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Disney Fantasy Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Disney Fantasy Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.4
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.8
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.6
    5.0
  • Entertainment
    4.6
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.4
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    4.3
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.1
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    4.3
    3.0
  • Service
    4.7
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.2
    3.0
Editor Rating
4.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Disney Fantasy?
  • Pro: Gorgeous adults-only sun deck ensures an oasis for those 18 and older
  • Con: Fantasy is the last ship to be updated, lagging behind its fleetmates
  • Bottom Line: Strong options for adults, teens, kids and babies make it a winning choice for multigen families

Disney Fantasy Overview

By John Deiner, Cruise Critic Contributor

When Disney Dream debuted in January 2011, it was a watershed moment for Disney Cruise Line (DCL), which had been on the new-build sideline for 12 years. While maintaining the line's distinctive ocean-liner silhouette, the ship was bigger, bolder and -- let's face it -- better than its older sisters (Disney Magic and Disney Wonder). Despite all of its innovations and sleek design touches, there were areas onboard deemed lacking by some, particularly the top deck.

Enter Dream's sibling, the 128,690-ton, 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy (4,000 max occupancy), which debuted in March 2012. Substituting brighter art nouveau flourishes for art deco and homing in on Dream's shortcomings, DCL has delivered a ship that seems light-years improved over its predecessor -- though it's only modestly different.

Unlike Dream, which embarks on three- and four-night excursions out of Port Canaveral, Fantasy is geared toward seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries (including a stop at Castaway Cay, DCL's private island). So the ship comes equipped with new shows and activities to kill time at sea, though these things would surely be welcome additions to Dream.

Indeed, Fantasy has many of the features already found on Dream, including the AquaDuck "watercoaster"; "Magical Portholes" showing real-time sea views in inside cabins; the uber-deluxe Remy French restaurant; and sophisticated venues for kids, teens and adults. Public spaces remain a sea of polished wood and Disney artwork, and cabins are largely identical. So what's new?


"Wishes"
is a Broadway-style musical focusing on three Disney-loving teenagers who are facing tough decisions about relationships, dreams and adulthood as they near high school graduation. Also, a musical based on the Disney animated film "Aladdin" makes the leap from the Disney theme parks into repertory in the ship's Walt Disney Theatre.

The Muppets make their at-sea debut as part of an interactive mystery game that takes passengers around the ship in search of clues.

On Fantasy, the adults-only "district" -- here called Europa -- fills the same space as the one on Dream, but with different offerings and a reconfigured layout. Themed around European travel, all the bars and lounges have been tweaked, some dramatically.

The AquaLab is a new 1,800-square-foot water play area on Deck 12 (it replaces the under-peopled Waves bar). Expect pop jets, geysers, bubblers and all manner of watery mayhem.

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a Disney parks transplant making its premiere on the seven seas. This pint-sized salon turns girls into their favorite princesses -- for a (hefty) price. On Pirate Night, budding buccaneers can go the eye patch-and-scabbard route.

A new top-deck adults-only area called the Satellite Sun Deck is centered on a water feature called Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a fountain that runs its circumference and drips water down on the overheated masses. In addition, the upper deck of the Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar, both line staples, have been reconfigured with protective canopies to provide shade and a small wading pool.

Disney Fantasy Fellow Passengers

Disney's primary market, of course, is families, especially those with kids younger than 8; however, teen cruisers will find much to like in the venues geared toward them. Beyond that, Disney has strong appeal for multigenerational travelers, and its spa, bar district and alternate dining facilities mean that adults of any age will find their own spaces onboard. The passenger makeup is dominated by American and Canadian travelers.

Disney Fantasy Dress Code

Dress code is casual during the day and resort casual most evenings. (Think jackets for men, but no ties, and pants outfits or summer dresses for women.) Recently, though, the cruise line tweaked its definition of resort casual to include shorts, which means passengers may wear shorts in the main dining rooms in the evening (note: while jeans are allowed in Palo, shorts and flip flops are not). Dress-up is part of the Disney shtick, however -- be it princess gowns for young girls or tuxes for dads. Many passengers dress to the nines on Fantasy's sole semiformal evening, and you'll be shocked at how many people throw themselves into pirate night -- so pack your eye patch and fake parrot.

Disney Fantasy Gratuity

Gratuities -- which can be prepaid or added to your onboard account and are given to dining room servers and stateroom attendants -- are $12 per person, per day. There's an automatic 15 percent levy for service on cocktails and other beverages.

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By John Deiner, Cruise Critic Contributor

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LPJTampa_FL
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Family of 4 including 2 kids ages 5 and 16. We had a great cruise on the Fantasy and visited Tortola, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay. I continue to be very impressed with the cleanliness of the Disney cruise ships and how well everything is ... Read more
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Our family of 8 just returned from a 7-night voyage on the Disney Fantasy. Our group included 2 sets of grandparents, 1 set of parents and 2 little girls ages 7 and almost 5. It was a thrill for my DH and I to see our granddaughters enjoy ... Read more
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We decided to cruise Disney as we were taking our son, his wife and our 5 year old grandson. This is a long post but I want to include everything I can think of. First of all, I need to state that this was our first cruise ever. We ... Read more
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