Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 (Berlitz Cruise Guide) (2016)
Ship: 422 out of 500
Accommodation: 159 out of 200
Food: 220 out of 400
Service: 294 out of 400
Entertainment: 91 out of 100
Cruise: 338 out of 400
Overall Score: 1524 out of 2000
Disney Fantasy Statistics
Size: Large Resort Ship
Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line
Former Names: none
IMO Number: 9445590
Builder: Meyer Werft (Germany)
Original Cost: €600 million
Entered Service: Apr 2012
Registry: The Bahamas
Length (ft/m): 1,113.8/339.5
Beam (ft/m): 120.7/36.8
Draft (ft/m): 26.0/7.9
Propulsion/Propellers: diesel-electric (42,000kW)/2
Passenger Decks: 14
Total Crew: 1,458
Passengers (lower beds): 2,500
Passenger Space Ratio (lower beds): 51.8
Passenger/Crew Ratio (lower beds): 1.7
Cabins (total): 1,250
Size Range (sq ft/m): 169-1,781/15.7-165.5
Cabins (for one person): 0
Cabins (with private balcony): 901
Cabins (wheelchair accessible): 37
Wheelchair accessibility: Good
Cabin Current: 110 volts
Casino (gaming tables): No
Slot Machines: No
Swimming Pools: 3
Hot Tubs (on deck): 4
Self-Service Launderette: No
Dedicated Cinema/Seats: No
Onboard currency: US$
The ultimate family-friendly floating theme park
Overview. Disney Fantasy is ideal for families with children or grandchildren. Couples and singles are also welcome, though there are few activities for couples in the daytime, but enough entertainment at night.
The Ship. Made of pieces of steel and pixie dust, the ships’ exterior is about 40 percent larger than the first two Disney ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. It also has two extra decks, although the design is similar - a tribute to the grand ocean liners of the 1930s. Like all Disney ships, there are two large funnels. The bows have handsome gold scrollwork more typically seen adorning yesteryear’s tall ships (the stern is reminiscent of one of those lovely Airstream trailers). The ship’s exterior colors (red, white and black) are also those of Mickey himself. The lifeboats are yellow, and not the normal orange, by special dispensation.
No doubt the biggest outdoor ‘wow’ factor is AquaDuck, a 765ft (233m) AquaDuck shipboard ‘watercoaster’ spanning four decks in height - two-and-a-half times the length of a football field.
Disney whimsy and Art Deco style are the hallmarks of the stunning interior decor, too. In the main three-deck-high lobby stands a bronze statue of none other than Admiral Donald (Duck). A chandelier is the atrium’s focal point. The Art Nouveau decor is enhanced by original paintings, statues, and woodwork all bearing the characteristic Disney attention to detail.
Most public rooms have high ceilings, and the Art Nouveau theme has been tastefully carried out. All the artwork in public areas comes from Disney films or animation features.
Grown-ups inhabit their own area of the ship, in an area known as The District. It includes five different adults-only venues, including The Tube (lounge with dance floor and bar), a cozy Skyline Lounge, O’Gill’s Pub, La Piazza, and Ooh La La. There’s also a centrally located Concierge Lounge, for occupants of accommodation designated as Concierge Class, all on Deck 12, plus a dedicated private sundeck for Concierge-class occupants.
Other venues include: Mickey’s Mainsail, Sea Treasure, Whitecaps, and Whozits and Whatsits (retail shops); District Bar, Pink Champagne Bar, Skyline Bar, Waves Bar, Bon Voyage, Meridian Bar, 687 (sports bar), Currents Bar, and Arr-cade. The best place for a quiet drink, however, is in the ship’s delightful Observation Bar.
Disney has its own private island, Castaway Cay, whose facilities are constantly being enhanced. American Express cardholders get special treatment and extra goodies. Members of Disney’s Vacation Club can exchange points for cruises.
At Port Canaveral, the Disney terminal was inspired by the original Ocean Terminal in Southampton, England, from which the famous ocean liners Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, and the ill-fated Titanic once sailed.
Gratuities are extra, and 15 percent is added to all bar/drinks purchases.
Families. Almost one entire deck is devoted to catering for children and teens. With names of places to play in like Animator’s Studio and Nemo’s, it’s no wonder that kids have a great time.
It’s a Small World Nursery is for children aged from three months to three years. The Oceaneer Lab and Oceaneer Club both have an interactive play floor - a sort of down-to-earth Wii, where team actions translate to movement, a novel idea.
‘Edge’ is for 11-13-year-olds, a tween pad inside the forward funnel that’s a chill-out zone including karaoke with green-screen technology. ‘Vibe’ is for the real teens, an indoor/outdoor space for 14-17s that is almost 9,000 sq ft (830 sq m), accessed by a teen-only swipe card.
Accommodation. There are nine types of suites and cabins, but many more price grades, depending on the size and location of the accommodation.
Interior cabins have a virtual porthole that gives you the feeling that you are in an outside cabin. It’s done with high-definition cameras positioned on the outside decks to feed live video to each virtual porthole. You almost expect one or more Disney characters to pop by your porthole.
One feature that’s different from Disney Magic and Disney Wonder: all bathrooms have round tubs with a pull-down seat and hand-held shower hose - practically perfect for washing babies and small children. The bed frames have been elevated so that luggage can easily be stored underneath.
The largest accommodation can be found in the Concierge Royal Suite (1,781 sq ft/166 sq m, including balcony), with hot tub. It can sleep five and has one master bedroom with a large walk-in closet, a living room (with one additional pull-down wall double bed and one pull-down single bed), two bathrooms (one has two washbasins), dining room, media library, pantry, and wet bar, plus a large balcony. These suites are located in the best possible position in the ship, with great ocean views.
If you opt for one of the 21 Concierge Class suites, you’ll get higher quality bed linen (Frette 300-thread count Egyptian cotton), feather and down duvets, cotton bathrobe, and H2O Plus bath and spa products.
Dining. There are three main dining rooms, each with a different decor. Passengers rotate through all three, together with their regular waiter (server in Disney-speak).
Expect to see the surfer-dude sea turtle from Finding Nemo swimming around Animator’s Palate, making special appearances and interacting with passengers; the room transforms into a coral reef during dinner. It’s all about ‘foodertainment,’ which Disney does well, but the noise level can sometimes be a little intense.
Royal Court has decor inspired by the classic Disney films Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty.
The Enchanted Garden is a whimsical main dining room inspired by the gardens of Versailles, and the lighting magically transforms from day to night (the central glass panel ceiling is almost covered in what can only be magical foliage).
Other dining options. Cabanas, is open to all. At night, it becomes another restaurant where meals from the main dining room menu are available in an even more casual setting but with waiter service.
For something different, and as an escape from the big dining rooms, Remy is an upscale French restaurant with menus created by Michelin-starred French chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise, close to Reims in France, in conjunction with Scott Hunnel from Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World. An extra-cost, reservations-only venue, it offers leisurely European-style dining - ideal for an evening out (without the kids, of course), but at $75 a head for dinner (plus wine) it’s not cheap. The design is rather ratty, too (think Disney’s Ratatouille); in fact, rats are everywhere in the ‘fine-dining’ venue - though not on your plate.
Palo is an Italian-cuisine themed adults-only restaurant, with à-la-carte items cooked to order. On days at sea, high tea is also served here, and there’s a cover charge.
Entertainment. Live shows are presented at the Walt Disney Theater, the ship’s 1,340-seat showlounge. It has a star-studded ceiling and proscenium arch stage.
Villains Tonight, which premiered in 2010 aboard Disney Dream and features the baddies in Disney’s films, is one of the shows being presented, along with other Disney favorites.
The Buena Vista Theater - which is not to be confused with the Walt Disney Theater - is the ship’s movie house, with 399 seats.
There’s live evening entertainment on deck including a Pirate Night, with visual and lighting effects, and live fireworks. Everyone’s favorite Disney characters will be on board in many different locations, so make sure you have your camera with you (there are lots of photo opportunities).
Spa/Fitness. Senses Spa and Salon has 17 treatment rooms and private outdoor verandahs. Rainforest features steam heat, misty showers, and hydrotherapy for relaxation. Teens can also have specially tailored spa treatments in their own chill-out zone.