441 Disney Fantasy Cruise Reviews

The time of year fits our school calendar better than spring break with our oldest in college now his spring break falls on a different time than the high school calendar. So to escape the cold and have traditional family vacation this was ... Read More
The time of year fits our school calendar better than spring break with our oldest in college now his spring break falls on a different time than the high school calendar. So to escape the cold and have traditional family vacation this was great timing. We have enjoyed WDW as a family for years and this Disney Cruise was our first cruise as a family. Two big thumbs up on how excellent this experience was after completing a 7 day Eastern Caribbean New Years eve cruise. My early concerns of long lines or masses of people and maybe getting tired of the same old cruise food faded early at embarkation and was all but gone by the end of our amazing trip. I can say with only one exception, the longest line I waited in was 15 min for the water slide. Upon leaving the ship going through US customs to get off the ship took about 40min but this area is not controlled by DCL so I can't really fault them for this unavoidable delay in our day. The food and table service was over the top excellent. Our Server Avatar was wonderful. His attention to detail , knowledge of food, what to expect, remember our preferences, friendly, even had his own unexpected brain teaser games he surprised with a few nights. He really made our trip extra special and added Disney magic. The food was brought to our table hot and exactly as we ordered. The food was flavorful and looked so yummy you couldn't wait to dig in to give it a try. The Assistant Server at our table was Guillaume his knowledge of the wine list and proper paring could be trusted and was always spot on. He was also very friendly and happy to share with us wonderful stories. Our experience in the dining was one we hoped could go on for a little bit longer and overall the week long cruise seemed to end all too soon. The entertainment by the DCL performers was spot on top notch. Truly like a broadway experience. The Wishes show was full of emotion and excitement. All the shows were fresh and not tired reused versions of park shows. The spa was relaxing and rejuvenating. The cabin was perfect for our family of 5 offering bunk beds and murphy bed with surprise bits of Disney sprinkled into the decor. The 3 children in our family age between16-20 we all give DCL a big thumbs up and for sure to cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Despite the fact that Disney doubles cruise prices during Christmas week, we were forced to book then to accommodate the work and school schedules of of other family members... Apparently their marketing department has figured out what ... Read More
Despite the fact that Disney doubles cruise prices during Christmas week, we were forced to book then to accommodate the work and school schedules of of other family members... Apparently their marketing department has figured out what the market will tolerate, however, as there were only 8 empty cabins listed on the Disney Cruise site one week before we sailed. However the 'Disney Magic' continues to entice kids of all ages, making the experience memorable for all. From the first day at sea character breakfast for our party of 9, to the Broadway quality shows, to Pirate Night, it's hard to top the kid appeal provided. Cabanas was our go to option for breakfasts and lunches and we were generally pleased with the extensive choices available with their serve yourself offerings. The serve yourself beverage choices included coffee, hot tea, coke, water, and several other drink options which I avoided after my first experience with each as they were watered down to the point of being rather tasteless. Our meal rotation in the three dining rooms was generally positive after my husband told the staff that he wanted their focus to be on our three grandchildren rather than the four 40-something adults in our party. Meal length would be my major complaint as I felt that service was slow and that the children in our party had to wait a long time between course offerings. As this cruise was a family bonding adventure, we only ordered room service the morning we departed early for the Mayan ruins. It arrived promptly at the scheduled time and our cabin steward made it disappear by the time we returned from our field trip. We did not chose to book a meal in Remy or Palo on this cruise. My husband and I took advantage of the Quiet Cove Adult Pool area on several afternoons and found it to be a welcome respite in a sea of ongoing activity on the rest of Deck 11. Although we did not experience the hot tubs personally, that area seemed to accommodate the number of interested participants and the Cove Bar staff made frequent trips through the area to fill drink orders. On the minus side, we got into Castaway Cay late the last morning due to problems docking in rough seas. Having been there 6 years previous at Christmas on the Disney Wonder, I was struck with how much more crowded the beach areas were this time with the larger capacity on the Fantasy. Four family members participated in the 5K run, which was held despite the late start. However crowd control was a real issue as the race began after many non-participating passengers had been allowed to disembarked. Large crowds clueless about yielding to runners as well as young bikers shared the footpaths making it dangerous for everyone involved. (DISNEY, YOU NEED TO REVISIT THIS!) Apparently there was also a problem with the private photo company which did the pictures during this cruise as many folks did not receive all of their digital pictures on the pre-purchased thumb drives, or received photos of other couples who were not part of their travel party... Not what one would expect with a $250 outlay per cabin! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We booked this cruise solely based on the fact that they dress up their private island for Christmas as well as the cruise ship. We were so disappointed and the cruise for the most part was then no different than any other cruiseline. ... Read More
We booked this cruise solely based on the fact that they dress up their private island for Christmas as well as the cruise ship. We were so disappointed and the cruise for the most part was then no different than any other cruiseline. Disney doesn't even offer you a credit towards another cruise to make up for it. Then when we got back I heard this happens quite often which is very upsetting. The food in the buffet was just ok, they never changed it up at all. We loved the evening dining rooms and the wait staff was excellent. Animators Palate was really neat both times we were in there. Our daughter loved seeing the Disney characters, but if you weren't in line 15 mins from the time they came out you missed them. Our daughter is 2.5 yrs old so she was bored in the nursery but not old enough to join the other kids in the Oceaneers Club or Lab. Then it seemed like all of the open houses were scheduled early in the morning or during her nap. Our child is not an early riser so it was harder for us to make it to things. I do believe Disney is backwards with the whole swim diaper thing...the pool and aqua lab was closed several times due to "potty trained" kids dropping dueces all the time. At least swim diapers keep it from touching other people and I heard other parents were just not putting swim diapers on their kids so they can take them in the pool whether they were potty trained or not. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our first Disney Cruise. We brought our 4 and 5 year old granddaughters. As a seasoned cruiser on other lines ( 35 cruises), we were overall disappointed in our cruise. The dining times-5:45 for first seating was late for ... Read More
This was our first Disney Cruise. We brought our 4 and 5 year old granddaughters. As a seasoned cruiser on other lines ( 35 cruises), we were overall disappointed in our cruise. The dining times-5:45 for first seating was late for little children. The shows were late as well. 8:30 for the first seating. The production shows were great but the other programs were not interesting for little ones. Way too late for little ones after being busy all day! The 2 pools available to swim were VERY small and on sea days it was wall to wall people. You had to get out of the pool for 15 minutes every hour. The kids club was for 3-11 year olds. No way would I have my 4 and 5 year old be mixed in with 11 year olds running wild! Disney could have easily made 2 clubs splitting the ages.(3-7 & 8-11) The cabin was extremely small but clean. Food was average. Cabanana crew had to be asked to clear and clean tables. All other cruise lines serve drinks in the buffet-not here! Disembarkation was a nightmare! No assigned times or meeting areas. Everybody leaving at once-lines all over the place and not sure where the lines began or where they were going! The characters were around frequently and lines were not too bad to get photos. For the significantly higher prices for this cruise, I would not spend my money on a Disney Cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We were a family group of 13 ranging in age from 3 to 75. Our cabins were roomy, the 2 bathroom spaces impeccably clean and the closet/storage space more than adequate. Beds and pillows were very comfortable. The dining room rotation ... Read More
We were a family group of 13 ranging in age from 3 to 75. Our cabins were roomy, the 2 bathroom spaces impeccably clean and the closet/storage space more than adequate. Beds and pillows were very comfortable. The dining room rotation was great..especially Animators Palate. We had two incredible servers, Marko and I Made. The 5 children looked forward to seeing them each night. Not only were they personable and excellent at their work, they were also wizards doing magic tricks and making frogs and birds out of paper placemats. The 8 adults thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Palo and our brunch at Remy where our meal was prepared by a Michelin chef. We were spoiled in every way. The only complaint we had was the disembarkcation process. All 4000 guests were allowed to get off the ship at the same time resulting in a line of people from one end of the boat to the other. It seems that Disney really dropped the ball in the people-moving department. But, all in all, we had a wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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
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
This was our fifth sailing with Disney and this was the second sailing alone with my daughter. Everything was effortless and wonderful. The cabin was beautiful and always clean. If there were any issues at all they were quickly resolved. ... Read More
This was our fifth sailing with Disney and this was the second sailing alone with my daughter. Everything was effortless and wonderful. The cabin was beautiful and always clean. If there were any issues at all they were quickly resolved. I have food allergies and thanks to our amazing team in the dining room, I was never worried. Our head waiter Marko and assistant server I Made were just the best! Our trip was so good in fact, we booked another one in the near future and requested Marko and I Made again. As always Disney Cruise Line did not disappoint. The only con sadly was a big one. As we disembarked, so too did every passenger on that ship. Lines went around the ship several times. I have never experienced that before on any previous sailing.There was no one there to assist us or guide us. No one informed us of the problem either. We stood on that line for hours as it moved at a snails pace. It was not until we finally entered the luggage area that we learned the reason for the delay ... "they did not have enough personnel in the customs area" (a porter). For those of us trying to make our flights, it was a bit unnerving after such an incredible vacation. Hopefully they will resolve this issue quickly, but in the meantime, perhaps suggesting booking a later flight home may help keep everyone more relaxed. Even with the delay, you get what you pay for with this cruise line, the memories, the service, and the trip, priceless! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We choose this cruise because we heard so much about how Disney cruising is the best of the best and sets the standard for all,other cruise lines, as well as it being a Merry Christmastime cruise.That being said, while it was a very nice ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we heard so much about how Disney cruising is the best of the best and sets the standard for all,other cruise lines, as well as it being a Merry Christmastime cruise.That being said, while it was a very nice ship and a wonderful cruise, it was not the ‘be all, end all’ of cruising. The 3 Disney shows were very entertaining but the juggler and the ventriloquist were average run of the mill entertainment. In addition, the food, while good, was no better or worse than we’ve had on other cruise lines. If you have children, then I would say that Disney is definitely the cruise line to choose. The character interaction with the kids was great as there always seemed to be characters moving around and meeting with the kids. If you don’t, the cruise was still very good, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was my first Disney Cruise and in the beginning I expected it to be amazing. Again, Disney exceeds my expectations with amazing and friendly service, outstanding and unbelievable entertainment, and special Disney magic that you ... Read More
This was my first Disney Cruise and in the beginning I expected it to be amazing. Again, Disney exceeds my expectations with amazing and friendly service, outstanding and unbelievable entertainment, and special Disney magic that you can’t find anywhere else. Let’s start off with the food. It was the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life! The room service was great, the buffet was a mile long and delicious, and everything was just the right temperature. The restaurants were truly incredible, and by the end of the week our waitress already knew what some of us wanted and was funny and nice. The lobby of the ship was humongous and was always filled with character greetings or singing and other acts. The D-Lounge hosted karaoke, game shows, trivia and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. The shows were so magical and I felt like I was watching a Broadway show. The kids clubs were awesome with video games, an animation studio, arts and crafts, and much more, and everyone I went with loved the clubs. I’ve heard people say that Disney doesn’t do I good job with planning activities, but that is simply untrue. If anything, I couldn’t decide between which activity to do because there were so many fun ones. Disney art is all over the ship and adds to the magic. Embarkation and debarkation was good. The Castaway Key 5k was really fun and there’s a water slide in the ocean, which I just personally thought was awesome. Some of the shore excursions at Castaway Cay were cancelled due to high winds, but you can’t really blame Disney for thatThere’s always a Disney movie running somewhere on the Disney cruise, and I just couldn’t get enough of them. The AquaDuck is incredible, especially while the sun is setting because the water coaster is see-through and gives you a beautiful view of the ocean. I didn’t go there, but the Outlook observation deck is apparently and great spot for views. There were several adult only spots on the ship that include the spa (which also has some stuff for teens but is mostly for adults) and the many bars aboard the cruise. The cabin was small but there was a queen bed, a bunk bed, and a pull-out bed, and we were usually out doing activities, so it was good. Our room came with a deck, which gave amazing views of the ocean. They had photography on the cruise, and at the end of the cruise you can use computer to get a digital portfolio of your pictures and order a photo book. It was a paradise. I only have a few complaints : 1. The buffet closed at four, so after that you had to have a sit-down dinner. 2. The shower and bath tub were a bit small. 3. Alcohol was very expensive. But on the bright side, Disney does allow you to bring your our alcohol. And it’s understandable why alcohol is so expensive. They don’t want a bunch of drunk people on a Disney cruise filled with children. 4. Some of the bathrooms, although very clean, only had two stalls and one sink. The line for the bathroom was long at times. Besides these minor complaints, the Disney cruise was the well worth the money, and I would absolutely go back again! Many people think that the Disney cruise is just for kids, but really, it’s for the little kid inside of everyone, young and old. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Our 26 family members have been planning this cruise for over a year . My wife and I sail with Celebrity Aqua twice a year, so are used to fabulous food and over the top service, others had sailed RCCL, and one Silversea. But for most of ... Read More
Our 26 family members have been planning this cruise for over a year . My wife and I sail with Celebrity Aqua twice a year, so are used to fabulous food and over the top service, others had sailed RCCL, and one Silversea. But for most of us, this was our first Disney. I think to sum it up, they have a very devoted following, so they don’t try as hard to please as other lines. Embarkation was slow. The port has no embarkation side and debarkation side, so everyone is going against each other to enter and leave. You wait in the terminal over an hour to get on. Our rooms were ready and perfectly clean. We loved our room host, who was fabulous. Now, you have the same wait staff in the dining rooms each night. This is great if they are great but.....We waited at least 15 to 20 minutes to have our drink order. So we learned very quickly to bring our drinks with us to the table each night. We also waited the same for our food, which was just ok and consistently room temperature. Even the soup was cold. We had the turkey one night which was so dry you had to wash it down with water. I would expect this on a discount line, but not the most expensive one we had been on. Cabanas had very inconsistent hours. One time half was open, and the other closed. My first morning I woke up at 630 and went to get coffee, to be told “ not ready yet” Breakfast with eggs not until 730! I am used to standing in line ordering my eggs and enjoying a hot breakfast. Not so. It took 10 min to fry an egg, so the choice is taking already cooked eggs from a dish, and toast from a dish, all Luke warm. We all joked that when we got off the ship we could have a hot meal! The French fries and chicken tenders were hot. Ok enough about food. Several family members had to do some work, which brings us to the internet package. 1000 mb for $89! No unlimited package! You can churn through that in one day, just checking mail. To say rip off, is an understatement. And connectivity inconsistent. I’ve had better connections on Transatlantics. And when we went down to talk with WiFi person, he was either at a meal or gone. The characters were the highlight, and the clubs for the little ones wonderful. The tweens were not as happy with their offerings. The ports were great and excursions excellent. So... Not sure about Disney. RCCL has many fund things for kids, a new water park planned on their private island and better food. And for the adults, Celebrity hands down for everything! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I enjoyed the family atmosphere. I always felt safe onboard and on shore excursions. I love that more is included and there were fewer add-on charges. If it were the only cruise line I have experienced I may not noticed how much extra ... Read More
I enjoyed the family atmosphere. I always felt safe onboard and on shore excursions. I love that more is included and there were fewer add-on charges. If it were the only cruise line I have experienced I may not noticed how much extra service is included. One example would be shore excursions. On other lines I’ve just been given the vague instruction to line up on the dock. On Disney they send you to a lounge or theater to check in and have a cast member walk you to your tour guide. There are usually opportunities to buy water and/or a cooler. On water related tours I’ve never had less than 2 chances to borrow a beach towel from the ship and return bins near the gangway upon return. If needed, sunscreen and insect repellent are generally available. Upon returning to the ship, other lines have had ice water available and hand sanitizer. Disney had those too, but the water was a variety of flavor infused and they added chilled moist wash cloths on hot days. We did have one dock lineup with Disney. It was at a port where we had to tender and their meeting places were color coded covered areas with bench seating available. Excursions are not the only extra services found on Disney, just a good example. On another line we experienced being dropped off at a historic location and told to find a taxi home. We hope to sail this line many times in the future, but I’m sure we’ll sail other lines too. My favorite saying is I love Ruth Chris, but I don’t need it every time I have steak. On an average Friday night Texas Roadhouse is just right. All this said, I ‘m not sure it’s for everyone. There are pleanty of adult only activities and nightlife aboard, but there isn’t the party atmosphere I’ve experienced elsewhere. There are mixology classes and cocktails available throughout the ship, but it’s not a booze cruise. Entertainment could also an issue. Again, plenty to be found in adult areas at adult times, but the big “Broadway” shows are family friendly and feature Disney characters. I love that, you may not. A side note about my experience cruising in general, manage your expectations. Weather can cause issues on any ship. A rude passenger can happen on any ship. A cabin repair can be needed on any ship. Don’t let it ruin your trip. Also food, I’ve spoken to a few people who found cruise food disappointing. Main dining (included) my personal opinion is it’s comparable with what you would expect a wedding reception. Some lines, like Disney, do it well and others don’t. The point in the main dining rooms is to try new things. If you can’t decide between two offerings, order both. If you don’t like the new thing you tried, they’ll bring you something else. You can order as much as you like at no extra charge. That’s the attraction in the main dining room. You should expect fine dining on any line to be found in the specialty restaurants for an additional fee. Finally, I’ve found it’s more important to research by ship vs by cruise line. Picking a line is important, but ship and cabin amenities can vary widely with in each line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My husband and I (late 60s) booked this cruise over a year ago through Costco Travel for very generous Costco Giftcards as an incentive, since few other travel agents gave anything as bonuses for booking a Disney cruise. Our family was 6 ... Read More
My husband and I (late 60s) booked this cruise over a year ago through Costco Travel for very generous Costco Giftcards as an incentive, since few other travel agents gave anything as bonuses for booking a Disney cruise. Our family was 6 adults,and 3 grandkids ages 7, 4, and 14 months. Everything went smoothly, port arrival and departure was quick walk off when ready with no hassle and very efficient with luggage, etc. Fantasy was beautiful, clean, just the right size to access everything. Kids club was entertaining for our girls and our little grandson enjoyed Andy's play area. All of them liked the pool and splashzones, and plenty of characters to meet. We all enjoyed the 3 rotating restaurants with our waiters that follow you to each one and are very attentive to kids and adults, especially "Bojana" our main waitress. We have taken 26 cruises over the years, and this was one of the best! If it wasn't so expensive we would do it more often. If you want to prebook again with a refundable deposit to use within 2 years, they provide "place savers" with incentives. We did not do this because our family cruises are every 4 or 5 years apart, and we also do Disney World and other vacations. We also loved the adults-only area with Skyline Bar, and OooLaLa bar among others. A tip, when we tried to book Palo brunch and liquor tastings before the cruise they were all sold out. We were told to board early and go right to Guest Services and request what we wanted. They hold back some reservations for then, and it worked! We got every activity we wanted. Re: Excursions on the islands: First stop is Tortolla and we did it on our own. Just walk thru the port and get an open-air shuttle to Cane Garden Bay beach for a wonderful, white sand, calm blue water beach with chairs and umbrellas and beach bars. $9 transportation per person and free for kids if on your lap. At St. Thomas we also took a taxi ($8) to our favorite beach "Coki Beach". Again a beautiful beach day and bring snorkles if you have them to see and feed the tropical fish. They give you dog biscuits which the fish nibble on. Water so clear you dont even need snorkles. Then shopping back in town before boarding ship. Castaway Caye was a favorite and Disney provides everything. No problem getting a chair and umbrella (free), and plenty of activities or just relax. We would definitely recommend a Disney cruise. Adults only areas on ship and beach if you need a break from children just put them in free kids club for an hour or two. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We have been on many cruises but this one had a lot to complain about: No free desserts in the evening - you need to pay extra (and not cheap) Limited variety of food offered at dinner Food quality below other cruise standards ... Read More
We have been on many cruises but this one had a lot to complain about: No free desserts in the evening - you need to pay extra (and not cheap) Limited variety of food offered at dinner Food quality below other cruise standards No pool for adults to swim - just a wading pool Limited activities for children not yet out of diapers Entertainment geared strictly for young kids (over the top routines) Considering the price we paid, this cruise was way below expectations. We will not take the family (children and grandchildren) on another Disney cruise. Not a good value. Take the kids to Disney World if you want something Disney - avoid the cruise. The ship is nice and the crew was helpful, but this cruise is a very poor value for what you get. The ship had a surprisingly high number of bars - not what you would expect but I guess Disney is aiming for profits. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I joined my Sister, Niece & husband, and my Sister’s three grandchildren on a family cruise. I doubted that the cruise could ever justify the higher price point than other cruises. I was wrong. The look on a three year old’s ... Read More
I joined my Sister, Niece & husband, and my Sister’s three grandchildren on a family cruise. I doubted that the cruise could ever justify the higher price point than other cruises. I was wrong. The look on a three year old’s face when she sees her favorite princess, or when Crush starts talking in Animator’s Palate- is priceless. There is no price one can put on Ariel stopping to chat with a seven year old fan, and finding a way to draw a very shy 11 year old into the fun. How about the look on the 11 and 7 year olds faces when our dining room guru taught them how to balance four forks on two toothpicks stuck into the cork in a wine bottle? I bet even the looks on the adults’ faces were priceless. And who ever thought fireworks at sea could be better than many a land show? Or how much fun the pirate night party could be for kids of all ages? Or how much fun riding the AquaDuck is - even after the 657th time? These are the things that set DCL apart from other lines. They have excellent food. Superb service. And great entertainment. But so do other lines. I will say that DCL has a crew that has an amazing ability to remember people and their names - beyond the dining room and the cabin staff. Imagine how stunned I was to walk into Cove Cafe on the second morning, and have the barista ask me if I wanted my non-fat latte with a tiny pump of mocha? Or to have Abu at the pool greet me by name every time he saw me at the pool, after spending just a few minutes the first morning chatting - before everyone else joined us. I have never encountered anything like this outside of concierge service on other lines. The ports were fun. Disney’s private island - glorious. Everything added up to an excellent trip. There were three areas that need some work. First the filled pasta in Animator’s Palate was barely warm, the pasta was gummy and the sauce had an almost congealed quality to it. Almost as if it had sat under heat lamps too long. This was a Halloween cruise, and the ship needed to prepare the corridors on the trick or treat decks by removing vacuums, buckets filled with water, caution signs and huge housekeeping carts. No one was hurt, but there were a few excited little ones that stumbled over cords, etc. Photo package buyers beware. If someone in your cabin wears glasses, or is facing sideways in pics, you might not get them in your package. If you are traveling in more than one cabin, be sure to check the photos for each cabin to make sure you get as many pics as possible. None of these issues put a damper on the cruise. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we put down a deposit on a yet to be determined future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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
It's hard to travel with children who have severe allergies, especially food allergies. There are only so many allergy-free foods you can bring along, and most places won't let you prepare your own foods (even if you could be ... Read More
It's hard to travel with children who have severe allergies, especially food allergies. There are only so many allergy-free foods you can bring along, and most places won't let you prepare your own foods (even if you could be assured that the plates, pots, and pans don't harbor traces of dangerous ingredients). We had heard that Disney was good with allergies, and we found a travel expert who specialized in helping families with children with allergies (yes, there are such people!). That made it so much easier for the 15 of us to enjoy our voyage. We spent a couple of days at Disney World before the cruise, and I highly recommend that if you can work it into your schedule. It allowed us to go on the cruise relaxed and vacation ready. The staff at the Grand Floridian, where we stayed and ate all our meals, went out of its way to ensure that we would have no allergy problems. The servers checked ingredients for every dish before serving it. That care extended to the cruise line. We had chosen four staterooms on deck 9 -- midship so we had an additional 2 feet of space -- and our room steward opened the separating walls between the verandas so we and the kids could easily go from room to room. Disney's family rooms have a heavy curtain between the main queen-sized bed closer to the bathroom and door to the hall, and the various bunk, Murphy, and sofa beds closer to the veranda. It meant that we could keep our lights on, and even watch television, while the children slept behind the curtain. And our room steward, Wayan Warta, didn't mind making up all the available extra beds every night so the kids could choose where to sleep. There were 15 of us on the trip: 8 adults, 4 children without allergies, and 3 with allergies (one quite severe, with a list of 24 life-threatening ingredients). Here is what we did to accommodate: * Our staterooms got Disney's special anti-allergy cleaning that removed any trace of allergens * Our head server, server, and assistant server learned all the children's preferences and all the things that could not be on the allergic kids' plates -- and worked out all meals with us ahead of time, even at the buffet (Let me digress at this point to give a shout-out to the team that took care of us: Coskun Piskin the head server, Akshay Shetty, the server, and Susila Susila the assistant server stayed with us at every dinner, even though we rotated through the four restaurants. They quickly learned our preferences and got along famously with the children. I Wayan Warta, our stateroom host, started us with scrupulously clean accommodations, and kept them that way -- even keeping track of the various stuffed friends our grandkids had brought along.) * The chef met with us every day to show us the ingredients listed on the boxes the food came in for everything the kids wanted * The kitchen produced french fries from pure potatoes cooked in fresh olive oil, pancakes, waffles, and a birthday cake made without eggs, hotdogs for breakfast for the child who would eat nothing else... the list went on and on * We tried the swimming with the rays excursion, but the rays scared the kids and they were happy to come back on board for lunch, so no problems with food there * On Castaway Key we went on the glass-bottomed boat, a tame adventure, and then to the Disney buffet, where non-allergy foods were prominently marked The cousins loved the kid's club, the pools, the water features, the movies, and the shows, but mostly loved being with one another in our rooms. And we were fine with that -- that's why we vacationed together. The Disney organization is amazing. If it were not for the hundreds of children and the theme, I would have believed we were on Cunard or Regent. Service, decor, and activities were that good. And if Cunard or Regent were to re-brand themselves as child-friendly and family oriented, they would look exactly like Disney. This is cruising for happy families. No matter how many plans you make and how much you do, every trip with a child at risk is another day to wonder "will there be an issue TODAY"? After the trip our children admitted that they had had fewer problems than at home in regards to the allergies, and that is a credit to Disney. We all enjoyed it so much that we've decided another Disney cruise is in the future for the 15 of us. And next month DH and I are cruising to Bermuda for five days, to help us recuperate from the excitement of our fabulous Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was my first time on Disney Cruise Line. I have done other cruise(7) lines and enjoy cruising. There are many many positives about Disney. The staff was beyond excellent and so professional. The ship was immaculate and beautiful. ... Read More
This was my first time on Disney Cruise Line. I have done other cruise(7) lines and enjoy cruising. There are many many positives about Disney. The staff was beyond excellent and so professional. The ship was immaculate and beautiful. The food was delicious in all venues. My grandsons had so much fun at the children’s club that they never wanted to leave. There are just a few changes I would like to see them make. One would be offering a beverage package . Going with a large family the bar expenses certainly add up. Also when we were in ports there were virtually no activities on board offered for adults only. I would have liked programs of interest offered. All in all though a wonderful experience. Our cabin steward David was the best and so personable. Our dining staff was the best of all my previous cruises. Thank you to Dipa and Ronaldo. Although Disney cruises are not inexpensive the reward is seeing the children and how much fun they had. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
After pondering for several years on whether to sail on Disney or another cheaper cruise line, my family of 3 (including 7 y/o boy) took the plunge and reserved a category 04e cabin (5532) which is a deluxe family stateroom with oversized ... Read More
After pondering for several years on whether to sail on Disney or another cheaper cruise line, my family of 3 (including 7 y/o boy) took the plunge and reserved a category 04e cabin (5532) which is a deluxe family stateroom with oversized verandah. Port Canaveral is very well run, with embarkation proceeding smoothly. You leave your bags with porters at the curb, go through security, then go through the check-in line (only 15 minutes). They then board based on groups (40 total), based on scheduled arrival time. As soon as you walk into the atrium, you know the ship was built with attention to detail. Beautiful woods, marble floors, carpeting, etc. Everything maintained impeccably. The cabin was well laid out, albeit the expected tightness of a cruise cabin. Plenty of storage, USB ports for charging devices, electric plugs, etc. Everything was extremely clean. When we dropped sand in the bathroom after a beach day, it was gone by the evening service during dinner. We booked early and enjoyed the 5:45 dinner seating. There is a head server (basically a talking head), server, and assistant server. Everyone was on point, except the assistant server repeatedly forgot to ask us for drinks sometimes forgot to bring them when we ordered them. The dinners at the main dining room were quite delicious, especially considering the volume of people they have to feed. We partook of the Remy dinner one night. Although it was good, we did not feel it was worth the extra cost ($95 per person without wine). In hindsight, would have skipped it. My son LOVED the kids' club and would have gladly stayed there all the time if we let him. The three main shows were excellent and played several times to give everyone a chance to see all three. The movie theater played several recent Disney franchise movies (e.g. Solo, Christopher Robin, etc.) There was plenty to do at all times. The adults-only sections were awesome, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the ship to those traveling without children. The live entertainment was everywhere and excellent. No musical hacks on the ship. Drinks were extremely reasonable. I recommend the photo package be purchased before sailing, as it's more expensive on the ship. They have photographers EVERYWHERE to take great photos. The spa is beautiful. Purchased the rainforest area package, with different saunas, hot tubs, showers with aromatherapy, heated loungers, etc. Wow! Take advantage of formal and semi-formal nights, as the pictures turn out great. All in all, I would not hesitate to recommend this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
this Was our first ever cruise we chose the western Caribbean itinerary and wasn’t disappointed our room host was so thorough and very polite and friendly our restaurant servers were fantastic the ship was immaculate absolutely ... Read More
this Was our first ever cruise we chose the western Caribbean itinerary and wasn’t disappointed our room host was so thorough and very polite and friendly our restaurant servers were fantastic the ship was immaculate absolutely beautiful our room host and restaurant hosts went over and beyond for us nothing was ever a bother the food was superb at all restaurants we dined at and we never went hungry all staff made you feel very welcome the stand out for us is the service Disney has that down to a tee worth every cent we paid our favourite port of Call was cast away cay Disney’s very own private island in the Bahamas this island is stunning the water warm crystal clear so much activities to do or if you want to relax and unwind you can do that to,lunch on cast away cay was superb barbecue lunch and salads and deserts plenty to drink and soft serve ice cream as much as you like Disney thinks of everything it truly is all about the people we truly did have plenty to eat and drink and swam and relaxed all day there was so much to do on board as well our children didn’t go into the kids club they didn’t have to they never was bored there was so much for the kids to do as well we have had many family holidays around the world but never a cruise so glad we picked this one we are already planning our next disney cruise Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Started poorly at embarkation, we were so excited and visited the Supervisors Desk as advised to inquire as if there were any possible available cabin upgrades, knowing full well they are not free but the Supervisor was "surly" ... Read More
Started poorly at embarkation, we were so excited and visited the Supervisors Desk as advised to inquire as if there were any possible available cabin upgrades, knowing full well they are not free but the Supervisor was "surly" no smile and spat out verbally our family was "to early for that" (note we stood at her desk for about 10 minutes while she played with the computer not even acknowledging us, then after seeing us told us she would be with us soon) and made us wait a few minutes more. No smile, not a Disney experience. The Cruise Director was Trent Hitchcock, over the top silly and while not "on" puss on his face while walking the hallway, just off putting. The Tween Club The Edge my daughter reported was not engaging at all, she went several times but would return quickly saying the youth team was not interactive and the activities were pretty much non existent, most kids just sat alone with their own electronics and the youth team could not be bothered with anyone but each other. The entertainment offered was often repeated, the premium price should command better entertainment seemed like to much filler not enough content. We arrived at the private island late (not allowed off until 0930) and this left limited time to enjoy their private island, (the lifeguards start yelling and cleaning the island an hour before you have to leave, feels like you are not a welcomed guest) very disappointed with the schedule on the Eastern Itinerary Castaway Cay Day. The room was clean and the stateroom host (Alston) was amazing, our aft room 6188 was a positive experience. Very little wear and tear and the views from this deck were beautiful. A bit of soot and vibrations but that was expected in the aft, pretty quiet otherwise. The dining team was cordial, kind and full of smiles, loved Malwyn from India just a joy!! The food was okay if not a bit boring, the private island Cookies buffet was sloppy, they could not stay on top of the demand. This was the first time I had ever observed no one staying on top of the buffet offerings. The Fantasy was in decent shape but again not enough entertainment or events planned especially on sea days. The pools and pool decks were ridiculously crowded, verbal arguments occurred over families refusing to limit their time while playing shuffleboard etc. Disappointing adventure for the monies spent. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose this cruise because we had a terrible winter, we are bad at renting lake houses (the weeks we choose are invariably colder than normal), and I noticed that the Fantasy, the only DCL ship I hadn't been on, had a 3 night that ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we had a terrible winter, we are bad at renting lake houses (the weeks we choose are invariably colder than normal), and I noticed that the Fantasy, the only DCL ship I hadn't been on, had a 3 night that was at Castaway Cay on my BDay. Sold! Booked it at the end of January; sailed July 11. We started sailing DCL in 2003 with the Wonder, then Magic in 2004 and Dream in 2016, so this grand slam took 15 years. (in contrast, I heard one older couple on the ship say this was their 69th DCL cruise!) I have wanted to try aft cabins but none were available, but we booked 9148, a veranda cabin 10 cabins from the back. I know the debate about "get an inside and save your money and go to the common areas to see the ocean" but we enjoy our time on our own veranda. Embarkation was smooth. I had everything filled out including our post-cruise trip right to the airport with Disney transporting our checked bags, so it took about 4 minutes to check in. We had stayed at Disney the night before but opted for a towncar service so we would know when we were leaving for the ship, rather than DCL busses going. We were in boarding group 7. Hey people in the terminal, you're all getting on, no need to hover over the previous boarding groups! We went right to Cabanas and were the first people to choose an outside table. Good food, I focused on shrimp and a slice of prime rib. If you like crab legs they had tons of those too! We did opt to get a half case of water and a little DCL cooler with it (only 2 of us, and we did drink them all). At 130 promptly the cabins opened and we dropped off our carry on bag. We looked around the ship and went to the 230 DVC presentation, which is always fun even though we never win the stateboard credit. Got another DVC hat. After muster drill we found things to do and see until Aladdin, which I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone! Then we did 70s trivia in O'Gill's pub, which I think I came in 2nd in (a total genius young gentleman got a perfect score). Our first dinner was in Animator's Palate. Our server was Freddy and assistant was Nicha; can't say enough about how attentive and great they were. The truffle appetizer was great; my steak was a little dry medium and I switched to medium rare after that. The desserts never disappoint; I had chocolate walnut cake. Crush taught my husband to say "Happy Birthday" to me speaking whale. We had decided to not go to Nassau so we got up early and had some light breakfast in Cabanas, then headed to the spa when they opened; I had purchased day passes ahead of time. We watched the boat docking at Nassau from the rainforest room, alternating between the hot tubs and the warm chairs. This went on for about 2 hours. I have read that on sea days these chairs are "hogged", but we were the only ones in there. We then spent 10-1130 in the adult pool. BTW, at 8 AM there were chairs at both other pools without towels, right in front. They had closed Aquaduck for a crew drill until noon, and at 1130 I thought it was open and dragged my husband over there (I did it in 2016 when we had our then teen son with us but husband had not). It was not open, but opened at about 1150 and we waited about 10-15 minutes in line. It is very fun, but the worst part for an overweight (not obese) 55 year old is getting out of the damn tube! Lunch at cabanas and back to the adult pool until 315, when we finally got out and got ready for our mixology class, which was a blast and I would recommend to anyone over 21. You get pay $20 each, get 5 drinks (you get to make at least one of them), have fun and learn a little. Since my BDay was the next day I got a much bigger chocolate martini which was yummy. If you go on the Fantasy make sure you visit Lionel in Skylines! We went and changed for pirate night and then spent some time up at satellite falls watching the ocean before we did 80s trivia. I won this one---perfect score, baby! I narrowly defeated the same young man who beat me the night before, and I was still tipsy! Maybe that's the key. Dinner at Enchanted Garden. I had the lobster ravioli appetizer and the prime rib and the orange yogurt cake for dessert, plus they brought me ANOTHER dessert to celebrate my BDay. Between two desserts at late seating and 5 drinks earlier, I did NOT stay up for the pirate fireworks. CC day, up at 7 for a (very) light breakfast in Cabanas, then got off the ship right at 830. Walked right to the Serenity Bay tram and was in the water by 9 or shortly after. Our first two trips we had 3 kids under 11 or 12, and last trip CC had a monsoon from 10 AM on, so this was our first chance to enjoy Serenity Bay, which we really did! I rented a float. Tide was decently high in the morning, but by the time we left after 1 it had gone pretty far out. I kept using sunscreen so we did not burn--it's really important, we saw some folks looking like lobsters that night. Ate at Cookies 2 at 1130--wish you could get a small portion of steak, they gave me a huge one and I did not finish it. Everything was wonderful there;it is cook out BBQ food, not a gourmet feast. During my whole day at CC I had two conch coolers; after that mixology class I wanted to take it easy on alcohol. We spent more time on the beach but on one side were dark clouds and thunder (no one got out, LOL) and we even saw a water spout on the other side, but no rain where the DCL people were. We did get out about 1:30 and made our way to the other areas to take some other pics and do some shopping. We got onboard at about 230; husband went to the adult pool and I showered, then went to the DCL desk and booked another one for next summer. I was going to switch lines, but the Mouse got me again. Got a picture with Captain MIckey (how can you not?) Dinner at Royal Court, I had the iced lobster and jumbo shrimp appetizer and the chateaubriand with the grand mariner souffle for dessert. Went to the cabin to put bags out, did some shopping and I went back to go to sleep. Husband was going to see a movie but went to the wrong theatre LOL and the performers were rehearsing, so he just came back as well. We had the 8AM breakfast and then disembarkation was so smooth; we only had one carry on and a tote bag and nothing to declare, so off the ship by 9, onto a DCL bus and off to MCO. Had a few hours to kill before our 145 flight, but if the ship had been delayed we would have appreciated the time. I would highly encourage anyone to celebrate things on DCL. Since Friday was my "actual" bday (as the booking agent put it) every time I did anything I got a "Happy Birthday" from the crew, even when I wasn't wearing my button (like when I got my drinks at CC). It always gave me a huge smile. I had really thought this was my last DCL cruise. In fact I had booked a 6 night Carnival for the same price next year. But dammit it if the crew didn't go so far above and beyond and give me such a damn warm fuzzy feeling, I booked a 4 night for next June (for our "actual" anniversary) on the Dream with two days at CC instead. That chocolate martini was pretty powerful kool-aid! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Disney Fantasy Ratings
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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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