28 Disney Fantasy Romantic Cruise Reviews

A group of friends from Orlando got together and booked this cruise. This was our fourth Disney cruise (we have been on nine Royal C cruises). The cabin steward was great, the cabin was just what we expected. The biggest problem was since ... Read More
A group of friends from Orlando got together and booked this cruise. This was our fourth Disney cruise (we have been on nine Royal C cruises). The cabin steward was great, the cabin was just what we expected. The biggest problem was since we were on deck 10 at 6:15 - 6:30 every morning someone was on the treadmill above our cabin. We mentioned to the staff but nothing was done. No sleeping in. The steak the first night and at the Windjammer for lunch was very tough. The steak later in the week was excellent. Those were the negative aspects of the cruise. The entertainment was top quality (typical of Disney). The adult area with the pools were very peaceful and the drinks were excellent. The various dinning rooms are always something we look forward to. We spend this getting special coffee and one afternoon Chip and Dale stopped in and had a great time with my wife. (It sounds strange, but it was fun. St Thomas was nice (we went on the party boat to a beach - we have been to St. Thomas several times.) Tortola was fine for a one time visit. We took a bus tour and spent time at a beach. The bus tour felt like you better have for life insurance up to date. St Thomas beach was nicer. The server and assistant server were great at meeting our requests. We would go again but no rooms under the treadmills. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My husband and I went on this cruise for our anniversary. I think my title says it all. The food was fantastic, the rooms were soooo clean!!!!! The entire cruise ship is cleaner than anything that you could imagine. If you like steaks, ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise for our anniversary. I think my title says it all. The food was fantastic, the rooms were soooo clean!!!!! The entire cruise ship is cleaner than anything that you could imagine. If you like steaks, they were our whole tables favorite. You go from dining room to dining room and your staff follow you from room to room. If I had anything the least bit negative to say it would be the the Animators dining room. It wasn't that the food wasn't delicious, it was the noise level, very Loud. We are grandparents and went on this vacation together, no kids. There is an adult pool that isn't very big, but when you go in it is wonderful. deck 12 and 13 are for us adults, but you can still go down to the kids pool if you would like to. Also, movies running all the time, are quite nice too! We love children, but in that dining room, the noise just seemed to amplify. Like I said the food was still wonderful. On the cruise you can do as much as you want or as little. It's all up to you. I enjoyed all of the ports, but our favorite thing was Jamaica, we went on a river ride, on a bamboo raft. It was the most beautiful experience. Our guide was wonderful. The shows that they provide are so wonderful, just something you need to see. We didn't go to the magician night show. Only the shows put on by the ships crew. I could go on and on. It takes a lot to make my husband say he enjoyed something, and he said it was our best vacation ever! If you knew him, you would know this is a wonderful complement!!!! We also had a veranda, for us this wasn't a waste, it was much appreciated to wind down at night time. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
This is a very late Disney Cruise Review, but as I look to book my next cruise, I read all these bitter reviews about the Disney Fantasy so here goes a Review from a Newlywed couple in their upper 20s with no kids on their honeymoon. It ... Read More
This is a very late Disney Cruise Review, but as I look to book my next cruise, I read all these bitter reviews about the Disney Fantasy so here goes a Review from a Newlywed couple in their upper 20s with no kids on their honeymoon. It started in the Cruise Terminal, Disney must have had it specially built because it has all the Subtle Disney Nuances Like the mickey head shaped terminal gate. When you get on the ship it is stunningly beautiful. We went on a Halloween On The High Seas Cruise which meant there was all sorts of seasonal offerings throughout the cruise. Our cabin, an inside stateroom, was amazing with the interactive porthole. The Bed was so comfortable we found it hard to get up in the morning we were so comfortable. There were no hidden fees for us but that's also because we researched everywhere we could to make sure we knew what we were getting into. We knew about gratuities and Disney is pretty clear about their gratuities if you look in the right spot. Another thing I am seeing a lot of bad reviews about is the internet cost and that people think that's where Disney is trying to make all their revenue. Internet communication is one of the biggest expenses or a cruise line as it is mass satellite communication (they dont have long internet lines running to the ship) and people dont realize how expensive it is to run a ship's satellite. The other thing with Internet and this society is you are on a vacation, you cant go unplugged for a week? Anyways we also reserved the Free character experience offerings (yes we were in our late 20s and loved meeting the characters). We loved every minute of the experiences, and it made since why it was a reservation only experience because they were one of a kind experiences. One experience had 4 princesses all together to meet, another had Anna and Elsa from Frozen and you could get your picture with them together which is a rare experience and the Disney Jr Breakfast which was cute. We aren't drinkers and tried the nightly drink a handful of times throughout our cruise so our bar tab didn't escalate. We got some moderately priced souvenirs and paid for 2 excursions which were awesome experiences. The Cruise Staff and performers were amazing they all knew us by name by the end of the cruise some even adding us on facebook after the cruise. I will say, we did sit front row for every show and went to a lot of the activities so they saw us quite a bit and the fact we were honeymooners we were hard to forget. The service crew such as waiters and room attendants were phenomenal as well and helped us whenever they could by recommending things or just a simple wave when we left our stateroom. The people on the ship MADE the experience! The shows were Broadway caliber and made my wife happy cry during most of them. We are both in the technical entertainment industry and we were blown away. I think the only Line that would compare in quality of shows would be Norwegian. Our cruise was scheduled right after Irma so our itinerary was changed from western Caribbean to eastern Caribbean short notice because of the destruction of the virgin islands. This did not affect us because we didn't care what our ports of call were and when they notified us, they helped us change our port adventures. The last minute changes went surprisingly smoothly which we were going to be understanding either way because of mother nature. Our first excursion was in Cozumel, Mexico at the Mayan cacao Chocolate factory where it was more cultural then anything else. We learned the history of chocolate as it pertains to the mayans and since it was a halloween season cruise they educated us on day of the dead in a fun way which we really appreciated as we went a couple months before the movie Coco came out which gave a new appreciation for the Holiday, the culture and the movie. After we toured the chocolate factory they gave us 2 hours at Playa Mia Beach park which was another amazing and relaxing experience. It stormed a little while so we had to get out of the water but we will chock that one up to mother nature and will not affect this review. It was one of the moderately lower priced port adventures at $60/person. The name of the adventure was A Mexican Halloween and Beach Adventure (CZ91). Our second port of call and port adventure was Falmouth, Jamaica. Jamaica is a whole different lifestyle and it is Interesting to see. We did the Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls Port adventure at $100/person. Dolphin Cove is a marine park that is unlike landlocked marine parks but at the same time it was a little small and we saw everything in about 45 minutes. Dolphin cove we probably would not do again. After Dolphin Cove we were taken to Dunn's River Falls, This park was amazing. I will give a short disclaimer for dunns river falls, you CLIMB up a water fall and although we saw kids on our excursion this is not something for young kids or Pregnant women in our opinion unless there is a 1 to 1 parent to kid ratio because it is rushing water, wet slippery rocks and vigorous activity. With that said, we had a blast doing this. The guides hop up the falls or fall back to help stragglers like they are mountain goats. They love taking pictures and they love answering questions. Dunns River Falls made up for Dolphin Cove. Dolphin cove will not affect the rating of this review as its an operator and not run by Disney so this is offered on multiple cruise lines. Our 3rd port of call was Grand Cayman which we did on our own, which I recommend doing here as everything is close to the ship. It is a very interesting port, a lot of shopping or just small streets to stretch your legs, plus chickens run around like squirrels which amused us. Our last port of call was Castaway Cay, Disney's Private Island. We also did not do any port adventures which I also recommend as you can walk the entire island and explore it on your own. We did some snorkeling on our own as they have a man-made reef with little Disney nuances like character statues and a pirate ship sunk in about 15 or so feet of water. They also have an adults only beach which was relaxing but its as far across the island as you can get but they have a little tram to take you there. Be VERY careful at any and all ports of call in the Caribbean as even an overcast day will give you a sunburn. It rained at castaway cay and was overcast 90% of the day but we got the worst sunburn we have ever gotten, mainly our fault for not re-applying sunscreen. The only thing that put a little damper on the cruise is our dining assignments put us next to an awkward, pessimistic, extremely picky couple who were complaining about the itinerary change and that disney was just for kids and families but had apparently been on many Disney Cruises. My wife and I wondered why they take so many Disney Cruises and not a line geared more towards adults but this didnt put too much of a damper on the trip as they didnt show up for their dining assignments majority of the dining times. We would recommend the Halloween On The High Seas Itineraries specifically because they are "off season" so tend to be cheaper, yet offer more entertainment than a normal season cruise while not being as pricey as a christmas cruise. Plus they have a costume party night! Its like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Sea! We are Orlando Locals and WDW passholders so we dont mind being drenched in Disney Magic and Pixie Dust but we noticed, yes there are the Magic and Pixie dust character meet N greets and shows but there are also more subtle Disney design as well so it doesnt get shoved too far down your throat. Overall, as NOTHING is for "EVERYONE", if you like quality service, great shows, relaxation and/or Disney Magic & Pixie Dust, do yourself a favor and take a Disney Cruise. Just do all the research you can as the "Hidden Fees" as some reviewers call it, arent so hidden if you look in the right spot! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
What a fantastic cruise! Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. The ship itself was wonderful inside and out. We had a deluxe family oceanview room with a verandah and was very happy with it. The split bathroom was helpful when we got ... Read More
What a fantastic cruise! Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. The ship itself was wonderful inside and out. We had a deluxe family oceanview room with a verandah and was very happy with it. The split bathroom was helpful when we got ready for the day and for dinner. We had a shower/tub and it was a decent size for a cruise stateroom. Dining was awesome - our server and assistant server were very attentive and efficient. I am a vegetarian and had no problems finding something to eat at every meal. The evening shows were one of my favorite things about the cruise - such wonderful Broadway-style shows. We had fun playing trivia and a couple games of Bingo, as well as other activities on the ship - there were plenty of activities to keep us occupied. The service was top-notch - stateroom host, Guest Services, dining staff, etc. We were very happy with our port adventures (excursions). We traveled as a couple and had a very fun-filled cruise. We will definitely sail with the Fantasy again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because ... Read More
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because of the warm weather in the Caribbean, being able to visit the Disney private Island of Castaway Cay and try out the Aquaduck! The price was very expensive and as much as I tried to convince on going on one of the big boats on the RCL it was Disney or nothing for my mother and sister. The embarkation was a bit hectic has someone had fallen ill in the cruise before us at Castaway Cay and caused the boat to arrive 3 hrs late. It caused a ruckus with no shuttles going to the port. We arrived an hr later than expected but Disney made up for the delay with making the process as speedy as could be. We got bonus lanyards because we were castaway members (previous guests) The buffet area at cabanas had a wide selection of food and made us feel a lot better. The 3 different dining areas were beautiful (my personal favourite was the animators palette due to the cool interactions and images shown on the walls. Unfortunately we didn't get to speak to Crush on the first time dining there because I had booked for us to eat at Remy's. The experience was like nothing else.. I wouldn't do it every day but it was nice to dress up and be treated like VIPs. Every dish had plate covers and we had about 3-4 servers serving us at any given time. About 8 courses or so and the chef would come out to see how we were doing. Fantastic treat for my parents. My husband and I really enjoyed going on the aquaducks and experiencing the beautiful lounges on offer. I really thought Sky line was very romantic. I'm not Disney obsessed as a lot of the other cruisers are but I was happy to see my favourite characters Pluto and Donald around and taking pictures with them. It was my husband's first cruise and he really enjoyed the food. I laughed when he asked if we were going to Cabanas for evening meals since he didn't know anything about the nice plated dinners cruises usually provide. What really excited him was we got to watch Rogue one Star Wars premier on the boat at 12:01am on the 16th December onwards. It was pretty cool to watch it as it opens across the country. I enjoyed watching Dr. Strange and Moana on the boat too. Something that no other cruise line can boast to do since Disney owns Marvel and a lot of other entertainment companies. I liked the live Disney cast performances but they had used the same variety act on this cruise (2 different jugglers) which made it a bit repetitive. They should avoid doing that in future. I liked we had an adults area but the teenager's pool area at the front of the boat was always empty and wasted on them. Might as well let the adults take that part over. We did the mickey mouse detective angeny around the ship. Fun way to spend some time exploring the boat and interact with the cool artwork that comes to life and makes you do tasks to solve mysteries. I wish I had some more time to take the boat tour but unfortunately missed it. Great family trip but once you've done Disney Fantasy it's good to try out other boats. I look forward to try out RCL and Celebrity at some point. Having seen the fireworks performance on the west coast with the Disney wonder, I found this one to be short and less spectacular. They used Captain Jack Sparrow for most of it. Maybe it was because this was my second cruise with Disney but I felt the see ya real soon and other performances lacked enough characters compared to the first time. I like my head waiter Stefanos from Greece a lot but Carlos the assistant waiter was forgetful and not as attentive. these 2 waiters would follow us in to the 3 different dinging rooms for each night so they know your preference and get to chat with them more) Some of the other waiters on the boat that we dealt with during the day was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been on several Disney Cruise vacations in the past and had a wonderful time but this past experience was a huge disappointment. We were on one of the Christmas holiday cruises on the Fantasy and I must say this was the worst ... Read More
We have been on several Disney Cruise vacations in the past and had a wonderful time but this past experience was a huge disappointment. We were on one of the Christmas holiday cruises on the Fantasy and I must say this was the worst vacation by far we have ever experienced. To start with our room was great and the room attendant was wonder, but because of the location of our room we really could not use our balcony because it was constantly covered in soot from the ships smoke stacks (?). Our first night of dining we ended up at a table near the dining rooms exit door which was open to the hall and stairway. We felt kind of segregated from the rest of the diners and probably at the worst table in the entire restaurant. All the servers had to pass our table coming and going from the kitchen so we felt like we were located next to a busy freeway. To make things even better a passenger proceeded to get violently ill just outside the exit door and it took half an hour for someone to come and clean it up. We alerted a server right away to let them know what had happened but lost our appetite due to the smell and watching passengers and crew proceeded to slip through the mess. At no point did anyone offer to move us and because we were at the later dining there were lots of open seats so all in all the situation was handled badly. This was just the first night and it proceeded downhill from there. The food was just OK for the duration, our last Disney Cruise the food was excellent. We also had booked a couples massage in advance. The message was wonderful but just after we got our robes back on after the treatment our technicians came in and bombarded us with upsetting services and product which turned a blissful experience into a negative one very quickly. We did have another treatment scheduled but we canceled because we felt so harassed. Trying to have photo's taken during photo opportunities was also a nightmare. We felt like cattle, waiting for at least an hour to have a photo taken at one point we waited an hour in line and when we got up to the front we were told to come back later because they were taking a break and that included all the people standing behind us. Our shore excursion was a disaster. We paid a lot of money to go to a beach excursion to find out when we arrived there were riptides so we couldn't go into the ocean. They knew before we even left the ship but didn't tell us until after we took a 45 min boat ride to get to the destination. On top of that there was only two guides for approximately 100 guests. Many of us complained about what happened but no refunds were offered. We also found out a couple days into the cruise that a lot of activities were cancelled because of a flu epidemic on the ship. As is turned out a bunch of passengers came onto the ship sick with the flu which eventually got passed on to other passengers and crew members so it seemed like half the people on the ship had to stay in their cabins so the virus would be somewhat contained. We sent a letter to the cruise line letting them know of our disappointing experience and received nothing from them. Not even an apology. I expected a lot more from Disney Cruise line. Like I said I have been on several of their cruises and had a great time but this was a disaster right from the start.We saved up for months for this vacation and for the most part the majority of this could have been handled better. We did have two more cruises booked with Disney for future travel but when we didn't receive any acknowledgement regarding this trip we cancelled all other vacations with the company and will probably not travel with them again Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I have always wanted to do a cruise and we enquired in our travel agents, and they had a great deal on sailing for 7 nights and staying in Animal Kingdom for 6 nights, with an overnight stay on International Drive for our 1st night ... Read More
I have always wanted to do a cruise and we enquired in our travel agents, and they had a great deal on sailing for 7 nights and staying in Animal Kingdom for 6 nights, with an overnight stay on International Drive for our 1st night arriving in Orlando. Everything was new to us, not knowing what to expect so lets begin. check in was quick and easy, the waiting to board was a bit of a drag as you are in a hall full of people and no where to go. They boarded the ship in a order of deck , once aboard just before entering, we were asked our family name, and the assistant named us as we entered to a round of applause, this was the case for everyone. Once entering on deck 3, it was just amazing, the staircase, light fittings, was just amazing. once we were able to have access to our cabins, again more to our expectations, we had a stateroom with verandah, space is more than you could ask for, we were on deck 9. Dining in Cabanas, great selection of food buffet style, we ate there for breakfast, sometimes late lunch as we second dining 8.15, the fast food kiosks also offered a variety. we ate in the main restaurants for 3 of the nights and met a lovely couple from Florida, we did not attend the first night to a long flight on the Friday, and time caught up with us, the second night was captains dress, my husband does not dress up for anyone, but later found out that you not have to participate. We went to watch a couple of shows, I think if we book again we may consider the 1st sitting so enjoy a show later rather than rush around for the 1st showing at around 6.15. Cinema had great show and plenty of room. The cabin service we received was top notch our attendant was William, was very friendly, helpful, full of advise, and the only one who made our 30th Wedding Anniversary trip special. I enjoyed all ports we visited, Cozumel, we were off the ship for about an hour, as I don't like being hassled when walking passing shops, Grand Cayman was a favourite, Jamaica was lovely and the shopping area very clean and locals very friendly ( it is recommended not to walk out of the gates), and mostly we loved Castaway Cay, to wake up and look out and see a Christmas Tree, made my holiday, although it was Halloween on board, to see the children enjoying themselves in their fancy dress was lovely and adults also had some great costumes, Pirate night was great we had 2 bandanas with Mickey of the Caribbean on them and the fireworks were what you expected from Disney fab fab fab. Would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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
My daughter asked her Papa and I to join her and our three grandchildren on the kid's first cruise. My husband and I have sailed on 18 cruises...Alaska, Hawaii, South America, and every cruise to the Carribean. We took one cruise on ... Read More
My daughter asked her Papa and I to join her and our three grandchildren on the kid's first cruise. My husband and I have sailed on 18 cruises...Alaska, Hawaii, South America, and every cruise to the Carribean. We took one cruise on a ship out of Puertio Rico doing two back-to-back 14 day cruises. One whole month in Paradise. We love cruising. We had grown up watching Walt on nine inch tvs. How we loved Walt and the Mickey Mouse Club.. When our girls were growing up we took them to Disneyland. We took them to Disney World. We flew our daughters, their spouses, and our six grandchildren for 7 days at Disney's New Orleans resort and Disney World park. I never expected Walt to ever disappoint us. Yet, he did. I would never take this cruise line again. We left Cape Canaveral and our first day out I felt concern. We diverted to Miami after a gentleman took a serious fall down the main marble stairway. Critically hurt, when I saw a rescue boat arrive beside the boat to remove him from the ship, I realized that there was no helioport onboard. On two cruises, we saw people choppered out after serious health conditions. After a career in medicine, I could not help but think of that critical hour window of time which happens with critical medical conditions. The trip was great...really great for young children. Our grandchildren, aged 9, 12, and 15 enjoyed their first cruise. Yet, they spent most of the time at our side. They tried the children activities the first day, but did not like the activities. So they played miniture golf and used the amazing water slide a lot. The food onboard was inferior to the ships we have cruised on. It came to the table cool..not hot. Three nights I did not see a dessert on the menu that I liked. Our wait staff was excellent and I loved the beautiful .three diningrooms where our staff accompanied us to a different one each night.The maitre-D was accommodating We had a seventh floor balcony room. The greatest room ever. I loved the bathrooms! One with a sink commode...one with a sink and tub shower! It had the most storage on any ship of the ships we sailed. It had a full couch and constant reception in the rooms for news and sports. Very family oriented! Our room attendant, Scotty was excellent. I do not get a lot of time with my daughter and her family She lives in Minnesota and is a licensed nurse practitioner at Mayo Hospital. A job extremely demanding. We live in Iilinois. The first at-sea day was extremely disappointing. We were up early and got chaises in a family area near a small pool. We had two or three hours and went to lunch---we were gone thirty to forty minutes ! We left our towels on chairs. We came back and our towels were removed. Other people as taken our chaises. I asked the deck attendant! Oh, that is our policy..a book, a bag, was laid aside on the floor. THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED ON ANY CRUISE SHIP I HAVE SAILED ON#!!!! We could not find anywhere to sit. We went to our cabins!!! The medical physician and nurses were excellent! I had got onboard for the trip on prednisone due to problems due to suffering with systemic lupus and a rash I developed!!! However I had finished my meds. I took a cold, had a rash, and high temp.. I was given more prednisone. I spent 24 hour in my room. At Castaway Key...the last day on the ship my family and nearly everyone else went ashore! I returned to the top deck where we were the day our chairs were taken. I read. I napped. It was early. Shortly about 11 a.m. the deck attendant came and started stacking all the chaises. I asked him why? Well,he told me they had to to get ready for the new vacationers getting aboard the next day. I told him this was my cruise and he brushed me off. . He wanted to ad my chases to the stack. I gathered my things. I went to Guest Relations and nicely told the receptionist that I had paid for that last day. She just brushed me off. I told her I had no doubt their ship would always be filled. They would have repeat cruisers. But having talked to other fellow cruisers....ones who have cruised on Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian...they also in the past week had told me they would, like us, never cruise Disney again. All other cruise lines treat you with respect. On Celebrity..you are one! There were never attendants from the bar walking around to ask if you would like a drink! In smoking areas....ashtrays run over....you are invisible. No, WALT DISNEY' let us down. How we never expected that.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My husband and I have always been big Disney fans. A friend of mine couldn't believe that we had never been on a cruise, let alone a Disney cruise. So in 2011 I convinced my husband that we should try a four night on the Dream. ... Read More
My husband and I have always been big Disney fans. A friend of mine couldn't believe that we had never been on a cruise, let alone a Disney cruise. So in 2011 I convinced my husband that we should try a four night on the Dream. Well now we are hooked! We just got back from our fifth Disney cruise and next year's is already booked! (Cannot beat the rebooking offer on board!) This was our third year in a row sailing on the Fantasy for a seven night. We found the staff to be incredibly helpful and accommodating at our normal rotational dining as well as the table service available for breakfast or lunch, the buffets, and the quick service stations. The food was amazing! We did the Palo Brunch and Palo dinner upgrades all amazing! We did a Champagne tasting class, a Halloween mixology class, and a regular mixology class for a nominal fee. We enjoyed relaxing on the adult only deck in the very cushy loungers with built in adjustable pillows, and bar service. Never had a problem finding two chairs together any time of the day including sea days. To cool off they don't have a pool, but rather Satellite Falls which is perfect to sit with the built in bench in the 3 foot of water or on the abundant ledge. We did three excursions, Tequila tasting at Cozumel.. which was fun, Tiki Beach at Cayman Islands was wonderful... , and in Jamaica we tried the Green Grotto Caves... was just OK. We made sure to catch all of the Disney Broadway shows, which I love love love, then the late night comedy/magic shows at the Tube along with a ton of other adult entertainment they provided. Our entertainment host was Joshi who was hilarious! We enjoyed sunrises and sunsets on our veranda and took four bottles of champagne with us in our carry on. Yes, you can do that on Disney cruise ships! And for you gamblers, if you don't think you can live without a casino, I tell you that you can! I love my casinos at home, but if need be, I can get my fix from Bingo and a chance to win $10,000! So don't let that dissuade you from a Disney Cruise!! Only complaint that we really have is that if you want to do the professional pictures that are available each night, you could get stuck behind a huge family that takes a big group photo, then individual photos, then individual families.. and suffice to say 15m later, the two of us get our turn and get three taken and are done in 5m. I wish there was an easier way for them to somehow limit the time for the big families. But other than that.. it was a Dream or should I say a Fantasy Vacation!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We traveled with family - 6 adults (ages 60, 58, 35, 32, 29 and 25) and an 11 year old across three cabins. I've been on three prior Carnival cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise. I married into a Disney-loving family and ... Read More
We traveled with family - 6 adults (ages 60, 58, 35, 32, 29 and 25) and an 11 year old across three cabins. I've been on three prior Carnival cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise. I married into a Disney-loving family and we've all spent a good amount of time at Walt Disney World. First, the ship: It was lovely. Big. Fairly easy to navigate, although there were a few corners we didn't quite manage to explore. Very clean and well-maintained, and I loved the decor - especially in the main lobby/atrium. That chandelier was gorgeous. Nice little Disney touches everywhere but it doesn't feel like you're inside a cartoon or anything. Our stateroom was on Deck 7, forward, a family outside with a huge porthole window (with a narrow seat, wide enough to perch on or for a kid) and split bath. Good amount of space to move around. It's across from the laundry room but we did not notice any extra noise. The bed was very comfortable and the split bathroom was nice, we each "claimed" one for teeth brushing and things of that nature. The toiletries were very nice (loved the larger size tubes instead of those teeny ones you get at WDW). I found it a bit odd there were no outlets in the bathroom save for one high-up one for a shaver, but I dried my hair at the desk and it was no big deal. The tub is not ideal for bathing an adult (unless you're just washing your feet or something) but would work for a child, otherwise you have the choice of a hand-held showerhead or the overhead rain-style. Alana was our cabin steward and she did a fantastic job; on the first evening we asked her to bring ice and we were never without it the rest of the trip. She kept everything clean, neat and organized. Dining: We mostly ate at Cabanas for breakfast and lunch (exception being two in-port days) and the main dining rooms for dinner. Cabanas has a pretty good variety, and it never felt terribly crowded to me, which I appreciated. I recommend checking out all your options before deciding what to eat - breakfast included some choices I didn't see the first day, like yogurt plus toppings, which would also have worked for oatmeal. I am a coffee snob and didn't think much of the coffee, but there was a nice selection of tea as well. For the MDR dinners, nearly everything I ate was fantastic. Our waiters were Martin and Kadhri, and they worked beautifully together. Martin had his recommendations each night; one night I ordered a pasta dish that I liked, but he apparently wasn't a fan of, and he wanted to make extra sure I was happy and really did like it. Drinks were refilled quickly, courses came out pretty smoothly, and everything went well. I did find the dining rooms a bit noisy - a lot of clamor and clatter. I'm not sure if it was because of where our tables were or just the acoustics of the rooms. Us younger adults enjoyed the Europa entertainment district, and spent a lot of time at O'Gills and La Piazza, as well as stops in Skyline and The Tube. This might sound weird, but the bathrooms between La Piazza and the Tube are not to be missed - they are really cool! Round rooms, with round stalls and cool tiled walls. As for the bars, service was generally good and I thought the drinks were reasonably priced, especially for a cruise ship. O'Gills has fantastic pub-branded Irish Creme and a house red ale. Later in the evening (around 10:30, I believe) they put a variety of bar food snacks out in the little area near the bathrooms for everyone to munch on. Love this idea. We also enjoyed the musicians who were playing, especially The Dreamers and Take Cover. I have to give a lot of credit to Disney for the Navigator app. It is BRILLIANT. You can check out dinner menus, see the day's activities, look at deck plans and best of all, message other cruisers. With custom Disney emoji, even! It works on the ship's wifi without paying for any other internet service. I only wished they'd add a few more features (although now I can't remember what they were, sadly). Ports: We stopped at Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Tortola was a most-of-the-day trip to The Baths. It was well organized overall, but I thought a few details should have been in the description - it really is a hike down to the beach, for starters. And if you're going through the caves, you need to be able to navigate tide pools, get through small spaces and generally be a little adventurous. Water shoes are highly recommended. Also, lunch was included but we didn't eat till kind of late. The food was tasty but our choices were basically chicken, ribs, or fish; rice; mac & cheese; veggies, and a can of soda or bottle of water. Note that there is a freshwater pool up at the Top of the Baths that you can use to dunk in/cool off during that part of the day. At St Thomas my husband and I went over to the Frenchtown side of Charlotte Amalie and checked out a nanobrewery, which we highly recommend - Frenchtown Brewing. It's in a lofted area off the alley above Pie Whole. We then ate lunch at Rum Shandy, next door. This was a cool area of town that I don't think as many cruise ship tourists see. It's only a 10 minute walk back to downtown Charlotte Amalie. Our day at Castaway Cay was cut short - we were out on the beach when a storm rolled in, and within minutes it was pouring and windy. We had to make our way back to the ship in the driving rain, because the trams weren't running. But Disney had a backup plan and we rolled with it. - Pools rarely seemed too crowded, and I really liked the adults-only area; the AquaDuck was tons of fun. - I checked out the fitness center one day, and it was nice enough, but a little stuffy up there. We played mini-golf one afternoon and really enjoyed it. - We wished for another night or two of adult karaoke; there was only one (the rest was "family" karaoke which meant mostly kids singing Disney tunes). - The activities staff were a lot of fun, especially Tisa and Joshiie. All in all, we had a great vacation and it was in no small part due to Disney's great ship and excellent customer service. These cruises are pricey but they are also high quality and I would definitely go again, given the chance. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
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
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, ... Read More
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, such as salmon wrapped in proscutto and grilled. The buffet was more sophisticated on the day we boarded than the following days. Staff was available to assist in locating a vacant table, which were quickly bussed. The ship was beautiful and kept immaculate. Public bathrooms were plentiful and always spotless. The staff were friendly and helpful and cheeful. We were unhappy with our table mates for our evening meal. We were seated at a table for 8 but there were only 5 of us each evening. One was a single man who wanted us to invest in some ridiculous scheme and the other couple complained about Disney nightly. The waitstaff were slow and even though they rotated along with us, they never remembered we enjoyed fresh cracked pepper and Tobasco Sauce and our food would be cold before we could get their attention to request it. We were seated near a large table with 14 people who were so loud we often couldn't carry on a conversation at our table. We were under the impression that children dined the first hour and then were taken to another venue suitable for their age bracket. Our cabin was spacious with plenty of cabinets and drawers. The soaps, shampoos, lotions were very good quality. Our cabin steward kept it immaculate for us but we were without ice the first 24 hours of the cruise. Morning room service arrived exactly as requested and our order was always complete. The pool was always too crowded for us to enjoy so we didn't get to experience that. Finding a chair was impossible but we had a spacious balcony and thoroughly enjoyed that. We were surprised that photographers were not available at the gangway at each port. Only once were we approached by a photographer at evening meal (Palo) for photo op. Palo brunch was outstanding and I highly recommend you experience it at least once! Palo evening meal was too rich for us but the food was quite good. The food in the main diningrooms was mediocre and not at all what we remembered having on the Dream. Having Disney movies available 24/7 in your cabin was a plus too. The shops on board had a lot of fun Disney merchandise and clothes and were a blast to visit. The itinerary was wonderful and we loved St. Maarten and St. Thomas and Castaway was incredible as always. We would love to see an overnight stay at Castaway and trade a sea day for it. The Debarkation process was a breeze. Breakfast that morning was not pallatable. All in all, it was a wonderful cruise and we will definitely plan to sail again as soon as possible. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was my second time on a cruise, first being with the Royal Caribbean during hurricane Sandy. After such a horrible experience I never thought I could possibly go on a cruise again. However, being such a Disney fan, with hesitation I ... Read More
This was my second time on a cruise, first being with the Royal Caribbean during hurricane Sandy. After such a horrible experience I never thought I could possibly go on a cruise again. However, being such a Disney fan, with hesitation I gave it a second chance. Boy was it the best experience ever! The room was a great size it felt like I was in a hotel room considering you're on a boat. The boat was clean, up kept, and the staff was beyond my expectations. Many of the staff go 6 months or more without seeing or talking to their families, which makes you wonder how they keep that smile going. The shows were phenomenal, make sure you see them at the disney theatre, they are worth your time. Don't forget your pirate outfit for a night of fireworks, dance and food at the cabanas. If you love the mickey ice cream note that you can only get it through room service. If you want to take pictures with the characters also note that you might have to get a ticket through the main lobby which is great bc that eliminates a huge line during your set time. If you are into running, make sure you get your ticket to the Castaway Cay 5k at the main lobby as well. For disembarkation we chose the express luggage check in, we left our luggage out the night before at 9pm, left special tags on them and boy was it a fast check out, note that if you chose this option you have to leave the boat at 7am and will only have a small breakfast if you plan accordingly, you won;t see your luggage till you arrive home but it was totally worth it and well organized. Overall, this was a fantasy come true me and my significant other had the most romantic getaway ever. Thank you Marlon, and Dejan for making us smile during dinner, you guys were phenomenal, and who could forget Anak our stateroom host who not only remembered our names but created the best towel creatures. :) The disney fantasy cruise is a must with or with out kids. Read Less
Sail Date April 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 the first cruise I had ever went on with my husband - we were both in our mid/late twenties at the time. I had been on nearly a dozen cruises with other cruise lines with my parents growing up - Holland America, Royal Caribbean, ... Read More
This was the first cruise I had ever went on with my husband - we were both in our mid/late twenties at the time. I had been on nearly a dozen cruises with other cruise lines with my parents growing up - Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Princess - while my husband had been on only three cruises that were all with Disney. At first, I was very hesitant about choosing a cruise with Disney - my husband had last been on a Disney cruise when he was still young enough to attend the teen programs on board the ship - and I figured that it would only be fun for kids/families. However, there was a special deal going on last year that allowed us to take this cruise for the same price as the lines that I was used to, so I agreed to take the plunge. Overall the cruise was absolutely amazing! Dining - Since we were traveling as a party of two, my husband said that we would be paired up with others. We were both a little nervous - how would we get along with complete strangers? Well, Disney was incredible at pairing us up with the perfect couples! Both couples were just about the same age as us and had so much in common! We were frequently one of the last tables to leave in the evenings. Since one of the couples were newlyweds, they only attended the dinner occasionally. When they did not make it, we often had the luck to have some of the young performers eat with us instead. One of the performers had his fiance visiting, who was working at the Disneyland in Hong Kong. Getting these opportunities to eat with such interesting individuals was a major highlight of the trip. Cabanas - I liked the look of the buffet, but typically perferred to eat in the main dining rooms or at the outdoor snack shops on the main deck. The desert portions were extremely small (most were one or two bites in size) and were not nearly as good as the desert options at dinner. The coffee was a major highlight of Cabanas. By far the best coffee I have ever had anywhere! Entertainment - We loved the Disney performances; they went above and beyond the Broadway performances that I am used to going to see, albeit shorter (only around 45 min. long). It's a shame that the performances don't change or rotate between ships frequently though -- I'm not sure how much fun it will be to repeat watch on our next trip. Movies - Iron Man 2 premiered on our ship, which was a huge deal! We also enjoyed the wide range of movies nearly constantly ongoing on board the ship in the spectacular theatres. I tend to be a morning person, while my husband likes to sleep in, so I would often take in an early morning movie while waiting for him to get up. I was particularly amazed at how many 3D options were available. Adult Only Top Deck Areas - This is something that is typically highlighted as an option on every cruise line, but never have I seen it done as well as on this ship! There were almost never any kids in this area, and the few that went through literally went through - I forgot many times that there were even kids on this cruise! Rain Forest - Probably one of the main reasons I am hooked on the Fantasy. I LOVED the showers! They are almost impossible to properly describe - scented with colored lights, sounds, multiple shower head types, etc. Basically if you go in the tropical rainstorm shower, you feel like you are actually in a tropical rainstorm! The sauna rooms were also wonderful. The hamam (sp) was the best! Very relaxing music, hot, and relaxing. However, if my husband had his way, he probably would have spent all of his time on the heated chairs looking out over the ocean. The highlight had to be the two person hot tubs, looking out over the ocean. We were disappointed by the cool temp (which was apparently an issue throughout the entire cruise) and lack of pressure from the jets, but the overall experience was great! Excursions - I was very impressed by how Disney handled letting people on and off the ship - this was done better than any other cruise I have been on - more efficiently and less stressful. We went on two excursions - a Mayan ruins tour at Costa Maya and a tequila and tacos tour at Cozamel. We did not like Costa Maya and would have been happier just staying on board the ship or walking around the pier area. The tour at Cozamel was better, but again would have been equally happy staying on board the ship or walking around the pier. The Castaway Cay was alright, but not as great as I had hoped. The food was just okay. The burgers were overcooked and it felt extremely rushed by the crew even though there were only a few people in line for food. I preferred the closest beach to the ship because there was a netting that kept the fish away from the shore area. While the adult area was definitely quieter, there was no such netting there, and we saw a number of fish. I'm scared of being touched by fish so this was a negative for me. Also, it took two buses to get out to the adult beach, so it was not the most convenient. Room - On this cruise, we had the option of choosing a general category and being assigned a room at random. This option was a special deal that we have not seen available for any ship this year and saved us around $1,000. However, we got a room with an extended veranda, which was really nice. I could definitely see how the two room toliet/tub/shower situation could be very beneficial for families with young kids, but was disappointed that the tub was not big enough for comfortable adult use. The theme of the room was great and I enjoyed the free on demand movie/tv shows and room service available in the room. Although I thought the ship was very clean, I got sick on board the ship and spent a significant portion of the trip in the room, so I was glad it was so comfy. I was disappointed that the verandas were opened up between the rooms toward the end of the trip through and were never closed because it greatly removed a lot of the privacy, which I wanted while sick. My husband and I will be going back again on our first Eastern Caribbean cruise in a few months. It turns out that we will be on the first Halloween on the High Seas for the Fantasy and are super excited! I definitely think that Disney needs to continue these types of special events so that there is always a different experience each time we take a cruise. Next time, I think I'll try to convince my husband to take a trip in early November so that we can do a Chistmas one as well! So exciting to have the opportunity for these special events without having to literally travel on Christmas or Halloween. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
My husband and I just recently returned from a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise to St Maarten, St Thomas and Castaway Cay. This was our 6th Disney cruise and our 1st without our son along (he was home with Grandma this time). The weather ... Read More
My husband and I just recently returned from a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise to St Maarten, St Thomas and Castaway Cay. This was our 6th Disney cruise and our 1st without our son along (he was home with Grandma this time). The weather was amazing the entire trip, the ports of call were fun. We had an excursion to St. John from St. Thomas that took us to beautiful Trunk Bay, amazing! On Castaway Cay we rented bikes to explore the island. We enjoyed the adults BBQ lunch along our path. We took in views of the island from the observation tower and some great pictures, too! While onboard we felt like royalty! Many crew members noticed our "anniversary" buttons we were wearing and wished us a Happy Anniversary. That made us feel special. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner for the first time at "Remy", brunch at Palo, nice dinners at Cabana's a few nights and of course the rotational dining was very enjoyable, as always! We especially had fun talking with Fiona from Australia and Diara from Scotland in The gallery onboard. We were privileged to meet David from Godiva Chocolate's while he was onboard, we Learned to make chocolate lava cake! Yummy!!! My Husband had the chance to meet and cook along side Mark from "Remy" During an "Anyone Can Cook" lobster ravioli demonstration, what fun! Wonderful stateroom choice. We only had one balcony neighbor. The other side is aPorthole stateroom, so no outdoor neighbor. The clear glass makes for beautiful views ofthe sea on lazy sea days and during morning coffee. The bedding is perfect, so comfortable! The split bath is the best. I can't imagine Cruising without this feature. It makes for a happy husband and wife while getting Ready for nice dinners out! Alvin, our stateroom attendant, couldn't have been better! Our room was kept just so the entire stay! Thank you, Alvin! P.s. Love Disney spa soaps!!!! As always, we had an excellent Disney Cruise Line vacation! We've already booked Our next DCL Cruise while onboard. Let the countdown begin!!!!   Read Less
Sail Date February 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
BACKGROUND INFO Wow! What a great cruise! We are a newlywed couple who decided to spend half our honeymoon on a Disney cruise (both male, age 32 and 35), and what a great decision that turned out to be. HOTEL INFO Coming into Orlando ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFO Wow! What a great cruise! We are a newlywed couple who decided to spend half our honeymoon on a Disney cruise (both male, age 32 and 35), and what a great decision that turned out to be. HOTEL INFO Coming into Orlando from New York, we decided to stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel, as the airport is included in the Disney transport to Port Canaveral. The hotel is a very convenient choice to do unless you really want to do the Disney hotels (our usual choices). The hotel is nice, well kept and provides adequate (expected) service. We didn't make much use of their amenities as we mostly used them for the lodging. TRAVEL TO PORT OF EMBARKATION The Disney's Magical Express to Port Canaveral magically sweeps you from the airport to the port, and all the friendly Disney cast members courteously guides you along the way. It is greatly hassle free, something we value and appreciate. I didn't find it an expensive add on. SHIP INFO The Disney Fantasy is at the time of this review the newest ship in the Disney fleet, and certainly looks the part, too! The crew keeps the ship impeccably clean at all times, and your stateroom is made neat and tidy twice a day. The only thing we can complain about here, is other guests either throwing garbage into the sea, or on deck in places where its hard for the crew to spot. The common areas are plentiful, spacious, and themed down to the tiniest details. You will wander around the ship in awe for a couple of days before its full glory actually starts to settle on you. In fact, the amazing service and familiarity started acting like our "safe spot" once we got into the different ports. If we ever ran into something less likeable ashore, a feeling of wanting to get back to the ship asap quickly emerged. STATEROOM Our stateroom had a veranda, and we got it to "spoil ourselves" for the honeymoon. I was worried we wouldn't use it, but we did every day. It's quite nice to have your own outside area within your stateroom to enjoy the view and watch every different scene that floats past you outside the ship. Had it not been for the fact that staterooms with verandas are nearly double the price on the Mediterranean cruise we book for June 2014, we wouldn't have hesitated to get it again. Very little noise, only children and parents screaming at each other every now and then. DINING The Disney Cruise Line dining rotation is nice, and makes for a comfortable and easy "choice" each night. We opted out once for dinner at Remy, an experience you should try. It is VERY high class fine dining, so if you're uncomfortable being pampered, served by five-six different servers, every meal an artwork, and being surrounded in a quiet luxurious setting by other guests also wearing suits and nice dresses, then Remy is not for you. Probably the most exclusive dining experience I've ever had, and Gianluca (from Italy, yay!), our main server, deserved every bit of the 30% tip we gave him. Had it not been for the fact that we came straight from a mixology (drink mixing) class that same nice we would have also tried the wine pairing menu. Interestingly, the entire Remy crew was European, so we felt very much at home. At Palo, where we had lunch, the environment is slightly less upscale than at Remy's, but that does not need it's any less incredible. Food is ridiculously good, and so plentiful and beautiful to look at. I've never seen an all you care to eat restaurant like it before. Amanda, our server from Mexico, may have been the most memorable Disney server I have ever had. Not only was she a theatrical delight, but she brought surprise plates of food and desserts to us, and made us laugh and enjoy the brunch even more. I hope they recognize her, and push her upwards in the company. My only complaint with the dining, is that our table on the regular dining rotation consisting of only adults and no children, seemed to get far less attention than the tables that did have kids. I found this odd, having been a Disney server myself. I know that "happy parents" usually are good tippers, but I would never have left any table out of the extraordinary Disney service you are supposed to provide each and every guest. Oh well, it only meant I found the service adequate. I don't even remember the servers' names, and we had them for nearly a week! The food elsewhere on the ship is bountiful and at every corner. You get as simple or as incredible food as you would like. ACTIVITIES The ship has so many activities that you will find something you'll like no matter what your preferences are. We did minigolf, the spa, and participated in several adult quizzes that were a lot of fun! The days are so packed with fun things to do you just have to pick what you think sounds most fun, and do that. You can't do it all. Chocolate and wine tasting, and mixology class, is highly recommended. SERVICE Well, the Disney service standard is world renowned, and pretty much sets the standard for any other competing company. They all smile, and are always friendly, polite and helpful. I can't remember one single time I felt they didn't do well. The only place where it is a bit lackluster, is when reentering the ship from a port through security. When booking, we were asked (DCL website) if we were celebrating anything. I do remember mentioning this was our honeymoon, and thought they might recognize this in some way. Well - they never did - not at dinner, either. I saw other tables get attention for birthdays and other occasions, but they never said a word to us about anything. Maybe they were just asking for statistical and marketing purposes, and you have to tell DCL again later while onboard. ENTERTAINMENT Besides the first show which is an odd infomercial Disney mix about your cruise, and the tedious cruise director appearances ahead of any movie or show (I mean, he's funny, but does he have to be there every time?), the shows are Broadway worthy. They are that good. The actors are super good, and the entire theater is used on several occasions. Don't miss out on any of them. Also, they show all the latest Disney movies, and may even premiere one on the ship if they can. Often we basically ran back from a Port Adventure and straight into a show or movie starting up. Then you get a little break before heading to dinner. They also play live music in the atrium / lobby area, but I found that a bit cheesy and off. I did see some people dance though. PORT & SHORE EXCURSIONS I am very underwhelmed by the Mexican ports Costa Maya and Cozumel. Maybe we chose the wrong excursions, I don't know, but several of the experienced cruisers either just strolled a bit through the shopping areas or stayed on the ship. We probably will, too, next time. Snorkeling at Stingray City on Grand Cayman and hanging out at Castaway Cay were definitely the highlights! I have gone into a little more detailed in the port reviews. I do on the whole feel like they are less interested in catering to gay couples on these Caribbean destinations though, unfortunately. DISEMBARKATION Very easy, and we did the Express Walk Off. You get up EARLY, and drag your suitcase with you straight back onto mainland on Port Canaveral. The Disney bus brought us right back to the airport, and everything was a breeze. There was very little you had to do, except for customs which was very quick, too. SUMMARY Did I mention we booked another Disney cruise in the Mediterranean next year? It was that good. All in all, the seamless experience Disney provides makes everything incredible easy - and you actually start to forget what time it is. Being without a steady cell phone service and internet, and in incredible surroundings with a line of top notch experiences lined up all the time, sucks you in. Reality is slightly more bleak after this cruise. We can't wait to go back. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
My wife was very upset when she found out I chose a Disney Cruise for our honeymoon. That being said we ended up having an excellent time, and she was very surprised to see that there were plenty of adult things to do. I'm 23 and ... Read More
My wife was very upset when she found out I chose a Disney Cruise for our honeymoon. That being said we ended up having an excellent time, and she was very surprised to see that there were plenty of adult things to do. I'm 23 and she's 25, and I grew up going to Disney World at least 3x a year as I grew up so I was very confident that their cruise would be a phenomenal experience.The ship itself was phenomenal. It was beautiful, And it seemed as though someone was always cleaning something. However, it was almost as if you didn't notice/care. I will write as much as I can remember!The forward adult only area of the ship was awesome, and we never saw a child up there. The chairs were so comfortable, and we always caught some sun up there. The main pool is cool. It has a big tv where they show Disney movies, so you may want to avoid that. The Aquaduck is really fun... especially when you're at sea. The adult only district "Europa" is really fun. We went to the Tube almost every night. The entertainment was great - magicians, ventriloquist, hypnotist, and juggler... They were all world class! These entertainers were 100% geared towards adults bc there are no kids in the room! The shows were okay for adults. We enjoyed them, the Walt Disney Theater is beautiful, but they are definitely geared towards kids. We played Bingo twice, did a wine tasting class, a towel folding class, and played some adult trivia - all activities were fun. I don't think my wife and I ever felt like we were bored and had nothing to do on the ship.The food was pretty good. The service was EXCELLENT! We loved our two servers - Daniel from Romania and Boris from India. We seriously looked forward to dinner just to get to see them. We ate at Palo one night - it excellent as well. The food was good, the service was good, but we felt like it was a little overboard (neither of us is extremely fancy/elegant). We almost always just ate the "theme park" fast food stuff on deck 11 by the pool. One great thing about this cruise is that you can bring a carry on of alcohol. So pack some wine, champagne, and liquor if you drink, and enjoy in your stateroom as you can just go get soda from deck 11. Our stateroom host was excellent as well. Our bed was always made, and our room was cleaned at least twice a day. One other thing about our room... We had a huge verandah in the aft/starboard side of the ship. We didn't use it much, so I'd recommend either a standard verandah or a port hole room. We spent most of our time on the top deck to catch all the views, but we both like to be up where the action is. It would have been really nice if we had preferred a lot of alone time. I also recommend doing a massage and going to the Rainforest Spa Area. If you want a day pass to the rainforest then definitely get it before the cruise departs. I payed $20 I think per person about 2 months before we set sail and literally payed 10x less!The ports were okay. We snorkeled in Grand Cayman which was great. Costa Maya and Cozumel were whatever. She got her jollies by shopping for overpriced junk in the touristy areas while I just watched my wife be happy! I will say you can get $1 Dos Equis if you look hard enough. It rained in Castaway Cay, but we were able to do the nature walk/kayak. The kayaking was fun, but the nature walk was kind of long and boring.Overall, in my one time cruiser opinion this is an excellent choice. My wife even thinks she wants to become a Disney Vacation Club member as we've been to Disneyland twice and WDW once since we began dating. I think the best part hands down of this cruise was the service. Other great things: the beauty of the ship, the overall entertainment, and the fact that there weren't a bunch of drunk college kids running around. We met so many great families who loved that we were honeymooning on a Disney cruise. Both of us are looking forward to hopefully being able to do an Alaskan Cruise with Disney. One final thought... Keep in mind this cruise may or may not be for every honeymoon couple. I can say with complete confidence that you will not feel overwhelmed by the amount of kids on the ship bc they're all so happy in the kids areas. But if you are completely unfamiliar with Disney the. You may have trouble enjoying about a third of the things on the ship. If you have specific questions feel free to email me at dpick84@gmail.com Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Background information: Just the two of us. Couple in our late 30s. First cruise on Disney, previously on NCL. We had been dreaming of a Disney Cruise since they first announced the line 20 years ago. That is many years of building up ... Read More
Background information: Just the two of us. Couple in our late 30s. First cruise on Disney, previously on NCL. We had been dreaming of a Disney Cruise since they first announced the line 20 years ago. That is many years of building up expectations and Disney delivered. It was our 18 wedding anniversary and we found a great rate called GTY Verandah. We booked on March 11 paid in full. Two weeks later we received our cabin 8536. Flight and Hotel: We used sky miles to fly into Orlando and Priceline to find a hotel room for one night near the airport with a free shuttle to and from the airport. We utilize Priceline often for hotel and car rentals. We enjoy the gamble of name your own price. Our flight got in around midnight. I had verified with the hotel about our late arrival. They picked us up after collecting our luggage and off we went. There was a gas station across the street that we were going to stop by to pick up some water but we forgot. In the morning we got up enjoyed the free breakfast and headed back to the airport around 10. Travel to Port: We had purchased Disney transfers and once back at the Orlando airport we went to check in for the cruise transport. We waited maybe 15 minutes until they collected our luggage and escorted us to a bus. On the bus the driver was friendly and knowledgeable as were all the cast members at the airport. It was a fun drive over. They show videos with Disney Characters about the cruise and then some trivia and cartoon shorts. The buses looked like a cruise ship with portholes and they are well cared for, clean and comfortable. Ship: I had butterflies seeing the sparkling ocean and the beautiful ship. The cruise terminal is very nice (until after the cruise down in the dungeon) we had little to no wait in the security line and waiting to check in. We walked around the terminal to look at the model ships and enjoyed watching people pose for photos with Mickey and Minnie. Throughout the cruise many photo opportunities were available with or without Disney characters. We did not choose to pose for any. They did seem to handle the lines well and were always busy. Half an hour after arriving they called out boarding group and we went aboard. They announce your family name which is slightly embarrassing so we pretended to be with the family in front of us. Which my hubby found hysterical as we are both blond and they were beautiful dark haired and foreign speaking. There were a large number of vacationers from South America and it was fun to hear the accent. The Fantasy is beautiful and classy. SO clean and the attention to detail and keeping her ship shape was something to behold. Round the clock they are sparkling her up. The chandelier it breathtaking. Every public space is themed and clean. Nooks and crannies to relax in or explore and only a few times did we feel crowded. I had studied ahead of time and knew we wanted to take a tour of the ship and eat in the Enchanted Gardens for lunch. We wondered around a little in awe as it is gorgeous the Fantasy, we just fell in love. We had a great table for lunch and the food was delicious. Everything was just magic. We were offered a water bottle package and we purchased it. They delivered it to our cabin and we used it all week. Cabin: After our ship tour we went to our cabin and WOW! It was good sized the split bathroom- what a great idea and plenty of storage. We each had our own closet. This felt generous in space. I loved the vanity with mirror across from the coach where I could do my hair and make up and store everything. I appreciated all week that we could watch on demand Disney movies from live action to old classics for FREE. It was a hoot to watch Pirates of the Caribbean while getting ready or before bed on the ocean. I was disappointed they did not have the shows on the main stage viewable on the cabin TV as I heard they offered that. The room is like two in one as there is a heavy drape divider which is perfect if one wants to retire early or rise and not disturb the sleeper. The coach was large and comfortable. We adored our verandah. Sitting out there and watching the open sea or searching for flying fish or islands as we pass by. It was very private and except for the cabin next to us leaving the light on all night out there it was grand. I also was glad they did not come on with loud voices over the PA speakers all the time which we appreciated. They do have a channel you can tune into to hear messages from the Captain and cruise director. Our cabin attendant was pleased to provide superior service. He had the most genuine smile and embodied the Disney touch. Our wait staff also we grand in fact not once on this cruise did we feel we were not given white glove service. If it was a cast member cleaning a bathroom to a shop clerk to the club hosts it is friendly professional service. Thank you Disney for delivering on service. The muster drill seemed really long. Because we had so many different languages it took time to get organized and started and repeated. After the drill we went up top for the sail away and grabbed a few items from Fillmore’s grill as snacks. Watched the sail away party and unplugged from the world as we glided away from all cares. We didn’t get far out to sea when all of the sudden we were back in Port Canaveral. There was a medical emergency of a man with chest pains. (Hoping he is okay I thought about him all week.) Adults on a kid cruise?: Being kid free just two adults we thought will we feel overrun by children? Not at all. Disney is amazing when it comes to pampering the adults. There are adult only spaces galore. Two pools, awesome night clubs, the spa, and adult only beach at Cast Away Cay. It was heavenly. I felt many times we were on an adult only cruise I know it sounds bizarre. If we walked by main pool it was crazy kid soup. But with late dining I think it was perfect for us. For example on my new favorite island in the world we first snorkeled on the family beach then headed to what felt like a perfect provate oasis. Because most were there with children they were all at the family beach and the 18 and older only is enforced leaving us to bask in beauty. We love the clean Disney fun and superior service. There are family areas as well like a night/day club for families. I took some cooking classes there. Not once did we miss the lack of a casino. There was so much to do from sun up till we dropped. My favorite area is called Satellite falls which I felt we had almost to our selves. It is on the very top of the ship with comfy loungers and soft towels and attentive bar staff. Plenty of shade for me and sun for my husband. The view is terrific. It was a haven for us. The main adult pool Quite Cove is not so quiet and has all ages walking around it often it is a busy space and for some reason reminds me of an old love boat episode. Aqua Duck terrified me until I tried it. Very fast and very fun. We did the Muppet Detective agency and enjoyed the art all over the ship. We learned to avoid the central elevators and use the ones at the aft or front of the ship. But ride the lobby elevators at least once to see the fun paintings. Lots of musicians and bands around the ship. The entertainment was great. I felt compelled not to miss and some were mini Broadway shows. Excellent talent. My husband even went a few nights to watch the show a second time. First run movies at sea with 3-d were fun. And on the Fantasy you can go to the pool deck refill your drink cup for free 24/7 and grab a cookie as your movie treat. Food: Our rotation began at Animators Palate. Yummy food, great service and entertainment. Looked forward to each meal there to see what was in store visually. Enchanted gardens is beautiful. It felt like dinning in Paris in a garden and watching the “sunset” and flowers bloom and night sky twinkle is really delightful. This was the only place on the ship I could feel the engines and movement of the sea. Royal Court I would say was my least favorite. They do have some mosaics. I thought the food variety was good and if we enjoyed something they brought more. How grand to have most drinks free. Juice and soda. We had most breakfasts at the buffet and talk about fresh and selection. It felt like it went on for miles and yet it is in stations so little to waiting. Had lunch a few times there also. The midnight or late night feast after the pirate party was something else. They have carved fruit masterpieces. Crepes and turkey legs a potato bar all kinds of food you don’t want to eat that late but can’t resist. Had room service a few times it was okay not as good as the main dining rooms. Ports: St John is a favorite island so we did the Truck Bay Adventure in St Thomas. Loved it. San Juan: Enjoyed the ship to ourselves in the morning then headed out as others were heading back. Took a tour to old San Juan and had a great driver. Stopped by El Morro and did a little shopping. Cast Away: BEST ISLAND EVER! A day in paradise. Disembarkation: What a letdown. After a perfect week nothing like customs to bring you back to reality. Once that ship is back at port I felt the magic disappeared. No one seemed to be around to help answer questions and they are antsy to get you off the ship. I understand it is a quick turnaround but it felt like night and day. I needed to use the bathroom after waiting in line for so long and they acted like I had committed a crime against country. They would not let me use the bathroom in the terminal but had me walk out by the drug dogs to a parking structure very dirty and unpleasant. That is my whine ( hope you had some cheese). We loved this cruise so much that we cruised again 6 months later. Thank Disney! We hope to try out other ships in the Disney fleet but we are partial to the Fantasy.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We are fairly experienced cruisers. This was our 11th cruise and third on Disney. We were on the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Dream as well as going on the Pacific route with the Disney Wonder which is our favorite route. We booked late, ... Read More
We are fairly experienced cruisers. This was our 11th cruise and third on Disney. We were on the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Dream as well as going on the Pacific route with the Disney Wonder which is our favorite route. We booked late, literally two weeks before the cruise and got a great price through the Disney website on an ocean view room guarantee. We spent a week at the Walt Disney World Dolphin before the cruise so we used Disney transfers which if you are staying on Disney property or coming direct from the airport is always the best and easiest way to go. Since we booked so late we had received our luggage tags or cruise document book yet. Disney is one of the few (if any) cruise lines that send out a attractive book with all your stuff including real luggage tags not the paper ones which you get through email. We were picked up at the Disney Beach club because they don't pick up at the Dolphin or the Swan. Where ever you are picked up at on Disney property they will have luggage tags for you that you can write your information on if you don't have tags. Its a breeze because you don't see your luggage again until your in your room. Embarkation was a breeze and we were on the ship within 1 hour and in our room right when we boarded. The ship was clean and always kept clean as well very friendly all over the ship. Since we are past Disney cruisers we received gifts in our stateroom upon arrival. It was a very nice back pack with some snacks. Disney always treats past guests great with nice gifts instead of worthless discount coupon books which really don't sum up to much of a discount. We were originally in a ocean-view stateroom on deck 2. Very roomy and spacious as well as a great view out of a good sized portal. Also had the great split bathroom which is a big plus of cruising with Disney. One bathroom has toilet and a sink, mirror etc..second had the roomy shower and tub (big enough to have a nice soak in). Great plus on Disney. After two days I saw some people on our floor had been upgraded so I figured what the heck I will ask all they could say was no. They said yes and within the hour (thanks Alister at Guest Services) we were in a balcony room on deck 6. Great job by both room stewards Naomi and Lana. Any time I can save over one thousand dollars with Disney on a free upgrade I will take it. You all know how Tinker Bell can spread that good ole pixie dust on your wallet and make money disappear. Here is the downside with that room which was 6062. It was pretty much over the Buena Vista movie theater. Disney plays many movies late and they play it loud. Now I love the Avengers movie and have seen it several times but when I can hear and feel Hulk Smash in my room its a little much. But hey we had a balcony so what the heck. We slept in a couple times to make up for lack of sleep. Entertainment was of course top notch with the Disney brand. I really have not seen many bad shows at sea but Disney is always the best and done with an attitude of excellence. Wishes which we had not seen before on the Dream or Wonder was great. Buckets and Boards were also unique and great as well. Kinda like Stomp but much better. Make sure you see their act at sea. Couple of wonderful guys. The Pirate night fireworks show was different than on the Dream and featured Capt Jack Sparrow. I won't go into details so you will be surprised . Try to get a position on the port side top deck right next to the roped off area for a real close and personal view of Capt Jack. Disappointed that the usual late buffet was going on right when the Pirate show was happening. Not because I missed any meals but because I like to take pictures of the ice carvings and decorations. We went down right after the firework show and it was already shut down. The food was great. Cabanas always had a pretty good selection even though it pretty much stayed the same during breakfast. Lunch was great with different food selections in different ports. Go to the Royal Court for breakfast. They have a french toast pineapple stack similar to what has been served at the Disney Polynesian resort. Then go do some laps on deck 4 to work off the carbs. Service in Cabana's was pretty good. Not as good as Princess cruise lines buffet area. Lot's of opportunity here with crew members just standing around talking. Have not seen this on the Wonder or the Dream. We had a great service team in our dining rotation Alexa and Mickey. Mickey did magic tricks most every night at our table. Alexa was pretty detailed about the menu every night. Maybe to detailed at times. I have ever had a bad wait team on Disney but I need to say the Head Waiter/Maitre D Candice was a real negative experience. She started the first two meals out extremely negative toward her team and was such a bad experience if we had not had other table mates at our table I would have told her to be quiet and leave our table. She acted like she expected something to go wrong and told us if anything went wrong she would immediately correct it and the cast member and then went through a laundry list of things that could have gone wrong. She throughout the cruise gave dirty looks to her staff and seemed to want to try to intimidate and belittle them. Candice also only went to certain tables during the cruise and totally blew off our 10 anniversary celebration which was under her duties not the wait staff. And in spite of Candice our wait team was great.Candice belongs on Carnival or some other cruise line that has lower expectations.We did finally get our anniversary celebration and buttons once I complained to guest services but it was not on the day of our anniversary so there is opportunity for improvement here. First negative experience with Disney though. Royal Court on the Disney Fantasy was better on the decorations then the Dream but missed having all the princess's coming around like they did on the Dream. Animators Pallet was great. Got to talk to Crush (still a thrill at my age Dude) and they did a very unique deal at the last night there. We had place mats which you drew body figures and faces on they collected them at the start of dinner and as a finale they showed it by the nearest screen at your table. Now they only showed the figures that were drawn in your area which was cool that you did not have to go through everyone's drawings. They also showed the drawn characters interact with many of the Disney cartoons you know and love. You then receive your place mat drawings back with a certificate acknowledging you as a official Disney animator of sorts. Spa wise we did the private villa Couples Choice experience. First time we splurged this way on Disney and have got to say for the 475.00 price tag I expected better and would probably not do this again. The spa staff asked us to come 15 minutes early to our appointment which we of course did. We showed at 5 PM to find out that the room was not ready and ended up waiting until 5:30 as they hurried to get the room ready. It felt slapped together. The treatments itself were good we had the seaweed wrap and couples massage. We also had use of the outside private jacuzzi but we were not clear on the time allowed and everything seemed a bit hurried. Found a dirty used towel in the bathroom and a used ice bucket under the deck chairs on our private deck. Not the preparation I would expect for 475.00. We also used the Rainforest Day pass which was very nice and not crowded at all. The ship is a beautiful ship with lots to do . We were told that the Aquaduck was faster on board the Fantasy compared to the Dream. We didn't notice any difference in speed but rode it several times and it was great. Did not play the Muppets Detective game but saw many adults playing it. Will try it next time. They had some very nice pool areas for the adults such as Satellite Falls and did a great job of keeping any young ones out of the area. One of the big problems on this cruise was security in the hallways. Yes we know there will be kids on a Disney cruise but we had kids running wild up and down the hallways and also heard reports of things getting stole off the doors such as decorations etc.. Adults started to take things into their own hands I noted all over the ship with kids who were riding the elevators and pressing all the buttons. Because of a lack of security I saw several children getting scolded by adults who were not their parents because of their behavior. It seemed the Red Bull was flowing on that cruise. Shopping was pretty pricey on the ship with the average adult t shirt at 23-29 dollars which is pricey even for Disney. They had a few kids items on clearance. Nothing for adults. I was surprised there was a guy who was he port shopping guy on TV but he was not on board and there were no on board shows talking about the port???? Leslie the cruise director was nice and gracious and had a very visible presence on the ship. She was kind of thrown in between cruise directors because of Brent's vacation so there was no cruise director morning show but she still did a nice job and stepped up to the plate Even with the bumps Disney is still my favorite cruise line. Embarkation was a breeze and we used Disney's airline check in program which saw our bags safely all the way home to Dayton. Breakfast was a bit of confusion on embarkation because we were told to go to the restaurant we ate at the night before. We went there at around 8 and they were not letting anyone in which was a drag because we had tips for the wait staff. We went up to Cabanas which we were told was only serving a continental breakfast but they actually were serving full tilt. Again all in all a great cruise and if you love Disney or just a kid at heart go on a Disney cruise. Its worth the price tag. remember you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We booked a category 6A guaranteed stateroom on the September 8 sailing of the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Caribbean. II have previously sailed Carnival and found the experience to be too loud and energetic for my personal tastes so this ... Read More
We booked a category 6A guaranteed stateroom on the September 8 sailing of the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Caribbean. II have previously sailed Carnival and found the experience to be too loud and energetic for my personal tastes so this time around I was very interested in the new Disney ship and was not disappointed. My fiance is a Petty Officer in the US Navy and while he has been on many "cruises" this was the first one he didn't have to work on! We flew into Orlando the day before and used Disney's transportation to their resorts where we stayed the night. We have been to Disney World previously but have never stayed on the property so we took this opportunity to give it a test run. Since it was just the two of us in the off season the cost was comparable to staying near the airport and a nice way to get us excited for the cruise. We also used Disneys transportation to and from the port. It removed a bit of extra planning and stress out of the equation for me and so I found it to be very enjoyable but would be unlikely to use it for a group larger than two or three as it becomes very expensive at that point. When we arrived at the port around 2 there was no line and the longest wait was probably at the security checkpoint, about 15 minutes. We walked right on the ship and to our stateroom which had been upgraded to a category 4B on deck 8! It had the round tub, extra chair and more floor space. We were in between stairwells so there was a bit of noise from traffic but it wasn't enough to take away from the overall trip. We loved the views from our veranda on the port side. After getting settled in our room we ventured out to Cabanas to get something to eat. It was very very crowded and we spent a large amount of time searching for an open table. I was already prepared for this though from my last trip and so we scouted the area BEFORE getting any food so that we could avoid walking around with plates piled with food while running into everybody. After the first day Cabanas was never that busy and we had no difficulty finding seating. The food was ok, pretty much your basic buffet fair, nothing really special to make note of. The dining at the restaurants was much much better. My favorite restaurant would have to be Royal Court, it didn't feel very crowded and the food was excellent. My least favorite was Animators Pallet, but my fiance disagrees, it was his favorite. The shows in Animators were cute and definitely worth seeing, but being there with no kids I was glad to not be directly interacting when Crush came out, though the children that were there seemed to love it and we enjoyed watching him talk to them. One night we ate at Palo and I cant stress enough how much we loved it. The atmosphere is more upscale but not intimidating and our server Michael was one of my favorite crew members on board. He even took the liberty of ordering desert for us and brought out three for us to try. We walked out very full and very happy that night. I also have to recommend eating at Cabanas for dinner, there was almost no one else there and you get seated right next to the glass walls overlooking the ocean as the sun sets. The food was the same that they served in the other rotating restaurants so was very good. I personally am more of a lounger when it comes to vacations, but even I was enticed out of my cozy room several times by the entertainment and attractions offered. The quizzes in the adult lounges were a lot of fun and we really enjoyed Aladdin. We only saw Wishes after that and it was ok but a little hokey if you are over 12. Amazing productions though, the sets and skill involved in each was very evident. We had one excursion at St. Maarten where we kayaked to a beach at a resort and snorkeled. The group was nice and small so it didnt feel chaotic like some other excursions I've been on. Unfortunately I was unable to do the snorkeling bit as I had come down with a pretty bad ear infection and couldnt get my ear wet. I did however get to experience the ships health center and can say that I received excellent care and was given antibiotics and ear drops so that by the last few days of the trip I was feeling much better. The cost to see the doctor and get the medication was about $250 all together, which considering I couldn't use my insurance on board was not bad at all. We stayed on the ship for St. Thomas and took advantage of the nearly empty ship to visit the spa. The spa hot tubs were our favorite with the open windows over looking the port. The themed open showers are also worth a try, we enjoyed tropic thunder the most. Castaway Cay was wonderful and met all our expectations. Its a beautiful island and Disney has really designed it well. We spent most of our time at Serenity Bay which was very peaceful and serene. Next time though I really want to check out the family beach as well and maybe go down a slide or two! Disembarkation was very painless if not a little sad, we had the earlier dinner seating so we were scheduled to have breakfast at 6:45. I don't recommend the eggs, it seems the other reviews I've read on here were correct, they are powdered and not very appetizing, stick to fruit and cereal. Once breakfast was over we took our carry on luggage out and breezed through customs where we picked up the rest of our luggage before being taken back to the airport. Over all I'd have to say what impressed me most about this trip was not just the beauty and size of the ship, but all the little things you don't ever think of until it's there in front of you. I feel like Disney does this very well and there is no end to the little "wow" moments they provide. So if you are like us and are willing to pay a little more in exchange for a one of a kind experience, then Disney Cruise Line really delivers and we will be back again December 2013, this time with the rest of the family in tow! Read Less
Sail Date September 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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