Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by Meerkat92064
- Sail Date: October 2012
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Legendary Disney service is ever present on this ship, wiping away any feelings or misgivings about being on a family cruise liner. From start to finish we enjoyed an adult dinner table (second seating) and fully used the adults only sections that were always available. Can't say enough about the magic moments you have with the staff just over regular interactions and how they go out of their way to make your vacation special.
My humble assessment:
Embarkation: Way too easy. Maybe waited 5 minutes to get onboard. We decided to avoid the Cabanas crush and had leisurely lunch in the Enchanted Garden. It kicked things off perfectly.
Stateroom: This particular room has an unusual window and is more prone to movement because of its forward location. That said - the room itself was some 400 square feet and was as larger than any oceanview room. If you are like us, where space was more important than a tiny ledge for a balcony - I highly recommend this category.
Dining: We were impressed with the food. It was never the same menu twice. We enjoy good food and weren't disappointed. We dined at Palo and Remy and both were superlative.
Looking back, it would have been just as enjoyable to not have gone to them, since we found the regular food to be just as good. One interesting thing we learned was that Remy offers a brunch. If you opt for the champagne pairing it will cost about the same as the dinner and we found the experience to be tastier and less stuffy. If you want to try Remy, go for it and try the brunch instead!
Entertainment: Wow! The fact I'm a grown cynical adult and was floored by the technology, acting and lighting says a lot. I wish our own theaters back home were this impressive. We enjoyed watching Frankenweenie during opening week. This theatre makes your multiplex back home seem woefully inadequate.
Room Service: Not the most amazing part of the experience, but just fine. The chicken tenders are definitely a standout.
Adult Areas: Enjoy them, they are great! Our favorite thing to do was to visit the Cove pool during the first dinner when the parents were dining with their kids. You have the entire deck to yourself. If you want a place to get away from people and just lay back and watch the ocean while reading - try the Promenade Deck. It's always empty and shaded.
Disembarkation: A snap - we opted to leave the ship without breakfast at 7am and were already enroute to our next destination (after having picked up our rental car) by 8 am. It was that easy!
Final thoughts: I found the crew and the guests to be really good people. It's a family ship, so everyone is on their best behavior, and it showed.
I honestly expected more kids - but they were having fun in their own parts of the ship, so didn't really see too much of them. You see more at the parks.
Special moments included a personal conversation with princess Ariel (what do you talk to a princess about?!) and quietly spending time at Serenity Bay only to look up and see Jack Sparrow smiling at you - on a beach in the Caribbean. Oh yes, you will find some very VERY Disney oriented people onboard. Befriend the, and have fun - they will share secrets with you. :)
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