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Derek K

Age: 43

Occupation:small business owner

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Fantasy

Sailing Date: 2013-01-26

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Overall the cruise we took on the Disney Fantasy was great! There is quite a bit to do on the ship to keep you and the kids entertained. As with everything in life there are pros and cons, thankfully the cons were few. Some of the positive aspects were, plenty (and I mean PLENTY) of things to do for the kids. Lots of character greets (though truth be told on a ship of 4000 passengers there were some massive lines...even showing up 20-30 minutes early!), great activities in the kids clubs (my girls are 5 & 7) , the pools, although crowded (but show me a cruise ship that isn't!) were very much enjoyed along with the "Funnel Vision" movies (a giant video screen on deck).

Generous sized stateroom (we had a deluxe family room with verandah). Great staff service (although sometimes they don't seem to understand "personal space"). A couple of the negatives were that the crown moldings in the staterooms were made of plastic and the joints rubbed together creating a constant creaking sound. At night this was particularly noticeable and annoying (kept waking me up). There is also NO character breakfast or "tea with Alice" on this ship, they are only offered on the smaller ships...WHAT??!! Disney REALLY needs to work on the clarity of their website!

The food in general was very good! Not incredible, but still MILES ahead of Carnival. Comparable with Norwegian and better than Princess Cruises (from my experience). I love going on cruises and food is one of the big reasons for me. We went to PALO one night and truth be told, although the food was very good....there wasn't much of a difference from the main dining rooms in terms of quality. Animators Palette was a great experience! However we didn't get the show until our SECOND seating at this restaurant (contrary to just about EVERY review I read that said definitely don't miss your FIRST seating here. As a result I had booked our PALO restaurant for our second night, so we just went with the kids to Animator's Palette for their dinner and the show.

Stateroom was comfortable, spacious and well appointed with ample storage for 2 Adults and 2 kids. The verandah was very much enjoyed by my oldest daughter

The shows were very well done, very Disney feel good performances. A small pet peeve of mine....this is NOT Broadway OR a full scale theatre production. Some reviewers say that it`s just as good or better...it isn`t. The shows are great! But they are what they are....very well done cruise ship shows. The performers, directors and choreographers do a really good job, but if they were great they WOULD be on Broadway. Relax and enjoy the vacation and shows for what it is....pure Disney entertainment! The fireworks show was actually very cool and very well done.

Get off the ship as Early as you can for Castaway Cay to get lounge chairs with a view of the water otherwise you'll have a view of somebody else instead.

We'll definitely think about going on a Disney cruise again. It IS expensive.....but you get free daycare and you're allowed to bring on your own alcohol.

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