Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Review

Disney Dream. - courtesy Disney Cruise Line
Disney Dream. – courtesy Disney Cruise Line

Overview Of Disney Fantasy

Sister-ship to the highly acclaimed Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy is the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. With her sleek, ocean-liner elegance and modern amenities, Disney Fantasy continues the Disney tradition of offering children more than they ever expected while still catering to those who are young-at-heart. For families, the Disney Fantasy is a no-brainer for cruise vacations.

Disney Fantasy For Kids

Aside from the myriad of age-specific, organized activities that will have kids screaming for more is single feature that is unique to the cruise industry: the AquaDuck, the largest tube-style watercoaster at sea. AquaDuck traverses more than 700 feet in a translucent tube suspended high atop Disney Fantasy’s pool deck.

If you can drag your kids away from the top-deck attractions such as AquaDuck, Disney Fantasy’s onboard children’s programs are second-to-none.

AquaDuck on Disney Dream. - courtesy Disney Cruise Line
AquaDuck on Disney Dream. – courtesy Disney Cruise Line

Kids 3 – 12 can enjoy their own “group” aboard Disney Fantasy in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab, both of which feature uncommonly long hours of operation to let parents enjoy themselves. After seeing these facilities, kids won’t likely want to hang out with mom and dad, anyway: There’s an interactive dance floor, interactive storytimes, a Toy Story boot camp, race car building competitions, and more. Plus, the rooms Disney has set aside for kids are so cool that the adults often try to sneak in.

Disney Fantasy also features special clubs designed for tweens aged 11 to 14, and teenagers 14 to 17. These groups can participate in a range of activities — from making their own zombie movie onboard to ghost hunting treks to performing improv comedy for their friends to pizza making. There are even goofy science experiments, and much more.

Disney Fantasy For Adults

Adults can spend quiet time aboard Disney Fantasy at the adults-only pool, the Quiet Cove, or they may choose to spend their days at sea in the sprawling Senses Spa complex, which rivals most other shipboard spas.

There’s also the Cove Cafe coffee bar and a variety of lounges designed just for adults, all of which are surprisingly elegant and mature in theme. And all offer enough technological innovations, in Disney style, to make even the most jaded adult let out an audible whistle.

Disney even offers adults-only Port Adventures on select itineraries, and an Adults-Only section of the beach at Castaway Cay, the line’s popular private island in the Bahamas.

Of course, adults can participate in the Disney fun: The AquaDuck watercoaster is as popular with the young-at-heart as it is with the kids.

Dining On Disney Fantasy

When Disney first got into the cruise business in 1998 with the Disney Magic, the entertainment company revolutionized the sea-going dining experience: Rather than dine at a single setting in the same room every night, guests (and their waiters) rotate through a variety of dining venues over the course of the week, each of which boasts their own unique themes.

Arguably the most spectacular of these is the Animator’s Palette, which features animated scenes and characters from favorite Disney movies ingeniously worked into a room that changes from black and white to color as the evening progresses.

There are also adults-only dining options for adults, including Remy, one of the most elegant dining venues at sea, thanks to its old-world European styling and fine cuisine that would rival restaurants on the luxury cruise lines. This reservations-required restaurant costs $75 per person for a memorable dining experience.

There is also, of course, plenty of casual fare — not to mention room service — for those looking for that quick poolside bite or a late-night nibble.

Nightlife On Disney Fantasy

Nightlife aboard Disney Fantasy is available for kids and adults alike — and just as during the day, these activities can be enjoyed together as a family or separately.

Entertainment is obviously a hallmark of Disney Cruise Line. For families, there’s a range of entertainment — from roving Disney characters who interact with children to full-blown production shows and even an on-deck fireworks spectacular.

Adults have a variety of upscale and cleverly designed lounges that feature Disney’s trademark whimsy, including lounges like Skyline, which features ever-changing images of some of the world’s most famous hotspots.

Staterooms On Disney Fantasy

Disney Fantasy features nine types of staterooms, which are subdivided into several categories that are determined by their relative locations on the ship. Accommodation choices are varied, diverse and suited to nearly every taste and budget.

  • Standard Inside Staterooms are 169 square feet and feature a queen-sized bed, convertible sofa, and a bath with tub and shower. These also feature the line’s innovative “virtual portholes” — LED screens that are linked to position-relative cameras mounted to the exterior of the vessel for a virtual look at the real world.
  • Deluxe Inside Staterooms feature all the amenities of their standard counterparts, but with the addition of extra room that allows these to better sleep three and four guests. 204 square feet.
  • Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms measure 204 square feet and feature queen-sized beds and the ability to sleep three or four guests per room. They also feature oversized porthole windows.
  • Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms measure 241 square feet, and feature all of the amenities of the smaller Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms. The Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms can sleep up to five.
  • Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms With Verandah are 246 square feet and feature a private verandah in addition to a queen-size bed and the ability to sleep three to four guests.
  • Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah are 299 square feet and can sleep up to five guests.
  • Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms are 306 square feet and feature all the amenities of their smaller counterparts, but with a full-sized bathtub and shower plus a separate half-bath.
  • Concierge 1-Bedroom Suites with Verandah are a generous 622 square feet, including verandah, and feature a separate bedroom and living area along with walk-in closets, a wet bar, and two bathrooms with rain showers.
  • The Concierge Royal Suite is the creme-de-la-creme of Disney Fantasy suites. At 1,781 square feet, this category is larger than those found on many luxury cruise lines and includes a master bedroom, one pull-down double bed, one pull-down single bed, two bathrooms, a rain shower, whirlpool tub, a living room, media library, a dining salon, pantry, wet bar and walk-in closets.

Where Disney Fantasy Cruises

Disney Fantasy sails alternating weeklong Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises departing on Saturdays from Port Canaveral, Florida.

Our Take On Disney Fantasy

With her innovative features and family friendly amenities, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the Disney experience. We know couples who don’t even have kids — and who wouldn’t set foot in one of Disney’s theme parks on-land — but return to the line again and again. We think Disney Fantasy is a winner for families — and for adults who enjoy a little dose of Disney in their lives.

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  2. Be careful and check your credit card statement as Disney charges for stuff days after you have left the ship…it is disgusting and like 400 dollars US..and they lie and say it is for a missing blanket

  3. We had a great time sailing on the Disney Fantasy. Can’t to see the new additions. Our favorite bars were O’Gills and Skyline what was yours?

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