Disney Fantasy overview
Disney Fantasy launched in 2012 and is the fourth member of the line's cutting-edge fleet. Fantasy was refurbished in 2017 highlighted by the addition of popular Disney franchises Star Wars and Marvel. New onboard shopping venues were also added. This top-rated ship delivers a picture-perfect family vacation with a healthy dose of Disney magic. Among Cruiseline.com members, Fantasy scores near-perfect marks for its spacious cabins, comprehensive children's programs, attentive staff, and overall ship quality. With multiple play areas and pools plus lots of adults-only spaces, this remarkable cruise ship offers vacationers the best of both worlds.
Play all day in Mickey's Pool and the AquaLab water park. Zoom down the AquaDuck watercoaster, or challenge your friends to a game of minigolf on Goofy's Sports Deck. Fantasy has amenities for older kids too, including a teen lounge and tween spa. Camp counselors even offer tableside childcare pickups, so you can finish your meal and then enjoy a night on the “town.” Hop across international neighborhoods in the Europa nightclub, have a pint at O'Gills Pub, or head to the Meridian bar for a nightcap.
Just like a Disney theme park, Fantasy has a wide variety of dining options ranging from kid-friendly finger food to some of the most sophisticated menus at sea. And no one knows entertainment better than Disney, so it's no surprise that the line produces spellbinding stage shows featuring beloved characters that you won't see on any other cruise line. Disney also hosts a number of exclusive events and experiences. These include Royal Tea with the princess, Pirate Night deck parties, and princess and pirate transformations at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Disney Fantasy itineraries and departure ports
Disney Fantasy cruises depart from the Port Canaveral port year-round. The ship has a busy schedule with frequent 3-night getaways to the Bahamas, including Disney's own Castaway Cay. It also operates longer 8- to 11-night Caribbean cruises to Aruba, Barbados, the Virgin Islands, and popular destinations in the region. On select itineraries in 2019, passengers can celebrate Disney's 90th anniversary at Mickey & Minnie's Surprise Party at Sea. The line also offers special themed cruises on and around major holidays.
Before you book
This ship is best for: Fantasy's core market is families traveling with children under 10, but it's also a great choice for multigenerational groups who appreciate excellent service. Plus, its homeport is just an hour from Disney World for a convenient two-in-one vacation.
You should know: If you aren't a Mouseketeer, the character-themed venues and brand-centric entertainment may seem schmaltzy and cloying.
What is there to do on Disney Fantasy?
Disney Fantasy offers a wide selection of activities whether it's family time or adult time. On Goofy's Sports Deck, you'll find minigolf, basketball, and sports simulators. Disney's Oceaneer Club plans an assortment of camp-style activities from sunrise to sundown. The line is also amping up its tween and teen programs offered through the Edge and Vibe clubs. For a family-friendly ship, Fantasy has a remarkable number of adults-only spaces. Visit the international Epcot-style Europa nightclub, unwind in the Meridian bar, or book a treatment at the Senses Spa & Salon. If you enjoy lounging by the pool or paddling around, there are options for adults, big kids, and the little ones.
Disney Fantasy ship highlights
- Adult, family, and children's pools
- AquaLab water park
- Nemo's Reef splash pad
- AquaDuck watercoaster
- Funnel Puddle wading pool
- Goofy's Sports Deck with minigolf and more
- Pirate Night costume parties
- It's a Small World nursery
- Oceaneer Club youth activities
- Teen and tween clubs
- Pirate-themed Arr-Cade
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeovers
- Walt Disney Theatre featuring themed productions
- Buena Vista movie theater
- Family-friendly dining
- Rotating main dining restaurants
- Numerous bars and lounges
- Many adults-only spaces
- Senses Spa & Salon
Disney Fantasy cabins
Averaging between 200 and 250 square feet, Disney Fantasy cabins are some of the largest in the industry. It also has a high percentage of outside cabins. Balcony and oceanview staterooms represent 1,100 of the ship's 1,250 rooms. There are more than 500 connecting rooms for families and groups. If you're a deal seeker, book one of Fantasy's 150 interior cabins, which feature Magical Portholes that display real-time views. The ship also has 199 conventional oceanview staterooms and 21 Concierge-class suites. Standard rooms have a family-friendly layout with a living area, split bathroom, plenty of closet space, under-bed storage, and room for up to five passengers.
Disney Fantasy dining
Passengers aboard Disney Fantasy can choose from 15 unique restaurants ranging from elegant adults-only venues to casual restaurants serving burgers and fries. Cruisers who are new to Disney Cruise Line may appreciate the rotating dining system. Your reservations move to a different themed restaurant each night, and your servers follow you. The Animator's Palate main dining room, the casual eatery Cabanas, and the haute cuisine restaurant Remy all have outstanding reviews. For a specialty dining experience with a moderate price tag, try Palo. This infallible favorite specializes in hearty northern Italian fare, including premium seafood, braised meats, and irresistible desserts.