Launched in 2012, Disney Fantasy is the most recent addition to Disney’s “family-oriented” fleet of cruise ships. The ship carries up to 2,500 guests and offers them all the usual cruise amenities – many with a Disney touch. And while the kids will be well entertained, they haven’t forgotten the adults.
We can’t say that we often give much thought to the weight of cruise ships, but it is kinda impressive that Fantasy weighs in at a hefty 130,000 tons. There are fourteen decks with 1,250 staterooms spread across nine of ’em. Family oceanview staterooms with verandah have sufficient space for a family of five, albeit a cozy situation. Standard oceanview staterooms with verandahs can handle 3 or 4 guests. (There are also variations on the oceanview staterooms without verandahs.) Deluxe and standard inside staterooms are designed to accommodate 3 or 4. At the top end of accommodations on Disney Fantasy are the Concierge One-Bedroom Suite and the Concierge Royal Suite, both with verandahs.
There are nine “youth clubs” on Disney Fantasy, offering a variety of fun for kids based on interests and age. The “Arr-cade” is what you think it is: a pirate-themed video arcade. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is fun to say and a fun place for kids willing to undergo princess and pirate makeovers. The “D Lounge” is a family lounge and nightclub with karaoke, game shows, dancing and more. “Edge” is a hangout for tweens, “It’s A Small World Nursery” is place for Fantasy’s youngest guests and “Vibe” tries really hard to be a cool place for teens (we leave it to your teen to determine whether it succeeds).
Disney Fantasy’s dining options range from the fancy-shmancy, adults-only restaurants “Palo” and “Remy” to the very kid-friendly and ever-popular “Animator’s Palette”. The other main dining rooms are “Royal Court” (more princess-themed ambiance) and “Enchanted Garden” (a rather pretty Versailles-themed eatery). Casual eating is available at the indoor/outdoor “Cabanas” cafe and the poolside “Flo’s Cafe”.
Fantasy’s three swimming pools are designated for kids, families and adults. Other entertainment includes movies in the Buena Vista Theatre, Disney character meet-and-greets and a live version of Disney’s Aladdin. You can stay in shape – or just allow yourself to be pampered – in the fitness center and Senses Spa & Salon. Goofy’s Sports Deck includes a basketball/volleyball court, miniature golf and virtual simulators for golf, basketball, football, soccer and baseball.
Disney Fantasy currently spends 365 days a year making trips out of the cruise port closest to Orlando – Port Canaveral. Voyages are 7 days in length, alternating between the eastern Caribbean (Sint Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay in the Bahamas) and the western Caribbean (Cayman Islands, Costa Maya, Mexico and Castaway Bay).
In addition to those offered by Disney Fantasy, TheCruiseNexus can tell you about hundreds more 7-night cruises to the eastern Caribbean and all the other cruises scheduled to depart from Port Canaveral.