Disney Fantasy Preview: High seas highlights as we set sail on the newest Disney Cruise Line ship’s Inaugural voyage

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Today we’re heading to Port Canaveral to sail on the Disney Fantasy Inaugural Magical Preview Cruise. In fact, by the time you read this, we may already be sipping piña coladas in a jacuzzi.

But as much fun as it is to be invited to cross the ocean for three nights, we’re there not just for our own enjoyment, but specifically to cover this newest Disney Cruise Line ship, capturing all the excitement on board to bring a bit of its Disney magic to you.

This Inaugural sailing leaves today, March 23, and returns Monday morning, March 26, 2012, after a Sunday stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Having sailed on the Disney Dream Christening Cruise last year, there will be some déjà vu aboard the Fantasy, as they are sister ships with more similarities than differences. But it will be those differences that we focus on as we scour every inch of the vessel, marveling at its extensive detail and design.

Be sure to followe us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, as we’ll be sharing live looks at the ship whenever possible, beginning from the moment we arrive at the port today. Internet at sea is spotty at best, so don’t anticipate too many updates after we leave the shore, but when it’s available, we’ll be sure to share what we can.

In the meantime, I wanted to offer a few highlights that we’re particularly looking forward to seeing on the Disney Fantasy (AquaDuck!), many of which are completely new. Enjoy the video overview tour of the new ship below, follow us on the social networks mentioned above, and return back to this site next week as we’ll sure to have thousands of pictures, hours of video, and plenty of reports on what makes this new Disney Fantasy ship special.

Disney Fantasy Preview Highlights

Video: Disney Fantasy pools including the AquaDuck, Quiet Cove adults area, and Nemo’s Reef
(Not featured in this video are the new AquaLab and Satellite Falls, both of which we’ll be covering on board.)

Video: Disney Fantasy restaurants – Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, Palo, and Remy
(Though these restaurants are not new to the Fantasy, the “Animation Magic” show in Animator’s Palate is.)


Video: Disney Fantasy Europa adult district with nightclubs and lounges
(We’ll have closer looks at each of these areas after returning from the Inaugural cruise next week.)

Video: Disney Fantasy Muppets Adventure Game and Enchanted Art
(This video offers a few highlights of the new interactive Muppets-themed game and a few pieces of enchanted art, but come back for a more in-depth look at these technologies after the preview cruise.)

Video: Disney Fantasy Suites
(Staterooms are a big part of sailing on the Disney Cruise Line and we’ll offer a look inside a variety of room styles, not just these lavish suites.)

If there’s anything specific you’d like to see from the Disney Fantasy, comment below and we’ll do our best to capture it for you! See you next week.

8 Comments

  1. Nick

    Just cross your fingers and hope you don’t get Pete and Malcolm as dinner servers. When I sailed on the Fantasy, they were horrible. Good luck and have fun Ricky!

  2. Jeff Lynch

    I don’t think I will ever be able to afford to go on a cruise like this, so THANK YOU for giving such a great report. I feel like I was able to go in a small way by reading your very detailed and exciting trip reports and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the videos! Try and get as much of the feel of being on the cruise as possible…especially all that marvelous magical art and the Muppets Mystery!

  3. Jeff Lynch

    Something specific I’d like to see: can you do a “typical day on the ship” and write it up like a journal? Like, 8am — wake up and go to the breakfast restaurant. 9am — here we are a the pool. 10am — playing games on deck. Etc. Would be great to have this with lots and lots of pics and video!

  4. Jackie K

    wow- that little thing with the drawings in the animator’s palate looks so cool!

  5. Rommel

    If there’s any way you can please get video of the new “Wishes” show, that would be greatly appreciated!

  6. Jeff Lynch

    Also, can you explain how the meals on a cruise ship work too? Is it all included, or do you have to pay extra? I’m sure this media trip is comped but for regular folks, are meals included in the price of the cruise…and if so, can you eat anywhere any time you want?

    I have never understood how cruises work in terms of the price.

    1. John

      Jeff,

      Meals and entertainment are included on cruises. Disney also has soda stations, so you can get soda and ice cream any time you want. Most cruises charge for soft drinks. All cruises charge extra for beer, wine, and spirits, including Disney. Some cruises have high end restaurants that charge a surcharge. On the Disney Ships, it is an extra $20 to eat at Palo. My wife and I love having one dinner at Palo during our cruise.

      Some ship dining spots are open almost all the time, some are open only at certain hours. For example, at dinner on a Disney ship, I could eat at my assigned main dining restaurant for the evening (rotates between three main restaurants), or I could go to the buffet, or grab a bite at the pizza place on deck, or at the hot dog and hamburger place on deck, or make use of the 24 hour room service. Room service is free, but it is customary to give a small tip to the person who delivers your food.

      Try a three night Bahamas cruise with Disney. I did; now I try to cruise with Disney twice a year.

  7. Christine

    Can you get some footage of the expanded adult areas? Satellite Falls and the upper deck? TY 🙂
    Also if I can add one thing to what John wrote to Jeff….there is also Remy’s on the Dream and the Fantasy, it is $75.00 PP. We always eat at Palo, exceptional experience! The brunch is awesome and this time we are trying high tea on the Fantasy when we sail in 49 days!

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