The newest of Disney’s four ships, Disney Fantasy features the most bells and whistles of them all. Like the other ships in Disney’s fleet, the design of the Fantasy is an homage to the glamour of ocean liners of the 1930s, with elegant Art Nouveau architectural details. Staterooms are designed with families in mind (split bathrooms with tubs are a big bonus), the dining staff anticipates your clan’s every desire, and nobody nails family-friendly entertainment like Disney.
What We Love
New Spaces: After a refurbishment in May 2017, the ship now has Marvel and "Star Wars" play areas for ages 3 to 12, a Sweet on You ice cream shop near the family pool, and the line's first-ever Tiffany & Co. boutique.
Animator’s Palate: Cutting-edge technology meets artistic genius during the “Animation Magic” dinner show at this signature "Finding Nemo"-themed restaurant, where passengers can sketch their own characters on place mats and then see their drawings come to life on the walls.
Grown-up appeal: Sure, Disney is great for kids, but adults get their own spaces, too. There's a spacious spa and fitness area, an adult pool area, two adults-only restaurants (Palo and Remy), and the chic Europa nightclub district, which is full of bars and lounges. Even Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, has an adults-only beach.
Best Known For
High-Quality Cruising: While there are plenty of opportunities to meet your favorite characters on board, Disney ships aren’t floating theme parks. The Fantasy is a class act.
Incredible Kids Clubs: From babies to teens, children can participate in engaging, age-appropriate fun all day and well into the night in the supervised clubs. The roster of activities blends hip technology, Disney branding, creative play, and elements of the Marvel and Star Wars franchises. Kids can meet Thor and Doctor Strange at the mystical Marvel Super Hero Academy, for example, or play galactic video games in the "Star Wars" Command Center.
Lots of Fun on the Pool Deck: Standout features include AquaDuck, a two-person water coaster, and AquaLab, an interactive splash area for little kids that’s themed to Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews. And, in true Disney fashion, a firework show lights up the sky during a themed Pirate Night.
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Who It's Best For
Families of all shapes and sizes: Bring your big kids, little kids, multi-generational groups, and reunions. Disney meets the needs of families big and small, with in-cabin cordless phones that also serve as walkie-talkies, assigned tables at dinnertime for the whole gang to reconvene at, loaner diaper genies and sand-friendly strollers, and round-the-clock activities for just about every age group.
Kids at heart: You don't have to be young to appreciate the ship, where you'll find a good amount of adult die-hard Disney fans at, say, the quality "Aladdin" stage show or screenings of newly released Disney movies. (And yes, you can line up for Mickey's signature, too.)
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Don’t Wait for a Bargain: Disney is a premium cruise line with fares to match and, alas, flash sales and discounts aren’t in the cards. Time your trip for shoulder season for a price dip.
Pools Are Small and Crowded: Your best chance to enjoy the two family pools in relative peace is on port days. Otherwise, expect to wade in with wall-to-wall little ones.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for The Boston Globe.
Kayla Becker is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise and the assistant editor for the site.
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Disney Fantasy at a Glance
- Line: Disney Cruise Line
- Class: Dream
- Number of Passengers: 4000
- Ship Size: Mega
- Launch Date: 2012
- Refurbish Date: 2017