This was our second Disney cruise, the first being on the Disney Dream last year. The Dream was great but the cruise was just too short so this time we choose a 7 day cruise on the Fantasy. The check in process went quickly and smoothly. After you have cruised on Disney you are a member of the Castaway Club with there being added benefits on your second cruise, 6th cruise and 11th cruise as you move up in levels and so we had a dedicated waiting room for Castaway Club members while we were waiting to board. Prior to boarding there are plenty of Disney characters for the children to get there picture taken with. There is also an area to register your children and they put a wristband on them that stays on the entire cruise. This wristband will indicate the location of your children at any given moment. It is mainly used to check your children into the Oceaneer Club and the Oceaneer Lab two great areas that my grand children loved. They are entertained by staff, fed, and entertained by Disney characters and Disney princesses. For my 5 year old grand daughter, getting to play with and have quality interaction time with Cinderella was heaven to her.
The State rooms were fine and we choose one with a private verandah to get up early and watch the ship sailing into port. The assigned themed dining experiences were wonderful and the food was excellent every night. The breakfast choices were buffet or full sit down choices. Cabanas, the buffet on the 11th deck, was always stocked with the widest variety of foods that anyone could possibly want. Also, there is a free soft drink bar and ice cream bar available 24 hours a day. Just as an aside, there is plenty to do on this ship for adults only. There is a dedicated "adults only" pool, nightclubs, and two first class adults only dining experiences. Remy, which is a $75 up charge, is the most elegant dining on board. Palo, an Italian themed up scale adult only restaurant is available but we did not dine there during our cruise.
Our ship docked in Costa Maya, a town about 60 miles south of Cozumel. There is an area right where the ship docks that you could spend several hours in no problem but I recommend you take a cab to the Tropicante to lounge on their beach and eat their excellent food. A full one hour massage is only $25. The owner, an American named Steve, is an incredible host and will give you a shot of some Tequila produced in Mexico that is available only in Mexico that is some of the finest Tequila I have ever sampled.
There are a wide variety of shore excursions available at every port. Finally, the service from all on board personnel was as good as it gets. The Disney Cruise line is everything that you would expect of a Disney magical experience.