Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by darwinsrule: Fun with the Mouse
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Fun with the Mouse
Our return to DCL (cruise number 4) after the adventure of doing B2B on the Dream during Hurricane Irene in August 2011. We had cabins 8678/8680. Father-in-law who cruises with us was in 8680 (technically he is along to spend time with the grand-daughters - I try not to take it personally). This was our spring break cruise with our girls (8 and 4) and DW's birthday.
Stops: St. Thomas. San Juan. Castaway Cay. Father-in-law wasn't feeling well so we didn't actually do or see much in either St. Thomas or San Juan. In both cases we were off the ship less than 2 hours. What we did see we liked and we will definitely have to go back to explore some more. FIL stayed on the ship on Castaway Cay day. Water was a little cool but we spent 4 hours on the beach and had a great time.
Cabins: Great location. Aft starboard cabins. Close to the aft stairs. Great views of Castaway Cay beach. Couple of decks up or down to get to everything. Cabins directly above and below. More Only issue was the vibration of the ship. First time in 5 cruises I have ever felt it and it was esp. a problem at night. Bothered me more than anyone else so if you are sensitive to vibration get a cabin towards mid-ship.
Ship: For some reason when we walk on to a Disney ship it just feels like home. Stress levels go down and you just can't help but smile. The little added touches from the Dream are really nice. Still love the AquaDuck, however I do wish the water was heated. Nothing like a cold splash of water on the back after dinner. Thankfully it was followed by a soak in the hot tub.
Dining: Had a ERAERAE dining rotation with main seating. First four menus are a repeat of what we had on the Dream previously. The second show in Animator's palate was cool although the fixed app's did't appeal to me. Had brunch at Palo for the first time. Some of the best cruise food ever. Will definitely be booking Palo on all future DCL cruises.
Kids clubs: Girls had a great time. In fact there were times when they didn't want to leave which was a first. For the first time DW and I actually got to explore some of the adult areas of the ship.
For us a DCL cruise is really about the ship (atmosphere, service). We cruise other lines for the destination. Next DCL cruise won't be till 2015 but already looking forward to it. Less
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