22 Disney Fantasy Senior Cruise Reviews

I agree with several others about what people expect from this cruise.....I just dont think ANY cruise is good for an infant or toddler. My husband and I are in our 60's and love Disney. This was our 1st 7 day cruise and I wish we ... Read More
I agree with several others about what people expect from this cruise.....I just dont think ANY cruise is good for an infant or toddler. My husband and I are in our 60's and love Disney. This was our 1st 7 day cruise and I wish we could of just stayed on it for another week. We have also done 3 day cruises on the Dream. Top notch entertainment and the dining for us was also top notch..Cabanas was ok but still much better than anything on a Carnival Cruise..we had a verandah and so worth it...loved how much room we had in our room. I know we have only done 3 cruises with Disney but I can not find fault with any of them. On this last one our room was next to a family with 3 kids and a baby...the kids screamed and cried the whole time and it sounded like they were playing ball in the room with all the noise...I know kids will be kids, but please teach them to respect others..this is not Disney's fault...our waitstaff David and Marco were fantastic and our stateroom hostess was great too...I do agree concessions for the movies should come with the price. Entire ship spotless!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
A lot of our food was served at room temperature. With long gaps between the courses. We've done 3 cruises on the Dream and were very happy. This cruise on the Fantasy the food and dining room service was not as good. Would ... Read More
A lot of our food was served at room temperature. With long gaps between the courses. We've done 3 cruises on the Dream and were very happy. This cruise on the Fantasy the food and dining room service was not as good. Would have like some movies geared to an audience of other than children. Disembarkation was not organized! It was a free for all to leave the ship. Families were allowed off then sent back to clear their accounts. They had to fight upstream because of the massive crowd to leave. And then were told they could go back to the final checkpoint to leave. Passing all the folks who were waiting in line. Not good. We were stopped at one point and told the computers were down. Only to overhear the staff talk about stopping disembarkation due to crowding at customers. We were lied to by Disney staff. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Disney vacation club members as well as experienced DCL travelers. Like the eastern cruise more sea day’s. Was interested in seeing Tortola as well. Cruise itself pretty good, reliable service they handle crowds well. Disappointed ... Read More
Disney vacation club members as well as experienced DCL travelers. Like the eastern cruise more sea day’s. Was interested in seeing Tortola as well. Cruise itself pretty good, reliable service they handle crowds well. Disappointed in evening entertainment. Two non-show evening entertainments were actually poor. Night club entertainment almost non-existent. Decent itinerary; Had very good tour with David’s Fun tours, private tour of island. Designed to what we wanted, traveling with 6 seniors so history and sightseeing was the priority. Had good lunch in town and delivered back to ship. Timely very personable would recommend. Tortola was a slightly different story, booked with Aristocat charter, I didn’t do my homework and it was 3 out of 5. Thought the owners, crew and boat were very nice and good. 3 spots to snorkel were good, could have used better stairs to get back on board. Had ladder and it was ok but not best for seniors. Lunch was average at best with boiled hot dogs and stuff,to go with it. I would have preferred less time on lunch, more sailing and less people. Had up to 30, lots of kids running around in controlled. Lastly watching for two hours s 20% of groups sucking rum down didn’t wind my watch. Probably would not do again. Probably would prefer to stay on ship or get private charter or tour. It was Lao pricey I thought for number of people. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
We choose Disney because we had heard so many good things about it. My husband wanted to surprise me for my birthday. So, he booked the cruise. Wanting first to experience for ourselves what a lot of people were saying about Disney, ... Read More
We choose Disney because we had heard so many good things about it. My husband wanted to surprise me for my birthday. So, he booked the cruise. Wanting first to experience for ourselves what a lot of people were saying about Disney, and secondly wanting to check it out before possibly taking all of our eight grandchildren. This is what we encountered.... Upon arriving we went to the dining room to try and change our reseravation time(that was determined by Disney) they could not accomodate unless we shared the seating with others. They did call mid week saying they had cancellation, but they called too late and we had already eaten at flos. Being people that like to eat early, waiting until 6:30 to eat did not work for us. We are use to other ships that actually have a decent dinner buffet for those who do not like eating at the dining room every night. My husband and I are seasoned cruisers, and on different ships. This is the very first time that food was not available with pastry stands, cookies and other sweet desserts. Midnight buffets, and other specialty stands that you don't have to pay extra money for. On the staff....They seemed to get a lot of perks that guests did not. Eating at Cabanas when it was shut down, getting food first when waiting to get food. (Very disappointing) mingling and talking to each other before reaching out to the guests. I am all for a happy crew, and seeing them all get along. I do have a problem when it's at the expense of paying guests. Now for your adult setting,Awful!!! Honestly I could not wait to get off the ship to hear laughter, and singing, and music. For those of us without children, and do not want to read or sleep, it would be very refreshing to hear more live, or speaker music. It was painfully dead, and Way too Quiet. On a positive note, the staff up there was so pleasant and friendly. Always ready to assist. They were wonderful! I'm sorry to say, but this was not a good experience for me, and I don't think I will be taking any future Disney cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our 30th cruise and first on Disney. Will never go Disney again. I completely understand that this is mainly for kids (8 and under is probably ideal) and adult care and feeding is secondary.. From an overall cruise experience, ... Read More
This was our 30th cruise and first on Disney. Will never go Disney again. I completely understand that this is mainly for kids (8 and under is probably ideal) and adult care and feeding is secondary.. From an overall cruise experience, RCL, Carnival, and Princess cruise lines offer more variety and choices for daily activities caring for both adults, families, and children. As far as the food goes, a major disappointment. If you are not prepared to eat at specific times and just feel like the buffet and not the dining rooms - forget it. No buffet after 2:15 pm. It's Flo's, pizza, hamburger, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, etc., at three stations till 6:30 pm and that is about it. Pizza opens again at 9:30 pm. Cabanas at night turns into a sit-down dinner place at 6:30 pm with a limited menu - no buffet. Food was average at best everywhere including dining room and the morning and early afternoon buffet. RCCL, Carnival, and Princess all had more variety, more options, and better food. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We sailed on the Disney Fantasy for the third time and loved it just as much as we did the first time.. We have sailed with Disney Cruise Lines 11 times, but always leave our kids and grandchildren at home. Our oceanview stateroom 2038 ... Read More
We sailed on the Disney Fantasy for the third time and loved it just as much as we did the first time.. We have sailed with Disney Cruise Lines 11 times, but always leave our kids and grandchildren at home. Our oceanview stateroom 2038 was the perfect location for us. Close to the elevator and reasonably quiet with very little ship motion. We requested a table for 2 in the dining rooms and had no problem with this request. Big thanks to our wonderful table servers, Aries and Dejung, along with Head Waiter, Harry! Yes there are lots of kids on the ship but we stayed in the adult pool solarium and had wonderful conversations with lots of new pool buddies. Disney does the best job possible of assuring that kids do not come into these areas as well as the evening night club venues. When we wanted to see kids, then we joined family activities as well. Halloween on the high seas is always such a great time and we were amazed at the fantastic costumes that guests wore. I even went "trick or treating", just like the kids and got some really neat goodies, that my husband and I enjoyed after the cruise. The food was very good and if you don't see something you like on the menu, just ask and they will be pleased to accommodate you. We enjoyed a delicious complimentary dinner at Palo because we are Platinum level. It would be nice if Disney would reward top level guests with drink discounts and some other perks in the future. We met a senior couple that have sailed with Disney 75 times and always by themselves!! We have been on 36 cruises on all the major cruise lines and I must say that the Disney staff always provides the best service, hands down! We were shocked at the high energy level of their adult entertainment staff, especially Tishia. That woman is unbelievable. Disney is definitely the happiest cruise ships at sea. The theatre production shows are not to be missed and of course we enjoyed first-run movies in their state-of-art movie theatre. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose the cruise because of the wonderful time the family, eleven of us in total, had on the Magic in the Mediterranean. The embarkation was alright but it seemed like the staff were pressured. The ship at a glance seemed nice. My wife ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the wonderful time the family, eleven of us in total, had on the Magic in the Mediterranean. The embarkation was alright but it seemed like the staff were pressured. The ship at a glance seemed nice. My wife is handicapped and our two grandsons were with us and when we got to the room I could not believe how small it was and my wife could not use the shower. I talked to the purser who was very apologetic and urged me to go the service desk to request assistance. I was by then fuming and asked to speak to the manager, the gentleman at the desk asked me to please let him know what the issue was. I explained and after 5 minutes he came back and escorted me to an accessible room which was wonderful, the staff moved our luggage to the new room and I took heart that things would be good after that. We found as time went by that the food was average in all the restaurants. The fast food on deck eleven was better than the formal restaurants. We informed our restaurant staff what we thought of the food and they apologized but I know there was nothing they could do about it so we left some plates more full than empty. You would think the kitchen would figure it out from comments and the amount of uneaten food! The servers we had were superb and engaged the kids with puzzles and games every evening, we would eat what we could then would go to deck 11 to finish eating something better. The public areas seemed no larger than the areas on the Magic and now much more crowded. If you jumped in the pools I don't think you would have hit the bottom for all the people. We scheduled to snorkeling trips on our own, not through Disney, on Tortola and St. Thomas, they were great. An example of the public area issue is O'Gill's pub, if was smaller than on the Magic and not near as nice. The waiter was not very good either. Overall the staff tried very hard to compensate for the environment but were obviously strained, some in the stores were under-trained. The movie and live stage theaters were nice.Everywhere we went was overcrowded and not very pleasant. We were all excited to get to Castaway Key and due to my wife's walking issue they asked us to sit on a bench in the sun, after 15 minutes we asked the cruise director if the taxi was coming and she promised if was coming. After another 10 minutes and a call from our family asking where we were we just walked to the tram and made our own way. A staff member at one of the island stores stated he did not know were to get something as he just came off the ship and did not know much. Another passenger told us were to go get the item we were looking for. The point here is the staff is under-trained and overwhelmed, this is overall Disney's poor management. I have to say I was happy to get off the ship. We will not do a Disney cruise again after this experience. The value is just is not worth the cost anymore. Disney smothered the magic with their efforts to make the almighty dollar! I hope that Disney World is not managed like this now or we won't be going there in the future either. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My wife and I took the April 9 cruise offered by Disney on the Disney Fantasy. We are two seniors (68,69). The cruise was during many families spring break. The cruise director said there were 3800 passengers on this sailing so it was ... Read More
My wife and I took the April 9 cruise offered by Disney on the Disney Fantasy. We are two seniors (68,69). The cruise was during many families spring break. The cruise director said there were 3800 passengers on this sailing so it was pretty full. We never at any time felt that the large number of kids on board was a problem. Spent our pool and sun tanning hours on the decks reserved for those 18+. Never had a problem finding a lounge chair to lay on to catch some sun. So, if you are traveling without any children I would hit the adults only areas. We had second seating at dinner. Most families with children eat at the main seating. We like second seating as it is later and we don't feel we have to rush back to the ship from shore excursions. We see the first showing (6:15) of the shows whatever entertainment is being offered and then still have time to kill before our dinner at 8:15. We had terrific food servers. Actually, the main server, Ronaldo, was our server on the Disney Magic in 2011 on a Mediterranean cruise. We requested him in 2013 when we found out he was sailing on the Fantasy for our western Caribbean cruise. Requested him again for our eastern Caribbean cruise April 9-16. We booked a cruise for summer of 2017 and told our server that we would see him again! That would be cruise number 4 with him. By the way, his name is Ronaldo and he is absolutely the best. Our cabin was a deluxe family oceanview cabin with veranda (9112). Plenty of storage, and plenty of room for two seniors that's for sure. The split bathroom is a real plus. Our cabin hostess was Andrea from Jamaica. She was absolutely the best. Cabin was spotless and sparkling. Provided us with fresh, clean towels at least three times a day and we didn't even ask for it. Our cruise took us to Tortola, BVI, St. Thomas USVI, and Castaway Cay. Three at sea days also. It was a very nice leisurely cruise for us which we enjoyed immensely. When in St. Thomas do take in the Paradise Point Skyride. Amazing views from the top. We had no complaints about service, food, entertainment. This was our 6th Disney cruise and we enjoyed it because of the great service Disney provides. If you have time and also don't mind an extra charge of $30.00 per person, you should eat at Palo for brunch or dinner. We did both the brunch and a dinner and it was fantastic as usual. Disney probably is more expensive than other cruise companies but I believe you get what you pay for. We were docked next to the Carnival Splendor and let me tell you looking at that ship compared to the Disney Fantasy, it is a rust bucket. The Fantasy was spotless!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Food was very good. Entertainment was very good. Service was excellent. Biggest disappointment was Castaway Cay as water and air temp too low for us to swim. Teen activities had things scheduled to start at 1 am so DD14 always asking ... Read More
Food was very good. Entertainment was very good. Service was excellent. Biggest disappointment was Castaway Cay as water and air temp too low for us to swim. Teen activities had things scheduled to start at 1 am so DD14 always asking if midnight return to cabin time could be extended. Biggest stress was trying to use email and texting on iPhone because of selling a house. It didn't work well at all. Will just disconnect next time. If it is important they can pay $7/minute to call me. We never used pools as they were just too crowded for our taste, even DD14 didn't want to go in the pools. A very pretty ship. Tortola a new and different port for us. St. Thomas an old favorite port for us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (16+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our first cruise with Disney. The 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise started in Port Canaveral on February 6, 2016. The ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (16+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our first cruise with Disney. The 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise started in Port Canaveral on February 6, 2016. The Port is easy to get to and is a good location. We live in Florida and it's only a 90 minute drive from our home, north of Orlando. Boarding the ship was no problem. We got on board quickly around 1 pm. Our room was towards the front of the ship on deck 9, room 9026. This was a good location because we were able to take the stairways to 11 for breakfast. Most points of interest are on 3, 4 and 5. The ship was around 4 years old and was very nice; very clean. The staff was great and the food was good. The entertainment was very good, if not outstanding. Assigned seating in the dining rooms worked out very nicely. We rotated among three dining rooms over the 7 days, which actually was very nice. We kept the same table number, staff and table mates. Every dining room was different and special. The included spa include a very small (maybe 4 person) steam room, and a very nice fitness room. Again, the staff was great. There are many “special” areas of the ship. The children had spectacular play areas, but the adults had very nice “adult only” areas too. Certain restaurants and spas were for the select few, or those willing to pay $$$ for a “special” dinner or spa experience. These appeared empty much of the time. The alcoholic drinks and wine appeared to be priced in a reasonable manner. The food was generally good, but the desserts could have been better. Chocolate Mickey bars were available ….. they are very good. The ship left late from Port Canaveral, and hence, arrived at Cozumel late. This caused our SCUBA diving trip to be canceled. Instead, we took an island tour. It was great. We toured Mayan Ruins, a Mexican Museum, had a nice Mexican lunch and then, visited a chocolate plant. The weather was cool, but sunny. Our next stop was in Grand Cayman. The weather was rough and windy, so we could not dock in town. Instead, we dropped anchor and were boated into shore. We did a SCUBA dive in Grand Cayman. The dive was nice, although we saw few fish of any size. The last stop was at Castaway Cay. This is a beautiful Disney island in the Bahamas. We went snorkeling for around an hour, toured the adult area and had a nice lunch near the beach. The adult area was very crowded, so we left. We spent most of our time near the snorkeling area, in the back; it was the most peaceful. The weather was the best of the week. Oh, the cruise included a Star Wars day at Sea. The Force was with ("in") our Ship! It was a blast. Getting off the ship was easy. Our luggage had to be out of the room by around 10:30 pm the night before. The deck 11 food service was open from 6:30 am to 8:30 am. Breakfast in the dining rooms was available. When you were ready to leave the ship, you just walked out. Almost too easy. We had no wait. Our luggage was waiting for us, in cabin room order (by number) ….. and we were gone. A great trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Whether at Disney Parks or on their cruises they treat you right. A little pricy up front, but you will not leave the ship feeling robbed. We were 3 couples (seniors) had 3 veranda rooms. I had maintenance open the doors between our ... Read More
Whether at Disney Parks or on their cruises they treat you right. A little pricy up front, but you will not leave the ship feeling robbed. We were 3 couples (seniors) had 3 veranda rooms. I had maintenance open the doors between our veranda's so we could co-mingle, super idea. Embarkation was a breeze as lines moved swiftly and efficiently in no time at all we were on ship. Disembarkation was just as efficient, no long waiting ever even at our ports of call Food was outstanding never a complaint, their rotational dining really gives you a nice change of scenery. Our waiters Putu & Katie were excellent really got along with them. We attended quite a few great shows and movies there was always something going on. Kids had there own activities so they were not a problem or interference to us seniors. We were on a Star Wars cruise, which was great, got to see "The Force Awakens" (twice) plus other Star Wars movies. Staterooms were spacious and clean. This was my second Disney cruise hopefully not my last. I have one complaint too much free ice cream, my pants don't fit. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I surprised my mom who is 70 with a Disney cruise for Christmas and it left on January 2nd. We flew into the Orlando airport and Stay at the Hyatt in the Orlando airport which was a great convenience. They have a n agreement with Disney ... Read More
I surprised my mom who is 70 with a Disney cruise for Christmas and it left on January 2nd. We flew into the Orlando airport and Stay at the Hyatt in the Orlando airport which was a great convenience. They have a n agreement with Disney so they took our bags right to the cruise ship the morning of our cruise so we didn't have to worry about it. My mom had mobility issues so I reserved a handicapped accessible room and rented a wheel chair and electric scooter from Care vacations for her. The room was huge and could fit everything she needed. Care vacation delivered the equipment to our room so we had no worries. We took Disney's Cruise bus from the Orlando airport to the cruise port and it was worth the piece of mind. As we waited for our room to be ready the Disney cast was very helpful and social with us. I had done some research and booked 2 port adventures that we accessible for my mom so she could use the wheel chair on them. We were able to take advantage of so many adult only options on the ship and on Disney's own island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. We had Brunch at Palo one of Disney's adult only restaurants and it was wonderful. We were spoiled rotten, they even brought a plate to my mom so I didn't have to get her food first and then mine. We also got massages and loved the adult only rain forest room. Our food attendants were wonderful and were so careful and helped me choose my food because I have a food allergy. Our room attendant was also so wonderful and the room couldn't have been cleaner. My only 2 suggestions and FYI's are there is always a long wait at the elevators and if you have a wheel chair or stroller it could be longer so plan ahead. The other issue we had with our massages. I booked them the first day I could on line so we would both have one at the same time. They day before I get a call saying they have to change the time of my mom's because the girl doing her massage had to go to a training. So my mom had hers in the afternoon and mine was a night. It kind of through things off and I thought, shouldn't they have known about this when I booked them or let me know before we left on our trip so I could have made other arrangements. I also didn't like that they tried to sell their products after the massage. The last thing I wanted to do was spend all of that money on products after I spent over $200.00 for a massage. I know the spa is an independent company hired by Disney but I think they could sell their products in a different way. Otherwise I cannot wait to go on our next Disney cruise. This was my third one and I will keep cruising with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Cruise date was 7/15 to the eastern Caribbean. I am a veteran cruiser of 16 previous cruises of various companies and itineraries, and I have a feel for what is good and what isn't when it comes to cruising. We booked this ... Read More
Cruise date was 7/15 to the eastern Caribbean. I am a veteran cruiser of 16 previous cruises of various companies and itineraries, and I have a feel for what is good and what isn't when it comes to cruising. We booked this cruise a 13 months prior to sailing, no visit from the upgrade grade fairy even though we booked substantially far in advance. Boarding was the typical hurry up and wait routine. The rooms were ready by 1:30 p.m. Can't say enough about the room stewards, they work hard especially on the day before and on the day of embarkation. The stateroom was nice, we had a balcony and it was nice and well kept. Food has improved from our last and only other Disney cruise (Wonder). Food has improved over the last cruise with Disney, but is still average when comparing with other cruise lines that cost less. I must say I was constantly reminded on a daily basis by our waiter of how great his service was and the importance of receiving an excellent rating. Excellent? Not really, but adequate. Entertainment was again very good. Disney productions were above the industries average. On this Disney cruise, we found ourselves searching for things to do. I guess my biggest issue with Disney Cruise Line is the affordability. I basically paid double the cost of my previous eastern Caribbean cruise with a very well respected cruise line. On top of the basic fair there was the shops, the port tours and other amenities that were not included in the cost of the cruise were very high. Ship was very crowded, made it difficult to enjoy sail away and Pirates Night. Elevators were always full to the point of having to wait for another to arrive. The tour desk staff left a lot to be desired, it seemed as though the personnel that staffed the desk were at the dentist about to have a tooth pulled, not overly friendly. There understanding or lack of kept them from giving us an adequate description of the tour we booked. It was very sub-par for the cost. Recommendation? Book with RCI, Princess or Celebrity and save yourself enough money to finance another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We had not sailed on a Disney ship in 7 years and were anxious to see if they had changed their service with being on a much larger ship than their Magic and Wonder. We were not disappointed in the least! We have sailed on most of the ... Read More
We had not sailed on a Disney ship in 7 years and were anxious to see if they had changed their service with being on a much larger ship than their Magic and Wonder. We were not disappointed in the least! We have sailed on most of the other cruise lines including several Celebrity and Holland America; but we always compared them to our favorite, Disney. No other cruise line compares for entertainment, cleanliness, service and taste and variety of their food. Yes, they are more expensive, but worth it. The entertainment is Broadway/Las Vegas quality each night and if you factor how much that would cost you on a land vacation--you are getting a bargin! Oh, by the way, we are a senior couple who were traveling alone--no children or grandchildren with us! There are areas on the ship for 18 and over only and you can choose to be there and enjoy the quiet, restful locations. Several pools were also designated as adult only--which was relaxing, but we found ourselves enjoying watching the HUGE screen which showed Disney movies day and night. We enjoyed the ship so much, we would rush off onto the islands and return ASAP to enjoy the ammenities of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Our first Disney cruise was in 1999 on the Magic for a family reunion. We booked the Fantasy for Aug/Sept 2014 to celebrate our first granddaughters 5th birthday. Grandpa, grandma, mom and birthday girl. Dad stayed home with grandbaby #2. ... Read More
Our first Disney cruise was in 1999 on the Magic for a family reunion. We booked the Fantasy for Aug/Sept 2014 to celebrate our first granddaughters 5th birthday. Grandpa, grandma, mom and birthday girl. Dad stayed home with grandbaby #2. Caribbean was our destination. There is nothing about a Disney cruise that warrants a complaint. Disney knows how to treat a 5 year old Princess. The ship is awesome. Tailored to children, families and adults equally. OK maybe more to kids and parents....but the adult-only activities and areas rival and surpass anything on a regular cruise ship. There were more princesses per square inch on this cruise and each was made to feel special. We treated our birthday girl to a princess makeover at the Bibidy Bobidy Boutique. She became Queen Elsa from Frozen for that evening. Suggestions for those who celebrate kid/grandkid birthdays. Schedule the Bibidy Bobidy Boutique makeover for after 3pm on their big day. That way they can have pics with the Disney characters that are on Deck level during the time they are finished decking out the child in her princess makeover and before dinner. If you schedule too early in the day they will miss out on swimming and other activities where they would do better with casual dress. Yes the Bibity Bobidy Boutique makeover is not cheap. We did the full Monty and, seriously, it was worth it. If you already have a costume just go with the nails/hair/makeup. Many did that on our cruise to keep cost down yet the child was still made to feel just as special. They really know how to make the child feel 'all grown up' since the child must make decisions as to what bling they will have as a stick on on their cheek and what color polish or hair extension they want. Moms and grandmoms, I know we want to do input but in this case DON'T! It does a lot for the child to make those decisions. We also 'did' the boutique for pirates night but just had her nails/hair/makeup done. Now for the rest of the cruise....kids/grandkids, this cruise is a memory maker. The stateroom staff, the serving staff, front desk, rest of staff, succeed at their primary goal, to do this cruise 'Disney right'. Even the details, especially the details! Normally we bring walkie talkies with us on a cruise to keep in contact. Disney does it one better. Each adult has a small vibrating cell phone. This way everyone can stay connected on the ship and on Castaway Cay, the Disney island. Wish more cruise lines would start doing this! The Disney app is well worth downloading! It's free. It works off of free wifi set up just for this app on the ship. Not only can you see all activities and things for the day but you can generate your own list of fav's and you get 'notices' before that activity occurs. The Nemo water area was enchanting for children. My granddaughter LOVED both water slides (I went down the big Duck slide once and screamed my head off the whole way down!) She also loved the 'leaky pipes'. I loved the tranquility of the adult pool area. The adult wading pool was very relaxing. If you are an exercise nut, I strongly recommend the body sculpt boot camp. The price is modest and the exercise totally worth it. I actually lost weight on this cruise! Our Instructors Luke and Mel were fierce and demanding but made sure someone my age was able to do the exercises and stay up with the group. Yeah, yeah, I do push ups and plank on my knees. Oh and if you are my age and do the boot camp, this is perfect to let grandpa and mom do adult evening things because you are ready for bed the same time as grandbaby! SHORE EXCURSIONS: Forget any beaches on a Disney cruise. Castaway Cay is an awesome beach and it is FREE. Save your money. We did the Playa Mia beach on Cozumel and it was awful. My husband cut his feet on the coral wading out into the water. There are lots of very pretty beaches in the Caribbean. Stick to those on the top ten list. If your Disney cruise doesn't go to that island, just stay with Castaway Cay. We will do Disney cruises even if we don't have grandkids with us. But grandkids are such a GREAT excuse to cruise with Disney! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
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
My wife and I, both in our 60's recently enjoyed our first cruise with our daughter, son in law and granddaughter. We departed Detroit via Delta and arrived in Orlando around 10:30am... We quickly located the Disney transportation ... Read More
My wife and I, both in our 60's recently enjoyed our first cruise with our daughter, son in law and granddaughter. We departed Detroit via Delta and arrived in Orlando around 10:30am... We quickly located the Disney transportation center and proceeded to the terminal....we were totally impressed with the entire Disney cruise experience....the transfers were seamless and the people at every step were extremely friendly and helpful. We had checked our bags at Detroit with Delta and placed our Disney tags on them and the next time we saw them was at our room aboard the Disney Fantasy. The lines at the terminal were a little long but I think in less than an hour total after arriving at the terminal, we were on board and enjoying a wonderful meal. After a quick walk around the ship we went tom our room , located our bags and proceeded to be amazed for the next 8 days.... we found our cabin to be quite clean and more than room enough. What we found to be very impressive was the dual bathrooms, a separate shower/tub area and toilet area. Both areas had sinks which made it very easy to get ready for my wife and I. Our cabin was midship on deck 8 and we really loved that location. We had a verandah and one of the special joys of my cruise was sitting on the verandah enjoying my coffee each morning. We also found the activiites on ship were more than just for children. although, my granddaughter settled right in at the Edge with other kids in her age group, my wife and I quickly found the adults areas such as the cove and the adult areas pools were fantastic getaways for adults only. We also found the nightclubs on board to be very entertaining. the comedy acts, especially buckets n boards was great. Our dinners were always enjoyable and the wait staff was always a joy. We enjoyed the fact the servers were the same every night regardless of which of the three restaurants we ate in.....Speaking of staff, our room host Ike was terrific.....I was amazed that wherever he saw us on the ship he asked how was by name and asked about our granddaughter by name and whether we were enjoying our cruise and if he could do anything for us... The visits to St Maartin and St Thomas were pleasant. Disembarkation at these ports was seamless and not at all unpleasant. We only went to the beaches on the island and those excursions had been arranged by Disney, The busses and tour guides were very pleasant and the meals and both beaches were delicious....BUT, the excursion we enjoyed the most was at Castaway Cay...Feeding the stingrays, and snorkeling was truly a great experience and I can't say enough about the meal on Castaway Cay. Disney staff continued to provide us with a great meal and once again, those Disney smiles and greeting were everywhere, as were all the usual Disney characters we had grown to love on the ship. Once we arrived back at Port Canaveral disembarkation was again painless....It began with a great breakfast and then a bus ride back to the Orlando airport. Our bags had been prechecked via Disney so we didn't have to deal with them again until our arrival back in Detroit around 5:30pm. I'd recommend using Disney's pre-check service to anyone who is planning on arriving via air. That really made the trip even more enjoyable since I hater dragging bags when I travel...To wrap things up I can't think of any negatives regarding our cruise. we had a great time and I would recommend it to everyone. Don't be concerned about Disney being a cruise line for only those traveling with children. My wife and I are definitely looking forward to another Disney cruise, with or without my children or grandchild. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This was our first 7 day Disney cruise. And of course, no one does it like Disney!! Our stateroom host, Ederson was the best! He always knew what we needed before we needed it. We will never forget him and I am sure he will remember us for ... Read More
This was our first 7 day Disney cruise. And of course, no one does it like Disney!! Our stateroom host, Ederson was the best! He always knew what we needed before we needed it. We will never forget him and I am sure he will remember us for a long time!! The dining staff was very good, our Head Server Tiziana made it a point to stop by each table during dinner each evening. Onur the Server was exceptional always remembering our favorites while his assistant Ryan was so good with the children, showing them magic tricks and different folds with the napkins. Our cabin was spacious! There were 4 of us in the room and we had plenty of space for everyone. Our only fault with the cruise was the deck we were on....right above our room was the pool deck geez!!!!!! The kids start running at 7am and don't stop until midnight!! Also the Pirate Deck Party was very booming, we felt as if we were there ourselves when actually we were in bed trying to get some sleep. Our excursions were informative both at the ruins in Costa Maya and snorkeling in Grand Cayman. We choose to cancel our planned excursion in Cozumel tubing the underwater river because of the inclement the weather. Disney refunded us without any questions asked. We choose to snorkel with the rays at Castaway Cay everyone in our party from 11 to 63 enjoyed this event. We plan on cruising again with Disney in 2014!!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
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
Do not cruise with Disney in the summer if you are a couple without children. Although my husband, me, and our adult daughter had no children with us we were on a family cruise with 3 children in our group (21 total). I can say that we did ... Read More
Do not cruise with Disney in the summer if you are a couple without children. Although my husband, me, and our adult daughter had no children with us we were on a family cruise with 3 children in our group (21 total). I can say that we did enjoy our cruise, the ship was overwhelmed with children (a lot of them running around the ship unaccompanied by any adults as if the adults were not afraid anything could happen to them or they could go anywhere (other than overboard). We encountered children running up and down the stairs not doing anything other than running the stairs. And most of them had no manners. If you wanted to get your picture with any of the characters forget it because teeny boppers would just jump right in front of you. We spent a lot of time in the adult only areas (18+). Disney staff apparently does not police this area very well because there were teenagers in the hot tub when my daughter was in there and they were spitting in the hot tub. She was so grossed out that she got out. And apparently some parents do not know what adult only means because there were 2 mothers with their preschool age children in the adult only pool! I complained repeatedly to the guest services and nothing was done. As for the food it was OK. And I mean only OK. The breakfast buffet was pretty good and so was the lunch but as for the evening dining it was OK. Who eats wild boar? The portions were very small too. I am not a big eater but my husband sometimes left dinner hungry and my daughter would go back to the room and order room service. The desserts were the size of a tart when you ordered them. They were more like samplers. Very disappointed in the food. The best times we had were either off the ship on an excursion or in the adults only club (the tube) at night but apparently parents still did not know what 18 and over meant because some brought their teenage children along. Also on the days we were out to sea my sister who had her children and grandchildren with her said you could not even get near the pool or swim in the family areas because there so many people in the pool all you could do was stand in the water. I didn't get in them since we spent our time in the adult pool. Forget trying to keep up your exercise routine in the exercise room, you could not get near it. You were better off walking around the ship. We really enjoyed the entertainment in the evenings including the shows and the entertainment in the adult clubs. So if you choose to cruise on the Disney Fantasy DON'T go when the kids are out of school in the summer because the ship is way too crowded. Our ship was booked to capacity. I only booked at this time of year because it was a family vacation but I would never go again at this time of year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
I have taken many cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise, as was it for my client. She is 88 years young and cruises with her son and his wife annually, but we transport her throughout the ships using a wheelchair. We reserved a ... Read More
I have taken many cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise, as was it for my client. She is 88 years young and cruises with her son and his wife annually, but we transport her throughout the ships using a wheelchair. We reserved a "Handicapped Stateroom" for her and I to share, which was roomy and very accessible to her WC. The bathroom had many grab-bars, a pull-down seat in the shower, but the sink was mounted too high for easy access (although a WC could be pushed underneath it). Many of the thresholds where carpet connected were a bit high to ride over easily, "bumping" the guest hard. Maneuvering the WC through the seating in the restaurants was always difficult as pathways were narrow; we notified them in advance that we would have a WC but no accommodations in our assigned seating were made. That said, the staff was always ready to help clear a path or guide the WC to the table, to make it as easy as possible. Half of the doors to outside areas would open automatically and those that didn't were often opened for us by other guests or staff. The elevators are very large and guests were very accommodating of her WC. Access to the main theater for the evenings entertainment however was so involved and time-consuming, we went to only one show. It required showing up to the show a half-hour earlier than the show starting, being led by a cruise member down the elevator to a lower lever, ride through a hallway to a service elevator that brought us back up to the floor level of the theater, and then set in designated WC area. After show, once the theater emptied completely, we had to wait our turn (there were 6 other WC or motorized chair guests waiting too) for the one and only crew member assigned to come escort each of us back to the upper floors again.Despite some of the access challenges, our adult-only group had a great time aboard the truly beautiful Fantasy. The adult-only areas might have children passing through them, but not using the areas. Parents monitored their kids in the restaurants and staff kept them amused. The food was excellent, the service wonderful and always with a smile, and the assortment of movies available whether "On-Demand" in your stateroom, outside and above the pool, or inside a real theater, was unbelievable! I wish there had been more free services at the Spa besides the changing area and the steam room, such as a mineral pool or jacuzzi, but there wasn't. I missed not having a casino on board too, but I guess that might not be considered "family-friendly". Would we go Disney again? Probably not, but only because it really is best for families and especially children!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Disney Fantasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 3.5 4.3
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 2.5 4.2
Service 4.5 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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