28 Orlando (Port Canaveral) Disney Fantasy Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for our 2 children! There were six of us (2 grandparents, my husband and I plus 2 kids- 9&11. We had a midship room with verandah! It was wonderful for us with plenty of room. We were on deck 7- highly ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 2 children! There were six of us (2 grandparents, my husband and I plus 2 kids- 9&11. We had a midship room with verandah! It was wonderful for us with plenty of room. We were on deck 7- highly recommend the floor. We could take the steps or elevators. Comfortable and great location :) The food and entertainment were amazing. The ship was beyond clean every place you go. There is not a pool for swimming if you're larger than your average 3 year old. If you're looking for a pool to excercise or lap lanes- you will not find it here. You can sit in the pool and watch a Disney show at pretty much anytime during the day. The pirate night was awesome and priceless to see the kids watch the night show in amazement. Memories for a lifetime. We can't wait to book our next trip! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because ... Read More
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because of the warm weather in the Caribbean, being able to visit the Disney private Island of Castaway Cay and try out the Aquaduck! The price was very expensive and as much as I tried to convince on going on one of the big boats on the RCL it was Disney or nothing for my mother and sister. The embarkation was a bit hectic has someone had fallen ill in the cruise before us at Castaway Cay and caused the boat to arrive 3 hrs late. It caused a ruckus with no shuttles going to the port. We arrived an hr later than expected but Disney made up for the delay with making the process as speedy as could be. We got bonus lanyards because we were castaway members (previous guests) The buffet area at cabanas had a wide selection of food and made us feel a lot better. The 3 different dining areas were beautiful (my personal favourite was the animators palette due to the cool interactions and images shown on the walls. Unfortunately we didn't get to speak to Crush on the first time dining there because I had booked for us to eat at Remy's. The experience was like nothing else.. I wouldn't do it every day but it was nice to dress up and be treated like VIPs. Every dish had plate covers and we had about 3-4 servers serving us at any given time. About 8 courses or so and the chef would come out to see how we were doing. Fantastic treat for my parents. My husband and I really enjoyed going on the aquaducks and experiencing the beautiful lounges on offer. I really thought Sky line was very romantic. I'm not Disney obsessed as a lot of the other cruisers are but I was happy to see my favourite characters Pluto and Donald around and taking pictures with them. It was my husband's first cruise and he really enjoyed the food. I laughed when he asked if we were going to Cabanas for evening meals since he didn't know anything about the nice plated dinners cruises usually provide. What really excited him was we got to watch Rogue one Star Wars premier on the boat at 12:01am on the 16th December onwards. It was pretty cool to watch it as it opens across the country. I enjoyed watching Dr. Strange and Moana on the boat too. Something that no other cruise line can boast to do since Disney owns Marvel and a lot of other entertainment companies. I liked the live Disney cast performances but they had used the same variety act on this cruise (2 different jugglers) which made it a bit repetitive. They should avoid doing that in future. I liked we had an adults area but the teenager's pool area at the front of the boat was always empty and wasted on them. Might as well let the adults take that part over. We did the mickey mouse detective angeny around the ship. Fun way to spend some time exploring the boat and interact with the cool artwork that comes to life and makes you do tasks to solve mysteries. I wish I had some more time to take the boat tour but unfortunately missed it. Great family trip but once you've done Disney Fantasy it's good to try out other boats. I look forward to try out RCL and Celebrity at some point. Having seen the fireworks performance on the west coast with the Disney wonder, I found this one to be short and less spectacular. They used Captain Jack Sparrow for most of it. Maybe it was because this was my second cruise with Disney but I felt the see ya real soon and other performances lacked enough characters compared to the first time. I like my head waiter Stefanos from Greece a lot but Carlos the assistant waiter was forgetful and not as attentive. these 2 waiters would follow us in to the 3 different dinging rooms for each night so they know your preference and get to chat with them more) Some of the other waiters on the boat that we dealt with during the day was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My daughter asked her Papa and I to join her and our three grandchildren on the kid's first cruise. My husband and I have sailed on 18 cruises...Alaska, Hawaii, South America, and every cruise to the Carribean. We took one cruise on ... Read More
My daughter asked her Papa and I to join her and our three grandchildren on the kid's first cruise. My husband and I have sailed on 18 cruises...Alaska, Hawaii, South America, and every cruise to the Carribean. We took one cruise on a ship out of Puertio Rico doing two back-to-back 14 day cruises. One whole month in Paradise. We love cruising. We had grown up watching Walt on nine inch tvs. How we loved Walt and the Mickey Mouse Club.. When our girls were growing up we took them to Disneyland. We took them to Disney World. We flew our daughters, their spouses, and our six grandchildren for 7 days at Disney's New Orleans resort and Disney World park. I never expected Walt to ever disappoint us. Yet, he did. I would never take this cruise line again. We left Cape Canaveral and our first day out I felt concern. We diverted to Miami after a gentleman took a serious fall down the main marble stairway. Critically hurt, when I saw a rescue boat arrive beside the boat to remove him from the ship, I realized that there was no helioport onboard. On two cruises, we saw people choppered out after serious health conditions. After a career in medicine, I could not help but think of that critical hour window of time which happens with critical medical conditions. The trip was great...really great for young children. Our grandchildren, aged 9, 12, and 15 enjoyed their first cruise. Yet, they spent most of the time at our side. They tried the children activities the first day, but did not like the activities. So they played miniture golf and used the amazing water slide a lot. The food onboard was inferior to the ships we have cruised on. It came to the table cool..not hot. Three nights I did not see a dessert on the menu that I liked. Our wait staff was excellent and I loved the beautiful .three diningrooms where our staff accompanied us to a different one each night.The maitre-D was accommodating We had a seventh floor balcony room. The greatest room ever. I loved the bathrooms! One with a sink commode...one with a sink and tub shower! It had the most storage on any ship of the ships we sailed. It had a full couch and constant reception in the rooms for news and sports. Very family oriented! Our room attendant, Scotty was excellent. I do not get a lot of time with my daughter and her family She lives in Minnesota and is a licensed nurse practitioner at Mayo Hospital. A job extremely demanding. We live in Iilinois. The first at-sea day was extremely disappointing. We were up early and got chaises in a family area near a small pool. We had two or three hours and went to lunch---we were gone thirty to forty minutes ! We left our towels on chairs. We came back and our towels were removed. Other people as taken our chaises. I asked the deck attendant! Oh, that is our policy..a book, a bag, was laid aside on the floor. THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED ON ANY CRUISE SHIP I HAVE SAILED ON#!!!! We could not find anywhere to sit. We went to our cabins!!! The medical physician and nurses were excellent! I had got onboard for the trip on prednisone due to problems due to suffering with systemic lupus and a rash I developed!!! However I had finished my meds. I took a cold, had a rash, and high temp.. I was given more prednisone. I spent 24 hour in my room. At Castaway Key...the last day on the ship my family and nearly everyone else went ashore! I returned to the top deck where we were the day our chairs were taken. I read. I napped. It was early. Shortly about 11 a.m. the deck attendant came and started stacking all the chaises. I asked him why? Well,he told me they had to to get ready for the new vacationers getting aboard the next day. I told him this was my cruise and he brushed me off. . He wanted to ad my chases to the stack. I gathered my things. I went to Guest Relations and nicely told the receptionist that I had paid for that last day. She just brushed me off. I told her I had no doubt their ship would always be filled. They would have repeat cruisers. But having talked to other fellow cruisers....ones who have cruised on Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian...they also in the past week had told me they would, like us, never cruise Disney again. All other cruise lines treat you with respect. On Celebrity..you are one! There were never attendants from the bar walking around to ask if you would like a drink! In smoking areas....ashtrays run over....you are invisible. No, WALT DISNEY' let us down. How we never expected that.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
To celebrate our upcoming retirement, we took our family on Disney Fantasy for a week long cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. We had a fantastic time...it could not have been better. All of us, from the four year old to the two retirees, ... Read More
To celebrate our upcoming retirement, we took our family on Disney Fantasy for a week long cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. We had a fantastic time...it could not have been better. All of us, from the four year old to the two retirees, had more activities and experiences to choose from than time available. The three children were always excited when they got to go to their kids club. Our son and daughter in law loved that the adult spaces were truly only for adults. The crowd handling, entertainment, and activities were always better than we expected...Disney is a pro in those areas. We can't wait until our Next Disney cruise...to Alaska in 2019. We rotated through three very different dining rooms. Our waitstaff stayed with us. They knew how to set up our table, offered favorite foods not on that nights menu, and entertained the three children. Our dinners were calm and leisurely...with three kiddos under nine! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
From a young kids point of view 9 out of 10 points. From adults point of view the food in the cafeteria was fine to good but the 3 main restaurants locations was poor. The worst I have had on 5 different cruise lines. Nothing is cooked ... Read More
From a young kids point of view 9 out of 10 points. From adults point of view the food in the cafeteria was fine to good but the 3 main restaurants locations was poor. The worst I have had on 5 different cruise lines. Nothing is cooked to order for any meal and most of the food arrives cold, they then microwave it for you, reluctantly. However, if you pay extra to eat in their 2 special restaurants, it is excellent. The cabins are also smaller than normal. We paid extra for a balcony with an unrestricted view and it was smaller than any cabin we have had on 7 cruises. If you go for the kids, I recommend it but remember you are only going for them and Disney will pick your pocket all day and for the food is still very poor. As much as my grandson enjoyed it, we will never sail Disney again Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We traveled with family - 6 adults (ages 60, 58, 35, 32, 29 and 25) and an 11 year old across three cabins. I've been on three prior Carnival cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise. I married into a Disney-loving family and ... Read More
We traveled with family - 6 adults (ages 60, 58, 35, 32, 29 and 25) and an 11 year old across three cabins. I've been on three prior Carnival cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise. I married into a Disney-loving family and we've all spent a good amount of time at Walt Disney World. First, the ship: It was lovely. Big. Fairly easy to navigate, although there were a few corners we didn't quite manage to explore. Very clean and well-maintained, and I loved the decor - especially in the main lobby/atrium. That chandelier was gorgeous. Nice little Disney touches everywhere but it doesn't feel like you're inside a cartoon or anything. Our stateroom was on Deck 7, forward, a family outside with a huge porthole window (with a narrow seat, wide enough to perch on or for a kid) and split bath. Good amount of space to move around. It's across from the laundry room but we did not notice any extra noise. The bed was very comfortable and the split bathroom was nice, we each "claimed" one for teeth brushing and things of that nature. The toiletries were very nice (loved the larger size tubes instead of those teeny ones you get at WDW). I found it a bit odd there were no outlets in the bathroom save for one high-up one for a shaver, but I dried my hair at the desk and it was no big deal. The tub is not ideal for bathing an adult (unless you're just washing your feet or something) but would work for a child, otherwise you have the choice of a hand-held showerhead or the overhead rain-style. Alana was our cabin steward and she did a fantastic job; on the first evening we asked her to bring ice and we were never without it the rest of the trip. She kept everything clean, neat and organized. Dining: We mostly ate at Cabanas for breakfast and lunch (exception being two in-port days) and the main dining rooms for dinner. Cabanas has a pretty good variety, and it never felt terribly crowded to me, which I appreciated. I recommend checking out all your options before deciding what to eat - breakfast included some choices I didn't see the first day, like yogurt plus toppings, which would also have worked for oatmeal. I am a coffee snob and didn't think much of the coffee, but there was a nice selection of tea as well. For the MDR dinners, nearly everything I ate was fantastic. Our waiters were Martin and Kadhri, and they worked beautifully together. Martin had his recommendations each night; one night I ordered a pasta dish that I liked, but he apparently wasn't a fan of, and he wanted to make extra sure I was happy and really did like it. Drinks were refilled quickly, courses came out pretty smoothly, and everything went well. I did find the dining rooms a bit noisy - a lot of clamor and clatter. I'm not sure if it was because of where our tables were or just the acoustics of the rooms. Us younger adults enjoyed the Europa entertainment district, and spent a lot of time at O'Gills and La Piazza, as well as stops in Skyline and The Tube. This might sound weird, but the bathrooms between La Piazza and the Tube are not to be missed - they are really cool! Round rooms, with round stalls and cool tiled walls. As for the bars, service was generally good and I thought the drinks were reasonably priced, especially for a cruise ship. O'Gills has fantastic pub-branded Irish Creme and a house red ale. Later in the evening (around 10:30, I believe) they put a variety of bar food snacks out in the little area near the bathrooms for everyone to munch on. Love this idea. We also enjoyed the musicians who were playing, especially The Dreamers and Take Cover. I have to give a lot of credit to Disney for the Navigator app. It is BRILLIANT. You can check out dinner menus, see the day's activities, look at deck plans and best of all, message other cruisers. With custom Disney emoji, even! It works on the ship's wifi without paying for any other internet service. I only wished they'd add a few more features (although now I can't remember what they were, sadly). Ports: We stopped at Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Tortola was a most-of-the-day trip to The Baths. It was well organized overall, but I thought a few details should have been in the description - it really is a hike down to the beach, for starters. And if you're going through the caves, you need to be able to navigate tide pools, get through small spaces and generally be a little adventurous. Water shoes are highly recommended. Also, lunch was included but we didn't eat till kind of late. The food was tasty but our choices were basically chicken, ribs, or fish; rice; mac & cheese; veggies, and a can of soda or bottle of water. Note that there is a freshwater pool up at the Top of the Baths that you can use to dunk in/cool off during that part of the day. At St Thomas my husband and I went over to the Frenchtown side of Charlotte Amalie and checked out a nanobrewery, which we highly recommend - Frenchtown Brewing. It's in a lofted area off the alley above Pie Whole. We then ate lunch at Rum Shandy, next door. This was a cool area of town that I don't think as many cruise ship tourists see. It's only a 10 minute walk back to downtown Charlotte Amalie. Our day at Castaway Cay was cut short - we were out on the beach when a storm rolled in, and within minutes it was pouring and windy. We had to make our way back to the ship in the driving rain, because the trams weren't running. But Disney had a backup plan and we rolled with it. - Pools rarely seemed too crowded, and I really liked the adults-only area; the AquaDuck was tons of fun. - I checked out the fitness center one day, and it was nice enough, but a little stuffy up there. We played mini-golf one afternoon and really enjoyed it. - We wished for another night or two of adult karaoke; there was only one (the rest was "family" karaoke which meant mostly kids singing Disney tunes). - The activities staff were a lot of fun, especially Tisa and Joshiie. All in all, we had a great vacation and it was in no small part due to Disney's great ship and excellent customer service. These cruises are pricey but they are also high quality and I would definitely go again, given the chance. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was by far the best cruise we've EVER been on! Disney sure does know how to do a cruise! My husband and I took our 2 kids ages 5 and 9 and we traveled with 15 other family members as a mini family reunion. Disney made us feel ... Read More
This was by far the best cruise we've EVER been on! Disney sure does know how to do a cruise! My husband and I took our 2 kids ages 5 and 9 and we traveled with 15 other family members as a mini family reunion. Disney made us feel so welcome. The embarkation process was so smooth and simple and we were on the boat in no time. As we boarded the boat, we got a huge personalized welcome over the loud speaker from the crew. I was so impressed! The food was outstanding! I loved that I could get fresh fruits and vegetables and other lots of great food. There wasn't much chocolate onboard though, but I can do a week without chocolate. Our dining servers were so friendly and did quite the amazing job. The room was set up very well and was very organized. I loved the bunk beds that came out of the ceiling and that the crew would make up the bunk beds every evening and put them away in the mornings. There was lots of storage under the bed and in the closets...even in such a small space. The bathroom was setup very well with one bathroom having a tub/shower and sink and the other bathroom having a toilet and sink. The onboard entertainment was spectacular, especially the firework show in the middle of the ocean. The kids club was amazing! There were so many activities for our kids and my husband and I could have a lot of alone time and hang out in the adult only pools and lounge chair areas on the front of the boat. I always felt comfortable with the kids club workers and knew our kids were in excellent hands. One of my favorite features of the cruise, was after the kids ate dinner, the kids club crew would come take the kids from the dining room to the kids club for activities so us adults could finish eating our dinner and socializing without worrying about our kids. We didn't book any shore excursions through the cruise line since we read it was better to book outside of the cruise for more personalized and less crowded service. However, next time, I will book through the cruise so I know I'm getting what I pay for. On Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, we booked a trip to the Baths at Virgin Gorda through Patouche Charters and it was the worst service ever! The owner, Joe Standish, had sent me an email confirmation prior to arriving stating what the excursion would entail and that we would be aboard a 36' Power Catamaran. However, when we met him at the pier, he was very agitated and rude and said this other guy would be our captain. I wasn't too bothered about it until the "other guy" took us to his boat and it was not a 36' catamaran. It was a small fishing boat! At first I thought, "this must be the boat that is taking us to the catamaran." Haha, was I wrong. The boat was so small that it wouldn't be safe to go to the Baths when we were supposed to because it wouldn't make it back in the afternoon with the winds. We got totally scammed! Patouche didn't even charter us...he sold us to another company without informing us since he was overbooked that day. I will never deal with that kind of a company again. However we didn't let it ruin the amazing experience we had with Disney Cruiseline. I know if we booked through Disney, they would definitely have non-scammers charter their excursions. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Please do not believe Disney's advertising, these are not cruises for adults without children. My wife and I have taken over 50 cruises of 7 days and longer over the last 35 years and have enjoyed cruising over much of the world. This ... Read More
Please do not believe Disney's advertising, these are not cruises for adults without children. My wife and I have taken over 50 cruises of 7 days and longer over the last 35 years and have enjoyed cruising over much of the world. This is the first time I told my wife and daughter I would have rather burned a bag of money than had to endure the Disney Cruise Experience. Had the pleasure of having a child angry at her sister dump a soft drink on me at dinner, watch 5 small children run around and around and around the table in the lounge where I was having a drink while their parents stood close by drinking their wine and ignoring their children's behavior. Dodged small children fighting in the floor in the dining room and on and on and on. On our sailing, according to one of the children's program staff it was a light week with ONLY 1500 children between three and twelve. Prior to our cruise we received a letter from DCL detailing the dress requirements for the Dining Rooms, packed accordingly only to hear head waiter tell passenger the first night not to worry about dress rules, on the Fantasy there are no rules, and he was telling the truth, no rules in "adult only" areas, no rules in the dining rooms, no rules at all. First cruise I have ever taken where I can't think of anything to say I enjoyed other than disembarkation. Star Wars was the draw for us to try this cruise and it was an insult to any thinking fan, it was just another way for DCL to try and sell photos and merchandise, nothing for the real fans to enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was a trip of a life-time. The first for most of my expended family. My young family loved our 4 day cruise on Disney Wonder in 2015. It was magical. So we got adjoining staterooms for my parents and my sister and her young family and ... Read More
This was a trip of a life-time. The first for most of my expended family. My young family loved our 4 day cruise on Disney Wonder in 2015. It was magical. So we got adjoining staterooms for my parents and my sister and her young family and paid for a 7 night cruise. We've never had a holiday together like this before and I was so thrilled to introduce them to cruising and with Disney I figured it was a sure-bet. I couldn't believe it when we got lacklustre friendly service and thinly disguised forced smiles from several Disney staff. The universal can-do attitude simply wasn't there. Our all-inclusive experience was dampened by immediately with up-selling that started with water for our staterooms (REALLY?!) as soon as we arrived and continued throughout the cruise. It was a sign of a different Disney experience to come. Our dining experience was spent waiting for water and wine. More than once we had to choose between having wine with a cold dinner or having a hot meal with no wine. The safety regulations for height checking the kids on slides was ridiculous, our little ones (after 10 minutes) were finally let on but others were not. A no is a no and I always appreciate anyone trying to keep kids safe but children were clearly tall enough and staff would call their supervisors to try to force a card between the top of their heads and the measuring stand...making everyone else in line wait for the supervisor to arrive and go through the same ordeal. One child who'd been riding all week but had taken his band off had to go through this circus again (while we waited) only to be refused! I was really looking forward to the pirate party and dance but after the show (not as good as the Wonder show) they just shut down. We were all left standing on deck with no music wondering what to do with ourselves. Such a party downer. I will say that the rest of the entertainment on board was excellent!!!! Sadly, the spoiled cherry on top of our not-so-great cruise was the announcement that the ship had malfunctions and wouldn't be making it to our beach destination of Castaway Cay...we'd told all the kids about this amazing island and were so looking forward to beach fun with the grandparents and all the grandkids....really disappointed in Disney. There was little at all done to compensate us, we were offered $200 onboard spending and a 10% additional discount in future cruises...but the $200 onboard spending we would have gotten on the future cruise then wouldn't apply...so really they were offering nothing but a push to sell another cruise! After raving to my family about Disney's excellent standard of service a Disney staff member lied to my sister, father and I on our second last day! I was shocked! He later apologized to us - I think was concerned he might lose his job. The shift in staff mentality overall made me wonder if Disney is caring for their staff properly or paying them adequately. We spent so much money and may never have another family vacation all together again. I grew up on Disney and absolutely LOVE Disney. But I simply can't honestly recommend a Disney Fantasy cruise to anyone. So disappointed. :( Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My family of 4 had an absolutely wonderful vacation aboard the Disney Fantasy! This was the frist cruise of any kind for all of us. My husband and I were celebrating our upcoming 20 year anniversary. This was the perfect vacation choice so ... Read More
My family of 4 had an absolutely wonderful vacation aboard the Disney Fantasy! This was the frist cruise of any kind for all of us. My husband and I were celebrating our upcoming 20 year anniversary. This was the perfect vacation choice so that we could include our 2 daughers, ages 13 and 10. First of all the boarding process was a breeze. Sure, there were a lot of people but lines moved quickly. We left the majority of our luggage to be delivered to our room and only had a few carry ons with swimsuits and things we might need upon arrival as we were told our luggage may not arrive at our room until 5pm. We could go to our stateroom at 1:30pm. We boarded the ship around noon or just after so we first went and had lunch while waiting for our room to be ready. When we got to our room at 1:30, we found our luggage waiting for us! Very prompt! Now as for the ship itself...it was immaculate! I have nothing to compare to but from what I hear, the Disney ship is far better/cleaner than most others but a little more expensive too. I was very pleased with how well kept everything was. From the pools, to the restrooms and everything in between. There were even employees at the entrance of restuarants handing antibacterial wipes for our hands. I think that's a great extra step to help stop the spread of germs and illness. We enjoyed the pools nearly everyday. While they were at times a little crowded, that did not deter me or my kids. We still had a great time. We had excellent 86 degree weather and sunshine everyday so we expected lots of people to be there. There were plenty of chairs and towels and Disney movies played all day on the huge "funnel vision" screen at the pool area. My kids being 10 and 13 had separate clubs they could go to. The Oceaneear club for my 10 yr old and Edge for my 13 yr old. They could go there to play with other kids their age and make crafts, have dance parties, learn to cook or play games. They had lots of activities daily and a schedule delivered to our room every night for what to expect the next day. My kids went to those 2 or 3 times but they enjoyed spending most of their time doing things with us. They also caught a few movies they had not alrady seen at the theater. We saw 3 live shows at the Walt Disney Theater. One we all enjoyed the most was a juggler...Michael Holly. This guy was hilarious and very entertaining. We saw the show on the first night but I can't remember what it was called. Lots of singing and dancing. The last one we saw was Beleive. They were excellent. Very talented singers and dancers and the costumes were very good. Every night we had an amazing dinner! I was super impressed. Our wait staff made this a wonderful event every night. Our waiters were Rahul & Luis, from India and Peru. They were very attentive and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our foods and drinks. They were very professional and friendly. The food was very good each night and had a good variety of things to choose from. If you are into night life, the ship has places for that too. I can't say too much about that. We did not go to any bars or dance places. We do not drink or dance so it's not really our scene but I hear that Tube is the place go to for that...music and entertainment. As for the port excursions...just remember you get what you pay for on this! And all the best ones get booked up so plan ahead and try to book them as soon as you have booked your cruise! We booked the dolphin encounter for the stop at St Thomas...this was a winner! Maybe the highlight of the trip. It was really awesome and each person got lots of interaction with the dolphin. This is fun for adults and kids. It's expensive but well worth it. And a side tip...if you do this, plan to pay for pictures. They do not allow you or family members to take pictures. They have photographer there who takes several. They are good quailty but they are expensive. To get all pictures of our family of 4 was $200. Again, I think it's worth it! This is an all day event so if you do this, don't try to plan anything else. We booked an excursion for St Maarten the night before we got there because we didnt know exactly what we wanted to do. We took a very inexpensive trip to a nearby beach....Orient Beach. The beach was nice, water felt great and the sand was soft...but be aware, you get approached by the island ladies wanting to braid your hair or sell you cover-ups or jewelry. It's annoying but I just politely told them over and over- No Thank You. I don't think the islands were what I expected. I was looking for white sandy beaches and crystal clear water but that is not what you get. The boat is docked at a harbor or port, not a resort. We had to travel through the island to get to our excursions so you see where the natives live and quite honestly, it looks like a dump. They live poor for the most part and it's just run down and dirty looking. If you want the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water, you won't see that until you arrive at Castaway Cay for the last day of the cruise! That was an amazing place! We did the snorkeling which was great fun and not so expensive. We saw lots of fish and took pictures with an underwater camera. Our kids enjoyed the snorkeling and loved the waterslides and just playing in the water and the sand. Like the ship, this island is very clean and well kept with clean restrooms and 2 places to eat that were also nicely kept with a wide variety of food to choose from. There are cabanas you can rent for the day...but u have to do it ahead of time because they fill up and it's expensive upwards of $500 for day I believe. We didn't do that and we had a wonderful time under the umbrellas and the shades of the trees in our chairs. Again the weather was beautiful...warm but a nice breeze and the shade kept it from being too hot. The last day we had an early breakfast (6:45am) with our wonderful wait staff and we were on our way. Disembarking was easy and quick. We chose to have our luggage outside our stateroom the night before for pickup and they we could get it on the way out the next morning just before going thru customs which was also very quick and painless! We left our vehicle in the parking deck across from where we board the ship so it was a short easy walk even with all our luggage in tow. There are characters at certain places at all different times but most are posted in the navigator. Check that if you are interested in pictures with characters and be ready to stand in line and wait. We did a few of them but my kids are a little older and didn't care so much for it but we did a few of them.If you are looking for characters from a particular movie etc...ask customer service. My daughter was interested in meeting Elsa & Ana from Frozen. They were there but it was not advertised and we had to have a ticket to see them for a meet and greet. Dressing up is a HUGE deal!! The semi-formal night is a big deal for dressing to the nines and taking fancy pictures on the grand staircase. Pack a formal dress, heels and men a suit or tux. Also pirate night is huge...go all out if you don't mind spending the money for a costume--but get before your trip. Items/clothing you purchase on the ship are very expensive! You just can't overdo it on these nights! Also on pirate night, the fireworks are spectacular. Many of the little girls on the ship wore their princess dresses to dinner every night. Fun for them to do so and very acceptable! The bippity boppity boutique is a great idea if your little girl likes to dress up and look like a princess--(all for a price!). Photographers take photos at all the character meet and greets but please take your own camera. All the photos taken are kept in a folder type thing on the 4th floor so you can see all your vacation photos. They also do face recognition so you will even see those taken on the Aquaduck if you ride it, which is much fun! As most other things, photos are very expensive if you purchase the prints and/or a cd. They offer a book you can create yourself with up to 34 photos for $150. I chose to do that and used my pictures for everything else. The pictures are good and clear but just too expensive for me. To get them all you are talking $350-$500 range. *There is no charge for room service! I was amazed at this! My daughter was not feeling well at dinner one night so she was hungry later on. I ordered a sandwich and we had it in about 10 minutes! *If you suffer from motion sickness, try something called Bonine. I felt bad one day with a headache but after taking that each day, I was fine. It's a chewable tablet. This was a wonderful trip and I would definitley suggest it to anyone. My kids loved it so much, they were sad when the day came for us to disembark and are already asking when we can go again. There is so much to see and do and experience. The entertainment, the sights, the food....and the sheer cleanliness of this place impresses me! Disney is not to be outdone! If you are a cruiser and you have never tried a Disney cruise, I trust you will not be dissapointed! As I said, I have nothing to compare it to but it was outstanding and everything was top notch, especially the service...from ALL STAFF. They were phenomenal! Thank you Disney for some great family memories that will last a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My two kids were 5 and 8 years old. I've heard plenty of times on the cruise, "dad, I'm bored." There was nothing for them to do on the cruise. I don't know about you but for vacation I don't like ... Read More
My two kids were 5 and 8 years old. I've heard plenty of times on the cruise, "dad, I'm bored." There was nothing for them to do on the cruise. I don't know about you but for vacation I don't like dropping off my kids at day care. That was the kids club that was available to us. The two times that I dropped off my kids at the oceaniers club or pixie hollow, they were bored. My son played on the computed and watched a disney movie. My daughter made the same two crafts on two different visits, and on the second visit for my daughter when I arrived she was being walked up to the front with my son crying. Which means that she walked through the club, crying, with no disney worker asking her what was wrong. They could care less, there just doing there job. So disney day care is out. That is what I call it because that is what it felt like. We went to the pool. They were too small and the life guards were being jerks. My wife saw a life guard put some kid in time out. The life guard for the aqua duct (tube slide) made my daughter take off her water shoes, then get measured, then told her she was too short. The pools were overcrowded because all the activities were boring. The basketball hoops were 10feet tall. My kids can't shoot that high. The activities were all day care activities: fold towels to look like animals, bingo, kids Karaoke (my daughter can't read), learn to cook apple scruple. What kid wants to do those things. All the activities were awful. And, the dance activities were too loud, we had to leave. I would never go on another Disney Cruise again, and you shouldn't either. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Cruise date was 7/15 to the eastern Caribbean. I am a veteran cruiser of 16 previous cruises of various companies and itineraries, and I have a feel for what is good and what isn't when it comes to cruising. We booked this ... Read More
Cruise date was 7/15 to the eastern Caribbean. I am a veteran cruiser of 16 previous cruises of various companies and itineraries, and I have a feel for what is good and what isn't when it comes to cruising. We booked this cruise a 13 months prior to sailing, no visit from the upgrade grade fairy even though we booked substantially far in advance. Boarding was the typical hurry up and wait routine. The rooms were ready by 1:30 p.m. Can't say enough about the room stewards, they work hard especially on the day before and on the day of embarkation. The stateroom was nice, we had a balcony and it was nice and well kept. Food has improved from our last and only other Disney cruise (Wonder). Food has improved over the last cruise with Disney, but is still average when comparing with other cruise lines that cost less. I must say I was constantly reminded on a daily basis by our waiter of how great his service was and the importance of receiving an excellent rating. Excellent? Not really, but adequate. Entertainment was again very good. Disney productions were above the industries average. On this Disney cruise, we found ourselves searching for things to do. I guess my biggest issue with Disney Cruise Line is the affordability. I basically paid double the cost of my previous eastern Caribbean cruise with a very well respected cruise line. On top of the basic fair there was the shops, the port tours and other amenities that were not included in the cost of the cruise were very high. Ship was very crowded, made it difficult to enjoy sail away and Pirates Night. Elevators were always full to the point of having to wait for another to arrive. The tour desk staff left a lot to be desired, it seemed as though the personnel that staffed the desk were at the dentist about to have a tooth pulled, not overly friendly. There understanding or lack of kept them from giving us an adequate description of the tour we booked. It was very sub-par for the cost. Recommendation? Book with RCI, Princess or Celebrity and save yourself enough money to finance another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
For the last couple of years wanted to do a disney cruise, finally we did it. Amazing experience in every single detail. From the night show at the walt disney theater to the kids oceaneers club, the delicious dinner every night and the ... Read More
For the last couple of years wanted to do a disney cruise, finally we did it. Amazing experience in every single detail. From the night show at the walt disney theater to the kids oceaneers club, the delicious dinner every night and the excellent service from our servers Kadek and Valine every night. Room very clean, great down service from Valentino, each night a different towel made animal. Great buffet at cabanas.. And delicious mid afternoon treats at flo v 8 cafe.. So clean in every single part of the ship. They take precautions like giving sanitizing towels before entering the restaurants and the kids have to wash their hands in a very modern propulsion washer. They love to go every day. The princesses gathering just lovely, but you have to reserve as soon as you get onboard, it includes Elsa and Ana... The makeover at the bibidibobidi boutique just great, but alse reserve in advance. The pirate league makeover just fantastic as it is for boys and girls and adults also if you want to look pirate alike. Adults areas were great also, just needs a little more entertainment acts at night. The adults pool are nice, and all the pools are fresh water not salted.. Aqua duck was fun and sometimes crowded.. One day we made a 30 min wait line, but is so much fun. We will defintely go back to a disney cruise, maybe a little more expensive than others but worth it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, ... Read More
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, such as salmon wrapped in proscutto and grilled. The buffet was more sophisticated on the day we boarded than the following days. Staff was available to assist in locating a vacant table, which were quickly bussed. The ship was beautiful and kept immaculate. Public bathrooms were plentiful and always spotless. The staff were friendly and helpful and cheeful. We were unhappy with our table mates for our evening meal. We were seated at a table for 8 but there were only 5 of us each evening. One was a single man who wanted us to invest in some ridiculous scheme and the other couple complained about Disney nightly. The waitstaff were slow and even though they rotated along with us, they never remembered we enjoyed fresh cracked pepper and Tobasco Sauce and our food would be cold before we could get their attention to request it. We were seated near a large table with 14 people who were so loud we often couldn't carry on a conversation at our table. We were under the impression that children dined the first hour and then were taken to another venue suitable for their age bracket. Our cabin was spacious with plenty of cabinets and drawers. The soaps, shampoos, lotions were very good quality. Our cabin steward kept it immaculate for us but we were without ice the first 24 hours of the cruise. Morning room service arrived exactly as requested and our order was always complete. The pool was always too crowded for us to enjoy so we didn't get to experience that. Finding a chair was impossible but we had a spacious balcony and thoroughly enjoyed that. We were surprised that photographers were not available at the gangway at each port. Only once were we approached by a photographer at evening meal (Palo) for photo op. Palo brunch was outstanding and I highly recommend you experience it at least once! Palo evening meal was too rich for us but the food was quite good. The food in the main diningrooms was mediocre and not at all what we remembered having on the Dream. Having Disney movies available 24/7 in your cabin was a plus too. The shops on board had a lot of fun Disney merchandise and clothes and were a blast to visit. The itinerary was wonderful and we loved St. Maarten and St. Thomas and Castaway was incredible as always. We would love to see an overnight stay at Castaway and trade a sea day for it. The Debarkation process was a breeze. Breakfast that morning was not pallatable. All in all, it was a wonderful cruise and we will definitely plan to sail again as soon as possible. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Great cruise wonderful entertainment . Once again Disney does it again not something that can be discrive you need to experience for yourself . Entertainment excellent ! Expectacular and the food fantastic loved the cabana buffet . You ... Read More
Great cruise wonderful entertainment . Once again Disney does it again not something that can be discrive you need to experience for yourself . Entertainment excellent ! Expectacular and the food fantastic loved the cabana buffet . You must go bring the kids the grandmother there is a lot of things to do for all ages . Loved it Fantastic Fantasy cruise ! Ready to go again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Every part of this vacation was perfect! The ship is BEAUTIFUL and EXTREMELY well kept. ALL of the cast members are fantastic and work to make your vacation more magical and memorable. There is so much to do on the Disney Fantasy we never ... Read More
Every part of this vacation was perfect! The ship is BEAUTIFUL and EXTREMELY well kept. ALL of the cast members are fantastic and work to make your vacation more magical and memorable. There is so much to do on the Disney Fantasy we never even come close to doing it all! This is the second time we have sailed on the Disney Fantasy and we always have an amazing time. The adult only Quiet Cove pool is pleasingly a deserted paradise on sea days, which is a stark contrast to the family pools (Donald pool, and Mickey pool). The AquaDuck on sea days typically had a posted wait of 45+ minutes, but we never waited more than 20 minutes which was great! On port days we never had to wait more than 5 minutes to ride the AquaDuck! While enjoying all the family pool activities on the Disney Fantasy you can put your mind at ease knowing that lifeguards are staffed at all the family pools (i.e Donald pool, Mickey pool, AquaDuck) and Disney Cruise Line is the only cruise line which has and lifeguards at all. The broadway style productions in the Walt Disney Theatre were truly stunning to say the least, I particularly recommend Aladdin and Believe which just blew us and the rest of the audience away. Although I do recommend skipping the "Welcome Show" because it is nowhere near broadway calibre and is a waste of time. The adult district on the Disney Fantasy "Europa" is beautifully themed, but I cannot speak to the night scene in this area, for I did not experience it myself. The cabins on the Disney Fantasy are beautifully themed and appointed, my only complaint would be that the air conditioning in the ships staterooms never got below 75 degrees even on the highest setting, and while this is just my opinion I did not think it was cool enough to comfortably sleep in with the heavy comforter provided with the main bed. When we took the heavy comforter off, however; it was perfectly comfortable and the beds are AMAZING. The kids clubs on the ship are truly awe inspiring and make adults wish they were kids again, and the kids love them. As I already stated all the staff on the ship are amazing. The three main restaurants (Royal Court, Enchanted Garden, and Animators Palate) are great, I love the theming and the food was great! The quick-service locations aboard the Disney Fantasy are great as well, Flos V8 Cafe was a fun place to grab a bite to eat by the pool, and Cabanas buffet was a great place to have breakfast and lunch, the food at these locations was also very good. Stateroom dining was also a nice option to have, they always delivered the food in half the amount of time it would take, and they stayed true to their promised 24 hour service answering the phone promptly even at 3:00 am. The Disney Fantasy is a wonder of a cruise ship which combines modern conveniences and Disney magic with the elegance and grace of tradition early 1900 ocean liners. The ships motion is also very tightly controlled with the movement of the ship being only slightly noticeable even in very bad weather conditions. I recommend a Disney Cruise Line vacation to anyone and everyone even if you do not have kids. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My husband and I are in our mid thirties and we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We have sailed NCL, Royal Carribean and Carnival all more than once out of various ports, but we have three little ones now, 6 months, 3 years old and a ... Read More
My husband and I are in our mid thirties and we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We have sailed NCL, Royal Carribean and Carnival all more than once out of various ports, but we have three little ones now, 6 months, 3 years old and a 4.5 year old so we decided to try Disney for Easter. Having cruised before, and the reason I am writing this review, is because everyone says "Disney is awesome" but no one can articulate to me why it's better? Why pay 20-30% more for the same itinary as other cruise lines? I will attempt to answer "but how is Disney better?" from my perspective. Obviously, Disney knows logistics, so they are pretty good at making the miserable parts of crusing tolerable to even pleasant. For example, here's a long story about embarkation, one of my three "cruise low-lights", that Disney made so pleasant. So, you pick an arrival time when you pay in full and at like 60-90 days before sailing. We had 10:30 to 10:45 and we arrived at out port about 10-15 minutes late. We waddled through the line and were served in about two to three minutes - maybe 3-5 families ahead of us. They take a family picture of you for the ID picture they see when they swipe your room key so we didn't have to hold each kid up and they hand you a card, like NCL, telling you what boarding zone you are. We were five and they had called 4 so the cast member checking us in said "just head over, they will call your number soon, and if you have time, please feel free to get your kid's registered for the kids camp". Sure enough when we got to the boat entrance/gangway they called zone 5. Many people stood around waiting and Disney cast members we saying "pleas sit if you are not 5" so I suspect that if you arrive before your time, you will wait. We did what we could to be on time and it was flawless. Again waited for a few minutes to take the "Welcome aboard pic" and off we went onto the ship. The gangway is short and they allow strollers so in about 30 seconds we were boarding. A ship officer says "welcome, your name?" And we said our family name, and in the microphone they say "And we're welocming the family" and about 8 uniformed officers cheer, Mickey is there, it's silly but you feel like you are their guest and you matter. Here's the best part, there are crew members who are waiting, and they are your own personal Sherpa to get you from the ship door to the elevator so you can eat (rooms are not ready till 2). Our cast member let us stop and unload our kids and took our family's picture near a pretty mural with 2 different cameras and she got us to an elevator bank that was near the buffet and there was no wait, she even pushed the button for us and we parted ways. We went to the buffet which was great. Some reviews complain about the lack of variety on the buffets but the reason for that is they can repeat the same 20 - 30 items over and over so you don't feel like "oh! I missed that! I couldn't stand the line!" You can go, get what you need, loads of empty tables, and the food quality is leaps and bounds better than any other cruise line. The buffet featured items like Jumbo peel and eat shrimp, crab legs, sushi, prime rib, and of course burgers, hot dogs pizza, etc. we ate and I took my 4.5 year old on the Aqua Duck water slide. I had forgotten to put our bathing suits in our carry on bags but we had sundresses on that we're dark and thick so we went on in our clothes, we had a blast. We went to the rooms at 1PM and they were spotless. They always were. My second cruise "low light" is buffets on days at sea. It's hot, there's never a table, it's akward, the food runs out, but not at Disney. We ALWAYS found a table. I don't know how Disney does it but it is truly amazing. Get our food, our kids played in the Mickey pool that is only 3 feet deep AND has lifeguards! That's right! No bully 12 year old boys jumping on my little ones. The lifeguards keep peace and provide a level of comfort that we really appreciated! Not that we would leave a 4 year old in the pool alone but with the infant, if I looked away for a second, I knew the pool was calm - no one was acting crazy, it was just lovely and fun play. Bonus - you don't need to sign out towels, there's lockers of them all over, just take what you need, which, when you have an overtired toddler who is wet and cold, is a blessing. Most everything else is what other reviews write, the Disney shows are great, free soda, characters, my kids adored the camps, wonderful waiter service, shows during dinner at the Animators Palate, etc. Disney also takes their chocolate VERY seriously so all the chocolate I had, even the ones on your pillow at turn down, were high quality. For Easter they gave us Ghiadelli chocolates as a turn down treat. The kids meals are fabulous - a trillion times better than NCL. If your kid gets "kids pizza" it comes with a few small slices of pizza, steamed veggies and fruit on a Mickey shaped plate. As the parent you can decide "eat your broccoli" or "bring her more pizza" - the waiters are sweethearts and will do whatever you ask. I'm pretty sure. The waiters even cut up your kid's food for you! And they de-she'll your lobster. It's incredible! My third and final "low-light" is disembarkation. I always feel like one wants you anymore, it's time to hit the road jack, fresh wallets are walkin in! Disney made it the total opposite!!! You are invited to have breakfast according to your dinner seating time. We had late dinner and we had breakfast at 8 am. You are offered a hot breakfast with your waiters who you got to know and love all week! They serve eggs, bacon, cereal, etc. An abbreviated menu but no line, buffet or fight for a seat and your waiters, who are your new buddies, are there to serve you, and send you off. After breakfast, use the restroom and off you go. It's a slow line but constantly waddling. Took about 10 minutes to get from the elevator bay on the 3rd floor to the luggage terminal. Then you can hire a porter if you want. I do recommend it on your first try because Disney organizes your luggage by stateroom and the porters know where your stuff is. We zipped through customs and we were cleared through customs by 10 am. Of the 15 or so cruises I have been on this is honestly the first one where I would have walked right back on the boat. I felt truly relaxed. The food didn't make me feel sick and give me "cruise bloat" for 3 days. I will cruise Disney again and again for as long as I am fortunate enough to be able to. I hope this helps, safe travels! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We did our research, planned for pirate night, (which was fun) and even check out all the things to do at each port. The room was the highlight, as it was more spacious than we expected. Pros: Room, weather, staff Cons: Food, ... Read More
We did our research, planned for pirate night, (which was fun) and even check out all the things to do at each port. The room was the highlight, as it was more spacious than we expected. Pros: Room, weather, staff Cons: Food, activities, general "fun" feeling nonexistent My biggest complaint would be the "activities" on previous cruises on Royal Carribean and Princess, we have found ourselves without enough time to join all the activities we wanted. On this Disney cruise, we found ourselves searching for things to do. The kids activities consisted of Coloring Pages (ie. Make your own pirate treasure= coloring Captain Hook or Peter pan) It seems that Disney expected everyone to be entertained by the constantly running movies on the pool deck, screens in the kids clubs & on demand in your room. Speaking of pools: I rarely saw children actually swimming, they were either idling in the water staring gape mouthed at the movie screen of the pools were so crowded they couldn't swim. Character appearances were scheduled at awkward times and regardless of the lines, they ended when scheduled so you're left with a very sad child or two. We skipped them after 2. The food was so bland, and repetitive. Cabanas offered the exact same fare every morning: Eggs Benedict (Loraine) pancakes, cereal, reheated rubbery bacon, fruit. The omelette were preprepared and only 2 varieties (your average holiday inn type) Dinner was no different in the rotating restaraunts: chicken w/lemon, steak, and starch. For the cost of the Disney cruise I expected high caliber everything. My expectations far exceeded the reality. We decided for the same cost we could go to an all inclusive resort and sit on the beach and have $$$ left over. Royal was 1/3 the cost and we had 100% better experience with everything comparatively. Skip it Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was our first cruise, and we definitely liked being able to walk through a city-like ship, with shops, restaurants, bars and pools. It did get crowded at times, but we were expecting it, being August. We booked as Concierge ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and we definitely liked being able to walk through a city-like ship, with shops, restaurants, bars and pools. It did get crowded at times, but we were expecting it, being August. We booked as Concierge passengers, and that helped a lot at some times during embarkation and disembarkation, and for the excursions as well (you can make your bookings early). Once in the ship, the helpful staff went through the whole excursion program with us, which was very good. ON BOARD ENTERTAINMENT: We loved it. I must say I do love Disney and I often visit their theme parks as well. FOOD: In general it was nice, but if you want to treat yourself one night, my suggestion is to go to the Dinner at Remy, which you could tell was a step ahead of the other places. SHORE EXCURSION: in Grand Cayman we decided to do Stingray City (it is the most popular attraction there). We spent half an hour on the boat and approximately half an hour with the Stingrays. I just loved it. The stingrays have actually become pets, the boat operators can handle them as they wish. But what I appreciated was that they did underline that we had to treat them with respect, keeping them in the water while petting them. After we got back to the boat dock (at the dolphin place where we left from), while waiting for the bus we were asked if we wanted to see a new underwater photo exhibition. The pictures were taken by a National Geographic photographer, and they were amazing. We were told he had to dive thousands of times to get those shots. Very interesting. In Cozumel we did the Dune Buggy and snorkel experience, which again we enjoyed, even thought the dune buggy experience is not on any dunes, but well, you kind of expect that since you are at the Caribbean! Snorkeling was ok. Castaway Cay is their private island, and I loved our cabana there. You are in paradise but surrounded by all comforts.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I love Disney Cruises. I have been on several, and every time it is always perfect. I have been on The Fantasy several times, Magic, and the Wonder a couple of times. There is something for everyone to do, regardless of age, anytime of ... Read More
I love Disney Cruises. I have been on several, and every time it is always perfect. I have been on The Fantasy several times, Magic, and the Wonder a couple of times. There is something for everyone to do, regardless of age, anytime of day. The rooms are comfortable, the food is outstanding, the variety of entertainment and activities is impeccable. The waitstaff is always accommodating and travels with you throughout your vacation. Every dinner is always exciting- the restaurants and the shows after/before your meal. Everything went as smooth as it possibly could. Plus, if something does go wrong, Disney does a wonderful job at making up for it. I have gone on different cruise lines, but they never measured up. I would definitely go again, and it will be hard for me to go back to a cruise that is not Disney. Highly recommended for everyone of all ages. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
If I had the money to do this annually I would! When I say no one can do it like Disney I genuinely mean that. I know Disney cruises can be pricey but to be honest you get every penny worth. From the moment before you step on the boat ... Read More
If I had the money to do this annually I would! When I say no one can do it like Disney I genuinely mean that. I know Disney cruises can be pricey but to be honest you get every penny worth. From the moment before you step on the boat until the very end it was nothing but a delightful time. There was so much entertainment for your enjoyment you couldn't possibly do it all. The ship is amazing and so beautiful and the staff make your time on the boat the best experience. They all done such a great job that my only wish is I wish I had more money at the end to give them gratuities for such a great job. NO ONE CAN DO IT LIKE DISNEY. the port of calls were great fun as well but we didn't do much and mainly stayed on the boat to enjoy the boat to the fullest. The children enjoyed the pool, and water slide the most. I swear if I allowed them to spend the entire time there they would have. The shows were great as well I especially enjoyed the Aladdin show (my favorite Disney movie, next to Lion King lol) Please do not even think just book... you will not be disappointed. My children still ask when we are going back. 2017 Disney you will see the Harris-Gilbert family again! Thank you for such a great time on the sea. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
When looking into family vacations, it is important to find a place that provides hospitality, activities for all members of the clan, and relaxation. However, it is very hard to find a spot or an excursion that fulfills each of these ... Read More
When looking into family vacations, it is important to find a place that provides hospitality, activities for all members of the clan, and relaxation. However, it is very hard to find a spot or an excursion that fulfills each of these requirements. I recently set sail on the Fantasy, a Disney Cruise Line ship, and was immensely pleased with the experience that I had. The ship and its staff exceeded expectations in each one of the previously mentioned vacation essentials. It was a magical experience, not just for me, but for every member of my family on board. I have never felt more comfortable on a vacation than I did on the Fantasy. Every staff member does their part to make each passenger feel special and welcome. The waiters assigned to each family for the week do a great job of getting to know each member and providing the table with entertainment, such as magic tricks or jokes. In my life, I have been to many different places for vacation with my family, such as beaches, parks, and foreign locations. They were all great fun, but I never felt “at home” per say. By the end of those vacations, I looked forward to returning home to my familiar bed and pets. On the last day of the cruise, I couldn’t bring myself to face the fact that I was going to have to leave. When one thinks of a Disney Cruise, one may believe that it mainly caters to young children. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Fantasy does provide hangouts for children of varying ages, but it also contains an area for teenagers to frequent and a zone filled with dance clubs and bars for adults to explore. There are a variety of activities to partake in every day, such as free shows, comedy acts, and games, so it is virtually impossible to be bored. In addition, there are many relaxation areas for parents to go to, like the adult pool and the spa. To sum it up, the Fantasy Cruise ship and its employees go above and beyond to provide every passenger with an unforgettable vacation. I enjoyed every second of my time aboard the Fantasy, and I definitely plan on setting sail again.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My husband and I had a good time on the cruise, but the idea that Disney is exceptional compared to other cruise lines wasn't evident to us. Disney caters to families with some spaces set aside for adults. For the most part ... Read More
My husband and I had a good time on the cruise, but the idea that Disney is exceptional compared to other cruise lines wasn't evident to us. Disney caters to families with some spaces set aside for adults. For the most part you're surrounded by kids. The adult areas on the boat were generally as packed as the other areas of the boat. The food in the dining room was very good along with the service. We went to Palo twice and it was really exceptional. Food in Cabanas and the stands on the main deck was awful for the most part. Breakfast had to be the worst. The good news is that we were always able to find a table even on sea days. For entertainment, the first-run movies in the Lake Buena Vista theater were a big plus. We saw them all. The shows were hit or miss. The Aladdin show was really cute. The big pirate extravaganza was terrible; even the fireworks were too short. Castaway Cay was by far the best day of the cruise. The beaches are gorgeous and the water is crystal clear. The adult beach was very relaxing with plenty of beach chairs and separate facilities. The BBQ lunch was only so-so. The cabin was average size, but clean and comfortable. We had a kid in a nearby cabin who kept going in and out of his cabin by slamming the door so hard our things would jump on the desk. He would then proceed to run up and down the hallway for, what seemed Ike, hours. This was at all times of the day. Sleeping was not an option with this kid near us. And that was the main issue: Where in heaven's name are the parents? Many of the kids seemed to have little to no supervision, even when the parents were with them. If we decide to cruise again, we would not choose Disney. If we had small children, we might feel differently, but for adults who are not enamored with Disney, it's not for us. Overall the service was good and there were some nice pluses, but we'll use RCL or another line if we decide to cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I just returned from a 7-night cruise on the Disney Fantasy with my husband, my parents, and my brother's family (he has 2 girls ages 3 and 6). This cruise was my 2nd Disney cruise. I have sailed many times with Carnival, and once ... Read More
I just returned from a 7-night cruise on the Disney Fantasy with my husband, my parents, and my brother's family (he has 2 girls ages 3 and 6). This cruise was my 2nd Disney cruise. I have sailed many times with Carnival, and once with Royal Caribbean. We did not book flight or ground transportation through Disney. I am going to give a list of pros and cons from my point of view, and I apologize if it gets a bit lengthy. Pros: * The staff was wonderful- not one cast member was not helpful, friendly, and enthusiastic. Every cast member we met was nice and genuinely seemed happy to be working on the ship. Anything you needed or wanted was done right away, and with a great attitude. * Cleanliness- the ship was very clean, and any issues were immediately remedied. Bathrooms were spotless. * We love that you can bring your own alcohol on this line! * The drink prices were very reasonable, and the drinks were strong- no skimping on the booze here. * The shops were well stocked and well placed. * The digital photography was a nice addition, and the new organization of the photos (kept in folders instead of sifting through a million pictures on the wall) was great- it allowed you to save all of your pictures and make your decisions at the end instead of having to pick quickly before the shots were removed. * The shows in the Animator's Palate restaurant were very entertaining and unique. * The room service menu, call response, and delivery were far better than on the Magic. * The on-demand offerings on TV were a nice perk. * The announcements were not too frequent, and they were loud and clear enough to be understood. * The 2 different age splash zones were a great addition to the pools for the kids. * The sports area was well-organized and supplied. * The ship had excellent access and accommodations for people with disabilities. * The Aquaduck water slide was a lot of fun, especially at night. * The adult deck area, Quiet Cove, was a very nice retreat- plenty of recliners, nice hot tub and pool, a swim-up bar, indoor cafe, and no kids. * Food was good, but not remarkable. Animator's Palate was the only restaurant with any entertainment at dinner. * Ambiance on the ship was great; really nice decor, themes, and layout. * Signage was excellent- it was very easy to know where you were and where you wanted to go. * Embarkation and Debarkation were very organized and smooth, with very reasonable waiting. * I really enjoyed watching movies in the main movie theatre, though a few more choices would have been nice. The theatre itself had very comfy chairs and good viewing and sound. * My nieces loved the kid's clubs so much we were prying them out of there every night. The 6 year old particularly enjoyed the crafts and character visits. * Loved the online app (free wireless for the use of the app only)- it really did let you know everything that was going on. Cons: * The prices- every add-on (photo prices, Princess tea party, spa prices, bingo, etc.) was so expensive it was prohibitive. We went with plenty of spending money, but were quite put off by the prices. * Very few adult activities- there were huge gaps of time with nothing scheduled for adults, and it was mostly only trivia. Much of the trivia and games were exactly the same as on the Magic- to the point where I was answering things simply from having memorized them last cruise. The only reason I can even comment on Bingo prices was that I was bored enough to go play it a few times (again, staff here was enthusiastic and fun). On other ships I've played adult scavenger hunts, scattegories, mini game shows, etc. These activities were not offered for adults, unless it was once an evening in the dance club late in the evening. * All activities, including adult offerings, closes at midnight. I can stay out later at any bar at home. * We were in port for very short times in Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. The only port we had a full day in was Castaway Cay, Disney's private island * Re-boarding after tendering in Grand Cayman took forever- I literally got through TSA faster than that. * They got rid of the character breakfast that was offered on other Disney cruises. * No comedians- there was one excellent juggler and one very poor ventriloquist. (Note- my husband and I did not attend the main theatre shows, but the rest of the family enjoyed them a great deal). * The Europa area that is supposed to be adults-only after 9pm definitely wasn't. Kids were kept out of the Tube nightclub, but were in all of the other adult bar and lounge areas. * The piano bar was extremely far away from everything else (deck 14), and only 1 elevator led to it. * This may seem silly, but they don't award Disney medals at any onboard games, trivia, or activities- I really liked those. We won a million keychains, and I saw a few luggage tags and water bottles given away, but those were rare. * Regular TV station choices were extremely limited, and went out frequently as the ship sailed. There was no Olympic coverage available at all. * There were only 2 clocks that we found outside of staterooms on the entire ship. It's not a casino- why can't I know what time it is? This was especially annoying because we changed time zones, so it was tough to keep track. * In the adult area there was a small buffet set up for late-night snacks (wings and stuff), but we never, ever, even once saw food in it. * The drinks at formal night were more available and of better quality on the Magic. * Pirate Night (my favorite) was more fun, had more activities, and better ambiance on the Magic. Overall, I will return because my family chooses the vacations, but I would sail Carnival if it was my choice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Disney Fantasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 3.5 4.3
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 2.5 4.2
Service 4.5 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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