Sailing onboard the Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy first set sail in 2012. The bow features Sorcerer Mickey, while Timothy Q Mouse and Dumbo touch up the paint job on the aft name plate. The interior is a sophisticated art nouveau design.

Having never been on a cruise I was so excited to have the chance to visit my son who had taken a job onboard.

The Fantasy travels to the East Caribbean one week starting and finishing at Port Canaveral and the following week tours the Western Caribean. I was lucky to visit whilst the ship was on a Western Cruise.

The itinerary is as follows.

Day 1 – Board at Port Canaveral from 11.30am with Sail Away at 4.30pm

Day 2 – At Sea

Day 3 – Cozumel

Day 4 – Grand Cayman

Day 5 -Falmouth

Day 6 – At Sea

When you first arrive at the terminal (it can be overwhelming) it’s like an airport terminal but really well organised. You have to line up to check in and get allocated your room key and at that time you are issued a number and asked to wait until your number is called. Whilst you are waiting there are some Disney characters to meet and lots of people watching to do. Lots of the American families are travelling with several generations for a celebration and they seem to love matching t-shirts.

You are welcomed on to the ship where all areas are accessible so it is time to explore before the ship leaves the port as the areas are then locked down to appropriate ages.

State rooms range in size and obviously some have port holes and some not. Disney have been clever and have introduced magical port holes in inside cabins, these have a live feed of the ocean with a Disney character swimming past. Our cabin (above) had a terrace and was above the aft portside on the 5th floor. The room was beautiful, with a separate toilet and bath/shower room. As the room was above the engine room you could feel the vibration at night, I found this quite therapeutic.

There are activities for everyone and you don’t have to join in with any if you don’t want to. Guests are allocated a dining time either 6.15pm or 8.15pm and a rotation to one of three restaurants. There is 24 hour room serviceand two fine dining restaurants that can be booked at an additional cost and are for 18’s and over.

There are kids clubs, teen activities, bingo, 80’s pop quizzes happening all day and night. Outside is a huge screen – funnel vision that plays films all day long and kids and adults sit in the lovely pools watching. There are water slides and fun puddles for kids to play in as well as an Aqua Duck that sits above the side of ship. Believe it or not there are adult only areas and quiet areas to watch the view sail by. Servers wander by throughout the day with a menu of chargeable drinks or like many you can fill your refillable cup with drinks that are on tap all day.IMG_3642

Breakfast is available in Cabanas which is a huge self-service buffet with something for everyone’s tastebuds or for a more civilised experience there is waiter service available in one of the restaurants. Schedules of activities/restaurant services and character greetings is posted in the state room each day allowing you to plan for the day ahead.

There is a huge list of port adventures available at each port and if you don’t fancy getting off there are still activities taking place onboard. Get fit in the well-equipped gym, take part in cookery class, get styled or massaged in the salon or treat the kids to a makeover in the Bibbity Bobbity boutique

Each night either before or after dinner there is a show in the Walt Disney theatre. Be enchanted by Broadway-quality, Disney live performances and celebrations that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else. As well as these you have a chance to see jugglers, magicians & hypnotists perform their magic. There is a full time table of character greetings where you can meet your favourite Disney characters who are dressed differently each night to fit the theme of the night – from pirate night to formal night there is a costume for everyone. Catch a movie in the Buena Vista theatre where the latest films are shown and a chance to catch up on the oldies – films are playing all day so there is something for everyone.

Pirate night takes place midweek with an outside show before dinner and again after dinner with the delight of Jack Sparrow entertaining the crowd with his tales. The highlight of this night is the incredible firework display which wows all on board.

Each Friday the ship stops at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, as you dock first thing you are welcomed by glittering seas and the opportunity to view the island by taking part in a 5kms race round the island. Lunch is served BBQ style and there are beaches for everyone, Serenity Bay is for the over 18’s. There are shops to explore, water activities to take part in or find a hammock and have a snooze in the shade. Swim with the stingrays or hop onto a boat to explore. I guarantee when the day is up you will not want to leave.

I could chat about this fabulous experience for hours and share so many pictures but for now I leave you wanting to explore this magical ship

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