We traveled last week on Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. We had taken a five night cruise on the Dream last year in the same type room. We were in 11014 this year and our kids and their tots were in 11018 and 11020. One improvement over the Dream was the absence of the metal gate you had to unlock to enter our hallway on the Dream. We thought it was tacky and unnecessary. The rooms were great. Our kids had the wall between their balconies opened so they could move easily between the rooms and share the large balcony space. It was great with their toddlers.
Last year we were in 11008 which is next to the expanded balcony suites. They could easily look into our balcony and perhaps our room since their balcony extended out further than ours. The suites are great with tons of storage, a living area, dining area and bedroom. We enjoyed the second small bath as my husband and I often showered at the same time. Our kids utilized the second bath by putting the pack and play in there so their babies had a quiet room to sleep in.
We really appreciate the ease of traveling on the concierge level. The three on our cruise were Alice, Kameisha, and PJ. All were helpful and gracious. We often had all four tots in the concierge lounge. They acted like they love children and were unaffected by spilled drinks.
Concierge level gives you access to a private sundeck on Deck 13. We preferred the adjacent adult deck that has a super water feature and shady areas. There was a nice reception on the private sundeck attended by Donald Duck.
Our travel agent stayed up to reserve a cabana for us at midnight the first day they were available to book. The cabana makes the day at Castaway Cay absolutely delightful. Since we had a tiny baby with us we could not have spent the whole day on the beach without it. The cabanas have a frig, a safe, a hammock, towels, a ceiling fan, and, if requested, a pack and play. There is also a foot shower and tall shower to use before entering the cabana from the beach. Our toddlers played with the foot shower and sand for hours. The cabana also came with sand bucket and toys. Also available were beach umbrellas, floats, inner tubes and chairs.
Our room stewards were Stevonnie and Eka. They were nice as could be and kept our room wonderfully clean. I asked for ice the first day. They filled the bucket twice a day each day.
We had two adults only dinners at Palo. The food was really, really good. Nikola was our waiter both nights. He was charming and accurate. It was well worth the upcharge to go. The bar between Palo and Remy is also very nice. Quiet and beautifully furnished, it is a nice respite. It also offers two lovely spaces outside.
We are very happy with DCL and Fantasy in particular. We plan to cruise with them again next year.
Also, we all had massages. They were great although the staff certainly tries to see you more services and products.
We really enjoyed the dancing placemat drawings at Animator's Palate. I thought it was amazing that they could plug all those drawings in so quickly. It was a delight.
This is my all time favorite beach! We have had a cabana on all three of our visits. I cannot recommend it highly enough. See details above.
Castaway Cay has a great water slide. Our son in law and four year old grandson did it over and over. They waited until near leaving time to go when there were few people in line.
The beach is beautiful. The bay is so shallow that you can walk all the way to the swim rope. Even our toddlers loved playing in the cove because the water was shallow and there were no waves. You can snorkel in a deeper area too.
Many crew members come ashore to work. We talked to two women who work on Castaway Cay who live on an island nine miles away. Disney shuttles them to and from work on their own ferry. She said about one hundred people live on the island full time. Interesting to me.
There are two cooking and dining pavilions on the island, stores, bathrooms, umbrellas, beach chairs and floats.
We were at the back of the tram on the way to the beach. Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy were in a golf cart behind us. Our 4 year old was thrilled to see them going to the island too.