Disney Cruise Line introduced Pixar-themed cruise for winter 2023, replacing Star Wars Day at sea. Overall, the concept is well executed and would have broader appeal than Star Wars, while also attracting a very different crowd. Kids are much younger, which means that the two teens clubs are not as busy.
Overall, the Disney Fantasy remains in excellent shape. No maintenance issue in our cabin, no signs of anything broken and requiring immediate maintenance in the common areas. Close to all venues have a fairly contemporary feel to them, with very few likely requiring some updating.
One things about the Disney Fantasy is that food quality is relatively consistent at all different dining venues. The main buffet, Cabanas, had its normal fare, and I would rate the food there to be between good to above average. For the main dining rooms, with the exception of Enchanted Garden, and the execution of some items on the Pixar menu, things were between above average to excellent - with an excellent dining team assigned to us - who took really good care of everyone in our party, and doing their best to entertain our teenager with nightly trivia. The quick service venues were a little bit underwhelming when it came to burgers - but did well in other fast food categories. Palo, one of the two premium dining venue had wonderful service and food quality exceeded expectations when it came to dinner. It also did with the brunch (the flatbread recipe is better on the Fantasy then on some of the classic ships). With that said, the one item that was a bit disappointing was the waffle, which although light, was dry and lacked sweetness. One suggestion to DCL would be to try offering a malted waffle, or just bring the elusive churro waffle that is served once a cruise at the buffet. We went for the desert experience at Remy, having previously experienced it at l'Enchante on the Wish. On the plus side, I found the deserts at Remy to be a bit richer, and maybe larger as well - and they were perfectly executed... Both were great experience but on the desserts, Remy wins... Now, when it comes to the wine pairings, the pours were really light at Remy - I think we were served twice as much sweet wines for each pours on the Wish - so l'Enchante wins there.
The cabin was a suitable size for 5 guests, with enough rooms to store suitcases for all guests under the bed. Things do get a little bit tight at night with one bed along the verandah door and you can't take everything out your suitcases to store in the stateroom - but I'd still say there was sufficient storage space in the room for a party of that size.
The split bathrooms were of adequate size and we had no issues with water pressure or temperature. There is enough room in each bathrooms to move around.
It was relatively easy to control room temperature throughout the trip. The cabin was a tad warm upon getting into the cabin for the 1st time, but by late afternoon, all was good... and had no temperature issues afterward.
The verandah was nice and pretty standard - nothing special to report there.
Electronics in the room (TV) and all outlets were in working order - no maintenance issues.
Excellent room attendant.
Castway Cay, on a nice day, is always a treat. We had the opportunity to spend time in the 18+ section of the island (Serenity Bay) and the beach was perfect and the area quieter. The food on the island was good and the optional activities included were plentiful and suitable.
A great private island
The port area itself is relatively straightforward, and is not materially different from other cruise ports - but the views from the top of the Skyride to Paradise, as well as the different port excursions offered are quite interesting.
The ship was docked right downtown - which made it easier to explore a little bit
Tortola itself...OK - but an opportunity to go to visit the Baths on Virgin Gorda... yeah, that was cool. Amenities at the port are your standard port and shopping amenities... nothing really special there... but a lot to do from a port adventures perspective