Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by kstrubberg: First time disney cruisers
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First time disney cruisers
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
we sailed as a family on the Disney fanstasy over fall break. We planned the cruise almost a year ahead of time. Our 10 year anniversary was coming up and trying to plan something that everyone would enjoy was hard. My kids range in age from 18 to 4 with the middle one being 6. After reading lots of reviews we decided to go with Disney because of all the activites for different age ranges.
All of the reviews I read had rated the kids clubs high and they did not disappoint. My little two (ages 4 and 6) loved them. When we would go to pick them up at 10;30 pm they wanted to stay! My 18 year old(daughter) meet some kids her age and there was plenty for them to do in the various clubs not to mention the fact that she could go to the adult only pool areas to get away from the kids.
Since it was our anniversary we decided to treat ourselves and booked a concierge family oceanview stateroom. It was room 12528 .We loved the location on deck 12, very close to pool and ice More cream/fast food station and also very close to the concierge lounge which was amazing. It is open from 7 am to 10 pm. They have continental breakfast, and amazing coffee maching that does everything from espresso to lattes to hot chocolate. during the day they have snacks, juice, tea etc . Two times a day from 5-5:45 and 7:30-8:15 ( and also from 4 to 5 on sea days up on the concierge sundeck) they have happy hour! full open bar with mixed drinks, wine, beer. Along with the lounge there are 3 concierge employees to help you with anything you need. My little boy got sperepated from us and Kamesha-one of the 3 concierge hostesses brought him to me after remembering that I told her I was going to take Hannah to see Minnie mouse. Less
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stateroom location is awesome to view fireworks from!
Port and Shore Excursions
we did a pre paid excursion through Disney. It was the orient bay beach break. I would not recommend it. the bus ride is long (25 min). you get to the beach and you have chairs already reserved in a section that is very crowded. There are people walking right up to the chairs and in between trying to sell you stuff the entire time you are there trying to relax! Also because of the location the surf here is pretty rough and not very good for small kids. Also lunch is included but the food was less than desirable and after seeing how dirty the bathrooms were it made me nervous to eat there.
the catamaran left from right by where the ship docked. after a short ride out we were ready to snorkel. There were large sea turtles and lots of fish at the reef. The water was very clear and calm . After about 45 min of snorkeling we got back on the catamaran for a short ride to honeymoon beach. During the rest of the trip there were complimentary rum painkillers and beer. The beach was nice, very secluded and calm water. The water here is so salty that you can float very easily!
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