My first time Cruising….The Disney Fantasy

 

                Arriving at Port Canaveral, I see the Fantasy in the distance. Windows roll down and my camera comes out. Wow what an amazing ship, it is huge! I go through security, check-in and have my picture with Minnie Mouse. I am so excited I can’t wait to walk on to the ship. They start calling groups to board, it is my turn & I am so anxious. The camera is ready and I am snapping pictures of everything. We walk up the gang plank and they introduce me like I am on the red carpet. I am greeted by the crew with clapping and cheering, walking into the atrium on deck 3 and the first thing I spot is the cascading chandelier made of Swarovski Crystals and the grand staircase. It is absolutely stunning along with Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse, a statue that greets you when you enter the atrium.

Once aboard I am unable to get into your stateroom, the crew is loading all of the luggage, so I venture to the AquaDuck. “Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit and sunscreen in your carry-on bag because you will be unable to get it out of for luggage for some time and the little ones will be chomping at the bit to go swimming”. The AquaDuck is a thrilling water coaster that you board on deck 12, Aft. It is 765 feet of acrylic tubing that has twists and turns and even an over the ocean curve. If you can keep your eyes open is thrilling. You even travel through the Forward Funnel in which tweens in The Edge an exclusive tweens only space (ages 11 through 14) located at Deck 13 will see you going by! You take your final plunge on deck 11 where you will find the Mickey’s pool a 2-foot-deep pool with Mickey’s happy face and a one deck high twisting slide. This is also located beside of Nemo’s reef, a splash deck for little one’s starring characters from Finding Nemo.

After adventuring through the AquaDuck and the splash and pool areas, I continue to the back of the ship which in sailing terminology means the Aft of the ship. There I find the AquaLab, an 1800-square-foot water play area for the older kids that has water jets, bubbling water & geysers. This is located near the entrance of the AquaDuck. Also located at the deck 13 Aft is Goofy’s Sport Deck which includes putt-putt golf, virtual sports simulators and a basketball/volleyball court, in which we saw Goofy and Max playing a game of hoops with the kids.

Finally it is time to find my state room, room 7634, and get ready for dinner. I dined at 5:45 pm first dining every night. There is rotational dining aboard, you will be assigned a time and  be advised as to which dining location you eat at each evening, this appears on your key to the world card so you will never forget, since this card you will need at all times aboard and off the ship. It is your key to everything.

My first dinner was in the Animator’s Palette. Animations at its best, watching your own hand drawn pictures come to life on the screen. This was my favorite location to dine at, out of the 3 dinners we had. Not saying that I didn’t like Enchanted Garden & Royal Court, I did. It was fun; it transported you back to the 1920’s and 1930’s when animation began. Starting in black and white and ending in color. The food was excellent. Keeping our wait staff for the entire cruise was outstanding; they remembered from night to night what you preferred and even knew what we didn’t like. Hats off to Liam, he was able to make Tammy an unbelievable cherry coke that she had each night with her dinner. I on the other hand, had wine, pink lemonade & coffee every night.

Every evening, at 8:30 pm in the Walt Disney Theatre I attended a Broadway –style production, the first being, Wishes, Aladdin and lastly Believe. Each and every show was outstanding. The actors and actresses were truly amazing, the stage and props were unbelievable. The theatre is located on decks 3 & 4 forward. The venue is beautiful and has the most comfortable seats.

Outside of the Walt Disney Theatre is where I got in trouble, yes it is the shopping district. One of my favorite parts of the ship.

Character Meet and Greets are continuously happening, I met so many characters and had my picture taken so much, I felt like a star. My favorite of course was Minnie & Mickey you can never go wrong with having these two by your side.

New on the Fantasy for little ones are the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Pirates League.  This is where young ones receive pixie-dust and pirate makeovers. These children come out looking adorable, oh and yes, quite scary when they get the pirate makeover. Arrr..

For my teen Whitney I had to visit Vibe, a teen only space that is very well tucked away, it includes an indoor lounge and outdoor deck. This is for teens ages 14-17 where they can watch television, play video games, surf the net, get some sun on the deck while cool mists of water are coming out to cool them off.  The best thing about this club for your teen is Mom & Dad are not allowed. So you can hang out without us watching your every move. Also for teens are the Chill Spa which is located inside of the Senses Spa, this is a place to receive facials, massages & manicures.

Speaking of the Senses Spa this is one place you definitely want to get a reservation for, this place was amazing, from the massage rooms to the 2 private luxury villas. Senses Spa is also located on Castaway Cay at Serenity Beach, the adult only beach. They have the cutest little massage cabanas overlooking the beach area.

Speaking of Castaway Cay on Sunday morning at 9:00 am we were at Disney’s own private island a 1000 acre island owned by Disney and exclusive only to the Disney Cruise line. I disembarked and went on an adventure to see everything the island had to offer. From jet skis to parasailing to just laying out in the sun, there is no chance for you to get bored. There are tons of activities for the kids on the island from snorkeling, swimming with the stingrays, biking around the island and playing on the huge waterslide. Lunch was served between 11:30 and 2:00. Ice cream and I are the best of friends now. I had so many soft serve ice cream cones on board and on Castaway I was dreaming of ice cream. You can even order a Mickey bar on the ship.

Castaway also has shopping areas; of course I found all of them. There are plenty of bars on the island so if you have the urge to have that island cocktail it is there for you. You don’t even have to move from your quaint spot on the beautiful white sandy beach, they have waiters and waitresses walking around to get your drink order. Finally it is time to return to The Fantasy for my final night.

It has come, my final evening aboard the Disney Fantasy. I tour the ship one more time having dinner and watching the last Broadway show of the cruise. After visiting Oh La La, one of the five adult only areas located in Europa. Europa, located on deck 4, Aft of the Fantasy, is a nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older and is home to a variety of lounges and nightclubs. I go back to my stateroom pack my suitcases, all the while thinking of the next time I will be here, hopefully for 7 nights with my family, not only living the Disney Dream but making memories of a lifetime.

My final morning comes early, 6:00 am and we are docked at Cape Canaveral, in just a little while I will be disembarking and heading home. I board the Magical Express and head to the airport. What a great trip!

Happy Sailings!

Allison

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