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This was our 4th Disney Cruise and we continue to love the Disney ships and cruise experience. We've done one 4-night trip on the Dream and this is our third 7-night trip on the Fantasy. My kids are now 21 and 18 and still, we cruise with Disney! Since we have cruised with Disney before, we were able to secure an early at port arrival time - 10:45 a.m. We drove to Port Canaveral the evening before our cruise and dropped of the rental car around 9:45 a.m. They advised that they couldn't shuttle us over to the port until Disney called them and told them it was ok. We've never had that happen before. We ended up taking a taxi over for about $15 and waiting in line until about 10:30 for them to let us it. Not a big deal. We checked in and were in boarding group #4 so boarded the boat quickly. If you do not care about getting your picture taken before you get on the boat, go to the right as as you board an bypass the picture line. Once on board, we took care of a few reservation details and went to Cabanna's for lunch. We were allowed to our room around 1:30 p.m. and our bags all arrived by 2:30 p.m. We unpacked and spent the day on deck. Our first night was 12/31 and Disney didn't disappoint with a very nice New Year's Eve celebration. We were provided with champagne and a nice souvenir print. I won't include a lot of what is in the other reviews but will try to add a few helpful hints / comments we have: -The staff was fantastic. We were once again very pleased with our dining servers and state room attendant. -Food is good and they are accommodating to menu changes. We did not do Palo or Remy. -Tortola was disappointing. I believe they are relatively new to taking cruise ships and not really set up or efficient at it yet. We spend 2.5 of of 5 hours off ship getting to and coming back from our beach excursion. - My 18 year old daughter loved it but she is happy like we are sitting on deck in the sun all day. My 21 year old son had a good time but maybe a little less this time as he was looking for more things to do - which for him were primarily at night. -Shows are fantastic, make time to go. -If you want to do any Princess or character meet and greets, book ahead. -Decide ahead of time what you want out of the photos. They are expensive and OK quality. They offer different packages so plan ahead of time how many pictures you want taken and for what purposes. It will help you manage your time spent in line waiting to have them taken. -We received many Disney gift cards for gifts. They easily take the actual cards at Guest Services on the boat. However, we had to call for our e-gift cards and even though we were told the balance transferred to our onboard account, it doesn't appear to have happened so we have to still deal with that. -Don't overpack. -Do spend time in the adult areas. It's a whole other world and with both our kids being 18+, we really enjoyed the quieter areas. -Don't feel like you have to do an excursion at each stop. The boat is really nice on port days. -Castaway Cay is fantastic. We were able to go to the adult beach this trip and it was totally different than the family side. If you are in an adult only party, absolutely go to Serenity Bay. -If you have a good vacation, book another while on board and save 10% on your next cruise! -If you have early dinner, you will be advised to do early breakfast (6:45 a.m.) on debarkation day. Don't. Sleep in a little and go to Cabannas for the buffet. You just have to be out of your room by 8 a.m. All in all, we had a fantastic trip and we look forward to spending another week on the Fantasy!

4th Disney Cruise and Still Loving It!

Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by cjammiller

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
This was our 4th Disney Cruise and we continue to love the Disney ships and cruise experience. We've done one 4-night trip on the Dream and this is our third 7-night trip on the Fantasy. My kids are now 21 and 18 and still, we cruise with Disney! Since we have cruised with Disney before, we were able to secure an early at port arrival time - 10:45 a.m. We drove to Port Canaveral the evening before our cruise and dropped of the rental car around 9:45 a.m. They advised that they couldn't shuttle us over to the port until Disney called them and told them it was ok. We've never had that happen before. We ended up taking a taxi over for about $15 and waiting in line until about 10:30 for them to let us it. Not a big deal. We checked in and were in boarding group #4 so boarded the boat quickly. If you do not care about getting your picture taken before you get on the boat, go to the right as as you board an bypass the picture line.

Once on board, we took care of a few reservation details and went to Cabanna's for lunch. We were allowed to our room around 1:30 p.m. and our bags all arrived by 2:30 p.m. We unpacked and spent the day on deck. Our first night was 12/31 and Disney didn't disappoint with a very nice New Year's Eve celebration. We were provided with champagne and a nice souvenir print.

I won't include a lot of what is in the other reviews but will try to add a few helpful hints / comments we have:

-The staff was fantastic. We were once again very pleased with our dining servers and state room attendant.

-Food is good and they are accommodating to menu changes. We did not do Palo or Remy.

-Tortola was disappointing. I believe they are relatively new to taking cruise ships and not really set up or efficient at it yet. We spend 2.5 of of 5 hours off ship getting to and coming back from our beach excursion.

- My 18 year old daughter loved it but she is happy like we are sitting on deck in the sun all day. My 21 year old son had a good time but maybe a little less this time as he was looking for more things to do - which for him were primarily at night.

-Shows are fantastic, make time to go.

-If you want to do any Princess or character meet and greets, book ahead.

-Decide ahead of time what you want out of the photos. They are expensive and OK quality. They offer different packages so plan ahead of time how many pictures you want taken and for what purposes. It will help you manage your time spent in line waiting to have them taken.

-We received many Disney gift cards for gifts. They easily take the actual cards at Guest Services on the boat. However, we had to call for our e-gift cards and even though we were told the balance transferred to our onboard account, it doesn't appear to have happened so we have to still deal with that.

-Don't overpack.

-Do spend time in the adult areas. It's a whole other world and with both our kids being 18+, we really enjoyed the quieter areas.

-Don't feel like you have to do an excursion at each stop. The boat is really nice on port days.

-Castaway Cay is fantastic. We were able to go to the adult beach this trip and it was totally different than the family side. If you are in an adult only party, absolutely go to Serenity Bay.

-If you have a good vacation, book another while on board and save 10% on your next cruise!

-If you have early dinner, you will be advised to do early breakfast (6:45 a.m.) on debarkation day. Don't. Sleep in a little and go to Cabannas for the buffet. You just have to be out of your room by 8 a.m.

All in all, we had a fantastic trip and we look forward to spending another week on the Fantasy!
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Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
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Great stateroom with lots of storage. We love this location as it's easy access to deck 11.
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