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Dining Experience: Breakfast - we loved the eggs, bacon, variety of cereal, sausage links, mueslik. We wish they had berries. They had lots of melons, apples, and bananas The coffee on deck was atrocious. I did find it annoying that the good coffee was $3.74 a cup at the Cafe. Dinners loved by the kids due to variety of restaurants and food. The kids all ate from the adult menu and liked all the options. Do not get sirloin steak Lunch - tons of fresh fruits and veggie options. We would have loved berries and grapes. Strawberries were only offered for 2 breakfasts. Overall great variety of fruits, veggies, proteins. I would love to see Disney go to organic dairy and grass fed meats. They do make wishes come true.... On Board Acticities: Oceanids Lab loved by the 8 yr old who went there all the time. In fact we did not see him most of the day. Edge loved by -11yr old boy. They played doge ball, Bball, gagA ball, scavenger hunts, video games. Furthermore, many things go on even when the schedule shows nothing planned Vibe - liked not loved by 14y/o. She found activities to be limited and meeting new people a bit difficult. She would have loved more mingling activities that included everyone. There is a small teen pool in Vibe with a jacuzzi. Favorite shows by the kids - Aladdin show, Magic Dave, and the Juggling guy. Favorite shows by adults Aladdin and Magic Dave. My husband and I attended many of the adult games and activities led by Bret. We had a blast!! Pool: Pool was too small and too crowded. The chair situation was a Nightmare. People reserved chairs 4-5 at a time and maybe 2 would be used. So by mid afternoon there would be 50% of chairs occupied and the rest sitting empty and "reserved". The kids would have liked more slides. The adult pool was quiet, had plenty of shade, but a bit limited on chairs. The water features provided enough space and entertainment. The Rooms: The rooms with fold out couch and bunk bed were roomy and spacious. The kids loved it!!! We had rooms with balconies and used those every day. No safety concerns. Room service was impeccable. Sam was our room host and he made our journey very enjoyable. Carlos and Josip were our waiters. They were full of energy and couldn't do enough to make us enjoy our dining experience. They even helped cut the kids steaks and chicken breasts so I, the mom, could eat in a relaxed fashion. Excursions: Snorkeling tour in St Thomas - amazing. Loved the crew, the turtles, sting rays, variety of fish, and ship wreck. Zip Line in La Marquesa was fraught with difficulty and frustration (see review on trip advisor). Castaway Cay - LOVED by all. We did the 5k, bike tour, and floating tricycle. We didn't want to leave. Motorized water sports should have been more abundant and people should be able to rent them on the beach, not just with reservation. Lastly - the Disney Navigator App was great and a must download.

A great family vacation

Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by Atemple28

Trip Details
Dining Experience:

Breakfast - we loved the eggs, bacon, variety of cereal, sausage links, mueslik. We wish they had berries. They had lots of melons, apples, and bananas

The coffee on deck was atrocious. I did find it annoying that the good coffee was $3.74 a cup at the Cafe.

Dinners loved by the kids due to variety of restaurants and food. The kids all ate from the adult menu and liked all the options. Do not get sirloin steak

Lunch - tons of fresh fruits and veggie options. We would have loved berries and grapes. Strawberries were only offered for 2 breakfasts.

Overall great variety of fruits, veggies, proteins. I would love to see Disney go to organic dairy and grass fed meats. They do make wishes come true....

On Board Acticities:

Oceanids Lab loved by the 8 yr old who went there all the time. In fact we did not see him most of the day.

Edge loved by -11yr old boy. They played doge ball, Bball, gagA ball, scavenger hunts, video games. Furthermore, many things go on even when the schedule shows nothing planned

Vibe - liked not loved by 14y/o. She found activities to be limited and meeting new people a bit difficult. She would have loved more mingling activities that included everyone. There is a small teen pool in Vibe with a jacuzzi.

Favorite shows by the kids - Aladdin show, Magic Dave, and the Juggling guy. Favorite shows by adults Aladdin and Magic Dave.

My husband and I attended many of the adult games and activities led by Bret. We had a blast!!

Pool:

Pool was too small and too crowded. The chair situation was a Nightmare. People reserved chairs 4-5 at a time and maybe 2 would be used. So by mid afternoon there would be 50% of chairs occupied and the rest sitting empty and "reserved". The kids would have liked more slides. The adult pool was quiet, had plenty of shade, but a bit limited on chairs. The water features provided enough space and entertainment.

The Rooms:

The rooms with fold out couch and bunk bed were roomy and spacious. The kids loved it!!! We had rooms with balconies and used those every day. No safety concerns.

Room service was impeccable. Sam was our room host and he made our journey very enjoyable. Carlos and Josip were our waiters. They were full of energy and couldn't do enough to make us enjoy our dining experience. They even helped cut the kids steaks and chicken breasts so I, the mom, could eat in a relaxed fashion.

Excursions:

Snorkeling tour in St Thomas - amazing. Loved the crew, the turtles, sting rays, variety of fish, and ship wreck. Zip Line in La Marquesa was fraught with difficulty and frustration (see review on trip advisor). Castaway Cay - LOVED by all. We did the 5k, bike tour, and floating tricycle. We didn't want to leave. Motorized water sports should have been more abundant and people should be able to rent them on the beach, not just with reservation.

Lastly - the Disney Navigator App was great and a must download.
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