...Well Done Men- Ketut and Brent. I must say that their uniforms and attitude show the qualities of all the ship's staffing standards.
The Entertainment was eagerly attended by the old and young alike--- Well Done Disney!
The Activities whether the science experiments or a ship's kitchen tour aims to appeal to all ages.Even Baby Hudson had his photo taken with Snow White with the photo being presented to his proud parents by the Creche Staff on the last day.
The Food at all venues and beverages drunk were great and Disney must be complemented on how they cater for so many likes, dislikes and investigative palettes.
The Ship's public areas were always so clean and showed no signs of being used by most of the 3,800 passengers. The pools are small but to us that was minor. 'You can't please everyone all the time'
The ports interested the young but I stayed on board and had quality time with the 9mth old . However when it came to Castaway Cay I knew to hit land early if I wanted the family to be sitting all together at the Family beach area.
Thank you to all those past reviewers as you do a wonderful job in allowing a researcher to have a good overview and do some planning!.
Castaway Cay, Disney's own island was the land highlight of all the ports in our party's eyes. The activities there allowed the relaxed cruiser to the energetic young or the sleeping babe to have their needs sufficed. How Disney catered for so many so well can only be seen to be believed.
So in summary to all those actors, wardrobe assistants,Character Minders, Front of House crew, Behind the scenes crew, Maintenance guys,Guest Services,Photography crew, the fantastic, dedicated children's venue staff and the all important Bridge crew and Captain...Many thanks for a Memorable Family Celebration. It was the stuff that built dreams and will stay with us all for our lifetimes.
'It was the most Wonderous Experience of a young life'