The sister ship of Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy is a 128,000 tonne cruise liner carrying up to 4,000 guests per cruise with 1,250 staterooms.
Disney Fantasy follows the elegant and distinguished style of an early 20th-century cruise liner and continues with the family-friendly design of Disney Dream. As with all Disney cruises the focus is on offering the perfect family holiday with all-day entertainment, exciting children's programs and adult-only retreats.
The dining options on Disney Fantasy incorporate a wide variety of choice, with three main dining rooms, adult-only speciality restaurants and the buffet with indoor and outdoor seating. As on all Disney Cruise Line ships the dining is of the highest standard and tailored towards all ages. With Disney's Rotational Dining you can move between each of the main restaurants but keep the same waiters personal to you. This means that you can enjoy venues such as Animator's Palate, where you watch an innovative show with your meal and the Disney fairytale-inspired Royal Court, with the same tailored service.
Casual dining options include fresh food at Cabanas, a quick lunch in Flo's Cafe and a sweet snack at Frozone Treats and Eye Scream.
A highlight of any cruise is the evening entertainment and Disney Fantasy is no exception:
The Buena Vista Theatre- an opulent cinema that screens first-run films, some in stunning Disney Digital 3D, and other popular motion pictures.
Character Greetings- where kids and adults can meet and greet Disney Characters, occur throughout the Disney Fantasy, both in designated places and during special surprise appearances.
Disney's Aladdin- a Musical Spectacular. Many of the classic scenes from the movie are recreated on stage and some of the action even spills out into the aisles, like Prince Ali's jubilant arrival in Agrabah riding a stallion.
The Walt Disney Theatre- an enormous live performance setting that presents original Disney live shows, as well as first-run and digital 3D movies.
In addition, guests can head to one of the many bars onboard, with an ambiance to suit any mood. If you’re after a fun night, D Lounge provides crowd-pleasing bingo and karaoke nights. For those wanting an al fresco drink, Currents Bar is a popular spot, while anyone wanting to stay up until the early hours will love Europa, with its offering of bars and a club based on European cities.
Family-fun is at the forefront of what it means to go on a Disney Fantasy cruise. Among all the activities onboard, two of the most popular amongst children are the Midship Detective Agency and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where the younger guests on the ship can magically be made over into one of their favourite Disney characters. For some light family competition, head over to the miniature golf course on Goofy’s Sports Deck.
The pool areas are always hit with guests of all ages. The Aqua Duck is an exciting transparent tube water coaster, whizzing cruisers down into Donald's Pool which caters to both parents and kids, allowing the entire family to cool off and make new friends while onboard. Mickey's Pool is the ship's children's pool, featuring a smiling Mickey Mouse, while the nearby Nemo's Reef is a fanciful water play area designed for children. Boasting fountains, bubblers and pop jets, this fun-filled splash deck stars some of your favourite characters from the hit Disney Pixar movie, Finding Nemo.
The Quiet Cove pool is reserved for adults and guest 18 years of age and older, along with the Senses Spa & Salon, offering therapeutic and beautifying personal care services for men and women, to provide a peaceful onboard retreat. The ship also boasts a well-appointed fitness centre with breathtaking ocean views, making those workouts a little easier.
We combined one week holiday on Fantasy around the Western Caribbean in September 2018 with a trip to the Disney in Orlando. It was a perfect holiday for our active family group of six. Four adults and two children. The cruise was fantastic overall. The quality of the stage shows are excellent, we found the ship to be very clean, very well organised for families, we loved our staterooms, the family evening dining experiences, the comfy seats in the cinema, and most of all the children loved returning to the staterooms to find out what animal model our room attendant had left on the bed each evening! We don’t normally enjoy beach holidays, but the Disney really look after their guests so well on Castaway Cay and it turned out to be such an enjoyable day and we were so sad to leave. The children did not join in the clubs and we did not take advantage of much of the adult only entertainment because there was so much for us to do together as a family. Although we fully agree that alcohol and children are not a good cocktail for a family holiday, the cost of alcohol was it’s only downside. For UK residents - up to three times the cost of a British pub.