We had a great time on the Fantasy but wanted to provide some basic facts about the ship, excursions, and other things. The beauty of the ship, cleanliness, and quality of the staff were great and well documented in other reviews so I don’t want to rehash those things here.
The drink of the day cost about $10.30 for the first drink and then all refills are $5.18. The $5.18, along with just about all service on the ship, includes a mandatory 15% gratuity. When you buy your first drink of the day they give you a plastic cup (it’s pretty nice as far as plastic cups go). Then whenever you order another drink of the day you give them the cup and they will fill it up. Actually, they’ll probably give you a new, clean cup each time.
You have to pay to use the ship’s internet. Disney has an internet package where you pay based on your usage. I did not get this package. The ship’s wifi is free when using the Navigator app.
St. Maarten – French Riviera Beach Rendezvous
This was a decent excursion. The problem is that you spend a lot of time waiting in lines. If you don’t have small kids you should look into grabbing a cab and going to a nearby beach on your own. This way you will spend much more time at a beach. In any event, Orient Bay is pretty and the beach is beautiful. The beach chairs for this excursion are really close to each other and feels cramped. So the beach is therefore really crowded because everyone is in a confined space. The tour guides give you instructions on how to prevent your stuff from getting stolen probably because the locals selling beads, bags, etc. walk between your chairs. The lunch buffet wasn’t too bad. The ribs were terrible. They were fatty and took a lot of effort to get the meat off the bone. The other food was good. Also, you can take only one plate for the buffet. You can’t go up a second time. And only the first drink is free. A second soft drink is about $4.50.
Schedule for the French Riviera
9:00 – 9:15 – meet on the ship in a theater.
9:15 – 10:20 – exit the ship, wait in a line outside the ship, walk to the buses, and drive to the beach.
10:20 – 11:45 – beach
11:45 – 12:30 – eat lunch (lunch is available from 11:30 to 12:30 but the line moves slowly)
12:30 – 1:45 beach
1:45 – 2:00 line up and wait for the bus.
2:30 – return to the ship.
St. Thomas – Coral World Ocean Park by Land and Sea
This was a disappointment. Our visit was broken up into two parts. About 1 hour and 25 minutes looking around the park and then 45 minutes in the “submarine.” The park consisted of a 15 foot by 15 foot shark tank with less than 10 sharks that are about 4-5 feet long, a 15 ft. x 15 ft. stingray tank with about 5 stingrays (the water wasn’t very clear and they were difficult to see), a turtle pen, a couple bird cages, and several large and small fish tanks. They do feed the sharks and stingrays during the visit, but you may miss them if you’re on the submarine. With respect to the submarine, you go to the lower deck of a boat and look out the windows. During the 45 minutes we saw several small fish, a couple turtles, an old plane (they probably put it there), and a few tires. The feeding on the submarine consists of a scuba diver swimming past the windows with a 16 oz bottle of fish food with several 5 inch long fish following him. There is nothing incredibly exotic or particularly exciting about this excursion.
Castaway Cay – Watercraft Ski Adventure – Single Rider (C12)
This was an excellent adventure. The guides take you out in the ocean past the ship and to the north side of the island. During this time (about 20 minutes) they let you open up the throttle. I was going about 35-40 mph. Once you get to the north side you stop at the beach, the guides tell you a little about the surrounding islands and show you a conch and star fish. Then on the return (about 20 minutes) you once again have the opportunity to go as fast as you can.