Family w/young children
Verified Review | Ship: Disney Fantasy | Sail Date: May 23, 2015
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.