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Disney Cruise Line: Disney Fantasy

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Disney Fantasy Review

Launched in 2012, Disney Fantasy is a sister ship to Disney Dream, but with a different décor and the addition of AquaLab, an 1,800-square-foot water play area that features pop jets, geysers, and bubblers, as well as other improvements. Disney Fantasy

offers weekly seven-night cruises from her Port Canaveral home port, which is within driving distance of Florida’s Orlando airport and theme parks, making it convenient to combine a Walt Disney World vacation with a Disney cruise. She is one of the few Disney ships that sails only weeklong itineraries.

Disney Cruise Line’s largest ships are also their most lavish vessels, distinguished for their classic early-20th-century design—which is reminiscent of the golden age of ocean travel—and their state-of-the-art technology. Playful design accents cleverly incorporate the images of Disney characters and themes without overpowering the stylish decor. Artwork showcases the creativity of Disney artists and animators. The atmosphere is never stuffy.

As on their earlier ships, vast areas are devoted to children's activity centers, outdoor activity areas, and swimming pools. The AquaDuck is a unique 765-foot-long water coaster that propels kids and adults alike on a thrill-filled ride up, down, and around four outside decks, over the side of the ship and through the forward funnel.

Theaters cater to family entertainment with large-scale production shows, movies, dances, lively game shows, and even 3-D movies. Adults-only hideaways include an avenue of bars and lounges tucked into deck four aft; Meridian Lounge, located between the specialty restaurants; and Cove Café, a quiet spot adjacent to the adult pool to relax with coffee or a cocktail.

With the launch of Disney Cruise Line in 1998, families were offered yet another reason to take a cruise. The magic of a Walt Disney resort vacation plus the romance of a sea voyage are a tempting combination, especially for adults who discovered Disney movies and the Mickey Mouse Club as children. Mixed with traditional shipboard activities, who can resist scheduled opportunities for the young and young-at-heart to interact with their favorite Disney characters?

Although Disney Cruise Line voyages stuck to tried-and-true Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries in their formative years, and sailed exclusively from Port Canaveral, Florida, where a terminal was designed especially for Disney ships, the line has branched out to other regions, including Europe.

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Pros

  • Mickey's Pool (for young kids) and Donald's Pool (for families) have seating for parents
  • Adults-only Quiet Cove has loungers in the shallow section of the pool
  • A privacy curtain can be drawn between the sitting and sleeping areas in staterooms

Cons

  • The largest suites sleep a maximum of five
  • Youngsters who wear swim diapers are restricted to the Mickey's Pool splash play area
  • Disney cruises aren't all Disney all the time, but can get tiring for passengers who aren't into it
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,458
  • Entered Service 2012
  • Gross Tons 128,000
  • Length 1,115 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,250
  • Passenger Capacity 2,500 (4,000 max)
  • Width 125 feet

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