19 Disney Fantasy Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Disney fans who took our 1st D cruise. Service was amazing, activities varied, food disappointing. Often difficult to find locations on ship even using maps. Pools & elevators always crowded. Stairs to Aqua Duck got filthier as cruise ... Read More
Disney fans who took our 1st D cruise. Service was amazing, activities varied, food disappointing. Often difficult to find locations on ship even using maps. Pools & elevators always crowded. Stairs to Aqua Duck got filthier as cruise went on. Remy food & service beyond expectation but definitely a splurge. Oceaneers Club staff great but activities too young for our 10 year old. Disney excursion well-organized and enjoyable. Courtney Taylor trip beyond expectation - Karl went above and beyond in providing personal experience for our family. Getting on and off ship very easy and safe. Unable to find any open chairs by family area on Castaway Cay for a couple of hours. We went ashore at 10 a.m. Chairs opened up around noon. Cookies Too food was okay. Disappointed Cabanas was closed last night of cruise - wasn't feeling well and ordered room service - BLT sandwich was inedible. Heard crew complaining about work regularly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
A lot of our food was served at room temperature. With long gaps between the courses. We've done 3 cruises on the Dream and were very happy. This cruise on the Fantasy the food and dining room service was not as good. Would ... Read More
A lot of our food was served at room temperature. With long gaps between the courses. We've done 3 cruises on the Dream and were very happy. This cruise on the Fantasy the food and dining room service was not as good. Would have like some movies geared to an audience of other than children. Disembarkation was not organized! It was a free for all to leave the ship. Families were allowed off then sent back to clear their accounts. They had to fight upstream because of the massive crowd to leave. And then were told they could go back to the final checkpoint to leave. Passing all the folks who were waiting in line. Not good. We were stopped at one point and told the computers were down. Only to overhear the staff talk about stopping disembarkation due to crowding at customers. We were lied to by Disney staff. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I enjoyed the family atmosphere. I always felt safe onboard and on shore excursions. I love that more is included and there were fewer add-on charges. If it were the only cruise line I have experienced I may not noticed how much extra ... Read More
I enjoyed the family atmosphere. I always felt safe onboard and on shore excursions. I love that more is included and there were fewer add-on charges. If it were the only cruise line I have experienced I may not noticed how much extra service is included. One example would be shore excursions. On other lines I’ve just been given the vague instruction to line up on the dock. On Disney they send you to a lounge or theater to check in and have a cast member walk you to your tour guide. There are usually opportunities to buy water and/or a cooler. On water related tours I’ve never had less than 2 chances to borrow a beach towel from the ship and return bins near the gangway upon return. If needed, sunscreen and insect repellent are generally available. Upon returning to the ship, other lines have had ice water available and hand sanitizer. Disney had those too, but the water was a variety of flavor infused and they added chilled moist wash cloths on hot days. We did have one dock lineup with Disney. It was at a port where we had to tender and their meeting places were color coded covered areas with bench seating available. Excursions are not the only extra services found on Disney, just a good example. On another line we experienced being dropped off at a historic location and told to find a taxi home. We hope to sail this line many times in the future, but I’m sure we’ll sail other lines too. My favorite saying is I love Ruth Chris, but I don’t need it every time I have steak. On an average Friday night Texas Roadhouse is just right. All this said, I ‘m not sure it’s for everyone. There are pleanty of adult only activities and nightlife aboard, but there isn’t the party atmosphere I’ve experienced elsewhere. There are mixology classes and cocktails available throughout the ship, but it’s not a booze cruise. Entertainment could also an issue. Again, plenty to be found in adult areas at adult times, but the big “Broadway” shows are family friendly and feature Disney characters. I love that, you may not. A side note about my experience cruising in general, manage your expectations. Weather can cause issues on any ship. A rude passenger can happen on any ship. A cabin repair can be needed on any ship. Don’t let it ruin your trip. Also food, I’ve spoken to a few people who found cruise food disappointing. Main dining (included) my personal opinion is it’s comparable with what you would expect a wedding reception. Some lines, like Disney, do it well and others don’t. The point in the main dining rooms is to try new things. If you can’t decide between two offerings, order both. If you don’t like the new thing you tried, they’ll bring you something else. You can order as much as you like at no extra charge. That’s the attraction in the main dining room. You should expect fine dining on any line to be found in the specialty restaurants for an additional fee. Finally, I’ve found it’s more important to research by ship vs by cruise line. Picking a line is important, but ship and cabin amenities can vary widely with in each line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
3rd Disney cruise and loved it again every time room has been immaculate cleaned every day and towels are folded into animals and bed sheets changed every day. People say pool is too small and the 2 pools for all ages are small however ... Read More
3rd Disney cruise and loved it again every time room has been immaculate cleaned every day and towels are folded into animals and bed sheets changed every day. People say pool is too small and the 2 pools for all ages are small however it isn’t easy to have a large pool onboard a cruise ship there are also adult exclusive pools and a pool for teen club vibe (14-17) Ship is easy to navigate with maps all around and staff are friendly the ship has a fun mini golf course and basketball court. The 3 times I’ve been on the cruise my son has been able to go to all 3 clubs oceaners lab (3-12) edge (11-14) vibe (14-17) the oceaners lab is very large and great for kids as there is always activity’s on this also goes with edge and vibe. Edge is fairly small however is my sons favourite out of the 3 and every time has been extremely sad to leave his new friends. The activities range from sports deck fun to trivia challenges and video game challenges and much more. We have never made him go to the clubs yet he has chose to he would wake up have breakfast with us ( which the breakfast is a large buffet) then go to the youth club until dinner have his dinner then go back till the club closed. The waterslide the aqueduct is also a must do. There is a rotational dining plan where you change restaurants every night and cycle between the 3 and your servers rotate with you. And one restaurant even allows you to draw a character and have it animated the food quality is great with bread service,starter, salad/soup, main course, dessert. not to mention the adult only restaurants you can go to. There is also an option to share your table with another family at first this may see odd however I would fully recommend as the look at of you have children there gender there age etc and match you up with a family like so you child will instantly have a friend. You can also get food like pizza and ice cream and soda during the day for no fee The whole ship is in Christine condition as everynight and whenever the boat docks workers are always jetwashing painting or doing maintenance There is also a range of activities for adults including Karaoke music quizzes game shoes etc and like there is plenty for kids to do there is also plenty adult exclusive areas all over the ship Overall an amazing vacation and would recommend to anyone thinking about booking with or without kids Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I went on the cruise with my family to celebrate the life of our beloved dog Roxy because she passed away from cancer. We went on the Fantasy Star wars cruise it was awesome they had fireworks for Pirates night and then a Starwars ... Read More
I went on the cruise with my family to celebrate the life of our beloved dog Roxy because she passed away from cancer. We went on the Fantasy Star wars cruise it was awesome they had fireworks for Pirates night and then a Starwars fireworks for Starwars night. The service in the dining area was excellent and the steward was one of the best we have ever had. The food was good but the menu you could have more seafood options. All the shows were great and the Movie choices were excellent as well. The fantasy is one of the most beautiful ships I have ever been on the cabins are large and spacious. If you have children and you love Disney this is an excellent vacation for your family. The service continues to get better we really liked our dining staff Edgar & Clinton and the room steward Alston was excellent taking time to talk with us every time he saw us. We can't wait for our next Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I chose this cruise for the Port and I am so glad we did. We were able to visit WDW for a couple of days before heading to the port. We stayed conceirge level (room 12014) and it was SO worth it. The lounge was wonderful! The snacks ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the Port and I am so glad we did. We were able to visit WDW for a couple of days before heading to the port. We stayed conceirge level (room 12014) and it was SO worth it. The lounge was wonderful! The snacks and happy hour drinks were great. The conceirge staff (Amanda, Kemeisha and Twanda) and Room Host (Vicente) were what really made our trip fabulous. They were there for anything that we needed and loved to spoil us any chance the could. We sailed to Cozumel (beautiful water and wonderful people- food was wonderful too). We did the Dolphinaris port excursion and had a blast, just get ready for expensive picture packages ($75 for 3 pictures), as you are not allowed to bring your own camera. Next, we sailed to Grand Cayman. This port was beautiful as well. We did the Sting Ray Adventure and loved it. Really got to get up close with the sting rays and feed them. Our next port was Falmouth, Jamaica. This was my second favorite port. We went to the Jewel Resort and spent the day at the expansive pools, lazy rivers and multiple water slide. This all inclusive resort was exactly what my family needed. Pools for the kids, and free drinks and relaxation for the parents. And finally, our favorite port, Castaway Cay. Definitely saved the best for last! This island is beautiful. We decided to splurge and got a family cabana and we are so glad we did. A personal space with shade and shower, complete with complimentary snorkeling gear and floats, as well as a hammock and fully stocked refridgerator. I definitely recommend getting a cabana. Moving on to the food. All I can say is, "Wow." We had a wonderful dining room staff, Romme and Antoinette. The food was exquisite, never had a bad meal. The kids really enjoyed the quick service options on Deck 11, Flo's & Luigi's, that made food like pizza (10 different kinds), hamburgers, chicken burgers, even veggie burgers. We also made time for dinner and brunch at Palo, such a great restaurant for some adult time. Ian, our waiter both visits, was amazing! We loved all of the shows. What I was expecting was half of what the actually did, they were spectacular!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have been on previous Disney Cruises, and this trip did not disappoint. We traveled during Hurricane Matthew. While DCL was not responsible for the beautiful weather we had, the captain and his staff were responsible for the ... Read More
We have been on previous Disney Cruises, and this trip did not disappoint. We traveled during Hurricane Matthew. While DCL was not responsible for the beautiful weather we had, the captain and his staff were responsible for the safety of everyone onboard, and throughout the duration of our 7-night (turned 8-night) sailing, he kept us up-to-date and informed about Hurricane Matthew and its potential effect on our plans. We were never impacted by the hurricane. Aside from the regular communication updates from the DCL crew, we wouldn't have known there was a hurricane happening in the Caribbean at all. The storm, however, cause our route to be altered. We were unable to visit Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, and our arrival to Port Canaveral was delayed one day because Florida authorities closed Canaveral to all ship activity for one day. Thus, our 7-day cruise turned into an 8-day cruise with a bonus day in Cozumel! SWEET! Once we knew that our route would be altered and our return trip delayed, the DCL team went right to work accommodating guests with phone calls and internet service to change travel plans and contact loved ones. We were all impressed by their professionalism, good spirits, constant flow of information, and in particular, Captain Fabian’s willingness to stop and speak with guests, pose for a photo, or simply just smile as he walked around the ship. With all of his responsibilities, he was still a very visible and calming presence for everyone. The crew handled the delay in a positive fashion and continued to serve us quite well, even though we learned toward the end that some would be finishing their contracts at the end of the sailing and were probably very anxious for some rest and time with family. Great sailing, wonderful ship. Disney Cruises never disappoint! Alisha 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
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
What a great week we had! This is a perfect cruise for families - First, the service is impeccable- we lover our chambermaid and our two waiters who made sure to note our preferences and foresee our needs. Examples: our toddler has ... Read More
What a great week we had! This is a perfect cruise for families - First, the service is impeccable- we lover our chambermaid and our two waiters who made sure to note our preferences and foresee our needs. Examples: our toddler has a very early bedtime, so the chambermaid made sure to turn down our room first, our son is a very picky eater and our waiter always had an off-menu meal ready for him at dinner The food was high-quality, fresh and well prepared. Food service staff were very accommodating of food allergies and special requests, and are super friendly and helpful. When we embarked, I had 2 bags, my toddler and my older one with me. A bus boy spotted me and helped me find a table in a very busy lunch room, grabbing my bags for me. Accommodations: the cabins aver very comfortable, with top-notch beds and showers. They have 2 bathrooms to minimize traffic (1 with a shower + sink, the other with a toilet+sink) and lots of storage space to stash away a week's worth of clothes, toys and snacks for a family. The ship is in mint condition and the public bathrooms were always clean Family friendliness: our room had the crib and diaper genie we requested when we arrived. While this may seem trivial, most places you have to call several times to get what you need. The kids rooms were excellent and the schedule was indeed family-friendly (1st dinner seating at 5:45) Entertainment- what can I say? Fireworks and brodway-quality productions on a ship? way too cool! One variety show was not so great, but I hear those rotate often. Tips: -There are a lot of "extras" available for sale. This should not come as a surprise. Think ahead of time about what you want to spend on board, and set the right expectations with your family members. - Bring layers, nights can be chilly, especially when the ship is moving fast - If you hate to travel heavy, there are good laundry rooms on every floor so you can bring half the clothes you think you'll need - Lots of sunscreen, bring reusable water bottles to refill at fountains - Make sure to explore the whole boat early on; there are so many different areas and ambiances - it's very cool how they have designed all these spaces with different feels - We did not get a veranda and did not miss it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I am writing this at MCO, having just debarked from the 1/23/16 Fantasy sailing. This was our second cruise on the Fantasy and having had such a great time on our first cruise I was concerned that this cruise would not meet our high ... Read More
I am writing this at MCO, having just debarked from the 1/23/16 Fantasy sailing. This was our second cruise on the Fantasy and having had such a great time on our first cruise I was concerned that this cruise would not meet our high expectations. I am glad to say my concerns were unfounded. Once again, DCL gave our family (mom, dad, 11 year-old boy and 9 year-old girl) a fantastic experience. The ship was absolutely spotless and the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating. The food was even better than our last trip; Disney seems to be making an effort to offer more unusual choices at dinner (sashimi, venison, etc.). We even cancelled our reservations at Palo, opting to eat at Animator's Palate instead. We booked this cruise before it became a Star Wars sailing, but we really enjoyed the Star Wars activities. My kids got their pictures taken with Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C3PO and we're thrilled. We also got a kick out of watching the other passengers who had amazingly realistic Star Wars costumes. We have already contacted our travel agent to book our next DCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My family went on our very first cruise ever on the Fantasy (Halloween on the High Seas)!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The ship was immaculate!!! Our cabin size was perfect for a family of four (category 7A). The Service was great!! ... Read More
My family went on our very first cruise ever on the Fantasy (Halloween on the High Seas)!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The ship was immaculate!!! Our cabin size was perfect for a family of four (category 7A). The Service was great!! Our servers were great!! We only did Port excursions (through Disney) in Cozumel and Jamaica, and both were safe, and worth the money! We had the early dining seating, and it worked out great for my family, as we have a 2 year old and a 7 year old. Both of my kids LOVED the Nursery (for my 2 year old) and the Oceaneer's club (for my 7 year old). My 7 year old literally stayed there one day from 10:30am- almost 10:30pm!! He didn't want to come back even then! The characters were great! Based on the schedule provided in the daily navigator, we were able to plan our day around where the characters would be! We saw just about all of them!!! It was great, and the kids had a great time meeting them! Disembarkation process was very organized. We were sad to leave the ship, because we had soooooo much fun! Prior to disembarking, we booked a placeholder for our next cruise!!! This first time cruiser is HOOKED!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Booked August 2014 for the Fantasy sailing Sept 5, 2015. Decided to keep it a secret from the kids, ages 7, 8 and 12 at time of sailing. Great...I can keep a secret for a year...right?? Found out a couple of months before the cruise ... Read More
Booked August 2014 for the Fantasy sailing Sept 5, 2015. Decided to keep it a secret from the kids, ages 7, 8 and 12 at time of sailing. Great...I can keep a secret for a year...right?? Found out a couple of months before the cruise that this would be the first Halloween on the High Seas sailing of the year...Awesome!! Drove to Port Canaveral , spent the night at the Country Inn & Suites at the port, Room had a view of the cruise ships. Staff was great! Took kids to Fish Lips for dinner, and watched the Dream leave port...you should have seen the disappointment on my kids faces...they just KNEW they were getting on that boat! Next morning, as we got back from breakfast, my 12 yr old son tells me that we are going on a cruise and that he can see the ship from the room..and points out a Carnival boat...Wait...Wha?? Boy was he surprised when they were told it was on the Fantasy...which he couldn't see since another boat was blocking the view! Arrived at the port at 11am. Our port arrival time was 1045-1100. The parking was a bit hectic, as we chose to park at the port. Note that when parking at the port, you pay when parking, not after your cruise, which led to come confusion as everything we read/were told was that its afterwards. No biggie, but still good to know. The check in was quick, the line to get the magic bands for the kids for the kids club was the longest line we were in, and boarding is done in groups that you are assigned to when you check in. We had group 5, so we got on pretty quick, that being said, we went straight to Cabanas for lunch, and it was PACKED. Being a family of 5, finding seating was somewhat of a chore. Food was okay, nothing spectacular. Ship was kept spotless. We were in a family oceanview cabin, and I was pleasantly surprised that there was room for everyone and we weren't packed in like sardines. Really liked the split bathroom! Plenty of storage for everyone's things. Bed was comfortable to me, Husband said made his back hurt and traded with the 7 yr old for the Murphy bed and liked it better. Kids loved the large porthole window with the seat. A lot of time was spent there. Our room steward, Chart was wonderful! Always spoke to us and knew the kids names by the first evening. The dining rooms were nice, and the food was good. Hubs liked Animators Palate on pirate night..ordered 2 entrees the venison and the lobster. Both were really good. Kids menus were predictable but the kids were happy. Our Servers, Bruno and Sandy were awesome!! They took time with the kids and the kids really liked them. Very attentive and personable. We requested them again for our next cruise!! Hubs and I tried Palo. I loved it!! Polenta...who knew?? The Chocolate Souffle with vanilla sauce...oh my! Delicious! We also enoyed the wraps and things from Flos...and dont forget the ice cream! We brought thermos like mugs and used those since the cups at the drink stations are on the small side. Instead of the popcorn at the shows that they charge for, we grabbed cookies etc from Flo's or Cabanas and took those. We also did a character breakfast with Doc McStuffins, Jake and Mickey. Younger two liked that. Kids clubs...The younger 2 went for 2 days. Complained they were the oldest ones there, so they preferred to hang out with mom and swim or ride the aqua duck. Didnt bother me at all. we watched movies on the funnel vision, rode the aqua duck, went swimming, played mini golf, had a ball. My oldest...once he checked in for Edge, me made a couple friends the first day, and I only saw him at meals and when he came in at night. He had a great time! We really enjoyed the shows in the theater. Aladdin was a favorite. Hubs loved the improv of the genie! Wishes was good too. the comedy duo Buckets & Boards was hilarious!! There was another comedian who was equally as funny but his name escapes me right now. We caught a couple of movies in the theater, the late night showing of Inside Out was good. not very crowded. The lines for the characters could get long but the staff was great and it moved along smoothly without feeling rushed. Some character meets required a ticket that you could get when you boarded at the shore excursion desk. The Anna and Elsa meet and greet was one of these, as was the princesses in the main lobby. Make sure you get those if you want to meet these characters at these times. The Halloween on the High Seas activities were fun, but didn't last long at all. The Pumpkin tree was fun to watch as it changed throughout the cruise then came to life and sang. The Mickey Costume dance party was fun but only about 30 minutes in the main lobby. there are 2 of these since they were short. Lots of people playing dress up too! Dress up also went for pirate night. We watched the party from deck 12 starboard. Get there early as it gets crowded fast. Fireworks were awesome! Longer than I expected. Really enjoyed this part of the cruise! We reserved a "placeholder" while on board for another cruise. We have 24 months from day of reservation to book, and we get the discounts offered when booking onboard, 10% off 7 day or longer, reduced deposit and onboard credit. If you think you may do it again, its worth it, and if you don't book within the time frame, you get it back!! We had early seating for meals, so out last breakfast was at 645am...way early, but we were off the boat and on the road by 830 am, wasn't a big hassle at all. was concerned about customs but breezed through. Overall we had a great time, even the husband who was sure he wouldn't like it, ended up singing its praises to all who would listen! Read Less
Sail Date September 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
I am not sure what cruise line some of these other people went on. This was our 4th cruise and every one of them have been nothing short of phenomenal! This cruise was just my 16 yr old daughter and myself. I have been a single mom since ... Read More
I am not sure what cruise line some of these other people went on. This was our 4th cruise and every one of them have been nothing short of phenomenal! This cruise was just my 16 yr old daughter and myself. I have been a single mom since my daughter was 2 and I have saved and planned for each cruise and it is the best money I have ever spent. My daughter has chosen the cruise every time and plans to go on many more (she is now 18) Quality time together and met wonderful new friends on every one. This cruise we were sat at a table with a family from England. We are still friends today and are planning another cruise together in 2017. This is probably the best thing about Disney. The customer service is out of this world. They try to match the families with similarities when seating them for dinner. Our first cruise, they sat us with a family where the youngest daughter actually had the same birth date as my daughter. This time they were very close in age. The food has always been fantastic and I am a light sleeper and I sleep wonderfully every night on every cruise. The rooms are cleaned twice a day and I think it is great that the bathroom is split, one person can be showering while the other person goes to the bathroom or is getting ready in the other part. These cruises are truly for every age, married or not, children or not etc... I cannot think of anyone who would not enjoy a Disney Cruise. If you do not want to be around children, there are plenty of areas you can avoid them. If you have children and want some adult time, there are supervised activities without an extra charge. We have been on a cruise in December and 3 in October, having the Christmas and Halloween themes has been great as well. I have recommended Disney Cruises to everyone I know, even strangers. I have had friends follow my advice and they have went on more and are planning on more because they agree, the best vacation ever. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Our priority was Disney; the Caribbean was merely context. While we loved reliving our childhoods, though, we spent every day in gratitude for the warm sun. We booked our cruise through The Magic for Less Travel, and our travel agent, ... Read More
Our priority was Disney; the Caribbean was merely context. While we loved reliving our childhoods, though, we spent every day in gratitude for the warm sun. We booked our cruise through The Magic for Less Travel, and our travel agent, Laura Augenti, was a steady correspondent and full of great information. I especially appreciated the on-board credit that we earned by booking through her and by using my Disney credit card; the on-board credit covered the gratuities for the week plus some small purchases. While we booked our own flights, we used the Disney bus to reach Port Canaveral, which was easy, fun (our bus driver LOVED his job!), and informative. The preparatory movie they showed gave valuable insight to activities and opportunities on board. I have heard people complain about the staterooms being too small, but ours was the perfect size for the two of us, especially since we were rarely in there. Indeed, I am amazed that so many amenities could be fit into every single room on board! It was very well lit, the couch turned into a bed, there was plenty of storage space, and the TV rotated to face any direction. Our favorite part was the window: though we had an inside room, there was a fake porthole that showed live feed of the outside view, and every now and then a Disney character would swoop past on the screen! Our host took very good care of us, as did the hosts of all the surrounding rooms. They were always around, greeting us with big smiles and making sure we were having a wonderful time. They knew us by name within a day. I loved the international diversity of the ship hands--they were from all around the world! One of my favorite parts of Disney vacations is the customer service, and Disney Fantasy did not fail me. We ate like princesses every night. Both of us are light eaters and had some of the strangest requests (can we order two appetizers? Can we share this dish?), which our server handled very cheerfully. Because we were so young, she went out of her way to mother us. She had great recommendations for every part of the menu. One time when we ordered a specialty drink that we did not like, she promptly removed it from our bill, without fuss. While Disney Fantasy has a plethora of activities for children of all ages and for adults, they are still striving to fill the gap for that awkward 18-21 age range. Those of us in that range had luncheons and gathered to watch shows together. The caterers can improve their activities for the "18-21 Club," but they're on the right track. We put our best foot forward to participate, and we made a few good friends. We loved the Disney movies shown all day long in multiple theaters, including the deck so we could watch from the pool. There was a huge hullabaloo in honor of new-release Monsters University. We loved the nightly live performances. We loved the Disney trivia, where we found out how little we knew and learned a lot. We loved the detective game that sent us running throughout the entire ship, hunting for clues. We loved the animation courses, just like at Hollywood Studios in Disney World. We got to meet Peter Pan! We were very well entertained. In our down time, we lounged on the adult deck. Through some engineering feat (or Disney magic), we could hear no noise at all from the kids swarming the rest of the ship. I have never found it so easy to relax and do nothing. There were plenty of lounge chairs for everyone--in the sun and in the shade, in the breeze and well-harbored. We even had private adult pools. My one complaint about the ship is the limited shopping opportunity. I would have loved a generic Disney store, especially for clothes, but amazingly, they didn't have one! There were stores, but almost everything was marked "Disney CRUISE." We were left longing for Downtown Disney in Orlando. On the days that we docked, we planned our own excursions for two reasons: to save money and to avoid the Disney children. We had wonderful experiences with guides that were kind, knowledgeable, and attentive to the necessity of returning to the ship on time. Though I am curious about how Disney excursions went, I do not at all regret taking our adventures into our own hands. At Grand Cayman, the shops were diverse and quiet, without vendors shouting at us. The locals were kind and patient, especially the drivers, who had numerous opportunities to run us over. Our excursion for the day was horse-back riding in the ocean through Spirit of the West (http://www.seahorses.ky/). Their correspondence by email is very informative, full of all the information we could possibly need to know. Because our ship was leaving in the early evening, they bumped up the ride from their normal 2:00 start time to 1:00 for us--we didn't even have to ask! Though we had trouble figuring out exactly where the van would pick us up, some locals set us straight, and everything from then on went perfectly. As opposed to some ranches, this one was not picky about clothes: you could wear whatever you want, including shorts and flip-flops. Definitely wear your swimsuit; it's easier than changing on the beach. The horses were well-cared for and loved by their handlers, and our guide was friendly and helpful. The ride lasted an hour and a half to two hours (it was not rushed!), with a few minutes taken to unsaddle the horses for a 15-minute ride in the ocean. A photographer was present to take pictures while we were in the water. Afterwards, because we had extra time, they dropped us off at their favorite beach and recommended some local foods, and they informed us about the bargain price for the bus ride back to the port. All in all, this excursion could have been hosted by Disney, its customer service was so amazing. Costa Maya was a different story. I did not have an excursion planned for this port because we were only there for a few short hours, and I expected to lounge the afternoon away on a peaceful beach. Not only was there no beach, but there was also no peace! The port is crammed with vendors; it is a regular tourist trap. We tried to get out of there by purchasing access to a private beach, but when we got on the bus we thought the salesman had pointed to, no one knew what we were talking about! By then it was too late to go back, so we simply got off at the next stop. There, we found a FREE quiet beach with FREE kayaks and FREE lockers and very kind vendors who gave us FREE drinks. Unbeknownst to us, this method of greeting tourists is common; the vendors make their money off of tips. Lessons of the day: do not stay at the port, and do not pay for the beach. Pay a few dollars for a bus ride and a few dollars as tips, and relax. Cozumel was better. We used Sarah Rodriguez's Cozumel Concierge (website: http://cozumel-mexico-vacation.com/index.html) service to go SCUBA diving. Sarah was a steady correspondent before and after, putting us in touch with our diving instructor and following up to make sure we enjoyed our experience. Our teacher, Jorge, was funny and instructive; it was very easy to trust him as he taught us to use our equipment and then led us on our adventure under the sea. The location was secluded and simple but not lacking in amenities. Definitely worth the money! However, there were some bumps in the road. First, I had trouble getting a straight answer about how much money we owed; I had a ballpark figure in mind, but no matter how many emails I sent, I never get a definite number in response. Luckily, my ballpark figure was correct, so there was no lasting problem there. Second, even though we double-checked the date and time of our excursion, Luis still scheduled it for the wrong day, so he was not available when we showed up! Jorge saved the day by promptly canceling his plans and filling in for Luis. Third, while Cozumel is famous for its reef, we did not get to see it because we were beginner divers. We had an amazing experience where we did dive, but it would have been nice to know what we would be seeing beforehand. Still, I recommend Cozumel Concierge because they are trustworthy, fair-priced, and good-natured. Our last stop was heavenly Castaway Cay. Save your "do-nothing" beach day for Castaway Cay, which is mouth-wateringly beautiful, clean, and fairly quiet. The shopping opportunities were limited, we indulged in a complementary barbecue, and we floated for hours in the sea. As a result, we enjoyed ourselves without spending an extra penny. When the last day finally arrived, Disney adeptly cut through our depression to usher us off the ship. They are always smiling! We accidentally left our bags in our room while we went down to breakfast (our rooms were supposed to be cleared by 9:00 AM), but no big deal. They waited for us. The chipper Disney bus back to the airport was ideal because it weaned us off our vacation more gently than a taxi or rental car would have. Of course we left with plans to return one day. Somehow Disney had so thoroughly vacationed us that we were at peace with returning home. We had enjoyed a tranquil week of sunshine and laughter, and we could carry that spirit home with us. We were rejuvenated, in the truest sense of the world: Disney had made us children again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
General: My family's second Disney cruise following an Alaska run last year. This time we went with an extended family group (7 adults, 7 children aged 9, 7, 4, 4, 2, 2 and 16 months) on the post Thanksgiving Western Caribbean ... Read More
General: My family's second Disney cruise following an Alaska run last year. This time we went with an extended family group (7 adults, 7 children aged 9, 7, 4, 4, 2, 2 and 16 months) on the post Thanksgiving Western Caribbean itinerary. Pros: Embarkation-Getting on is really a breeze unless you are trying to board right as boarding opens (which is really only important if you are trying to reserve something, e.g., Remy or Palo, that you couldn't get online). We got to the port around 12:45 and were on the ship within 30 minutes of port arrival. Public spaces-The interiors are impeccably clean and the holiday decorations were essentially complete; very nice to see the ship decked out in holiday finery. Character interactions-The highlight of our first Disney cruise was the personal interactions between characters and our children, and once again they did not disappoint. By the second meeting, more than one of the costumed characters remembered our kids by name. They obviously work very hard at making each child feel like they are having a real, personal encounter with their favorite character(s). Entertainment-The three Disney productions (Aladdin, Wishes, and Believe) were all entertaining enough for my kids that they wanted to go back for another showing. The set designs are close to Broadway quality, and while the music is not up to that standard, it's better than what one would expect for a cruise ship. I particularly appreciated the last show, which had a real message that cut through to the truth at the heart of the Disney schmaltz...childhood is fleeting, and the happiness of children is the magic that really exists. Cons: Dining-The best thing about getting off of the boat is not having to eat Disney's food any longer. The main dining room dinners are tedious slogs through course after course of insufferably bland food, frequently cool and usually overdone. The quick service food was worse...I'm not expecting miracles from a free hamburger stand on a cruise ship, but I do expect you to keep hot dogs, well, hot and serve fries that haven't been wilting under a heat lamp for an hour. If fast food joints and warehouse clubs can do it, so can you. The "BBQ" on Castaway Cay was simply dreadful. As on our last cruise, found the breakfast and lunch buffets the least bothersome. There were a lot of lousy dishes on these too, but one or two things were usually decent. And not having to wait a long time with small children to eat mediocre food is always appreciated. We also ate at the upcharge adult restaurant, Remy. Service was very good, and the wine pairing, while no bargain, did complement the meal very well. I could quibble over a few of the dishes, but overall the quality was pretty good. I can't say that I found myself with passionate memories of many of the offerings. I don't think the meal is either a rip-off or a tremendous value for the price. Service-The biggest disappointment on this cruise compared to the last was the quality of the main dining room service. Our servers were friendly but inept. Several times dishes we ordered never made it to the table. The assistant in particular seemed to have a lot of trouble remembering what was requested. Not at all the standard that we had come to expect from our first cruise. Crowds-The ship was (I think) about 1000 passengers under its true 'full capacity'...but what we had was quite enough. Even more so than on the Magic class ships, the design of the Dream class really encourages people to flood onto the midship elevators; frequently we gave up and took the stairs. The number of people on board was most apparent at debarkation, which took a solid hour and a half from getting in line to actually getting through customs. I would highly recommend skipping the last breakfast to try to beat the crowds off the ship. Ambience on the upper decks-On the Magic class vessels, one can stroll the length of the ship from bow to stern on the top deck. It's quiet and peaceful at night, and if you turn your back on the pools you really do get some of that 'classic liner' feel. On the Dream class, the flashing lights of the Aqua Duck are always apparent, and there's not really a convenient place to watch the wake of the ship (mini golf course on the top deck is probably the best option). Overall: The dining experience as a whole was bad enough that I can't justify giving this the top rating, but the ship is beautiful and apart from the dining rooms the 'Disney touch' is still in full force. Two of the four families on board with us, including us, will definitely go back, one is on the fence, and the other is probably a no. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Planning Disney makes it so easy to plan and pay for cruise. They even give great advice on port excursions. Embarkation I was so worried because our plane was late, but once we arrived at Port Canaveral it went so smoothly. They ... Read More
Planning Disney makes it so easy to plan and pay for cruise. They even give great advice on port excursions. Embarkation I was so worried because our plane was late, but once we arrived at Port Canaveral it went so smoothly. They were ready and willing to help. We were on board and enjoying the buffet long before we sailed. Cabins My daughter -in-law had never cruised before. She heard many descriptions on what the rooms would be like. Well, she was just blown away with the space and bathroom arrangements. Then she saw the over sized veranda. Heaven on the water. Meals Anyone that comes on here and complains should stay home . The moving from restaurant to restaurant is a great idea. Having the same wait staff really came to use the second day. As soon as we sat down our drinks were delivered. They knew our choices already. They were friendly, intelligent and amusing. I emailed Disney months in advance and sure enough they remembered my daughters Birthday our second night. Entertainment Actually, only Aladdin was a good show. The other main shows were just O. K. Sorry, but the lounge shows at night were the best. The comedians , magicians and theme shows were great. I am in my sixties and my kids are in their thirties. We all laughed and enjoyed every night. Oceaneer club Probably a life saver for parents. But my Grandkids couldn't wait each day to go there. Pools and Aquaduck We heard so much about the overcrowded pools. Well, there were plenty deck chairs and the pools were fine. Having the Large screen TV with streaming movies was great. The Aqua lab, Aquaduck and Nemo's were a wonderful addition to the pools. The adults had two other places with pools and water lounges. Port excursions Plentiful and every thing you could imagine. On St. Thomas we took advice from locals and went to Saphire Beach. What a delight. No charge to go there and swim. A very small fee to kayak, snorkel and use water boats and sea doos. On board The sea days were fun and I even played the goofy golf. The first run movies were a great place to go and relax. Just walking around the ship and seeing the Characters is fun and entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date July 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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