This past Leap Day, I was able to tour Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy while it was docked in Manhattan. As I boarded, the only word that came to mind was WOW! As you enter the atrium, you are totally surrounded by meticulously detailed woodwork, a statue of Minnie Mouse and one of the most gorgeous chandeliers I’ve ever seen!
The pool deck is expansive, and includes a Donald family pool; a Mickey shaped pool for the little ones, and two splash play areas. Nemo’s Reef is cute, and saturated with bright colors that will enchant really tiny kids. In the Fantasy’s exclusive AquaLab splash play center “junior hydrologists” can even control the Aqua Duck watercoaster’s speed! The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are also the only ships on the seas to have AquaDuck water-coasters! They also have a mini-golf course on Goofy’s Sports Deck. The adults only Quiet Cove pool looked particularly serene, offering a pool bar and the Quiet Cove Café where you can get a warm cup of coffee or tea and settle into a comfy chair.
Speaking of the food, the options on the Fantasy seemed endless! The quick service counters were Cars themed and served pizza, fruit, wraps, and burgers and tons more. There are also 24-hr beverage stations and frozen treats at Eye Scream and Frozone Treats. The buffet restaurant, Cabanas, is available for three meals and offers a wide variety of foods. The Fantasy has two luxurious fine-dining restaurants. Remy features gourmet French-inspired cuisine, and Palo which boasts a Northern Italian menu and decadent desserts. The three rotational dining restaurants on board include a newly imagined Animator’s Palate that includes a special animation show where your drawings are the star, the amazingly elegant Royal Court with beautiful mosaics from Disney classic fairytales, and the Enchanted Garden whose ceiling changes from blue sky, to sunset, to twinkling stars while you dine!
The rooms reminded me of a luxury hotel feel with sprinklings of pixie dust throughout the décor. The split baths allow families to get ready for the day or freshen up for dinner in record time (I loved this feature when I sailed on the Magic!) and the Deluxe Family Staterooms sleep up to 5 people! My favorite feature on the Fantasy was the Standard Inside Staterooms with the Magical Portholes that allow you to view a real-time image from outside the ship, and many of your favorite Disney characters stop by for a visit.
There are a ton of areas for the kids on the ship that allow Mom and Dad some relaxation time in the Senses Spa or they can visit the entertainment district in the evening with several dance clubs and bars to enjoy. Teens on the ship have their own lounge, Edge, where they can listen to music, grab a smoothie and socialize with other teens on board. The Oceaneer Lab and Oceaneer Club provide younger kids onboard with supervised play areas that allow them to play games, perform on stage, and immerse themselves in their favorite Disney stories and adventures. The Fantasy is the only ship that also has a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on board, where Princesses and Princes are given the royal treatment!
The Disney Fantasy truly has something for everyone in the family to enjoy, either on their own or together, and it was an amazing experience to get to tour the ship. I can’t wait to book my family’s next cruise!