3 Disney Fantasy Holiday Cruise Reviews

Our family, two adults and two children, just returned from the Thanksgiving cruise on the Disney Fantasy. We loved it so much we booked another cruise while onboard. Our kids, ages 8 and 10, loved the Oceaneer Lab; it was difficult to get ... Read More
Our family, two adults and two children, just returned from the Thanksgiving cruise on the Disney Fantasy. We loved it so much we booked another cruise while onboard. Our kids, ages 8 and 10, loved the Oceaneer Lab; it was difficult to get them to leave! The spa is beautiful and peaceful, and if it's in your budget, we highly recommend buying a membership to the Rainforest area of the spa. Hot tubs overlooking the ocean, heated lounge chairs, saunas and steam rooms, just heavenly. The food is very good for a cruise ship, however, given the number of meals to be served each day, it (understandably) does not measure up to five-star restaurants. What set the cruise apart for us was the level of service. Every request was granted with a smile. The staff seemed to go out of their way to anticipate our needs, if a request was made on one night, the staff repeated it on other nights without our asking. Due to the high winds on the first couple of days, the Aquaduck was closed, once it opened our 8 year old daughter rode it constantly. Our son loved the Donald pool and the Arr-Cade. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze, prior to boarding we left our luggage in our precruise room at the Orlando airport Hyatt, DCL picked it up and delivered it to our stateroom. When leaving, DCL printed our boarding passes and checked our baggage to our home airport. We really had a wonderful time and can't wait until our next cruise on the Fantasy! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean and most recently Norwegian Cruise line. To say I was underwhelmed with NCL on our last cruise is an understatement. We booked on Disney because we both love the parks and know that Disney is held to a ... Read More
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean and most recently Norwegian Cruise line. To say I was underwhelmed with NCL on our last cruise is an understatement. We booked on Disney because we both love the parks and know that Disney is held to a higher standard as far as customer service is concerned. Pre-cruise info - We flew into MCO the night before our cruise and stayed at the brand new Art of Animation resort. We stayed in one of the little mermaid rooms. We thought that the whole hotel had been decorated nicely. We were satisfied with our stay. One perk about staying on Disney property is that you get picked up from the disney cruise line bus to go to port canaveral. Your bags are picked up from your room in the morning and then the next time you see them is when you are in your stateroom on the ship! Embarkation was a breeze! We got to the port around 1:30, went quickly through security, check-in and had our picture taken. I would say that this process took less than 20 min. First impressions of the ship: AMAZING everything was so beautiful... I don't think pictures can do it justice! And especially since the whole ship was decorated for Christmas! There are just no words... Disney had the ship decked to the nines with decorations... very classy and tasteful! Stateroom - we were in room 9016... great location, in the forward section of the ship. We loved our room attendant, RG. He was always smiling and always was very accommodating to anything we needed. We had a balcony which we used often. We liked that the bathroom was split so someone could take a shower, while another used the bathroom. this would be great for families. Our only complaint about the room was that the queen bed DOES NOT convert into two twin beds as on other cruises. We are two single girls traveling on the cruise and we felt as if it was strange that NONE of the beds converted. I would think that disney would want to accomodate many kinds of guests. My friend ended up sleeping on the couch bed... it was ok, she dealt with it and requested a foam mattress from housekeeping so she could sleep at night. The queen bed in the room was very comfortable and I just think that DCL should offer some rooms with twin beds. We also liked that the tv in the room had ENDLESS amounts of free on demand disney movies, shows, and other ABC shows. Not that we spent alot of time in our room but we thought it was a nice feature. Sailaway party was great - better than any I've seen on any ship i've been on! So much fun and definitly got you pumped for the vacation! Dining - I will be honest... We did not really care for the food too much. Either the food was "too fancy" or just didn't taste all that good. The restaurants themselves were amazing. Our favorite was Animators palate. Our servers were Elhan and Rakesh. They were so nice and really attentive every night. Activities - We knew when booking this cruise that DCL tailors the cruise to mostly families. And that was fine by us, we don't mind being around kids. Our only concern is there wasn't much for adults to do during sea days. Hmmm... do I want to go to an acupunture or posture analysis class today ;) We went to an animators class where we learned how to draw mickey and donald. that was really cool and I also liked the disney trivia games. I just think it would be nice to have a little bit more to do for adults. We loved going on the aquaduck! It was closed on two sea days because of high winds so we did not get to ride it as much as we would have liked. Entertainment - The shows on this cruise were amazing! Aladdin was so awesome and could be on broadway it was so good. The other two main shows were wishes and believe. those were very entertaining as well! Our entertainment host in the tube lounge, Trevor was great! He was so funny and kept everyone entertained. If you want a good laugh, go to the quest game show. We also went to battle of the sexes. They also had a magician, comedian and a group called buckets N boards onboard that week. they were all very entertaining. Pirate night was also alot of fun. people dressed up like pirates and they have a buccaneer blast fireworks show off the ship. Disney does not disappoint! We also liked going to get our pictures taken with the characters! so much fun! Ports of Call: St. Thomas - GORGEOUS island... seriously paradise! We went on the screamin' eagle jet boat in the morning which was so much fun! then we took the skyride to paradise point, which had amazing views of the island. San Juan - We took an atv tour through the EL Yunque rainforest. so awesome and alot of fun! Castaway Cay - I cannot say enough about castaway cay... it was great! So peaceful and beautiful. There was a private beach called serenity bay for adults. they also had a BBQ lunch on the island as well. I went parasailing that day and will never forget it! You must go to castaway cay! Service was impeccable on this cruise. Every cast member is so eager to help and happy to see you. This was such a different experience then when we were on NCL. Yikes! I would return to DCL in a heartbeat, just because of their awesome crew! Debarkation - We chose to walk off the ship with our bags since we wanted to get off as soon as possible so we could go check in at our hotel and then go to the parks. We were off the boat and through customs by 7:45... amazing... I've never seen embarkation/debarkation go so smoothly! Summary - I would not hesitate once about going on another Disney Cruise! I really want to go back! The Disney Fantasy is an amazing ship with so much to offer. Granted, it is more money for a disney cruise then say Carnival... but you get what you pay for. I felt as though on NCL you were constantly nickeled and dimed to spend more money when you had already spent enough (all the restaurants that you have to pay for) I liked that soda was included and did not have to pay for it extra like on other lines. Bottom line, you will love this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Where do I start? Overall, Disney Fantasy is THE nicest ship I have ever seen/been on. Starting with the Family greeting when you walk through the Atrium. Disney knows what they are doing. Service, forget about it. Everything you need ... Read More
Where do I start? Overall, Disney Fantasy is THE nicest ship I have ever seen/been on. Starting with the Family greeting when you walk through the Atrium. Disney knows what they are doing. Service, forget about it. Everything you need is taken care of. Dining room experience is incredible. Rotational dining with the same waiter is a nice touch. Food never got old or unattractive. Dinner was always delicious. Good variety of dinner options. Kids menu was good also. Free soda at dinner was a nice touch, plus all the self service free soda everywhere else was nice. The boat did move a little more than i am used too, not sure if it was the seas or the design of the boat, it seemed a little narrower than Royal Caribbean's Boats. I did feel the moving of the boat and not just at night. Kids programs, fantastic! my 4 yr old and 6yr old had a blast. hours 9am to midnight and a couple nights til 1am plus they feed the kiddos. Awesome! Character appearances at the kids club, games played, crafts, video games, u name it they had it. Mickey and pals appearance s on the boat, My kids both filled up their autograph books with signatures from all the characters and princesses. Pictures, good thing they had the all picture package, if you take all the pictures and professional setups they have you have no choice other than paying 20 bucks per photo it is a good deal. Ports were Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Castaway Cay(review in port section) Other than the price and smaller room than I like I can't complain about the cruise. It was nice being there on Christmas Day with Christmas Carolers singing in the Atrium, cookies and Hot Cocoa being served to everyone. Almost forgot about the shows, By far the best entertainment I have seen at sea. Disney's original shows do not disappoint. Buckets N Boards were outstanding family fun. Will definitely do a Disney cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 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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