282 Disney Fantasy Cruise Reviews

I took this cruise with my husband, my thirteen-year-old grandson, and my ten-year-old grandson, all of us experienced cruisers. My husband and I have sailed on 40 cruises through the Baltic, Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean, and other ... Read More
I took this cruise with my husband, my thirteen-year-old grandson, and my ten-year-old grandson, all of us experienced cruisers. My husband and I have sailed on 40 cruises through the Baltic, Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean, and other locales, and this was our grandsons’ fifth Caribbean/Bahamas cruise, their third Disney. Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Matthew, our seven-day cruise became a six-day cruise, and we arrived at a very disorganized Port Canaveral two days after the hurricane had moved on. There was very little damage at the port– some downed trees and two twisted signs. However, we were told that the toll booths for the parking garage had lost electricity and so there was only one hand-checked booth open. So we sat in line for an hour and a half, waiting til some genius decided maybe, just maybe, they could have three hand-checked booths. The stupidity was appalling. Our cruise was only about half full. I can only imagine how long we’d have been in line if we sailed with a full count of passengers. As anyone knows who has sailed either the Dream or the Fantasy, these are classic, beautiful ships, decorated with taste and style. You pay more for quality and Disney produces a quality product. We took one of the obstructed view balcony cabins. You sacrifice a bit on the room and balcony size, but the price is much cheaper and we were hardly in our room. There is so much going on on this ship that you can’t do a fourth of it. Unlike other ships which are magnanimous if they offer bingo and stick horse races –you know who you are– you are constantly going on a Disney ship. Our older boy loved the Edge, a club for 11-13-year-olds. He was upset when they were closed late in the afternoon of our Castaway Cay day. He was not totally forthcoming about what they were doing, but it involved hanging out, scavenger hunts, crafts, and video games. He was very happy there. Our younger boy was not as pleased because the age range is so huge (3-11) in the Oceaneer Club/Lab that there are very little children in the club as well as those his own age. But it is a fabulous facility, so far above the clubs on Carnival and other lines that it’s not in the same stratosphere. One thing I was not crazy about was that unless you are a kid in the club, you can't use the elevator up to the club and must climb about 4 sets of stairs to get there! My grandson, however, loved that. Much has been written about the cabins, so I will not repeat that here. We were in cabin 9652 which opens on the elevator foyer, but we never heard any noise or clamour. It was very convenient to aft restaurants for sure, but a long walk to the Walt Disney Theater. So I loved the pumpkin tree and the swags in the main lobby, but did wish there were way more decorations. I would have liked to see some in the dining rooms for sure. Halloween trees perhaps. There were some window decals– pumpkin faces and spider webs– in main areas. But it would have been fun to see more done in the decoration department. The first night there was the introduction to the pumpkin tree when everyone got his pumpkin “seed.” A little spooky music, a little story telling. It was pleasant. We then went to the Sing and Scream 4D presentation of Nightmare Before Christmas. That was lots of fun though sparsely attended, probably because it is not on til 10:30. “Snow” fell at appropriate times and there were other effects as well, all of which culminated in Sally and Jack rising from the stage. At the end of the show “Jack” faces rained down on the audience. Disney knows its audience, and the children do love to pick up whatever streamers/leaves/discs/Mickey faces fall down. Sally and Jack posed for pictures– the line was very short– and the pictures, neat. During our day at sea the boys spent much time in water activities: the pool, the Aquaduck, the Aqualab. It is amazing that Disney has something for each age group in his area, beginning with a spray park for the littlest people, progressing to two different children’s pools, the Aquaduck which is great for all ages, the Aqualab behind it which offers various older spray park features, the Mickey Slide– something for everyone. And you can grab some pizza close by. I can’t say much for the pizza though. Our itinerary changed when our cruise was shortened by a day, so our previous choices were cancelled and we had to stand in line for quite a while to add new ones. I wonder even more now why people don’t book on line! We decided to go to Xcaret from Cozumel. My husband and I had been twice before but our grandsons had not. We thought long and hard about the hydrofoil ride, which we knew from experience, was extremely bumpy (to say the least). You actually come up out of your chair. The kids felt a little queasy at the end but did ok. By the time we got to Xcaret we had only 4 hours to see it in. This is nowhere near enough time, especially when you factor in lunch and the long walk back to the bus. Xcaret is a wonderful place to visit, so that’s a shame. The price from Disney is about $30 more than from other lines, so bear that in mind. You do get a $9 lunch credit with that, but you can only use that credit in one restaurant and it is at the farthest point from the entrance. Quite lovely, though, on the ocean with a nice breeze. But the food was pretty dreadful. If you choose to swim the underground river there, it will take most of your time. We had not gone there with the guide, and as we were finishing lunch, they were just coming in, having just completed the swim over 2 hours into the visit. There is some very nice shopping at Xcaret. You can buy just about anything there from clothing items to mugs and traditional souvenirs to pottery, swim items, Day of the Dead items, and so forth. The prices are reasonable. We next went to Grand Cayman, an island I don’t care for. But since the boys were with us, it was fine. We took the turtle farm/dolphin encounter excursion and enjoyed it though it was quite rushed. We had just a half hour at the turtle farm. Be aware if you go, that you do NOT have to stand in the line at the first baby turtle tank. They only have you do that to take a very expensive picture of you with a turtle. Go behind that tank and find shallow tanks where you can actually get in with the turtles and pick them up. The boys enjoyed that. If you do stand in line, you may be late in meeting up with the others on the tour. It will take up all your time. As it was, there was almost no time left. I barely managed to buy a few postcards. Then you walk across the street to the Dolphin Encounter. It is well-organized. We did not choose the tour in which you are pushed by a dolphin. We chose the less expensive one and it was more than enough interaction with the dolphins. You are in the water a half hour or so. They take 8 or 10 photos of you in different poses with the dolphin. You get to touch it, get splashed by it, etc. Then you are shown the pictures which may give you cardiac arrest. The cost of one picture is $38. The cost for the entire package for multiple people is $140. So clearly, if you are going to buy 3 pictures minimum, you may as well get the package, which we did. And the pictures were very good. They do make you wait a while to get them on a CD which may be why you are done a good 40-50 minutes before the bus arrives. Time we could have used at the turtle farm. Clearly, the priority is to sell the pictures. We also stopped at beautiful Castaway Cay where we snorkeled and saw quite a few fish. Everyone knows about the Cay, so I won’t go into it. The nicest time on the cruise was Halloween party night. That was just great. Such fun seeing literally everyone in some costume, even if they just had Halloween shirts on. The kids went trick-or-treating on 3 decks. There were games for the little one. The whole Pumpkin tree ceremony which was neat. All the pumpkins lit up. Dancing. Creepy songs like Ghost Busters. Just so much fun. We also were given a small spider cake to share at each table. Pirate night is always a riot. Most people dressed up for that, too. Not as many danced at the party as I have seen before. Half the deck was just people seated but everyone was having fun anyway. At dinner they told large plastic pirate mugs with a skull on one side and pirate Mickey on the other. The bottom of the cup was full of blinking colored lights and came filled with a smoothie. Naturally, the boys had to have them, as well as the Halloween Zero’s dog house full of popcorn, and a BB8 full of coke from the theater. I have to admit though that I bought the poisoned apple with a can of coke in it which now holds pride of place in my Halloween decorations at home. Anyone who has sailed with Disney and children knows the cruise is not for relaxing. We felt we were in a marathon! But it was great. We saw Aladdin, which was just wonderful and creatively produced; Wishes; and Believe, which we've seen twice before. Honestly, Wishes was too close to Believe in content and theme. It was just three kids going around instead of the dad. A couple small irritations, though the first is across all cruise lines– why is the food always cold or lukewarm????? The second complaint– the Fantasy shimmies quite a lot in the aft cabins. I have no idea why. It didn’t do it all the days, but when it did, it was very annoying. My biggest complaint was the quality of the very expensive pictures. I was appalled by the prints and was glad I was getting digital which I could adjust myself. The skin tones on the people in the prints were an odd pinky orange and in some pictures it looked like the picture was taken against a green screen. Very odd. As far as the digital pictures went, everyone of them needed the contrast and intensity altered. Most were washed out. Also a bit “soft.” I was surprised by this. Great service all around, super towel animals, a very nice silver club beach bag as a gift, easy-peasy disembarkation. Why can’t all lines do that as well as Disney? You can’t beat Disney. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have been on previous Disney Cruises, and this trip did not disappoint. We traveled during Hurricane Matthew. While DCL was not responsible for the beautiful weather we had, the captain and his staff were responsible for the ... Read More
We have been on previous Disney Cruises, and this trip did not disappoint. We traveled during Hurricane Matthew. While DCL was not responsible for the beautiful weather we had, the captain and his staff were responsible for the safety of everyone onboard, and throughout the duration of our 7-night (turned 8-night) sailing, he kept us up-to-date and informed about Hurricane Matthew and its potential effect on our plans. We were never impacted by the hurricane. Aside from the regular communication updates from the DCL crew, we wouldn't have known there was a hurricane happening in the Caribbean at all. The storm, however, cause our route to be altered. We were unable to visit Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, and our arrival to Port Canaveral was delayed one day because Florida authorities closed Canaveral to all ship activity for one day. Thus, our 7-day cruise turned into an 8-day cruise with a bonus day in Cozumel! SWEET! Once we knew that our route would be altered and our return trip delayed, the DCL team went right to work accommodating guests with phone calls and internet service to change travel plans and contact loved ones. We were all impressed by their professionalism, good spirits, constant flow of information, and in particular, Captain Fabian’s willingness to stop and speak with guests, pose for a photo, or simply just smile as he walked around the ship. With all of his responsibilities, he was still a very visible and calming presence for everyone. The crew handled the delay in a positive fashion and continued to serve us quite well, even though we learned toward the end that some would be finishing their contracts at the end of the sailing and were probably very anxious for some rest and time with family. Great sailing, wonderful ship. Disney Cruises never disappoint! Alisha Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
One word, "WOW." I've been on other cruises before, and Disney is the BEST. Here are the pros and cons: PROS 1) The service is awesome. They treat you as if you are a ROCK STAR! 2) The shows are amazing - there ... Read More
One word, "WOW." I've been on other cruises before, and Disney is the BEST. Here are the pros and cons: PROS 1) The service is awesome. They treat you as if you are a ROCK STAR! 2) The shows are amazing - there were plenty to choose from. 3) They do a great job of making it fun for adults. 4) Surprisingly, there were plenty of couples celebrating anniversaries. 5) Loved the adult only sections, bars and lounges. 6) The Food was some of the best my wife and I ever had (Palo and room service especially). 7) lots to do on the ship. There were tons of activities and games. 8) The excursions are welled planned. 9) There were couples who left they kids at home. 10) It was an experience of a life time. CONS 1) Maybe, overall cost. There are cruise lines that cost significantly less. 2) If you are not a Disney fan then you may not appreciate this cruise. 3) If you are looking for a "college party" then you're better off going with another cruise line. Overall, It really depends on what you're looking for. If you want high quality and service, then Disney is for you. If those things are not a big deal then why spend the extra money. I hope this helps! Mikkel Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
In Septermber 27 of us boarded the Disney Fantasy. We all had a wonderful experience the oldest person was 74 to the youngest of age 4. The ship is beautiful and kept very clean. The service was exceptional, this was mine and my ... Read More
In Septermber 27 of us boarded the Disney Fantasy. We all had a wonderful experience the oldest person was 74 to the youngest of age 4. The ship is beautiful and kept very clean. The service was exceptional, this was mine and my husbands 8th cruise. We had others that have cruised before with Princess and Carnival and they also said that Disney did an awesome job. Our servers were wonderful and with a group our size we took up several tables 1 full section for 1 service pair and then 1 table with a differant service team. They worked together to allow us to rotate within our groups so that we could spend time with each other. The layout of the activities and the ship allowed us to have time together and time as adults or kids only. There is so much to do if you are willing to step out and try things that you might not think as fun just by looking at the listing. We did Bingo, which I thought would be boring the first time, only to return to several more games as it was extremely fun. There again credit to the wonderful cruise staff. The rooms have a lot of storage and the split bath was great. All 10 of our rooms were pretty much all in a row and all but one room had the same room steward. He did an amazing job and even a camera that got left in a room (fell down in the sofa sleeper) was turned in an sent postage paid to me. Was so grateful to the honesty of or room attendent. We had no idea where the camera was lost, so it could have easliy been tucked in someones pocket never to be returned. So grateful to have the pictures, as this camera was being passed around to all 27. We had 6 rooms rebook for next year, another group trip is in the works to be planed for 2019. Great Job Disney! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We took our almost 5 year old on the Disney Fantasy, and what an amazing experience! Embarkation was so easy. We spent the night at a hotel near the port, and arrived at the port around 10:30. We walked straight through to the desk ... Read More
We took our almost 5 year old on the Disney Fantasy, and what an amazing experience! Embarkation was so easy. We spent the night at a hotel near the port, and arrived at the port around 10:30. We walked straight through to the desk cast member and were given our Key to the World cards, our pictures were taken, and we were given a map of the ship and our boarding group number (we were in group 9). We had just enough time to meet Minnie Mouse and take a photo, then they called our number. Our cabin was a regular balcony cabin, but larger than on other cruise ships. We loved the split bath, what a God send. Rudolph was our cabin steward, and he was great. He kept everything clean and tidy. He even surprised our granddaughter with Disney princess sheets for her bed! Lets talk about food..... Wow!!! The food was amazing. If there was something that didn't sound good to you, trust me, keep looking because there will be something there you will love. We even had dinner at Palo one night. We were catered to and doted over the whole time. Great experience. Our granddaughter loved the kids club! She would rather be there than anywhere I think. She had so much fun, we had a hard time getting her to leave. One thing that really bothered us..... We had our granddaughter measured at the doctor's office (without her shoes) to be sure she would be tall enough for the AquaDuck. The doctor measured her at 43". But when we arrived, they said she didn't measure up the 42" height requirement. She was so disappointed. So don't get the kids' hopes up about riding until you get there and are absolutely sure they is tall enough to the cruise's standards. This was an absolutely amazing vacation. I would definitely take the grandkids again, but not sure I would go as just a couple. We are complete Disney freaks, and loved the idea of the cruise, but it's really hard to get away for adult only time (even in the adult only area). Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I have always been big Disney fans. A friend of mine couldn't believe that we had never been on a cruise, let alone a Disney cruise. So in 2011 I convinced my husband that we should try a four night on the Dream. ... Read More
My husband and I have always been big Disney fans. A friend of mine couldn't believe that we had never been on a cruise, let alone a Disney cruise. So in 2011 I convinced my husband that we should try a four night on the Dream. Well now we are hooked! We just got back from our fifth Disney cruise and next year's is already booked! (Cannot beat the rebooking offer on board!) This was our third year in a row sailing on the Fantasy for a seven night. We found the staff to be incredibly helpful and accommodating at our normal rotational dining as well as the table service available for breakfast or lunch, the buffets, and the quick service stations. The food was amazing! We did the Palo Brunch and Palo dinner upgrades all amazing! We did a Champagne tasting class, a Halloween mixology class, and a regular mixology class for a nominal fee. We enjoyed relaxing on the adult only deck in the very cushy loungers with built in adjustable pillows, and bar service. Never had a problem finding two chairs together any time of the day including sea days. To cool off they don't have a pool, but rather Satellite Falls which is perfect to sit with the built in bench in the 3 foot of water or on the abundant ledge. We did three excursions, Tequila tasting at Cozumel.. which was fun, Tiki Beach at Cayman Islands was wonderful... , and in Jamaica we tried the Green Grotto Caves... was just OK. We made sure to catch all of the Disney Broadway shows, which I love love love, then the late night comedy/magic shows at the Tube along with a ton of other adult entertainment they provided. Our entertainment host was Joshi who was hilarious! We enjoyed sunrises and sunsets on our veranda and took four bottles of champagne with us in our carry on. Yes, you can do that on Disney cruise ships! And for you gamblers, if you don't think you can live without a casino, I tell you that you can! I love my casinos at home, but if need be, I can get my fix from Bingo and a chance to win $10,000! So don't let that dissuade you from a Disney Cruise!! Only complaint that we really have is that if you want to do the professional pictures that are available each night, you could get stuck behind a huge family that takes a big group photo, then individual photos, then individual families.. and suffice to say 15m later, the two of us get our turn and get three taken and are done in 5m. I wish there was an easier way for them to somehow limit the time for the big families. But other than that.. it was a Dream or should I say a Fantasy Vacation!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our 5th cruise with Disney, daughters 6 and 9-- and all was perfect, as it is every time! Previously, we were on the Fantasy its inaugural year (2012); the Wonder to Alaska; and two trips on the Dream. On this voyage, we went to Tortola, ... Read More
Our 5th cruise with Disney, daughters 6 and 9-- and all was perfect, as it is every time! Previously, we were on the Fantasy its inaugural year (2012); the Wonder to Alaska; and two trips on the Dream. On this voyage, we went to Tortola, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay. Some minor updates since the last Fantasy voyage we were on: - The already excellent food is better. It has always been good, but now there are shrimp/stone crabs every day and the dinner desserts are *much* better (bread pudding and chocolate molten lava cake were delicious. - The new-(ish)? sprinkler play area (AquaLab) is great for kids. - The new show, Aladdin, is fun-- the genie does a great job. - The Animator's Palate restaurant had a really fun new gimmicky show where you draw something and it's animated-- super fun. Some tips: - Get a good server. Because of Disney's rotational dining system, the same server stays with you for the whole trip. Stipe (pronounced stee-pay), our server, was excellent-- he's been aboard for 5 years and knows the inside scoop on every menu. He is also super-fast-- we're not the kind of family that likes to sit for hours waiting for our food while trying to entertain our kids, so having someone like Stipe who was always on the ball made a big difference. (Note: I believe you can request individual servers.) - We got the aft balcony cabin (7688). Some great things about it: relative to the other rooms on the ship, the room is huge. It also has a *gigantic* private balcony with 4 full-size fully reclinable sun chairs PLUS two normal deck chairs and a coffee table-- great for a relaxing morning breakfast or viewing the stars at night. Some not-so-great things: it's an accessible room (we were automatically placed into it), which means it doesn't have the split-bath of the other rooms. It also doesn't have the curtain between the bed and the bunk-beds, which means no separation from the kids. Finally, because it's above the engines, it vibrates quite a bit relative to midship cabins-- we actually had to put our clothes hangers on the floor because they kept rattling. Overall, we loved the room but it may or may not be for you, depending on your preferences. - The best time to go the Aquaduck is in the evenings-- there is almost no line. When there is a good movie on FunnelVision (the giant movie screen on the top deck, viewable from the pool areas), spending time on the top deck with the Aquaduck/pools can be more enjoyable than the (very good) shows. We had already seen Wishes and Believe on previous cruises, so we skipped them this time and spent a relaxing time on the top deck. - If you booked late and were automatically placed into the second seating (8:15pm) but prefer the first seating because you have young kids (5:45pm), go to the Royal Court as soon as it opens at 1pm on the day of embarkation and you may be able to get your seating changed. - You can order Mickey ice cream bars from room service even though they're not on the menu. Unlimited Mickey bars! - On the day of debarkation, Cabanas (the buffet) is still open. Most people go to rotational breakfast dining on the last day, but stopping by Cabanas is a lot less stressful than going to breakfast at 6:45AM. Some other notes: - On Tortola, we took the Tour to Virgin Gorda and the Baths, which we really enjoyed. Exploring the beach's cave system was a truly unique experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Let’s get the gang back together! My wife and I and our two boys re-upped for another Disney cruise in the Eastern Caribbean for another vacation with our close friends and their two boys. Last August we tested the waters on a 3-night ... Read More
Let’s get the gang back together! My wife and I and our two boys re-upped for another Disney cruise in the Eastern Caribbean for another vacation with our close friends and their two boys. Last August we tested the waters on a 3-night cruise on the Disney Dream, and we had such a good time we went back a year later for a 7-night cruise on the Disney Fantasy. I was a little concerned that because we enjoyed the last cruise so much, nothing this cruise could offer would do justice to my inflated expectations. Fortunately, I was wrong. I found that 7 days gave me a better opportunity to experience and evaluate the ship, food, service, shows, etc. and I even revised my opinion on certain things that I’d nit-picked during our initial 3-day cruise. This was a phenomenal vacation, aboard a magnificent ship, with ample time to enjoy my family and friends while we took advantage of everything the ship and the ports of call had to offer. We decided to park at the port this year, and although it cost more money than it would to use one of the park-and-ride packages at the local hotels, I was happy with our decision and would use this going forward if we return for another cruise. Disney takes care of everything so efficiently and easily that it relieves (most) of the stress of dealing with tons of luggage and excited children the morning of embarkation. We arrived at the port and went thru one security checkpoint before being directed to a waiting porter who took our bags. We parked and walked the short distance to the cruise terminal, went thru security, and waited less than 5 minutes for a Disney agent to check us in. Within 30 minutes of parking the car our group was called to board the ship. Although there’s a ton of activities, I love the decor and artwork so much on the Disney ships that it’s fun and relaxing to simply walk around and take in everything. We were much more purposeful about doing that on this trip. Disney’s “Midship Detective Agency” was a hit with our kids - Mickey and friends led us on one mystery tour of the ship to interact with 10-12 pieces of the “enchanted art” onboard, and Kermit and the rest of the Muppets led us on the other. This is a great example of the technology Disney employs on their ships - what appear to be static paintings in the stairway areas become dynamic clues that help your child solve the mystery; it’s also a great excuse to see the vast majority of the ship and read about the paintings spread throughout the decks and stairwells. All 4 boys on our trip made ample use of the deck 11 pools, Mickey’s waterslide, the AquaLab water play area behind the back funnel, and of course Donald’s AquaDuck. During our stop in Falmouth, when we decided to stay on and take advantage of less people on the ship, we spent some time playing mini-golf, foosball, and basketball on Goofy’s Sports Deck. The Oceaneer Lab/Club on deck 5 is one of the key selling points of any Disney cruise. It provides an incredibly safe, fun, technology- and activity-filled area for the kids to relax and enjoy time away from their parents (occasionally, parents even enjoy the break from the kids). My kids loved the club, and even over the course of 7 days they didn’t get bored by it and were always excited to hang out with their friends for a few hours when we elected to drop them off. Among the bars available on the ship, our group liked the laid-back feel of O’Gills Pub, but our favorite by far was the Skyline bar. The 8-10 panels that cover the wall behind the bar show a “live” view of a major metropolitan skyline. The drinks are inspired by the skylines that rotate thru the panel display every 15-20 minutes. The dining experience was one of the highlights of the entire week. We ate several buffet-style meals (breakfast and lunch) at Cabana’s and loved them - the variety of food offered is unbelievable, and the vast majority of the food is extremely high quality. One morning I was standing at the fruit bar and I realized that I couldn’t find blueberries among the 8-10 other fruits that were being freshly cut by the Disney chef behind the counter. He noticed my hesitation and asked what I needed; I felt sheepish for asking, given that there was so much else available, but when I mentioned what my son wanted he immediately took care of it and they got me a bowl of fresh blueberries. We ate dinner together each night as a group of 8, and those 2 hours were sometimes the best times of the day. The quality of the food and the service was excellent, and you can request pretty much whatever you want - extra appetizers, two desserts, even a dessert from another restaurant if what you want isn’t on the menu that night. The service staff stays with you all week, so you get to know them fairly well, and our head/assistant waitress were fantastic. Because you dine at each of the 3 sit-down restaurants at least twice during a 7-day cruise, I expected to see the same menu; I was stunned when we returned to our first restaurant mid-week and an entirely new menu was offered. Overall, the dining on this cruise was incredible. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My son TJ, Missy, TJ, Jr. and Ms. Taylor recommended this cruise! Flew From Pittsburgh International to Atlanta, GA. Atlanta to Orlando. Delta Airlines. Stayed at Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. Next day Transportation to Port ... Read More
My son TJ, Missy, TJ, Jr. and Ms. Taylor recommended this cruise! Flew From Pittsburgh International to Atlanta, GA. Atlanta to Orlando. Delta Airlines. Stayed at Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. Next day Transportation to Port Canaveral by Disney. The Fantasy was all that. Big, Clean, Modern. First class. Staff & Crew of about 1500. Approx. 4000 passengers. Excellent weather. Everybody always working to please you. Our Server Artha Diartha and Assistant Server Leanne Suzanne Van Wyk were Excellent! They took care of us better than family. Head Server Ciao Romano. Dedicated, hard working, great manager. Stateroom Host Alston Vadenne Douglas. Always happy, informed, helpful ,talented towel artist! Fantastic parties, excellent food, Formal Night, Pirate Night, fire works, so much to see and do. Breath taking views. Our Staterooms included 9610. Balcony, mid ship, plenty room. The nightly shows were full Broadway like productions! Adult and kids areas and activities. Out of this world spa with incredible views. Tortola BVI. Unique, beautiful beaches and views. Get out and see the island, beaches and people. St. Thomas, USVI ground transportation provided by Heart Beat's V.I.P. Treatment Taxi Service TP#0363 1(340) 244-0266 Alexander Watley "Mr Happy Taxi" Cell: 340-344-1607 18 Passengers Taxi #363 785. Busy downtown, awesome views and people. We rode all over the island. Castaway Cay, Bahamas. Family or Adult Beaches. Relax, play, get some sun. Excellent Bar-B-Que Lunch! Back at Port Caneveral. Disney provided transportation back to Hyatt Orlando Airport. VHP Transportation Victor Hugo Pena 407-580-2003 provided private transportation from Hyat Regency to Disney Springs, FL. Lunch at T-Rex! Walking, music, ice cream. La Nouba Cirque Du Soleil! I have never seen a show like this! Best Ever! WOW! What a day! VHP Transportation back to Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. Delta Airlines Orlando to Atlanta and Atlanta to Pittsburgh International Airport. All four flights were early. We were truly blessed. Excellent trip. One of the Best Ever Vacations! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My wife and I chose this cruise for our 20th Anniversary and we did not bring the kids so this review is more oriented toward adults. We arrived at the port via Disney bus after having spent one night prior at the Polynesian Village ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise for our 20th Anniversary and we did not bring the kids so this review is more oriented toward adults. We arrived at the port via Disney bus after having spent one night prior at the Polynesian Village Resort. The bus ride was fine and we never had to handle our bags after leaving them outside our hotel room in the morning. Embarkation seemed a little hectic with many people all over the place but my wife and I breezed through with virtually no wait. We were on board twenty minutes after getting off the bus. We had done one previous Disney cruise on the Wonder and loved it so I had high expectations for the Fantasy and I was not disappointed. Our room (10554) was nearly perfect. It was spacious and very clean and was very convenient to the midship stairs or elevators. The only complaint I can think of regarding the room was noise level from the pool deck above us. If chairs were moved or heavy carts moved above us then the noise made it way into our room but it was never much of a problem. Our stateroom host introduced himself on the first day and took great care of us throughout the week. Dining on board was very good. All three of the main dining restaurants were very nice and the menu changed daily and there was always something delicious to find. Our server, Luan, was terrific and was even able to get some special things for us not on the menu. The buffet restaurant was very good by buffet standards but could get crowded during certain times of the morning. We also had breakfast a couple of times in the main dining rooms but I did not find the food there to be any better than the buffet and I actually believe it is the exact same food and that they simply go fetch it from the buffet for you but it was still good. We mostly stayed near the adult pool or Satellite Falls and never had a hard time finding loungers or a nice chair to sit in. The Satellite Falls area was particularly nice when we were able to get a spot in the front of the ship in the shade and behind the wind break glass. The pools were great and pool drink service was convenient. As for entertainment, we saw two of the main theatre shows that were both very well done productions. It is hard to imagine you are on a ship when you are in such a large impressive theatre. We saw two other entertainer, a magician and a juggler, in the nightclub venue and I was incredibly impressed with both of them. We also saw a first run movie in the movie theater and that was very good although I don't understand why they make you pay for popcorn when there is so much free food on board. We also did a mixology class that was a lot of fun and the bartender, Roland, was great too. Disney's Castaway Cay island is incredible and the barbecue lunch at the adult beach was incredible. They even had barbecued rib-eye steak there and that was not available at the main barbecue by the kids beaches. The beaches were amazing and there were many activities but we mainly enjoyed just floating on the mats you can rent for the day or laying in one of the double hammocks on the beach. Disembarkation was incredibly fast and once again we never touched our luggage until we made it all the way home. This was just an amazing trip and has provided us memories that will last a lifetime. You definitely pay more for a Disney cruise but I just don't know if anyone else can provide the type of experience that Disney does. A+ all around. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
To celebrate our upcoming retirement, we took our family on Disney Fantasy for a week long cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. We had a fantastic time...it could not have been better. All of us, from the four year old to the two retirees, ... Read More
To celebrate our upcoming retirement, we took our family on Disney Fantasy for a week long cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. We had a fantastic time...it could not have been better. All of us, from the four year old to the two retirees, had more activities and experiences to choose from than time available. The three children were always excited when they got to go to their kids club. Our son and daughter in law loved that the adult spaces were truly only for adults. The crowd handling, entertainment, and activities were always better than we expected...Disney is a pro in those areas. We can't wait until our Next Disney cruise...to Alaska in 2019. We rotated through three very different dining rooms. Our waitstaff stayed with us. They knew how to set up our table, offered favorite foods not on that nights menu, and entertained the three children. Our dinners were calm and leisurely...with three kiddos under nine! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
A totally great experience for children of all ages, Entertainment, Food and Service were all top notch. The staff could not be more accommodating and friendly. The cabins were large and well equipped and spotlessly clean . The dining ... Read More
A totally great experience for children of all ages, Entertainment, Food and Service were all top notch. The staff could not be more accommodating and friendly. The cabins were large and well equipped and spotlessly clean . The dining rooms were all were all different and each with it's unique charm.The Annimation dinng room was special and when guests own art came to life on the screens its was a fantastic experience. The shows, particularly Alladin, were first rate. Pirate night was a blast with everyone dressed in costume. The deck show featuring Jack Sparrow and a firework show and rousing dance party was memorable. My grandchildren, six and three, were facinated by all the Disney characters they saw and interacted with. Unlike the Disney Parks, the characters spoke to the kids. The kid area drop off area was wonderful for the kids and extremely well supervised. All kids wore GPS bracelets so the staff and parents know their whereabouts. The cruise was memorable and one that hopefully will be repeated. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
It was the most amazing g cruise experience I've ever had. The ship is gorgeous, the crew pleasant & friendly & the entire experience wonderful! Cleaning happened 24/7. Food was beyond good - especially in Palo....I ... Read More
It was the most amazing g cruise experience I've ever had. The ship is gorgeous, the crew pleasant & friendly & the entire experience wonderful! Cleaning happened 24/7. Food was beyond good - especially in Palo....I can't begin to start saying how magnificent that restaurant is! Not to mention the service there...we were treated like royalty! The crew was constantly cleaning, which to me indicates that they care about the people cruising with them. When approached, crew members were helpful & friendly at all times. The stores were very nice & well-stocked with merchandise, although there were far fewer stores than on other ships I've been on. The shows were amazing - Broadway quality! If I had to give one criticism, I wish there were more photographers around & the prices of the picture packages was pretty steep. There seemed to be many photographers around the kids areas, but not any in the adult areas. The adult areas were so nice - for those of us without kids, these areas were heavenly! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Because being Disney everything must be perfect and it was. My favorite part of the cruise, besides the Spa, was the music of Fine Whines, a husband and wife small group playing delicious old times music. A perfect combination of nostalgia ... Read More
Because being Disney everything must be perfect and it was. My favorite part of the cruise, besides the Spa, was the music of Fine Whines, a husband and wife small group playing delicious old times music. A perfect combination of nostalgia and a very elegant and classy ship. An special highlight was that as my luggage was misplaced by the airline I had to run to the nearest Brooks Bros shop to get some clothes before boarding. I explained to the Purser that some alterations were needed and without further ado everything was picked up and the same night I had a full wardrobe of nicely fitted clothes and at no cost whatsoever. Sewing courtesy of Mickey and his friends. We dined at Remy´s and it was a study in perfection. A nice blend of Nouvelle and Haute Cuisines with a friendly service. The Chef was kind enough to give us a little surprise with the most delightful chocolate. What else can I say? If it is not Disney I am not going. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
There was 6 in our group so we got 2 cabins, one with a balcony and one inside cabin. They were across the hall from each other so visiting was easy and the balcony worked great for the kids to watch what happens as we pulled into and out ... Read More
There was 6 in our group so we got 2 cabins, one with a balcony and one inside cabin. They were across the hall from each other so visiting was easy and the balcony worked great for the kids to watch what happens as we pulled into and out of port. The Disney Fantasy ship is amazing; it is so big and there is so much to do from early morning to very late at night. When Disney says it has something for every age group, they mean it. we are ages 5,7,17,41,55 & 61. There was something for all of us everyday and night. We ordered decorations for both cabins, graduation cookies and a birthday cake. All were delivered on schedule. The theater performances (or human show) as our 5 year old called them) were great. The kids preferred them over the movies which were also great. The room service was very fast and the deck service was amazing. Leaving the ship for excursions was very controlled/organized and entertaining. There were Disney personal in the right places to assist as you left the ship. Getting on was very orderly and quick. I won't even take up space talking about the food, it was the best, enough said. I could go on and on about how great their scheduling was with character appearances, shows, movies and even bingo. It all fell into place and made it smooth and easy to move from event to event. If it has been a few years since you cruised, you might want to try it again because they have really stepped up their game. We will definitely do it again and our 5 year old already picked the date, her 7th birthday in April 2018. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We traveled with family - 6 adults (ages 60, 58, 35, 32, 29 and 25) and an 11 year old across three cabins. I've been on three prior Carnival cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise. I married into a Disney-loving family and ... Read More
We traveled with family - 6 adults (ages 60, 58, 35, 32, 29 and 25) and an 11 year old across three cabins. I've been on three prior Carnival cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise. I married into a Disney-loving family and we've all spent a good amount of time at Walt Disney World. First, the ship: It was lovely. Big. Fairly easy to navigate, although there were a few corners we didn't quite manage to explore. Very clean and well-maintained, and I loved the decor - especially in the main lobby/atrium. That chandelier was gorgeous. Nice little Disney touches everywhere but it doesn't feel like you're inside a cartoon or anything. Our stateroom was on Deck 7, forward, a family outside with a huge porthole window (with a narrow seat, wide enough to perch on or for a kid) and split bath. Good amount of space to move around. It's across from the laundry room but we did not notice any extra noise. The bed was very comfortable and the split bathroom was nice, we each "claimed" one for teeth brushing and things of that nature. The toiletries were very nice (loved the larger size tubes instead of those teeny ones you get at WDW). I found it a bit odd there were no outlets in the bathroom save for one high-up one for a shaver, but I dried my hair at the desk and it was no big deal. The tub is not ideal for bathing an adult (unless you're just washing your feet or something) but would work for a child, otherwise you have the choice of a hand-held showerhead or the overhead rain-style. Alana was our cabin steward and she did a fantastic job; on the first evening we asked her to bring ice and we were never without it the rest of the trip. She kept everything clean, neat and organized. Dining: We mostly ate at Cabanas for breakfast and lunch (exception being two in-port days) and the main dining rooms for dinner. Cabanas has a pretty good variety, and it never felt terribly crowded to me, which I appreciated. I recommend checking out all your options before deciding what to eat - breakfast included some choices I didn't see the first day, like yogurt plus toppings, which would also have worked for oatmeal. I am a coffee snob and didn't think much of the coffee, but there was a nice selection of tea as well. For the MDR dinners, nearly everything I ate was fantastic. Our waiters were Martin and Kadhri, and they worked beautifully together. Martin had his recommendations each night; one night I ordered a pasta dish that I liked, but he apparently wasn't a fan of, and he wanted to make extra sure I was happy and really did like it. Drinks were refilled quickly, courses came out pretty smoothly, and everything went well. I did find the dining rooms a bit noisy - a lot of clamor and clatter. I'm not sure if it was because of where our tables were or just the acoustics of the rooms. Us younger adults enjoyed the Europa entertainment district, and spent a lot of time at O'Gills and La Piazza, as well as stops in Skyline and The Tube. This might sound weird, but the bathrooms between La Piazza and the Tube are not to be missed - they are really cool! Round rooms, with round stalls and cool tiled walls. As for the bars, service was generally good and I thought the drinks were reasonably priced, especially for a cruise ship. O'Gills has fantastic pub-branded Irish Creme and a house red ale. Later in the evening (around 10:30, I believe) they put a variety of bar food snacks out in the little area near the bathrooms for everyone to munch on. Love this idea. We also enjoyed the musicians who were playing, especially The Dreamers and Take Cover. I have to give a lot of credit to Disney for the Navigator app. It is BRILLIANT. You can check out dinner menus, see the day's activities, look at deck plans and best of all, message other cruisers. With custom Disney emoji, even! It works on the ship's wifi without paying for any other internet service. I only wished they'd add a few more features (although now I can't remember what they were, sadly). Ports: We stopped at Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Tortola was a most-of-the-day trip to The Baths. It was well organized overall, but I thought a few details should have been in the description - it really is a hike down to the beach, for starters. And if you're going through the caves, you need to be able to navigate tide pools, get through small spaces and generally be a little adventurous. Water shoes are highly recommended. Also, lunch was included but we didn't eat till kind of late. The food was tasty but our choices were basically chicken, ribs, or fish; rice; mac & cheese; veggies, and a can of soda or bottle of water. Note that there is a freshwater pool up at the Top of the Baths that you can use to dunk in/cool off during that part of the day. At St Thomas my husband and I went over to the Frenchtown side of Charlotte Amalie and checked out a nanobrewery, which we highly recommend - Frenchtown Brewing. It's in a lofted area off the alley above Pie Whole. We then ate lunch at Rum Shandy, next door. This was a cool area of town that I don't think as many cruise ship tourists see. It's only a 10 minute walk back to downtown Charlotte Amalie. Our day at Castaway Cay was cut short - we were out on the beach when a storm rolled in, and within minutes it was pouring and windy. We had to make our way back to the ship in the driving rain, because the trams weren't running. But Disney had a backup plan and we rolled with it. - Pools rarely seemed too crowded, and I really liked the adults-only area; the AquaDuck was tons of fun. - I checked out the fitness center one day, and it was nice enough, but a little stuffy up there. We played mini-golf one afternoon and really enjoyed it. - We wished for another night or two of adult karaoke; there was only one (the rest was "family" karaoke which meant mostly kids singing Disney tunes). - The activities staff were a lot of fun, especially Tisa and Joshiie. All in all, we had a great vacation and it was in no small part due to Disney's great ship and excellent customer service. These cruises are pricey but they are also high quality and I would definitely go again, given the chance. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We are experienced cruisers (20 on Princess) and were asked by our son to do this Disney cruise with his family. I admit that I was skeptical and wondered how this cruise line would measure up with the Princess cruises we've done and ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers (20 on Princess) and were asked by our son to do this Disney cruise with his family. I admit that I was skeptical and wondered how this cruise line would measure up with the Princess cruises we've done and loved. I was very, very wrong to be skeptical because as of the embarkation process I could see we were in for a real treat. The Disney Fantasy and its crew were excellent in every category. We loved the inter generational experience. There were activities for all ages, including some just for the over age 18 crowd. By the end of the week, my husband and I decided we'd be happy cruising with Disney even if we didn't have family along. Embarkation was smooth and easy. We were on the ship and headed up to Cabanas buffet by 11:30 a.m. We found the food selection in Cabanas excellent and varied. The peel and eat shrimp was a special treat each day! We did have to get our own drinks (servers do not offer sodas, water, coffee, etc.) but we found we enjoyed filling up our cups and glasses anytime we wanted to. Servers in the buffet did do a great job of keeping the tables bused and clean. There were many larger tables for larger groups. We were able to go to our stateroom at 1:30 pm and were immediately greeted by our steward, Marlon, who is a great example of someone who loves his job and does it very well. Our room was immaculate and everything was in working order.. Marlon learned our schedule immediately and he was always available if we had questions or needs.The towel animals always made us smile! We learned that we would dine in a different themed dining room each night and that our waiter, his assistant waiter, and the head waiter would be with us in each dining room. Our only minor complaint is about the Royal Court dining room. We don't know if it was the position of our table in the room or what, but the noise level in this dining room was very loud. Our waiters, I Putu and Matthew, along with Witt were the best we've ever had on any ship! They made dinner a time we really looked forward to. They had fun puzzles for us all to try to solve each night. This was great for the adults and the kids. We were called by our names in all cases and this was impressive. These men were personable, happy, professional, and their recommendations were always accurate. Food in the dining rooms was excellent! Our favorite dining room was the Animators Palate. My husband and I spent time in the adults only area and pool on several occasions. The furniture was comfortable and there were some chairs in the shade, which we liked. The adult pool was not large but it was adequate for the number of adults who used it. The kids pools were an area we avoided just because there were soooooo many kids there! Our grandsons loved the Aqua Duck and did it many times! There are too many kids and adults activities to mention, but you just should know there is something for every age guest. Kids are able to do their own thing which does free up the parents at times to rest and relax. Oh, I almost forgot the ice cream that is available up on the top deck. It is great! Nighttime entertainment was so good it was unequaled! Disney does it well and I am convinced they do it better than any other cruise line. The technology throughout the ship is truly amazing! The singers and dancers are not "just cruise ship singers." We thoroughly enjoyed every single show and had no problem getting seats in the theaters. All in all, this may have been our best cruise out of 21, and we didn't expect it to be! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Absolutely magical - typical outstanding Disney quality and service - Read and prepare and you will not be disappointed - Silly to spend any amount of money on any vacation and not study and do your advance homework - Great shows and ... Read More
Absolutely magical - typical outstanding Disney quality and service - Read and prepare and you will not be disappointed - Silly to spend any amount of money on any vacation and not study and do your advance homework - Great shows and activities - wonderful pools and hot tub - aqua duck was fun, fun, fun - loved movies while in the pool - Sodas included in the cost of cruise - Able to carry on beer and drinks - (I like a soda brand that is not available on board - Room Service free including Mickey Bars - Great food available all the time - Ice Cream cones yummy - Dinner food alittle fancy for our taste, but more plain food available for the asking - dining rooms beautiful - Terrific cabin - Cast Members always very kind to our daughter - Cannot go again too soon - Wish we could leave again tomorrow - Until then great memories and dreams! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose Disney because they consistently deliver a good cruise. The embarkation was very organized. While there were several people debarking, Disney had the lines under control. The room was very good and had a nice view. The cabin ... Read More
We chose Disney because they consistently deliver a good cruise. The embarkation was very organized. While there were several people debarking, Disney had the lines under control. The room was very good and had a nice view. The cabin steward was excellent as has been in the past as well. Smoking on this ship was kept under control by Disney. There were limited areas where people could smoke and it appeared that Disney was properly enforcing no-smoking in other areas. Disney has cruises for both adults and children. For those adults traveling without children, Disney does a good job in providing adult only areas on the ship. In addition, Disney also does a good job in ensuring that the adults only areas are limited to the adults. The people traveling on the cruise appeared to be a good type of crowd without any rowdiness. All-in-all, Disney delivers as expected. Our cruise on the Disney Fantasy was our third and we would be happy to cruise with Disney again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We decided to take our first ever cruise for our 10 year anniversary! We wanted to go on a family vacation with our 3 and 5 year old and this was perfect. We had heard amazing things about the Disney cruise line but since we had never ... Read More
We decided to take our first ever cruise for our 10 year anniversary! We wanted to go on a family vacation with our 3 and 5 year old and this was perfect. We had heard amazing things about the Disney cruise line but since we had never been on a cruise before we really went in with very few expectations, and we were honestly blown away. The ship itself was MASSIVE and it was completely pristine in every way and everywhere you turned there was something beautiful and exciting and magical. Every day was full of fun and surprises, followed, by amazing dinners at rotating restaurants, then we usually went to a dance party or a few character meetings followed by an awesome show to end the night! It was such an amazing experience and we all came off the ship saying three words... best vacation ever! Day 1: Port Canaveral Our first day we boarded the ship early and set out to explore! Of course as soon as we saw the pools the kids wanted to get in the water right away, so thankfully I packed our bathing suits in our day bag and we went straight to test out the slides! The Mickey slide hands down was our kids favorite, I swear they went down it over 100 times throughout our trip! That first day we also checked out Goofy's Sports Deck, Nemo's Reef, the Aqua Lab, and the kids clubs, and then we went to the Sail Away party on the 11th deck which our 5 year old was super in to. The first night's dinner was at Animator's Palate where we met our awesome servers (who quickly learned that our children love spaghetti without sauce) followed by some character meetings and a welcome show to wrap up the night! Day 2: At Sea We knew this would be a busy day on the ship and everyone would probably be heading up to the pool deck, so we decided to schedule all of our special meet and greets for this day to try and steer clear of the crowded pools. It worked out perfectly for us and was one of the most fun days on the ship! We woke up early for a Disney Junior character breakfast with Sophia, Doc, and Jake and a special guest... Mickey Mouse! The looks on the kids faces were priceless as they got to enjoy breakfast with all their favorite characters. They could barely eat they were so excited! After that we went on to meet two of Beckham's favorite characters from Toy Story, Jessie & Woody! From there we let the kids get out some energy on the fourth deck where they were able to run around under the life boats, and then we went all around the ship playing MidShip Detective Agency, which is basically an awesome detective scavenger hunt with interactive portraits that talk to you and give you clues when you hold up your badge, the kids loved it! After that we went to the Frozen meet & greet with Elsa & Anna, and then the Princess Gathering! And guess who was floating all over the ship after that? Peter Pan! From there we got all fancied up for Formal Night and dinner at the Enchanted Garden followed by the show Aladdin, which was honestly Broadway caliber and was our all of our favorite show of the whole cruise. It was fantastic and we especially loved the Genie and the Magic Carpet! Day 3: Cozumel- We had fully intended on getting off the ship to head to Paradise Beach, but little girl decided there was no way she was getting of the boat... she was having way too much fun, why would we leave?! (I think we were secretly all feeling the same way!) So we made a deal. We decided to stay on the boat in Cozumel, but agreed that we'd definitely be getting off the next day at Grand Caymen. Honestly, this was the best decision we could have made because we had the ship almost completely to ourselves and we took full advantage of it! Day 4: Grand Caymen- While we would have been perfectly fine staying on the boat another day we decided we might as well get out and experience Grand Caymen. We knew we wanted to go to 7 mile beach but we weren't exactly sure where. Our shuttle driver recommended two places, the Royal Club or Calico Jacks. So we headed to Calico Jacks and got a great spot on the beach to enjoy the beautiful water. Our son had been itching to get to the beach and he couldn't stop grinning ear to ear! Our daughter had wanted to stay on the boat again but once we got to the beach and she started collecting sea shells she was so glad that we made the decision to go! Day 5: Falmouth, Jamaica- We knew when we booked this cruise that we wouldn't be getting off the boat in Jamaica. We hadn't heard the best things about the safety at this port and all the fun stuff to do in Jamaica required the kids to be a little older, so we were prepared in advance for this to be a day where we stayed on board. Apparently a lot of others had the same idea, but the pools were still far less crowded than the At Sea days so we took advantage of all the great water spots again! It was also Pirate Night so we made sure the kids took nice long naps so they could stay up late for the fireworks and Pirate Party (which started at 10:30pm). We surprised the kids with matching family pirate shirts and they thought it was the greatest thing ever! We also brought eye patches and the ship provided bandannas. It was so fun to get dressed up and it was even more fun to see all the crazy pirate outfits... people really go all out for pirate night! Day 6: At Sea Knowing that another day at sea would mean that most people would head up to the pools, we scheduled a special surprise for the kids this morning to steer us away from the crowds. All week long our daughter had been seeing the little girls getting makeovers at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and she was anxiously awaiting when it would be her turn! She was so happy when she found out she had an appointment with a Fairy Godmother in Training! We didn't leave our son out though, we signed him up for the Royal Knight package and I think he had almost as much fun as our girl! She was in her glory... hair, makeup, and nails... and she got to keep it all in a special bag?! She was over the moon and tells everyone that it was her favorite part of the entire cruise! Day 7: Castaway Cay If you don't already know, Castaway Cay is Disney's private island in the Bahamas and we were so excited to explore it! The island was amazingly beautiful with super soft sand and unbelievably clear water... in fact it was so clear that we were able to see fish swimming all around us! Unfortunately, several of the attractions were closed due to refurbishments and low tide, which made for what felt like very crowded beaches, but we still had an amazing time in the beautiful aqua blue water that felt more like a pool than the ocean! After returning from the island we headed to the See Ya Real Soon show where the kids were given one last chance to say goodbye to their favorite characters. It was adorable how they gave them huge hugs and said their final farewells like they were best friends with each character. So sweet! From there we headed to our final dinner and said goodbye to our amazing waiters. Seeing as this was our last night we wanted to give the kids the option of choosing what to do after dinner... stick with our routine and go to the show, or head up to the pool deck for one last night of swimming... believe it or not, the kids picked the show, they just loved them that much! It was so sad to say goodbye the final morning! I actually thought the kids might cry. Both kids left saying, "we should do this for every anniversary!" Don't know if we could swing that kiddos, but it sure was a fun time! It truly was an amazing 10 year anniversary trip enjoyed by us all! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We took our son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters (age 3 & 5). The first night we were on our way to a meet and greet when we ran into Minnie Mouse. She gave the 3 year old a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Her reaction was ... Read More
We took our son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters (age 3 & 5). The first night we were on our way to a meet and greet when we ran into Minnie Mouse. She gave the 3 year old a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Her reaction was worth the price of the cruise. She was so excited she started shaking. Everything they say about Disney is true as far as being expensive, probably not ideal for adults only, and yes it is crowded around the pools (just like on every other cruise ship). We had probably the best cabin steward and waiter and waitress we have had on any of our 14 cruises. The room (a veranda room) was the nicest we have ever had. Loved the double bathroom and the shower head. The activities and events for the kids were absolutely marvelous. Never a dull moment for them. Castaway Cay was everything it was advertised to be. My only disappointment was the Cabanas. Although the food wasn't bad there was a lack of variety compared to other cruise lines. The dining room food was good however and the Animator's Palate was a marvel. As I said I don't think Disney is for adults alone but if my other granddaughter ever finishes college and has children there may be a Disney cruise in her future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my first Disney Cruise and my wifes 2nd (I previously did a Royal Caribbean - Mexico). At first I was a little apprehensive with it being a Disney Cruise. I didn't want it to be like a Disney Park and I didn't want ... Read More
This was my first Disney Cruise and my wifes 2nd (I previously did a Royal Caribbean - Mexico). At first I was a little apprehensive with it being a Disney Cruise. I didn't want it to be like a Disney Park and I didn't want it to be too "kiddish". As soon as we walked on the ship all those fears went away. It was truly magical. I was beaming from Mickey Mouse ear to ear the whole time. I told my wife "Wow, Disney spared NO expense on this ship". It was very Disney all the way which I found was a great thing. The Walk Disney Theater was huge and played first run movies. For example, the day before our Cruise (May 7th), Captain America: Cival War was released and we got to see it the next night.....for free (other than the cost of the cruise....LOLOL). We also saw Star Wars and Jungle Book. The atomsphere was amazing and at times had to look outside to make sure we where cruising and not just standing still...it was that smooth....yes, at times the ship rocked a little but nothing that made anyone of our party sick. The staff was absolutely AMAZING. We stayed on deck 6 (6062 & 6064) and our stateroom person/maid was Flory from Romania......she is now a member of our family. She took such great care of us and our special needs daughter (17) giving us extra blankets and making her bed up with special things....she even showed me how to fold some towels into a dinosaur and a monkey. When our daughter went to sleep and we went out to enjoy the night life, Flory made sure our daughter was ok and looked after her. When we left we talked to her in the hallway and my wife teared up and said we are so going to miss her. Our next cruise we are going to request her....and if we have to upgrade our deck we will pay the extra. My only complaint (and this isn't have anything to do with the staff) is that the quiet time is at 11:00pm, but kids and yes ADULTS thought it was ok to run up and down the hallway...up and down. I opened the door one time and saw a man about 6'2".....250lbs. stomping...as soon as he saw me he stopped and slowed down. I am going to make it a point to let Disney know that they should make an annoucement to remind people that people are sleeping and no one should be running down the halls. I wouldn't complain it it was during the day, but this is at 11:30 at night. If you have little ones to teenagers, there are tons of things for them to do and they have daycare for the little little ones. The dining staff are ABOVE and BEYOND the best. We had 2nd seating and our waiters where Mr. B (Buebline) and Mr. J. (Johnathan). They were the best and always went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Mr. J had a puzzle for my nephew every night and and my nephew looked forward to it. He was also soooooooooooo funny....he had us in tears most of the time. After the first night they knew exactly what we drank and made sure it was there when we sat down. I know they study who they will be serving, but by the 2nd night, they knew all of our names. We will be requesting them when we go on another cruise on the Fantasy. We ate at 3 different restaurants...Enchanted Garden, Royal Court and Animators Palete. We all had our favorite....mine was Animators Palete because it was interactive (the walls).....it was a little louder in there. My wife liked Royal Court which was great, but not my favorite. On our last night we ate at Animators Palete and they gave us placemats that we drew characters on it. They then took them and animated the characters and played them on the screens later in dinner service....SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL. The Navigator app was a life saver for sure. You could get everything that was happening on the ship that week. It was especially helpful in finding character appearences as well as adult activities and what times movies where playing. It also has a CHAT feature that was great to keep in touch with our party....and it was free. If you want Internet (other than on the ship) expect to pay big $$$. For example, 200MB of data is $100. My in-laws got that and ate that up in 2 days. I didn't connect to the internet the whole trip while on ship (only on land excursions) and I liked it....it was refreshing to UNPLUG from the world for a week and not check work emails. My only negative comment will be about "Shutters" (the photography people). They take professional pictures which are great of the character appearences and family pictures. They charge a little more than I think is worth it. For example....20 pictures (digital or prints) is $249.99. We had 103 pictures taken (the daughter met the characters alot....LOL). We ended up buying all the digital pictures (on a USB stick) for $249.99. This isn't the issue....on our debarking day, we where told that the USB would be ready. I went down and waited in line and waited my turn. When it was my turn, I gave the guy my stateroom number and he said "There isn't one available". He had enough nerve to ask me "Did you order them?". I showed him the receipt and he looked baffled and said "Give us 30 mins" I told him we are leaving the ship in 15 mins....he said to come back then......we did and it was ready. They have an area you can go to view your pictures digitally which normally isn't crowded...until the last night and then everyone wants to look....we had to wait about 20 mins. It would be nice to assign a time to come and look....again, this is my only MINOR negative comment. The entertainment was top notch and engaging. On the last cruise I took, I actually fell asleep in one of the shows.....not here. If you have small kids (especially girls that are into princesses) make sure the instant you get on the ship to get tickets to the "Meet the Princesses" (areial, Cinderella, Tiana and Belle) as well as Meet Elsa and Anna......they sell (free) out quick. Also, get tickets to the Character Breakfast (Princess Sofia, Mickey, Dr. McStuffins and Jake from Neverland Pirates)....again, they sell (free) out quick. The fitness room is nice and clean and has lots of treadmills and eliptical's and machines and dumbells. It isn't as big as a professional gym, but to help work off the drinks and food......perfect. I did the eliptical while watching the ocean pass by.....totally cool. If you are doing the cruise that stops at Castaway Cay they have a 5K race they offer for free and you get a free medal. Again, the first momment you get on ship, sign up. When we landed at Castaway Cay we all met in the theater and where able to debark first. The race was fun and great....WARNING WARNING WARNING...it was extremely muggy an humid and where the race runs you don't get a lot of wind or a breeze and it is tough (I have ran 12 races, everything from a half marathon to 12k's and many 5k's), this is by far one of the toughest. One person had to be picked up and have medical attention from passing out. So, drink lots and lots of water (they have water stations as you run). So, I guess that is about it.....hope you enjoy your cruise as much as our family did. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was by far the best cruise we've EVER been on! Disney sure does know how to do a cruise! My husband and I took our 2 kids ages 5 and 9 and we traveled with 15 other family members as a mini family reunion. Disney made us feel ... Read More
This was by far the best cruise we've EVER been on! Disney sure does know how to do a cruise! My husband and I took our 2 kids ages 5 and 9 and we traveled with 15 other family members as a mini family reunion. Disney made us feel so welcome. The embarkation process was so smooth and simple and we were on the boat in no time. As we boarded the boat, we got a huge personalized welcome over the loud speaker from the crew. I was so impressed! The food was outstanding! I loved that I could get fresh fruits and vegetables and other lots of great food. There wasn't much chocolate onboard though, but I can do a week without chocolate. Our dining servers were so friendly and did quite the amazing job. The room was set up very well and was very organized. I loved the bunk beds that came out of the ceiling and that the crew would make up the bunk beds every evening and put them away in the mornings. There was lots of storage under the bed and in the closets...even in such a small space. The bathroom was setup very well with one bathroom having a tub/shower and sink and the other bathroom having a toilet and sink. The onboard entertainment was spectacular, especially the firework show in the middle of the ocean. The kids club was amazing! There were so many activities for our kids and my husband and I could have a lot of alone time and hang out in the adult only pools and lounge chair areas on the front of the boat. I always felt comfortable with the kids club workers and knew our kids were in excellent hands. One of my favorite features of the cruise, was after the kids ate dinner, the kids club crew would come take the kids from the dining room to the kids club for activities so us adults could finish eating our dinner and socializing without worrying about our kids. We didn't book any shore excursions through the cruise line since we read it was better to book outside of the cruise for more personalized and less crowded service. However, next time, I will book through the cruise so I know I'm getting what I pay for. On Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, we booked a trip to the Baths at Virgin Gorda through Patouche Charters and it was the worst service ever! The owner, Joe Standish, had sent me an email confirmation prior to arriving stating what the excursion would entail and that we would be aboard a 36' Power Catamaran. However, when we met him at the pier, he was very agitated and rude and said this other guy would be our captain. I wasn't too bothered about it until the "other guy" took us to his boat and it was not a 36' catamaran. It was a small fishing boat! At first I thought, "this must be the boat that is taking us to the catamaran." Haha, was I wrong. The boat was so small that it wouldn't be safe to go to the Baths when we were supposed to because it wouldn't make it back in the afternoon with the winds. We got totally scammed! Patouche didn't even charter us...he sold us to another company without informing us since he was overbooked that day. I will never deal with that kind of a company again. However we didn't let it ruin the amazing experience we had with Disney Cruiseline. I know if we booked through Disney, they would definitely have non-scammers charter their excursions. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our fifth disney cruise. It was of course wonderful. We haven't sailed on the Fantasy for a bit so I thought I would give my tips: 1) Don't bother with Remy or Palo. We liked Remy on our last cruise but I think upon ... Read More
This was our fifth disney cruise. It was of course wonderful. We haven't sailed on the Fantasy for a bit so I thought I would give my tips: 1) Don't bother with Remy or Palo. We liked Remy on our last cruise but I think upon reflection it isn't the best use of time or money. If I compare it to L'espalier in Boston which tries to do a similar thing the food there is simply a lot better - it actually is a little cheaper and you are not wasting cruise time there. 2) Don't bother with the Spa. I went there this time on a whim and they clogged up my hair with oil and the guise of a conditioning treatment - did not rinse off the oil and my hair was a wreck for the rest of the cruise. I complained and they sent shampoo to my cabin but it didn't really compensate. It might be worth it thought to buy a day pass for the spa hot tubs etc though if you have the time. 3) Pick at most three activities a day. We found that quite a few activities repeated themselves over the week and we went for it too intensively in our first sea day. Instead just schedule time for you to be looking at the sea and relaxing or at funnel vision. 4) Start lining up immediately upon embarkation at the cruise activities desk to reserve character meetups and breakfasts. We could have been faster on this one even though we were some of the first on the boat. 5) Make sure that you register the children online for the kids club in advance to save a tedious paper form. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
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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