Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by jwtiemann: An unforgettable journey!
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An unforgettable journey!
EMBARKING - The cruise terminal in Port Canaveral is great! Our boarding time was 1:30 pm, but we were told to go ahead and get in line, which was short, less than a 10 minute wait. Then, after we checked in we were able to get in line to get our pictures taken and board the ship. This took less than 20 minutes, they like to get people through fast. We were welcomed by the cast members and in the atrium of the ship by 1 pm. There are plenty of Disney characters around to take pictures with while you are waiting for your room. Also, there were people already on the Aquaduck and pool. We were hungry and went straight to the buffet.
ROOM - We were able to get into our Oceanview room with verandah at 1:30 pm. The room was nautically decorated with a nice amount of space for 3 people. We ended up getting 2 rooms that connected with a door in between, because our 3 teens need plenty of space. You definitely wouldn't want more than 3 people in a room.
POOLS / AQUADUCK More - My family loved the water slide and rode it multiple times everyday. The wait for the Aquaduck depends on the time of day and the weather. We found the lines to be shorter around 4:30 pm because people were getting ready for dinner. Also, we took advantage of the rainy afternoons and used the pool and aquaduck. Most people leave the deck when it is raining, but we figured you're going to get wet anyways. I saw everyone riding the aquaduck from tiny children to older grandparents. The 2 pools have less to be desired. You walk down into a square pool that has water all the way around about 6 inches deep or less, then there is an oval part that is small that is 5ft 3in. My husband was disappointed he couldn't do any swimming, because the deep part was filled with kids. But the huge funnel vision screen where they played movies all day made up for it. The 2nd pool is a kids pool designed like the other, but the deeper part is shaped like Mickey and is 2 ft deep. There was also a cute nemo's reef water spray area for young kids it looked like fun! Deck chairs were hard to come by, people tend to leave their items on the chairs to save them, which you are not suppose to do. We also enjoyed the pool and aquaduck when we came back early for excursions.
DINING - There is a buffet that has such a variety of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My family ate their weight in shrimp. They also tried the cold crab claws, but were disappointed in them and no butter. I loved the desserts and tried 2 at a time. The sandwiches and wraps are good, tons of fresh fruit. I enjoyed different pasta everyday, but the kids ate the mac & cheese everyday. The ship contains 3 restaurants that you rotate through the week. You keep the wait staff at each restaurant, loved our servers and wanted to take them home with us. We ate at the Enchanted Garden 3 times during our rotation. Loved the prime rib and bananas foster sundae. The atmosphere is like a garden that has changing lighting during dinner to make it feel like the sun is setting. We also ate at the Royal Court 2 times. The atmosphere is fancy, like cinderella's castle with beautiful tiled mosaics, scenes from the Disney princess movies. There are no special effects here, but beautiful in it's own right. The food here was a little high class for my family, but good none the less. Our favorite restaurant was the Animator's Palette. This restaurant had the most money spent on it. There are screens near your table that play old cartoons and Crush the turtle comes to talk to people. Also, 1 night you get to draw your own character and they animate the characters on the screen to dance with Disney characters. Loved the lobster tails and fettucine parmesan with chicken. This was my favorite restaurant of all, wish we could have been in there 3 times. There is also a Flo's cafe that is opened for lunch 'til the late night munchies hit. They have great pizza & burgers. They also have different specials everyday. One day they had soft pretzels - YUM! I can't forget all the soda we drank at the beverage stations on deck and of course soft serve ice cream, my kids couldn't wait every day for the ice cream machine to open.
SHOWS - There is a different show every night, we went all the nights because they were so good. They also had a ventriloquist and a magician. Also, took in a movie at the Buena Vista theater which I brought my own candy from home and soda from the beverage station. Don't forget pirate night with an appearance from Jack Sparrow followed by amazing fireworks.
ACTIVITIES - We did not use the teen spaces, my kids were having so much fun with us. My daughter and I enjoyed a couple of classes learning how to draw Mickey & Donald and learning how they fold those towels into animal shapes. Less
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Cabin review: 5D6530
For our family of 5 ( 2 adults, 3 teens) we had to get 2 rooms connected by a door. So glad we did! one room in this area is not enough for 5 people, but we were able to spread out between 2 rooms with the connecting door always open. Loved the beautiful views from our verandah! We were in the front of the boat and didn't take long to get any where on the boat.
Port and Shore Excursions
Beautiful island - we walked to the family beach Pelican Point. We enjoyed the water and water slide.
The restrooms were close and nice. I also found the beverage station and soft serve ice cream on my way to the restroom. The outdoor showers are located next to the restroom. Then we walked by all the shops and headed back to the boat early and enjoyed the pool and aquaduck.
We did not do any excursions on this island. We walked to the beach and shopping area. It was a long walk about 15 minutes, but found many people taking the path. Plus we got to see the real island this way. We spent a couple hours enjoying the ocean on our own, then walked the back streets and enjoyed all the shopping. Working restrooms are hard to find. Then walked back to the ship early and enjoyed lunch and the deck.
We went on a fast boat that soaks you - so much fun! Then stopped at turtle cove and snorkeled for 40 min. Then boarded and sped off to honeymoon beach, a coral reef, to see sting rays and fish. We snorkeled again for 40 min. Wish we could have spent more time with the turtles. Restroom was not operational.