Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by Builtwells
- Sail Date: July 2015
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (oversized verandah)
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, such as salmon wrapped in proscutto and grilled. The buffet was more sophisticated on the day we boarded than the following days. Staff was available to assist in locating a vacant table, which were quickly bussed. The ship was beautiful and kept immaculate. Public bathrooms were plentiful and always spotless. The staff were friendly and helpful and cheeful. We were unhappy with our table mates for our evening meal. We were seated at a table for 8 but there were only 5 of us each evening. One was a single man who wanted us to invest in some ridiculous scheme and the other couple complained about Disney nightly. The waitstaff were slow and even though they rotated along with us, they never remembered we enjoyed fresh cracked pepper and Tobasco Sauce and our food would be cold before we could get their attention to request it. We were seated near a large table with 14 people who were so loud we often couldn't carry on a conversation at our table. We were under the impression that children dined the first hour and then were taken to another venue suitable for their age bracket. Our cabin was spacious with plenty of cabinets and drawers. The soaps, shampoos, lotions were very good quality. Our cabin steward kept it immaculate for us but we were without ice the first 24 hours of the cruise. Morning room service arrived exactly as requested and our order was always complete. The pool was always too crowded for us to enjoy so we didn't get to experience that. Finding a chair was impossible but we had a spacious balcony and thoroughly enjoyed that. We were surprised that photographers were not available at the gangway at each port. Only once were we approached by a photographer at evening meal (Palo) for photo op. Palo brunch was outstanding and I highly recommend you experience it at least once! Palo evening meal was too rich for us but the food was quite good. The food in the main diningrooms was mediocre and not at all what we remembered having on the Dream. Having Disney movies available 24/7 in your cabin was a plus too. The shops on board had a lot of fun Disney merchandise and clothes and were a blast to visit. The itinerary was wonderful and we loved St. Maarten and St. Thomas and Castaway was incredible as always. We would love to see an overnight stay at Castaway and trade a sea day for it. The Debarkation process was a breeze. Breakfast that morning was not pallatable. All in all, it was a wonderful cruise and we will definitely plan to sail again as soon as possible.
Builtwells’s Full Rating Summary
Spacious with plenty of storage. Comfortable bed and pillows with luxurious linens. Spacious verandah with comfortable loungers. Covered and open air verandah.
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