5 Disney Fantasy Spring Break Cruise Reviews

We are frequent cruisers who have been on all ranges of ships, from the NCL weekend booze cruises to Regent luxury cruises and we weren't sure what to expect on our Disney cruise. We took our very first cruise ever on the Disney ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers who have been on all ranges of ships, from the NCL weekend booze cruises to Regent luxury cruises and we weren't sure what to expect on our Disney cruise. We took our very first cruise ever on the Disney Wonder 15 years ago. So, we were excited to revisit the perennial reader's favorite. We took advantage of the Disney check-in from home, as well as the Disney transport. It was nice to not to have to worry about our bags (which always magically appear onboard in our cabin, after checking in at the airport upon departure). When we landed in Orlando, though, we did not enjoy having to wait at the airport to board our bus for the Port for almost an hour. Not a great way to start our vacation. I think the reason Disney does this, is to manage crowds at the Port, but I think I would rather be waiting at the Port, instead of the airport. This part was not managed well. Once on board the ship, we were simply blown away with all of the design and decor. Each and every space on the ship was designed with thoughtful details (including music in each zone of the ship to create the mood). The selection of colors, textures, tiles, carpets and more was simply exquisite (and even the bathrooms are all specifically designed to fit in each area of the ship - be sure to check out the ones in Tatooine, with their round sliding doors). Activities abounded while on board, but here's what you need to know. Disney has all of their different activities segmented by age. So, if you are traveling with a child who is 18 and a friend who is 17, they will have a hard time trying to do much together on the ship, as Disney is very strict about the age cut-offs for everything. The older kids club goes from 14-17, and my 18 year old was not allowed to participate in their activities. And the "adult-only" areas on the ship, including many of the night-time activities (where drinking age is still 21) is strictly limited to those 18 and older (and this includes the 2 adult-only restaurants). When we asked if our daughter and friend could join us for dinner, we were told no, that the 17-year old would be unable to join (and they assign reservations to each guest, whose age is on file in the computer). So, that was sort of a bummer, because almost ALL of the activities are age-segmented. The onboard shows were amazing!! The two nights of fireworks onboard were pretty spectacular. We were there for the Star Wars Day at Sea. Think more people got into the Pirate night than the Star Wars theme. Think they could have done a better job of enhancing the offerings throughout the day for Star Wars day. We did have a great guest lecturer from Lucasfilms, who oversees all of the design and merchandising for all of the Star Wars films. The food was average, but the service throughout the ship was incredible. They had a ton of staff onboard and their attention to detail was fabulous. There are a couple of pools onboard. Total sensory overload at the main pool during the day with not one, but two pools filled with kids, and really loud movies playing all day long everyday. The adult pool area was better, but not as much ability to be in the sun near the pool. There is an adult-only deck on the top deck, which would be nice, but we had high winds at sea, and the area was not fun to be in. Great bar service at the adult pool area, and there is an additional bar up one deck (Currents), where they have live music (and is the best area on the ship to watch fireworks, if you don't care about seeing the accompanying stage show). Our room, which was an enlarged aft balcony suite, featured a 40' long balcony, which was awesome to have to escape the crowded pool areas. However, the trade-off was the severe vibration from the engines that we experienced a couple nights on our 7-night journey. The furnishings in the room are tired. Time for an update. Overall, it was a fun family trip, but for the money we paid, I would be hard pressed to not want to go back to Regent (we have been spoiled). We will probably wait until we have grandchildren to return back to the Disney ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise to coincide with our sons' spring break. This was the first time we were cruising with Disney. Everything was very nice. From the welcome aboard to the dining. The main server at our table (Stipe) went out of ... Read More
We chose this cruise to coincide with our sons' spring break. This was the first time we were cruising with Disney. Everything was very nice. From the welcome aboard to the dining. The main server at our table (Stipe) went out of his way to make sure our boys (8 & 12) were getting something they enjoyed - even if he had to go elsewhere to get it. Our cabin was an interior aft stateroom. It was little cramped, but we kind of expected that. Once the ship picked up speed though, the vibration in that part of the ship was almost unbearable and made sleeping difficult. Entertainment was great especially with the Star Wars day at sea. Food was great. Aquaduct is a must! Ice Cream great. Loved the Disney beer mug option. Beautiful ship and professional, friendly crew. Kids activities were top notch. Even though we felt some of the items were greatly overpriced onboard we were aware of that going in. The only area that I had any complaint about would be a shore excursion we took. Not really in Disney's ballcourt, but nonetheless they advertised it. Part of the excursion was taking us to an all exclusive beach after snorkeling. It was very, very expensive. Kind of felt stuck there until time to go. Eating at Cabana's for breakfast and lunch was great. Never ran out of options. All of the crew were courteous and kind. Our boys loved it. Leaving the ship was painless and easy. Don't know if we would go again on Disney since there isn't much of a price break for repeat guests. Overall we would rate this as a once in a lifetime experience. If someone has the opportunity to go they should. I saw several other guests that were "Castaway Club" members, but never really learned anything about that. Service was top notch - If I inquired about something I found what I was looking for 100%. This was only the 3rd cruise we have taken (1st for boys) and by far it was the best. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise as we are avid Disney fans and had already been on the Disney Magic. I wanted a larger newer ship and we picked the Fantasy. Overall Disney knows how to raise the bar at all levels and really makes others play catchup. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we are avid Disney fans and had already been on the Disney Magic. I wanted a larger newer ship and we picked the Fantasy. Overall Disney knows how to raise the bar at all levels and really makes others play catchup. This was my 12th cruise total (Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Disney) and would rank it as the 2nd best trip. Disney brings the same level of quality from their parks into the ships. If you've ever been on a cruise, you will know what I am talking about, as most staff are poorly trained and not treated well on other lines. Overall great trip, with a few minor negatives for this larger ship. Cabins - The cabins were worn (we traveled March 2016) and our cabin had very worn carpet with a giant patch replaced (3' x 3'). I was a little disappointed as I expected the rooms to hold up a bit better. Overall normal size as all other cruises lines, (Deluxe Family Balcony). The only pro for the Deluxe rooms is the extra 5' of cabin space, as the dual bathrooms take up a little more room than normal. Food - People always rave about food on cruises. My standards are not very high, as I am on vacation and know there is variety around the ship, plus they prepare it in mass for thousands of people. I think the food was good, not great. It met my needs and I NEVER went hungry. I will say that on the 2nd Disney cruise, they continue to run out dry cereal by day 4 of a 7 day cruise (the small boxes that people take and use as snacks for the kids). The MAJOR PLUS here is the free soft drinks for the kids. I hate when cruise lines charge for soft drinks!!! Activities - ALWAYS stuff to do on this ship. The Aquaduck is great (kids rode it probably 30+ times) along with the water slides. Pools are a little small considering how many kids are on the ship, they should have planned for larger pools. Deck space is tight and as always, chairs are very hard to get in the main pool area. We did the sports simulator a few times which I would NOT do again. Very inaccurate and didn't work well. The only reason we did it a few times was we would be charged for cancelling our pre-bookings. I will say for activities - you must be online the day the activities open to book out!!! (I.e. - I went on one hour later, and all of the cabanas were already sold out on their island!!!) The negatives I want to point out - Photo Gallery - The last night they are packed and ill-prepared to handle the masses flooding to pick out photos and place orders. Even worse is the pickup line in the AM. We waited 1.5 hours to pick up a book that was pre-paid. They need to figure this out!!!! Shows - (with all cruises) - if you're not early, you won't get a seat. People lineup super early and block out seats for friends Boarding - While it was okay, they tell you to not get to the port until Noon, or 1. We got there at 11, and they had just started boarding by groups. We had to wait in line to get our kids registered for the kids club for almost 30 minutes, and missed our boarding call. NOT normally a big deal, but we had to get on the ship early to try to get some activities booked that were already sold out on line 6 months in advance. Overall they suffer from some of the same problems other cruise lines do, but I do appreciate their quality and attention to detail. We will definitely cruise another Disney again... Just not during peak season. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Dining Experience: Breakfast - we loved the eggs, bacon, variety of cereal, sausage links, mueslik. We wish they had berries. They had lots of melons, apples, and bananas The coffee on deck was atrocious. I did find it annoying ... Read More
Dining Experience: Breakfast - we loved the eggs, bacon, variety of cereal, sausage links, mueslik. We wish they had berries. They had lots of melons, apples, and bananas The coffee on deck was atrocious. I did find it annoying that the good coffee was $3.74 a cup at the Cafe. Dinners loved by the kids due to variety of restaurants and food. The kids all ate from the adult menu and liked all the options. Do not get sirloin steak Lunch - tons of fresh fruits and veggie options. We would have loved berries and grapes. Strawberries were only offered for 2 breakfasts. Overall great variety of fruits, veggies, proteins. I would love to see Disney go to organic dairy and grass fed meats. They do make wishes come true.... On Board Acticities: Oceanids Lab loved by the 8 yr old who went there all the time. In fact we did not see him most of the day. Edge loved by -11yr old boy. They played doge ball, Bball, gagA ball, scavenger hunts, video games. Furthermore, many things go on even when the schedule shows nothing planned Vibe - liked not loved by 14y/o. She found activities to be limited and meeting new people a bit difficult. She would have loved more mingling activities that included everyone. There is a small teen pool in Vibe with a jacuzzi. Favorite shows by the kids - Aladdin show, Magic Dave, and the Juggling guy. Favorite shows by adults Aladdin and Magic Dave. My husband and I attended many of the adult games and activities led by Bret. We had a blast!! Pool: Pool was too small and too crowded. The chair situation was a Nightmare. People reserved chairs 4-5 at a time and maybe 2 would be used. So by mid afternoon there would be 50% of chairs occupied and the rest sitting empty and "reserved". The kids would have liked more slides. The adult pool was quiet, had plenty of shade, but a bit limited on chairs. The water features provided enough space and entertainment. The Rooms: The rooms with fold out couch and bunk bed were roomy and spacious. The kids loved it!!! We had rooms with balconies and used those every day. No safety concerns. Room service was impeccable. Sam was our room host and he made our journey very enjoyable. Carlos and Josip were our waiters. They were full of energy and couldn't do enough to make us enjoy our dining experience. They even helped cut the kids steaks and chicken breasts so I, the mom, could eat in a relaxed fashion. Excursions: Snorkeling tour in St Thomas - amazing. Loved the crew, the turtles, sting rays, variety of fish, and ship wreck. Zip Line in La Marquesa was fraught with difficulty and frustration (see review on trip advisor). Castaway Cay - LOVED by all. We did the 5k, bike tour, and floating tricycle. We didn't want to leave. Motorized water sports should have been more abundant and people should be able to rent them on the beach, not just with reservation. Lastly - the Disney Navigator App was great and a must download. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Before I begin, please note that this review is from the perspective of a 27 year old who was traveling with 4 other 25-30 year olds and no children. Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 9am due to taking a red-eye flight from the ... Read More
Before I begin, please note that this review is from the perspective of a 27 year old who was traveling with 4 other 25-30 year olds and no children. Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 9am due to taking a red-eye flight from the Northwest and had to wait until 10:15am before they would allow us to enter the port. Once we entered the building, the embarkation process was incredibly fast and easy! There were cast members everywhere to point us to the correct line and answer any questions we might have. Once we checked in and got our 'key to the world' cards, we had another hour or so to wait before embarkation began but there were plenty of activities to occupy our time. There were also many Disney characters around to take photos with. Once we boarded the ship, Cabanas (the buffet on the 11th deck) was set up with plenty of food and the pools/aquaduck were open and available to swim until the cabins were ready which was right around 1:45pm. The checked baggage was delivered relatively quick and all of us had our bags by 3pm. Food: The food was not anything to write home about, but it was tasty. I enjoyed the rotational dining and especially enjoyed having brunch at Palo. The dinner menus consisted on soups, salads, veggies, meat, seafood....really a good variety of everything. We had one person in our party who kept (semi) kosher and the staff did everything they could to ensure that she was able to eat and still keep to her dietary restrictions. Adult Areas: The pool decks were absolutely wonderful! They were quiet, separated from kids, and had plenty of space! There were a number of crew members walking around constantly to ensure that we were not missing out on any beverages, which I took full advantage of! There really is only one real pool for adults, the other one is about 1-2 feet deep so it works for giving you a nice cool down while sun bathing, but not much else. The adult nightlife area on the ship is called Europa and is without a doubt the most incredible group of bars I have ever seen on a ship! I have been on 10 cruises with numerous lines- Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney, etc.- and this was by far the best. There are 5 bars in Europa and each has its own decor (with Disney's unbelievable attention to detail), specialty drinks, and theme. Skyline was the one I spent the most time in because the beverages were absolutely delicious and the bartender was FANTASTIC!!!! The other bars- Ooh La La (Champagne bar), O'Gills (Irish pub), La Piazza (Italian Carnivale), and The Tube (English Underground themed dance club)- were all amazing, fun, and had a unique feeling that made you forget you were on a ship. Shows: I had late seating at dinner so I attended the early performances of most of the shows aboard the ship. I enjoyed all of them, but it was difficult watching the Aladdin one since I grew up on that movie and it just doesn’t seem right without Robin Williams as Genie…. But I will say they did a wonderful job of adding humor for all age groups. I especially enjoyed Disney’s Believe. Pirate night was a lot of fun. I couldn’t believe how many people-adults and kids- really got into it- I’m talking full on costume, wigs, makeup….. It was really unbelievable. The early show for pirate night is definitely kid-centric. No adult humor or entertainment whatsoever. However, the later show (the one with the fireworks) was definitely entertaining. Make sure you get a spot on deck 11 for this one, the Aquaduck blocks some of the fireworks if you are trying to view from deck 12. The ports were great-very clean, safe, and fun. We didn’t book any excursions through the ship so I cannot talk about those. We purchased independent shore excursions (food and wine tour in San Juan, Scuba diving in St. Thomas, nothing on Castaway Cay). Since many lines go to San Juan and St. Thomas, I will only talk about Castaway Cay which was wonderful! We spent most of our time on the adult beach which was very quiet but still had character visits. Capt. Jack Sparrow came around for photo-ops, which was nice since the kids pretty much monopolized the characters on the ship. Overall, the only negatives I had were the following: The food could have been better. I enjoyed all of the food, but nothing was amazing or stood out. Although there were a lot of activities for adults, they all seemed to conflict with each other so we couldn’t really do everything we wanted. That’s really it…. Overall, I DEFINITELY recommend the Disney Fantasy.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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