16 Disney Fantasy Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

We were a family group of ages girl 4, boy 5, mom 45, aunt 50, dad 52, and myself the grandmother 76. It is hard to find a family vacation that will suit such a disparate group, but we settled on a Disney cruise out of Cape Canaveral. ... Read More
We were a family group of ages girl 4, boy 5, mom 45, aunt 50, dad 52, and myself the grandmother 76. It is hard to find a family vacation that will suit such a disparate group, but we settled on a Disney cruise out of Cape Canaveral. This was a good choice. Since the little ones could go to the "kids club" for many happy hours and give their parents a break, and there was a small adult pool area for we single women to escape the noise, it worked quite well for everyone in our party. The children were kept so busy and happy, they cried when they had to leave the ship at the end. For the children and their parents it was a great success. Adult areas were a disappointment. There was no library. When I inquired I was directed to Cove Cafe, the extra pay specialty coffee area. It had 5, count 'em 5, books! There were a few old magazines, too. No other reading material was on board. Disney movies played on outdoor screens, in an indoor theatre and all were available on the stateroom TV all the time - which is what they wanted us to watch. The adult pool was tiny with an attached bar, so it was usually crowded. Mostly people stood in place chatting with drinks in hand, their buckets of beer on the side of the pool. It was impossible to swim. The children's pools were larger but with kids in water wings, throwing beach balls and splashing about it was not a place to swim either. We had adjoining balcony staterooms 8520 and 8522 which are quite far forward, but this was intentional to try to get away from some of the noise and thumping of children's feet running up and down the corridors. Amidships was where the atrium with loud music, kids screaming, shouted amplified instructions for games, and endless lineups for meeting the Disney characters went on day and night. Many families with babies and small children tended to have cabins amidships or aft where it was quicker and easier to go up to the buffet and the children's pools. Being forward was quieter and the little ones were able to nap in the afternoons if needed. It also my single daughter, who found the constant noise (and unrelenting music even piped into the hallways) rather oppressive as the week went on, was able to retreat into our quiet stateroom for a break. The ship is huge. It was a long way to walk from forward to aft. As the grandmother with fairly recent foot surgery, and I arrived with a folding wheelchair, anticipating the long walks. My single daughter pushed me in my wheelchair at times, but the hallways are carpeted making pushing it a bit difficult, so more often I walked slowly with my cane. On the other hand, the wheelchair was handy as sort of a double stroller to push the little ones around when their legs were tired. I saw some other older people who had rented electric scooters from Disney to get around the huge ship, and if you have someone in your party who has mobility issues, I would recommend that instead. The Caribbean ports were fine, and Castaway Key was lovely as a beach day. But Falmouth Jamaica was not a Jamaican experience, it was no different than a nice shopping mall in Florida. Designed with a new pier including a large new pretty shopping area fenced off from the rest of island, there was not much to do except shop. Beaches were 30 minutes away and to get out of the fenced area to find a taxi involved a long walk through all the shops to a gate at the end with security guards. We didn't bother. The adult pool was vacated. Most of the regulars had gone ashore, so I was actually able to have a couple of short swims that day in the adult pool. . Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. Restaurant service was excellent. We were assigned dinner each night in one of the 3 restaurants. Two were nice, especially Royal Court, but Animator's Palate had screens all around the room, and a constant Nemo show running with loud dialogue. It was meant to entertain the children but they weren't interested, and we adults couldn't hear each other speak. So since we were assigned that room for three nights on a 7 day voyage, we were not happy. After one night in Animator's Palate we didn't go again and were forced to eat elsewhere. However, we were able to eat in an extra pay adult specialty restaurant, Palo, while the children were looked after in "kids club". It all worked out in the end. The ship is kept spotless, and the crew are constantly cleaning both inside public areas and the outside of the ship. Despite many small fingers and little runny noses, with hand sanitizer gel and cleaning wipes everywhere, we never were concerned about germs or getting ill on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Our 26 family members have been planning this cruise for over a year . My wife and I sail with Celebrity Aqua twice a year, so are used to fabulous food and over the top service, others had sailed RCCL, and one Silversea. But for most of ... Read More
Our 26 family members have been planning this cruise for over a year . My wife and I sail with Celebrity Aqua twice a year, so are used to fabulous food and over the top service, others had sailed RCCL, and one Silversea. But for most of us, this was our first Disney. I think to sum it up, they have a very devoted following, so they don’t try as hard to please as other lines. Embarkation was slow. The port has no embarkation side and debarkation side, so everyone is going against each other to enter and leave. You wait in the terminal over an hour to get on. Our rooms were ready and perfectly clean. We loved our room host, who was fabulous. Now, you have the same wait staff in the dining rooms each night. This is great if they are great but.....We waited at least 15 to 20 minutes to have our drink order. So we learned very quickly to bring our drinks with us to the table each night. We also waited the same for our food, which was just ok and consistently room temperature. Even the soup was cold. We had the turkey one night which was so dry you had to wash it down with water. I would expect this on a discount line, but not the most expensive one we had been on. Cabanas had very inconsistent hours. One time half was open, and the other closed. My first morning I woke up at 630 and went to get coffee, to be told “ not ready yet” Breakfast with eggs not until 730! I am used to standing in line ordering my eggs and enjoying a hot breakfast. Not so. It took 10 min to fry an egg, so the choice is taking already cooked eggs from a dish, and toast from a dish, all Luke warm. We all joked that when we got off the ship we could have a hot meal! The French fries and chicken tenders were hot. Ok enough about food. Several family members had to do some work, which brings us to the internet package. 1000 mb for $89! No unlimited package! You can churn through that in one day, just checking mail. To say rip off, is an understatement. And connectivity inconsistent. I’ve had better connections on Transatlantics. And when we went down to talk with WiFi person, he was either at a meal or gone. The characters were the highlight, and the clubs for the little ones wonderful. The tweens were not as happy with their offerings. The ports were great and excursions excellent. So... Not sure about Disney. RCCL has many fund things for kids, a new water park planned on their private island and better food. And for the adults, Celebrity hands down for everything! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose the cruise because of the wonderful time the family, eleven of us in total, had on the Magic in the Mediterranean. The embarkation was alright but it seemed like the staff were pressured. The ship at a glance seemed nice. My wife ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the wonderful time the family, eleven of us in total, had on the Magic in the Mediterranean. The embarkation was alright but it seemed like the staff were pressured. The ship at a glance seemed nice. My wife is handicapped and our two grandsons were with us and when we got to the room I could not believe how small it was and my wife could not use the shower. I talked to the purser who was very apologetic and urged me to go the service desk to request assistance. I was by then fuming and asked to speak to the manager, the gentleman at the desk asked me to please let him know what the issue was. I explained and after 5 minutes he came back and escorted me to an accessible room which was wonderful, the staff moved our luggage to the new room and I took heart that things would be good after that. We found as time went by that the food was average in all the restaurants. The fast food on deck eleven was better than the formal restaurants. We informed our restaurant staff what we thought of the food and they apologized but I know there was nothing they could do about it so we left some plates more full than empty. You would think the kitchen would figure it out from comments and the amount of uneaten food! The servers we had were superb and engaged the kids with puzzles and games every evening, we would eat what we could then would go to deck 11 to finish eating something better. The public areas seemed no larger than the areas on the Magic and now much more crowded. If you jumped in the pools I don't think you would have hit the bottom for all the people. We scheduled to snorkeling trips on our own, not through Disney, on Tortola and St. Thomas, they were great. An example of the public area issue is O'Gill's pub, if was smaller than on the Magic and not near as nice. The waiter was not very good either. Overall the staff tried very hard to compensate for the environment but were obviously strained, some in the stores were under-trained. The movie and live stage theaters were nice.Everywhere we went was overcrowded and not very pleasant. We were all excited to get to Castaway Key and due to my wife's walking issue they asked us to sit on a bench in the sun, after 15 minutes we asked the cruise director if the taxi was coming and she promised if was coming. After another 10 minutes and a call from our family asking where we were we just walked to the tram and made our own way. A staff member at one of the island stores stated he did not know were to get something as he just came off the ship and did not know much. Another passenger told us were to go get the item we were looking for. The point here is the staff is under-trained and overwhelmed, this is overall Disney's poor management. I have to say I was happy to get off the ship. We will not do a Disney cruise again after this experience. The value is just is not worth the cost anymore. Disney smothered the magic with their efforts to make the almighty dollar! I hope that Disney World is not managed like this now or we won't be going there in the future either. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my first Disney Cruise and my wifes 2nd (I previously did a Royal Caribbean - Mexico). At first I was a little apprehensive with it being a Disney Cruise. I didn't want it to be like a Disney Park and I didn't want ... Read More
This was my first Disney Cruise and my wifes 2nd (I previously did a Royal Caribbean - Mexico). At first I was a little apprehensive with it being a Disney Cruise. I didn't want it to be like a Disney Park and I didn't want it to be too "kiddish". As soon as we walked on the ship all those fears went away. It was truly magical. I was beaming from Mickey Mouse ear to ear the whole time. I told my wife "Wow, Disney spared NO expense on this ship". It was very Disney all the way which I found was a great thing. The Walk Disney Theater was huge and played first run movies. For example, the day before our Cruise (May 7th), Captain America: Cival War was released and we got to see it the next night.....for free (other than the cost of the cruise....LOLOL). We also saw Star Wars and Jungle Book. The atomsphere was amazing and at times had to look outside to make sure we where cruising and not just standing still...it was that smooth....yes, at times the ship rocked a little but nothing that made anyone of our party sick. The staff was absolutely AMAZING. We stayed on deck 6 (6062 & 6064) and our stateroom person/maid was Flory from Romania......she is now a member of our family. She took such great care of us and our special needs daughter (17) giving us extra blankets and making her bed up with special things....she even showed me how to fold some towels into a dinosaur and a monkey. When our daughter went to sleep and we went out to enjoy the night life, Flory made sure our daughter was ok and looked after her. When we left we talked to her in the hallway and my wife teared up and said we are so going to miss her. Our next cruise we are going to request her....and if we have to upgrade our deck we will pay the extra. My only complaint (and this isn't have anything to do with the staff) is that the quiet time is at 11:00pm, but kids and yes ADULTS thought it was ok to run up and down the hallway...up and down. I opened the door one time and saw a man about 6'2".....250lbs. stomping...as soon as he saw me he stopped and slowed down. I am going to make it a point to let Disney know that they should make an annoucement to remind people that people are sleeping and no one should be running down the halls. I wouldn't complain it it was during the day, but this is at 11:30 at night. If you have little ones to teenagers, there are tons of things for them to do and they have daycare for the little little ones. The dining staff are ABOVE and BEYOND the best. We had 2nd seating and our waiters where Mr. B (Buebline) and Mr. J. (Johnathan). They were the best and always went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Mr. J had a puzzle for my nephew every night and and my nephew looked forward to it. He was also soooooooooooo funny....he had us in tears most of the time. After the first night they knew exactly what we drank and made sure it was there when we sat down. I know they study who they will be serving, but by the 2nd night, they knew all of our names. We will be requesting them when we go on another cruise on the Fantasy. We ate at 3 different restaurants...Enchanted Garden, Royal Court and Animators Palete. We all had our favorite....mine was Animators Palete because it was interactive (the walls).....it was a little louder in there. My wife liked Royal Court which was great, but not my favorite. On our last night we ate at Animators Palete and they gave us placemats that we drew characters on it. They then took them and animated the characters and played them on the screens later in dinner service....SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL. The Navigator app was a life saver for sure. You could get everything that was happening on the ship that week. It was especially helpful in finding character appearences as well as adult activities and what times movies where playing. It also has a CHAT feature that was great to keep in touch with our party....and it was free. If you want Internet (other than on the ship) expect to pay big $$$. For example, 200MB of data is $100. My in-laws got that and ate that up in 2 days. I didn't connect to the internet the whole trip while on ship (only on land excursions) and I liked it....it was refreshing to UNPLUG from the world for a week and not check work emails. My only negative comment will be about "Shutters" (the photography people). They take professional pictures which are great of the character appearences and family pictures. They charge a little more than I think is worth it. For example....20 pictures (digital or prints) is $249.99. We had 103 pictures taken (the daughter met the characters alot....LOL). We ended up buying all the digital pictures (on a USB stick) for $249.99. This isn't the issue....on our debarking day, we where told that the USB would be ready. I went down and waited in line and waited my turn. When it was my turn, I gave the guy my stateroom number and he said "There isn't one available". He had enough nerve to ask me "Did you order them?". I showed him the receipt and he looked baffled and said "Give us 30 mins" I told him we are leaving the ship in 15 mins....he said to come back then......we did and it was ready. They have an area you can go to view your pictures digitally which normally isn't crowded...until the last night and then everyone wants to look....we had to wait about 20 mins. It would be nice to assign a time to come and look....again, this is my only MINOR negative comment. The entertainment was top notch and engaging. On the last cruise I took, I actually fell asleep in one of the shows.....not here. If you have small kids (especially girls that are into princesses) make sure the instant you get on the ship to get tickets to the "Meet the Princesses" (areial, Cinderella, Tiana and Belle) as well as Meet Elsa and Anna......they sell (free) out quick. Also, get tickets to the Character Breakfast (Princess Sofia, Mickey, Dr. McStuffins and Jake from Neverland Pirates)....again, they sell (free) out quick. The fitness room is nice and clean and has lots of treadmills and eliptical's and machines and dumbells. It isn't as big as a professional gym, but to help work off the drinks and food......perfect. I did the eliptical while watching the ocean pass by.....totally cool. If you are doing the cruise that stops at Castaway Cay they have a 5K race they offer for free and you get a free medal. Again, the first momment you get on ship, sign up. When we landed at Castaway Cay we all met in the theater and where able to debark first. The race was fun and great....WARNING WARNING WARNING...it was extremely muggy an humid and where the race runs you don't get a lot of wind or a breeze and it is tough (I have ran 12 races, everything from a half marathon to 12k's and many 5k's), this is by far one of the toughest. One person had to be picked up and have medical attention from passing out. So, drink lots and lots of water (they have water stations as you run). So, I guess that is about it.....hope you enjoy your cruise as much as our family did. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My friend (another single mother) talked me into booking this Disney cruise as she had been on two previous Disney cruises. I will say that the customer service on the ship was outstanding! We had a late flight into Orlando and arrived ... Read More
My friend (another single mother) talked me into booking this Disney cruise as she had been on two previous Disney cruises. I will say that the customer service on the ship was outstanding! We had a late flight into Orlando and arrived at the port about 3:00 and it took maybe 15 minutes for check in and we were on the ship! No lines, no waiting! Our first cabin was 6080, a verandah that sleeps four. It was a little tight with two adults and a 10 and 12 year old, but since we weren't planning of spending much time in the room anyway, it didn't really matter. The Disney Fantasy is a beautiful ship with lots of places to go for "alone" time if you really need it! We were assigned to the late seating for dinner, which turned out to be a problem when both boys fell asleep during dinner! When we requested a change to the earlier seating, we were accommodated without hesitation. The dining rooms were all wonderful, and our wait staff could not have been better. The food at each meal was superb and when the boys had special requests (like ordering part of their dinner from the kids menu and part from the adult menu) the staff were wonderful. The second day we had a foul odor coming from the toilet room and called guest services to try to rectify the problem. They sent someone immediately to check it out and fix it. There was a temporary reprieve from the odor, but the next day it was back again. Again they came to fix it, but when it was clear that it could not be handled, they moved us to a different room (8088). This room was also a verandah room, but it had a Murphy bed in it and could sleep 5 people. The room seemed much larger, and we were very happy with the change. Guest services also sent little presents (chocolate covered strawberries) to our room to apologize for the inconvenience of having to move. The entertainment was wonderful, Broadway style shows that we really enjoyed. There were also movies playing around the clock so that if you were tired of the pool and sun, you could see a first run movie in the theater. I can't really comment about the kids clubs as my son registered for Edge (the tweens club) but only stopped in once or twice, opting instead to spend his time on the top deck playing basketball with the other kids that he met. The pools were too crowded for my tastes, and it was very difficult to get a chair in the sun without getting up at dawn and placing towels and other objects to hold the chair, but there were plenty of chairs on the upper decks that were away from the pool and great for lounging. The buffets and quick service windows on the pool deck were great for grabbing breakfast and lunch each day. We never had a problem grabbing a table for the four of us during any meal. Our only Disney port excursion was in Tortola where we did the Island Tour and Beach Break. You are loaded into safari taxis and taken on the most frightening ride that I have ever been on!! At times it felt as if we were about to go over the side of the mountain, other times we felt as though there was no way the taxi would be able to make it up the steep inclines and hairpin turns. I have been on many island tours, but this one scared me more than I can ever remember! When we arrived at the beach, there were three or four non tourist men, sitting at a table smoking the biggest joints I have ever seen. Apparently it is not a problem in Tortola, and was a source of amusement to my 12 year old. The beach was beautiful, there was a snack bar and small toilets near by. You paid extra for a beach chair and umbrella, but it was worth it. The next day we docked in St. Thomas, where we struck out on our own. We grabbed a cab to the Red Hook ferry ($10 pp), bought round trip tickets to St. John ($14 pp), then grabbed another cab to Trunk Bay ($6 pp). There was a $5 per person entry fee to the park and then once you got there you could rent chairs or snorkeling equipment relatively inexpensively (however you had to put down a hefty security deposit ($50) which was returned to you when you returned the equipment. There is a snorkeling trail that you can follow, with signs describing the coral, etc. The surf was a little rough the day we were there, so visibility was not the greatest, but my son enjoyed seeing a lobster and star fish, in addition to a few other fish that he couldn't identify. There is a small snack bar with drinks at the beach as well as some very aggressive sea gulls. But the food was good and the drinks were even better. The last day of the cruise we were at Castaway Cay which was our favorite stop of all. The water was clear and calm and just perfect. I was a little anxious about having to walk such a long way from the ship to the tram (a very long distance), but we went to guest services and explained that I had severe asthma and one of the children also had a problem and they lent us wheelchairs for use on the island. My son again spent the day snorkeling, lying on a float and riding a water tricycle (all of which cost extra) and had a great time. I don't think I came out of the water except to eat at the barbecue buffet. Overall this was a great trip, but, having cruised on other ships, I'm not sure that it was really worth the price difference. If you have young children who love seeing Disney characters, then this is the cruise for you! There are always opportunities to see the princesses, Mickey, Donald, and all of the rest of the group, but at 12 years old, my son was just not that interested in meeting them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My wife and I took the April 9 cruise offered by Disney on the Disney Fantasy. We are two seniors (68,69). The cruise was during many families spring break. The cruise director said there were 3800 passengers on this sailing so it was ... Read More
My wife and I took the April 9 cruise offered by Disney on the Disney Fantasy. We are two seniors (68,69). The cruise was during many families spring break. The cruise director said there were 3800 passengers on this sailing so it was pretty full. We never at any time felt that the large number of kids on board was a problem. Spent our pool and sun tanning hours on the decks reserved for those 18+. Never had a problem finding a lounge chair to lay on to catch some sun. So, if you are traveling without any children I would hit the adults only areas. We had second seating at dinner. Most families with children eat at the main seating. We like second seating as it is later and we don't feel we have to rush back to the ship from shore excursions. We see the first showing (6:15) of the shows whatever entertainment is being offered and then still have time to kill before our dinner at 8:15. We had terrific food servers. Actually, the main server, Ronaldo, was our server on the Disney Magic in 2011 on a Mediterranean cruise. We requested him in 2013 when we found out he was sailing on the Fantasy for our western Caribbean cruise. Requested him again for our eastern Caribbean cruise April 9-16. We booked a cruise for summer of 2017 and told our server that we would see him again! That would be cruise number 4 with him. By the way, his name is Ronaldo and he is absolutely the best. Our cabin was a deluxe family oceanview cabin with veranda (9112). Plenty of storage, and plenty of room for two seniors that's for sure. The split bathroom is a real plus. Our cabin hostess was Andrea from Jamaica. She was absolutely the best. Cabin was spotless and sparkling. Provided us with fresh, clean towels at least three times a day and we didn't even ask for it. Our cruise took us to Tortola, BVI, St. Thomas USVI, and Castaway Cay. Three at sea days also. It was a very nice leisurely cruise for us which we enjoyed immensely. When in St. Thomas do take in the Paradise Point Skyride. Amazing views from the top. We had no complaints about service, food, entertainment. This was our 6th Disney cruise and we enjoyed it because of the great service Disney provides. If you have time and also don't mind an extra charge of $30.00 per person, you should eat at Palo for brunch or dinner. We did both the brunch and a dinner and it was fantastic as usual. Disney probably is more expensive than other cruise companies but I believe you get what you pay for. We were docked next to the Carnival Splendor and let me tell you looking at that ship compared to the Disney Fantasy, it is a rust bucket. The Fantasy was spotless!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We traveled on the Fantasy with extended family members and friends, from ages 9-87. Everyone had a wonderful time. The kids had a great time exploring the ship and using the tween and teen clubs. The adults enjoyed the various shows and ... Read More
We traveled on the Fantasy with extended family members and friends, from ages 9-87. Everyone had a wonderful time. The kids had a great time exploring the ship and using the tween and teen clubs. The adults enjoyed the various shows and tastings on board the ship. We have two in our party who need wheelchairs and the handicapped rooms were perfect for them. The only disappointment was how rude guests could be when you try to get a wheelchair in an elevator. We would be first in line to get on an elevator and able-bodied folks would push us out of the way to get in first. The service, both in the dining rooms and cabins were top-notch. Our main dining server continually asked what he could do for us to make our experience better. We never felt like the servers were too busy with other tables. We asked to have a favorite appetizer served during the remainder of our trip--no problem! One in our party asked for a full size crème brulee instead of a small portion included with two other desserts in a sampler plate--absolutely! Everyone we met, from the chef to the dining servers, to guest service were all pleasant and seemed genuinely happy to make our experience magical. Other cruise lines make the same trip for less money, but we definitely felt we got what we paid for--a magical vacation with lasting memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I surprised my mom who is 70 with a Disney cruise for Christmas and it left on January 2nd. We flew into the Orlando airport and Stay at the Hyatt in the Orlando airport which was a great convenience. They have a n agreement with Disney ... Read More
I surprised my mom who is 70 with a Disney cruise for Christmas and it left on January 2nd. We flew into the Orlando airport and Stay at the Hyatt in the Orlando airport which was a great convenience. They have a n agreement with Disney so they took our bags right to the cruise ship the morning of our cruise so we didn't have to worry about it. My mom had mobility issues so I reserved a handicapped accessible room and rented a wheel chair and electric scooter from Care vacations for her. The room was huge and could fit everything she needed. Care vacation delivered the equipment to our room so we had no worries. We took Disney's Cruise bus from the Orlando airport to the cruise port and it was worth the piece of mind. As we waited for our room to be ready the Disney cast was very helpful and social with us. I had done some research and booked 2 port adventures that we accessible for my mom so she could use the wheel chair on them. We were able to take advantage of so many adult only options on the ship and on Disney's own island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. We had Brunch at Palo one of Disney's adult only restaurants and it was wonderful. We were spoiled rotten, they even brought a plate to my mom so I didn't have to get her food first and then mine. We also got massages and loved the adult only rain forest room. Our food attendants were wonderful and were so careful and helped me choose my food because I have a food allergy. Our room attendant was also so wonderful and the room couldn't have been cleaner. My only 2 suggestions and FYI's are there is always a long wait at the elevators and if you have a wheel chair or stroller it could be longer so plan ahead. The other issue we had with our massages. I booked them the first day I could on line so we would both have one at the same time. They day before I get a call saying they have to change the time of my mom's because the girl doing her massage had to go to a training. So my mom had hers in the afternoon and mine was a night. It kind of through things off and I thought, shouldn't they have known about this when I booked them or let me know before we left on our trip so I could have made other arrangements. I also didn't like that they tried to sell their products after the massage. The last thing I wanted to do was spend all of that money on products after I spent over $200.00 for a massage. I know the spa is an independent company hired by Disney but I think they could sell their products in a different way. Otherwise I cannot wait to go on our next Disney cruise. This was my third one and I will keep cruising with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This is our 2nd Disney cruise, our first on the Fantasy. Our group was myself and my two adult children. The magic of Disney is ageless, and I find that the older one gets, the more you appreciate it, understanding how much work, ... Read More
This is our 2nd Disney cruise, our first on the Fantasy. Our group was myself and my two adult children. The magic of Disney is ageless, and I find that the older one gets, the more you appreciate it, understanding how much work, dedication, excellence, goes into creating something so flawlessly amazing. The Fantasy is a gorgeous ship - art nouveau throughout, lots of wood, wide decks - especially the Promenade Deck 4; stunning throughout every public space, every design detail attended to. Service staff is excellent at every level, so much so that we were even on a first name basis with one of the women who walk around Deck 3 with a sweeper brush! The shows at night in the Walt Disney Theater are Broadway calibre productions - the talent, the staging, the costumes - amazing. True though, the music is not live - no live orchestra on board - the music is pre-produced. The activities staff is incredible, managing more activities than you could ever hope to participate in, and doing it all so effortlessly. There are activities designed for families and ones designed for adults. There is a gorgeous section of the ship for adults only - no children are allowed in at any time of day or night, and I saw staff several times gently but firmly telling parents that brought kids into the adult section, that they had to leave. Good thing, too, as hey, the kids have pretty much the whole boat!!, so it’s wonderful that Disney has provided a respite for the adults! The adult section includes a nightclub area called Europa, with several amazing bars such as the super unique Skyline and an Irish pub, O’Gills. Ooh LaLa is a wine/champagne bar which is impeccably appointed. And for sailaways, Currents on Deck 13 is a great spot. A well kept secret is the Meridian bar on Deck 12 - again, adults only. It has an outside patio, small, away from all crowds, which affords stunning aft ocean views. There is even an adults only theater where every night there is an adult show, games, dancing - this is adult in the sense that children under 18 are not allowed - the content is not R-rated, ha, no! There is an adults only coffee shop, pool, and a super unique area in the very front of the ship, Deck 13, called Satellite Falls - again, adults only - where those huge white bulbous radar circular thingies that you see on all ships, are actually incorporated into the design. Disney found a way to make it look like these giant gizmos actually belong here, making them a design element! There are fountains and wading areas around the radar, lots of lounge chairs, a gorgeous getaway. We need to book a handicapped accessible cabin as my daughter uses a walker and a wheelchair for distances. We were able to borrow a wheelchair from Guest Relations for the duration of the cruise to use for our shore excursions. Our cabin was very spacious and we were thrilled to see that the bathroom was so much better designed than our accessible cabin on the Magic - we had lots of storage in this bathroom, whereas on the Magic, we had none, none at all. There was plenty of closet and cabinet space in our cabin, it was a true pleasure. My daughter had plenty of room to maneuver her equipment, and it was also very easy and therefore pleasant, to utilize the balcony. Embarkation and debarkation went very smoothly. The Disney Magical Express bus experience was flawless. Castaway Cay was a highlight - there is even an adults only beach and food area, with spa cabanas - fabulous, no one under 18 allowed on this entire side of the island. We enjoyed having only 3 ports of call, allowing us to enjoy the Fantasy and all of the special Christmas touches and onboard activities. One thing that the Fantasy has which is seriously fun, is an ingenious interactive activity called “Midship Detective Agency” - you get a case book and follow instructions/clues given at various screens all over the ship which look like paintings that come to life when you activate them by positioning your badge in front of them. It’s a ton of fun - the Muppets cases are the most challenging - you actually have to think, make deductions. The Dalmatian case is the easiest and appropriate for those lower on the reasoning ability scale. A word to the wise, you can do the Muppets case at least 4 different times that we know of - different clues, different outcomes - as long as you start your case from a different starting point, then you know that your next case will be different than the one you just finished. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you do it! We did the Muppets case twice, it was just that much fun, and it gets you moving ALL over the ship, every deck, aft, forward and midship! We were very pleased with all of the food, though I cannot personally speak to the two specialty dining restaurants, Remy and Palo. I do know from our tour, that Remy, instead of having the ubiquitous hidden Mickeys, has hidden rats! Because of course you know that Remy was the name of the rat chef from Ratatouille! Even the adults only venues like this have touches of Disney whimsey! Like the amazing adult bar, Skyline - where every 12 minutes Tinkerbell’s pixie dust changes the wall of screens to different cities, so that you’re looking out at a massively expansive view of London, which then becomes Budapest, becomes St. Petersburg, etc - where in the city scenes, the people that are moving about are all Star Wars characters! Look closely - get right up next to the screen, don’t be shy - and you’ll see Luke, Han, etc! Ask the bar tenders and servers in Skyline and they’ll help you find some of the hidden gems in the cityscapes! So much fun, and another proof of how Disney is for everyone, all ages. This was a Christmas themed cruise, but the ship also celebrated Hanukkah, having a candle lighting ceremony replete with latkes, every night. The Christmas decorations throughout the ship were gorgeous. We loved the tree lighting ceremony, and the HUGE gingerbread house on Deck 3 was beautiful. Mulled wine was always warming at the Bon Voyage bar on Deck 3, filling the entire lobby gathering area with fabulous Christmas scents. On the day that Santa and Mrs. Claus came, there was a table set up with hot cocoa and several varieties of cookies throughout the day - in other words, special touches abound! This is the Disney flair. We took a one hour tour of the ship offered to adults only, which took us around various areas of the ship, pointing out details that you would never in 1000 years notice, never ever - but there they are. Things like how the custom loomed carpets have stars with one point of the star longer than the other pointing directionally, and the carpets are of 3 colors, blue, green and red to indicate if you’re in the aft, midship or forward respectively. And on and on! With so many families on board, parents and grandparents focused on the children, most of the intricacies of detail go unnoticed - Disney could have skimped - but, no, Disney stands for quality, always has. And it’s what keeps people coming back again and again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was by far the most expensive cruise I've ever sailed and by far my least favorite. The staff was a miserable group of college students. They talked about how they were under contract for 6 months and couldn't wait for it ... Read More
This was by far the most expensive cruise I've ever sailed and by far my least favorite. The staff was a miserable group of college students. They talked about how they were under contract for 6 months and couldn't wait for it to end because they all hated worked for Disney. The food was horrible!!! The main dining room offered Bison, ox tail, wild boar, etc. with very few (sometimes no) traditional choices. And there is NO flexibility with dining time or menu choices. With Royal Caribbean, you can request "My Time" Dining - which means you eat when you are hungry and/or when you are ready. Norwegian & Carnival do something similar. Disney assigns you a time of either 6 or 8:30. No exceptions. Kids order from the same kid menu every day. No exceptions. (RCI, Norwegian & Carnival let the kids order whatever they want). Disney assigns you to sit with another family for the full cruise. (RCI, Norwegian & Carnival allow you to request a private table every night). While I liked having the bathroom split into two private rooms, the room itself was quite small - smaller than other cruise lines. When you complain about anything to Guest Services, their answer is that they hired many outside agencies to manage specific tasks - and none of them work together. Example - Disney college kids are in the costumes for the photo ops, but I was told that the photographers were a 3rd party company. They also used a 3rd party event planning service to create the schedule showing when characters would appear at specific locations for photo ops. Since none of them collaborated on where and when the characters and photographers should be, the photo experience was very often a chaotic mess!! I even have to give entertainment a low mark due to how disorganized the staff was, and how rude they were to guests when we asked questions. This includes excursions too. My mother travels with us. She uses a scooter due to mobility issues. On a Disney ship, everyone has to gather in a theater or bar before exiting the ship for an excursion. We were told to arrive 15 minutes ahead of everyone else so they could make room for the scooter. When we arrived at the time specified by the Disney staff, we were scolded for arriving early and told to leave the theater area. We returned 15 minutes later (with hundreds of others). Then they couldn't make room for the scooter, we ended up at the back of the theater/back of the line and our tour bus ended up leaving without us. They had to call the bus via radio to have them return for us. And I'm sorry, but I spent TWICE what I usually spend on a cruise in order to take my kids on a Disney cruise. I did not like the number of "Adult only" restaurants and areas of the ship. At one point, my four year old had to use a bathroom on Deck 11 - same deck as the "pools". I was told that half of the bathrooms on that floor are adult only since there is an adult only restaurant on that deck. I was SHOCKED to see Disney turn kids away from a bathroom!!!! NEVER AGAIN!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The Fantasy Cruise was wonderful and offered something for everyone. We had 5 adults and 4 kids, ages 10, 8, 4, and 2 and everyone found plenty to do and enjoy. However, if one has any mobility problems, either book a handicap stateroom ... Read More
The Fantasy Cruise was wonderful and offered something for everyone. We had 5 adults and 4 kids, ages 10, 8, 4, and 2 and everyone found plenty to do and enjoy. However, if one has any mobility problems, either book a handicap stateroom or make sure your scooter or wheel chair can break down and fit under the bed otherwise you not have any room. There is only area outside of your stateroom to leave your scooter to charge over night and that is located near the front of the ship, which was about 300 yards from our stateroom. Also, the double check the Port Adventures and most are not handicapped accessible. Staterooms are comfortable. Ours had a veranda, which was great. They aren't overly large, but one does not spend much time in the stateroom. Service was excellent. The shows were Broadway quality and worth watching! Entertainment was great and kids as well as the adults loved it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
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
This was our first cruise with Disney, first cruise to the Caribbean, and our second cruise overall, traveling as a party of 10 with 4 adults, 2 grandparents, and 4 children, ages 3, 6, 9, and 12. Embarkation day went okay, riding from ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Disney, first cruise to the Caribbean, and our second cruise overall, traveling as a party of 10 with 4 adults, 2 grandparents, and 4 children, ages 3, 6, 9, and 12. Embarkation day went okay, riding from Disney Saratoga Springs. It was just a bit busy and difficult to figure out the location of the boarding line versus character photo line. We had cabin 8020, adjoining my sister's room 8018, which were identical, but opposite floor plans for an ocean view without balcony. We purposely chose a room without a balcony on the 8th floor with no immediate access to the outside of the ship, due to our son, who has autism. The only problem with the room was that there was no upper maid lock to the door, and therefore, our son, who is autistic, would repeatedly open the door partially, and I was afraid he would get his fingers injured in the hydraulic door. Our room was kept neat and tidy with the exact amount of toiletries that were needed. Every night, there were cute towel animals, and my son especially loved the monkey towel animal hanging from a hanger. Also, it was nice to be able to do our own laundry, BUT signs were in Spanish for the dryer, and it was confusing to figure out how to use them. I had to ask several times for assistance. Overall deck floor plans were a little confusing at first. I don't recall having this issue when we were on the Holland America Zuiderdam. Cabins were quieter, though, and the ship waves were not felt as much as on our Holland America trip to Alaska. Public areas and dining areas felt a lot more crowded than on the Zuiderdam with dining tables close together. We were "Table 34," and dining staff waiter was brand new, and our son needed a gluten-free, dairy-free diet. I think every night, there was a mistake made and service was slower than the other tables. For instance, out of 10 of us, dinner entrees would get mixed up, they'd forget to leave out onions as requested, and our son's dinner rolls, which were gluten free, would come later than everyone else's regular dinner rolls. Our Holland America trip was in 2006, and it was just my husband and I, but the wait staff was clearly more attentive on Holland; one would pull out the chair and another wait person would set a napkin on our laps, and help us scoot in; crumbs were swept away, and they would watch attentively from a short distance away. Disney had a good selection of food, but it seemed quite "Americanized," despite having sushi on the ship, with mostly salt-pepper seasoning. I think Holland America used more seasonings and stronger flavors.Disney, however, had much better decor that matched the Disney theme throughout the ship with the special magic of Disney in dining areas. Lines were long for the characters, but still faster than Disney World character lines, and Shutter photographers did a good job of capturing memories. On Holland America, there were a few 'characters,' which were generic. Also, with regard to photos and an autistic child: Photographers would touch him to try to position him for photos, then would shout his name to have him look at the camera. But, the more they touched him and the more they shouted, the more he got scared and turned away. Not their fault, though. They tried really hard, and our son is 'impossible.' Still, we managed to have enough nice photos to buy a $149 photo book and 10 digital photos for an additional $149. The software that is used for photo books is not good. You can't zoom in closely enough to see faces; often one of us blinked in the photos and the zoom and clarity of the zoom were too poor to allow us to see if our eyes were closed. We just had to guess and hope that it came out right. There is also no editing function and no cropping function. It took several hours to do the photo book because of poor software. The Oceaneer Club was a disappointment for our son. Being autistic, at first, he loved the lights on the Magic Play Floor at open house. But. they frequently turned them off for organized activity, and being autistic, he could not cope and did not understand why the lights could not be kept onto their original settings. The staff tried really hard to work with him, but he could not function and the nursery was already full because they give priority to past customers. In addition, they wanted him to wear an ID security armband, and he refused and freaked out, so I had to pin it to the back of his shirt. He was supposed to be fully potty trained to be at Oceaneer Club; he will go potty if you take him, but due to autism, he can't manage his clothing, etc.. My daughter, niece, and nephew enjoyed kids' club. My daughter, age 12, though, could also participate in The Edge club, but it didn't seem nearly as interested as the Oceaneer club. Pools were naturally crowded, but the AquaDuck is one-of-a-kind and worth waiting in line. Our son was toilet trained well enough to not need the swim diaper, so he could go in the pool. I took him frequently to the potty and he was good about it. But, I really wonder how many little children can make it to the potty on time. Women's restroom lines were quite long with many women bringing in school-aged boys into the restroom adding to wait times in the women's room instead of sending their boys with their dad's to the men's room. They really need a 'small kids' restroom consisting of many little potties with open doors, unattractive for adult use, and made strictly for very young children to get to the potty on time. I would not be surprised if many little newly potty-trained kids were peeing in the pools. Diapered children can only use Nemo's Reef sprinklers, and I liked how older kids are simply not allowed in the area to keep things safe for the little ones. The Donald "family" pool really is not exactly safe for families with short people like myself. I think the water depth is at least 5 ft or 5 ft 3, so unless you are at least 5 ft 6, you can't stand up. This worries me because, while I can swim and tread water, it is so crowded, that it can be hard for people to get to the side of the pool to hold on. In addition, if someone gets tired of treading water or panics, I could get pulled under in theory. Shows on Disney were superior to Holland America, as one would expect, and we saw "Maleficent," 'for free' in their theater. My daughter and niece loved going to the Character Animation time at the D-Lounge where they were shown how to draw Disney Characters. Pirate night was festive, and had the best entertainment; fireworks show was impressive, better than anything we'd seen on Holland America. It would have been better, though, to have this on a "Sea Day," instead of on an excursion day because we were all quite tired after having spent the day in St. Maarten. Port Stops: St. Maarten was not so nice. It was so hot and had a bunch of tacky shops when you first walk off the ship, so although we had a shore excursion in the afternoon, we needed to find something to do in the morning. I highly suggest taking the $7 water taxi to Philpsburg, renting a $6 beach chair and just enjoying the calm beach in Philipsburg, which was picturesque. Just make sure you pay in cash. The men renting the beach chairs are deceptive and make you feel as though you can't step foot on the beach unless you 'buy' a spot with a chair. I don't know if the beaches are public or privately owned by the city or island. One man came and said, "For $6/person, you can each have a beach chair, and I will bring you 6 cold drinks, which could have included beer, which we don't drink." Our son didn't really need a chair; he didn't even use it, and remained in his stroller. My husband gave him $40, and we thought we'd get $16 change. The man said, "Don't worry. I'll take good care of you!" He came back with $6 change, and when questioned, he said, "Actually, the drinks cost $10 total." So, we were ripped off or deceived of the $10. But, with all we spent on the cruise, what's $10? And the people, by American standards, are so poor. Even the 'resort area,' at Orient Bay looked run down. All around, there were 'houses,' with boarded up windows, discarded furniture and appliances in the front yards, etc. We took the Afternoon Beach Bash tour excursion arranged through Disney to Orient Bay. It was a nice beach, but it was filled with scratchy seaweed that was irritating my daughter's skin. I actually preferred the Philipsburg beach that we did on our own. I didn't like being constantly approached by local women, asking us if we wanted our hair braided and/or massages, or to buy beach towels. My husband actually ended up buying a towel, though. I have to say that I think Hawaii beaches are much lovelier. St. Thomas was much fancier than St. Maarten. I wish we'd stayed just a little longer there. Disney Port stops just aren't long enough. We did Coral World by Land and Sea. Typically, I would have much preferred snorkeling, but we needed an excursion that 'everyone' could do. My son, being 3, can't snorkel, and my parents are timid about the ocean. My son enjoyed the submarine ride, and it was one of the few things that made him smile. I liked seeing the free-range iguanas at Coral World, and enjoyed the humor of the submarine tour guide. The coral that we saw during the submarine ride appeared healthier than what we see in Hawaii, but if you are able-bodied and without a special needs child, other excursions would be much preferable. Castaway Cay was fun,and again, I wish there was more time there. Snorkeling was not as good as Hawaii, or perhaps I didn't find the right snorkeling spot. Also, my mom and daughter said that there was something in the water that was stinging their skin, and we never have had that problem in the ocean in Hawaii. We rented floats and tubes, but we had to carry these heavy, bulky items to 'our' beach area. I didn't see as much cleaning occurring on this cruise than on Holland, but the Disney staff meticulously gave us sanitation wipes for our hands at meal times and there were additional wipes at every food station. Just don't know why they are wasting wipes instead of squiring the liquid into our hands to avoid extra paper waste. There was even a sign in the bathrooms that advises us to use a clean paper towel to open the door when exiting the bathroom. I was concerned about Noro virus, and fortunately we did not get sick. Disembarkation charges were a little confusing, divided into two charges to our credit cards, later to be noted as "Shipboard Charges from Celebration, Florida," which made it seem on our credit card statements that there was some fraud, and initially confusing. However, all charges were correct. Overall, it was a wonderful experience to have all 10 of us, ranging from age 3 to 74, able to enjoy the trip together with varied activities. Staff was always friendly, Disney spirit surrounded us, truly a 'fantasy,' as the ship names implies.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Background information : This was my sixth trip with a grandchild and my first with Disney. My granddaughter is 12 and I am 75. When I was trying to decide what to do with this granddaughter that would not be a repeat of another grandchild ... Read More
Background information : This was my sixth trip with a grandchild and my first with Disney. My granddaughter is 12 and I am 75. When I was trying to decide what to do with this granddaughter that would not be a repeat of another grandchild trip, I thought maybe I would try Disney to the Caribbean because I thought she would like Disney and she did. I myself am not a big Disney fan. Since I am opposed to flying in the same day as the cruise, I had to decide whether to go to WDW or just stay at the airport. We had a very early flight into Orlando, and I thought it would be silly to be in Orlando and stay at the airport. Disney would not admit to the possibility of any other location other than WDW or the airport, and since I had Disney transfers, I wanted them to be able to find me. So I booked the Disney All Star Music Resort (because music is my granddaughter's main interest). The hotel itself was nice although the rooms that faced the guitar shaped pool would be very noisy. There was a refrigerator and there was a Mickey outline on the bed with towels, and a shampoo with a Mickey head on it. I booked a scooter for moving around the hotel and Disney from Buena Vista. There was a food court type operation where we could get food and they had something for my gluten allergic granddaughter to eat. We went to Downtown Disney to see the Cirque de Soleil show. Afterward, we bought some gluten free donuts and a cupcake from a store there at Downtown Disney. Then the scooter started acting up and eventually stopped altogether and refused to run, even though it said that it was still fully charged. The scooter place closed at 8 pm and it was now 8:30. Two wonderful Disney employees pushed me and the scooter to the bus so we could get back to the hotel. The bell desk got a wheelchair for me, but absolutely refused to help my granddaughter with pushing it. The Disney transfers picked up our bags at 8 a.m. and my granddaughter (working very hard because it was slightly uphill and she only weighs about 1/3rd as much as I do) pushed me back to the lobby to get the bus to Port Canaveral. We had TV screens every couple of seats and they played videos about the ship and cruise all the way to the port. The time went very fast. When we got to the port, I asked for a wheelchair (again, my granddaughter had to push). We went through security and up to the area to check in. It was very quick. As I normally do, I had rented a scooter for the trip from Special Needs at Sea. At check-in, they gave me the scooter I had booked to use in getting on the ship so my granddaughter didn't have to push me. We were able to get into our stateroom after about 15 minutes (at 1:30) and dropped our carry on bags and then went up to get something to eat. Ship info: Fantasy is a new ship and had all the bells and whistles that one might expect. It's just very big and there were a lot of people on board. One thing very nice about this ship is that the doorways out to the promenade deck are almost level - no big lump in the doorway to get the scooter over. I rarely had a problem getting an elevator and it was nice that most of the elevators had mirrors on the back wall so that I could see how to back the scooter out. One thing that they do NOT have is a computer area. If you want to use a computer and you didn't bring one with you, you could check out a laptop, but it was configured so that you could not do anything except log on. You could not write your email off-line and then log on and send it - you had to pay for typing the email in. You couldn't even play solitaire. We had cabin 2020 (second deck) which was convenient for the Enchanted Garden restaurant. I liked the porthole window and my granddaughter liked to sit there and look out. It was also convenient to have two sections to the bathroom - one side had the shower/tub and a sink, and the other side had the toilet and the sink. There was plenty of closet space, and there was a mini-fridge. The TV was nice and we could see all the Disney cartoons and movies for free. The remote was extremely difficult to use. I reported it once, but it did not get better. But the huge enormous king bed (not a fan of king beds) was fixed in place and could not be moved. It also meant that I could not bring my scooter into the room as I usually do. I had to plug it in out in the lobby. This was VERY inconvenient. I don't need a handicapped room as I can walk a little, but because the bed couldn't be moved, I had to walk farther than I would have needed to on any other ship just to get to my scooter. Dining: Fantasy has an 'interesting' way of rotating you through the three restaurants - always at the same number table with the same servers. Except for the Royal Court there are no windows to the outside in the dining rooms - they do not take much advantage of the views of the sea. One great advantage that this ship had - they managed magnificently to give my gluten allergic granddaughter food that she could eat and wanted to eat. (Although when I phoned to ask before the cruise the person on the phone specifically told me that she could only have gluten free at dinner.) She ate like a queen and I did not have to worry that she would get sick from the food. The server brought her the menu each night for the next night, and she picked what she wanted, and they made it gluten free for her. This included the lunch at Castaway Cay. They had a special lunch for her there too and the also had gluten free pancakes, waffles, donuts etc at breakfast. It was nice that soft drinks were free, but neither of us drink soft drinks. My granddaughter likes pink lemonade, and I was very happy to be able to get cranberry juice at any meal. Children's Clubs: My granddaughter was not too impressed with Oceanears - she said all the children there were little and only came up to her knees. She could do either that or Edge but when she went to Edge she said that all the kids were in cliques playing with their friends, and she did not feel welcome there. Entertainment: My granddaughter didn't think much of the fireworks show and she wanted to have her picture taken with Jack Sparrow but he wasn't at the appointed place. Service: I have no complaints at all about the service. Service in all areas was excellent.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Our Favorite Things: Aqua Duck: Amazing, fun water ride gives a wonderful overall view of the ocean and the ship while rafting through the see through tubes Concierge Level: Three phenomenal crew members, PJ, Kemisha and Alice always had ... Read More
Our Favorite Things: Aqua Duck: Amazing, fun water ride gives a wonderful overall view of the ocean and the ship while rafting through the see through tubes Concierge Level: Three phenomenal crew members, PJ, Kemisha and Alice always had the answers to our questions and performed miracles when necessary Port Excursion to Bacardi Rum Factory: After discovering our handicapped member would miss the excursion because of incorrect information from shore side, the Concierge team arranged appropriate transportation to the Factory by Rico Sun Tours with Javier Elias as our amazing driver. He even escorted us to our chosen restaurant in downtown San Juan, the Parrot Club, where the owners of the Club actually made a ramp for the motorized scooter while we waited. Everyone involved worked miracles for us that day. (At the Parrot Club have the guava flan; it is to die for). Palo Restaurant: Our evening meal at Palo's was wonderful, but our brunch was outrageously good. Each person orders his/her entree (Oysters Rockefeller, Eggs Benedict, Mahi Mahi, Pizza and on and on then while waiting, you serve yourself from dozens of mouth watering items such as pastries, crab legs and prosciutto wrapped asparagus. AND a dessert table. Split bathroom arrangement: One room has the toilet and a sink while the other has a sink and small round tub with a hand held shower AND an overhead rain shower. Best ever on a cruise ship. Dining Rotation: We enjoyed all three restaurants, but our favorite was the second night in Animator's Palate. We each received a paper placemat on which we drew a figure. These were collected and given to animators who did an absolutely amazing show on the dining room screens. Our figures danced in a chorus line then with Mickey, right in front of us. Our servers were Edward from England and Hanti from South Africa; like leaving family when we left the ship. Ship: By far the cleanest ship ever, especially thanks to our room steward, Rannie and his assistant Sam. Mickey 24/7 is not my cup of tea, but the Fantasy is subtle Mickey all the way. Beautifully done. Much of the wall art comes to life when you step on the round metal plate on the floor a few feet in front of the picture; adults as well as the children were fascinated. Also one day we mentioned a squeak in the ceiling and two carpenters and their manager were there within the hour to fix it. This is one beautiful ship populated with amazing crew members serving delicious food, but we will probably choose a cruise line that caters to a more mature population next time. That being said, because of Disney's ability to do most everything to perfection from embarkation to disembarkation, a Disney cruise should be on every family's Family Bucket List. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
I have taken many cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise, as was it for my client. She is 88 years young and cruises with her son and his wife annually, but we transport her throughout the ships using a wheelchair. We reserved a ... Read More
I have taken many cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise, as was it for my client. She is 88 years young and cruises with her son and his wife annually, but we transport her throughout the ships using a wheelchair. We reserved a "Handicapped Stateroom" for her and I to share, which was roomy and very accessible to her WC. The bathroom had many grab-bars, a pull-down seat in the shower, but the sink was mounted too high for easy access (although a WC could be pushed underneath it). Many of the thresholds where carpet connected were a bit high to ride over easily, "bumping" the guest hard. Maneuvering the WC through the seating in the restaurants was always difficult as pathways were narrow; we notified them in advance that we would have a WC but no accommodations in our assigned seating were made. That said, the staff was always ready to help clear a path or guide the WC to the table, to make it as easy as possible. Half of the doors to outside areas would open automatically and those that didn't were often opened for us by other guests or staff. The elevators are very large and guests were very accommodating of her WC. Access to the main theater for the evenings entertainment however was so involved and time-consuming, we went to only one show. It required showing up to the show a half-hour earlier than the show starting, being led by a cruise member down the elevator to a lower lever, ride through a hallway to a service elevator that brought us back up to the floor level of the theater, and then set in designated WC area. After show, once the theater emptied completely, we had to wait our turn (there were 6 other WC or motorized chair guests waiting too) for the one and only crew member assigned to come escort each of us back to the upper floors again.Despite some of the access challenges, our adult-only group had a great time aboard the truly beautiful Fantasy. The adult-only areas might have children passing through them, but not using the areas. Parents monitored their kids in the restaurants and staff kept them amused. The food was excellent, the service wonderful and always with a smile, and the assortment of movies available whether "On-Demand" in your stateroom, outside and above the pool, or inside a real theater, was unbelievable! I wish there had been more free services at the Spa besides the changing area and the steam room, such as a mineral pool or jacuzzi, but there wasn't. I missed not having a casino on board too, but I guess that might not be considered "family-friendly". Would we go Disney again? Probably not, but only because it really is best for families and especially children!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
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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