5 Disney Fantasy Fitness Cruise Reviews

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
I have taken 14 cruises prior to this, my first Disney cruise. I was very impressed by many things on this ship. A couple things to note, we were 4 adults and a 17-year-old traveling on this vacation. Check-in was super easy and fairly ... Read More
I have taken 14 cruises prior to this, my first Disney cruise. I was very impressed by many things on this ship. A couple things to note, we were 4 adults and a 17-year-old traveling on this vacation. Check-in was super easy and fairly speedy. We were not traveling with small children and I do realize this is geared towards families with children but the check in arena was kind of crazy with lots of whining, crying, wound up children and strollers galore. Just go into knowing this and having patience. Once on board we headed out to investigate the ship. It was really beautiful, super clean and they offered a wonderful "adults" only section up top. I noticed a couple times some smaller kids tried to use the adult pool but were quickly escorted out. Now if you are traveling with kids, then you hit the jackpot! Their kids pools with lifeguards and huge screen tv's were the place to be for that age group. They all seemed to be having a ball, it was also very crowded in that area as well on sea days, while the adult section was really nice and quiet and we always found deck chairs to lay out on. We did go to a couple of shows which we all really enjoyed. If you are looking for that promenade area to have drinks and people watch, you won't find it on this ship. They have a huge center area where they have photos taken, character meet and greet, etc and it is very near one of the dining rooms. There is one bar there and gets a lot of traffic right before dinner starts. On another note we went to a different dining venue every night (rotation thing) which was rather interesting. Dinner was always entertaining as our servers were the absolute best! Never a dull moment. Not to complain but the food wasn't anything to write home about. It was okay. Nothing I'd go out to pay for at a restaurant. I do know it is hard to crank out food for thousands of folks all at once. I did not complain, just found appetizers that I liked and would order a couple of those instead of an entree. We did the buffet for lunch instead of dining room and it was not bad. The stateroom was excellent. Very clean, lots of room and plenty of storage space. They also had small refrigerators in them and used that daily. Nice to have to keep the wine chilled :) I never used the gym but my husband did. Said very clean and mostly cardio equipment which was what he wanted. My other adult traveling companion wanted weights (crossfit guy) but said it was pretty much lacking in that dept. We all enjoyed their private island. It was super clean and the beach was excellent. Getting off the ship was so easy. I have never had such and early and easy departure and it was kind of nice. All in all, we probably won't sail with them again just because we are looking for more adult oriented things. We like to stroll the promenade at night and visit different bars, etc. Not that we are big party people but miss that from RCCL and Carnival.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
My wife and I have deemed this year our family's "year of adventure" and one of these adventures was to take a cruise. We sailed with our two children (9 & 11) and save for a hiccup in St. Maarten (not a Disney fault), ... Read More
My wife and I have deemed this year our family's "year of adventure" and one of these adventures was to take a cruise. We sailed with our two children (9 & 11) and save for a hiccup in St. Maarten (not a Disney fault), it could not have been a more perfect cruise. This was our first family cruise, my wife and I have cruised (Carnival) before, and surely will not be our last. Embarkation – Disney has this process down to a science. We were supposed to board at 1030. We were running a bit late and instead arrived to the counter by 1100, showed our paperwork, took our picture (for security, boarding) and were on the Fantasy by 1130. The longest wait was with taking the boarding photo (optional). All in all, it was better than having a FastPass... Disney Fantasy – When boarding you are "greeted" onboard by Disney CMs. I don't want to "ruin" what happens here, in case you do not know, but let's just say it's a nice and fun touch. After boarding, the wow factor kicks in. The Fantasy is a big and beautiful ship. From the public spaces to the small details within the bars, Disney has done a fine job. There is a lot to see and do and trust me, we tried to see and do it all. As far as crowding, we had heard that she was going to be full (4,000ish passengers + crew) so we were a bit wary, but we later realized that with all of the things happening on the ship that appeal to mostly all ages, the ship never really seemed to get overly crowded. Everyone seemed fairly spread out so there never seemed to be huge crowds of people in one location. The only "congestion" that we experienced was lines for character pictures and just prior to seating for dinners, as folks tended to cue within the passageways. Cabanas, which is the buffet restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, would get busy but there always seemed to be a seat available. As a matter of fact, we were always able to walk about and find a seat at a window. In addition there are two sides serving the same thing which seems to dilute the crowd. Cabin – Perfect. There were four of us and we fit nicely. Storage was sufficient for my wife's 89 pair of shoes and all of the other items (clothes, costumes, things) she/we brought along. We have a Sleep Number bed at home, and I did not miss it once. The Wavephones (basically shipboard cell phones) are an excellent way to keep in touch with the kiddos throughout the ship and after a small learning curve, are easy to use. Pull the trigger on a verandah room too...worth it. Fitness & Recreation – Keeping it simple, the gym or fitness room onboard this ship is terrible (i.e. small). Maybe Disney did some research and learned that people on cruises don't really workout, or maybe they just simply ran out of space filling the ship with other means of awesomeness. Who knows, but if you are going to try to burn off those added cruise calories, bring yourself and your hangover to the gym when it opens at 0630. If not, hahaha! However we did use the top-notch spa, a couple’s massage, which was perfect. Enrichment Activities – The whole cruise was an enrichment activity... So, yeah. Dining – (Late) Always a center point of a cruise and Disney does not disappoint. We did not try Remy or Palo, due to what we thought would be logistical issues with the kids, plus family dinner time is (and should be...) a big deal. My kids are not your typical McDonald's babies. They eat, and like to eat QUALITY GOOD, so we were not going to upset this experience. However, our plan for the next cruise (already booked ;) ) is to either dine early (but not eat - well maybe an appetizer and some wine) with them, and have reservations for a later seating at Palo/Remy. This way we can fill their demanding bellies with happiness then send them off to enjoy one of their activities or clubs while we try Palo/Remy. Makes sense? Good. You should try that too. Entertainment – We watched every show. EVERY. SHOW. We all loved the experience. Disney does a wonderful job with their productions and the variety acts, both adult and family, were great. Highly recommend to try and catch all of them if you can. Service – Impeccable. Order a drink once and the server will know your name the rest of the cruise. Smiling faces greeting you everywhere, just perfect. Our servers Mircea (Romania), Zsolt (Hungary) were EXCELLENT X 10 to the point that our children were teary eyed when we had our last meal with them. I cannot say enough about these two gentlemen. Professional yet fun, they were amazing. Definitely added to our experience and overall enjoyment; promote now Disney! Jerry (Ireland) the bartender was in the Meridian during our cruise. He knows his craft, is a kick in the pants to talk to, and his passion for mixology is impressive. Find him and let him make you a drink. Donovan (Jamaica) was our room steward was quiet yet friendly and did a fantastic job taking care of our cabin while dodging my wife's 89 pairs of shoes. Shore Excursions – St. Maarten: Due to a paperwork hiccup we could not swim with the dolphins in Anguilla so we switched to the Rhino boat excursion. Very fun, but now I owe my daughter a dolphin swim... St. Thomas: Tree Limin' (zip lines), do it. Super safe (seriously) and the guides are funny but very professional. Castaway Cay: Perfect. We got the snorkel/tube/bike package and were very happy. Take the bike ride, very fun and you get to see just how beautiful Castaway Cay is. Value for Money – Remember, this review said "Disney". I think I just paid $5 for saying Disney. Value for money here is relative. When it comes to money, Disney knows how to make you enjoy spending…a lot of it. We are huge Disney fans, so yeah for us it was a good trade-off. I know Disney definitely enjoyed us spending our money. Seriously though, this ship is not practically rated the best in every category (except the tuna can gym) for nothing. It’s worth it. Overall – Simply perfect. So much so that we have already planned our next cruise, requested our same waiters and are already counting down the days until we are welcomed back aboard the Disney Fantasy!   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We just came back from a wonderful Disney cruise on the Fantasy. This was our second time on this ship. The Disney Fantasy is absolutely beautiful and so very clean. Our family is new to cruising -- this being only our 3rd cruise. We ... Read More
We just came back from a wonderful Disney cruise on the Fantasy. This was our second time on this ship. The Disney Fantasy is absolutely beautiful and so very clean. Our family is new to cruising -- this being only our 3rd cruise. We cruised on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas 2 years ago. We have 2 primary-school-aged children who loved the ship. The character appearances were fantastic. The photographers would take our pictures with our camera, as well as their own. If you take the time to get professional photos taken with and without the Disney characters, the photo package with the the CD and photos is really a good deal -- not cheap but professional photography never is. Embarking and Disembarking was a breeze. We did offsite parking with Cruise Parking at Port Canaveral. We really liked them but you do have to wait for the van to pick you up afterwards. The Room: Stateroom 9554, Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. It was very comfortable with 2 closets, bathroom separated with bathtub in one and toilet in another. The view is slightly obstructed but only very slightly so. The Service: The room attendant and our servers were great. Really great service. However, ironically, we were not impressed with the youth counselors on the ship. They were the least "Disney-like" employees. Although they are involved during some structure activities, they often just loitered in the back area chitchatting with each other -- looking very unproductive and lazy. It seems to be the working climate and culture in the kids club here. This was our 2nd time on the Fantasy and each time we found that others on the ship who felt the same way. I would say that a few of these youth counselors were very good but they are in the minority. My kids had a good time with each other despite this because there are enough computers, movies, and activities to keep them busy. Maybe next time we go, I will feel differently about this. The Food: Very, very good in the main dining rooms and even good at the buffet. Beverages: Free drinks station was a great bonus! Don't miss the "show" in Animator's Palate. Also take advantage of the quiet breakfast and lunches at Royal Court and The Enchanted Garden if you want to avoid the buffet. It's also a good time to ask for a window table or special table -- one that you may not have been assigned for dinner. The pools: Much too crowded at the kids pool but if you get to the pools early, you can actually get the pool to yourself for about 1 hour. The adult areas were really nice, though. AquaDuck and Waterslide: Kids loved them. We tried going early in the morning and on port days took advantage of having fewer people on the ship. Towels: Unlike Royal Caribbean who makes you check out towels, we didn't have to do it here. And if you took a Disney excursion, they had towels ready for you in the meeting place before the excursion. Nice touch! Entertainment: Disney-wonderful and obviously catered to kids -- rightfully so. For adult entertainment, you have to stay up pretty late and find someone to watch your kids if it's past mid-night. We didn't get to go to those shows because our kids are still young, but maybe some other time. The costumes and the special effects were wonderful on the main stage productions. We also loved the first-run movies! Popcorn was reasonable at $2.50 a bag but the caramel corn was about $6 a small bag. I would say there are not enough quiet areas to hangout with our kids on this ship to play board games and stuff at night. During the day, we were able to use O'Gills or La Piazza. We brought our own board games with us and had a blast in our room, though. Medical Emergency: There was an medical emergency and the captain brought the passenger to a hospital in Cozumel, so we did not stop at Costa Maya was planned. And we ended up in the Grand Cayman a day later than scheduled. So I was very glad that I didn't pay for any non-Disney excursions. Gym: Very small compared to Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas - which was massive! But adequate. I would recommend a cruise on the Disney Fantasy simply because it is such a beautiful ship and the service and food is very good. And if you are a Disney fan, it is a must -- at least once, just for the experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We traveled on an April 2012 sailing of the Disney Fantasy. There were 8 adults in our party. When I booked in January, I reserved an ocean view room with veranda, however, I asked to be on the waiting list for a concierge room. Disney ... Read More
We traveled on an April 2012 sailing of the Disney Fantasy. There were 8 adults in our party. When I booked in January, I reserved an ocean view room with veranda, however, I asked to be on the waiting list for a concierge room. Disney called the week before the sailing to offer the concierge room. Concierge privileges begin upon arrival at the airport and embarkation was expedited. The concierge staff, Todd, Julia and Kemisha were very accommodating. They assisted us with multiple dinner bookings at Remy and Palo. Julia even came to the laundry room to help me with the dryer operation. Operation at the laundry was difficult. It requires swiping of your room key onto a keypad which indicates which washer/dryer is available. Your account is charged $2 at this time. Many times when I opened the washer/dryer that I paid for, another guest had not yet removed his clothes. The cleanliness of the ship was excellent, especially the public restrooms. Crewmembers were posted at each restaurant, pre-meal, to hand out hand wipes. The rotational dining team was very attentive. My daughter has food allergies, and Marcos took her order each night for the following night, in order to assure the chef had time to prepare her meal. Marcos even arranged to have her Castaway meal prepared on the ship, and then delivered to Cookies. Dining at Palo's was very good, and definitely worth the $20 fee. We celebrated my daughter's 25th birthday at Palo's, and the restaurant provided us with a "party room" to accommodate 14 guests. Our server, Ivan was attentive and entertaining. Earlier in the cruise, we visited Palo for high tea and brunch. Brunch was definitely the better experience. An enormous buffet, and complimentary mimosas. Dining at Remy is an experience that I found superior to Victoria and Albert's at the Grand Floridian. It begins with Nicolas, the maitre d', describing hidden details of the restaurant, which reflect the movie "Ratatouille". Our server, Gerard, was very knowledgeable about the menu. My husband and I each ordered a different tasting menu. We each loved our meal, and when we returned for the second evening, we again ordered the sea and the earth menus. Gerard suggested that we change the desserts to offer variety. We couldn't have been happier with our green apple and raspberry sorbets. The Senses Spa was the best part of the cruise. I had an oxydermy facial by Eleanor, who was gentle and thorough. She recommended I have a free acupuncture consultation for the sore muscles in my neck. Stephanie, the acupuncturist, first explained her background, and then devised a personal treatment plan for me. I had never considered acupuncture before, but decided to try it. I went every day and I couldn't wait for the next treatment. It gave me a sense of well-being, in addition to alleviating my pain. I even had facial acupuncture to lift my eyebrows. My husband tried the acupuncture for sleeplessness, and he had excellent results. The men's spa room was busy with shaves, haircuts and pedicures. My husband had all three and wants to return in three weeks for upkeep. My family loved the horseback riding in Cozumel, declaring it to be the "best excursion ever". We also enjoyed the salsa and salsa in Costa Maya. The day we spent on Castaway Cay was sunny, but our excursions were canceled for high winds. We enjoyed the beach and the water. We departed the ship for the island at 9:30 in order to assure that we would have an umbrella and beach chairs. Guests arriving after 11:00 were disappointed to find the umbrellas were taken. The travel to Serenity Bay requires three tram rides and takes 30 minutes. On the final morning, we went to Cabanas Buffet for breakfast at 6:30. We acquired our customs forms from the concierge, and we went to the lobby with our luggage at 7:10 to await debarkation. The debarkation began at 7:20 and we were on the bus to return to the airport by 7:40. I will definitely book another cruise with Disney, and definitely on the Fantasy. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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