Wonderful ship, sad islands still very much in recovery mode.

Disney Fantasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 12
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Disney Fantasy

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: May 05, 2018

Ship: Disney Fantasy

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 6682

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

This ship alternates between 7-night cruses to eastern and western Caribbean. As such, it carries a lot of first-time cruisers. It also tends to have more children than most. If this describes you, it's a great way to see what cruising has to offer. If you're an experienced cruiser without kids, it may be less ideal. Service and entertainment on Disney are always first-rate (though we did have a dud cabin attendant on this trip). Despite being childless, experienced cruisers, we booked this cruise to see how the islands were recovering, and perhaps to leave a few coins to help them out. I can't say that part of the trip made me happy, but the rest of the program certainly did.

Embarkation

4 out of 5

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining service was great, but main dining room food is rather bland.

Remy

5 out of 5

Amazing French cuisine, fine wines, and superb service. Each night has two menus, and you can mix-and-match each course. Wine pairings are done with great care, and the $105 price is a very good value considering how many glasses and what sort of wines are poured. Talk to the sommalier, as he will tailor his selections to match your taste. True, the bill for the two of us was nearly $500, but I don't know where I can find this quality of dining experince on land for less.

Palo

5 out of 5

Northern Italian cuisine, fine service, and a much better wine list than the main dining rooms all make this a must-do location on all four Disney ships. That said, we feel the brunch (on sea days only) is preferable to the dinner, and on shorter cruises like this, we only do brunch.

Enchanted Garden

2 out of 5

Of the three main dining rooms on this ship (and the Disney Dream), this is the least inviting. Tables are often too close together, and the general feeling is somewhat claustrophobic. Food and service are the same as the other two main dining rooms. We find other places to dine when our rotation comes here.

Cove Cafe

5 out of 5

A quiet respite from the noise and bustle elsewhere on board. Specialty coffees and a full bar, plus snacks at certain times each day.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Might have rated higher, but on our 29th Disney cruise, there's not much new.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Very clean, but a few bottlenecks built into the design.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship Tip

Take ths ships tour on debarcation day, there's a lot on board that's easy to miss.

Ports Of Call

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

3 out of 5
Philipsburg is in better shape than Marigot on the French side, but both have many shuttered businesses as they recover from the hurricanes.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Better conditions than St. Maarten, but still a work in progress. National Park on St. John is still wonderful.

Castaway Cay (Disney Private Island)

5 out of 5
If adults only, be sure to take in the (relative) quiet of Serenity Bay. If rainy or cold, the same menu is offered on board.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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