Our multi-generational family of four--Grandma, Mom, Dad, and 10-year old boy-- sailed on the Disney Fantasy to the Western Caribbean, departing July 6th. This was only my 3rd cruise(Grandma--2 Disney, 1 RCCL), but the rest of the family have been on many others (4 Disney, 2 NCL, 1 RCCL). Joining us were a family of three dear friends, first-time Disney cruisers, Mom, Dad, and another 10-year old boy. What fun for the children! Shuffleboard contests with the Dads were a highlight of the cruise!
Flew into Orlando the morning of the cruise, hopped on the Magical Express at the airport (the only way to go!), and in what seemed like no time arrived at our ship. Embarkation was exceptionally easy---very little waiting and we were soon onboard. Disney embarkation is FAR AND AWAY better than any other cruise line! Our friends were pleasantly surprised when they were greeted and announced upon stepping onboard.
Our Family Deluxe Verandah cabin was spacious--plenty of storage for a family of four and then to be able to hide away the luggage under the queen-size bed---what a plus!
Dining was excellent--the buffet was the choice for many breakfasts and lunches, and the evening meals were just superb! Service was attentive but not overwhelming. We loved the show in Animator's Palate, loved the decor in the Enchanted Garden, but our favorite was the Royal Court.
The children loved the Kid's Club --- our 10-year old looked forward to it for months because of his previous happy experiences on the Magic. He wasn't disappointed, however, on the bigger Fantasy, he commented that it was crowded at times. The Aqua Duck got plenty of attention
The entertainment was first class---we couldn't help compare to other cruise lines--all others were lacking--Disney knows entertainment! We went to every show and thought the Aladdin show was spectacular!
Disembarkation was easy---we were in the first group off, and finding our luggage (the part I dislike the most) was quick and easy. Out the door, greeted by the transportation people, and in a few minutes time all seven of our group were in a van on our way to two days at Disney World!
In summary, the consensus was that Disney is the best for cruising! We did feel that the Fantasy was too large though--4000 passengers is too many for us.
We all agreed that we liked the size of the Magic better. We capped our cruise with signing on for a future cruise on the Disney Magic.
Nice shopping, although this is Mexico and the shopkeepers (even the chain jewelry stores) come right out on the sidewalk and accost you to come in and buy. Wear a swimsuit! Great bar and huge pool right in the middle of the shopping area---what a surprise!