A Magical Cruise Experience: Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by cliffvettej

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A Magical Cruise Experience

Sail Date: April 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was our second Disney cruise, the first being on the Disney Dream last year. The Dream was great but the cruise was just too short so this time we choose a 7 day cruise on the Fantasy. The check in process went quickly and smoothly. After you have cruised on Disney you are a member of the Castaway Club with there being added benefits on your second cruise, 6th cruise and 11th cruise as you move up in levels and so we had a dedicated waiting room for Castaway Club members while we were waiting to board. Prior to boarding there are plenty of Disney characters for the children to get there picture taken with. There is also an area to register your children and they put a wristband on them that stays on the entire cruise. This wristband will indicate the location of your children at any given moment. It is mainly used to check your children into the Oceaneer Club and the Oceaneer Lab two great areas that my grand children loved. They are entertained by staff, fed, and entertained by More Disney characters and Disney princesses. For my 5 year old grand daughter, getting to play with and have quality interaction time with Cinderella was heaven to her.

The State rooms were fine and we choose one with a private verandah to get up early and watch the ship sailing into port. The assigned themed dining experiences were wonderful and the food was excellent every night. The breakfast choices were buffet or full sit down choices. Cabanas, the buffet on the 11th deck, was always stocked with the widest variety of foods that anyone could possibly want. Also, there is a free soft drink bar and ice cream bar available 24 hours a day. Just as an aside, there is plenty to do on this ship for adults only. There is a dedicated "adults only" pool, nightclubs, and two first class adults only dining experiences. Remy, which is a $75 up charge, is the most elegant dining on board. Palo, an Italian themed up scale adult only restaurant is available but we did not dine there during our cruise.

Our ship docked in Costa Maya, a town about 60 miles south of Cozumel. There is an area right where the ship docks that you could spend several hours in no problem but I recommend you take a cab to the Tropicante to lounge on their beach and eat their excellent food. A full one hour massage is only $25. The owner, an American named Steve, is an incredible host and will give you a shot of some Tequila produced in Mexico that is available only in Mexico that is some of the finest Tequila I have ever sampled.

There are a wide variety of shore excursions available at every port. Finally, the service from all on board personnel was as good as it gets. The Disney Cruise line is everything that you would expect of a Disney magical experience. Less

Published 05/11/13

Cabin review: Oceanview with Private Verandah8152

I had an adjoining cabin which I roomed in by myself. The bed was very comfortable. There are TWO bathroom areas. One has a very nice size shower and vanity. The other has a vanity and the toilet. I found this State room to be beautifully decorated with a desk area and a nice couch sitting area. These State rooms are much superior to any I have stayed in on previous cruise lines. There is plenty of drawers and closet space to hang clothes. The State room is also very quiet with no noise "bleed" from the hallway or other State rooms. I found the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream State rooms to be a great value for your money.

Port and Shore Excursions

This is Disney's private island and it is BY MILES BETTER than any other private island owned by any other cruise line. First, they can dock right at the island and you can walk right off the ship and onto the island and return at your leisure. This experience is too diverse for me to properly review this so go on You Tube and watch the videos of this island. Again, THIS ISLAND IS THE BEST CRUISE LINE PRIVATE ISLAND. PERIOD.

Take a cab to the Tropicante and sit on their beach and enjoy there wonderful food, drinks, and a full hour massage for $25. Steve, the American owner, is a great guy and he will make your visit enjoyable.
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Beach Break

This is a great beach with all the amenities and they also have two pools, one designed for young children. This place is great fun and includes all you can drink (including alcoholic beverages) and all you can eat Mexican Buffet. We loved our time here.

We were only there for a few hours and so we just walked around Grand Cayman and shopped.

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