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Disney Fantasy Review

2018 Best for Families
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Cabins
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Disney Fantasy
4.5 / 5.0
436 reviews

Phenomenal kids clubs, unbelievable entertainment and plenty of adults-only spaces
Disney's price point is higher than that of other cruise lines
Bottom Line
Kids will love it, but so will adults




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Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas, Southern Caribbean
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Ashley Kosciolek
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Disney Fantasy Overview

The youngest ship in Disney Cruise Line's four-vessel fleet, the 2,500-passenger (4,000 max occupancy) Disney Fantasy debuted in March 2012 and is geared toward seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries (including a stop at Castaway Cay, DCL's private island).

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There's no neon, jam-packed bar or bank of glittery ascending elevators in Disney Fantasy's marvelous three-deck atrium -- just a bronze statue of Minnie Mouse, a grand piano, marble floor, a curving staircase and enough art nouveau flourishes to keep would-be designers in awe for days. (The chandelier alone is a jaw-dropper.) The entire affair takes its cue from a peacock, so there are feathery swirls aplenty -- even in the metalwork gracing the walls -- and a rich Caribbean palette of blue, green and gold. Interior balconies on all sides provide excellent vantage points for the events held there, including performances (vocal and instrumental), character greetings and even a tree-lighting ceremony at Christmas.

The ship boasts many other fun touches, too, including the AquaDuck water coaster, an innertube water slide that circles above the pool deck; magical portholes showing real-time sea views in inside cabins; the uber-deluxe Remy French restaurant; and sophisticated venues for teens and adults. Notably, children can enjoy some of the best kids clubs at sea -- the result of a 2017 refurb -- featuring the Marvel Super Hero Academy and Star Wars Command Post. Public spaces remain a sea of polished wood and Disney artwork, and cabins are spacious with thoughtful touches like divider curtains and USB charging outlets.

At the risk of sounding cheesy, what's amazing about Disney cruises is that they bring magic to everyone onboard, from solo cruisers and adult couples to families, without shoving it down anyone's throat. There's a delightful balance of kid- and family-focused activities and adults-only pursuits that ensures the little ones and even the most kid-phobic of travelers will have a great time.

Top Disney Fantasy Itineraries

Disney Fantasy
6-night western caribbean cruise from port canaveral

Port Canaveral (Orlando), Cozumel, Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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Fellow Passengers

Disney's primary market, of course, is families, especially those with young kids. However, teen cruisers will find much to like in the venues geared toward them. Beyond that, Disney has strong appeal for multigenerational travelers, and its spa, bar district and alternate dining facilities mean that adults of any age will find their own spaces onboard. The passenger makeup is dominated by American and Canadian travelers.

Disney Fantasy Dress Code

The dress code is casual during the day and resort casual most evenings. Think jackets for men, but no ties, and pants outfits or summer dresses for women. Shorts are allowed in the main dining rooms. (Note: While jeans are allowed in Palo, shorts and flip-flops are not.) Dress-up is part of the Disney shtick, however -- be it princess gowns for young girls or tuxes for dads. Many passengers dress to the nines on Fantasy's sole semiformal evening, and you'll be shocked at how many people throw themselves into pirate night, so pack your eye patch and fake parrot.

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Disney Fantasy Ratings

Public Rooms4.54.7
Fitness Recreation4.04.3
Value For Money4.04

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Where does Disney Fantasy sail from?

Disney Fantasy departs from Port Canaveral

How much does it cost to go on Disney Fantasy?

Cruises on Disney Fantasy start from £1,119 per person.

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Disney Fantasy won 49 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2018 Best for Families
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best for Families
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best for Families
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2015 Best for Families
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Entertainment
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best for Families
  • 2013 Best Overall
  • 2013 Best for Cabins
  • 2013 Best for Dining
  • 2013 Best for Embarkation
  • 2013 Best for Entertainment
  • 2013 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2013 Best for Service
  • 2013 Best for Value
  • 2013 Best for Families
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Disney Fantasy Member Reviews

Disney Fantasy
Sail Date: Jan 2020
It felt less crowded compared to our last time in the Fantasy which probably wasn't reality. We always go early and stay to the bitter end since it means vacay is almost over!... Read More
Disney Fantasy
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We chose the Disney Fantasy due to the fun we had on the ship in 2018 and the fact that it was an 8 night cruise. First I want to highlight the good. 1.... Read More
Disney Fantasy
Ahoy away
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Fabulous cruise for kids, but no Disney magic for adults.... Read More
Disney Fantasy
Sail Date: Mar 2020
In general I think Disney does a terrific job of embarkation and disembarkation compared to other cruise lines I’ve experienced.... Read More

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A child's wonderland with magical portholes, the AquaDuck water coaster and princess makeovers, but plenty of adults-only spots as well; 4,000 cruisers.

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