The attention to detail for the kids was amazing. I see where the extra money goes to. Kids loved it from age 3 to 17. we didn't want to leave
St. Marten wasn't much to look at, very poor roads, seems like a storm just went through even though guide said it had been years. Kids wanted to go back to boat immediately. St. Thomas was better, then again US Territory. Castaway Cay was beautiful. Snorkeling looking for the hidden treasures was a must.
This was my family's 5th Disney Cruise, the first for my toddler grandkids. Altogether, there were 15 of us sailing. Most of the adults have also done 10+ Royal Caribbean cruises. We will be returning to RC. While the service excelled in most areas, the children's activities, the reason we chose Disney, were a disappointment. Children from 3 to 10 are all grouped together. Our 3 and 4 year old girls were overwhelmed by the older boys in the group. We would come to get them and find them cowering alone in corners because they were afraid. Workers were occupied dealing with the older kids. By the 4th day of the cruise, they begged not to return. This has never happened on RC cruises. Also, even though there was a designated adult area, evening entertainment was largely limited to one or two activities. If you didn't like movies or a club atmosphere, you were out of luck. No piano bars or more laid back music venues. Castaway Cay was lovely, but chairs were hard to come by and the whole island felt very crowded. All that said, the spa and specialty restaurants on Fantasy were exceptional, and the ship was spotless. You do pay a premium for the Disney brand, but when it came to our younger kids, the premium price failed to yield a premium experience. Next time we will make a different choice.
My 11 year old daughter and I went on our first cruise ever on the Disney Fantasy in May and had a wonderful time! The ship was beautiful and spotless, the staff was attentive to every need, and the entertainment was really enjoyable. My daughter loved going to the Edge while I went to the spa. We had the late dining seating and found that to be perfect to allow us extra time during the day to enjoy the activities and shows. Food was great and our servers were fantastic. Two things to note- (1) we snorkeled and had excursions at every port and I would say that we probably "over-booked"- we didn't need to plan as much as we did as there is lots to do so we did feel a little rushed during those days and (2) the pools on the ship are very small so do not expect to swim but there are so many other things that it wasn't a disappointment. The line for the Aquadunk does get long sometimes so you do have to plan for a wait. Overall, we would go on another Disney cruise in a heartbeat.
The experience was excellent. Learning the tips prior to your trip helps as well. Two items per stateroom can be left at guest services for all the characters to sign instead of you having to wait on each line with them. Joining a fish exchange group through FB made it even more memorable. My only low items would be paying for popcorn on a cruise to watch a show seemed off since everything but alcohol is free on a cruise and no wi-fi.
Cruise was great Disney can't be beat. Excellent service, staff was the greatest yet. I fell in San Juan and broke my wrist, the wait staff at meals were so concerned and helpful, they made my experience wonderful. Our wait saff Melba even went so far as to cut my food for me. 10 STAR rating. Thank You Disney!!
My family and I enjoyed our Disney Cruise so very much I would definitely recommend it to others. Our party consisted of children with special needs, a senior citizen, and one adult with special diet and allergy care. All of which were met. The one person in our party, that could only eat Gluten free foods, did not have much variety to choose from but for the most part she received exceptional care and attention when it came to pre-ordering her meals. There was one Autistic adult and two Kindergarten age children with Aspergers. Both have difficulty processing everyday sensory information such as sounds, sights and smells but the ship had so much activity that accommodated their needs (there were toddler play areas that did not trigger their sensory overload and room service was always readily available should smells become an issue or just simply when they needed a quiet time away from the many activities on the ship. They were treated exceptionally well and had a blast!
Disney knows service. Great entertainment, new movie premiere release while on board, food and selection was excellent! You can do as much or as little as you want on this ship. Be in middle of the party or a quiet secluded part all to yourself.
Get on the ship as early as possible for the lunch buffet, then tour the ship to see the incredible kids, teens, and adult areas. It's the best time for the whole party to see everything. Do not miss the shows!
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