282 Disney Fantasy Cruise Reviews

We went on the Disney Fantasy for a family cruise for 7 nights in June 2015. Disney sure knows how to do it right. Every aspect of this cruise was perfect! The ship is beautiful and amazingly clean, they buff and polish everything, all ... Read More
We went on the Disney Fantasy for a family cruise for 7 nights in June 2015. Disney sure knows how to do it right. Every aspect of this cruise was perfect! The ship is beautiful and amazingly clean, they buff and polish everything, all the time, there was never one time that we saw as much as a stray cup or a wet towel, every inch of this ship was spotless. The art work and finishes on all levels were beautiful and our stateroom was comfortable with enough space (get the veranda, the views are great). The staff is fabulous, from our cabin staff (Marlin) to our wait staff (Andre and Mr. Paul), to the bathroom attendants, the bartenders, the Spa staff and the pool side towel guys, everyone is so pleasant and will do whatever we need to make us happy. The entertainment is Disney, so you know its going to be well done, how can you not love Mickey and the Princesses! The food was plentiful and always fresh and well delivered, from the breakfast and lunch buffets to dinner in all of the dining rooms and of course, the soft-serve is a must on a hot day! The adult sections and night-clubs were perfect, you did not know you were on a Disney ship unless you walked back to mid-ship of section Deck 11 so no worries of being over done with Disney. Getting on and off the ship was so well organized, it was a breeze, the problem is we didn't want to leave, we loved it and are planning our next trip soon. It's probably more expensive than other cruise line but you get what you pay for and then some! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Great cruise wonderful entertainment . Once again Disney does it again not something that can be discrive you need to experience for yourself . Entertainment excellent ! Expectacular and the food fantastic loved the cabana buffet . You ... Read More
Great cruise wonderful entertainment . Once again Disney does it again not something that can be discrive you need to experience for yourself . Entertainment excellent ! Expectacular and the food fantastic loved the cabana buffet . You must go bring the kids the grandmother there is a lot of things to do for all ages . Loved it Fantastic Fantasy cruise ! Ready to go again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The Disney Fantasy is a beautiful ship, and immaculately maintained. My wife and I took our two granddaughters on a 7 day cruise, and enjoyed it very much. The balcony cabin we had was well laid out and comfortable, and the bed--just a ... Read More
The Disney Fantasy is a beautiful ship, and immaculately maintained. My wife and I took our two granddaughters on a 7 day cruise, and enjoyed it very much. The balcony cabin we had was well laid out and comfortable, and the bed--just a dream to sleep in! The food on the ship was exceptional, with dinner time being a treat every day. The ship offered free ice cream and soda at most hours of the day, and you could dine in a choice of several restaurants--or order room service. The crew was always where they were needed and very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed seeing all of the Disney characters daily around the ship, and there was always something for the children to enjoy--swimming pools, movies, group activities, rides, and more. Disney has embarkation and debarkation down to a science and it was the smoothest out of the 10 cruises I have been on--even though the Fantasy held far more passengers that any prior ship. The ship made port at 4 different destinations, all of interest, with many on-shore activities to choose from. This line is a winner in all respects, and I would definitely re-book with them in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I took my entire family of 13 grand kids and 10 adults for a family cruise after we lost their beloved PaPa, my husband of 30 years. The children were ages from 10 months to 22 years I had a one bedroom suite with all the teen girls on ... Read More
I took my entire family of 13 grand kids and 10 adults for a family cruise after we lost their beloved PaPa, my husband of 30 years. The children were ages from 10 months to 22 years I had a one bedroom suite with all the teen girls on deck 11 and the other 5 Families were on deck 10 with balconies. I have been on 15 previous cruises on NCL RCCL Celebrity Princess and a ship in Europe which I don't remember but this was my first Disney. I was in a Concierge Suite and they linked all our rooms together. Even tho the others could not use their lounge anything they needed help with they we very accommodating. for my family. 10 rating is not high enough. I would not hesitate to go on this ship without children as there are many adult areas The crew was so happy all the time and I really did not come in contact with one person without a smile, really unreal experience I wish the Fantasy sailed other than the Carribean. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We cruised with Disney on the Disney Fantasy out of Port Canaveral in May 2015 and had an amazing time. At that time, the ports of call were in St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. We have 6 children from 6 to 14 so Disney was ... Read More
We cruised with Disney on the Disney Fantasy out of Port Canaveral in May 2015 and had an amazing time. At that time, the ports of call were in St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. We have 6 children from 6 to 14 so Disney was an obvious choice for us because we knew that everything would be first class, the children would be entertained non-stop and we would have a little child-free fun. We knew we would not have to worry about a thing and we were not disappointed. With 6 kids and 2 adults we had to get 2 connecting rooms – one for the girls and one for the boys. So this trip was expensive and a once in a lifetime event for us. In order to save money, we pre-purchased some surprises for the kids. We purchased Mickey and Minnie ears which we gave to the kids right before we boarded the plane. We purchased Disney character pajamas that we had for them the first night. We purchased Disney character swimsuits which they wore the moment they entered the ship and we purchased beautiful (but inexpensive) necklaces to present to the girls on their ‘formal night’ to wear with their pretty dresses. With all of this, the kids really asked for very little on the cruise, which saved a lot of money and anguish. From the moment we walked onto the ship, we were taken care of. The entire Disney cruise staff was available, helpful, and great with the kids. They directed us to the pool where the kids lined up to go down the awesome slide that takes you out over the ocean. They wanted to hit the slide as many times as possible before the ship got crowded and the lines got long and they took advantage of being some of the first kids on the ship. Even though the ship was large, by the end of the second day the kids had learned their way around the ship and were pretty much on their own. We hung out by the pool reading books and the kids went to all their different events and kids clubs. We never even had to ask them to check in with us. After each event, they couldn’t wait to tell us what they did so they were always seeking us out. And when they weren’t in one of the kids clubs they were in the pool or at the never-ending ice cream machine. The pools were very small and disappointing as an adult. However, even though they were always crowded the kids loved it. Instead of feeling crowded they seemed to gather energy from all the kids that couldn’t hide their excitement at being on the cruise. At St. Maarten we planned an excursion on our own versus joining the Disney planned excursions. We went on a horseback ride which was a special event for one of our kids who absolutely loves horses. Every child had their own horse and each horse was very mild the entire trip. We rode through trails and up a hill where we saw extraordinary views and ended by riding the horses as they swam through the ocean. Afterward, we made our way back to one of the beaches close to the ship and hung out the rest of the day on the beach, riding the wave runners and bouncing on the bouncer (something like a trampoline in the water) while being waited on by a waiter from a nearby restaurant. We felt like royalty. On St. Thomas we took a Disney excursion where we got an opportunity for everyone to snorkel. Although we didn’t see the extremely colorful and beautiful coral reefs I had hoped for, the kids got to snorkel and see some interesting fish up close and got to follow a couple of turtles which they enjoyed telling everyone about for days. Castaway Cay was interesting as it was owned by Disney and you could feel the safety all around. We never felt concerned if the kids wandered off into the ocean with a tube as the water was calm, gently sloped and roped off with nets so that everyone stayed in a supervised area. Since we had the day on the island, we did a family bike ride around the island, explored, and had a great BBQ lunch buffet. It was sad when it came to an end and we had to go back to the ship. Throughout the week we enjoyed the events, shows and freedom the kids had as they explored the ship, experienced the clubs and enjoyed more ice cream than they will ever burn off. Definitely an experience of a lifetime and great cruise line when you know you will only get to do it once. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Previously, my family has sailed on the Carnival Miracle in 2006 (7 day/balcony), Carnival Freedom in 2010 (8 day/balcony), Disney Dream in 2012 (5 day/deluxe family inside), and RCI Freedom of the Seas in 2013 (7 day/two inside cabins). ... Read More
Previously, my family has sailed on the Carnival Miracle in 2006 (7 day/balcony), Carnival Freedom in 2010 (8 day/balcony), Disney Dream in 2012 (5 day/deluxe family inside), and RCI Freedom of the Seas in 2013 (7 day/two inside cabins). We almost always vacation in early June. My son is 24 and has mild autism and my daughter is 20. We also like to go to Disney World every 2-3 years and stay on property for a week. We drove to Port Canaveral the day prior and stayed at the Country Inn and Suits, which is the closest hotel to the ship. We have stayed there two times prior for convenience, but this hotel is showing its age. We paid $129.12 for a Friday night. We always park in the main structure at the port because I like to walk off the ship and drive away without waiting for transportation. They charge $125.00 upfront. Our scheduled port arrival time (PAT) was 10:30 – 10:45 on May 23rd. We got there at 10:40. We waited in a short line to enter the terminal and then we were immediately checked in. It was obvious many people ignored their PAT and came early, because the terminal was packed. The first group was called at 11:20 and we were called at 11:30 in group three. As soon as we were welcomed on board I headed to the Port Adventures Desk for tickets to the Princess gathering for my daughter and to sign us up for the 5K run at Castaway Cay, my family headed to The Enchanted Garden for lunch. I had no wait and then met my family at the entrance to the garden. They did not open until 12:00. Their selection is limited compared to Cabanas, but there were no crowds. The only issue was the coke. It had an overly citrus flavor and none of us could drink it. The server tried another dispenser but it was still bad. Everything else on the buffet was very good. This is a gorgeous ship! I would compare it and the Disney Dream to 5 star hotels I have stayed in overseas. Even the public bathrooms are amazing. You have to visit the one outside of Remy. Disney ships are uniquely designed like no others and maintained to the highest standards. They have a classic liner feel of days gone by. The service and accommodations were absolutely first class in every way. All of the dining rooms provide a wonderful unique environment and the food was very good. My daughter can’t have garlic, so she was able to preview every menu in the dining rooms and her meals were specially prepared for her each night. Cabanas buffet was fantastic and the best of all of the ships I’ve sailed so far! There was a vast selection of very good food and some of the most delicious desserts I've ever had. Also, my son said the Mickey waffles and chicken tenders were as good as the ones at Disney World. The only issue I had is the regular coke and tea coming out of the machines on deck 11 midship and Cabanas was terrible. They couldn’t figure out the problem so after talking to guest services on day two they agreed to stock my room with 9 canned cokes a day for the remainder of the cruise. Now that is customer service! The tea in the main dining room was okay. I won’t lie -- I like to eat, so I usually ordered four entrees every night. I think I can say some meals were just okay, most were very good, and a few were exceptional. The rack of lamb and lobster come to mind. Also, I was never disappointed with any of the desserts. There is plenty to do on the ship, so we were never bored. We never waited more than 20 minutes to ride the AquaDuck. We loved the adult pool areas and Satellite Falls -- nice and quiet and no kids. We never had a problem finding seats. We paid $85.00 to play family bingo for the four of us and that was a lot of fun, but sadly we didn’t win anything. We also enjoyed playing Midship Detective Agency and Goofy Golf. The movie theater selections were top notch and we saw several movies I’d been waiting for. Aladdin was Broadway quality and Disney Believe was very good too. However, the first night’s show, A Fantasy Come True was nothing more than a Disney commercial that my whole family thought didn’t live up to Disney standards. Now my wife and I thought the non-Disney shows were very subpar. I must say these were the worst acts I have ever seen that I’ve paid for. The acts were The Comedy & Magic of David Williamson, The Comedy of Improv Shimimprov, The Comedy & Ventriloquism of Taylor Mason, and the Comedy & Juggling of Michel Holly. These were all disappointing. We loved Pirate night and we had the perfect spot to see the entire show and fireworks. We were on the port side of deck 12 just above and to the side of the stage against the railing. If you don’t get there at least 1.5 hours prior, forget about it. Our ports consisted of St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. We did the Under Two Flags Island adults only Tour at St Maarten. The air conditioned new bus went all over the island and stopped for shopping. It was a good basic tour that provided with some nice scenic views and some history of the island. At St. Thomas we just walked around the shops at the port. No real deals -- just a tourist trap in my opinion. I don’t know why but we weren’t able to get off the ship at Castaway Cay until 10:30. My son, daughter and I were doing the 5K. It was a lot of fun and it’s a nice medal you get for free. None of us are runners so it took us 52 minutes to complete the course. We all headed to Cookie’s Too in the adult area for lunch afterwards. Now this was the only bad food experience we had on the cruise. We were told on the ship by our head waiter that everything was garlic free for my daughter. Of course we asked at the food stations and they looked at us like we were crazy and no one had an answer. They finally dug up the head chef and he said the only thing that didn’t have garlic was the salad. She ended up eating cookies and chips until we made it back to the ship. I wanted ribs and to my surprise they didn’t have any. It took 30 minutes before any showed up. When I finally got some I must say they were the worst ribs I’d ever attempted to eat. I really didn’t like any of the food except the ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. We went to the adult beach afterwards and got in the water. Now don’t be a hater, but I thought this beach sucked. Remember though, I grew up in Florida and live walking distance to pure white sand beaches near my house. You definitely need water shoes for this rocky shallow beach! I know the other beach is more foot friendly. For those of you who don’t live on the Emerald Coast I’m sure you will enjoy Castaway Cay, but for my family it’s nothing to write home about. One note of surprise was this ship had a lot of up and down movement throughout the cruise. Several people, including some crew, commented on the excessive motion even though the seas were pretty calm during the trip. I have not experienced this on any other ship, so I think there may have been a stabilization problem. Embarkation was painless. I grabbed food from Cabanas and brought it to the room so everyone could sleep in. We were off the ship by about 9:00 and grabbed our luggage and headed home. Overall, we love the Disney experience. I’m a hard core nonsmoker and the only time I smelled smoke is when I went up the port stairs in Quiet Cove to get to deck 13. Also, I like the fact there are no casinos. I never felt overwhelmed by kids and I never saw anyone drunk or out of control. However, this was a costly trip that we consider a treat. I booked this trip almost a year in advance and my cost was $6,126.92, which included tips of $336.00 and trip insurance through USAA for $264.00. If you can afford it and love Disney, you will have a wonderful vacation and it’s worth every penny/dollar you spend. I read the Disney Cruise board every day for the past year and I also used the disneycruiselineblog.com for my research. I believe this helped me maximize my whole Disney experience. Special thanks to everyone that answered my questions. My next cruise will most likely be Carnival at almost half the cost. Yes, it will not be as impressive as a Disney Cruise, but my bank account will appreciate the relief! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Every part of this vacation was perfect! The ship is BEAUTIFUL and EXTREMELY well kept. ALL of the cast members are fantastic and work to make your vacation more magical and memorable. There is so much to do on the Disney Fantasy we never ... Read More
Every part of this vacation was perfect! The ship is BEAUTIFUL and EXTREMELY well kept. ALL of the cast members are fantastic and work to make your vacation more magical and memorable. There is so much to do on the Disney Fantasy we never even come close to doing it all! This is the second time we have sailed on the Disney Fantasy and we always have an amazing time. The adult only Quiet Cove pool is pleasingly a deserted paradise on sea days, which is a stark contrast to the family pools (Donald pool, and Mickey pool). The AquaDuck on sea days typically had a posted wait of 45+ minutes, but we never waited more than 20 minutes which was great! On port days we never had to wait more than 5 minutes to ride the AquaDuck! While enjoying all the family pool activities on the Disney Fantasy you can put your mind at ease knowing that lifeguards are staffed at all the family pools (i.e Donald pool, Mickey pool, AquaDuck) and Disney Cruise Line is the only cruise line which has and lifeguards at all. The broadway style productions in the Walt Disney Theatre were truly stunning to say the least, I particularly recommend Aladdin and Believe which just blew us and the rest of the audience away. Although I do recommend skipping the "Welcome Show" because it is nowhere near broadway calibre and is a waste of time. The adult district on the Disney Fantasy "Europa" is beautifully themed, but I cannot speak to the night scene in this area, for I did not experience it myself. The cabins on the Disney Fantasy are beautifully themed and appointed, my only complaint would be that the air conditioning in the ships staterooms never got below 75 degrees even on the highest setting, and while this is just my opinion I did not think it was cool enough to comfortably sleep in with the heavy comforter provided with the main bed. When we took the heavy comforter off, however; it was perfectly comfortable and the beds are AMAZING. The kids clubs on the ship are truly awe inspiring and make adults wish they were kids again, and the kids love them. As I already stated all the staff on the ship are amazing. The three main restaurants (Royal Court, Enchanted Garden, and Animators Palate) are great, I love the theming and the food was great! The quick-service locations aboard the Disney Fantasy are great as well, Flos V8 Cafe was a fun place to grab a bite to eat by the pool, and Cabanas buffet was a great place to have breakfast and lunch, the food at these locations was also very good. Stateroom dining was also a nice option to have, they always delivered the food in half the amount of time it would take, and they stayed true to their promised 24 hour service answering the phone promptly even at 3:00 am. The Disney Fantasy is a wonder of a cruise ship which combines modern conveniences and Disney magic with the elegance and grace of tradition early 1900 ocean liners. The ships motion is also very tightly controlled with the movement of the ship being only slightly noticeable even in very bad weather conditions. I recommend a Disney Cruise Line vacation to anyone and everyone even if you do not have kids. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My family and I just finished our 7 day cruise on the Disney Fantasy. We are in our early 40's with three children (10,7,4) The ship is beautiful and immaculate. The dinners were wonderful and the service was great thanks to ... Read More
My family and I just finished our 7 day cruise on the Disney Fantasy. We are in our early 40's with three children (10,7,4) The ship is beautiful and immaculate. The dinners were wonderful and the service was great thanks to Melvin and ToTo. We enjoyed the theater shows more than I expected. The kids were engaged the entire time. I felt comfortable letting the kids explore on their own. We travel a lot with our three children and this is one of the BEST vacations we have taken. As always Disney does not disappoint. A Disney cruise is more expensive than other cruise lines but you typically get what you pay for. If you have the opportunity to cruise Disney do it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I have heard how Disney Cruises are so worth the extra money, and now I have to admit...I didn't want to get off the ship after 7 nights. The service - impeccable - they are there to please you. The food - incredible. The ... Read More
I have heard how Disney Cruises are so worth the extra money, and now I have to admit...I didn't want to get off the ship after 7 nights. The service - impeccable - they are there to please you. The food - incredible. The cleanliness - immaculate (EVERYWHERE you go they hand out wipes). Stateroom size (we had a verandah) - I was amazed with 4 people that we had plenty of storage (and I even over packed!). It was our first Disney cruise, and we are planning our next one. Entertainment was non-stop...we were so busy we didn't make half of the shows. My 82 year old mom came and didn't want to go at first because of no gambling, but now she says she can't wait for the next Disney Cruise (she just recently did another cruise line and told her friends to save their money and go on a Disney cruise next time - it's worth it). PLENTY TO DO for all ages: WE had one 82 year old Grandma, 3 adults and 4 kids aging from 11-15. Pirate night was so much fun! There is NON-STOP fun- anywhere you go. Disney is so organized and they make your life simple. We cannot wait to go on another Disney cruise. I want to go back to the Fantasy because I think I missed half of the activities. I think the only negative (and not Disney's fault) is don't waste your money on the Bacardi tour in Old San Juan...a waste and even everyone on our tour said it wasn't worth it. Not what you think and very disappointing. You can probably watch something better on you tube. I used the gym and was very happy with all of the equipment. Children's clubs were great, and Disney has their own app to text each without fees - a HUGE plus. We did the Adult dinner one night - so worth the extra $25 per person. We signed up for the dinner on the ship on the first day so we were lucky (even though online it said they were sold out). If you are undecided about the Fantasy, don't be. You will LOVE the Fantasy! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my second time on a cruise, first being with the Royal Caribbean during hurricane Sandy. After such a horrible experience I never thought I could possibly go on a cruise again. However, being such a Disney fan, with hesitation I ... Read More
This was my second time on a cruise, first being with the Royal Caribbean during hurricane Sandy. After such a horrible experience I never thought I could possibly go on a cruise again. However, being such a Disney fan, with hesitation I gave it a second chance. Boy was it the best experience ever! The room was a great size it felt like I was in a hotel room considering you're on a boat. The boat was clean, up kept, and the staff was beyond my expectations. Many of the staff go 6 months or more without seeing or talking to their families, which makes you wonder how they keep that smile going. The shows were phenomenal, make sure you see them at the disney theatre, they are worth your time. Don't forget your pirate outfit for a night of fireworks, dance and food at the cabanas. If you love the mickey ice cream note that you can only get it through room service. If you want to take pictures with the characters also note that you might have to get a ticket through the main lobby which is great bc that eliminates a huge line during your set time. If you are into running, make sure you get your ticket to the Castaway Cay 5k at the main lobby as well. For disembarkation we chose the express luggage check in, we left our luggage out the night before at 9pm, left special tags on them and boy was it a fast check out, note that if you chose this option you have to leave the boat at 7am and will only have a small breakfast if you plan accordingly, you won;t see your luggage till you arrive home but it was totally worth it and well organized. Overall, this was a fantasy come true me and my significant other had the most romantic getaway ever. Thank you Marlon, and Dejan for making us smile during dinner, you guys were phenomenal, and who could forget Anak our stateroom host who not only remembered our names but created the best towel creatures. :) The disney fantasy cruise is a must with or with out kids. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I are in our mid thirties and we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We have sailed NCL, Royal Carribean and Carnival all more than once out of various ports, but we have three little ones now, 6 months, 3 years old and a ... Read More
My husband and I are in our mid thirties and we are somewhat experienced cruisers. We have sailed NCL, Royal Carribean and Carnival all more than once out of various ports, but we have three little ones now, 6 months, 3 years old and a 4.5 year old so we decided to try Disney for Easter. Having cruised before, and the reason I am writing this review, is because everyone says "Disney is awesome" but no one can articulate to me why it's better? Why pay 20-30% more for the same itinary as other cruise lines? I will attempt to answer "but how is Disney better?" from my perspective. Obviously, Disney knows logistics, so they are pretty good at making the miserable parts of crusing tolerable to even pleasant. For example, here's a long story about embarkation, one of my three "cruise low-lights", that Disney made so pleasant. So, you pick an arrival time when you pay in full and at like 60-90 days before sailing. We had 10:30 to 10:45 and we arrived at out port about 10-15 minutes late. We waddled through the line and were served in about two to three minutes - maybe 3-5 families ahead of us. They take a family picture of you for the ID picture they see when they swipe your room key so we didn't have to hold each kid up and they hand you a card, like NCL, telling you what boarding zone you are. We were five and they had called 4 so the cast member checking us in said "just head over, they will call your number soon, and if you have time, please feel free to get your kid's registered for the kids camp". Sure enough when we got to the boat entrance/gangway they called zone 5. Many people stood around waiting and Disney cast members we saying "pleas sit if you are not 5" so I suspect that if you arrive before your time, you will wait. We did what we could to be on time and it was flawless. Again waited for a few minutes to take the "Welcome aboard pic" and off we went onto the ship. The gangway is short and they allow strollers so in about 30 seconds we were boarding. A ship officer says "welcome, your name?" And we said our family name, and in the microphone they say "And we're welocming the family" and about 8 uniformed officers cheer, Mickey is there, it's silly but you feel like you are their guest and you matter. Here's the best part, there are crew members who are waiting, and they are your own personal Sherpa to get you from the ship door to the elevator so you can eat (rooms are not ready till 2). Our cast member let us stop and unload our kids and took our family's picture near a pretty mural with 2 different cameras and she got us to an elevator bank that was near the buffet and there was no wait, she even pushed the button for us and we parted ways. We went to the buffet which was great. Some reviews complain about the lack of variety on the buffets but the reason for that is they can repeat the same 20 - 30 items over and over so you don't feel like "oh! I missed that! I couldn't stand the line!" You can go, get what you need, loads of empty tables, and the food quality is leaps and bounds better than any other cruise line. The buffet featured items like Jumbo peel and eat shrimp, crab legs, sushi, prime rib, and of course burgers, hot dogs pizza, etc. we ate and I took my 4.5 year old on the Aqua Duck water slide. I had forgotten to put our bathing suits in our carry on bags but we had sundresses on that we're dark and thick so we went on in our clothes, we had a blast. We went to the rooms at 1PM and they were spotless. They always were. My second cruise "low light" is buffets on days at sea. It's hot, there's never a table, it's akward, the food runs out, but not at Disney. We ALWAYS found a table. I don't know how Disney does it but it is truly amazing. Get our food, our kids played in the Mickey pool that is only 3 feet deep AND has lifeguards! That's right! No bully 12 year old boys jumping on my little ones. The lifeguards keep peace and provide a level of comfort that we really appreciated! Not that we would leave a 4 year old in the pool alone but with the infant, if I looked away for a second, I knew the pool was calm - no one was acting crazy, it was just lovely and fun play. Bonus - you don't need to sign out towels, there's lockers of them all over, just take what you need, which, when you have an overtired toddler who is wet and cold, is a blessing. Most everything else is what other reviews write, the Disney shows are great, free soda, characters, my kids adored the camps, wonderful waiter service, shows during dinner at the Animators Palate, etc. Disney also takes their chocolate VERY seriously so all the chocolate I had, even the ones on your pillow at turn down, were high quality. For Easter they gave us Ghiadelli chocolates as a turn down treat. The kids meals are fabulous - a trillion times better than NCL. If your kid gets "kids pizza" it comes with a few small slices of pizza, steamed veggies and fruit on a Mickey shaped plate. As the parent you can decide "eat your broccoli" or "bring her more pizza" - the waiters are sweethearts and will do whatever you ask. I'm pretty sure. The waiters even cut up your kid's food for you! And they de-she'll your lobster. It's incredible! My third and final "low-light" is disembarkation. I always feel like one wants you anymore, it's time to hit the road jack, fresh wallets are walkin in! Disney made it the total opposite!!! You are invited to have breakfast according to your dinner seating time. We had late dinner and we had breakfast at 8 am. You are offered a hot breakfast with your waiters who you got to know and love all week! They serve eggs, bacon, cereal, etc. An abbreviated menu but no line, buffet or fight for a seat and your waiters, who are your new buddies, are there to serve you, and send you off. After breakfast, use the restroom and off you go. It's a slow line but constantly waddling. Took about 10 minutes to get from the elevator bay on the 3rd floor to the luggage terminal. Then you can hire a porter if you want. I do recommend it on your first try because Disney organizes your luggage by stateroom and the porters know where your stuff is. We zipped through customs and we were cleared through customs by 10 am. Of the 15 or so cruises I have been on this is honestly the first one where I would have walked right back on the boat. I felt truly relaxed. The food didn't make me feel sick and give me "cruise bloat" for 3 days. I will cruise Disney again and again for as long as I am fortunate enough to be able to. I hope this helps, safe travels! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We arrived in Orlando Friday evening and rented a car to drive to Port Canaveral that night vs. wait until the next morning. It worked really well as we were able to stop at a liquor store to purchase what we wanted to bring on board ... Read More
We arrived in Orlando Friday evening and rented a car to drive to Port Canaveral that night vs. wait until the next morning. It worked really well as we were able to stop at a liquor store to purchase what we wanted to bring on board (remember, you can take liquor on but it has to be in a bag you carry on to the boat and not packed in regular luggage). We stayed at the Country Inn Suites - maybe 5 min. from the port. The Hertz location was right next door so Saturday morning, we zipped over there, dropped off our car and then took the Hertz shuttle to the port. We arrived around 10:15 for a 10:30 port arrival time. A porter took care of our bags, we quickly went through security and were checked in (group #3 boarding) by 10:45. The "kids" (16 year old daughter and 16 year old friend) took pictures with Mickey Mouse and we waited a short time and were on the shop around 11:15 a.m. Rooms: Spacious with ample storage (me, my husband and two 16 year old girls) for four. Stateroom attendant (Enrique) was wonderful and took very good care of us while we were there. Food: Buffets and fast service were OK...not great. We were always able to find something we liked. Evening dinners were good. We didn't do Palo or Remy. Shows: All the shows were wonderful and we really enjoyed them. This was our 3rd Disney Cruise (1 on the Dream and 2nd on the Fantasy) and they did change up the shows enough to keep them fresh. Adults Only: It was nice this trip to have our daughter and her friend. It gave us time to spend away from the craziness of deck 11 and enjoy the adults only decks / pool, etc. Disney does a very good job of kindly asking children to leave the area if any do venture in so it really is adults only. It's much quieter and relaxing and we enjoyed our deck time there. Bars: The bars are very nice. Be sure to check out the bathrooms - the wall mosaics are wonderful. Traveling with Teens: It's a Disney cruise so it's very family oriented. The two girls did go to Vibe several times but didn't love it. They felt the activities were a bit forced and preferred to find their own entertainment...which wasn't hard. They kept busy and had fun outside of the organized Vibe activities. Excursions: On St. Martin we did the downhill rainforest hike. It's not really a rainforest any longer, destroyed by the sugar cane industry but trying to be restored. The trail is very rocky and I would recommend for anyone comfortable with hiking. There was an older couple that after the first short part of the hike opted to be picked up and driven back. Service: Top notch - everyone was friendly and worked extremely hard to make sure guests were well taken care of. Our rotational dining staff (Toto and Nora) were fabulous. Kids: It's a Disney cruise and while there are children of all ages, most are younger. Deck 11 (pools) is crazy and we avoided it at all costs. With older kids, for us there just wasn't a reason to go there often. As with any vacation, there are well-behaved kids and those that ran wild (running up and down the halls, screaming, tantrums, etc.). Some parents did a great job monitoring behavior and others didn't - to our disappointment. Helpful hints: As soon as you board the ship, visit the on-board activities desk for the princess and Anna/Elsa meet and greets. You will need a ticket to attend. If you plan to purchase the pictures taken onboard by Shutters, take as many as you can so you can buy the CD and get everything. It's spendy but we got some great pictures out of it. We bought some tie-die Mickey t-shirts for the girls to board in as well as personalized magnets for the doors on ETSY. Carry on any alcohol you plan to drink - it will save you a ton of money. Book on-shore excursions early - many get sold out quickly. We've done through Disney and independently. You can save money by going direct. We dropped off picture matts on the first day at guest services along with colored markers and had the characters sign them. It's a nice, cheap souvenir. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Our Disney Fantasy cruise included us and our two daughters with their families, for a total of nine in three separate staterooms. We are late 60's, our daughters and sons-in-laws are mid to late 30's and the three children were ... Read More
Our Disney Fantasy cruise included us and our two daughters with their families, for a total of nine in three separate staterooms. We are late 60's, our daughters and sons-in-laws are mid to late 30's and the three children were a 10 year old boy and two girls, ages 3 and 4. Despite the diversity of ages and differences of family dynamics, there was plenty to do for the family who enjoyed the pool, shows and movies; the athletic family, and us older folks. The children loved the Oceaneers Club and Lab - the boy loved the energy in the Lab and both girls enjoyed the Club. The ship itself is magnificent, staterooms large, and immaculately clean. The food at the main dining venues was very good and provided a variety of choices. We also thoroughly enjoyed an outstanding brunch and dinner at Palo. Staff was outstanding, friendly and very efficient. This was our first cruise, but our daughters and sons-in-laws had been on cruises with other cruise lines and they agreed that the Disney cruise was far superior in quality, stateroom size and what you get for your money. While the cost initially is more, you literally do not have to spend one penny more once on board unless you want alcohol, go on planned excursions, or eat at Palo or Remy. Embarkation was quick, buffet lunch was fantastic and our room was ready at 1:30 as promised. Based on previous reviews we had read, we were dreading debarkation. The organzation of our luggage in the terminal was amazing and within 30 minutes of stepping off the ship, we had collected our luggage, had gone through Customs and were on our way home. We look forward to cruising with Disney Cruise Lines again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was not only our first Disney cruise, but also our first EVER cruise for everyone in the family. I must admit, we had concerns about sailing going into it, but it didn't take long for us to realize that we were going to have a ... Read More
This was not only our first Disney cruise, but also our first EVER cruise for everyone in the family. I must admit, we had concerns about sailing going into it, but it didn't take long for us to realize that we were going to have a wonderful time. Overall, our experience on the Fantasy was excellent. It started with an easy transfer from our hotel (Radisson Resort at the Port, which was a great stopping point with fun pool for the kids and nice accommodations) and a short trip through check-in to get onto the ship. I don't the kids will forget walking aboard and seeing that grand, two story foyer. It really sets you up with the feeling that this is going to be a great trip. We found our stateroom fairly easily. We were surprised how much space we actually had as a family of five in a Family Oceanview with a Verandah. The murphy bed, transforming couch, dropped bunk from the ceiling, and the curtain separator were perfect touches to make the room transform from a place to relax to a comfortable place to sleep. Being in an outside cabin and having a Verandah is a must, in our opinion. I spent many hours out there reading my book while we were at sea. The service we had was amazing across the board. First, our host did an incredible job cleaning and transforming the cabin each day. He was friendly, accessible, and he left nice treats and fun towel configurations for the kids. On Disney, your dining times for dinner are predefined and your restaurants change daily. You don't share a table with strangers, which is nice (we were nervous about this going in), but your servers are the same. Ours were excellent. They had our favorite drinks waiting for us, treated us like gold, and referred to each of us by name. We couldn't have been more happy. The food was very good as well. Was it like your local, favorite restaurant and custom made? No, but it was very good and they accommodated our gluten allergies nicely. We were told going into the cruise that the Kid's Club would monopolize our kids. Surprisingly, they didn't spend any real time there, opting to hang with us so I can't speak much about the club except that the staff seemed friendly and fun (luckily we had grandparents with us to give us time on our own). The kids stayed busy nonetheless. There are Disney movies on the main deck by the pool, scavenger hunt games throughout the ship, and plenty of other entertainment options. We let our kids rome about, using the free messenger functionality in the Disney app to stay connected. Our shore excursions were great. We went Snorkeling with Captain Allan in St. Maarten and highly recommend it. You have to organize outside of Disney, but the crew was great and we swam with the turtles, which was quite an experience, as well as saw iguanas on a special island. But our best memory was diving in to swim briefly with dolphins! In Puerto Rico we stayed on the ship (kids were exhausted) and it was fun to have the ship to ourselves. We were able to ride the AquaDuck without a line as well as enjoy our seats by the pool. Castaway Cay was the final day and it was excellent. We feared a crowded space, but it was actually quite spacious and gave us time to relax. The snorkeling gear was expensive, but the dedicated area very fun for the kids with sunken treasures, including Mini Mouse! Overall, we were very happy first-time sailers. Disney is the way to go with kids. My only fear is that no other line will compare. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My family and I went on our first cruise on Disney Fantasy. We loved the boat, the experience, the shows on the boat, the cabin, the dining experience, the water slides, etc. We loved it so much that we are now planning to do another ... Read More
My family and I went on our first cruise on Disney Fantasy. We loved the boat, the experience, the shows on the boat, the cabin, the dining experience, the water slides, etc. We loved it so much that we are now planning to do another Disney cruise this year. The one thing that was a disappointment was Port Adventures. We are thinking that on our next strip that we will stay in the boat staying the 5-star things that you can do on a Disney boat and only disembark in Castway Cay rather than take our chances with Disney Port Adventures, We did two Port Adventures in two ports, i.e. Puerto Rico and St. Maatern. The one in Puerto Rico was called "Paella - A Flair of Spain". It advertised by Disney as a port adventure where participants would get to make their own paella and eat over lunch while watching a flamenco show. First, we did not get to make our own paella. Second, we did not get to see a flamenco show, but rather a "flair of Latin America" with two dancers accompanied by a guitarist performing Cuban, Puero Rican, Paraguyan indian dances/songs, etc. The big disappoinntment is that we paid $109 per person and $79 per kid, so total of about $300 for this. We are asking Disney to refund our money. The other Port Adventure that we did was in St. Maatern, where we did the "Afternoon Beach Bash Tour". We took a bus to go a beach that was 20 minutes away from the boat and only had about two hours on the beach. It was the Orient beach on the French side of St. Maatern. However, the beach was nothing remarkable. Even though it was a private beach, it was overcrowded. We were constantly bombarded by local ,merchants walking by our cabana to sell us over-priced stuff. We bought two hats at $15 per hat and then saw the same hats in Puerto Rico for $5/hat. We have two kids who are four years old and my ideal beach is "Castaway Cay". This was not. Lots of waves in this beach. Undertow. It was a good beach to learn how to boogie board. Another thing to watch out about this beach is that it's close to a nudist beach. Also, on the bus trip to the beach, the bus drives by a large building with a a big sign called "El Capitan" with pictures of two Latin ladies showcasing their over-sized bottom and wearing thongs. It would have been better if tour operator takes a different route to the beach. In summary, we loved our Disney cruise. We highly recommend ALL everything on the Disney Fantasy and Castaway Cay. We were disappointed by the Port Adventures. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our fourth Disney cruise. We have now sailed on all four Disney ships. The Fantasy is a beautiful ship, extremely clean. We found the staff went the extra mile to make the cruise enjoyable. We are both in our 70's, traveling ... Read More
This was our fourth Disney cruise. We have now sailed on all four Disney ships. The Fantasy is a beautiful ship, extremely clean. We found the staff went the extra mile to make the cruise enjoyable. We are both in our 70's, traveling without children or grandchildren, so we spent a lot of our time in the adult only areas. Others have complained about children in the cove area but we saw none of that. While the evening shows in the theater were a joy to behold , we were disappointed in the adult only shows. The adult game shows were fun, however. Two things not to be missed. The Brunch at Palo's. While it is an extra cost it is well worth it...go hungry! Also don't miss the Art of The Theme Show Tour. It is a walking tour of the ship that gives you information on the little things that make a Disney ship special. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
First a little background on myself I started cruising when I was 8 and in the past 10 years (all of my cruising so far was done under the age of 18) I have been on various cruise lines but mostly Disney and I am now a gold member with ... Read More
First a little background on myself I started cruising when I was 8 and in the past 10 years (all of my cruising so far was done under the age of 18) I have been on various cruise lines but mostly Disney and I am now a gold member with them. This review will mostly be for the Fantasy (which I have sailed on twice both Eastern and Western Caribbean) but will include elements from all four ships which I have sailed on. Starting with my time in Cocoa Beach I would say that it is tradition for my family to arrive the night before (we drive) and to stay the night. Our hotel of choice is the Holiday Inn Express because it is extremely clean, offers a free breakfast (which comes in handy before embarkation) and that it is situated so close to the ocean where we spend some time the day before or of the cruise just relaxing and starting our deep relaxation. It is also a nice hotel because it is within walking distance of numerous restaurants as well as Ron Jon surf shop which is a must do if you have some time in Cocoa Beach (personally as a teenager it houses many of my favorite brands Billabong, Hurley etc...) Embarkation: For us because we drive embarkation is extremely easy as all we have to do is drive the 3-4 miles from our hotel to the port. The second nice thing for us is that we are gold members and did the online check in so we were given the boarding number of 2. My family is always early everywhere we go so we were one of the first 200 or so people there and yet we might have waited 30-45 minutes to board. This was by far the easiest embarkation I have ever had. In the case that you are a new cruiser with children I hope that you come at your designated boarding time because waiting a very long time can be hard on exciting children. My recommendation for the waiting (because I was once an impatient child... I probably still am) is to take part in the festivities do the character photo ops watch the old cartoons they play look at the Disney Magic model they have set up and most importantly take the children to the viewing deck. The viewing deck probably situates you even with the cruises 3rd deck. And even for an experienced cruiser like me I can take 15 minutes and just stare in awe at the beauty and sheer size of the ship. Children's facilities: I remember the Disney Magic of old and I used to spend a good amount of time in the children's clubs starting with the lab. I have very fond memories of the lab and pretty much all of the younger clubs. I was also one of the first sets of cruisers to visit the "edge." Yes I have to put that in quotations because I started so long ago that edge did not exist but instead was a little club only on the Magic called Ocean Quest. I remember Ocean Quest very fondly and that was the first time I experienced the social aspect of cruising. Okay jump forward to the Dream Class of ships and the new Vibe. The old vibe was pretty cool a little small but still awesome... until you step aboard the Dream or Fantasy. There truly are no other teen clubs like the new Vibe. The private sun deck the crazy lights the 110 inch TV's it really has it all for whatever type of cruiser you are. I personally am very social and love the sun deck (remember sun screen) as well as the ice breakers and the fun comedy skits that you do throughout the week. Even though my friends at home would never see it I was always one for the karaoke nights and pretty much whatever happened. The next best part of the teen clubs are the counselors. They truly are great and love to have a great time. As long as you are staying within the rules. Truly the rules are not strict they are just meant to keep us safe and as long as you are a reasonable person you will have no problems. The best examples is the number one rule is no PDA. Activities: There is always something to do. And some times the best something to do is nothing. Reading a book poolside, relaxing in the pools with your friends its just kind of amazing. But seriously non-cruisers always ask me what you do while at sea and I don't really understand what they're asking me because sea days are as fun as port days. Port and Shore Excursions: They're pretty much the same as any other cruise line and are extremely well organized. The only difference is the "Mickey Excursions" which are designed for little kids, I have never been on one so I give no judgement. However, the best port adventure I ever took was in Alaska and it was a helicopter tour of the Mendenhall Glacier and a landing and walk around on the glacier. It's a once in a life time opportunity (literally the glacier is receding) and is worth every penny. I cannot recommend it enough. Dining/Service: I bring these two together because the servers are the best service at sea. Our servers in 2014 Dennis and Dipak were the best servers we have ever had and changed the whole cruise for us. It was an amazing cruise aside from the for many reasons but they made it truly special and something I will never forget for the rest of my life. To be honest half the time I meet barely meet the person who cleans our state room but the times I have gotten to know them they are always jolly and willing to meet any needs you ask of them. They do great work. I spoke earlier of the children's clubs counselors and just to repeat they are awesome. One in particular is Edson from Brazil, best counselor I have ever had. In regards to the food it is amazing. For someone so young I have a rather advanced pallet and I tend to spend more of my own money on fine dining than I should every year. I really do not understand that some people consider the food on Disney cruises mediocre. Always Always Always trust your server and their recommendations. My father has actually let the server surprise him on numerous occasions. I highly recommends the deep fried Brie the Lamb Chops the French Onion Soup and the Crème Brulee. Disembarkation: My family passes through customs in minutes. The people who you can have move your bags for you are always extremely nice and careful with your luggage. It's easy, enough said. My Guide to Being a Teen Cruiser: A lot of people come into their first cruise not knowing what to expect and that make a lot of people nervous, even with how many cruises I take I get nervous because I never know who I am going to meet. So this is my guide to especially those first cruisers. Before cruising set up a curfew system with your parents, my curfew at home is midnight while my curfew on the ship is a "reasonable hour" don't go asking your parents for that but talk about it remember the club closes at 2 am and people like to hang out after that. First things first the day you board you should go to vibe, take the jogging track on the port side to forward where you will find stairs leading up to vibe (some concerned parents, in my opinion overprotective, find these to be sketchy and not well lit for at night, I completely disagree it is well lit and there are no places to hide no matter what time of the day) when there you must register for vibe and you will receive your vibe card, which lets you into the club as the doors are locked to outsiders. STEP #2 is to attend the festivities of the first night, this typically includes ice breakers and gender wars. STEP #3 form a friend group. This is typically a rather natural step in the process people exchange wave phone numbers hang out it will kind of just happen. Trying to include absolutely everyone does not work I have tried it, there are too many problems with it. STEP #4 have lots of fun stay out late if that is what you're into, ride the aquaduck, get lunch with all of your friends, from there it was what you make of it and I can help you no longer. Have Fun. Summary: As a teen cruiser your cruise is what you make it. End of sentence. For some people it is relaxing by the pool 24/7, for some people it is video games, for some people it is family time, and for some people it is enjoying the lack of ship-wide curfew and taking advantage of a ship where most people are asleep by midnight. I recommend Disney Cruise to all people under the age of 18. I cannot recommend it to 20 somethings because I have never cruised as one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was our 2nd Disney cruise. Our first cruise in 2007 on the Magic was spectacular and blew us away on quality of service and entertainment having many past cruises under our belts from other companies. We called Disney our 6 star ... Read More
This was our 2nd Disney cruise. Our first cruise in 2007 on the Magic was spectacular and blew us away on quality of service and entertainment having many past cruises under our belts from other companies. We called Disney our 6 star cruise experience. We thought we'd try it once again now that our daughter was a little older (13 instead of 5 yrs old on the last Disney cruise). We had a blast but it was a little less magical. Disney really nail it when it comes to the shows. The rotational dining is a lot of fun but, different from last cruise, our wait staff were far from the 6 star experience that we had previously. Besides that, our category 4 balcony room was ample, the bed very comfortable and all was impeccably clean. Food quality was amazing. I definitely recommend a Disney cruise, it is expensive but worth every penny. A tip if you want great lounge chairs around the pool (especially on sea days), get up before 8 am, claim your chairs but stick around or they will remove your towels. If you like nice wine at fantastic prices, ask for the wine lists from Palo & Remy's, many very prestige wines. If you don't like the Frozen franchise DON'T go to Karaoke because every second song is either 'do you want to build a snowman' or 'let it go"! lol Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I went solo on the Disney Fantasy for my Presidents' Week vacation and had a wonderful time! This was my third Disney cruise - the other two have been on the Dream - and 5th cruise overall. I have always been a Disney girl and part of ... Read More
I went solo on the Disney Fantasy for my Presidents' Week vacation and had a wonderful time! This was my third Disney cruise - the other two have been on the Dream - and 5th cruise overall. I have always been a Disney girl and part of a Disney family, so for me, the extra money is worth it for the Disney difference! I had booked an 8B GTY and was ultimately assigned a 4E - Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (technically it's classified as a Deluxe Family Stateroom with Verandah, but interior size-wise it is the same as a 5, 6, or 7. The bump-up to a category 4 is the extended verandah. I love Disney's rotational dining and had requested the rotation that would put me in Animator's Palate on Pirate Night. I'd also requested a solo table. I was granted the first request, but not the second. While Disney generally does a good job matching families (of all types), it does feel like they just lump the solo cruisers together. The guys I was assigned to dine with are perfectly nice people, but they both are just way more conservative than I was comfortable with for the length of the cruise. I had dinner at Palo - the $25 up charge Italian dining room - on Tuesday, but on Wednesday I spoke with the dining room manager and was able to get changed to a solo table, which made things much more comfortable for me at the remaining dinners. We started with 2 sea days where I participated in an animation class, a tile coaster class, watched a couple of movies, did the Midship Detective Agency multiple times, and just relaxed on adult-only Deck 13 and/or my verandah while reading. First port was St. Maarten, and I'd booked with Captain Bob Cass. Fantastic day spent on the water, even if extreme surges prevented us from doing all the swimming and snorkeling stops. I had an amazing time, and would do it again in a heartbeat! The next day was San Juan where I participated in a ship-based Rainforest Walk and Waterfall Adventure excursion. The scenery was beautiful, but the guide I was stuck with left a lot to be desired - stopping and peering at seemingly every leaf or hollow bark, even after we'd seen a walking stick and a coqui. The walk seemed ridiculously longer because of all the stopping and starting. But with the right guide this would be an AMAZING excursion. Another sea day was more reading and mostly indoor activities as the weather wasn't the best since we were passing through a cold front. Disney's Castaway Cay followed on Friday and it's always a great time, even in chillier and windier weather. We did make it to the island, though a ship earlier in the week was unable to - the captains have to thread a narrow channel to be able to dock, and strong currents and winds can make it difficult. They do everything in their power to make it work though. I am generally a big fan of Disney entertainment. The first show was a nice introduction to the cruise and what to expect. I opted to skip the variety acts as I'm not into cruise ship magic or comedy or ventriloquism. I wanted to see Wishes, but unfortunately the people who chose to sit around me didn't know how to be quiet during a show, and no crew members asked them to be quiet, so I left. I did see Believe on one of the other nights, and that one is just as good as it is on the Dream. Definitely a favorite for me. I was able to participate in the Onboard Airline Check-In program, so my luggage was tagged for my flight, and I didn't see it until I landed after the flight home. That made clearing customs quicker and easier, and I was on a bus to MCO by 9:30. Overall it was a wonderful cruise! I cannot wait to explore the Wonder next year. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This is my second Disney Cruise ship review. My first Cruise was on the Disney Dream in September 2013. Now about a year and a half later we have sailed on the second of the Big Ships , The Disney Fantasy. We arrived at the port from WDW ... Read More
This is my second Disney Cruise ship review. My first Cruise was on the Disney Dream in September 2013. Now about a year and a half later we have sailed on the second of the Big Ships , The Disney Fantasy. We arrived at the port from WDW Caribbean Beach resort via Disney Transportation. This I would not do again. The bus was fine it was clean and the service was excellent. However when you travel on Disney Buses you are on Disney itinerary. We could have gotten on the ship at 10:30 if we had made our own travel arrangements, but because we took the bus we arrived at about 2 pm. It was nice to have our room ready when we arrived. It was just more expensive and really the only advantage getting our big suit cases picked up the night before. Next time we will just book a van and save a few dollars and get to the ship earlier. It took very little time to get through processing at the terminal and get onto the ship. Perhaps 35 or 40 minutes . That includes security, Check in and getting the security (Magic Band) for our daughter to go to the Oceaneers labs. After the Welcome announcement in the main lobby we went directly to our stateroom 5536 Category 4A with over sized Veranda. The room was spotlessly clean and the veranda was very big with 4 chairs and a table. 2 of the chairs were loungers. It was very windy and raining when we left the port so the sail away party took place in the main lobby deck 3 mid-ship. with 50 mph winds the sea was quite rough the first night and everyone looked drunk when walking down the hallways. This did not bother us but I am sure some people may have had some sea sickness. On our second day at sea we had brunch at Palo. This was so good. A sea food lovers paradise with Crab legs, shrimp, lobster salad and Caviar. Do not worry if your not into seafood there is plenty of other great food as well. This is one of the best brunches we have ever had. After the first night the winds calmed down and the trip to St.Maartin was great. After 2.5 days at sea we arrived at St.Maartin. There were 4 ships at the port that day in Phillipsberg adding at least 12000 to 15000 more people to this small island. We booked our own port adventure by renting a convertible Mustang from Coastal Car rental at the port. We did a bit of shopping in Margot , then made our way to Orient Bay to relax on the beach and swim in the beautiful Caribbean ocean after a few hrs we started heading back to the ship but stopped for about an hour and a half at Maho Beach. This is a place that should not be missed. Located at the end of the islands international airport. Jet liners fly in extremely close to the beach. Just do a youtube search for Maho beach landing and you will see what I am talking about. St.Maartin was our favorite port. The next day we arrived in San Juan. We slept in and rode the Aquaduck a number of times while most people were off the ship. Around 11am we left the ship to shop and explore and had a wonderful time. We had one more day at sea before we arrived at Castaway Cay. We had Brunch at Remy with a Champagne paring and it was amazing. We also had dinner at Palo the same day. This was a bit too much of a good thing. Service and food was absolutely incredible but it was too much. Take my advice and don't try and eat at both places on the same day. Make sure you take in at least one of the Musicals our favorite was Aladdin. We enjoyed spending time at Meridian , this is the bar that sites at the aft of the ship between Remy and Palo. It provides beautiful views of the wake of the ship as it sails. We were very fortunate to have an amazing service team at our rotational dining. We loved both of the shows at Animators Palate. The Royal Palace was my favorite of the rotational dining and Cabanas for breakfast. We also took FULL advantage of room service for coffee every morning and lunches and snacks through the whole trip. I tipped $5 every time and that seemed to make the people delivering our food happy.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Feb 21-28 2015 Stateroom 12510 Last week, I and my two sons ages 6 and 8 years embarked on our fourth Disney cruise. Despite fantastic previous experiences, this last cruise was truly our best. This review is meant to share my thoughts ... Read More
Feb 21-28 2015 Stateroom 12510 Last week, I and my two sons ages 6 and 8 years embarked on our fourth Disney cruise. Despite fantastic previous experiences, this last cruise was truly our best. This review is meant to share my thoughts and experiences on Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and the Fantasy, with a focus at the end of my review on the concierge service. This Disney Fantasy is a magnificent luxury vessel built in Germany and launched in 2012. We sailed on the Fantasy during her inaugural year and two years later the ship still appears to be brand new. Many of the 1500+ crew members spend the day (and nights) maintaining the interior and exterior of the ship. The décor is a mix of intricate art deco and Disney motifs. The ship itself would take a full day or two to explore if one were to discover all of the abundant artwork pervasive on the ship. I suspect that the Disney Fantasy is one of the most beautifully arranged and decorated moving structures in the world. The Fantasy staterooms include inside rooms with ‘virtual windows’ (a camera view of the outside view of the ship), staterooms with actual windows, and staterooms with verandahs. The concierge area also has suites with a separate bedroom, two bathrooms (one massive), living room and dining room. The two largest suites (the Royal Suites) in the forward area of the ship also boast a kitchen, several bathrooms, and a hot tub on the verandah. All Fantasy staterooms are spacious with plenty of storage space and partitioned bathrooms with the toilet separate to the shower/bath. Even the ‘cheaper’ inside staterooms are comfortable and beautifully designed. The choice of a verandah is personal as some guests prefer an outside walkout, and others do not. If you prefer fresh sea air in the morning, the one drawback of choosing a verandah room (smoking neighbors) has now been eliminated as DCL has banned smoking on the stateroom verandahs (Yay DCL!). The public spaces are sparkling clean (again, the work of industrious crew members) and generally do not feel crowded. The exceptions are the main swimming deck on sea days and popular evening shows. However, there are many spaces to escape to for more quiet time. The adult-only areas are relatively unobtrusive and tend not to be overcrowded. The activities on the ship are seemingly endless and vary from family dance parties, to animation instruction sessions, to cooking lessons, to character events, to game shows, to baby crawling races, to bingo games and to wine and spirit tasting sessions. At any given time, there are probably 3-5 scheduled activities to choose from on the ship (apart from just hanging out and relaxing on deck). Professional well-trained staff members who truly appear to enjoy their work run the various activities on the ship. Many other reviews have described the rotational dining schedule. There are three unique restaurants on the ship and families rotate to a new restaurant each evening, with the same serving team each night. This allows for familiarity with the staff and a higher level of service than would be possible if the serving team changed on a daily basis. The food is very good given the fact that 8000 meals are served a day on the ship. There are many healthy options, if that if of interest to you. The available wine choices are excellent and passengers can bring their own bottles with a corkage fee. Overall, the dining experience, particularly at Animator’s Palate, is an enjoyable time for families to experience top-notch service and delicious food in a child friendly environment. Food options around the ship during lunch and breakfast focus on Deck 11 locations with the varied food stations at Cabana and Flo’s V8 Café fast food burgers and fries. The breakfast and lunch service again provide healthy options such as fresh fruit, salads and sushi. Even the soft-serve ice cream is ‘reduced fat’ and is available all day until late evening. One cannot go hungry at any time of day on the Disney Fantasy and healthy eating options are ubiquitous. The workout facilities include a well-equipped gym with plenty of cardio equipment (with the most awesome view of the sea during your workout), free weights and weight machines. The boat deck (Deck 4) is a running deck; however, a faster runner would have a difficult time navigating the traffic. The Senses Spa offers many luxurious services. Although the spa staff are likely required to do so, the staff tend to ‘push’ the purchase of take home products that one probably doesn’t need (or even want). The childcare services include a nursery for children under 3 (not included in the cost of the cruise) and the Oceaneer’s Lab and Oceaneer’s Club for school-age children. The childcare staff is well trained and extremely friendly. Organized activities abound, among many digital play options and relaxing movie-watching coves. Often children enjoy the ‘camps’ so much that they regret leaving with their parents! Given the age of my children, I have not had first-hand experience with the special areas for ‘tweens’ and teenagers, but these spaces appear to be quite popular. The entertainment on board is another major highlight of the cruise. There are Broadway-type musicals, juggling acts, magic shows and first-run movies, some in 3D. My sons and I have thoroughly enjoyed the shows on the ship and have left the theatre with smiles on our faces and plenty of regaling of the most entertaining parts of the show. My sons and I prefer to stay on the Fantasy when the ship is docked at ports of call (with the exception of course of Castaway Cay), therefore I cannot comment on the excursions, except to say that the dolphin experience on Cozumel is a child-friendly enjoyable interactive experience with sea life. Before I indulge in a discussion of the concierge service on the ship, I would like to mention that the DCL staff is universally friendly, helpful and genuinely kind and courteous to all of their guests. This includes those in customer service and those that spend the day maintaining the ship. All guests on the ship are treated like they are uniquely special. The crew of the DCL is first rate in the industry and DCL should be commended for maintaining such a consistently high standard in customer service. Finally, I would like to outline the advantages of the concierge service, an upscale more expensive option for guests. The concierge area is located on Decks 11 and 12 in the forward area of the ship. The cornerstone of the concierge service is the Concierge Lounge in which the concierge staff members (PJ, Julia and Kemisha) ensure that every need and whim of the concierge guests is fulfilled immediately. The lounge is essentially a ‘home base’ to relax, grab some small artisan snacks, a glass of wine or a cappuccino, before your next activity on the boat…or first thing in the morning…or just before retiring to bed. We chose concierge service this cruise, which took the Disney Fantasy experience to a whole new level. We were able to get to know the staff (who are paid 100% through tips) and to spend time with other concierge guests in a more intimate environment. The décor of the rooms and hallways is a notch above in luxury, as are the linens and bathroom toiletries in the staterooms. The bar service is personal and always at-hand (two happy hours per evening, one before each dinner service). The private concierge sun deck is an absolute oasis of peace and tranquility. Concierge guests have 24 hours head start on booking a cabana for Castaway Cay. This is the first time we were successful in booking a cabana, which probably sell out in those first 24 hours. The privacy and serenity of a quiet space on the beach, along with full drink, towel, beach toy, biking and snorkeling service, raises the spectacular experience of Castaway Cay to an even higher level. Of all of the advantages of concierge service, I would vote the option of securing a cabana on Castaway Cay very much near the top. I would like to thank and acknowledge the outstanding service of PJ, Julia and Kemisha (concierge staff), Christopher (concierge bar), Vincent (concierge stateroom host), and our serving staff Ali (head server), Stefan (server) and Messeil (assistant server). The ONLY downside of taking a cruise on the DCL Fantasy is that debarkation is inevitable! Miscellaneous tips and tricks: 1. Concierge service also includes pre-cruise service (to book excursions, dinner time preferences, seating preference, etc.). More importantly, concierge service provides priority boarding. We walked past a massive crowd of people to register and obtain our children’s wrist bands, and then walked onto the ship within 5 minutes of reaching the terminal: priceless! 2. The Navigator app is fun way to plan your day, change your plans at the last minute, or plan ahead for your dinner selections. The app also counts down the days until your cruise, which is a fun visual to have on your iphone/smartphone. 3. Remy is an upscale French restaurant that is for adults only. Since I travelled without my husband, I did not dine at Remy. However, several concierge guests reported that the food and wine pairings are ‘world class’. 4. Sit at the front of the theater for shows if your children would like to collect the various decorations that are thrown into the air at the end of the shows. 5. The Pirate Night fireworks can be seen from the verandahs on the port side of the ship. 6. On the formal night, a great photograph option is with the Captain of the ship with a ‘sunset on the boat deck' backdrop. This option will be found on Deck 3 mid-ship. Enjoy the vacation of your dreams!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was my family's first Disney cruise and my husband and I's 5th cruise overall. I have to say I now see what all the fuss is about. Everything just seems to be a little bit better as far as service, amenities, and overall ... Read More
This was my family's first Disney cruise and my husband and I's 5th cruise overall. I have to say I now see what all the fuss is about. Everything just seems to be a little bit better as far as service, amenities, and overall quality. That isn't saying that we liked everything. It is just easier to list the things that we felt could be better. For example, we enjoyed dining in the dining rooms but with a temperamental 5 year old we wanted to just be able to hit Cabanas ( the buffet) and be in and out. This was no problem for breakfast and lunch but for dinner Cabanas has only sit down service. This takes away from the grab and go that we have been accustomed to on other cruise lines. I do not understand why there is a sit down service in the buffet in the evenings. If we want a waiter, then I will go to my assigned dining room. So there was no in between between fast food and main dining. The dining room food was good but the food on other cruise lines was just as good. The pools and the common areas are very nice and well maintained. There is just not enough. We traveled during the off season and there were still 800 kids on board. The pools and hot tubs during sea days were standing room only. There was just not enough space for the amount of people. I can't imagine how crowded it would be during a Peak cruise. Funnel vision was really nice at the pool. I didn't understand the movie selection. It seemed that they played the lesser liked Disney movies. ie. Robin Hood, Oliver, Muppet treasure island, and Tarzan. I am sure some people liked these movies but with the huge library of Disney movies some more popular ones could have been shown. The live acts that were brought on board was average at best. Character appearances were at odd times and too short in duration. I know some of these things could be considered nit picky. With that being said there are things that can only be experienced on a Disney cruise. ie. First run Disney movies, first run Disney 3D movies, the entire Disney catalog On Demand in your room, and excellent Disney live shows. We had a wonderful time, but with the price difference, I am not sure whether it is worth it.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
As parents of four kids living in Southern California, we have made many trips to Disneyland and have come to know the Disney brand well. We had high expectations for Disney Cruise Line, but our first couple of tries left is wanting more. ... Read More
As parents of four kids living in Southern California, we have made many trips to Disneyland and have come to know the Disney brand well. We had high expectations for Disney Cruise Line, but our first couple of tries left is wanting more. We had sailed the Disney Wonder and while we were impressed with the classic elegance of the ship and the attention to detail that only Disney seems to reach, there just wasn't much to keep us engaged after 10pm. Our kids are now grown and we wanted to experience the Disney difference at sea, but we were not interested in calling it a night so early. We really enjoy other cruise lines and thought we were done with Disney until the Grandkids came along. Then we decided to give it one more try, aboard the Disney Fantasy. We are sure glad we did. The Fantasy is a truely amazing ship that offers an excellent experience in a way that only Disney seems to offer. The ship itself is the centerpiece of the vacation experience, but Disney does not stop there. We booked a Deluxe Inside cabin which includes the famous split bath, but no special packages or notations. We were just ordinary passengers. We booked the Disney Magical Express to pick us up from Disney's Coronado Springs resort. We also used them from the airport to the Hotel. We put our bag tags on our luggage before we left home and Disney took care of the rest, delivering our bags to our Hotel from the airport. The Hotel bell hop picked up the bags the morning of the cruise and they were promptly delivered to our stateroom upon embarkation. Smooth. The "motor coach" was also very comfortable and they played Disney cartoons as well as cruise information on the way to the port. Upon arrival at about 1:30 pm we entered the cruise terminal after going through a very short security check. There were virtually no lines inside. Our boarding checkin was processed immediately and we were allowed to board right away. Entering the ship on a Disney Cruise is extra special. Unlike most lines where you are dumped into something resembling a lobby and left to wander about, Disney provides you with a grand entrance. There are plenty of crew to assist you and answer any questions you have. There are no tables selling things, just the elegance of the ship. We proceeded immediately to Guest Services where they helped us make reservations to Palo (One of the two premium dining options). We wanted to wait until we were on board so we could avoid booking dinner on Pirate night or on one of our dinners in Animator's Palate. There was no line at Guest Services and they were very helpful. Our next stop was lunch. We chose to eat in the Enchanted Garden instead of the buffet. It was not crowded but offered the same lunch which was a buffet that included crab legs, prime rib, jumbo shrimp and a variety of other foods. After lunch, we proceeded to our cabin to drop our things and go about the ship. I'll stop there with the minute by minute account. What you may notice is that though that whole experience we felt like we were special guests aboard a private party cruise. We have never had that experience before. It continued for the entire cruise, with few exceptions. The Disney Fantasy is a truely remarkable ship. Elegant but not pretentious. Definately Disney, but not in a cartoonish way. Quite the contrary. From the peacock themed chandalier in the main lobby to the amazing tile in the Europa bathrooms, there were only subtle reminders you were sailing with Mickey. The music piped through the ship was appropriate for the area, with Disney classic music reserved for kid and family areas. Restaurants played orechestral renditions from classic Disney movies that set a very apporpirate mood, serving as excellent light background music that allowed for normal conversations without the awkward silence. Adult pool areas featured live guitar music at times and offered very appropriate background music at other times. We never felt like we were bombarded by all things Disney all the time. The Adult only areas were kept adult only by an attentive but polite Disney crew. On the occasion where kids showed up, they were asked to leave. In the pool area, we were always able to find a place to hang out. It may not have been a prime spot chaise lounge, but there were plenty of other types of seating around the pool and spa. The area was far enough away from the family pool that you could really relax. The Satellite pool area on the deck above (also adult only) was even more secluded. Despite the fact that Disney catered to kids, we never felt relegated to a corner of the ship (unlike on the Wonder). The night club area was over 18 only after 9pm. We had late seating dinner and were able to catch a number of shows in the night club after hours. They also had a small finger-food buffet (in case you needed MORE to eat) in that area. We were very impressed with the Tube (night club area with stage and bar) but the other areas were outstanding as well. Whatever your idea of a good night club, there was one available. Champagne bar, piano bar, Irish pub ... they had it covered. The bartenders were attentive and knowledable, catering to any drink need, although the cocktail servers were sometimes lacking that same knowledge, having difficulty at times understanding drink orders, even those that were not very confusing. With a little discussion, we were always able to get our favorite cocktails. If bars and nightclubs are not your thing, you could choose to catch a movie in the on-board theater. Of course, these are Disney property movies. But wait! Don't forget that Disney owns a large cadre of motion pictures, including Marvel. While you won't find R rated movies on the ship, we did see Guardians of the Galaxy on board, in 3D, and loved it. The experience was as good as any theater on land (maybe better). They even have a small snack stand outside with fresh popcorn, sodas and candy available for a nominal fee (much lower than typical movie theater). We are Disney fans so we had no doubt that we would enjoy the live theater productions. We didn't realize how MUCH we would enjoy them. Aladdin was classic Disney musical with amazingly talented performers, a Genie that stole the show and special effects that rival those on any broadway stage. We had seen Aladdin at California Adventure park several times and the show on the Fantasy was similar (of course ... it was Aladdin) but was also very neat to see what they did with the show on the ship where they run a different show every night and have limited area to store props and such. What surprised us more was how much we loved the other two main shows. One was set at Disneyland with the theme of teens growing up and going onto college and the other was about a young girl and her father reconnecting by learning the magic of believing in your dreams. Exceptional stories done exceptionally well by an outstanding group of talented perfomers. We also enjoyed the spa some, with my wife taking in a hot rock massage. The spa staff was incredible as well and what was more amazing was how little the spa services were pushed. Yes, we heard about them a few times a day, but we never had to endure the in-your-face push of spa services at every turn. There were no spa-only annoucements that we noticed and aside from a brochure in our room and space in the Navigator (Disney's daily schedule), there was no push for spa services. We loved that. I chatted with someone from the spa that had worked on other lines and their income was better on Disney. They surmized that people were just happier on the Disney ship (personal observation on their part) and were more willing to spend the money when they were happy. Maybe so, but we liked being able to enjoy our vacation without being reminded of how much more money we should spend. The ports of call were great too, with Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, being as amazing as everything I had read about. The only glitch we had in embarkation/deparkation procedures was when the computers were down at this port. The ship was unable to process any automated cards and had to resort to manual tracking. This took time and lines were backed up getting off and then getting back on. That was, perhaps, the only glitch we saw the entire time. Rotational Dining is a Disney exclusive and it continues to be a highlight for us. Animator's Palate is a high tech and highly entertaing dinner show at each meal. Don't skip it. Our table (number 3) was a bit off in the corner in ther two restaurants. We didn't like it and our server found us another option for the Royal Court the next meal there. We really love how Disney matches up table mates for dinner. We really liked our visit and exchanged information to keep in touch after the cruise. Palo dinner never disappoints and we were simply amazed again. We dined as we left St. Thomas and really enjoyed the panoramic view through the windows of the lights of the town as we left port, watching the sun go down over the ocean. The food was amazing as well. This is a must do for adults only dining every Disney cruise, regardless of ship. We also tried the Remy brunch, which was worth it for the experience, but we won't do it again. The food was wonderful, but not really our kind of dining experience. We booked another Disney cruise vacation while on board, choosing to lock in the discounts offered. Disney allows cancellation with full refund and we can move our cruise to another date once the 2016 dates are announced if we prefer. 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Sail Date January 2015
I am going to start this off by saying we are an adult couple in our 40s who had never cruised before. We did not bring any children with us. Many of our friends asked why we chose Disney. The answer was simple - the level of customer ... Read More
I am going to start this off by saying we are an adult couple in our 40s who had never cruised before. We did not bring any children with us. Many of our friends asked why we chose Disney. The answer was simple - the level of customer satisfaction and attention to detail. We knew we wouldn't be disappointed. We chose to fly in the day before and stayed in Cocoa Beach. Checking in for the cruise was efficient and easy! You do have the option to by-pass the professional photographer which allowed us to get on the ship quicker. I admit, I teared up when we entered the ship. It is beautiful! Amazing details and extremely clean. All staff were very friendly! Then it was off to lunch and exploration of the ship. All of our experiences on board were wonderful. We enjoyed relaxing at sea, taking in a few shows, excellent food, and of course Pirate Night. We did eat in Palo and it was an extravagant experience. Food and service were superb. We did one excursion through Disney and would highly recommend booking through Disney. Our tour was great and it was nice having a Disney team member lead us to our tour guide. We spent almost all of our time in the adult sections of the ship. It was relaxing and hard to even tell there were children on board not far from where we were. We enjoyed a couples massage one day at sea and took advantage of the spa as well. Disembarkation morning went smoothly. When I cruise again, I will probably carry our luggage off ourselves instead of having Disney move it the night before. We moved through Customs in a timely manner. We opted to take the Disney Bus back to Orlando airport and had plenty of time to catch our afternoon flight. This was an amazing vacation. I would highly recommend Disney - with or without children!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
The Fantasy Cruise was wonderful and offered something for everyone. We had 5 adults and 4 kids, ages 10, 8, 4, and 2 and everyone found plenty to do and enjoy. However, if one has any mobility problems, either book a handicap stateroom ... Read More
The Fantasy Cruise was wonderful and offered something for everyone. We had 5 adults and 4 kids, ages 10, 8, 4, and 2 and everyone found plenty to do and enjoy. However, if one has any mobility problems, either book a handicap stateroom or make sure your scooter or wheel chair can break down and fit under the bed otherwise you not have any room. There is only area outside of your stateroom to leave your scooter to charge over night and that is located near the front of the ship, which was about 300 yards from our stateroom. Also, the double check the Port Adventures and most are not handicapped accessible. Staterooms are comfortable. Ours had a veranda, which was great. They aren't overly large, but one does not spend much time in the stateroom. Service was excellent. The shows were Broadway quality and worth watching! Entertainment was great and kids as well as the adults loved it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Disney Fantasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 3.5 4.3
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 2.5 4.2
Service 4.5 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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