282 Disney Fantasy Cruise Reviews

We traveled on the Fantasy with extended family members and friends, from ages 9-87. Everyone had a wonderful time. The kids had a great time exploring the ship and using the tween and teen clubs. The adults enjoyed the various shows and ... Read More
We traveled on the Fantasy with extended family members and friends, from ages 9-87. Everyone had a wonderful time. The kids had a great time exploring the ship and using the tween and teen clubs. The adults enjoyed the various shows and tastings on board the ship. We have two in our party who need wheelchairs and the handicapped rooms were perfect for them. The only disappointment was how rude guests could be when you try to get a wheelchair in an elevator. We would be first in line to get on an elevator and able-bodied folks would push us out of the way to get in first. The service, both in the dining rooms and cabins were top-notch. Our main dining server continually asked what he could do for us to make our experience better. We never felt like the servers were too busy with other tables. We asked to have a favorite appetizer served during the remainder of our trip--no problem! One in our party asked for a full size crème brulee instead of a small portion included with two other desserts in a sampler plate--absolutely! Everyone we met, from the chef to the dining servers, to guest service were all pleasant and seemed genuinely happy to make our experience magical. Other cruise lines make the same trip for less money, but we definitely felt we got what we paid for--a magical vacation with lasting memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
What a great week we had! This is a perfect cruise for families - First, the service is impeccable- we lover our chambermaid and our two waiters who made sure to note our preferences and foresee our needs. Examples: our toddler has ... Read More
What a great week we had! This is a perfect cruise for families - First, the service is impeccable- we lover our chambermaid and our two waiters who made sure to note our preferences and foresee our needs. Examples: our toddler has a very early bedtime, so the chambermaid made sure to turn down our room first, our son is a very picky eater and our waiter always had an off-menu meal ready for him at dinner The food was high-quality, fresh and well prepared. Food service staff were very accommodating of food allergies and special requests, and are super friendly and helpful. When we embarked, I had 2 bags, my toddler and my older one with me. A bus boy spotted me and helped me find a table in a very busy lunch room, grabbing my bags for me. Accommodations: the cabins aver very comfortable, with top-notch beds and showers. They have 2 bathrooms to minimize traffic (1 with a shower + sink, the other with a toilet+sink) and lots of storage space to stash away a week's worth of clothes, toys and snacks for a family. The ship is in mint condition and the public bathrooms were always clean Family friendliness: our room had the crib and diaper genie we requested when we arrived. While this may seem trivial, most places you have to call several times to get what you need. The kids rooms were excellent and the schedule was indeed family-friendly (1st dinner seating at 5:45) Entertainment- what can I say? Fireworks and brodway-quality productions on a ship? way too cool! One variety show was not so great, but I hear those rotate often. Tips: -There are a lot of "extras" available for sale. This should not come as a surprise. Think ahead of time about what you want to spend on board, and set the right expectations with your family members. - Bring layers, nights can be chilly, especially when the ship is moving fast - If you hate to travel heavy, there are good laundry rooms on every floor so you can bring half the clothes you think you'll need - Lots of sunscreen, bring reusable water bottles to refill at fountains - Make sure to explore the whole boat early on; there are so many different areas and ambiances - it's very cool how they have designed all these spaces with different feels - We did not get a veranda and did not miss it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (16+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our first cruise with Disney. The 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise started in Port Canaveral on February 6, 2016. The ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (16+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our first cruise with Disney. The 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise started in Port Canaveral on February 6, 2016. The Port is easy to get to and is a good location. We live in Florida and it's only a 90 minute drive from our home, north of Orlando. Boarding the ship was no problem. We got on board quickly around 1 pm. Our room was towards the front of the ship on deck 9, room 9026. This was a good location because we were able to take the stairways to 11 for breakfast. Most points of interest are on 3, 4 and 5. The ship was around 4 years old and was very nice; very clean. The staff was great and the food was good. The entertainment was very good, if not outstanding. Assigned seating in the dining rooms worked out very nicely. We rotated among three dining rooms over the 7 days, which actually was very nice. We kept the same table number, staff and table mates. Every dining room was different and special. The included spa include a very small (maybe 4 person) steam room, and a very nice fitness room. Again, the staff was great. There are many “special” areas of the ship. The children had spectacular play areas, but the adults had very nice “adult only” areas too. Certain restaurants and spas were for the select few, or those willing to pay $$$ for a “special” dinner or spa experience. These appeared empty much of the time. The alcoholic drinks and wine appeared to be priced in a reasonable manner. The food was generally good, but the desserts could have been better. Chocolate Mickey bars were available ….. they are very good. The ship left late from Port Canaveral, and hence, arrived at Cozumel late. This caused our SCUBA diving trip to be canceled. Instead, we took an island tour. It was great. We toured Mayan Ruins, a Mexican Museum, had a nice Mexican lunch and then, visited a chocolate plant. The weather was cool, but sunny. Our next stop was in Grand Cayman. The weather was rough and windy, so we could not dock in town. Instead, we dropped anchor and were boated into shore. We did a SCUBA dive in Grand Cayman. The dive was nice, although we saw few fish of any size. The last stop was at Castaway Cay. This is a beautiful Disney island in the Bahamas. We went snorkeling for around an hour, toured the adult area and had a nice lunch near the beach. The adult area was very crowded, so we left. We spent most of our time near the snorkeling area, in the back; it was the most peaceful. The weather was the best of the week. Oh, the cruise included a Star Wars day at Sea. The Force was with ("in") our Ship! It was a blast. Getting off the ship was easy. Our luggage had to be out of the room by around 10:30 pm the night before. The deck 11 food service was open from 6:30 am to 8:30 am. Breakfast in the dining rooms was available. When you were ready to leave the ship, you just walked out. Almost too easy. We had no wait. Our luggage was waiting for us, in cabin room order (by number) ….. and we were gone. A great trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The family and I recently returned from a 7-night voyage on the Disney Fantasy and outlined below is a very thorough review of the ship and ports of call visited. Our itinerary included stops at Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Our ... Read More
The family and I recently returned from a 7-night voyage on the Disney Fantasy and outlined below is a very thorough review of the ship and ports of call visited. Our itinerary included stops at Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Our travelling group included me (35) my wife (33) and daughter (3.5). This was our fourth cruise and second with Disney. We have previously sailed the following: Celebrity Silhouette, Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas and Disney Magic. I will review our cruise chronologically and will touch on everything from food, entertainment, adult spaces, kid spaces and of course the ports. A few other subjects may come up as I start to write, I hope you find the review informative and gets you excited for your families cruise on the Disney Fantasy. Embarkation This was our second time embarking at Port Canaveral and it was another smooth process. Let’s back up a bit though. We arrived late Friday and within 30 minutes of landing we had our rental car and were on our way to Cocoa Beach. We rented from Budget and stayed at the Best Western Cocoa Beach. The drive is about 45 minutes, all highway. You encounter two tolls that cost $1.00 each so be sure to have those dollar bills handy. The hotel isn’t 5-star but it certainly does the trick the night before the cruise. The rooms were a nice size which was good since we travelled with three large suitcases and a few carry-ons. This time we were in the tower and had a view of Cocoa Beach which was very nice. We woke up early on Saturday and headed over to another building within the hotel complex for some breakfast. This is more than just a continental breakfast as it offers; scrambled eggs, pancakes, toast, bagels, sausage, cereal and an assortment of juices. More than what you’ll need before eating like royalty for a week on a cruise. We kept our rental car overnight and after breakfast we headed over to the Budget location on Astronauts Drive (eight minutes from port) to drop it off. It was very busy there that morning as you there were a couple dozen people coming back from their vacations to pick up cars and a couple dozen dropping off cars to begin their vacations. The number of people will appear intimidating if you’re like me and want to be uber organized and get to the port as smoothly as possible. That said; while the process looks a little chaotic it is quite organized. The free shuttles arrive from port with people who have disembarked and pick up people embarking. There were a few lineups to board shuttles and we were all divided by ship. That day we had a Carnival and Norwegian ship in port as well as Fantasy. We arrived at the terminal at around 10:45am which was a little early given our PAT was 11:00am. One of my biggest concerns was the fact that we didn’t have luggage tags and how this would be handled and would we encounter any troubles receiving our bags. This was absolutely no issue at all. The porters have unmarked luggage tags and labeled them for us and off the bags went to board the ship. It did take a little longer than normal to receive our bags but we’re talking maybe 30-45 minutes. Enough for me to notice but not significant at all. We whizzed through security and once in the terminal there was no line up for check in. Within 15 minutes of arriving at the port we were all checked in and my wife and daughter lined up to meet Mickey who was already in front of the model ship taking pictures with guests. While they lined up for a picture with Mickey I headed over to the Youth Activities desk to pick up my daughters Magic Band. I highly recommend pre-registering your kids when you do your online check in as this will save some time and perhaps some frustration at the terminal as there is only one small desk to fill out the necessary paperwork. If you don’t pre-register don’t worry it’s not the end of the world. I didn’t think anything of this until I was in line but you will need to have your children with you when you get their Magic Bands. Not only do they fit your child with the right size band but depending on their age their band may also have a lock placed on it. I suppose some crafty eight year olds must have taken their bands off in the past… In addition; once at the actual Youth Activities desk they’ll want to see your child and swipe your Key to the World card. At this time they’ll confirm with you who can pick up your child and who cannot (if anyone) as well as confirm your secret password. You’ll be asked this password each and every time you want to pick up your child. I thought all of us (wife, daughter and I) would have to know the password but only my wife and I were ever asked when picking up our daughter. Shortly after picking up the Magic Band our boarding group was called. We were boarding group number 10. Even though we knew they were going to announce us as we boarded the ship we were still excited for this moment. Once on board my priorities were to get tickets to the Disney Junior Breakfast, Anna and Elsa meet and greet and the Princess Gathering. We all hopped into line and waiting about 15 minutes until we were at the front of the line and picked up our tickets. You pick up the tickets at the Port Adventures desk on deck 4. It’s not mandatory that you rush and get this done as soon as you board however I like it get tasks like this out of the way quickly. On our next Disney cruise I am going to request that our Anna and Elsa meet and greet is on a different day from the Princess Gathering. Doing all three in one day (first sea day) is very exhausting especially if it’s your first full day on the ship. After getting those tickets I headed off to wait in line to change on dining from second to main while my wife and daughter headed up to Cabanas for lunch. I waited in line for maybe 10 minutes before they opened the back doors to Royal Court and waited about five minutes once inside. Our request to change seatings was accommodated immediately. We were very happy although we probably could have managed the second seating with our daughter. We simply would have pushed her a bit more to have a nap if our seating remained unchanged. Dining We ate at all three main dining rooms (Enchanted Garden, Royal Court and Animators Palate) for dinner and even had breakfast at the Royal Court one morning. In addition; we took advantage of Room Service every morning as well as having lunch and snacks at Cabanas and Flo’s Cafe on the pool deck. A lot of people seem to be very concerned about their dining rotation and I’m not quite sure why, perhaps they know something that I don’t. We were more than happy with our rotation which as outlined above was (ERAERAE). Enchanted Garden was our favourite. We had some fantastic meals throughout the cruise. My favourite was the chateaubriand filet (Royal Court) my wife’s was the sea bass (Enchanted Garden) and my daughter enjoyed the Mickey Bars (available everywhere on the ship). Actually; she quite enjoyed all the meals. Each night the kids menu featured some food items that are more fun such as burgers, mac n cheese, nuggets but the menu will also feature some more wholesome options like roast chicken and tenderloin. You can get veggies as a side with any meal so if you want a mix of fun and wholesome you can request that and it will be accommodated. Cabanas offered a great variety of food throughout the entire cruise from shrimp, crab legs, pizza, meatloaf, salads, nuggets and pastas. We never had trouble finding something fun and healthy to eat nor did we have a hard time finding a table, other than embarkation day. That said; most days we’d go into Cabanas, get some food and bring it back out to the pool deck and enjoy it at one of the tables they have set up outside. The snacks available on the pool deck were your standard snack foods such as burgers, hotdogs, pizza but they also had a nice sandwich/wrap stand and the chicken Caesar wraps were quite good. These stands are part of Flo’s Café right near the midship elevators so it was tempting every time we went back to our room to grab a slice of pizza or a plate of fries. We tried our best to refrain but we were on vacation so we may have indulged from time to time. Our breakfast at Royal Court was one of our highlights and I wish we’d done it a few more times. It should be noted that ala carte breakfasts are available in Royal Court each and every day to anyone. I had a freshly made omelette, my wife had eggs benny and daughter enjoyed yet another plate of Mickey Waffles. The food quality in every venue was fantastic. We never had a bad meal nor did we ever leave a meal feeling unsatisfied. Disney does a fantastic job cooking top quality meal, three times a day for everyone on board. Entertainment There is no shortage of entertainment options on the Disney Fantasy from movies on Funnel Vision to Broadway shows to live comedy/magicians. We took in all the major shows which included; Sailing Away, Aladdin, Pirates in the Caribbean, Wishes and Disney’s Believe. Last year we had our little one in her stroller for the Assembly Drill and we were told we could leave the drill early. We took advantage of this opportunity and headed straight up to the pool deck to get a good spot for Sailing Away. Our daughter was a little too old to truck around in the stroller this time around so we were a little slower getting up to the pool deck but we still had a fantastic spot. Disney covers the pools so the entire pool deck is like the floor of school gymnasium. Everyone who arrived before us was sitting on the floor waiting for the show to begin and we were about four rows back. Once the show begin everyone stood up so I put my daughter on my shoulders so she could see the show a little better. Many others did this with their little ones. This is one of our favourite shows since it takes place a few short hours after boarding, it’s the first time you see all the characters and the countdown totally gets everyone amped for the cruise. Once the countdown hits zero the Captain sounds the horn which if you don’t know already is to the tune of ‘when you wish upon a star’. The Fantasy has many other horns including; ‘a dream is a wish your heart makes’, ‘be our guest’ and a few other you’ll hear throughout the cruise. As a side note; on all sea days after the Captains noon time announcement they play all the horns. Very cool. The three Broadway style shows are all Disney originals and all are extremely well put together. The Genie brings the house down in Aladdin which is essentially the stage version of the movie. Wishes and Believe have different storylines and both are excellent. What we really liked about both was seeing many Disney characters woven throughout each production. Some of the characters you’ll have seen around the ship and others you won’t such as; Mary Poppins, Rafiki, Baloo and many others. I do want to take a moment to address the storylines of each show because if you have little ones and feel like you won’t be able to make it to all three you may have to pick and choose. The little kids will enjoy all the shows equally because of the character involvement. Wishes is a story of three friends on the eve of their high school graduation and they go on an incredible journey to help them become adults but still remain kids at heart. Believe is about a father’s relationship with his young daughter. She is young, energetic and believes that anything is possible while her father is practical and perhaps a little cynical. He is paid a visit but the Genie from Aladdin who takes him on a Disney filled journey and he too becomes a believer that anything is possible. Pirates in the Caribbean is an absolute must see for everyone. We missed it last year due to a cranky little one but we weren’t going to miss it this year. I can’t say if this is new or has always been this way but they did an early and a late Pirates in the Caribbean show on our cruise. We went to the early show which took place after the main dining, presumably to accommodate little ones. The show was fantastic and included dancers, all the Classic Characters and of course Captain Hook and Smee. Captain Mickey battles Captain Hook for control of the ship. Of course Captain Mickey wins and Hook and Smee walk the plank. After my wife and daughter went to bed I went back up to the pool deck to watch the fireworks. The fireworks are only done during the second show which begins around 10pm. The fireworks are set off around 10:45pm. I was on my own so I asked a bartender in O’Gills the best spot to watch from and he suggested Currents. Currents is on deck 13 ahead of the front funnel. This proved to be a fantastic location because it wasn’t busy and since the fireworks are shot off the front funnel Currents was indeed a perfect venue to enjoy show. The fireworks themselves were fantastic. Lots of colour and some really loud explosions. I was very impressed. The live bands they have playing around the ship are absolutely fantastic. Our personal favourite was the FireLites who played in the atrium before main and second seatings on alternating days starting on the first night (1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th). They are such good entertainers with a great sound, a sound that makes you feel like you’re living the good life as you walk into one of the main dining rooms. I would like to give a shout out to the female singer who did a fantastic job each night interacting with the group of kids that would dance while they performed. This group included our daughter and the singer always made a point to give her a hug, dance with her or simply send a smile and a wave her way. The other band that played the atrium on the other nights was Fine Whines. They were fantastic as well but for some reason we must have always been running late for dinner on those nights because I feel we didn’t have time to enjoy them as much as we would have liked. Ed Kelly was a pianist who played in La Piazza quite often. Check your navigator to find out exactly what times he performs. He was fantastic. Our daughter loved the kids club which allowed my wife and I the opportunity to enjoy some of the adult spaces in the Europa district. We caught Ed one night and enjoyed making song requests and hearing his renditions of classic hits from Elton John to Billy Joel. He even did some Adele on the night we saw him perform. La Piazza is a great setting to kick back after a great day and relax listening to the sounds of the piano. The last show I want to talk about is ‘See Ya Real Soon’. We missed this last year and I am so happy we didn’t this year. A member of the entertainment team positions themselves on the atrium stairs and one by one introduces all characters from Mickey to Goofy and even a couple of the Princesses. After they’ve all been introduced a dance party takes place which was extremely fun. Who doesn’t want to dance to Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off with Daisy Duck or dance to Vengaboys Venga Bus is Coming with Chip and Dale? We had a blast and then another round of confetti drops from the ceiling. Lots of confetti and the kids go wild for it going so far as picking it up and wanting to bring it home. I find Disney Fantasy confetti all over my house now as my daughter seemed to think this was the best souvenir to bring home from her cruise. After the dance party all the characters position themselves around the entire atrium area for one last round of photos and autographs so if you missed a character this will be your final chance to see them before the end of your cruise. Overall, the entertainment offered was fantastic. We enjoyed all the shows and all the entertainers we saw on our particular cruise. Characters This section could be five pages on its own but I will keep it short. On both our Disney cruises we were seemingly on a quest to see as many characters as we could as soon as possible. The reality is that if you’re not picky about which Mickey you get a picture with then you will have plenty of opportunities to see all the characters. Yes, there are many different Mickey’s. There is Captain Mickey, Formal Mickey, Pirate Mickey and of course Beach Mickey. My best advice as it relates to characters is to approach the meet and greets as if it’s a marathon and not a sprint. On a 7-night cruise there will be plenty of opportunities to see them all and get your autograph books signed. We’ve brought autograph books with us both years but you can buy them on board and the price difference is negligible. As mentioned earlier there are three ticketed meet and greets, those being; Disney Junior Breakfast (generally the first sea day), the Elsa and Anna meet and greet and the Princess Gathering. Once again, our daughter loved all three events. At the Disney Junior Breakfast we had a wonderful breakfast seated at a table with another couple and their two sons. In between ordering our meals, receiving meals and eating our meals we met Jake, Doc McStuffins, Sophia and Daisy Duck. The Elsa and Anna meet and greet took place in Animators Palate and Disney does a really good job making you feel like you’re at Elsa’s Ice Palace at the top of the North Mountain. Elsa and Anna spoke with our daughter for what seemed like five minutes before we finally got their attention for a picture. It is so amazing to be a parent and watch your child interact with her heroes. The Princess Gathering picked up where we left of with Elsa and Anna. On our particular cruise we had Tiana, Belle, Ariel and Cinderella. Each of them spent considerable time speaking with our daughter, asking her questions and giving her lots of hugs. It brings a tear to your eye watching. This experience takes place in the atrium on deck three which is a great spot to take some really special pictures. The other characters that made appearances on our cruise included all the classic characters; Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale. Others were; Captain Hook and Smee, Stitch, Tinkerbell, Woody, Jessie and Captain Jack Sparrow. Captain Jack Sparrow only made an appearance on Pirate Night and when we went to meet him outside the Walt Disney Theatre the lineup was bigger than most but shouldn’t have been longer than a 10 minute wait. That said; we eventually had to give up because after 20 minutes we were nowhere near the front of the line. My wife later told me that the reason for the long wait was because of how interactive the character was with each and every kid. At one point he ran into the nearby store (White Caps) while playing with a child. I would have loved to have seen my daughter play with Captain Jack but she was about to turn into a pumpkin so we had to get back to the stateroom. Overall the character experience is exceptional. These are iconic characters adored by children and beloved by parents and even grandparents who grew up watching Disney movies and cartoons. Captain Jack being the exception we never waited longer than 10 minutes to meet a character and in some cases had little to no wait at all. One last point is that a Disney photographer is present at all character meet and greets but the characters handler will generally take photos for you with your own camera. There were a couple good ones of my daughter that the Disney photographer took but ultimately we decided to go with the ones on our camera. Other Venues on the Ship Pools As you would expect the pool deck is busy on sea days. If you’re the type of person that needs a prime spot on the pool deck throughout the entirety of a sea day then I would recommend you get up there early. However; if having a prime spot isn’t a must to you then a seat can be found at all times of the day. We spent most of our time on the pool deck in Nemo’s Reef which is the splash zone that non toilet trained children can use. At 3.5 years our daughter is fully trained and has been for nearly two years but this was her favourite spot. She loved the stingray slide and all the water spouts. If you have a really little one that wants to do the stingray slide I would go in there to watch. If it’s busy the kids don’t self-regulate very well and don’t allow the person in front of them to clear before they go down the slide. I didn’t see any injuries but there was a couple collisions. This is also a fully shaded area so if you want to minimize your little ones sun exposure. The Mickey and Donald pools are the two main pools and both were generally very busy. The Donald Pool is nearest to Funnel Vision and is roughly four and half feet deep. The Mickey Pool is approximately two feet deep and is appropriately shaped like Mickey Mouse. The lifeguards do a fantastic job patrolling all the water spaces and in particular the two main pools and Nemo’s Reef. I spent a bit of time watching them throughout our cruise because I was amazed at how alert and vigilant they were at all times. Of course you’d expect this type of attention given their very important job but I wanted to give them some kudos for doing it so well. To monitor and accountable for these very active spaces with upwards of 30 to 35 people all day every day they do an unbelievable job. I debated long and hard as to whether I was going to bring the subject of swim diapers up in this review and ultimately I have decided to share my experience. For every 10 parents who have kids in the pool there will be one to two that either don’t know the rules or don’t care for the rules. I saw children in swim diapers in all the pools each and every day despite the fact that they should only be in Nemo’s Reef. We witnessed two incidents during our cruise where pools needed to be evacuated due to a non-potty trained child having an accident in or near the water. This was frustrating because it closes that particular pool space for upwards of an hour and makes the other pools that much busier. Of course we were frustrated by these situations but we were quite impressed by the measures taken by Disney in these unfortunate situations. Three whistle blows means to evacuate the pool. Once evacuated the lifeguards rope off the area while the cleaning staff drains the pool. The pool gets fully drained and then gets pressure washed, after which the pool is then refilled and is reopened. We were very impressed with the procedures taken to clean the pools. My only disappointment is that the rules regarding swim diapers never appeared to be enforced. In fact the only rule we experienced being enforced around the pool was that food and drinks must be kept four feet away. It was frustrating to us that more emphasis would be put on keeping food and drink away from the pool versus pee or poop. I apologize for the rant but as mentioned I thought it was worth sharing. There is another family pool called Funnel Puddle which can be found midship on deck 13 which is directly in front of the forward funnel. This is a quieter space that we quite enjoyed and our daughter loved the pool which was a foot deep. She loved to slide around on her tummy pretending to be a little shark with the friends she made on our sea days. If you’re looking for quiet this may be your go to spot on the pool deck. The adult pools are quite nice as well. Quiet Cove was a little livelier than Satellite Falls. Quiet Cove has a ‘swim up bar’ and mist machines which were very nice on a couple hot sea days. Satellite Falls is a beautiful area of the ship and on the day we visited it was extremely quiet. Most people were on loungers reading or napping which left the pool wide open to us. We shared a drink and enjoyed cooling off and we would have loved to have spent more time there but alas it was a family vacation so we picked our daughter up from the Oceaneers Club. Water Slides I could have included this in the pools section but thought it was worth separating. The AquaDuck was really neat and my daughter was excited to go on it with mom and dad but unfortunately she came up short. By that I mean she was about 41 inches and you need to be a minimum of 42 inches. On one of our sea days I decided to go up on my own so that my wife could take a picture of me, however, on the day I tried it was a little windy and they were only allowing people to go in pairs. My wife and I feel a little guilty about this but one day our daughter was asking to go to the Oceaneers Club so we took her and decided that we would go on the AquaDuck. Before you head up the stairs to the top of the slide the current wait time is posted which we found was fairly accurate. It said 20 minutes and we waited pretty much 20 minutes. I enjoyed this a little more than the AquaDunk on Magic because at the slower speed you can appreciate the view going out over the side of the ship and traveling around the pool deck. Our daughter was big enough to do the Mickey Slide but she refused to try it until our last and final day of the cruise. I went up the stairs and helped her the first few times as you have to wait for the red light to turn green before you can go down. This allows the person ahead of you to clear the landing area. After her first slide she was hooked and she went from needing and wanting my help to zipping up the stairs and down the slide all on her own. We were quite proud given she’s only 3.5 years old and somewhat tentative sometimes. Biddidi Bobbidi Boutique Wow! This was a fun experience. I’m not sure who had more fun though my wife and I or our daughter. If you’re interested in doing this book it as early as you can especially if you’re particular about the day and time. This will come as no surprise but the late afternoon times on formal night and semi night fill up first followed by the other remaining sea days. If you’re not particular about the day or time you can book online before your cruise or once you get on the ship. Since we booked this cruise two weeks out the most desired days and times were taken but there were still plenty of appointment times to be had. I booked something before the cruise but changed it once we boarded. I’m not sure if there was a cancellation or if they added more appointment times but we got a more desirable time (3:45pm on semi-formal night which was a sea day). We chose the Crown Package which includes hair, make-up, nails and a face jewel. There are a few other packages available the bigger ones include a costume and they have one for every Princess and a couple of the classic characters. The ‘fairy godmother in training’ that treated our daughter was fantastic. Her name was Chelsea and to my wife and I she seemed to go above and beyond to treat our daughter like a princess. She spoke to her throughout the entire appointment, asked her all sort of questions and really engaged with her extremely well. Once in your salon chair the ‘fairy godmother in training’ will pull out a book of hairstyles for your princess to choose from and it came as no surprise to us that our little one chose the Elsa hair style. This hair style included a hair extension which was neat for our little girl as her hair is still quite short. It might have been an Elsa hairstyle but she felt like Rapunzel her hair was so long afterwards. The hair portion takes about 25-30 minutes and in our case 20 minutes was spent teasing the hair that would become the bun on top. Wow! After the hair was done we moved on to make-up and nails. The make-up is nothing more than a little blush, some lipstick and eye shadow, just enough to take your little princesses look over the top. Once complete her ‘fairy godmother in training’ put all of the remaining make-up and nail polish into a little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique satchel which is yours to keep, then it was time for the big reveal. We counted down from five and after the ‘fairy godmother in training’ says Biddidi Bobbidi Bo she spun our daughter around in the salon chair and she saw herself for the first time. She thought it was really great and as for mom and dad, if it weren’t for the drinks we brought with us to enjoy while we watched we’d have been in tears the whole time. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique more than worth the money spent. Our daughter loved it, we loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat. Adult Spaces I mentioned the pools above and since we didn’t spend a ton of time there I don’t really have much to add in this section. We did spend a bit more time in the the Europa district which houses the adults only bars and clubs: La Piazza, The Tube, O’Gills, Ooh La La and Skyline. Each is unique in its own way and you’re bound to find one that becomes your go to nighttime hangout. For me that was O’Gills and like last year on Magic I usually got down there each evening for a beer or two. There was always a new friend to be made, combine that will a relaxing atmosphere and ESPN and I was hooked. If you’re looking for a chill place to relax after a long day enjoying the sun while catching up on some scores from back home this is definitely a place you want to visit. The other lounge we spent some considerable time in was Skyline. I mostly went here with my wife as we bought a 7 for 5 drink package which was available for purchase. They have two featured drinks from each of the locals that are showcased in the lounge. Of all the drinks offered in this lounge our favourite was the "Londonium" which contains Hendrick's No. 3 London Dry Gin, Grand Marnier, Tattinger Champagne and mango puree plus a medley of freshly-muddled juicy lemon, orange and lime citrus slices. If you’re looking to switch things up from beer and wine this is a nice one to try. If we were to do it all over we wouldn’t have bought the 7 for 5 package because we sort of felt like we needed to try and drink from each local and some were considerably better than others. An interesting tidbit I was able to extract from the bartender was that most of the drinks on the menu were created by bartenders currently working on the Fantasy and other Disney ships. The Tube is the most action packed adult venue on the ship with trivia, games and contests going on throughout the day and into the early evening. A neat spot but we never ended up spending much time there, just popped in once to check things out. Ooh La La is a venue I wish we’d spent more time in on our cruise. We had a glass of wine there one night but unfortunately never made it back. A good excuse to sail on the Fantasy one more time. Oceaneers Club and Oceaneers Lab Last year our daughter was only 2.5 and was not permitted in either the Club or the Lab. Prior to the cruise last year I had heard that if your little one is close to 3 and fully toilet trained that they may allow them in but that wasn’t the case. That said; it was a non-issue as there is more than plenty for a family to enjoy on the ship together. This year she was very excited to go to the clubs because we’d got a little taste last year during the open houses. Since this was a family vacation we didn’t want our daughter to be in the clubs too much but we did end up taking her once and sometimes twice a day. She was never there for more than an hour but she had an absolute blast each and every time. The cast members that work in Oceaneers are absolutely fantastic with the kids and learn their names very quickly. There were a couple time where we passed a cast member in the hall and they would say hello to our daughter. The spaces are extremely well laid out and there is something for every child. Our daughter seemed to love Pixie Hollow and every time we picked her up she seemed to be playing in that space. That brings me to the process on how to drop off and pick up your child. This is something we were very interested in learning about and I didn’t really find many threads that explained the process. As mentioned earlier once your child is registered they will get a Magic Band. That Magic Band has a chip in it that when scanned will display your child’s picture, your picture and that of anyone else who you’ve indicated can remove your child from the club area. I’m sure it has more information as well, such as your stateroom but all we saw were our pictures. When you drop off your child they scan their Magic Band and the cast member opens the gate and the child goes in to play. My wife and I took turns picking our daughter and the process was very locked down. The cast member scans your Key to the World card and all your information pops up on their computer screen and because the Magic Bands include GPS they will advise you on where your child is currently playing. For us it was always Pixie Hollow but the odd time she was in Monsters Academy or Andy’s Room. After finding our daughter we walked back to the entrance where she scanned her band and my wife or I were asked for our secret password. Once the password was verified the cast member opens the gate and we were free to leave. My wife and I were very impressed with the process and felt more than comfortable leaving our child in the care of the fantastic cast members who clearly care so much for each and every child who comes to play in either the Club or the Lab. If you’re a parent who can be a little over protective from time to time (that would be us) I would advise you to visit an Open House to familiarize yourself with the spaces and then try dropping your child off for a half hour. Once you experience the process for yourself a couple times you will feel more than comfortable leaving your child to have some fun on their own. It also means you can have a little bit of much deserved adult time. Ports We were scheduled to visit Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay but we ended up missing the latter due to some mechanical issues which have been well documented on these boards. Of course we were disappointed missing our day at Castaway Cay but Disney did compensate us quite well when perhaps they weren’t obligated to do so. Outlined below is a recap of our two days in port at Tortola and St. Thomas. Tortola This was a new port for us so we were very excited to see what it had to offer. We’re very much beach people and have always found a beach to visit on our own rather than through the cruise line. Unfortunately I didn’t have as much time to research the ports as I normally would like given we didn’t finalize our plans to sail on Fantasy until a couple weeks out. That said; there is a great deal of information in the Tortola forum posted by many users but I would like to give a shout out to bluewater specifically. He/she has offered a wealth of information on Tortola which proved very valuable. Thanks bluewater. After carefully reviewing all the information on these boards we decided that Cane Garden Bay offered us everything we look for in a beach. It had beach bars and restaurants (6), chair and umbrella rentals, beautiful clear and calm water and a soft sandy beach. I had originally decided that we’d spend the day at Paradise Beach Club for no other reason other than the fact that a fellow Canadian works the bar. Unfortunately when we arrived at the beach around 9:45am Paradise was not open yet so we moved next door to Rhymers Beach Bar and it did the trick. The beach chairs and umbrellas were already set up as we arrived and after we paid $15 to rent two chairs and the umbrella for the day we started to settle in for the day. Cane Garden Bay came exactly as advertised. There were six beach bars located along this beautiful stretch of beach all offering similar amenities and refreshments. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the bars although we only experienced Rhymer’s first hand. The view is spectacular from the beach as you look out toward the sea. A hundred metres off shore there were a dozen sail boats anchored in the bay, vacationers who simply stopped there for the night. In the distance on the right side you’ll see the island of Jost Van Dyke and way off in the distance (visible on a clear day) is St. Thomas. It was pretty neat to be on the beach in Tortola and see the island we’d be visiting the next day. The slope to enter the water was very gradual and perfect for our little daughter and the temperature was perfect. She spent 95% of our time at the beach in the water. As for the food and drinks they were island standard in terms of pricing and quality. My wife and I enjoyed a couple buckets of cold beer. It was five beers for $15 (Carib, Presidente Red Stripe, Budweiser and Bud Light) if you wanted Corona’s it was five for $20. Since we had room service and also brought a few packaged snacks with us we split a single order of chicken fingers and fries for lunch. I can’t remember what we paid but it was reasonable. The quality was equal to what we’d expect for this type of fried food at home but the service was definitely on island time. It was a good thing we were on island time as well. It took about 45 minutes from the time I ordered to the time it came out but when you’re on the beach and have nothing but time on your hands it didn’t bother us at all. However; if you do have little ones you may want to take the service time into consideration. Overall we were very happy with our decision to visit Cane Garden Bay. It is the most visited touristy beach in Tortola which would usually put me off but with only two ships in port that day and ours being the first to arrive we weren’t concerned about it becoming too busy. The beach filled up a couple hours after we arrived but it wasn’t busy past the point that you felt like you didn’t have your own space. We would definitely go back to Cane Garden Bay if we visit Tortola again and may try Myett’s Beach Restaurant which comes highly recommended by bluewater. St. Thomas This was an adventure of a day. Again; didn’t have a ton of time to do my research but before we left I did believe I had found our perfect beach. It had a nice restaurant, offered chair and umbrella rentals and was advertised to have clear calm water and a beautiful sandy beach. There were six ships in port that day so I wanted to do everything we could do avoid Magen’s Bay so we ended up at Secret Harbor. Kudos again go to bluewater who has also provided a fantastic review of all the beaches in St. Thomas and based upon those descriptions and the others I found we decided on Secret Harbor for its quaintness, calm clear water, access to chair/umbrella rentals and a restaurant. We arrived around 9:30am and we were the only ones on the beach in this tiny little bay. The servers at the restaurant directed us to where we could rent chairs and an umbrella and advised that we arrived at a good time. They were expecting big crowds that day with six ships in port. We got ourselves situated and of course the first thing my daughter wanted to do was go into the water. The water was indeed clear and calm and the water entry was gradual, perfect for little ones, our only issue was the sand was quite granular and it was quite rocky. Not rocky in the sense that you’d cut your feet or hurt yourself it just wasn’t smooth and soft as we were hoping. After we debated staying or going we decided that it was worth spending the extra money to go to Magen’s, which at this point was a $24 (30 minute) cab ride away. It was a small price to pay to ensure we had a fantastic beach day and I just got the sense that my wife wasn’t going to be happy spending the day at Secret Harbor. We arrived at Magen’s a little after 10am and it wasn’t too busy yet but many of the shady spots were taken. For those that don’t know, Magen’s Bay is a site that it’s managed by the Magen’s Bay Authority, similar to the way a Provincial/State Park may operate in North America. We paid a small entry fee and were shown where we could pick up a ride when we were ready to head back to the ship. Magen’s Bay is a massive beach area and it is extremely picturesque. There is a gift shop, snack bar and another bar for drinks. If you’d like to rent a chair for the day you pay in the gift shop and take your receipt to the boys outside who will get your chair. I suppose for a tip they will even set it up for you anywhere on the beach but I choose to set our chairs up myself. No umbrellas are available for rent so if you want shade you can get it naturally from the trees that line the beach. Those spots are generally taken first so if you need shade while spending a day at Magen’s I’d advise you to bring your own or get there early to stake your claim to one of those shady spots. The water is clear and calm and the entry is nice and sandy. However, on the day we were there, there was a significant drop as you got about four feet out. It dropped from maybe a foot to two and half to three feet at that drop. This did not in one way effect our day as we brought a swim shirt (that had floatation foam inside it) as well as a floaty for our daughter. Similar to Tortola she spent 90% of our day in the water and had an absolute blast. Our daughter is comfortable in the water but has never swam without my wife or I holding on to her until our day in St. Thomas. We convinced her to give it a try by having her swim on her own between my wife and I who were maybe two feet apart. At the end of the day she was full on swimming by herself (note: she was wearing her swim shirt to keep her afloat). It was such a proud moment for her mom and I to see her work up the courage to swim on her own and then embrace it like she did. At lunch we decided to have a couple slices of pizza and while they were nothing to write home about they did the trick to fill our hungry bellies. The bar served the standard island beers from Corona to Red Stripe to Budweiser. Not sure why but they don’t offer beer by the bucket here and if you ask the wrong bartender they’ll get very upset with you because it is posted on their menu. There was one cranky bartender who was very short with my wife when she picked up some beers and when I went back to pick up a couple more when he gave me my change he yelled ‘don’t forget to tip your bartenders, we’re all working hard for you’. I’m all for tipping and generally keep a few dollar bills on hand for this purpose but when you’re rude and openly asking for a tip you probably won’t get one from me. This didn’t ruin our day but was something that would put us off from visiting Magen’s again in the future. Overall we were pleased with our day despite how busy Magen’s got and believe me it was extremely busy by the time we left. I would have guessed around 3,000 or more were on the beach. The open air ‘jeeps’ take 25 people at a time back to the port and the system in place at Magen’s was very well organized. The driver put our stroller in the trunk and off we went and it was a very enjoyable drive back to port. A little harrowing at times given there are no doors or windows but it’s part of the experience when you’re on the islands. Once we arrived back at port we walked around the shopping area and stopped in the grocery store to pick up a six pack to take back on the ship. We had no issues whatsoever taking the beer onto the ship. In closing; our day at Magen’s was quite enjoyable and it did offer us everything we wanted from a beach day, it’s just a little busy for our liking. It would have been fine if there weren’t so many ships in port that day and if there were only two or three we’d go back in a heartbeat. In future though we’ll look for another beach, perhaps Sapphire or Emerald. Conclusion The ship was fantastic, the ports were fantastic, Disney is fantastic and we cannot wait for our next Disney cruise. Would we do the Fantasy again? Yes, but we are interested in experiencing the other ships we haven’t sailed yet, especially the Wonder. I know this review was quite large and if you’ve read through to this point you must have enjoyed it. I hope you did. If you have any questions about the ship, the ports or travelling with a little one please do not hesitate to ask. I love writing these reviews and helping others the way I have received help from others on these boards when we first started cruising a couple years ago. Paying it forward one review at a time. Happy Sailing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
There isn't enough words to describe how amazing and wonderful our cruise was. We got home 2 days ago, and I am finally done going through the souvenirs and shopping we did, and have now moved on to the photos. I feel the emotion all ... Read More
There isn't enough words to describe how amazing and wonderful our cruise was. We got home 2 days ago, and I am finally done going through the souvenirs and shopping we did, and have now moved on to the photos. I feel the emotion all over again as I see them. I did lots of online research before the cruise, so I could be prepared for surprises and our 10yo daughter wouldn't miss anything, and that made a big difference in our experience! The Castmembers make sure you are having the time of your life, no matter what. Check in to board the ship was quick and easy. But you MUST do the online portion, to make your life easier! Not doing this will make you very unhappy when you get there. Character sighting start before you even get on board! Buffet food was good, lots of variety, quality on some was just "good" but some was "awesome!" We had prime rib for lunch one day - tough to be unhappy with that. They also offer vegetarian offerings. Not something we needed, but it is something I pay attention to. Our room was spacious (category 4, deluxe family verandah suite) and made it easy to unpack completely, store our luggage under the bed, and not feel cramped. The bathroom setup is split, so 2 people can do what they need to at the same time. This was wonderful and appreciated! Every experience we had was great! The Star Wars Day was a delight, and the exact reason we finally booked a cruise. The meet and greets were awesome - we met Boba Fett, Captain Phasma, Chewbacca, and the driods, R2D2 and C3PO. These were ticketed events, and small groups, and moved perfectly. All characters were amazing, and perfect. Mannerisims, voices, story lines were followed - Belle talked to our daughter about reading and adventures, and asked what she likes to read. After a few days and interactions, our daughter finally caught the magic of Disney, and was in awe!! However, I was in awe the first day! The live shows were amazing, do not miss them!! Aladdin was the best, Genie was his own Genie, he didn't even try to be the Robin Williams Genie, and he was outstanding. We had Ricky Kalmon, hypnotist on board, and he was so fun! Watched his all ages show and adult show. Such a treat! Glad we went to every big show after dinner! Getting on and off at ports was easy, and moved quickly. Our Captain (Thorde?) had to make 3 attempts to port at Castaway Cay, but he didn't give up, and we were able to get out and play on the beach for a few hours, despite the rotten weather. It was cold and windy, but we all had a blast anyway. We owed it to the Captain after his hard work and refusal to give up! It could have been a disappointing day, had he chosen to keep us at sea. We were very impressed with him! Debarking at Canaveral was a breeze, and we had a guy who offered to help us with our bags. The extra tip we gave him was well worth his muscle, and the conversation. He shared stories about working for Disney, and taking his daughter on cruises. The vacation was not over just because we returned to port, that's for sure. We really enjoyed him (Robert Laroe, I believe?), and his ability to continue the Disney standard of service. We took the Disney shuttle to MCO, and we very happy to have made that choice. Everything worked just as we had hoped it would! Do not miss any chance you find to cruise with Disney!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I am writing this at MCO, having just debarked from the 1/23/16 Fantasy sailing. This was our second cruise on the Fantasy and having had such a great time on our first cruise I was concerned that this cruise would not meet our high ... Read More
I am writing this at MCO, having just debarked from the 1/23/16 Fantasy sailing. This was our second cruise on the Fantasy and having had such a great time on our first cruise I was concerned that this cruise would not meet our high expectations. I am glad to say my concerns were unfounded. Once again, DCL gave our family (mom, dad, 11 year-old boy and 9 year-old girl) a fantastic experience. The ship was absolutely spotless and the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating. The food was even better than our last trip; Disney seems to be making an effort to offer more unusual choices at dinner (sashimi, venison, etc.). We even cancelled our reservations at Palo, opting to eat at Animator's Palate instead. We booked this cruise before it became a Star Wars sailing, but we really enjoyed the Star Wars activities. My kids got their pictures taken with Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C3PO and we're thrilled. We also got a kick out of watching the other passengers who had amazingly realistic Star Wars costumes. We have already contacted our travel agent to book our next DCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I cruised with my mom in January on the Disney Fantasy as a girls' trip. We had cruised on the Fantasy once before a few years ago so we had some idea of what to expect. Overall, we had a wonderful, relaxing time and I would recommend ... Read More
I cruised with my mom in January on the Disney Fantasy as a girls' trip. We had cruised on the Fantasy once before a few years ago so we had some idea of what to expect. Overall, we had a wonderful, relaxing time and I would recommend this trip to people/families of all ages. PRE-CRUISE: We stayed at the Hyatt MCO based on recommendations from others. My flight landed around midnight, so this was incredibly convenient. We took the Disney transport the next morning to make things as easy as possible and ended up on the first bus. Despite my mom's fears, our luggage did "magically" make it to our cabin later that day. CABIN: Our cabin was on the 6th floor and was quiet and easily accessible. We prefer the stairs and the elevators could be very crowded. ENTERTAINMENT: We didn't go to any of the shows because we had seen the few that we had wanted to see before (Aladdin, Wishes - both fun). We did really enjoy the live musicians in the atrium before dinner and in the bar areas. Also, we took a tequila tasting class and a mixology class for an additional charge (maybe $20/each). These were great fun and I actually learned quite a bit. We also saw two of the movies in the theater (Bridge of Spies and Inside Out). For both movies, we went during the earlier dinner and there were few children (none for Bridge of Spies). FOOD: The food was the part of the cruise that I was least enthusiastic about. I have odd dietary needs and Disney was wonderful about accommodating those, but the food was just OK. I would say on par with chain restaurants. (As a disclosure, I am a bit of a food snob after years in NYC and Chicago.) My mom, who doesn't have any constraints on her diet, did enjoy it more. We did go to Palo for brunch and dinner and the food at both times was excellent. Those meals were on par with a nice Italian restaurant. SERVICE: Amazing. Everyone on the ship was happy and eager to help in any way that they could. Our room steward was particularly wonderful - if we had any questions or requests, he would be back in 5 minutes tops. PORTS: We stopped at Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. In Tortola, I had done research before and knew we probably wanted to leave the island. I booked a tour through Aristocat and they were absolutely incredible. This was by far our favorite day of the cruise. We snorkeled at 3 different locations and had a wonderful time sailing. In St. Thomas, we went to Magen's Bay via a taxi, which was very easy. There were 3 or 4 cruise ships in port that day, so I knew it would be crowded. We arrived early (around 8:30) and got prime locations to lay out our towels. The chair rental did not open until later. The beach was beautiful but it was PACKED later. We left around noon to have lunch on board. We were late arriving in Castaway because of trouble docking. The weather was not great so we did the 5K and had lunch. We loved Serenity Bay in the past but with strong winds and rain, it was just not a beach day. HOW TO AVOID KIDS: Based on other reviews that didn't have a good time as adults, I thought I would make a few suggestions that worked well for us. I do like kids and I am happy that kids enjoy Disney cruises but that doesn't mean I necessarily want to spend my vacation with others' children :) We spent most of our time during the day near Satellite Falls, which was quiet and relaxing. Avoid the main areas of Deck 11 during the day at all costs. We had the second seating for dinner and, rather than hang out in the atrium with the pre-dinner crush, we would sit in a bar even if we didn't have a drink just to be someplace quieter. We also paid for day passes to the Rainforest Room and spent a good bit of time in the heated loungers reading/napping. In my opinion, it is 100% worth $18/day to get in there, even if you only go for one day. DISEMBARKATION: We both had plenty of time before our flights, so we planned on sleeping in a bit and grabbing breakfast at cabanas. Well, they started making announcements inside the staterooms (only time this happened other than the lifeboat drill) early that morning. Our plans of sleeping in didn't pan out, but we did get to the airport with about 4 hours to spare...Honestly though, the entire process was painless with the Disney transport. OVERALL: A wonderful, relaxing vacation. My only mild complaints were the quality of the food in the MDRs (ok, not great) and the dangers of having shuffle board essentially on the walking/running track. I got whacked in the face with a shuffle board pole while running so be wary! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Whether at Disney Parks or on their cruises they treat you right. A little pricy up front, but you will not leave the ship feeling robbed. We were 3 couples (seniors) had 3 veranda rooms. I had maintenance open the doors between our ... Read More
Whether at Disney Parks or on their cruises they treat you right. A little pricy up front, but you will not leave the ship feeling robbed. We were 3 couples (seniors) had 3 veranda rooms. I had maintenance open the doors between our veranda's so we could co-mingle, super idea. Embarkation was a breeze as lines moved swiftly and efficiently in no time at all we were on ship. Disembarkation was just as efficient, no long waiting ever even at our ports of call Food was outstanding never a complaint, their rotational dining really gives you a nice change of scenery. Our waiters Putu & Katie were excellent really got along with them. We attended quite a few great shows and movies there was always something going on. Kids had there own activities so they were not a problem or interference to us seniors. We were on a Star Wars cruise, which was great, got to see "The Force Awakens" (twice) plus other Star Wars movies. Staterooms were spacious and clean. This was my second Disney cruise hopefully not my last. I have one complaint too much free ice cream, my pants don't fit. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
BEFORE LEAVING HOME Type up a schedule for each person in your party to use for packing which includes each day/date, where you'll be (sea day, port, flying home?), possible activities (beach, zip-lining, adult brunch, formal ... Read More
BEFORE LEAVING HOME Type up a schedule for each person in your party to use for packing which includes each day/date, where you'll be (sea day, port, flying home?), possible activities (beach, zip-lining, adult brunch, formal night), & appropriate clothing for that activity. This will make packing much easier for everyone. (there are washers/driers/irons in a passenger laundry room on each cabin deck. No need to bring change. Use your room key to charge washer/drier use. You cannot bring your own iron. If you must iron your formal wear, do so well before formal night as there is only 1 iron per laundry room) Type up another schedule that will be posted in each cabin which includes day/date, where you'll be (boarding, sea day, port), scheduled activity (shore excursion, adult restaurant, beach), reservation time/meeting place & evening dining room assignment (you will rotate through 3 different dining rooms each night-- you can leave this column blank & then pencil it in when you get your dining tickets). This way everyone in your party will know the specifics of each scheduled activity at a glance. DOWNLOAD DISNEY NAVIGATOR APP BEFORE BOARDING Free app. Free to use on board through the ship's wifi system, but you will not be charged if this is the only thing you utilize the ship's wifi for. However, if you download it while sailing you will have to purchase ship wifi (& of course, if you need wifi for anything else, checking email, ect.., you will have to purchase a wifi package which is sold by mb & not minutes). With this app you can see information for all ship activities, including youth clubs, shows, deck parties, ect., you can see dining menus ahead of time, and best of all, you can text other cruisers. Once on board, hook up to the ship's wifi (again, no charge for this), open the messaging part of the app & register to use this service. Each cruiser registers THEIR OWN information on their own smart phone (I emphasize this because the directions do not make this clear). You will then be assigned a "chat #". Inform others of your personal chat#. Then type in each other's chat # immediately & send a "test" message. Their name will then appear on your chat list & you will no longer need their personal chat # to send a text. You can send group texts but when we used it, my son who was registered in my cabin could not be part of the group (for some unknown reason) so we had to text him separately. There is a ship wifi/app expert to help you on deck 4 if needed. Occasionally, there is lag time between sending & receiving texts. (cell phone tip: keep your cell on "airplane mode" the entire length of the cruise so your cell company does not charge you for incoming texts or calls. You can still hook up to wifi either on the ship or in port while staying on "airplane mode".) When you're on wifi (via purchasing it on board or at port), you can text friends/family back home using a free app called WhatsApp. Obviously,you both have to have that app on your cell but your friends back home can use their 3G so they would not necessarily have to be on wifi when you txt them. MAIN DINING ROOM SEATING TIME CHANGES OR RESERVATIONS FOR ADULT RESTAURANTS Do this ASAP (if you didn't do this at home). Check your Navigator for location & go there immediately. We got there a few minutes before it was suppose to open & passengers were already lined up & staff was already working to help. At the same venue (Royal Court on our boarding day) there were separate lines for adult dining reservations & main dining seating time changes. If you cannot get the times you want, ask to be put on a waiting list. They will contact you via wave phone (the portable phones in your cabin) if they can accommodate your request. SPECIAL PRINCESS MEET UPS & CHARACTER BREAKFAST RESERVATIONS This is free but you must obtain tickets. Do this immediately upon boarding as they go fast. Only 1 person per party is needed to get tickets for everyone (who has their reservations linked together). If you can't get tickets to the special princess meet-ups, it's ok, you can still stand in line for the many "open to the public" meet & greets each day (schedules of times & places will be posted in your Navigator). ROOM SERVICE You do not need to bring dollar bills for tips anymore. You can sign for the tip when they deliver your food & it will be added to your on board charges. (the food itself is free). Breakfast is only continental, but you can order off the "all day" menu in the morning as well. My sons regularly had BLTs or hamburgers via room service for breakfast. DOOR DECORATIONS Door decor makes finding your cabin much easier as cabin numbers (just like a hotel) are not on your key cards. Disney only allows magnetic decorations. Do not spend a lot of money on this as there is always the possibility that they will get swiped. I downloaded Disney characters & Disney movie pictures from Google Images, backed them with colorful cardstock & then applied peel & stick magnetic strips (just a little bit is enough) from the craft store to the back of the pictures. Each cabin in your party might want a different Disney theme (my teenage sons chose "Pirates of the Caribbean"). You can also decorate for various celebrations: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, ect... CABIN OUTLETS There are not very many outlets in your cabin (there is a USB outlet on the back of the TV). You can bring your own multi USB charger (buy one with at least 20 W), but you cannot bring your own extension cord or power strip. You can borrow an extension cord/power strip at guest services upon boarding. You will need to return this at the end of the cruise or you will be charged for it. If your the type of person who needs to see a lighted clock when you wake up in the middle of the night or the dark morning, bring your own small lighted clock. Unlike American hotels (& very much like European hotels) there are no clocks in the cabins. Also, depending on your cell settings perhaps, your cell phone might not stay on Eastern time during the entire cruise. KEY CARDS TO TURN ON CABIN LIGHTS Like many European hotels, you must insert a key card into a slot just inside your cabin door to turn the lights on. You are then expected to remove your key card upon exiting the cabin & this will turn all your lights off (& you'll need to take your key card with you for obvious reasons). We always bring a stack of old hotel key cards to distribute to our party as this is easier to keep in the slot than your Disney Fantasy key card. (you can keep it in the slot but lift it up slightly upon exiting to turn the lights off). This way, when you unlock your cabin & enter, you can immediately put your Disney Fantasy key card back in your lanyard or bag & you won't forget it when you leave (& you won't confuse who still has their key & whose key is in the slot). PIRATE NIGHT One night will be designated as "Pirate Night". If you want to dress up, bring your costume, T-shirts, swords, whatever with you in your suitcase. They sell these things at the gift shops, but of course, it will be much cheaper to bring your own dress up supplies from home. MISC THINGS I PACK TO MAKE MY LIFE EASIER small pad of paper, highlighter, wire hangers that I don't mind leaving behind (there are never enough in the closets for everything I like to hang), light up clock, multi USB charger (at least 20 W), lots of sunscreen, "Safe Sea" (anti jellyfish/sea lice lotion- available on Amazon), night light, re-fillable water bottles, beach/pool bag, small bills for bargaining in ports, 2 sets of swimsuits each, some private shore excursions take only cash- check b4 hand, packaged snacks for port days (granola bars, raisins, ect-- many ports will not allow you to bring fresh food off the ship- like fruit or sandwiches), water proof watch, dish soap for rinsing out swim suits & re-fillable water bottles, various size zip lock bags (for many different uses that you won't know about until the time comes!). HOPE THIS HELPS! ENJOY YOUR CRUISE!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This is our 2nd Disney cruise, our first on the Fantasy. Our group was myself and my two adult children. The magic of Disney is ageless, and I find that the older one gets, the more you appreciate it, understanding how much work, ... Read More
This is our 2nd Disney cruise, our first on the Fantasy. Our group was myself and my two adult children. The magic of Disney is ageless, and I find that the older one gets, the more you appreciate it, understanding how much work, dedication, excellence, goes into creating something so flawlessly amazing. The Fantasy is a gorgeous ship - art nouveau throughout, lots of wood, wide decks - especially the Promenade Deck 4; stunning throughout every public space, every design detail attended to. Service staff is excellent at every level, so much so that we were even on a first name basis with one of the women who walk around Deck 3 with a sweeper brush! The shows at night in the Walt Disney Theater are Broadway calibre productions - the talent, the staging, the costumes - amazing. True though, the music is not live - no live orchestra on board - the music is pre-produced. The activities staff is incredible, managing more activities than you could ever hope to participate in, and doing it all so effortlessly. There are activities designed for families and ones designed for adults. There is a gorgeous section of the ship for adults only - no children are allowed in at any time of day or night, and I saw staff several times gently but firmly telling parents that brought kids into the adult section, that they had to leave. Good thing, too, as hey, the kids have pretty much the whole boat!!, so it’s wonderful that Disney has provided a respite for the adults! The adult section includes a nightclub area called Europa, with several amazing bars such as the super unique Skyline and an Irish pub, O’Gills. Ooh LaLa is a wine/champagne bar which is impeccably appointed. And for sailaways, Currents on Deck 13 is a great spot. A well kept secret is the Meridian bar on Deck 12 - again, adults only. It has an outside patio, small, away from all crowds, which affords stunning aft ocean views. There is even an adults only theater where every night there is an adult show, games, dancing - this is adult in the sense that children under 18 are not allowed - the content is not R-rated, ha, no! There is an adults only coffee shop, pool, and a super unique area in the very front of the ship, Deck 13, called Satellite Falls - again, adults only - where those huge white bulbous radar circular thingies that you see on all ships, are actually incorporated into the design. Disney found a way to make it look like these giant gizmos actually belong here, making them a design element! There are fountains and wading areas around the radar, lots of lounge chairs, a gorgeous getaway. We need to book a handicapped accessible cabin as my daughter uses a walker and a wheelchair for distances. We were able to borrow a wheelchair from Guest Relations for the duration of the cruise to use for our shore excursions. Our cabin was very spacious and we were thrilled to see that the bathroom was so much better designed than our accessible cabin on the Magic - we had lots of storage in this bathroom, whereas on the Magic, we had none, none at all. There was plenty of closet and cabinet space in our cabin, it was a true pleasure. My daughter had plenty of room to maneuver her equipment, and it was also very easy and therefore pleasant, to utilize the balcony. Embarkation and debarkation went very smoothly. The Disney Magical Express bus experience was flawless. Castaway Cay was a highlight - there is even an adults only beach and food area, with spa cabanas - fabulous, no one under 18 allowed on this entire side of the island. We enjoyed having only 3 ports of call, allowing us to enjoy the Fantasy and all of the special Christmas touches and onboard activities. One thing that the Fantasy has which is seriously fun, is an ingenious interactive activity called “Midship Detective Agency” - you get a case book and follow instructions/clues given at various screens all over the ship which look like paintings that come to life when you activate them by positioning your badge in front of them. It’s a ton of fun - the Muppets cases are the most challenging - you actually have to think, make deductions. The Dalmatian case is the easiest and appropriate for those lower on the reasoning ability scale. A word to the wise, you can do the Muppets case at least 4 different times that we know of - different clues, different outcomes - as long as you start your case from a different starting point, then you know that your next case will be different than the one you just finished. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you do it! We did the Muppets case twice, it was just that much fun, and it gets you moving ALL over the ship, every deck, aft, forward and midship! We were very pleased with all of the food, though I cannot personally speak to the two specialty dining restaurants, Remy and Palo. I do know from our tour, that Remy, instead of having the ubiquitous hidden Mickeys, has hidden rats! Because of course you know that Remy was the name of the rat chef from Ratatouille! Even the adults only venues like this have touches of Disney whimsey! Like the amazing adult bar, Skyline - where every 12 minutes Tinkerbell’s pixie dust changes the wall of screens to different cities, so that you’re looking out at a massively expansive view of London, which then becomes Budapest, becomes St. Petersburg, etc - where in the city scenes, the people that are moving about are all Star Wars characters! Look closely - get right up next to the screen, don’t be shy - and you’ll see Luke, Han, etc! Ask the bar tenders and servers in Skyline and they’ll help you find some of the hidden gems in the cityscapes! So much fun, and another proof of how Disney is for everyone, all ages. This was a Christmas themed cruise, but the ship also celebrated Hanukkah, having a candle lighting ceremony replete with latkes, every night. The Christmas decorations throughout the ship were gorgeous. We loved the tree lighting ceremony, and the HUGE gingerbread house on Deck 3 was beautiful. Mulled wine was always warming at the Bon Voyage bar on Deck 3, filling the entire lobby gathering area with fabulous Christmas scents. On the day that Santa and Mrs. Claus came, there was a table set up with hot cocoa and several varieties of cookies throughout the day - in other words, special touches abound! This is the Disney flair. We took a one hour tour of the ship offered to adults only, which took us around various areas of the ship, pointing out details that you would never in 1000 years notice, never ever - but there they are. Things like how the custom loomed carpets have stars with one point of the star longer than the other pointing directionally, and the carpets are of 3 colors, blue, green and red to indicate if you’re in the aft, midship or forward respectively. And on and on! With so many families on board, parents and grandparents focused on the children, most of the intricacies of detail go unnoticed - Disney could have skimped - but, no, Disney stands for quality, always has. And it’s what keeps people coming back again and again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
My family has always been a "Disney" family and trips to WDW are common. My sister/brother wanted to cruise, so here we were. As our vacations normally consist of trips to Sandals adult all inclusive resorts we were concerned ... Read More
My family has always been a "Disney" family and trips to WDW are common. My sister/brother wanted to cruise, so here we were. As our vacations normally consist of trips to Sandals adult all inclusive resorts we were concerned about a Disney cruise and a higher number of children on the ship,over a "normal" cruise line. It's hard to describe, but this is not an issue. While there are lots of kids around there are also lots of kids activities. That, plus a quiet adult only area make it a great cruise. We were dropped off on the curb by our shuttle and a porter came over to take our checked bags. Remember to tip these guys as they are working hard to get your bags where they need to go. I was surprised to see multiple people just leave their bags on the curb and walk away. While the porters did pick them up I personally would be concerned that they wouldn't make the ship. I was meeting my sister who drove so we walked over to the parking garage. As a note, if you need to use the rest room before you go through security there is one in the parking garage which is just across the driveway from the drop off curb. Security check as you enter the Disney Cruise building was quick and efficient. There are two magnetometer areas, one on the ground level where you would be dropped off by a shuttle and one on level three of the parking garage. Like the airport, remove all metal objects for a walk through mag and all carry on bags go through a belt mag. No questions asked about the four bottles in my carry on bag. With a port arrival time of 10:45 - 11:00 I think we got there at about 10:30. Remember to complete your on line check it as this will save time boarding the cruise. There are separate lines for those on their first Disney Cruise and for those who are members of the Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club (you automatically join after your first cruise. As my sister is a member we were directed into a Castaway Club line with her party. The wait in line was about 10 minutes. They check your documents, passport, take a picture and provide you with your boarding group. We ended up in boarding group 6 and once our boarding group was called it was through the mouse ears and another 15 minute wait in line to board. Once on board its time to sign up for things you can't do or didn't do ahead of time. We signed up for the Castaway Cay 5K, the float/bike/snorkel package on Castaway cay and my internet access. Don't wait in any lines to sign up for internet. Just turn on your device (I used my iPad) and go to DCLguest.com On that page you can sign up for access you can share on multiple devises. On the day of sailing only you can get 50 MB for free. There are also other choices; pay as you go 25 cents per MB, 100 MB for $29, 500 MB for $49 or $90 for 1,000 MB. I signed up for the free 50 and the 1,000 package and used it all. The internet is kind of like slow DSL, but it works for most things. We used it for e-mail, checking the newspaper a few times, streaming the audio for a football game and posting a few times on forums. Just note – turn off all things on your devices that automatically update. Your device downloading a bunch of podcasts or updating your apps will eat up your MB quickly. We left port on time at 5 to very windy conditions. The Captain announced that we would have high seas crossing the Gulf Steam. He was right. Probably 25% of folks missed dinner. They called it 12 - 15 foot seas. Day two became relaxing as the seas calmed down in the morning. Days two and three were at sea, so we got to check out all the ship has to offer. It has a lot. I know I'll never be able to list them all, so I'll just mention things we really liked or thought were neat. First, the spa. We signed up for the week long package in the “Rainforest”. I had a difficult time understanding this before we got to the ship because it just wasn't clear what his was. This is a quiet relaxing area. It has four open showers that have multiple “rain” programs. It sounded hokey to me, but they are great. There are also multiple dry/wet saunas at different temperatures and wonderful heated tile loungers. On the fantasy there is alos an outer deck area in the Rainforest with two, two person hot tubs. We tend not to go to the stage shows on cruises so we found that during the first dinner service when many other folks were also at a show the Rainforest was deserted. You can see a YouTube of a Rainforest here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNL-inZJp4E On our second “port” day we chose to stay on the ship. The spa ran specials and we took advantage of one. A 50 minute full body massage and a 25 minute facial for $149. If you are staying on the ship, look for specials. As with most cruise lines, on a Disney ship you will be assigned an early or late dining rotation, meaning dinner will be 5:30 or 8:15. Disney uses a unique dining rotation of restaurants, but your server follows you. There are three restaurants in the rotation, so during a seven day cruise you will visit two of them twice and one of them three times. The three are: Animator's Palate, Royal Court and Enchanted Garden. Your KTTW card will have a code on it telling you where you need to be each night; like AERAERA. Just look a the letter and the forst letter of the restaurant and you know where to go. By the end of night two our server and assistant really understood what we liked and anticipated what we might want. We have found the food spectacular, much better than the RCCL ships we have been on. By day five I was feeling the effects of over indulgence of food. Another tip here. Order all you wan. Want two appetizers, order them. Want two main dishes, yup – get them. It's all included. Plus, if there is something you find you like you can always order it the day before from your server. My wife loved the Sea bass on night one so she ordered it a couple of times more. If it's on the ship, you can have it by ordering ahead. Dietary restrictions, allergies? It seems they can take care of it. Just talk to your server. If you are going to miss a night at your assigned restaurant, don't let it be your last night at Animator's Palate. That night be on time/early as before the appetizer course each member of your party will be asked to draw a character. Don't get nervous, I failed crayon as a kid and was still able to work it out with the supplies/directions given. Not to spoil the night for you, but what Disney can do with what you draw as you enjoy dinner is amazing. You are in for a treat this night. Bottle water and soda from a bar will cost you, but there is a soda fountain on deck 11 next to the pool that is open 24 hours where you can get water/soda. Heck there is even soft serve ice cream up there available all the time (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and banana were available during our cruise) . In addition to the three restaurants, two,specialty restaurants are available at an up charge. Palo and Remy. We visited Palo $30 each plus gratuity) and found it was spectacular! Well worth the money. Oh, in case you want more there is a buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Add to that 24 hour room service and you can not go hungry. Dress on the ship. During our 7 night cruise there was one "formal" night as well as one "dress up night" in addition to the "Pirate Night" talked about earlier. Now, with that being said I saw folks wearing everything from a tux on formal night to shorts & tee shirts almost every night. The only place where a dress code is enforced is Palo and Remy. Palo requires dress shoes (no open toe/sandals for men), slacks (no shorts) and a collared dress shirt. You may be able to get away with a polo shirt, but I didn't see anyone wearing one. All the men I saw were wearing long sleeve dress shirts with a couple in jackets. Remy ups the code to require the jacket. Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. We visited here the last full day of our cruise. They start the day with a 5K race for those who want to sign up. We did it and had a blast. You don't have to be a hard core runner, heck you can walk it if you want. All who finish end up with a medal. On the island there are multiple beach areas with ample lounge chairs. There is even an adult only beach. You can rent bikes, rent mask fins & snorkel and even rent floats to lie on in the water. The cove is very well protected so not a lot of wave action is happening on the main beach. They have a package for all three that saves you a few dollars but you have to pre-book on the ship. Just like on the ship, food is included. They have plenty of food just behind the main beach as well as the adult beach. Also just like the ship, alcohol is always available for sale. Shows/movies: Each evening there is a major production show which is done twice so each dinner seating can see the show. In addition to these there are multiple smaller shows with more "adult" entertainment later in the evening in the clubs/bars. There is also a movie theater showing moves most all day/night long. During the week we were able to catch Ant-Man, Bridge of Spies and The Good Dinosaur. Deck 11 and above is the place to be most of the time. The back third of deck 11 is Cabanas, the buffet restaurant. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner every day As you move forward you find the pools. On each side of the pools you have coffee and soda 24 hours a day. There is also the ice cream station here, a bar and a quick service food station. Dogs, burgers, sandwiches, fried foods, fries and sides. Two pools, a large hot tub a little kids splash zone, lots of both lounge chairs as well as table & chairs and the neatest thing going - "Funnel Vision" Think of the big screen at an arena or stadium. Now, mount that on the ships funnel, play Disney movies all day and you have "Funnel Vision". A stage in front of the Funnel Vision allows them to host shows here also, including the Pirate Night show (see below). Continuing forward you will find the quiet "adults" area. This has another pool with swim up bar, hot tub and more seating. While kids can "pass through" this area they are not allowed to linger. Finally completing the trip forward on deck 11 you find the Senses Spa. Steps from deck 11 lead up to the "AquaDuck", a water coaster. You ride elongated inflated floats through a clear acrylic tube that completely circles the ship, even going out over the side in one section. it's more than a water slide, almost like a roller coaster. Quick turns, drops and rises make for a fun ride. Adult and children riders must be at least 42" or taller. Single riders must be at least 54" or taller. Aft on Deck 13 is the sports area. An enclosed basketball court, Goofy mini golf, and ping pong tables provide a fun atmosphere. Off this sports deck is a simulator room with golf, baseball and basketball simulators. Pirate Night - The night starts with a pirate theme dinner. it is followed by the “Pirates in the Caribbean” Deck Party which is a Captain Jack show followed by the only fireworks sow on a cruise ship. Disney places a pirate head bandanna in each stateroom, but let me tell you some folks go all out for pirate night. I saw some folks on my cruise that had to have spent hundreds, if not above a thousand for their costume. It was amazing! The amazing thing about this ship (I'm sure all of the DCL fleet) is the Disney touch that covers the entire ship. Everywhere you look is themed exactly as it should be. Think of the details as you walk down Main Street at the Magic Kingdom and that is what you find in every square inch of the ship. The employees - I was amazed at the quality and friendliness of every employee I met. The few I was able to talk to for a while truly loved their jobs. Our server in Palo has seven years with Disney, two in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot and five on the ships. Our serve in our dining rotation was the best I have ever had. As i said, by the end of night two she and her assistant had our likes and needs figured out and were not only able to anticipate things that we would want they paid attention to the details so that recommendations were individually based, not just pushing the special of the night. These folks earn their money, no doubt about it! Remember, they are on that ship for months at a time. Officers get a cabin to themselves but most employees are two to a room with bunk beds. Working 12 - 16 hours a day to make your day magical. Tips are automatically charged to your room account (about $80 per person, $160 for us as a couple), but before the end of the cruise you will get four envelopes and a breakdown of how much you have already "tipped" your cabin attendant, head server, server and assistant server. Of the four the head server is the one you will probably have the least amount of interaction with. But, ours was great. On the first night of the trip (remember, high seas) he noticed several of our party missing and asked how they were. In the conversation we mentioned one of our party was back in the cabin taking care of his sick girlfriend. In a flash he asked what he liked to eat, had a steak prepared and delivered to the room from the dining room we were in that night. I wish I could provide details about the kids areas and child care, but being an adult couple we really did not deal with it. Let me just say, the kids that were traveling in our party really didn't want to come out of their “space”. I can tell you that the kids are protected. Unless written approval is given, no other adult can “check them out”. This is all controlled by authorization set up on your KTTW card. Plus, you need a secret word given at the start of the cruise by the parents before Disney cast members will let you take a child out. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We have been on 3 Princess cruises and 1 Celebrity. To me these are adult cruises. My daughter wanted us to go with the family on a Disney cruise. We agreed knowing this was going to be all about the kids..and it was. To me..and ... Read More
We have been on 3 Princess cruises and 1 Celebrity. To me these are adult cruises. My daughter wanted us to go with the family on a Disney cruise. We agreed knowing this was going to be all about the kids..and it was. To me..and this is just me, if you don't have kids or grand kids, I personally wouldn't go on a Disney cruise because there are a LOT of kids. Everywhere. And this was in December when other kids are still in school. The pools are packed and the kids are all over the place. I know they have their Disney clubs, but families do bring their babies and younger than Disney club kids too. They DO have adult areas but we never made it to them. It was about family so we stuck with them. Disney does what Disney does and the ship was beautiful and spotless. Entertainment shows were top notch and so much fun. Food was great. They cancelled the only excursion I was looking forward to. Jet skiing at Castaway Cay. This really disappointed and saddened me because I am 64 and who knows when and if this opportunity will happen again. My husband had a massage at the Spa and did not like it. It was cut short by a required drill, the did refund 'half" the cost but half is not really half and that was not good. Castaway Cay was the best beach and island ever. Clean, beautiful, plenty of lounge chairs, activities for the whole family. White sand and lots of beautiful perfect sea shells, makes me think they imported the sand and sea shells..but that is WAY OK!. My daughter and son-in-law did the 3K run and had a blast. We will do another Disney cruise because we have grand kids and Disney knows how to do things right. It is a high price cruise but worth it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We love Disney cruises! We have five children ages 4-14, and Disney has something for everyone including adults. We wouldn't take our family on any other cruise line. Last year we did the Western Caribbean trip on the Fantasy and ... Read More
We love Disney cruises! We have five children ages 4-14, and Disney has something for everyone including adults. We wouldn't take our family on any other cruise line. Last year we did the Western Caribbean trip on the Fantasy and loved it so much that we booked this Eastern Caribbean trip while on board. We liked having four stops on the Western cruise, but we liked the islands of the Eastern cruise better. We stayed in the deluxe family verandah with two connecting rooms. We spend many hours enjoying the beautiful views on the verandah and think it's worth the money. The split bathrooms are also a very nice feature for families. We were on the 10th floor, which is nice since it's just one floor below Cabanas and the pools. The ship is always immaculate. Our only complaint with the ship is that the swimming pools can be so crowded that you can't even move in the water. We try to swim and ride the aqua duck in the evenings when there are no crowds and no wait. The food was excellent. Our family enjoyed all the shows except for the opening show. We didn't even stay to the end because we were all bored. Aladdin, Wishes, and Believe were all very good, and Buckets and Boards was really entertaining. Our younger kids also enjoyed meeting characters and never waited in line for more than 10-15 minutes. If you want to meet Anna and Elsa or the Princesses, you'll need to get tickets the first day. Our kids also liked the midship detective game and the juggler show. There were always lots of fun activities to do on the ship on the at sea days. One reason we love Disney is their excellent customer service. Our dining room servers and stateroom attendants were always so happy to help with anything we needed. The crew members in the kids club are great too. Our kids enjoy the kids club, which is nice for me and my husband to be able to spend some time together without kids. We are all about the beach when we get off the ship. In St. Martin, we booked a private tour through Bernard's and loved it. Our guide took us to stops where we fed iguanas, held sea stars and sea urchins right out of the ocean, enjoyed the butterfly farm, and then spent most of the day at Le Galion beach, a very uncrowded family friendly beach where the people were mostly locals. In St. Thomas, we took the Disney port adventure to Magen's Bay. It was a beautiful beach, but very crowded that day. If you walk down to the far end of the beach, it's not crowded at all and we found some snorkeling there. At Castaway Cay, my husband and oldest son went on a fishing trip and caught some really cool fish. Our kids also loved the stingray adventure. We did it last year, but they loved it so much they wanted to do it again. The worst part of the cruise is getting off on the last day. Since we had the early dinner at 5:45, we were assigned to have breakfast the last morning at 6:45. That was a little too early for our family, so we stayed in our staterooms until 8:00 and then had a nice breakfast at Cabanas and stayed on the ship until we had to leave at 9:00. We loved our family vacation, and can't wait to do another Disney cruise! Disney knows how to do family entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I just got off a week long trip on the Disney Fantasy Cruise today (Saturday). This cruise line went to Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Cay and Castaway Cay. I traveled with a group of 9 people and the youngest were 4 and 2, the rest were adults. ... Read More
I just got off a week long trip on the Disney Fantasy Cruise today (Saturday). This cruise line went to Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Cay and Castaway Cay. I traveled with a group of 9 people and the youngest were 4 and 2, the rest were adults. I think that the kids had a magical on in a lifetime experience from seeing all their favorite Disney princesses and characters. I personally loved having strawberry/banana/chocolate ice cream, LOL! Then at our restaurants we had the most awesome team on board; their names were LaTroy and Dennis from Jamaica and the manager, Titziana from Italy. They kept us entertained and happy the entire trip. They went above and beyond with the even the smallest things like knowing our drinks, giving us recommendations on the menus, having fruit ready for the kids and many other things. The entertainment was amazing with activities every hour of the day. Seeing movies, character shows, Disney movie shows and some adult activities for the rest of us were great all around. We went out to port at each country and we shopped and went to the pool or beach. The room was comfy and felt like home for the week. Room service was great at keeping the room spotless and making the adorable towel animals were a special touch along with the chocolates on the bed. Although there were some choppy waters after leaving Jamaica, I was able to relax that night. Getting off the ship was easier than getting on board, LOL, I didn't mind the wait because I was too excited to care. Overall, it was one of the best weeks that I've ever had! 5 stars from me.! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our second time on the Fantasy. It is a beautiful ship with an excellent staff. What made it even nicer was that our assistant waiter from our first cruise was able to be our waiter on this one. If we had an early excursion he ... Read More
This was our second time on the Fantasy. It is a beautiful ship with an excellent staff. What made it even nicer was that our assistant waiter from our first cruise was able to be our waiter on this one. If we had an early excursion he would tell us where he was serving breakfast so he could get our food to us more quickly. He would even assist us if we saw him in the buffet. His name is Budi, and I believe he is on the Dream now. He made the whole trip for us! We did the Jeep Excursion in Cozumel and loved it. We went to Punta Sur, saw the Faro Celarain lighthouse, had lunch on the beach, and generally had a great time. We went to Hell in Grand Cayman and visited a turtle farm. In Jamaica we went to Dunn's River Falls, which are so beautiful they look like a movie set. When boarding the ship, we avoided the central elevators that everyone was lining up for. Instead we went forward and straight up to the Cove Bar beside the adult pool. It was a very relaxing place to wait for our rooms to be ready. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My family went on our very first cruise ever on the Fantasy (Halloween on the High Seas)!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The ship was immaculate!!! Our cabin size was perfect for a family of four (category 7A). The Service was great!! ... Read More
My family went on our very first cruise ever on the Fantasy (Halloween on the High Seas)!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The ship was immaculate!!! Our cabin size was perfect for a family of four (category 7A). The Service was great!! Our servers were great!! We only did Port excursions (through Disney) in Cozumel and Jamaica, and both were safe, and worth the money! We had the early dining seating, and it worked out great for my family, as we have a 2 year old and a 7 year old. Both of my kids LOVED the Nursery (for my 2 year old) and the Oceaneer's club (for my 7 year old). My 7 year old literally stayed there one day from 10:30am- almost 10:30pm!! He didn't want to come back even then! The characters were great! Based on the schedule provided in the daily navigator, we were able to plan our day around where the characters would be! We saw just about all of them!!! It was great, and the kids had a great time meeting them! Disembarkation process was very organized. We were sad to leave the ship, because we had soooooo much fun! Prior to disembarking, we booked a placeholder for our next cruise!!! This first time cruiser is HOOKED!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My family of 4 had an absolutely wonderful vacation aboard the Disney Fantasy! This was the frist cruise of any kind for all of us. My husband and I were celebrating our upcoming 20 year anniversary. This was the perfect vacation choice so ... Read More
My family of 4 had an absolutely wonderful vacation aboard the Disney Fantasy! This was the frist cruise of any kind for all of us. My husband and I were celebrating our upcoming 20 year anniversary. This was the perfect vacation choice so that we could include our 2 daughers, ages 13 and 10. First of all the boarding process was a breeze. Sure, there were a lot of people but lines moved quickly. We left the majority of our luggage to be delivered to our room and only had a few carry ons with swimsuits and things we might need upon arrival as we were told our luggage may not arrive at our room until 5pm. We could go to our stateroom at 1:30pm. We boarded the ship around noon or just after so we first went and had lunch while waiting for our room to be ready. When we got to our room at 1:30, we found our luggage waiting for us! Very prompt! Now as for the ship itself...it was immaculate! I have nothing to compare to but from what I hear, the Disney ship is far better/cleaner than most others but a little more expensive too. I was very pleased with how well kept everything was. From the pools, to the restrooms and everything in between. There were even employees at the entrance of restuarants handing antibacterial wipes for our hands. I think that's a great extra step to help stop the spread of germs and illness. We enjoyed the pools nearly everyday. While they were at times a little crowded, that did not deter me or my kids. We still had a great time. We had excellent 86 degree weather and sunshine everyday so we expected lots of people to be there. There were plenty of chairs and towels and Disney movies played all day on the huge "funnel vision" screen at the pool area. My kids being 10 and 13 had separate clubs they could go to. The Oceaneear club for my 10 yr old and Edge for my 13 yr old. They could go there to play with other kids their age and make crafts, have dance parties, learn to cook or play games. They had lots of activities daily and a schedule delivered to our room every night for what to expect the next day. My kids went to those 2 or 3 times but they enjoyed spending most of their time doing things with us. They also caught a few movies they had not alrady seen at the theater. We saw 3 live shows at the Walt Disney Theater. One we all enjoyed the most was a juggler...Michael Holly. This guy was hilarious and very entertaining. We saw the show on the first night but I can't remember what it was called. Lots of singing and dancing. The last one we saw was Beleive. They were excellent. Very talented singers and dancers and the costumes were very good. Every night we had an amazing dinner! I was super impressed. Our wait staff made this a wonderful event every night. Our waiters were Rahul & Luis, from India and Peru. They were very attentive and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our foods and drinks. They were very professional and friendly. The food was very good each night and had a good variety of things to choose from. If you are into night life, the ship has places for that too. I can't say too much about that. We did not go to any bars or dance places. We do not drink or dance so it's not really our scene but I hear that Tube is the place go to for that...music and entertainment. As for the port excursions...just remember you get what you pay for on this! And all the best ones get booked up so plan ahead and try to book them as soon as you have booked your cruise! We booked the dolphin encounter for the stop at St Thomas...this was a winner! Maybe the highlight of the trip. It was really awesome and each person got lots of interaction with the dolphin. This is fun for adults and kids. It's expensive but well worth it. And a side tip...if you do this, plan to pay for pictures. They do not allow you or family members to take pictures. They have photographer there who takes several. They are good quailty but they are expensive. To get all pictures of our family of 4 was $200. Again, I think it's worth it! This is an all day event so if you do this, don't try to plan anything else. We booked an excursion for St Maarten the night before we got there because we didnt know exactly what we wanted to do. We took a very inexpensive trip to a nearby beach....Orient Beach. The beach was nice, water felt great and the sand was soft...but be aware, you get approached by the island ladies wanting to braid your hair or sell you cover-ups or jewelry. It's annoying but I just politely told them over and over- No Thank You. I don't think the islands were what I expected. I was looking for white sandy beaches and crystal clear water but that is not what you get. The boat is docked at a harbor or port, not a resort. We had to travel through the island to get to our excursions so you see where the natives live and quite honestly, it looks like a dump. They live poor for the most part and it's just run down and dirty looking. If you want the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water, you won't see that until you arrive at Castaway Cay for the last day of the cruise! That was an amazing place! We did the snorkeling which was great fun and not so expensive. We saw lots of fish and took pictures with an underwater camera. Our kids enjoyed the snorkeling and loved the waterslides and just playing in the water and the sand. Like the ship, this island is very clean and well kept with clean restrooms and 2 places to eat that were also nicely kept with a wide variety of food to choose from. There are cabanas you can rent for the day...but u have to do it ahead of time because they fill up and it's expensive upwards of $500 for day I believe. We didn't do that and we had a wonderful time under the umbrellas and the shades of the trees in our chairs. Again the weather was beautiful...warm but a nice breeze and the shade kept it from being too hot. The last day we had an early breakfast (6:45am) with our wonderful wait staff and we were on our way. Disembarking was easy and quick. We chose to have our luggage outside our stateroom the night before for pickup and they we could get it on the way out the next morning just before going thru customs which was also very quick and painless! We left our vehicle in the parking deck across from where we board the ship so it was a short easy walk even with all our luggage in tow. There are characters at certain places at all different times but most are posted in the navigator. Check that if you are interested in pictures with characters and be ready to stand in line and wait. We did a few of them but my kids are a little older and didn't care so much for it but we did a few of them.If you are looking for characters from a particular movie etc...ask customer service. My daughter was interested in meeting Elsa & Ana from Frozen. They were there but it was not advertised and we had to have a ticket to see them for a meet and greet. Dressing up is a HUGE deal!! The semi-formal night is a big deal for dressing to the nines and taking fancy pictures on the grand staircase. Pack a formal dress, heels and men a suit or tux. Also pirate night is huge...go all out if you don't mind spending the money for a costume--but get before your trip. Items/clothing you purchase on the ship are very expensive! You just can't overdo it on these nights! Also on pirate night, the fireworks are spectacular. Many of the little girls on the ship wore their princess dresses to dinner every night. Fun for them to do so and very acceptable! The bippity boppity boutique is a great idea if your little girl likes to dress up and look like a princess--(all for a price!). Photographers take photos at all the character meet and greets but please take your own camera. All the photos taken are kept in a folder type thing on the 4th floor so you can see all your vacation photos. They also do face recognition so you will even see those taken on the Aquaduck if you ride it, which is much fun! As most other things, photos are very expensive if you purchase the prints and/or a cd. They offer a book you can create yourself with up to 34 photos for $150. I chose to do that and used my pictures for everything else. The pictures are good and clear but just too expensive for me. To get them all you are talking $350-$500 range. *There is no charge for room service! I was amazed at this! My daughter was not feeling well at dinner one night so she was hungry later on. I ordered a sandwich and we had it in about 10 minutes! *If you suffer from motion sickness, try something called Bonine. I felt bad one day with a headache but after taking that each day, I was fine. It's a chewable tablet. This was a wonderful trip and I would definitley suggest it to anyone. My kids loved it so much, they were sad when the day came for us to disembark and are already asking when we can go again. There is so much to see and do and experience. The entertainment, the sights, the food....and the sheer cleanliness of this place impresses me! Disney is not to be outdone! If you are a cruiser and you have never tried a Disney cruise, I trust you will not be dissapointed! As I said, I have nothing to compare it to but it was outstanding and everything was top notch, especially the service...from ALL STAFF. They were phenomenal! Thank you Disney for some great family memories that will last a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We are just back from our second cruise. We cruised on the Disney Dream last year for 4 nights to the Bahamas. As much as we loved that cruise, we are from Australia so thought due to distance and the cost to come back we wouldn't be ... Read More
We are just back from our second cruise. We cruised on the Disney Dream last year for 4 nights to the Bahamas. As much as we loved that cruise, we are from Australia so thought due to distance and the cost to come back we wouldn't be back for a while. Well after one month at home we booked the Disney Fantasy. Everything was as spot on and as exact as the first time. Amazing ship, amazing staff. We had a deluxe family oceanview cabin on deck 8. Fantastic room. Great location for using the stairs to go up to the pool and down to the atrium. Our kids had an amazing time. Not bored once (ages 4 and 8). We got tickets for the Disney Junior breakfast and for the Elsa+Anna meet and greet and the princess gathering. My 4 year old daughter was in heaven! Lots of pool time and they also loved kids club. Lots of different activities and different characters visiting. Never bored once! They, too, loved the shows. The evening shows were amazing. Pirate night and Halloween night were great too. We had the most fabulous time. Devastated to get off, but this time we put a deposit down on the next one to get the onboard deals! A great system where you don't have to book in an exact cruise but have 24 months to sail. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My wife and I love the Disney Cruise Line and that applies when traveling with or without our kids. This time, we traveled without children and we had an amazing trip in all respects. Embarkation: We flew into Orlando the night ... Read More
My wife and I love the Disney Cruise Line and that applies when traveling with or without our kids. This time, we traveled without children and we had an amazing trip in all respects. Embarkation: We flew into Orlando the night before the cruise to avoid any possible problems with flight delays. I highly suggest not flying the day of the cruise because flight delays do happen. We stayed at Disney for the night and when we checked in, the pickup time for the Disney Bus for the following day was in our room. Disney Cruise Line picked up our luggage from the room and it was transferred to our cabin on the ship without us having to worry about it whatsoever. The Disney Bus to the ship was very comfortable and only took a bit over an hour. When we got to the Port we "zipped" through security without a wait. As I had just reached Platinum status with the cruise line (over 10 trips), I was able to check in through the Concierge Desk and check in was quick and very pleasant. We immediately boarded the ship and as is Disney's custom, we were then welcomed aboard as they clap and announce the name of your family as you step aboard the ship. It is a very nice touch and you immediately feel welcomed and special. From that moment forward, each and every member of the Disney staff go out of their way to make you feel special. Everyone has a smile on their face and wants to do whatever they can to make your trip magical. The food: Disney uses rotational dining so your servers follow you to their different restaurants. This is a great touch as from day one they learn your dining preferences. On the second day of our cruise, I had 2 diet cokes waiting for me as well as water with extra lemons for my wife. The waiters could not have been nicer and even got my favorite desert, a Grand Marinier Soufflé, from the other restaurants for me regularly even when it was not on the dinner menu for the particular evening. This, by the way, might be my favorite desert of all time. They create a little well in the center of the desert and pour in a sauce that is so good it is hard to describe. The food is wonderful and each dining room is themed beautifully. From appetizers to desert the food was of very high quality and creatively prepared. We ate breakfast at the buffet each day and anything I wanted was there from made to order eggs, smoked salmon and bagels and my particular favorite, which is so hard to find in NJ, Krispy Kreme doughnuts which are oh so good. The lunch buffet featured peel and eat shrimp and crab claws which my wife and I love. In addition, the ship has my all time favorite chicken fingers as well as thin crust pizza and fresh fruit served throughout the day. Finally, there is soft serve ice creme and coffee and soft drinks available all day long on the pool deck. (My only minor criticism is that there are only cones not cups next to the ice creme station (but this can be remedied by getting cups from the soda station) and that the coffee and soda cups in my opinion should be larger (again easily remedied by filling up 2 cups). One other note about the food and ship in general, the ship is kept immaculate and the crew is constantly cleaning and polishing. I am a bit of a germaphobe and the level of cleanliness amazes me each time I am on a Disney ship. The Adult pool: The adult pool section of the ship is very relaxing. While I know the ship has a lot of people sailing, this section never felt crowded. Laying out on a lounge chair and looking out at the vastness of the blue sea is one of the most relaxing experiences you can have along with going in and out of the pool and jacuzzi. Moreover, I have always encountered the nicest fellow guests to talk to while on a Disney Cruise and this trip was no exception. My wife and I enjoyed chatting with many lovely people while relaxing in the pool. The one draw back of the pool is that it is not long enough to do lap swimming but again this is a minor criticism as the health club has treadmills with a beautiful view of the ocean to get excercise. Entertainment: Thre is plenty to do on the ship ranging from an adult section where children are not allowed with nightclubs and entertainment, a pub to watch sports and a theater with shows of Broadway quality. Since we sailed around Halloween, Disney had Halloween events, a costume party, their normal pirate party at sea with fireworks and a 3 D showing of Nightmare before Christmas. We also saw the movie Bridge of Spies in their movie theater, which was very good, while on board as well as the World Series and Monday Night Football on their super sized screen on the pool deck (Funnel Vision). There is certainly plenty to do on the ship and one of the nicest things is being able to do nothing at all and simply relax. Excursions: On St Martin, we took the excursion to the beach. While the beach is beautiful, the one draw back is the constant solicitation by people on the beach attempting to get you to buy clothes, bracelets, etc. I wish Disney or the tour operator would arrange for that section of the beach to be solicitation free. I am glad Disney is replacing this stop in 2016. Megan's Bay in St Thomas is beautiful and you can get there by an open air cab for 8 dollars per person and a 4 dollar fee each to get on the beach. No port excursion is necessary for a fantastic day. Last but not least, Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, is one of my favorite places on earth. It is for their passengers only and it is an Island exclusively dedicated to fun in the sun. It is something that everyone should have on their bucket list. Cabins: The cabins are very comfortable and clean and the room attendant always leaves towel animals and chocolates at night. Having a split bathroom and shower helps immensely in getting ready. The Disney Cruise line always exceeds my expectations. It is one of our favorite trips and we try and do it at least twice a year. Highly recommended. :) Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My mother, son (6) and I went on the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Carribean and had a fabulous time. This was first time cruising for myself and my son. My mother has cruised many times before mainly in the Mediterranean. Embarkation ... Read More
My mother, son (6) and I went on the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Carribean and had a fabulous time. This was first time cruising for myself and my son. My mother has cruised many times before mainly in the Mediterranean. Embarkation was quick. We completed online check in and had a port arrival time of 11.15-11.30. Once we showed passports etc. and received our Key to the World Cards we immediately boarded the ship. We stayed in Stateroom 8502 which was a nice spacious room with obstructed porthole window although we could still see out. This was a forward cabin but we did not feel much movement at all. The room was clean and tidy. Chard was our assistant who cleaned the room twice daily. The housekeeping staff work so hard here to ensure everything is clean and tidy and are all so nice and friendly. Restaurant Staff were also fantastic. On our first evening we were placed at a table with a family of 6. It was not the best as we felt we were intruding on the family but we requested a change of table which was able to be done. This was something I was not aware of for dining and was advised by other people on the cruise ship that you can request a table for your own party prior to boarding. Our servers were Ashley from India and Raffy. These 2 worked so hard and were lovely people. BY day 3 they knew which drinks we liked and would have them on the table before we arrived. Small touches like this are nice. The food was amazing. We also ate in Cabanas for breakfast and lunch and the food was always good and plentiful. Animators Palate was my favourite restaurant. I liked the Disney rotational dining system which meant you had the chance to eat in each restaurant and your servers would move to each restaurant with you. Pool areas are busy but we mainly stayed by the Family Zone area which was a bit quieter. The aquaduck was amazing. Wait was approx. 20-30 mins but one day the wait was 60 mins. When the ship is in a Port you can basically walk on and off, which my son loved. Due to high winds the Aquaduck was closed one day but it is all for safety. Entertainment was fantastic. We attended Magic Dave show, which my son loved. We also seen Aladdin and another show which now I cannot remember the name of, and also the Pirates Night and they were all fantastic and to Disney high standards. There was plenty to do throughout the day with crazy golf, cinema and plenty activities and also Character Meetings. My son used the Kids Club maybe for an hour a day and did enjoy it. I registered my son online so was able to avoid that queue at the Port. Because he was registered online I only had to take him to the Club and he was given his band. My son unfortunately had an accident onboard which required stitches so we had to attend the Medical Centre. All the staff were very good and fully explained what was happening. One thing to keep in mind which I was not aware of, is if your onboard account exceeds $500 Disney will automatically take payment from your credit card. They can reverse the payment if you want to pay cash, but I did hear a few people complaining of this when attending Guest Services to pay my final account so I was not the only one not aware of this. Disembarkation was quick and straight forward. AS we were main seating for our evening meal (which is at 5.45pm) we had to attend breakfast on the final morning at 6.45am which is in the restaurant you attended for your final dinner (I don't think Cabanas are open on the final day). After breakfast you debark the ship. There were people waiting to debark who had taken advantage of the express debarkation which you could use if your luggage remained with you and you carry it off. These people debarked as soon as the ship had clearance from the Port Authority. We then left the ship at 7.30am after breakfast and walked off the ship, picked up our luggage, went through Security and waited for the shuttle bus to take us to the car rental company. The process was quick (maybe 30 mins if that) and very well organised. At about 7.30am on the final day the staff begin cleaning for the next set of guests so the smoke areas etc. are all closed at that time. I would certainly recommend a Disney Cruise to anyone and cannot wait for my next one due to the high standards Disney ensure for their guests. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The majority of the reviews that had nothing but wonderful things to say about the Disney Fantasy were SPOT ON! To cut down on the duplications, here are the key things I'm glad I knew going into our amazing vacation based on what I ... Read More
The majority of the reviews that had nothing but wonderful things to say about the Disney Fantasy were SPOT ON! To cut down on the duplications, here are the key things I'm glad I knew going into our amazing vacation based on what I read: Family: 7.5 YO Daughter; 4.5 YO Son - We booked our photo package BEFORE we went on board. Purchased all digital photos knowing there are photographers everywhere on the boat and got 15% off by locking in advance. Ended up with 120 photos in our collection - - needless to say, it was worth it!! - Registrations lines were long (and we arrived early) but you MOVED in them and they went by fast. Take a deep breath when you first walk into the terminal as it will move fast. - No need to stand in the LONG kids club registration line at the terminal building. Just board the ship after you check in and you can go right to the Kids Club on the ship to pick up your bands. It was empty and an awesome time to explore the AMAZING club/space on the boat. (It is HUGE!!!!) - Also as soon as you board, ask where to get tickets to go to the Character Breakfast. Ironically this was the longest line we had to wait in to get a ticket for the entire time on board! - Glad my youngest was 4 years old. This means he could go into the kids club with my older 7.5 year old daughter. Otherwise, the seperation if he was under 4 would have been tough the first few days as he would have had to gone into the nursery. That being said, once they both felt comfortable in the kids club space (maybe after the first 30 minutes), they split up most of the time and did their own thing. There is SO much to do in the kids club! And they served fantastic healthy lunches - good to know the days you are at sea. - If your child is under 42 inches but loves water slides, prepare him/her ahead of time they won't be tall enough (this time) to ride the Aquaduck. Thankfully, we just made it (they are STRICT!!) and had a BLAST! - The only time we felt crammed on board was the days at sea at the (VERY small) pools. We didn't even attempt the 2nd and 3rd day at sea to swim with the kids as their pools were SO crowded. That being said, my kids loved the Aqualab and ALL the amazing other places on board/activities to do to keep BUSY. We did enjoy the pool during "off" hours - such as when the 1st seating went to dinner. The Aquaduck line was EMPTY every night at this time - we went at least 25 times in a row all to ourselves one night! And had a BLAST with the Aquaduck staff. Going at night was the best! - There is SO much adult space on this ship - the 2 amazing restaurants (CoCo at Palo for Dinner was A+! and the Champagne Brunch at Remy was out of this world) - - plus all the sundecks, pools, bars, fancy coffee place, dance clubs....there were times you never knew you were on a boat with 2,000+ kids! And yes, move your dinner if you book it the same night as going to Animator's Palace. The online reservations ahead of time shows all booked but as soon as you walk on board, you can change your day/time without any issues. - Character Lines - so long as you stand in line before the official time cut off (ie. from 9:00 to 9:15 am), you get a shot with them. The lines move fast and the staff knows exactly how to keep it moving. The most you wait for any character is less than 10 minutes once the line officially opens up. - I do wish Disney offered more "fun" excursions for the little ones. I will say the one thing that surprised me was how little offerings there are for families with kids under 8 years old besides spending the day at the beach. That being said, we did the glass boat sub tour in St. Maarten (it was SHORT - maybe 10 minutes at most under water) and the Coral Reef Zoo/Another Glass Boat Sub Tour in St. Thomas (which my kids did love. For us, it was just okay but seeing how much our kids loved their time there seeing all the marine wildlife, that's what this trip is for right?) - Castaway Cay - biggest regret was that we didn't stop and take professional photos FIRST when we got off the boat with the characters and the Fantasy in the background. We were in too much of a hurry to get chairs at the beach. There are SO many chairs/umbrellas, that should have been the least of worries. So RELAX and take it all in as you get off the ship. You won't be sitting in your beach chair especially if you have kids anyway! And besides renting snorkleing gear for our kids and a tube in the morning, our family loved doing the bike ride around the island too - Aladdin and Believe shows were fantastic - make sure you plan to see those! - And yes, ALL the crew we interacted with were WONDERFUL. I really wish Disney left longer lines on the comment card cause there wasn't enough room to give personal shoutouts (Kadek for our room, Onur/Dennis/Kapoor for our dining, Michael?Quam/the Entire Aquaduck staff, I could go on and on....) - Almost everybody who goes on board will end up putting $200 down (100 percent refundable) for a future Disney Cruise where you then get 10 percent off your total room that's good to use sometime in the next 2 years (you don't have to commit to an actual date while on board). So if you had an amazing time after Day 1 on board, go to the Sales Deck and book this RIGHT AWAY. The lines and wait time the last 3 days of the cruise to do this was crazy long and it takes less than 10 minutes to sign up. - And because we had such a late flight home on Saturday, we hired a van through Happy Limo who took us to the Kennedy Space Center down the road for a few hours before taking us to the airport. Perfect! We had the TIME of our lives and would recommend this cruise to all! Definitely do your research (create fun magnets for your door, get creative for pirate night...) but at the end of the day, don't drive yourself nuts. The staff and crew will make sure you have the best time ever no matter what!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My family, mom and dad, sister, (i'm the kid) had a magical time! Oh my gosh! The disney cruise rocked! The hotel was amazing! Well, the rooms on the cruise were amazing! There was a variety of activities, there were four kids clubs, ... Read More
My family, mom and dad, sister, (i'm the kid) had a magical time! Oh my gosh! The disney cruise rocked! The hotel was amazing! Well, the rooms on the cruise were amazing! There was a variety of activities, there were four kids clubs, twelve adult areas (CRAZY!) and so much more. The dining was awesome. I had amazing waiters, Yoga and Ruben, they were our waiters everyday! I loved them... HILARIOUS! We went to amazing ports. St. Thomas, I liked that one the most. St. Marteen, and Castaway Cay.. Disney's Private Island. It was very fun! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My adult daughter and I cruised the Western Caribbean on this ship. It was a wonderful vacation for 2 adults, Disney fans or not. We have cruised many times over the past 20 years, and this was one of the best. While others have given ... Read More
My adult daughter and I cruised the Western Caribbean on this ship. It was a wonderful vacation for 2 adults, Disney fans or not. We have cruised many times over the past 20 years, and this was one of the best. While others have given detailed reviews of the rooms, the itinerary, etc., I would like to highlight the small touches that made this cruise stand out. Checking my suitcase at my departure airport and having it delivered to my stateroom. Entering the ship to applause. Large peel and eat shrimp on the lunch buffet. Chocolates on the pillows at night. Free soda. Wine and Champagne classes. No obnoxious bar staff constantly roaming the pool deck selling drinks. A huge variety of free, on demand movies in the room - no pay per view. Quality shampoo, conditioners, lotions, soaps delivered every day by the room steward. Crew members who stopped and asked you how the trip was going and was there anything else they could do. Riding the Aquaduck slide. The quality of the shows. Maintenance crew who said hi as you walked passed. A foot stool in the room that doubled as a hamper. Free interactive games around the ship. First run movies shown in a huge theater with popcorn. Our amazing server - Rita - who brought us cake just because she wanted us to try it. The quiet elegance of Palo. The safety first environment on Castaway Cay - when the staff insisted that everyone stay undercover in a thunderstorm.The superb pianist who played all around the ship. And then there were the Disney touches - my daughter dancing with Chip, Goofy pretending to have a leg cramp so 2 kids could rub it. The diaper derby in the Atrium. Watching little girls meet Disney princess and their joy in the event. The fun of Pirate night. The amazing video at Animators Palate that everyone created. Donald Duck peering over my shoulder as I read a book. I wish this cruise line was around when my children were younger, so that they could have enjoyed all the various age appropriate clubs on the ship. Maybe someday I'll have grandchildren to take on this cruise line. But in the meantime, I'll be back. It was worth every dollar. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Stayed in cabin 6598. Great location. Lower and middle of boat so there wasn't as much motion. Only a few floors above the restaurants, stores, and theaters. Pool is only 5 floors above. Room is large with verandah on the right ... Read More
Stayed in cabin 6598. Great location. Lower and middle of boat so there wasn't as much motion. Only a few floors above the restaurants, stores, and theaters. Pool is only 5 floors above. Room is large with verandah on the right side of the boat. Love that there is a separate shower and sink in one room and a toilet and another sink in the other room. Queen size bed can be curtained off from the sofa bed and pull down bunk in the living quarters to give both sides some privacy. Disney does a fantastic job of everything on the ship. I wasn't that impressed with the children's activities on the cruise. The activities for the children aged 3-11 were separated into two areas and the children can choose what and where they want to go. It seemed more like a day care that had stations for activities that the children can do and move around from station to station. It seemed like chaos in there with all the kids running around. This was different than the Princess cruise that we went on a few years back where there weren't as many children and the activities were done as a group and the kids got to know other kids. I guess with so many kids on Disney cruises, there is only so much they can do. We allowed our child to go in and out as she pleased (9yrs old) with another friend who came with us on the cruise. After a few times at the Oceanaires Club, they decided that it was more fun for them to just go to the pool and the Aquaduck. The Aquaduck is a waterslide that was the highlight for my daughter. The other activity they have was a mystery adventure that is fun to do. It takes you around the boat looking for clues that are in interactive screens....awesome fun for kids and adults. Of course there are Disney princesses and characters that show up all throughout the day for you to take pictures or autographs with. With movies in the theaters and shows in the evening, there is never a time where you don't have something to do. Cozumel-We went on the ruins, chocolate and discovery tour. NOT RECOMMENDED. Eaten alive by mosquitoes at the ruins. The ruins are just small rock huts that they discovered years ago. Chocolate factory wasn't that impressive. Discovery tour is just a small replica of the ruins that you would see at Chichen Itza. There were so many people that you were herded into buses and hustled in and out of the venues. Felt like cattle with so many people. Recommendation would be to either find a private tour (we did that in Jamaica...see below) or just hang out at a local beach which our friends did. They said their highlight was the beach on Cozumel. Grand Cayman - We did the dolphin swim and stingray adventure. PARTIALLY RECOMMENDED. They took us to a dolphin swim area where my daughter got to swim with the dolphin and get a kiss from them. They enjoyed it but I am sad that I was supporting the capture of these dolphins. I would NOT do this again. These dolphins are captured and live in a small area. Afterwards, they really want you to purchase photos from them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED is the stingray adventure which was right after the dolphin swim. They took us 30 min out to a reef where there are tons of wild stingrays. Everyone got out and the water was only waist deep. The stingray were swimming around and we got to hold, pet, and feed these stingray. The water was so blue and beautiful. We did this excursion through Disney and again felt like cattle being herded to these places along with hundreds of other passengers. Jamaica - Horseback Riding and Blue Hole through Ricardo (Liberty Tours Jamaica) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We did a private excursion in Jamaica. At first we were wary of doing something on our own apart from a Disney sanctioned excursion. But this was the best excursion of the trip. We walked out on our own quickly and our driver Michelle came to pick us up. It was our family in one car with a private driver telling us about the country and giving us a tour. She took us to a horseback riding excursion where they guided us through the village and then into the water. Our daughter loves horses so she was so happy riding the them. After Michelle let us have a snack by stopping at a Jamaican patty place Juicy Patty...yummy. The they took us to the Blue Hole. This place is AWESOME. A river that has lots of deep holes that you can jump into. A small cave you can crawl into and jump out into flowing water. A really fun adventure. Bring water shoes, waterproof camera, and wear your swim suit. Castaway Cay- AWESOME. Their own private island. We did the stingray, bike, snorkel, and tube excursion - NOT RECOMMENDED. You don't really need to do this excursion. Stingray was cool, but we did it already in Grand Cayman. The inner tube rental was used by just the kids. snorkel was ok, you can snorkel out past the far lifeguard to see the ship and mickey etc. Bike ride was on beach cruiser that just goes partially around the island...you could skip it. You are better off just paying for what you want to do. I think to rent the snorkel equipment for the day was around $15 and so was the inner tube. Food is free at Cookies 1 and 2 which are the restaurants on the beach. -You don't need to bring your own beach towels from home as the cruise provides towels at all ports. -They provide you shampoo, condition, and soap in the cabins on the cruise. -Everything is purchased on your room card, so you don't need a wallet or cash. -Bring your own lanyard with a card holder to hold your room card. Or you could buy one for $10-20. Our friends brought a lanyard with a waterproof case they put their cell phone and room card in to carry around. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
For the last couple of years wanted to do a disney cruise, finally we did it. Amazing experience in every single detail. From the night show at the walt disney theater to the kids oceaneers club, the delicious dinner every night and the ... Read More
For the last couple of years wanted to do a disney cruise, finally we did it. Amazing experience in every single detail. From the night show at the walt disney theater to the kids oceaneers club, the delicious dinner every night and the excellent service from our servers Kadek and Valine every night. Room very clean, great down service from Valentino, each night a different towel made animal. Great buffet at cabanas.. And delicious mid afternoon treats at flo v 8 cafe.. So clean in every single part of the ship. They take precautions like giving sanitizing towels before entering the restaurants and the kids have to wash their hands in a very modern propulsion washer. They love to go every day. The princesses gathering just lovely, but you have to reserve as soon as you get onboard, it includes Elsa and Ana... The makeover at the bibidibobidi boutique just great, but alse reserve in advance. The pirate league makeover just fantastic as it is for boys and girls and adults also if you want to look pirate alike. Adults areas were great also, just needs a little more entertainment acts at night. The adults pool are nice, and all the pools are fresh water not salted.. Aqua duck was fun and sometimes crowded.. One day we made a 30 min wait line, but is so much fun. We will defintely go back to a disney cruise, maybe a little more expensive than others but worth it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
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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