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Disney Fantasy Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Not the Disney Cruise We Know

Disney Fantasy Cruise Review by Smokie Pita

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2017
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

This was our 4th Disney Cruise. It was such a disappointment! In my comments that we left at the end of our cruise, I included 4 pages of items!!! First, the excursions were horrible. We paid just under $1,000 for two excursions and spent more time or transportation than at the actual excursion. I recommended dropping the Mystic Mountain Bobsled and the Xel-Ha resort tours as the docks are so far from the actual event you have no time at the destinations.

We have never been on a cruise that had a rude crew. This one crew was uninformed and almost ran us over with carts and other transportation items.

We were in room 10568, DO NOT use this room!! you are under the pool and ice cream area that has running and jumping from 8am until after 11. At 2am they started moving and cleaning the chairs so we could not sleep at all!

The food was always cold and seemed to have a smaller selection than other cruises.

If you eat early the shows are at 8:30pm, so if you are early to bed you will miss all the shows. the trivia is not fun because you have people that will say they got all the answers right (yes, Every one had that kind of people). The crafts are in the bars at the same time people are trying to enjoy the bars so that is not enjoyable. The movies are spread out so that you either miss the one movie or most of the activities.

Our Grand Cayman was canceled due to weather and the activities that were thrown together was not compensative of missing a shopping port. The had the new Star Wars movie and it would have been better if they started back to back showings of that.

That brings me to the onboard shopping. Tiffanys and a gourmet sweets shop replaced arcade and other parts of the ship. They were out of 12X12 2017 scrapbooks and said put it on the comment card. The clothes were high priced $25 for tees that were so thin you could see right through! Most made in Mexico and of poor quality. One t-shirt was $49.99 and would have to wear a shirt under the shirt. They ran out of star wars shirts (kids t-shirts were awesome! Adults just had star wars the last Jedi across the front) sold out in hours. The movie popcorn had pictures of pluto popcorn bucket, sold out the first day and still had the display up.

Dining we had three adults put with our three adults and squeezed into an oval table for 4. We were celebrating and ordered the $50 cake to be presented at dinner, would have been rude not to share. However, they have no way for you to store it for the following night and no way to get it back to your room. Several times the information given at the front desk was incorrect, for example, we bought rum in port and they will take it until you leave. The front desk said we could pick it up at 6:30 am maybe as early as 6 am. When I went down about 6:15 am I was told no that was incorrect it was 7 am. went down few mins before and line of people already getting their alcohol. Seems they started just before 6:30 am.

There was an issue at Castaway Cay for our card to purchase items, they do not take anything but you key to the world and they could not get a hold of ship. So we had to wait in line to figure out they had not taken a note off account then go wait in line for items to pay then go back and pay off charged items! They will add your tips to cash accounts (limit $500) that is almost $300 and then freeze your account if you are over. I could continue for pages...but I will end with this cruise was the WORST Disney Cruise we have ever been on and we were celebrating two specila events, mothers 70th birthday and our 26th wedding anniversary. Disney Cruise Line ruined both. Not what we are used to at all!

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Cabin 04C 10568

WORST!!! Avoid at all cost this is right under the pool and ice cream area you will get NO sleep! They actually started cleaning and stacking chairs between midnight and 3am! Running and jumping from 8am to 11pm

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Usual hurry up and wait to get on the cruise ship. Parking for 7 day was just under $150

The resort would be great BUT the excursion we had more time on the commute and only 2 hours 20 mins in the park. We were able to eat and do one of the many opportunities. we choose the tubing that we had been told if we float right down would be 30 mins...and hour and a half as we basically swam down the stream, hard to get tubs back to shore against the current. Again this is a neat resort all inclusive drinks and food, but no time on this cruise booked an excursion!

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Castaway Cay

The best part of the entire cruise. Castaway Cay is always great. If you are over 18 years old head to serenity bay and walk all the way to the end of the chairs past the lifeguard tower there are 4 hammocks and it makes the day PERFECT! If you rent snorkeling equipment go to the families side, there were two large sea turtles in the bay when we were there. not a lot of sitting areas for eating and the food is not that great, but dont miss the pineapple cake!

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